Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
DateEvent
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.
Feb. 21, 2018GRASS logoGRASS Recruitment Event
Wednesday, Feb. 21st at Noon-2pm, SAC LL Marketplace
Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) is relaunching and we need new members! At this event, we will be promoting participation in RecycleMania (#ULEcolympics2018) and collecting plastic water bottles to build a Thinker statue, holding a Tap Water Taste Test, and handing out free, reusable water bottles. We will also be offering free Fair Trade hot chocolate and hot Local Cider complements of UofL Dining. If you're interested in joining the club or want to find out more, this is the best time to come around.
Feb. 23, 2018No automatic alt text available.Seed Starting Workshop
Friday, Feb. 23rd, 1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Interested in learning more about the magic of gardening? This is your chance to learn about seed starting, one of the tools a great gardener can use to take the most advantage of the growing season. Learn about seed starting and why it is done, and see a demonstration on how to effectively start seeds. Bring your own seeds and start your own plant or help start some of the plants that will be planted in the Garden! This workshop will be lead by Bethany Pratt with the Kentucky Cooperative Extension offices.
Feb. 26, 2018Workshop: Developing and Teaching a Community-based Learning Course
Monday, Feb. 26th, Noon-1:15 pm, Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
This session will explore how to develop a community-based learning course or convert an existing course. Presenters, Dr. Sherri Wallace and Dr. Lora Haynes, will use their own experiences and share successful models they use to develop and teach their courses. Light lunch will be served. Registration Required.
March 2, 2018Sustainability Roundtable: Ked StanfieldKed Stanfield, Urban Forestry
Friday, March 2nd, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our speaker on March 2nd will be Ked Stanfield, the new Executive Director for Louisville Grows. Ked is a life-long Kentucky resident who shares a love of our community and previously worked with Louisville Metro Government as a Compliance and Enforcement Supervisor. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences and a Masters of Public Health from Eastern Kentucky University. He is an active community supporter of programs in West and South Louisville, is on the Board of Supervisors for the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District, and has worked on numerous programs with Habitat for Humanity. Ked’s interests include fishing, chickens, and gardening.
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.
Fridays through 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.
Mar. 22, 2018We Are Kentucky: Throwback ThursdayImage may contain: text
Thursday, March 22nd, 8am-1pm, State Capitol (700 Capital Ave, Frankfort, KY)
#TBT host, Students for Reproductive Freedom, join the ACLU of Kentucky, Planned Parenthood Advocates, the Kentucky Health Justice Network, and the reproductive rights alliance for Throwback Thursdays this legislative session. Every Thursday, different organizations from around the Commonwealth are showing a strong commitment to reproductive rights by keeping the pressure on lawmakers. Now, more than ever defenders of reproductive rights need rise up and show the General Assembly that #WeAreKY and #WeWillNotGoBack
Mar. 23, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Urban Forestry with Ked Stanfield
Ked StanfieldFriday, March 23rd 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 spring 2018 series is focused on urban forestry, and our guest for March 23rd will be Ked Stanfield, the new Executive Director for Louisville Grows. Ked is a life-long Kentucky resident who shares a love of our community and previously worked with Louisville Metro Government as a Compliance and Enforcement Supervisor. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences and a Masters of Public Health from Eastern Kentucky University. He is an active community supporter of programs in West and South Louisville, is on the Board of Supervisors for the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District, and has worked on numerous programs with Habitat for Humanity. Ked’s interests include fishing, chickens, and gardening.
From maple-tapping and fruit foraging to shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, and storm water infiltration, the role of trees in livable, vibrant cities cannot be overstated. Louisville's urban canopy has been under assault for decades, but the tide may finally be turning as the city has just passed a new Tree Ordinance and citizens continue to organize to plant, protect, and Love Louisville Trees! Come for an update on the state of Louisville's trees and learn how you can get involved in protecting and expanding our city's vital green infrastructure.
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 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.
March 30, 2018PictureSustainability Roundtable: Amanda Fuller, Urban Farming and Orchards on Vacant Lots
Friday, March 30th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our speaker on March 30th will be Amanda Fuller, an urban farming pioneer and entrepreneur who was the first to request land from Louisville's Land Bank Authority for agricultural purposes. In 2013, she was successful in purchasing 5 contiguous vacant lots in the Portland neighborhood and established Lots of Food. She'll be sharing her story with us and discussing Urban Farming and Orchards on Vacant Lots.
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.
Through Mar. 31, 2018Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2018
Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet!
Post your sustainable actions with #ULEcolympics2018 to win a Cardinal-colored Echo by PureFix Cycles.

