Past Events

A log of sustainability events at UofL which have already taken place.
DateEvent
April 19, 2019Connecting our Community: Collaboration and Resource Sharing Among Community Gardens in Louisville, KY
Emily Goldstein - Masters of Sustainability 2019Friday, Apr 19th, 1pm, Lutz Hall Room 245
Join us for a Master's Defense by Emily Goldstein, a student in UofL's Interdisciplinary Master of Sustainability program and an advisee of Dr. Angela Storey in the Department of Anthropology. Her MS thesis research examines how resource sharing and collaboration manifest across Louisville community gardens. This can occur in many ways, and could include: physical objects, such as gardening tools and seed exchanges; information exchange, such as gardening knowledge; and shared labor.
Apr. 19, 2019UofL Maple SyrupEcoReps Lunch & Learn: UofL Maple Tapping & Pancake Party!
Friday, April 19th 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 19th, 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.
April 15, 2019Belknap Farmers Market: Earth Week MarketBelknap Farmers Market Logo
Monday, April 15th, 11am-2pm, Red Barn plaza
The Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns for one-day only during Earth Week 2019! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including produce, eggs, breads, honey, ice cream, cakes, locally-roasted coffee, and more. Vendors 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
Apr. 12, 2019Climate Anxiety+Meditation Workshop (Apr 2019)Climate Anxiety and Meditation Workshop
Friday, April 12th, Noon
Garden Commons at the Cultural Center

Join us in UofL's organic Garden Commons for a wellness workshop on climate anxiety. Do you feel extreme anxiety in the face of news about climate change and environmental disasters? Come learn tools for resiliency and be guided through a meditation created specifically for this purpose. Co-sponsored by the UofL Sustainability Council, Office of Health Promotion, and Get Healthy Now!
April 12, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Mary Ellen Wiederwohl (Chief of Louisville Forward, Metro Government)
Friday, April 12th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Mary Ellen Wiederwohl of Louisville Forward spoke to a mentee.Please join us for UofL's final Sustainability Roundtable of the academic year! Our guest on April 12th will be Chief of Louisville Forward for Metro Government, Mary Ellen Wiederwohl. The title of her talk will be "Sustainability is Economic Development: How sustainability and environmental protection support the growth and prosperity of the city."
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 Daniel DeCaro.
April 11, 2019Grassroots Organizing and Policy in Juvenile Justice
Thursday, April 11th, 4pm, Brandeis School of Law, Room 175
"Lectures in Social Change: Dismantling Inequalities" presents guest lecturer Keturah Herron, Field Organizer for the ACLU of Kentucky. Herron is a social justice advocate and change agent with over 15 years' experience working with youth and families involved in the social service and criminal justice systems. Currently, Herron works on policy change through a social justice lens, focusing on juvenile justice reform and other issues. This talk is free and open to the public.
April 9, 2019UofL J.A.M. (Justice And Music)
Tuesday, April 9th, 4-6pm, Red Barn
“The J.A.M. (Justice And Music)” - aims to be a fun-filled dance event featuring social justice organizations from across campus and the wider community. The event features music over the decades highlightin the themes and messages of social justice. The J.A.M. will not only be a good time with good music, but will also serve as a consciousness raising event that will hopefully inspire attendees to audit their own music libraries and think more critically about the music we choose to consume.
April 9, 2019Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights
Tuesday, April 9th, 1pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

Join us for a free public lecture by the 2019 UofL Grawemeyer Award winners for Ideas Improving World Order, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph. The team were named co-winners for the ideas set forth in their book, Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights. The work, published in 2015 by Oxford University Press, offers a method for gauging how well nations are providing basic human rights of food, health, education, housing, work and social well-being to their citizens and suggests how they can advance such rights even further. Fukuda-Parr is a professor in The New School’s Graduate Programs in International Affairs. Lawson-Remer was recently a fellow in Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Randolph is an associate professor emerita of economics at the University of Connecticut. The trio used the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights as a basis for their work, creating a new tool, the Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment Index, to measure nations’ progress toward human rights goals. Their book also sheds light on policies that advance human rights and explains how use of these policies and public pressure can lead to results. Although the authors noted there has been steady progress in social and economic rights fulfillment over the past 30 years, they found that disparities still exist in every region of the world. Their measurement tool is aimed at helping governments and other organizations address those disparities. In 2016, the book won the American Political Science Association’s Human Rights Section Best Book Award.
April 8, 2019U.S., Venezuela, and International Law
Monday, April 8th, 12pm, Brandeis School of Law, Room 175
Join us to hear from guest speaker Dan Kovalik. Mr. Kovalik received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford University School of Law and was the recipient of the Project Censored Award for his article exposing the unprecedented killing of trade unionists in Colombia. He has written extensively on the issue of international human rights and U.S. foreign policy for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch and has lectured throughout the world on these subjects.
April 5, 2019Paint and Plant
Friday, April 5th, 2-5pm, Red Barn
This event will give students the opportunity to relax and connect with nature. Enjoy free snacks as you paint and decorate a pot, plant a starter herb/vegetable/flower, and take it home free of charge. This event is organized by the Graduate Network in A&S, which encourages all students from all disciplines to gather and network at social events like these. Our goal is to give students the chance to mingle with others outside of their own discipline and have a good time on campus.
Apr. 5 & 8, 2019UofL Arbor Day 2017UofL Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 5th, 11am-2pm, Belknap Campus University Pointe
Monday, April 8th, 9am at HSC School of Dentistry

