Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
DateEvent
Dec. 13-19, 2017Alternative Service Break 2017Alternative Service Break 2017 Winter Trip
Dec. 13-19, 2017. Atlanta, GA. Apply by Oct. 19

The 2017 winter break trip to Atlanta, Georgia will be focused on the social topic of LGBTQ+ Rights & Homelessness. Alternative Service Breaks create a volunteer experience and cultural immersion for students. There is a distinct focus on community building, relational leadership, and long-term personal impact. Program outcomes are achieved through direct service, intentional reflection, and shared experience. ASB trips are not designed to be comfortable. The trips are focused on direct service and meeting the unique needs of a community. Students who choose to participate should do so with an attitude of flexibility and servant-leadership. Students who have participated in similar trips described their experiences to be both transformative and rewarding. If you have any questions regarding this application or the trip, contact asb@uoflelsb.org. See ASB's OrgSync for more info and application. Applications are due Oct. 19 on OrgSync.
Dec. 16, 2017Automobile Dependence in US Cities - Case Study: Louisville
Saturday, Dec. 16th, noon, Room 117 Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom St.)
Join us for a special presentation by Amanda Bryant,  a Kentucky native who is completing her Masters of Urbanism at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Her thesis topic is automobile dependence in US Cities, with Louisville as the case study. Come hear about how automobile dependence is destroying U.S. Cities like Louisville. We'll be exploring sustainability, urbanism, and transportation.
SundaysUofL 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.
Jan. 12, 2017Maple Tapping - March 2016Maple Tapping Workshop!
Friday, Jan. 12th, 1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's sustainable garden to learn about the process of tapping maple trees and making maple syrup. Our workshop leader, David Barker, has been tapping trees and making his own syrup in Louisville for years. He will give a workshop on the process and then attendees will get to work with him as we install taps on our own maple trees located in the Garden Commons and around campus. Participants will have the opportunity to sign-up to volunteer to empty buckets as they fill throughout the coming weeks. Please dress warmly so we can work outside!
Jan. 12 - Apr. 27, 2018Garden Commons WorkdayGarden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 1pm-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden and greenhouse for our group workdays! 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 throughout the spring semester (Jan. 12 - Apr. 27) from 1pm to 2pm to plant, weed, water, and harvest. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. 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.
Spring 2018UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Spring Hours TBA, Unitas Tower basement
UofL’s Free Store will be open throughout the Spring in the Unitas Tower basement (enter from driveway off Cardinal Blvd). Students & employees are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, household items, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, etc. Donations are accepted any time in the red bins outside the Store. UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping those in need – Volunteers are needed each week to open the store and sort donations. To volunteer, contact UofL's Zero Waste Intern: Erin Kurtz (erin.kurtz@louisville.edu, 502-298-6673). Follow on  .
Jan. 17, 2018Meeting: Housing Justice Workgroup
Wednesday, Jan. 17th, 5:30pm, Urban and Public Affairs (426 W Bloom St)
Let's talk housing justice! A breakout group of University of Louisville's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research is meeting monthly to tackle fair and affordable housing issues in Louisville. Join us and connect on Facebook.
Jan. 19, 2018Sustainability Roundtable: Pope Francis, Climate Change and US Catholic VoterssUStain stacked icon
Friday, Jan. 19th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! We kick off our spring series with Dr. David Buckley (Political Science), speaking onPope Francis, Climate Change and US Catholic Voters. David asks: What impact does leadership from religious elites have on policy attitudes of followers in the general public? This talk utilizes the release of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, to adjudicate among contending claims regarding responsiveness to religious leadership. An original survey experiment, conducted by YouGov on a nationally representative sample of Catholic voters in late 2015, tests the impact of exposure to the Pope’s message about climate change on responses related to climate science and policy. The unique experimental design tests the impact of Francis’ message relative to a similar message from unidentified “environmental experts.” Results show that the impact of religious leadership on this issue is concentrated among those more generally skeptical of climate change and calls to address it through governmental action: Republicans, white Catholics, and regular worship attenders. In addition, beliefs about the appropriate place of religion and politics and approval of Pope Francis’ leadership plays an important part in determining the effect of treatment.  In contrast, the Pope’s message has limited effect among Catholic Democrats, likely because these individuals respond to cues from the unidentified climate experts.  The results indicate that religious leadership could play a role in altering the coalition politics of climate change in the United States, but are unlikely to eliminate the political diversity among Catholic Americans.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! 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 Daniel DeCaro.
Jan. 19, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn WorkshopEco-Reps logo
Friday, Jan. 19th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps 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 spring, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
Spring 2018Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2018
Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet!