RecycleMania! - February 4 to March 31, 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.).
  • E-waste Recycling Collection:
    The Engage. Lead. Serve. Board (ELSB) Green Initiatives will be offering a collection of electronic wastes for recycling at both the Kick-Off event and in every residence hall's lobby throughout Ecolympics 2018! You can recycle any electronic consumer items, including: all computers, monitors, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, servers, networking equipment, fax machines, telephones and cellphones, RAM/memory, hard drives, battery backups, and peripherals such as keyboards, mice, speakers, AC adapters, and mixed computer cables/wires. Please make sure your data has been wiped from your device before recycling.
Campus Conservation Nationals - February 12 - March 4, 2018
 Live on campus? Win with conservation!UofL residence halls will compete among 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.
  • Keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard! Use the Dashboard to see how much electricity your hall is using and learn how you can conserve! Halls in the competition include:
  1. Ecolympics 2018 Prize BikeBettie Johnson Hall
  2. Community Park (real-time data!)
  3. Kurz Hall (real-time data!)
  4. Louisville Hall (real-time data!)
  5. Miller Hall
  6. Threlkeld Hall
  7. Unitas Hall (real-time data!)
  8. University Tower Apartments (UTA)
Prizes:
  • In addition to a Green Renovation prize for the winning hall, one resident who takes the most steps during Ecolympics 2018 will win a  Echo by PureFix Cycles. The bike has a matte black frame and Cardinal red deep dish wheels. Go Cards!
  • Post your sustainable actions with #ULEcolympics2018 throughout February & March to be entered into the competition!
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
April 6, 2018UofL Arbor Day 2017UofL Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 6th, 11am-2pm, Housing location TBA

April 6th is Arbor Day 2018 in Kentucky! 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 8 years running!).
  • At noon, you can help us plant a tree on campus!
  • Take home a free native tree sapling to plant in your yard or neighborhood! We'll be giving away 100 native Shortleaf Pines (which grow to 70'-100'), and other tree seedlings propagated by UofL Grounds.
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free local apples for everyone!
  • Bike-blender smoothies made entirely with tree fruits and nuts!
Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, Campus Housing, UofL Dining, and the Office of Health Promotion.
April 9, 2018Mayoral ForumLouisville Mayoral Candidate Forum
Monday, April 9th, 6-8pm, Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
UofL's Sustainability Council is partnering with Louisville's grassroots community radio station, FORward Radio 106.5fm to host and live-broadcast a moderated public Forum for all registered candidates for Louisville's next Mayor. This will not be a typical candidate debate with antagonistic posturing designed to generate 30-second sound bites. Rather, we will host a different kind of candidate forum, one expressly designed to stimulate, inform and uplift, rather than exhaust, confound and deflate. The Forum will be a free, ticket-less event with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.You can help shape this Forum by sharing what you think are most important topics for discussion and what specific questions you want to ask of all our Mayoral Candidates through the Facebook Event Page.
April 13-14, 2018UofL Alumni/Cardinal Day of Service
Friday, April 13th & Saturday, April 14th, 9am-1pm, various locations
Help neighbors in need stay in their homes while reducing their costs, discomfort, and environmental footprint! Join fellow alumni, faculty, and staff to give back to the community. UofL's Alumni Association and Office of Community Engagement are working with New Directions' Repair Affair to help complete minor safety and weatherization repairs on the homes of the elderly or disabled. No experience required. Register here by March 30.
Apr. 13, 2018UofL Maple SyrupEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Urban Forestry, Part 4 & Pancake Party with UofL Maple Syrup!
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! Our spring 2018 series is focused on urban forestry and on April 13th, we will celebrate another incredibly successful year of making maple syrup by tapping UofL trees! Come enjoy some pancakes are hyper-local maple syrup while we talk trees (speaker to be announced).
From maple-tapping and fruit foraging to shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, and storm water infiltration, the role of trees in livable, vibrant cities cannot be overstated. Louisville's urban canopy has been under assault for decades, but the tide may finally be turning as the city has just passed a new Tree Ordinance and citizens continue to organize to plant, protect, and Love Louisville Trees! Come for an update on the state of Louisville's trees and learn how you can get involved in protecting and expanding our city's vital green infrastructure.
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 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.
Through Apr. 23, 2018UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-1:30pm, and Thursdays 12:30-2pm, Unitas Tower basement
UofL’s Free Store is open Mondays & Wednesdays 11am-1:30pm, and Thursdays 12:30-2pm throughout the Spring 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.To volunteer, contact UofL's Zero Waste Intern: Erin Kurtz (erin.kurtz@louisville.edu, 502-298-6673). Follow on
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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