April 5th is Arbor Day 2019 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 9 years running!).
  • Help us plant new trees on campus! (On April 5th, we'll start the tree planting around noon on Greek Row.)
  • Take home a free native tree sapling to plant in your yard or neighborhood! We'll be giving away 100 native roughleaf dogwoods, 100 native Kentucky coffeetrees, and 20 flowering cherry trees.
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • Bike-blender 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, UofL Office of Health Promotion, and HSC Green Team.
April 3, 2019https://static.wixstatic.com/media/9a95c6_3bb186768a0344f98184839d16f9ce7f~mv2_d_2020_1768_s_2.png/v1/fill/w_1600,h_1400,q_85,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/9a95c6_3bb186768a0344f98184839d16f9ce7f~mv2_d_2020_1768_s_2.pngUPA Spring 2019 Lecture Series: KY State Representative Attica Scott
Wednesday, April 3rd at 7pm at Launch Louisville (816 & 822 East Broadway)
UofL's department of Urban & Public Affairs invites you to join us for the spring lecture series, no matter your field or specialty! Urbanism is and has always been a transdisciplinary endeavor, and there is no better space that this in which to begin to engage in these discussions/debates. This series is designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and the public around issues of urbanization, sustainability, the just city, and what it all means for our home city of Louisville. Our guest on April 3rd will be State Representative Attica Scott, who serves Kentucky House District 41. These events are free and open to the public!
April 3, 2019UofL Recycling Bin Hackathon
Wednesday, April 3rd, 4pm-6pm, FirstBuild (333 East Brandeis)

Do you care about recycling? Do you think the current campus containers are confusing? Want to work collaboratively to come up with new ideas? Join us for a two-hour fun co-creation experience, led by FirstBuild. Students, faculty, and staff from all corners of the university are welcome to join us for this free event! Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.
March 30, 2019Student Climate Rally 2-22-19Organizing vs. Activism 101 Training
Saturday, March 30th 4-7pm, SAC
The decentralized, leaderful movement Resistencia Cuarenta-y Cinco is planning this organizer 101 training to give you the run down on what’s organizing vs. activism. We’ll also have envisioning exercises where you envision a world you want to live in, then how to work towards it! Discover what we do immediately to push for change, channeling the energy of the fierce urgency of now. These exercises will be facilitated through an intersectional lens as we delve into real situations grappling with reproductive rights, housing justice, and climate change affecting black and brown communities hardest. This is an intentional youth oriented space and we’ll be centering people of color voices. Are you down or are you ready to throw down? Let’s get free together. La lucha sigue!
March 29 -  May 1, 2019 Lighten Your Load! Move-Out Waste Reduction
March 29th through May 1st
Moving out? Don't throw it out!
During the spring move out (March 29th through May 1st), special collection bins are available in the lobbies of all UofL residence halls for the donation of any unwanted items: clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, appliances, lamps, electronics, decor, rugs, bags, school supplies, non-perishable food items, and anything else you'd rather not keep. Two sets of bins will be available in each lobby - one for Goodwill items and another for donations of non-perishable food items that we will donate to the hungry through the Cardinal Cupboard. Help us achieve our goal of Zero Waste for Move-Out 2019! Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is proud to partner with UofL Campus Housing and the UofL Sustainability Council for this initiative!
  • In advance of Earth Day 2019, a special "Lighten Your Load (on the Earth)" free swap will be set up on a Wednesday, April 17th, 11am-2pm, Red Barn plaza - all are welcome to come take or donate items.
March 29, 2019EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Hart Hagan on the Green New DealGreen New Deal
Friday, March 29nd 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 on March 29th will be the Green New Deal, a proposed economic stimulus program in the United States that aims to address both economic inequality and climate change. Supporters of a Green New Deal, like Hart and the youth-led Sunrise Movement, advocate for a combination of Roosevelt's economic approach with modern ideas such as renewable energy and resource efficiency. Hart Hagan is a long-time activist, organizer, and advocate for sustainable change. He is host of The Climate Report on Louisville's Forward Radio 106.5fm, and director of Wild Ones Louisville.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepsEco-Reps logo 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 29, 2019

Sustainability Roundtable: CLB Envirome Institute: Addressing the impact of the environment on human health
Friday, March 29th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Envirome InstitutePlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our guest on March 29th will be Jonathan Freedman, Assistant Director of UofL's Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, and a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the School of Medicine. Professor Freedman holds an additional appointment in the Diabetes and Obesity Center. His career has focused on understanding how environmental toxicants contribute to the etiology of human diseases including cancer, metabolic disorders, and developmental and learning abnormalities. These projects have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Superfund, National Toxicology Program, American Cancer Society and Autism Speaks. He will share some of his work and inform us about the work of the Envirome Institute and potential research and collaborative opportunities.

The Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute was officially established in June 2018, with input from both University and Louisville communities. The mission of the CLB Envirome Institute is to enable and support education, research and communication through a holistic approach to understand how natural, social and personal environments come together to affect an individual’s health. Through multi-directional partnership with local communities and relevant stakeholders, the Institute aims to investigate how changes in natural, built, social and personal environments affect health outcomes and disease risk within our community. Meeting this goal requires input from academicians from Business, Engineering, Law, Policy, Public Health, Arts & Science and Medicine. Combining the expertise in these areas with participation from community leaders and citizen scientists will improve the quality of life for the citizens of Louisville and serve as a model that can be globally applied.

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 Daniel DeCaro.

