UofL's ongoing peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program for students, faculty, and staff.

UofL Eco-Reps Program

Interested in learning more?
Contact EcoReps Director, Brian Barnes at or 502-338-1338 (call/text).

Do you care about sustainability and want to make a difference?
Welcome to the University of Louisville Eco-Reps program! UofL's Sustainability Council launched this ongoing peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program in 2012 for all students, faculty, and staff who give a damn! Eco-Reps is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training and resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person and peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. Sign-up here to become an Eco-Rep! Follow on Facebook.

Our on-going workshop series during the regular academic year provides opportunities for getting together to learn more about specific topics in sustainability and to meet people actively working to advance sustainability in Louisville. In 2017, we're continuing our monthly series of EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch at noon on third Fridays:

Jan. 20EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Food Recovery Networks
Feb. 17
EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Energy Conservation Strategies
Mar. 24
EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Butterflies and #take2forlou
Apr. 21
(Ekstrom Library, 2ND FLOOR - DELPHI LAB) EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Making Maple Syrup from UofL Trees (Pancake Party!)  Photos.
Sept. 22 - EcoReps Lunch & Learn with Brian Barnes (Humanities 300)
Oct. 20 - America's Addiction to Automobiles: Why Cities Need to Kick the Habit and How (Urban Studies Room 123)
Nov. 17 - Tackling Food Waste & Greening Condos, Townhomes & Home Owner Associations (Ekstrom W210)

At the core of the Eco-Reps program is an online training series (below) focused on topics in sustainability, particularly as they apply at UofL. The series is not intended to be exhaustive concerning sustainability as a whole, nor any individual topic, but the intent is to empower and educate you about the different ways UofL is addressing sustainability and what we, the UofL community, must do to move forward.

There are two tiers of training for Eco-Reps - both a Basic and an Advanced program. The Basic training includes a series of videos (available below and on our Eco-Reps Channel) and accompanying supplementary materials. Taken together, the series is intended to prepare you for becoming a voice for sustainability practices at UofL.

Steps to becoming a UofL Eco-Rep:

  1. Watch the entire video series (#1-6)
  2. Review the supplementary materials associated with each video
  3. Think about how and where you could serve the university as an Eco-Rep
  4. Think about your own understanding of the concept of "sustainability" and how your personal history has caused you to think about it in that way, and
  5. Contact EcoReps Director, Brian Barnes at to select a building on campus that you will be in charge of.

UofL Eco-Reps will lead workshops, educate peers at UofL, and offer their expertise to community projects both on and off campus. If you’re interested in going deeper, you can also explore Advanced Sustainability Topics through the Eco-Reps online trainings.

Once you become an Eco-Rep, you’ll be expected to serve as a resource person for sustainability in your sub-community at UofL, whether it’s your immediate peers and colleagues, your department, your building, your club, your residence hall, or any other realm where you live, work, and play. We encourage you to become conscious of the specific physical and social systems in your own department or residence hall. Help your peers understand the options and advantages of more sustainable solutions during planning meetings or when designing systems.

Brian Barnes & Angie Carlson discuss EcoReps and campus sustainability efforts (UofL Today with Mark Hebert, March 15, 2016)

Training Video #1 - What is Sustainability?

Training Video #2 - Eating Sustainably at UofL

Eating Sustainably - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #3 - Sustainable Transportation

Sustainable Transportation - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #4 - Healthy eating

Healthy Eating - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #5 - Energy and Water

Energy & Water - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #6 - Waste

Waste - Supplementary Reading

Sustainability in the Classroom

Sustainability in the Classroom - Supplementary Resources

Advanced Training #1: Bicycling for Transportation

Part I: Bicycling for Transportation

Part II: Bicycling for Transportation

Bicycling for Transportation - Supplementary Reading

Advanced Training #2: Urban Composting Program

Urban Composting Program - Supplementary Reading

Advanced Community Composting Training Testimonial

...Stay tuned! More trainings are in the works!!


Get your hands dirty with UofL's Community Composting Project!

Volunteer with the UofL Free Store!

Come grow with us in UofL's Gardens!

Eco-Reps stand for sustainable action, so we also encourage you to actively demonstrate your personal commitment in those places where you can have the most impact. Eco-Reps are not “green police.” Eco-Reps are educators and mentors. As an Eco-Rep, you should feel free to politely observe and make note of problem behaviors or unsustainable systems, but you should always be courteous, respectful and supportive rather than punitive. It’s important to remain sensitive to the university's policies and structure. Eco-Reps should also be a voice for sound practices regarding our campus environment, its inhabitants, and the planet at large. Eco-Reps should always strive to “practice what they preach” and to lead by example.

Eco-Reps will be expected to attend monthly meetings to discuss your own sustainability activities in a public forum (with food!), and at least once per year, each Eco-Rep will report on your activities and ideas about Sustainable practices to UofL's Sustainability Council. We’ll also expect you to submit a brief monthly report designed to help everyone brainstorm and document more effective strategies for Eco-Reps representation across campus.

Eco-Reps will engage in an annual project to be decided by the current Eco-Reps at the beginning of each fall semester. The projects should engage the community around UofL in some highly visible and meaningful efforts. Eco-Reps are encouraged to partner with RSOs, Residence Life, the Student, Staff, and Faculty Senates, and other campus organizations to spread the word about sustainability on campus, and to help identify opportunities to engage with sustainability.

The Eco-Reps Advanced training program at UofL offers serious sustainability advocates the opportunity to work with a UofL mentor in a particular sustainability area to develop a focused project that addresses the needs of the university or wider community. The Advanced program begins with video training about a particular topic, such as bicycling for transportation, or urban composting (more advanced trainings in the works). You’ll then explore a set of supplemental materials on the topic and develop a proposal for a community project. Proposals will be reviewed by the Sustainability Council and the Eco-Reps mentor. If approved, the project will be conducted under the supervision of an Eco-Reps mentor and you will be listed on UofL's Sustainability website as being among UofL's advanced community mentors available for consultation.

EcoReps: Natalie Middaugh, Delvon Mattingly, Baxter Mcclaves, Edwin Kibichiy, Ibrahim Noor, Alicia McGuire, Ernest Kibet, and Ivonne Rodriquez.
Advanced EcoReps: Angie Carlson, Russ Barnett, and Brent Fryrear!

UofL EcoRepsDateStatusAreas of Responsibility
Josh OrrApr2014community
Community composting
Chris SimsApr2014grad studentAnthropology, Lutz
Laura PattersonApr2014undergradAthletics
Skip HurleyNov2013staffClinical & Translational Research (HSC)
Maurice Hardy, Sr.Apr2013staffUniversity Post Office, Houchens
Angie CarlsonApr2013grad studentBioethics; EcoReps Coordinator

Interested in learning more? Sign-up here to become an Eco-Rep!
You can also contact EcoReps Director, Brian Barnes at or 502-338-1338 (call/text).
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