Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
Date Event
Oct. 20-22, 2020 Sustainable Gems Scavenger Hunt (Oct. 2020)UofL Sustainable Gems Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, Oct. 20th 11am - Thursday, Oct. 22nd 5pm, Belknap Campus
Join the Green Initiatives committee in a scavenger hunt around UofL's Belknap campus to find amazing sustainable features along with learning about the impact they have on the environment. The top three people in the scavenger hunt will receive a special prize, and anyone who registers and attends will also receive a prize.
To participate download the app GooseChase, make an account, and find the game: UofL Sustainable Gems. The password to the game is "gems" and it will remain open from 11am on October 20th through 5pm on October 22nd. RSVP on Engage.
Oct. 23-30, 2020 UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 23-30, 2020
I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! The week will include:
If you are interested in hosting an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact .
Oct. 23, 2020

UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2020
Friday, Oct. 23rd
10am, HSC at Abraham Flexner Way & Preston
11am, Online via Microsoft Teams
Noon, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)

Come help us restore Louisville's shrinking tree canopy. Join us for a celebration of UofL’s on-going commitment to trees and our status as a Tree Campus USA (for 10 years running!).

  • Students taking home free trees at UofL Arbor Day 2018Help us plant new trees on campus!
    10am at Abraham Flexner Way & Preston
    12:30pm meet at the Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
  • At 11am, join us online for a tree-themed Sustainability Roundtable: Green Forests Work
  • A limited number of free native tree saplings will be available to plant in your yard or neighborhood! "Treecipients" can take home a dogwood, Kentucky coffeetree or Shumard oak (all like full sun and tolerate pollution and drought).
  • At HSC (10am-11am at Abraham Flexner Way & Preston), a Louisville Grows Citizen Forester will be on hand to explain best practices for tree planting, and you'll learn about The Nature Conservancy’s Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities App to increase awareness about tree stewardship and citizen science.
  • At Belknap (noon-1pm at Garden Commons, SW corner of Strickler Hall), enjoy a 30 minute Garden Commons Workshop on Restoring our Urban Canopy while snacking on free local apples from UofL Dining!

Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, HSC Green Team, UofL Dining, and UofL Office of Health Promotion. RSVP on Facebook. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!

Oct. 23, 2020 Green Forests WorkSustainability Roundtable: Green Forests Work
Friday, Oct. 23rd, 11am-noon, online
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 430 698 464#)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtables on alternate Fridays throughout the fall. Our speaker on October 23rd will be Michael French, Director of Operations for Green Forests Work, a non-profit whose mission is to re-establish healthy and productive forests on formerly mined lands in Appalachia and beyond. GFW’s vision is to create a renewable and sustainable multi-use resource that will provide economic opportunities while enhancing the local and global environment. By converting reclaimed, non-native grasslands and shrublands into healthy, productive forestland, GFW is effectively addressing two needs of the region. Their reforestation projects provide jobs for equipment operators, nursery workers, and tree planters, and improve the environment by eradicating non-native species and restoring ecosystem services. With the help of partners and volunteers, this vision is quickly becoming a reality. Since 2009, they have planted more than 2.8 million trees on nearly 4,500 acres. Michael's talk is titled "Green Forests Work: Restoring Ecosystem Service and Creating Economic Opportunities on Surface Mined Lands across Appalachia."
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 24, 2020 Louisville Earth Walk 2020
Saturday, Oct. 24th
The UofL Sustainability Council has a Racing Group for the 2020 Louisville Earth Walk! It is easy and free to sign up to be a part of our team - just visit the UofL Sustainability Racing Group page and click “Join Group.” Donations are welcomed, but participation is free and you can chose to engage wherever and however is most convenient for you! The annual Louisville Earth Walk is going city-wide this year out of respect for everyone’s safety during COVID-19. So while we will not gather together in one place at one time on Saturday, October 24th, everyone is invited to participate - from everywhere. Gifts to Louisville Earth Walk directly support 11 distinct community-based organizations that share a vision where every neighborhood has safe and clean water, air, and soil. The Earth Walk benefits the West Jefferson County Community Task Force, Project Warm, Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, Louisville Sustainability Council, Louisville Grows, Louisville Climate Action Network, Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light, Kentucky Conservation Committee, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Greater Louisville Sierra Club, and Cultivating Connections. Collectively we work for comprehensive change that involves personal actions, effective policies, and the quest for environmental justice. We build skills, incubate new ideas, raise awareness, reduce energy consumption, plant trees, and engage citizens in responses to the climate crisis. This year there are two exciting registration options: Take a 5K Walk wherever you want or go Free Form and celebrate however you like from wherever you are at anytime on the 24th. Simply visit the UofL Sustainability Racing Group page to register, make a donation, or become a fundraiser. If you set up a fundraising page you can share it with friends, family and neighbors in emails, through texts and on social media using your own unique link, or via a Facebook Fundraiser. Whether you walk, donate, raise funds, or all three, we are excited to have you as part of the 2020 citywide Louisville Earth Walk on October 24th. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 24, 2020 UofL Citizen ForestersVolunteer Tree Planting with Louisville Grows
Saturday, Oct. 24th, 8am-Noon, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Registration required here