March 28, 2019Spring 2019 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 28th, 11am-12:30pm, Ekstrom Library room W210

Tree Campus USA - 2011 Tree PlantingThe Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:

  • Updates: recent/impending tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans (Greg & Aaron)
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App (Bob)
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour – ELSB funded plaque replacements (Tammy)
  • Plan for 2019 UofL Arbor Day Observances  (Justin)
    1. Friday, April 5th, 11am-2pm, University Pointe
    2. Monday, April 8th, 9am, HSC Dental School
    - Role of Grounds Crew & Tree Planting plan (Greg)
    - Role of Campus Housing/Green House/Sustainability Living-Learning Community (Marcus/James)
    - Role of UofL Dining (Ellen)
    - Role of Health Promotion (Justin)
    - Role of KY and/or Metro Louisville Divisions of Forestry? (Bridget/Erin)
    - Who can help staff Tree give-away? Russ has ordered 100 native roughleaf dogwood & 100 native Kentucky coffeetree seedlings, and Greg has 20 flowering cherry trees.
    3. Athletics Arbor Day planting with student athletes? (Seeking tree donor)
  • Tree-relatedService Learning Projects
    - Review of 2019 Maple-Tapping season & plan for pancake party Friday 4/19, Noon, Ekstrom W210  (Linda, Dave, Avalon)
    - All are encouraged to volunteer to help with:
      - Metro Tree Giveaway -Saturday 3/23, 11am-1pm, JCTC parking lot (125 W Broadway)
      - Louisville Grows Chickasaw Neighborhood Tree Planting – Saturday 4/6, 8am-3pm
      - Any 2019 classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
March 27, 2019Who Gets to Drink? The Past and Future of Drinking Water
Wednesday, March 27th, 6pm, Law School Room 275
The Spring 2019 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy 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. James is one of the world's preeminent authorities on drinking water policies and he will present "Who Gets to Drink? The Past and Future of Drinking Water." The Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy is supported by the Herbert Boehl Chair Funds, the Brandeis School of Law and the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility.
March 22, 2019Tamara SlussThe Ecohydrology of Large Rivers and Implications for Harmful Algal Blooms
Friday, March 22nd, 3pm, Lutz Hall 225
Join us on World Water Day for this special Geography Department seminar featuring Dr. Tamara Sluss, Director of UofL's Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability. Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) threaten our drinking water and recreation in the Ohio River and understanding the ecohydrology of these systems may allow us to prevent their establishment in our water supply. 
March 22, 2019World Water Day: Taste the Tap
Friday, March 22nd, 11:30am – 1:30pm, SAC Marketplace and HSC Kornhauser plaza simultaneously
UofL will participate in World Water Day with simultaneous events on both Belknap campus and the Health Sciences Center. In partnership with the Louisville Water Company, we will host a Taste the Tap event in which we challenge you to a blind taste test to compare Louisville's award-winning tap water with commercially available bottled waters. We want you to #TasteTheDifference and #DrinkLocal. Gain a new appreciation for the privileges of living in a place like Louisville with great, dependable tap water, and pick up a reusable bottle so you never have to waste money and generate trash with bottled water again!
The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal #6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need. This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.
March 22, 2019Brian Barnes managing UofL Food Waste Composting Program.Garden Commons Workshop: Composting
Friday, March 22nd, Noon, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic Garden Commons for a special workshop on composting and vermiculture with Dr. Brian Barnes! Brian directs UofL's Community Composting Project (just a couple blocks north of the Garden Commons) with volunteer-power every Sunday noon-2pm. He'll be sharing the basics of why, how, and what to compost and we will be creating DIY composting bins that you can take home with you to start your own compost!
March 21, 2019Recycling at UofL
Thursday, March 21st, 3pm, Ekstrom W104
UofL's Sustainability Coordinator, Justin Mog, and Kim Martinez from WestRock Recycling will answer all of your questions about what is and is not recyclable at UofL, and where it all goes when it leaves campus. The focus will be on UofL's single-stream system for recycling paper, cardboard, glass, cans, and plastic, but we'll touch on options for composting, recycling less common items, and donating for reuse.
March 20, 2019https://static.wixstatic.com/media/9a95c6_3bb186768a0344f98184839d16f9ce7f~mv2_d_2020_1768_s_2.png/v1/fill/w_1600,h_1400,q_85,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/9a95c6_3bb186768a0344f98184839d16f9ce7f~mv2_d_2020_1768_s_2.pngOpportunity Zones Will Do More Damage than Urban Renewal
UPA Spring 2019 Lecture Series: Cassia Herron, Community advocate/activist/planner

Wednesday, March 20th at 7pm at Launch Louisville (816 & 822 East Broadway)
Free registration encouraged

UofL's department of Urban & Public Affairs invites you to join us for the spring lecture series, Urban Oppositions. March 20th will feature a wonderful discussion with Cassia Herron, advocate, activist, and planner. Cassia will take the controversial position that Opportunity Zones will be more damaging to the city than Urban Renewal. All are welcome for the conversation, no matter your field or specialty! Urbanism is and has always been a transdisciplinary endeavor, and there is no better space that this in which to begin to engage in these discussions/debates. This series is designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and the public around issues of urbanization, sustainability, the just city, and what it all means for our home city of Louisville. These events are free and open to the public! Upcoming speakers include:
•    Representative Attica Scott: State Representative Attica Scott serves Kentucky House District 41 – Apr 3rd at 7pm
March 18, 2019Kentucky's Past & Future: Health & Industrial Hemp
Monday, March 18th, 6pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Dr. D.W. Williams is the director of the Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability and professor of agronomy in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Plant and Soils Science. His work is focused on enhancing the lives of the people of Appalachia and furthering industrial hemp research. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required. The event is sponsored by the Humana Foundation.
March 10, 2019LOUISVILLE'S STREET RAILWAYS book coverSketching Louisville’s growth in streetcar rail lines
Sunday, March 10th, 2pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Louisville’s 19th and early 20th Century expansion can be traced in its streetcar lines. During the Civil War era, residents relied upon a system of mule-drawn carriages with routes through downtown and into nearby neighborhoods; starting in 1889, during the “electric age,” street cars replaced these vehicles, and ultimately stretched beyond the city limits and into communities like Jeffersontown, Okolona, Valley Station and even Shelbyville. For nearly six decades, streetcars were the primary mode of transportation for the city’s population.Historian and journalist Martin E. Biemer will discuss his book, "Louisville street railways and how they shaped the city’s growth.” Many of the book’s photos, illustrations, and drawings came from Archives and Special Collections. Biemer was aided by earlier work of now-deceased researchers George Yater, James Calvert, and Ernest Gibson. Books will be available for purchase.
March 9, 2019

