Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
Date 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.
Dec. 12, 2019 Panel Discussion on Ohio River Water Quality
Thursday, December 12th, 1pm, at Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Ave.
UofL's Dr. Tamara Sluss discusses Ohio River water quality with the Sustainability Living-Learning Community during an August 2019 Canoe Trip.The League of Women Voters of Louisville invites you to a discussion with Mr. Richard Harrison, executive director of ORSANCO (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission), regarding the League’s position letter sent to ORSANCO and water quality challenges to our beautiful river. This will be a very informative discussion about our river and the continued challenges to maintain it and keep it clean, featuring a panel of speakers including:
  • Tom Fitzgerald, director, Kentucky Resources Council, who will act as the moderator;
  • Nikki Chambers, LWVKY Environment Chair, Moss WTP supervisor, Hopkinsville Water Environmental Authority
  • Sarah Lynn Cunningham, PE, environmental engineer and member of the LWVL
  • Tamara Sluss, PhD, large river researcher and director, Interdisciplinary Master in Sustainability Program, University of Louisville
  • Michael Miller, professor emeritus, Department of Biological Science, University of Cincinnati
  • Jason Flickner, director and waterkeeper, Lower Ohio River Waterkeeper
  • Chris Bobay, Louisville Water Co.
Free and open to the public. For additional information, call Shirley Cantrell, chair, Natural Resources Committee at 502-241-4249 or email at Cant1557@twc.com
Jan. 10, 2020 Maple Tapping Workshop!UofL Maple Tapping 2019
Friday, Jan. 10th, Noon, 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, Dave Barker, has been tapping trees and making his own syrup in Louisville for years. He will give a brief, hands-on 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! RSVP on Facebook.
Fridays, Jan. 17 - Apr. 24, 2020 Garden Commons WorkdayGarden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 11am-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 spring semester (Jan. 17 - Apr. 24) from 11am to 1pm to start and tend seeds in the greenhouse, 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.
Jan. 31, 2020

Bill JohnsonEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Brownfield Redevelopment
Friday, Jan. 31st 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! To kickoff the spring series on Friday, Jan. 31st, our guest speaker will be Bill Johnston, Principal Geologist at Linebach-Funkhouser, a local environmental consulting group. He will talk with us about brownfield restoration projects he's been involved in, including UofL's own work to transform the Floyd Street corridor through Belknap campus from a contaminated parking lot into a children's playground, running track, and world-class athletic facilities. Mr. Johnston leads LFI’s environmental due-diligence programs pertaining to commercial/industrial properties, and is an expert in the assessment/remediation of contaminated sites. Mr. Johnston has 24 years of experience, is a registered Professional Geologist in KY, IN, and GA, is a certified UST professional, and has worked on projects throughout the United States. Prior to joining LFI, Mr. Johnston was a Principal with an international environmental engineering firm. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Southeast.

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 spring, we 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.

Feb. 28, 2020 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Extinction Rebellion Kentucky
Friday, Feb. 28th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210
Extinction Rebellion KYJoin us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! Our February 28th training will focus on Direct Action for Sustainability with representatives from Extinction Rebellion Kentucky! XR is a global people's movement that has gained lots of attention from dramatic, non-violent public actions to raise awareness and draw attention to the need for urgent action against ecological destruction. The US movement has declared a non-violent rebellion against the US government for its criminal inaction on the ecological crisis. XR US demands:
1. That the Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
2. The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
3. We do not trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve these changes and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose.
4. We demand a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.
The Kentucky chapter of Extinction Rebellion has been active in mobilizing people across the state and right here in Louisville to non-violently resist the fossil fuel industry, corporate greed, and government inaction. Come learn about the movement and how to use non-violent direct action to drive change for sustainability.