UofL students, employees, and alumni are encouraged to volunteer to help Louisville Grows fulfill its goal of planting 1000 trees this year! We will be gathering together in small groups to plant 110 new trees in three designated areas of central Jeffersonville. Over the years, these trees will grow and help to replenish a diminishing urban tree canopy in these neighborhoods thereby reducing the urban heat island effect, improving air quality, reducing stormwater runoff, and beautifying our streets. In recent years, Jeffersonville’s central neighborhoods have started seeing significant tree canopy loss as many of the trees that were planted when these neighborhoods were first built have reached the end of their natural life cycle. Numerous studies have shown that neighborhoods with fewer trees tend to lose value over time compared to those with many trees, so it is highly important that we are constantly replenishing our tree canopy in order to improve the health and value of these neighborhoods. The need for trees in our city is greater than ever! Louisville Grows is dedicated to continue working with neighborhoods to meet that need. For the first time, Louisville Grows will be planting trees in Indiana! We are partnering with the city of Jeffersonville to plant trees on the property of Indiana residents who live in areas with low tree canopy coverage. This is an exciting opportunity to broaden our scope in urban reforestation on both sides of the river. A limited number of volunteer slots are available to help with the planting. Because of COVID this won’t be the usual huge volunteer event. Instead, the COVID protocol includes: Masks or face shields are mandatory at all times; Temperatures will be taken; Hand sanitizer will be provided to each group; Groups will be capped at 8 participants; Registration will take place in a central outdoor location; Each group will be meet in one specific area of the location; Crowds will not be permitted to form;  No indoor activities; Breakfast and lunch will not be served. We encourage you to bring your own gloves, filled water bottles and hand sanitizer. And, if you feel sick on the day of the planting, do not attend. This tree planting is funded by the City of Jeffersonville, the Jeffersonville Urban Enterprise Zone and the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Every Sunday UofL Community CompostingUofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm
250 E. Bloom St. (one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map here)