J. Blaine Hudson African World Academy Presents
Saturday, March 9th, 11am-2pm, University Club Presidents Room
Enjoy two stimulating presentations that are free and open to the public.:

  1. Louisville Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will present "A life of privilege, a sense of duty: Ruth Booker Bryant, Unsung Heroine and the Black 6"
  2. "The Environmental Dream Team: Basic Facts and Real Impacts" with Eboni Cochran (REACT - Rubbertown Emergency ACTion), Tom FitzGerald (Kentucky Resources Council), and Lauren Heberle (UofL Sociology/Center for Environmental Policy & Management).
March 7, 2019Engaged Scholarship Symposium
Thursday, March 7th, 11:30am – 1:30pm, Shumaker Research Building
Join us for a series of short talks on engaged research and teaching. Included will be a presentation on the soon to be released Faculty Handbook on Community-Engaged Scholarship: Documentation and Review. Light lunch will be provided. RSVP here.
March 3, 2019Film Screening: YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip
Sunday, March 3rd, 7pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
The UofL Sustainability Council and the Sustainability Living-Learning Community invite you to join us for dinner and a screening of the hilarious and moving film YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip, starring and directed by local filmmaker and sustainability activist, Ben Evans. 50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road - traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage - to explore every state in America (the good, the bad...and the weird) in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises. As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their year-long quest, an unexpected turn of events pushes them to the brink in this award-winning docu-comedy. Featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and others.
Mar. 1, 2019TrasketballTrasketball
Friday, March 1st, 11am -12:30pm, Red Barn plaza
Join ELSB's Green Initiatives during Ecolympics 2019 for Trasketball in front of the SAC and the Red Barn on March 1st. Come test your sustainable waste disposal skills and see if you know what can be composted, recycled, and what must be sent to the landfill. We will be giving away various prizes including UofL basketball game tickets, T-shirts, and more!
Mar. 1, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Venkata Gullapalli (Civil Engineer, Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation)
Friday, March 1st, 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 guest on March 1st with be Venkata Gullapalli, an Engineer with Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation who received his doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UofL in 2015 for his dissertation on "Community engagement, environmental education, and public outreach in sustainable engineering: a collaborative demonstration project for water treatment using natural processes and sustainable materials."
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 Daniel DeCaro.
Feb. 22, 2019EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Global Peace & Prosperity with Clean Energy
Friday, Feb. 22nd 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 speaker on February 22nd 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 on 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 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.
This is a satellite event of the Student Strike for Climate Justice! #wedemanclimatejustice#12yearsleft#FridaysforFuture
Feb. 22, 2019Student Strike for Climate Justice
Friday, Feb. 22nd,8am - 3pm, at campuses and schools across Louisville, Kentucky, and the Nation!
The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition and Student Strike for Climate Justice invites everyone who cares about a safe climate future to join our Student Strike 4 Climate on February 22nd- students standing up when our politicians won’t.
12 YEARS LEFT. That is the rallying cry beginning to resonate across the world. 12 years until the point of no return. Political leaders are not doing enough to ensure that there will be a future, so our generation is taking a stand to demand that there will be. Join us on University of Louisville's campus (Humanities Quad) to rally for climate justice at 2pm; meet us at Mayor Fischer's office downtown at noon, or spend the day writing to public officials, marching for climate justice, or just sitting outside your local government building demanding change, like 16 year old phenom Greta Thunberg. On February 22nd, school students are striking to tell our politicians to take us seriously and start treating climate change for what it is: a crisis and the biggest threat to our generation and generations to come. Everyone is invited. Tens of thousands of students around the world will join us. If you’re not a student, take the day off and join us in solidarity! #wedemanclimatejustice #12yearsleft #FridaysforFuture
Feb. 21, 2019Community-Wide Diversity & Inclusion Dinner
Thursday, February 21st, 6:00-7:30pm, Red Barn
Tax-deductible Donations: $8.00 pre-event (online here) or $10 at the door
Engage with Empathy. Challenge Your Beliefs. Participate in Peace. The Psychology Honor Society (Psi Chi) and UofL's Peace, Justice, & Conflict Transformation Program invite you to join us for our 2nd Annual University of Louisville Community-Wide Diversity & Inclusion Dinner. Enjoy a delicious meal before participating in fun and engaging activities that promote and celebrate the differences we all share! All of this with special guest Ms. Marian Vasser, Director of Diversity Education and Inclusion Excellence at UofL. Proceeds benefit the Ulster Project Louisville: An international community engagement program designed to “transform young Christian teens from Louisville and Northern Ireland into leaders and peacemakers”. Questions? Email Dr. Melinda Leonard at maleono4@louisville.edu or Tesnim Arar at t0arar01@louisville.edu
Feb. 20, 2019Organize Your Own: An Intergenerational Cultural Dialogue
Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 5:30-7pm, Hite Art Gallery in Schneider Hall
Organize Your OwnPlease join us at this cultural program and spoken-word event at and about the very cool exhibit currently showing at UofL’s Hite Art Gallery in Schneider Hall. It is cohosted by UofL’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the Black Scene Millennium (see www.blackscene.org), and Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (L-SURJ). This cultural program focuses on issues of identity in the struggle against racism and in other social justice movements since Stokely Carmichael's 1965 call to "organize your own."  There will be conversation, snacks, and spoken-word, including an open-mic part of the program. In 1965, Stokely Carmichael and SNCC made a historic call for Black Power, as well as a directive to all racial justice supporters to organize in their own communities. Groups like the Panthers, the Young Lords, the Young Patriots, and many others responded. Fifty years later, Louisville native Daniel Tucker invited artists and cultural workers to produce new works reflecting on this call to “organize your own” in the struggle against racism. The resulting "Organize Your Own" exhibition has toured the US and is currently on display at the UofL Hite Art Gallery through February 22. This dialogue will engage both the exhibit and the important histories and currents it raises. Curator Daniel Tucker will join us from Philadelphia to tour and discuss the exhibit, and participants will hear more about the exciting revival of The Black Scene, a local 1970s publication.
Feb. 20, 2019UPA Spring 2019 Lecture Series: Layla George, "Louisville's urban parks were designed for democracy"
Wednesday, Feb. 20th at 7pm at Launch Louisville (816 & 822 East Broadway)
UofL's department of Urban & Public Affairs invites you to join us for the spring lecture series, no matter your field or specialty! Urbanism is and has always been a transdisciplinary endeavor, and there is no better space that this in which to begin to engage in these discussions/debates. This series is designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and the public around issues of urbanization, sustainability, the just city, and what it all means for our home city of Louisville. Our guest on February 19th will be Layla George, President and CEO at Olmsted Parks Conservancy. These events are free and open to the public! Upcoming speakers include:
•    Cassia Herron, Community advocate/activist/planner – Mar 20th at 7pm
•    Representative Attica Scott: State Representative Attica Scott serves Kentucky House District 41 – Apr 3rd at 7pm
Feb. 18, 2019Rubbertown: Film Screening and Director Forum
Monday, Feb. 18th, 7:00-9:30pm, SAC Floyd Theater
UofL Assistant Professor of Communication, Remington Smith, MFA, directed this documentary feature about the struggle for environmental justice in western Louisville, which features research by UofL Urban & Public Affairs professor, Dr. John Gilderbloom. In the film we meet Louisville resident Monika Burkhead as she struggles to move her entire house to another county to escape the hazards of living near chemical manufacturing plants, a coal burning power plant and a toxic landfill site. Learn more about the injustice done to local communities by joining us for a screening of the movie followed with a live question forum with the director and activists featured in the film. Enjoy vegetarian refreshments before and after the film as well. Watch Film Trailer here. Rubbertown Film Website. Brought to you by the Engage. Lead. Serve. Board's Green Initiatives.
Feb. 16, 2019Maple Syrup Sap Boil 2018Sugar Shack Field Trip to Make Maple Syrup
Saturday, Feb. 16th, Noon-7pm, 9011 Old Whipps Mill Rd, Louisville, KY 40242
Our amazing community partner in making maple syrup from UofL trees, Dave Barker, is hosting an open house at his sugar shack this Saturday for anyone interested in maple syrup production. Come see the process in action and sample the sweet goodness!
Feb. 15, 2019Seed Starting at Garden Commons 2018Seed Starting Workshop
Friday, Feb. 15th, 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, & make the most of the growing season. Learn how and why to start seeds early with this hands-on workshop. Bring your own seeds to start and containers to take them home in, or help us start some seeds to be planted in the Garden Commons. This workshop will be led by Bethany Pratt, Cooperative Extension’s Horticulture Education Agent for Jefferson County.
Feb. 15, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: David Wicks - The Ohio River Recreational Trail
Friday, Feb. 15th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

