Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
Date Event
Feb. 20, 2020 Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law
Thursday, Feb. 20th, 3pm, Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
The Department of Sociology’s 2020 Jon H. Rieger Speaker Series presents Dr. Angela S. García. Dr. García is a sociologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her research centers on international migration, law and society, urban sociology, and well-being. Dr. García studies the consequences of socio-legal inclusion and exclusion for undocumented immigrants across the United States, Mexico, and Spain. Focusing on subnational (state and local) immigration laws and executive administrative action, she charts how immigrants’ everyday lives, incorporation, and well-being are shaped by the legal contexts in which they reside. Her book, Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law (University of California Press 2019), compares the effects of restrictive and accommodating state and local-level immigration laws on the everyday lives of undocumented Mexican immigrants in the US.
Feb. 21, 2020 Seed Starting at Garden Commons 2018Seed Starting Workshop
Friday, Feb. 21st, Noon, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Get a jump-start on your food garden this year! Join us in the greenhouse at UofL’s organic garden to learn about starting seeds to save money, get better results, and make the most of the growing season. Learn how and why to start seeds early with this hands-on workshop. Feel free to bring your own seeds to start and containers to take them home in, or help us start some seeds to be planted in our Campus Gardens. This workshop will be led by Bethany Pratt, Horticulture Education Agent for Jefferson County Cooperative Extension. RSVP on Facebook.
Feb. 2 - Mar. 28, 2020

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2020
February 2nd to March 28th

Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet! Facebook Event.

Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable to win a restored vintage Schwinn bicycle, gift cards to Comfy Cow and Heine Bros. coffee, and other fabulous prizes!

RecycleMania! - February 2 to March 28, 2020
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.

  • RecycleMania LogoREDUCE & RECYCLE! 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, everywhere on campus: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.
  • COMPOST! We will be collecting food wastes for composting from The Ville Grill and other campus dining locations and adding those numbers to UofL's organics recycling totals! You can also compost your food scraps and soiled paper products in the compost bins at the Garden Commons (next to the greenhouse behind the Cultural Center) and the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone. 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.).

Ecolympics 2020Residence Hall Conservation Throw-Down! - February 4-24, 2020
Live on campus? Win with conservation! UofL residence halls will compete among each other 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 2020 Prize BikeBettie Johnson Hall
  2. Billy Minardi Hall
  3. Community Park (real-time data!)
  4. Kurz Hall (real-time data!)
  5. Louisville Hall (real-time data!)
  6. Miller Hall
  7. Threlkeld Hall
  8. Unitas Hall (real-time data!)
  9. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

Prizes:

      • In addition to weekly winners who will receive gift cards to Comfy Cow and Heine Bros. coffee, and other fabulous prizes, one resident who takes the most steps during Ecolympics 2020 will win a restored vintage Schwinn bicycle (or another bike of your preference)!
      • Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable throughout February & March to be entered into the competition!

