Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
Through Dec. 3, 2018UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-1pm, Unitas Tower basement
UofL’s Free Store is open Mondays & Wednesdays 11am-1pm throughout the fall in the Unitas Tower basement (enter from driveway off Cardinal Blvd). All 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.Follow on
To volunteer, contact UofL's Zero Waste Intern: Erin Kurtz (erin.kurtz@louisville.edu, 502-298-6673).
Thursdays through Oct. 25, 2018Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 10:30am‒1:30pm (May 17 to Oct. 25, 2018)
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

Gray Street Farmers MarketWith 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. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website, contact Market Manager, Sara Frazier at farmersmarket@louisville.edu or 502-852-6655, or follow on Facebook.
Sept. 28, 2018Sustainability Roundtable: Chris Harrell, ConnectOurCore
Friday, Sept. 28th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
PhotoPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our special guest speaker on September 28th will be Chris Harrell, founder of ConnectOurCore, which seeks to better connect our urban core neighborhoods on foot, on bike, and online in Louisville and southern Indiana. The vision is inspired by the quality of life gains, and private investment spawned by  the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.  Louisville & Southern Indiana can leverage similar efforts, reinforced by the need for a physical manifestation of an Urban Bourbon Trail that is uniquely Louisville. Chris advocates for a more connected urban core for Louisville (Kentucky), Jeffersonville, Clarksville and New Albany (Indiana). Connectivity is served by well considered investment in pedestrian, bike, and broadband internet infrastructure.  Chris seeks to build champions from a broad base of neighborhood residents, political leaders, public servants, businesses, and local business patrons. ConnectOurCore intends to link our champions in a common cause - to drive public investment in low impact design sustainable infrastructure that connects our communities. The mission is to connect Louisville, Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany neighborhoods to the Louisville Loop, the Ohio River Greenway by & through adjacent neighborhoods to incubate greater flow of pedestrian, bicycle, and digital traffic within our shared community.
Chris Harrell is a Board member of Bicycling For Louisville and serves as one of the Team Leaders on the US EPA Brownfields Community Benefits Assessment Project with UofL’s Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM). Harrell is also the Founder and Principal of Lazarus Group LLC, a firm engaged in crafting redevelopment strategies for distressed properties, corridors, and communities. In 2013 Harrell joined three other concerned citizens to found the Civic Data Alliance, an advocacy and action group of volunteers devoted to freeing public data, and using open data for the public good. From April 2004 until August, 2011 Harrell managed distressed property redevelopment efforts as Brownfield Redevelopment Coordinator for the City of Indianapolis’ Department of Metropolitan Development. Harrell’s educational background includes graduate degrees in both law and public policy. Harrell received his JD and MPA from Indiana University – Bloomington.
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.
Sept. 28, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Global Peace & Prosperity
Friday, Sept. 28th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! On the heels of UofL's celebration of U.N. Peace Day, our presenter will be Michael Kessler, a Louisville native who has been working on sustainable energy solutions for global peace & prosperity since 1977. He has traveled to Russia, Australia, New Zealand, five European countries, and throughout the U.S. He has published two books, three CD's and 50-minute documentary. “Our Global Nation” is based the works of Albert Einstein and Buckminster Fuller and explores the power of this new information to create an advanced, global civilization of peace and prosperity. Fuller’s World Energy Network could be a win-win project for the planet to establish the foundation of this civilization. This energy internet could provide an unending supply of clean power to end hunger, poverty, pollution and war. History is calling for us to create a constitutional, environmentally compatible, advanced, planetary civilization.
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'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.
Fridays through Nov. 30, 2018Sweet Potato Harvest 2017 at Garden CommonsGarden Commons Fall Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, 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 fall (Aug. 24 - Nov. 30) from 12pm to 1pm to harvest, plant, weed, and water. 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.
Every SundayUofL 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.
Through Sept. 30, 2018National Bike ChallengeNational Bike Challenge!
May 1st to September 30th, 2018
Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2018 National Bike Challenge! Show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register for the National Bike Challenge and Join Team UofL as an individual to compete against your peers. Your miles and days cycled will count towards the University of Louisville total, as well as qualify employees for great prizes through Get Healthy Now, including the grand prize of a $400 voucher to a local bike shop, co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council! The National Bike Challenge is open to everyone, however the Get Healthy Now competition is restricted to UofL employees, retirees, and their spouses/qualifying adults.
Oct. 12, 2018Sustainability Roundtable: Resilience Justice
Friday, Oct. 12th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on
Professor Tony Arnold and the five Resilience Justice Fellows hike at the Parklands at Floyds Fork on a retreat in summer 2018, while brainstorming about upcoming projects and sporting their Resilience Justice team tank tops.alternating Fridays at 11am! Our speaker on October 12th will be Professor Tony Arnold (Brandeis School of Law), speaking on Resilience Justice. Resilience justice is the idea that not all communities have equal tools and resources to be adaptive. Resilience justice is equity in the capacities, vulnerabilities and conditions of marginalized communities, such as low-income communities, communities of color, Native American communities and other communities with inequitable resources, power, and/or vulnerabilities.
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.
Oct. 18-26, 2018UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 18-26, 2018
I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! Full details TBA, but events will include:
...And more events TBA. If you are interested in hosting an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact .
Oct. 18, 2018Farm-To-Table Dinner & Josh Smith Sustainability Award Ceremony
Thursday, Oct. 18th, 5-8pm, Red Barn
Tickets: Advance (by Oct. 12) $20. At Door: $25 for dinner (or 2 meal swipes). Cocktails: add $5. Tickets can be purchased at any UofL Dining register or by calling 502-852-5991 by Oct. 12th.
Farm-To-Table 2018 posterCome celebrate the Harvest with a special Farm-To-Table dinner featuring a variety of different dining stations and representatives from local producers. This year's theme will be "My Old Kentucky Home" with stations featuring local cocktails, cheeses, desserts, meats, and vegetables from local farms.
  • The Sustainability Council will also be presenting our second annual Josh Smith Memorial Sustainability Award at the event.
  • This event is open to the public and will serve as an opening reception for the 2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit: "Learning Together: Fostering a Culture of Sustainability" which will be taking place the following day, October 19th in the SAC Ballroom.
  • Enjoy live bluegrass music performed by UofL School of Music students and long, farmhouse table seating both indoors and outside under the tent!