ESL Newcomer Academys paddling canoes Ohio RiverPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our guest on February 15th will be David Wicks, President and Founder of River City Paddle Sports. David will be speaking on The Ohio River Recreational Trail: Trail Planning and Sustainable Ecotourism. On a 250 mile stretch of the Ohio River from Portsmouth to Louisville, river towns, sportsman and the three state governments are coming to together to enhance safety, access and environmental quality on our river. The Trail consists of two main sections:
  • Section A: 115 miles from Portsmouth (Ohio River Mile 356) to Cincinnati (Ohio River Mile 471) including the Meldahl and Markland U.S. Army Corps pools
  • Section B: 159 miles from Cincinnati (Ohio River Mile 471) to Louisville (Ohio River mile 600) and on to West Point (Ohio River Mile 630) including the Markland, McAlpine and Cannelton pools
The Ohio River Recreational Trail planning will use the U.S. National Park Service standards as identified in the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. The Ohio River Recreational Trail will:
  • Promote tourism, safety, respect for private lands, and a “Leave No Trace” ethic while facilitating both long distance and local paddling, power boating, fishing and cycling along the Ohio River
  • Provide increased access to the Ohio by collaborating with local governments, recreation organizations and commercial user groups
  • Coordinate with county and municipal travel and tourism entities to ensure the largest possible impact on retail, lodging and food sales while providing a high-quality experience for paddlers, cyclists, anglers and boaters
  • Work with the state wildlife and natural resources agencies in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio to promote Ohio River fishing, boating, hunting, cycling, bird watching and nature appreciation
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 Daniel DeCaro.
Feb. 9, 2019PictureActivate U
Saturday, February 9th, 9am-2pm, Humanities. Register free here.
Join the Engage. Lead. Serve. Board (ELSB) for its 3rd annual Activate U conference. 2019 is going to be the year where we “Find our Fit” and make a difference in something much greater than ourselves. Get inspired by changemakers in every movement, have constructive conversations on making an impact, and learn about how your strengths can serve the community around you. Speakers include:
  • Keynote speaker Jessica Bellamy - a UofL grad who tells visual stories using data and personal narratives. As a Design Justice advocate, Jessica started her design career working with nonprofits and community groups to create compelling explainers that break down complex service and policy information.
  • J-R Curtin, PhD - a Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the 4Civility Institute with extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, restorative justice, education, training, and in anti-bullying efforts.
  • PictureJoshua Poe - a nationally recognized city planner and community organizer who began his career organizing around housing, labor, and economic justice issues. In 2017 he authored and published the interactive storymap, Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Housing in Louisville. He is a pioneer in documenting and exposing how city planning was weaponized as a tool to deny Black people land ownership and access to the accumulation of generational wealth. His work on the history of city planning, inclusive design and equitable development makes him a featured speaker nationally. He is currently working on developing equitable development strategies, organizing around anti-gentrification efforts, creating equity metrics for program and project evaluations, and addressing root systems of power to create sustainable social change.
  • Janet Dake - a junior at UofL, double majoring in Political Science and Art with a minor in Spanish. Last fall she co-founded the student organization UNA Women at UofL. As an affiliate of the United Nations, they work to promote gender equality. In 2016 she interned at the Kentucky Refugee Ministries, an eye-opening experience that sparked her passion for immigrant/refugee rights. Janet currently interns at the Backside Learning Center teaching English and working with kids.
Registration starts at 8:15am. Participants will receive a complimentary breakfast and lunch. For questions and accommodations, please contact elshadai.smithmensah@uoflelsb.org. Register free here.
Feb. 8, 2019What ants, cicadas and microbes tell us about urban living
Friday, Feb. 8th, noon, Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
The Biology Department Seminar Series presents Dr. DeAnna Beasley, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. DeAnna, Beasley, an integrative ecologist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, presents “What ants, cicadas and microbes tell us about urban living.” She is interested in impacts of human-driven environmental change and engaging students in science. She studies how insects are responding to environmental changes associated with human activity, with a focus on climate change and urbanization, and changes in insect-fungi associations across urban habitats.
Feb. 6, 2019Pizza & Politics with Adam EdelenPizza & Politics with Adam Edelen
Wednesday, February 6th, 4:00 – 4:45pm, SAC multipurpose room A
Democrat Adam Edelen is running for Governor with Gil Holland as Lt. Governor on a platform that is heavily focused on renewable energy and other issues of key concern to the advancement of sustainability. Edelen and Holland invite UofL students to have your voices heard about the issues facing Kentucky from your perspective. Both candidates will briefly speak followed by an open question-and-answer session. This is your opportunity to ask the difficult questions that will help further refine their platform. Free pizza will be provided to all attendees. Hosted by UofL Young Democrats.
Feb. 6, 2019Louisville Sustainability Forum: UofL Phoenix House with W. Mark McGinley
Wednesday, Feb. 6th, Noon - 1:30pm, in the Undercroft at the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center (1924 Newburg Rd)