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 spring, we 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.
March 27, 2020 Major air pollutants are trending downwardEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Air Pollution Control District
Friday, March 27th 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 March 27th training will feature representatives from Metro Louisville's Air Pollution Control District (APCD). The APCD enforces the Clean Air Act and other laws and regulations that make the air clean and safe in Louisville/Jefferson County. They also work with the community on policies and programs that lead to a healthier and more sustainable city. Come find out what they are up to and how you can get involved in improving air quality in Louisville!

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 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.
April 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2020

Belknap Farmers Market: Spring Markets
Wednesdays, April 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd (Earth Day), 10:30am-2pm, Red Barn
Belknap Farmers Market April 2019The Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns every Wednesday in April 2020! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including produce, eggs, baked goods, preserves, honey, ice cream, coffee, plants, and more. We'll also highlight sustainable resources on campus. Vendors will likely include:

  • Louisville Grows will have plant seeds and starts (veggies, fruits, and flowers) to help you get your garden growing!
  • Barr Farms will be on hand taking subscriptions for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) local food subscription service with pickups available at both Belknap campus (SAC Health Promotion Office) and Health Sciences Center. Come meet the farmers and learn how you can enjoy a weekly (or biweekly) delivery of fresh, local, sustainably-grown produce from May through October! They also offer a meat CSA option.
  • Berserker Brew locally-roasted coffee
  • Bernoulli's Ice Cream
  • Rogue Petunia Cakery
  • Lowe Creek Farms
  • UofL Free Store
April 1, 2020 Shelley Saxer head shotBoehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy: Shelley Ross Saxer
Wednesday, April 1st at 6pm, Law Room 275
Professor Shelley Ross Saxer, who is the Laure Sudreau Endowed Professor of Law at Pepperdine Law School, will give the 2020 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy.  Professor Saxer has published articles dealing with liquor store over concentration in urban areas, the use of religious institutions for homeless shelters, conflict between local governmental units over commercial land use decisions that impact surrounding communities, eminent domain, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, sex offender property disclosures and residency restrictions, water law, and zoning conflicts with First Amendment rights. Professor Saxer is co-author of Social-Ecological Resilience and Sustainability, Aspen Coursebook series, Wolters Kluwer (with Jonathan Rosenbloom). The topic of her talk on April 1st will be announced later.
April 3, 2020 Students taking home free trees at UofL Arbor Day 2018UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2020
Friday, April 3rd, 11am-2pm, Belknap Academic Building Quad

April 3rd is Arbor Day 2020 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 10 years running!).
  • Help us plant new trees on campus! (On April 3rd, we'll start the tree planting around noon near the BAB.)
  • Take home a free native tree sapling to plant in your yard or neighborhood! We'll be giving away 100 roughleaf dogwoods, and 100 redbuds.
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • Bike-blender tree smoothies made entirely with tree fruits and nuts, including native pawpaws from a Louisville community garden, and peaches and native serviceberries harvested right here on campus!

Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, Campus Housing, UofL Dining, and UofL Office of Health Promotion. RSVP on Facebook.

April 7, 2020 National Power Dialog
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has been invited to be the lead partner in Kentucky on the Solve Climate By 2030 project. On this date, Solve Climate will host a nationally coordinated on-line event with local events at hundreds of participating schools in every state, including UofL. The Power Dialog will feature hour-long, simultaneous, university-hosted webinars on state-specific solutions, followed by community dialogs that will focus on how students and others can take action. The Conn Center will help to engage students and citizens across Kentucky in critical dialog about climate solutions. Stay tuned for details.
April 17, 2020 UofL Maple SyrupEcoReps Lunch & Learn: UofL Maple Tapping & Pancake Party!
Friday, April 17th 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! We'll wrap up the year on April 17th, with our annual celebration of making maple syrup by tapping UofL trees! Come enjoy some pancakes with our very own, hyper-local maple syrup while we talk trees with our community partner, Dave Barker.
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 spring, we 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.
May 14 – Oct. 29, 2020
image for 2018Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursdays,
May 14 – Oct. 29,10:30am‒1:30pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 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. 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.
  • 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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