Tickets are now available at any UofL Dining location, or by calling 502-852-5991, or at the door. Students may use two meal plan swipes to access this unique event.

This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!

Oct. 18, 2018

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Thursday, Oct. 18th, 7:00-8:30pm, SAC W107
Bring your friends to SAC W107 for a discussion on justice in America brought to you by the Engage. Lead. Serve. Board. There will be a free meal and great conversation! This is the second of a three-part series, and all who attend the entire series will get a giveaway!

This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!

Oct. 19, 20182018 Louisville Sustainability Summit2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit
"Learning Together: Fostering a Culture of Sustainability" Register Here.
Friday, Oct. 19th, 8am-5pm, Student Activities Center Ballroom

Each year the Louisville Sustainability Summit brings together the community, its leaders, and local and national experts to engage and collaborate towards a sustainable Louisville. This year the UofL Sustainability Council, the Louisville Sustainability Council, and the Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability will host the 5th annual Louisville Sustainability Summit on Friday, October 19th at UofL's newly renovated and expanded LEED Silver Student Activities Center. The theme for 2018 is "Learning Together: Fostering a Culture of Sustainability." The Summit will feature:
  • David W. OrrA morning keynote and book signing by sustainability and environmental pedagogy expert, Dr. David W. Orr
  • Tours of sustainability on campus, including LEED buildings, urban agriculture projects, and the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
  • Addresses by Mayor Fischer, UofL President Bendapudi, and Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, director of UofL's Envirome Institute
  • A performance by Hite Elementary School's Junkyard Hawks
  • Updates from Metro Louisville's Office of Sustainability
  • Community sustainability awards
  • Networking and a local organization showcase
  • Roundtable discussions during a community forum on how to create the future we want through a culture of sustainability.
Registration and early-bird discounts will be available at the Summit's website.
Scholarship tickets
– Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, a limited number of free community tickets are available. Apply here by October 15.
The Summit will kick off a series of engaging activities on campus during UofL Sustainability Week. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 24, 201811th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 24th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
  • Campus Sustainability Day FairJoin us for the 11th 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!
  • Take the Cards Go Green Pledge and earn an ethically-sourced reusable mug that you can fill with Fair Trade, shade-grown coffee provided by UofL Dining, award-winning tap water from the Louisville Water Company, or a bike blender smoothie from the Office of Health Promotion!
  • Learn about all of UofL's Transportation Alternatives and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's Bike Fix-It Stations! Bring your bike for a tune-up!
  • UofL Environmental Health & Safety will be collecting all kinds of 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. 26, 2018Sustainability Roundtable with Dr. Tamara Sluss
Friday, Oct. 26th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our
Tamara Slussspeaker on October 26th will be UofL's newest faculty hire, Dr. Tamara Sluss, Director of our Master of (Arts or Sciences) in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Sustainability. Come meet Tamara, learn about the kind of research she's interested in, and discover why we are so thrilled to have her on board!
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. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 26, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn / Garden Commons Workshop: Sustainability and Cannabis
Friday, Oct. 26th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210
Head Shot Full Length Low Res.jpgJoin us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! For UofL Sustainability Week, we are teaming up with UofL's organic Garden Commonsfor a special workshop on sustainable agriculture. Our guest speaker will be Sean Vandevander, an independent candidate for Louisville's next mayor who is running on a pro-cannabis platform. Sean is co-owner of a kanaf farm and sees these two crops as a sustainable solution for revitalizing Kentucky's agricultural economy and family farms. Sean's talk will be on "Sustainability and Cannabis: Navigating an ever growing bureaucracy." It will center on the explosion of the legal cannabis industry. Impacts on sustainability, and how to navigate government red tape while implementing long lasting practices that generate economic and environmental benefit. What is a circular economy? How do we close the loop of the materials used in packaging and dispensing cannabis? Materials recovery, and the micro economies of start ups that will cater to this new niche market. Sean will touch loosely on Kentucky history and cannabis, as well as give personal insight into the failures and successes of the Kentucky Hemp Program, and predictions for a legal cannabis industry in Kentucky.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepEco-Reps logos 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'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on last 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. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Nov. 1, 201812th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture:
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation
Thursday, Nov. 1st, 5:30pm, Strickler Hall Middleton Auditorium
Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorUofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research presents the 12th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University, author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016). The book surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality, while connecting anti-police brutality protests with a larger anti-capitalist movement. Race matters. Class matters. She has received the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book. Taylor’s research examines race and public policy including American housing policies. Dr. Taylor is currently working on a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which looks at the federal government's promotion of single-family home-ownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Her latest book project is How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Taylor looks at how the federal government's turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in the 1970s impacted Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass”. Taylor is interested in the role of private sector forces, typically hidden in public policy making and execution, in the “urban crisis” of the 1970s. Taylor received national attention in 2016 when she was forced to cancel speeches in Washington and California due to violent threats from the right-wing after referring to Donald Trump as “a racist, sexist megalomaniac” in a commencement speech at Hampshire College. Her insight and voice are more vital than ever in today’s political climate, and we are honored to host her visit to Louisville.
Nov. 2, 2018Student Meet & GreetSocial Justice ResearchSymposium
Friday, Nov. 2nd, 9am-5:30pm, Law School
UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research will host this 2nd annual symposium featuring a breakfast on Solidarity and Global Liberation with Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor, professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University and author of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, a lunch, concurrent sessions, poster presentations, a community partner expo, and a 4pm keynote address by Dr. Alvaro Huerta on "Crossing Borders: Translating Research into Action. Dr. Huerta is an interdisciplinary professor of Urban & Regional Planning as well as Ethnic & Women's Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  The symposium is open to the public and faculty, staff, and students interested in social justice are encouraged to attend. Full details coming soon.
Nov. 8, 2018