The Phoenix House (Conn Center HQ)Join us each month for interesting and informative presentations, dialogue and networking about sustainability issues. At each meeting there is one featured presentation and one or two shorter presentations, discussion, announcements, and opportunity for networking and building our community. This month’s featured presentation will be about the UofL Phoenix House with W. Mark McGinley, Professor and Endowed Chair for Infrastructure Research, in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at UofL’s J. B. Speed School of Engineering. The Phoenix House is a permanent housing solution prototype for disaster relief that inspires a conscious lifestyle to save energy and money. It functions as a self-sustaining house: capable of producing all of its energy from photovoltaic panels, and recycling much of its own water. It can be assembled rapidly using two prefabricated modules: one main living core, and a secondary bedroom module. It is constructed using durable, low-maintenance, and reclaimed materials. The open floor plan and vaulted ceiling visually maximize space. The Phoenix House supports green living by rebuilding more efficiently and becoming less reliant on non-renewable energy sources. The Phoenix House is the 2013 Solar decathlon entry by the University of Louisville, Ball State University and University of Kentucky. A brief overview of the design and construction the home will be given. Dr. McGinley is a structural engineer and building scientist with more than 30 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems. He joined the faculty in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Louisville from North Carolina A & T State University where he was Chair of the Civil, Architectural, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Department.
Shorter Presentations this month will be on:
"Energy and Sustainability in K-12" with Kimberly Joseph, Sustainability Director, Bullitt County Public Schools
"Tree Canopy Planning and Preservation" with Julia Williams, Metro Louisville Planning and Design Supervisor
Feb. 1 - Mar. 30, 2019

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2019
February 1st to March 30th

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

  • Ecolympics Kickoff Party & Cardinal Cupboard Grand Opening!
    Thursday, January 31st 11am-1pm in the Red Barn

    Campus Housing & UofL's Sustainability Council are throwing a party to launch Ecolympics 2019! Join us over lunch with a DJ, informational booths, Sustainability Quiz Bowl, prizes & more! Learn what you can do to make a difference, win the grand prize bicycle, and help your residence hall win the competition.

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

RecycleMania! - February 3 to March 30, 2019
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.).
  • RECYCLE E-WASTE!
    We 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 2019! 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. We will also have collections for recycling any type of battery, lamps, and ink/toner cartridges.