RecycleMania! - February 4th to March 31st, 2018
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL will compete to reduce waste, increase recycling & composting, and raise conservation awareness across all three campuses! Keep up with the Cards progress at the RecycleMania website.
  • Help the Cards to victory by avoiding disposables (bring your own mug, bottle, plate, etc.) and fully utilizing UofL’s amazingly easy, single-stream recycling system that lets you recycle everything in the same bin, RecycleMania Logoeverywhere on campus: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.
  • We're now collecting food wastes for composting from all Campus Housing locations and adding those numbers to UofL's organics recycling totals! Look for a compost collection bin in your residence hall's common kitchen or trash room, and add your organic wastes to our totals! Please no animal/dairy products or liquids, but otherwise, if it came from a plant, we want to compost it: fruit & vegetable wastes/peels/rinds/seeds, bread, pasta, rice, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, even paper products (tissues, towels, napkins, plates, cups, newspaper, etc.).
Campus Conservation Nationals - Dates TBA
 Live on campus? Win with conservation!UofL residence halls will compete amongst each other and battle together against campuses across the country to see who can reduce electricity use the most over three weeks. All you have to do is stop wasting energy! Turn off lights/TVs/computers; unplug anything you're not actively using; skip the elevator for the stairs; close windows tightly; dry clothes on a rack/line; take quick showers or shower with solar power at the SRC; etc.
  • Make a personal commitment to reduce and keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard! Click on the links below to see how much electricity your hall is using and to make a commitment to conserve!
  1. Ecolympics 2018 Prize BikeBettie Johnson Hall 
  2. Community Park (real-time!)
  3. Kurz Hall (real-time!)
  4. Louisville Hall (real-time!)
  5. Miller Hall
  6. Threlkeld Hall
  7. Unitas Hall (real-time!)
  8. University Tower Apartments (UTA)
Prizes:
  • In addition to prizes for the winning hall, one resident who takes the most steps during Ecolympics 2018 will win a bicycle: Echo by PureFix Cycles with front brake. The bike has a matte black frame and Cardinal red deep dish wheels. Go Cards!
Feb. 16, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn WorkshopEco-Reps logo
Friday, Feb. 16th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps 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 spring, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
Mar. 23, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn WorkshopEco-Reps logo
Friday, March 23rd at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps 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 spring, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
Wednesdays, April 2018 & Aug. 15 - Oct. 24, 2018Belknap Farmers Market LogoUofL Belknap Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 11am-2pm (April 2018 & Aug. 15 - Oct. 24, 2018), Red Barn
UofL's Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns at a new time and place in 2018! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, pasture-raised meats & eggs, breads, baked goods & sweets, tea, honey, popcorn, canned goods, non-toxic home & body care products, prepared meals, and more. Full details TBD.
- Debit & Credit cards will be accepted by most vendors!
- Open weekly, rain or shine (inside the Red Barn in bad weather)!
- Email comments/questions. Follow us on Facebook
Apr. 13, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn WorkshopEco-Reps logo
Friday, April 13th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps 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 spring, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
May 17 - Oct. 25, 2018Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒1:30pm (May 17 to Oct. 25, 2018)
Health Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.

With 11 unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, pasture-raised meat & eggs, popcorn, honey & syrup, jams, granola, bread & baked goods, flowers, plants, prepared lunches, food trucks, and more. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open weekly rain or shine. Watch Vendor Spotlights and our 20/20 Talks on food and sustainability at the GSFM YouTube Channel! Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. More info: GSFM website, contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, or follow on Facebook.
  • Meeting times for the Sustainability Council and its Committees are available here.
  • The Sustainability Council's anchor event each fall is Campus Sustainability Day in mid-October: Watch Video.

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