Come help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep! All participants will be welcome to haul back home some rich UofL compost for their own gardening projects in whatever containers/vehicles they bring. This is a weekly service opportunity throughout the year. Contact: Brian Barnes, 502-338-1338.
Oct. 27, 2020 Pop-up Free StorePop-up Free Store!
Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 10am-noon, Humanities Quad
Come for a free stuff swap on the Quad! The student-run UofL Free Store continues to search for a new permanent home in the heart of campus. As we await a new space to call home in 2021, we are bringing some of our current selection out onto the Quad for you to explore and take. Donations will also be accepted. The UofL Free Store is a space for the on-going free exchange of clean, durable items like clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Donations can be made any time in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. The Free Store is temporarily located in Urban & Public Affairs Room 123b (426 W. Bloom St.). We are still accepting donations and folks are welcome to come shop our stuff by appointment. Just get in touch with us here.
Follow the Free Store on Facebook or Instagram. Check out the Facebook Event Page. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 28, 2020 13th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 28th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
Campus Sustainability Day FairJoin us for the 13th annual celebration of all things sustainable at UofL and in our community! Learn what campus and community groups are doing to create a sustainable revolution. Sign-up to get involved and leave with some green freebies, great information, and a smile on your face! Facebook Event.
  • Take the Cards Go Green Pledge and earn an ethically-sourced reusable mug!
  • Learn about all of UofL's Transportation Alternatives, get a secure u-lock for your bike from SGA, and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's Bike Fix-It Stations! Bring your bike for a tune-up!
  • Shop and donate clothing, housewares, and all kinds of free stuff at our Pop-up UofL Free Store!
  • UofL Environmental Health & Safety will be collecting all kinds of lamps & batteries for recycling, including: Alkaline (A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt); Button-cell; Lithium; Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad); Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH); Lead and Lead-acid; Carbon-zinc; and Mercury batteries.
  • Shred-It will offer free shredding and recycling of documents, videotapes, and computer diskettes from their truck in the circle in front of the College of Business 10am - 2pm.
If you'd like to host a sustainability-related booth or activity at the Campus Sustainability Day fair, please contact Henny Ransdell. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 28, 2020 Post-Landfill Action Network Movie Night: Plastic Wars
Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 6pm, online - register here
UofL is a proud member of the student-led Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN). This Fall, PLAN is hosting free Monthly Movement Movie Nights! PLAN will live-stream for you a different documentary each month, highlighting certain areas of environmental and social injustice. Afterwards, there will be a discussion led by a PLAN staff member and all of YOU! The October film is "Plastic Wars." Less than 10% of plastics produced have been recycled. The remaining 90+% ends up in landfills, incinerators, or worse of all as pollution in our environment. The Plastic Industry has faced serious scrutiny and now wants us to believe that they are working to fix the problem, but what are they really doing? Are plastic producing companies really trying to fix this problem they have created, or are they just trying to continue to tell us the same old story. Watch trailer. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 30, 2020 EcoReps Workshop: A Conversation with our Josh Smith Sustainability Awardee, Shane Tedder, UK's Sustainability Officer
Shane TedderFriday, Oct. 30th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210
Virtual & In-Person for up to 10 attendees (first-come, first-served)
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or dial in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)

Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! This month, we'll be in conversation with the winner of UofL's 2020 Josh Smith Sustainability Award for a non-affiliated community member who has made significant contributions to UofL's sustainability initiatives! This year's award goes to D. Shane Tedder, M.S., who has served since 2009 as the University of Kentucky's first Campus Sustainability Officer and now also serves at the Assistant Director of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment.
Throughout his time at UK, Shane has always been willing to set aside conventional UK-UofL rivalry in favor of a supportive and collaborative relationship. He has been passionate about, supportive of, and instrumental to the success of UofL’s sustainability initiatives. Over the last decade, Shane has been a lead organizer of annual statewide gatherings for higher education sustainability staff to exchange ideas, information, and inspiration. He has hosted numerous visits and tours for us to learn from the sustainability efforts underway on UK’s campus. He co-organized the 2018 Kentucky Bike Walk Summit in Lexington, which helped recharge our statewide efforts to advance bicycling and walking as a sustainable transportation option. Most recently, in 2020, Shane has been instrumental in helping UofL consider investing in a large-scale, off-site solar installation that would help us achieve our Climate Action Plan goals. He and his team at UK have given generously of their time and information to help UofL administrators understand the opportunities available in the Kentucky renewable energy market through virtual power purchase agreements. If there’s one person outside of UofL who we can always count on to offer assistance, sage advice, great ideas, and a good ol’ fashioned Kentucky Can-Do spirit to help our sustainability initiatives succeed, it is Shane Tedder. His kindness, selflessness, and eagerness to share have been a constant inspiration to us and we can think of no one else more worthy of our praise and gratitude.
The Sustainability Council’s Eco-Reps logoEcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This fall, we continue our series of in-person and virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210 and online. All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website. Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Fridays, through Nov. 20, 2020 Garden Commons workdayGarden Commons Fall Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
All are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons in its new location at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from  the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden! Join us to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday at noon throughout the fall (Aug. 28 - Nov. 20) to harvest, weed, water, and plant. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Please bring drinking water & bags to harvest into! Wear a mask and practice physical distancing to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. The Garden Commons is open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on Facebook or Instagram.
Nov. 6, 2020 LaneBoldmanKCC.jpgSustainability Roundtable: Environmental Priorities affecting State Government
Friday, Nov. 6th, 11am, online
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 430 698 464#)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. Our speaker on November 6th will be Lane Boldman, Executive Director of the Kentucky Conservation Committee, on the topic of "Environmental Priorities affecting State Government." Lane has been working on environmental advocacy issues in Kentucky and nationally since 1992 and has been with the Kentucky Conservation Committee since 2014. Lane is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter of the US Green Building Council and the Lexington Corridors Commission (since 2016). Her background includes working as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator for the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, and as a leader in multiple positions for the Sierra Club. Lane has previously chaired the Cumberland (Kentucky) Chapter of the Sierra Club and held leadership roles in the areas of mining, forestry, wild lands, energy and communications for more than two decades. Lane has also served on the Sierra Club’s national Board of Directors, holding positions as Secretary, Vice President for Volunteer Leadership and Vice President for Visibility and Outreach. In addition Lane has led policy teams for the Sierra Club on Natural Gas Fracking, and as Chair for the Sierra Club’s Council of Sierra Club Leaders. Lane has also previously served on the board of Citizens Coal Council, working to empower citizens affected by the impacts of mining and coal,  the board of the US Green Building Council/Kentucky Market Leadership, and the board of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Nov. 11, 2020 Calling In The Call Out Culture
Wednesday, Nov. 11th at 5:30pm, online
The 14th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture will feature Loretta Ross, a Visiting Associate Professor at Smith College in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. Dr. Ross teaches courses on white supremacy, reproductive justice, and calling in practices. She has spent more than forty-five years committed to antiracist and feminist activism, including founding the National Center for Human Rights Education. She started her career in activism and social change in the 1970s, working at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Black Women’s Health Project, the Center for Democratic Renewal (National Anti-Klan Network), and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, among others. Her work with rape and trauma survivors in the 1970s helped launch the movement to end violence against women.
Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction co-written with Rickie Solinger, and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique, both published in 2017. Her forthcoming book is Calling In the Calling Out Culture: Detoxing Our Movement, due out soon.
Dr. Ross’ work comes at a pivotal moment. After a summer of tragedy and unrest, many are returning to classrooms, faculty meetings, advisory boards, and neighborhood associations wondering what comes next. How can we create atmospheres where people press into the hard work of self-reflection and daily change-making? How do we end taboos surrounding speaking about racism and systems of injustice, challenging one another to do better while leaving room for inevitable mistakes?
She has trained educators and social justice advocates nationwide to conduct empathetic, forthright conversations confronting injustice. Her timely lecture helps us move from a necessary season of anger and protest into the daily grind of justice work. This will be the first-ever virtual Anne Braden Lecture.
Nov. 13, 2020 Garden Commons Workshop: Wreath Making
Friday, Nov. 13th, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)Garden Interns: Avalon Gupta VerWiebe & Ellie Miller
Get in the holiday spirit! Come learn how to make your own beautiful wreath using a variety of plant materials from campus and herbs from our garden. It's easier than you might think and you'll take home something beautiful and unique. This is the last in our fall series of Garden Workshops on Fridays at noon. The Garden Commons is open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Nov. 20, 2020 EcoReps Workshop: Topic/Guest TBA
Friday, Nov. 20th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210
Virtual & In-Person for up to 10 attendees (seats are first-come, first-served)

Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! The Sustainability Council’s
Eco-Reps logoEcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This fall, we continue our series of in-person and virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.

Debunking the Myth of Colorblindness: How White Allies can move from a Not Racist mindset to Anti-Racist Action

Wednesday, October 21st :: 5:00 – 6:30PM EDT

Please join the Muhammad Ali Center for our next program in our ‘I Am America’ Racial Justice Virtual Program Series as we explore the myth of color blindness in America. Our panel will examine how the seemingly benevolent idea of not seeing race actually helps perpetuate racism in our society.

Our panelists include:

  • Dr. Cedric Powell from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law
  • Ryan Simpson, Program Director for The University of Louisville Health Science Campus’ Office for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Moderated by Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, Executive Advisor for the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health

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