Fridays, Jan. 24 - 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. 24 - 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.
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.
Feb. 26, 2020 Film & Panel: The Beecher Terrace Story
Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 5:30-7:30pm, Ekstrom Library, room W104
Join filmmaker Lavel D. White, Louisville housing justice advocates, and former Beecher Terrace residents for a screening of “The Beecher Terrace Story," followed by a panel discussion.The Beecher Terrace Story was filmed and produced by Lavel White of Blue Boi Entertainment. The documentary was developed at the request of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority to ensure that this historic apartment site’s important role in shaping the Russell neighborhood and the city is not forgotten. Over the last several years, Louisville Metro Government, LMHA, Russell stakeholders and numerous other partners have been working to transform the Russell neighborhood. As part of this work, Beecher’s obsolete apartment buildings are being demolished to make way for a new energy-efficient, mixed-income community. Since opening in 1939, Beecher Terrace has been home to thousands of families who were influenced by its strong sense of community. The Beecher Terrace Story includes interviews with several former residents and neighborhood stakeholders who articulate the community’s rich history through their personal stories and anecdotes. The film also highlights the changes that have taken at the site over the decades, and the important role Beecher Terrace is playing in the future of the Russell neighborhood. This event is co-sponsored by the Housing Justice Work Group, the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, and Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice.
Feb. 28, 2020 The Other Side of Our Food System: The Use of Human Waste as an Agricultural Resource
Wednesday, February 26th, 4-5pm, Shumaker Research Building 139
Please join us for this talk by Dr. Nicholas Kawa, Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University, hosted by UofL's Department of Anthropology. Prior to industrialization, human excrement was commonly employed as a resource for agricultural fertilization. Following the advent of the hydraulic sanitation system, however, it became increasingly channeled into waterways rather than reincorporated into terrestrial agro-ecosystems. To counter this trend, more and more cities in the US are looking to treated sanitation waste, or “biosolids,” as a sustainable source of agricultural fertilizer. This presentation reports on a collaboration between Ohio State faculty and students in anthropology, architecture, and landscape architecture to design and implement a demonstration garden that makes legible the hidden processes by which human waste is transformed into an agricultural resource in the American Midwest. Ultimately, this presentation considers both the limits and possibilities of challenging social taboos surrounding human waste and the implications it has for our food system.
Feb. 28, 2020 Sustainability Roundtable: Urban Agriculture using High Tunnels in Louisville
Friday, Feb. 28th, 11am, Urban Studies room 200 (426 W. Bloom St.)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. On Feb. 28th, our speaker will be Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Conservationist at Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District and member of the Urban Agriculture Coalition. One of Lilias' passions is season-extension and year-round growing. She'll share some of the latest about using high tunnels for producing food in both urban and rural settings.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, 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 Tamara Sluss.
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.
Mar. 26, 2020 Human Trafficking and Exploitation Awareness Conference 2020: Addressing the Needs of the Queer Community
Thursday, March 26th, 8am-5pm, UofL Shelby Campus (440 N Whittington Pkwy)
People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Coalition of Kentucky is hosting its inaugural conference at UofL's Shelby Campus. Pre-registration for this free, educational, and interactive event is required through Eventbrite. We warmly invite community members, students, professionals, advocates, and service providers to join us as we engage in a day of learning, listening, and connecting around this important issue! Author, comedian, spoken word artist, and Human Trafficking Field Expert, K.D. Roche, will deliver the opening keynote address. Morning breakout sessions, led by Queer folk, Survivors of Human Trafficking, Allies, and Advocates offer engagement and learning opportunities for attendees. In the afternoon, Queer Survivors of trauma will participate in a public speak out, followed by a community discussion surrounding relevant issues related to risks of and occurrences of exploitation and human trafficking. Multiple organizations involved in the movement and anti-trafficking community have committed to participating in the conference and will be prepared to discuss their initiatives in serving the queer community. If you have questions, please email info@pathcoalitionofky.org
March 27, 2020 UPA Horticulture Zone Ground-breaking 5-22-13Sustainability Roundtable: Soil Contaminants in a Louisville Urban Community Garden
Friday, Mar. 27th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. Our final speaker on March 27th will be Jessica Eggleston, a candidate for UofL's Interdisciplinary Master's in Sustainability. She will be sharing her research on the effect of legacy contamination and influence of observed soil amendment in an urban community garden Louisville.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, 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 Tamara Sluss.
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.
March 30, 2020 No_Fascist_USA-hiRes8b.jpgNo Fascist USA!
Monday, March 30th, noon-1pm, Ekstrom Library W210
Hear from contributors to the new book, No Fascist USA! Hilary Moore and James Tracy who will address how a national grassroots network fought a resurgence of the KKK and other fascist groups during the Reagan years, laying the groundwork for today’s anti-fascist/anti-racist movements. This book tells the story of the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and how its members emerged from the radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s to combat racism and state repression throughout the 1980s. More info about the book available here. Sponsored by UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, this event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served.

**NOTE: The speakers will also be presenting later in the evening with representatives from Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ) at 7pm at Carmichael's Bookstore (2720 Frankfort Avenue) - please RSVP for that event here.
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,
8:30am-10:30am, HSC Kornhauser plaza
11am-2pm, Belknap Academic Building Quad
3pm, HSC Clinical Translational Research Bldg. (CTR)

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! Three opportunities:
    9:30am at HSC Abell building (Nursing K-Wing side)
    Noon at the Belknap Academic Building (BAB)
    3pm at HSC Clinical Translational Research Bldg. (CTR)
  • 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 10, 2020 Sustainability Roundtable: TBA
Friday, April 10th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. Our speaker on April 10th will be announced later - please stay tuned!
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, 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 Tamara Sluss.
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.
May 16, 2020 Green Heart Tree PlantingGreen Heart Tree Planting
Saturday, May 16th, 8am-4pm, meetup at Southside Baptist Church, 804 Camden Ave
Please join UofL, Louisville Grows, and our Southside neighbors in the Taylor-Berry, Jacobs, Hazelwood, Beechmont, Oakdale, and Wilder Park neighborhoods as we dig toward our goal of planting 1000 trees this season! We need 250+ volunteers on the day of the planting. No experience is necessary—everyone is welcome to come play in the dirt with us. Our Citizen Foresters will be there to lead you in becoming a proper tree planter! A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Louisville Grows will provide gloves and water bottles. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Waterproof outerwear is recommended if rain is forecasted. You'll be digging in dirt and handling mulch, so please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. Those unable to do the physical labor can volunteer to help as registration, breakfast, and lunch volunteers. This planting will be our third in partnership with Green Heart Louisville, a UofL study that seeks to determine how increased green space affects health and relationships within these neighborhoods. A greener community is a healthier community! Register here.
  • 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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