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Thursday, Nov. 8th, 7:00-8:30pm, SAC W107
Bring your friends to SAC W107 for a discussion on justice in America brought to you by the Engage. Lead. Serve. Board. There will be a free meal and great conversation! This is the last of a three-part series, and all who attend the entire series will get a giveaway!

Nov. 9, 2018Sustainability Roundtable: Tiago de Melo Cartaxo
Friday, Nov. 9th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Image result for Tiago de Melo CartaxoPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our final fall speaker on November 9th will be Fulbright Scholar Tiago de Melo Cartaxo (Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal).
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.
Nov. 16, 2018Garden Commons Workshop: Wreath Making
Friday, Nov. 16th, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
 

Garden Interns: Avalon Gupta VerWiebe & Ellie MillerGet 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. 30, 2018Holiday Cards Buy Local Shopping Tour
Friday, November 30 at 8:00am to 6:00pm, Leaves from University Club & Alumni Center
Registration is $45.
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Holiday Cards Buy Local Shopping TourofL and the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will take shoppers on a whirlwind tour of local shops and restaurants on the annual Holiday Cards “Buy Local” Shopping Tour.The tour will take patrons to locally owned businesses in a several Louisville neighborhoods. The registration fee includes opening and closing receptions, door prizes and transportation. The trip is open to the public, but bus seating is limited. Tickets are non-refundable. Activities will begin with festive drinks and a light breakfast at the University Club on Belknap Campus at 8 a.m. Shoppers will board a bus at 9 a.m. to begin their day of shopping. The group will return to the University Club for a closing reception from about 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will feature drink samples, hot hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. Stops include Butchertown, Nulu, Frankfort Avenue and downtown.
Nov. 30, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn
Friday, Nov. 30th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! Our topic and guest for Nov. 30th will be announced later. 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'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on last 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.
Dec. 4, 2018Green Threads Alumni Luncheon
Tuesday, Dec.4th (Reading Day), 12-2pm, Cultural Center multipurpose room
Green Threads 2018 Faculty WorkshopAll who have participated in our Green Threads faculty workshops since 2009 are encouraged to join us for a reunion and vegetarian lunch. The focus will be on networking across disciplines, sharing ideas, and supporting each other in our journeys to weave sustainability into our curricula. Green Threads 2018 participants will be presenting their plans and progress after the August workshop, and we'll provide some updates from the UofL Sustainability Council about upcoming events, resources, service learning projects, community engagement possibilities, and opportunities for using campus as a living laboratory of sustainability.
March 27, 2019Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy: James Salzman
Wednesday, March 27th, 6pm, Law School Room 275
The Spring 2019 Lecture will be given by James Salzman, who is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the UCLA School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 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:

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