Campus Conservation Nationals - February 1-21, 2019
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. Win this bike in Ecolympics 2019!Bettie 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 2019 will win a restored vintage Peugeot road bike!
    • Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable throughout February & March to be entered into the competition!
Feb. 1, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Carolyn Waters on environmental education and citizen science
Friday, Feb. 1st, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Carolyn Waters at Green DrinksPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our guest on February 1st will be Bellarmine University professor and environmental educator Carolyn Waters. Carolyn will facilitate a participatory presentation (in the nature of the research she is currently conducting) that demonstrates several of the projects she has been working on in one tidy bundle of ideas. Specifically, she will touch on: 1) photovoice methodology as a way to engage people outside of the usual sustainability "bubble" in environmental issues, 2) infusing critical pedagogy into environmental science classrooms, and 3) a demonstration of an iNaturalist citizen science project that is a collaboration between students in one of her Bellarmine courses and the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
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 Daniel DeCaro.
Jan. 31, 2019

Ecolympics Kickoff Party & Cardinal Cupboard Grand OpeningCardinal Cupboard Grand Opening!
Thursday, January 31st 11am-1pm in the Red Barn & SAC W303A

Ecolympics LogoCampus Housing & UofL's Sustainability Council are throwing a party to launch Ecolympics 2019 and the new student-run Cardinal Cupboard campus pantry!

Ecolympics is two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet: RecycleMania! - February 3 to March 30, 2019 and Campus Conservation Nationals - February 1-21, 2019.

Join us over lunch with a DJ, informational booths, Sustainability Quiz Bowl, prizes & more! Learn what you can do to make a difference, win the grand prize bicycle, and help your residence hall win the competition.

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

Jan. 25, 2019

EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
Friday, Jan. 25th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210

E-Star-Award-DC-2014Join 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. 25th at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210, we'll hear from Executive Director Lissa McCracken and Speed School student engineer, Alex Beebe, of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC). Established in 1994, KPPC is a state-mandated technical assistance resource center. As part of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, KPPC has the resources, expertise and experienced engineering and technical staff to help Kentucky’s businesses, industries and other organizations stay environmentally sustainable and competitive. KPPC engineers work with clients to provide customized technical services that help lower operating costs by reducing waste and improving efficiency. KPPC’s on-site assessments have helped nearly 800 Kentucky businesses and organizations improve environmental performance and lower operating costs. At this EcoReps workshop, they will describe what they do and detail a project they are doing with distilleries.

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.

Jan. 23, 2019UPA Spring 2019 Lecture Series: Brandon Coan, District 8 Councilperson
Wednesday, Jan. 23rd at 7pm at Launch Louisville (816 & 822 East Broadway)
UofL's department of Urban & Public Affairs invites you to join us for the spring lecture series, no matter your field or specialty! Urbanism is and has always been a transdisciplinary endeavor, and there is no better space that this in which to begin to engage in these discussions/debates. This series is designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and the public around issues of urbanization, sustainability, the just city, and what it all means for our home city of Louisville. Our first guest will be Council person Brandon Coan (District 8). He'll be making the provocative argument that we are 'wasting' our schools. These events are free and open to the public! Upcoming speakers include:
•    Layla George, President and CEO at Olmsted Parks Conservancy – Feb 19th at 7pm
•    Cassia Herron, Community advocate/activist/planner – Mar 20th at 7pm
•    Representative Attica Scott: State Representative Attica Scott serves Kentucky House District 41 – Apr 3rd at 7pm
Jan. 21, 2019Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 21, 2019
  Events in honor of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and intended to educate the UofL campus and community on the importance of actualizing Dr. King’s ideals of social justice, non-violence, education, and service. Events will include:
  • 10am-2pm - MLK Day of Service (meetup in SAC Multipurpose Room)
    MLK Day of Service has been an American tradition since 1994. Sponsored by UofL’s Engage Lead Serve Board, participants will enjoy free food and a free t-shirt. No registration required. Volunteers should meet in the SAC Multipurpose Room at 10am to sign up for a service site. The UofL Sustainability Council is hosting an on-campus service site at our volunteer-powered community composting project. At 10:30am, we will feature a speaker, and at 11:00am, we will provide transportation to service sites. Participants will be back on campus by 2:00pm. We encourage you to join us and become part of the UofL community in making MLK Day a “day on, not a day off.” Contact talktous@uoflelsb.org with any questions!
  •  1:00pm - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration: The Beauty of Diversity, The Courage to Serve (The Playhouse)
    Please join the UofL African American Theatre Program for our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. This year we will be partnering with the Yearlings Club to bring you an exciting program that you don't want to miss. This event is free and open to the public!
Jan. 18, 2019Maple Tapping 2018Maple Tapping Workshop!
Friday, Jan. 18th, 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!
Jan. 18, 2019Dave Simpson and DogSustainability Roundtable: Dogs, Sustainability, and Health
Friday, Jan. 18th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! We'll kick-off the spring series with an exciting conversation led by Dr. Dave Simpson, Chair of both the Department of Urban & Public Affairs and the UofL Sustainability Council. One of Dave's emerging research interests revolves around the roles of dogs in society, especially with respect to human health and sustainability.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of 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.
Thursdays Jan. 17 - Feb. 21, 2019Social Just Movements Short Course at the Main Library
Social Justice Movements: Past and Present
Thursdays Jan. 17 - Feb. 21, 6:30 - 8:00pm, Main Library (301 York Street)
This free, six-week short course open to all will offer historical and contemporary perspectives on a variety of social justice movements. Six scholars from the University of Louisville's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice will explore aspects of social movement-building on topics such as racial justice, youth-led immigrant justice, LGBTQ rights, and solidarity, among others. This short course is free, but registration is requested. Call (502) 574-1623 to reserve your spot.
Jan. 12, 2019

Kentucky Conservation Committee Legislative Summit
Saturday, Jan. 12th, 9am-4pm, Shumaker Research Building 139
Advanced Registration - Cost: Free for students; $15 KCC members; $20 general
UofL's Sustainability Council is proud to host the 2019 Kentucky Conservation Committee (KCC)Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit, featuring detailed information for conservation audiences on the 2019 Legislative Session. KCC works to protect Kentucky’s land, air, water and biodiversity by working on legislative solutions in Frankfort. We are looking forward to a GREAT meeting, with the latest news and opportunities to learn about conservation issues all around Kentucky. Legislative experts will be on hand to answer your most pressing questions on energy, public lands, biodiversity, climate change and more. Registered participants will receive detailed advance briefs on key sessions. The day's events will include:

  • KCC Welcome – Sarah Lynn Cunningham, KCC President; Lane Boldman, KCC Exec. Director
  • 2019 Legislative Session Overview: Kentucky Conservation Committee Legislative Agent Randy Strobo and Kentucky Resources Council Executive Director Tom FitzGerald will offer anticipated highlights for the 2019 State General Assembly.
  • Special Keynote: Georgetown, Texas Republican Mayor Dale Ross, mayor of the first city in the U.S. to convert to 100% renewable energy to power its grid.
  • Lunch and Presentation and Panel Discussion: Legislative and Regulatory ideas/Regional Solutions for Cities and Counties - Learn how cities and counties are addressing a range of important sustainability topics including climate preparedness, rising energy costs, smart building design, transportation and integration of public open space. Presenters and Panelists:
  • State Cabinet Panel:
  •  Legislative Panel: A bipartisan panel will answer your questions about the General Assembly and key conservation issues.
    • Senator Morgan McGarvey
    • Senator Paul Hornback
  • Presentations and Panel Discussion: Biodiversity, Resiliency and Climate Change in Kentucky: The Kentucky Conservation Committee is working this year with allies and partner groups on a fall conference focused on biodiversity and climate in the Upper Cumberland River watershed. In preparation, our Annual Meeting panel will detail other work already happening around climate and biodiversity, economic opportunities to support our wild habitats, and options for policy solutions. Presenters and Panelists:
Fridays, Jan. 11 - Apr. 19, 2019Spring 2019 Garden Workshops+WorkdaysGarden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 2:30-3:30pm, 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. 11 - Apr. 19) from 2:30pm to 3:30pm 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. 8 - Apr. 19, 2019UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Tuesday-Thursday
11am-1pm, and Fridays 2-5pm, Unitas Tower basement
UofL’s Free Store is open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-1pm, and Fridays 2-5pm 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.
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. UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. The Free Store is closed whenever the university is not in session. Follow on Instagram or
To volunteer, contact UofL's Zero Waste Intern: Razija Mehinović (502-974-1843, razija.mehinovic@louisville.edu).
Jan. 2, 2019Louisville Sustainability Forum: Renewable Energy Research at UofL with Dr. Mahendra K. Sunkara, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of the Conn Center
Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, noon, Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Undercroft (1924 Newburg Rd.)
The mission of the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research is to conduct and facilitate research and development on potentially commercializable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The center promotes partnerships among the state's colleges and universities, private industries, and non-profit organizations to actively pursue federally and privately funded research and development resources that are dedicated to renewable energy solutions. By engaging and using Kentucky's workforce and natural resources, the center's ongoing goal is to seek outcomes that enhance global energy and economic security and maintain US technological leadership in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies. The Conn Center leads research that increases homegrown energy sources to meet the national need, while reducing energy consumption and dependence on foreign oil. Located in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering since late 2009, the Conn Center undertakes major research initiatives in the areas of advanced energy materials manufacturing, solar energy conversion, renewable energy storage, biofuels/biomass conversions, and energy efficiency & conservation. Dr. Mahendra K. Sunkara is a Professor of Chemical Engineering, University Scholar at University of Louisville. Current research interests include renewable energy technologies such as solar cells, Li Ion batteries, production of hydrogen from water and process development for growing large crystals of diamond, gallium nitride and bulk quantities of nanowires, novel carbon morphologies.
Dec. 13, 2018Health Sciences Center Green Team Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 13th, 1pm, Abell Administration Building, room 110
All students, faculty and staff at UofL's Health Sciences Center are welcome to join us as we continue to launch a brand new Green Team designed to work together to advance sustainability initiatives at HSC. If you're interested in tackling issues like waste, transportation, energy use, food, and more, please join us and share your ideas and perspectives!
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.
Nov. 30, 201811-30-18 GRASS Holiday PartyGRASS Holiday Party
Friday, Nov. 30th, 6pm, Room 123 of Urban & Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St.)
Come join us for our open meeting party! Activities include making upcycled holiday decorations, games & prizes, networking with other environmentally conscious students, and brainstorming ideas to make UofL and Louisville more sustainable! There will be free food from Heart&Soy and The Comfy Cow! This event is open to anyone who is wanting to share their ideas or learn about sustainability!!!
Nov. 30, 2018

EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Renewable Energy R&D
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 guest for Nov. 30th will be Thad Druffel, PhD, PE. from UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. Thad is the Theme Leader for Solar Manufacturing R&D focused on scalable manufacturing of photovoltaics and other renewable energy production and storage solutions.

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.

Nov. 30, 2018Holiday Cards Buy Local Shopping TourHoliday 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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ofL 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. 28, 2018Belknap Farmers Market LogoUofL Farmers' Market Holiday Bazaar
Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 12pm-3pm, Red Barn

Come load up on locally-grown and handmade holiday gifts from our UofL Farmers' Market vendors and other local artisans! This one-day Holiday Bazaar features 17 different local artisans, farmers, and food producers coming together in one location for holiday shopping, local style! You'll find unique holiday gifts such as jams, salsas, relish, honey, baked goods, wreaths & holiday decorations, soaps & balms, crafts, jewelry, stoneware, pottery, UofL apparel and accessories, and more! There will be door prizes and lunch available for purchase. Make your list. Check it twice. And don't miss it!
Nov. 27, 2018Socio-Economic Status, Race and Cultural Differences
Tuesday, Nov. 27th, noon, Porter Education Building, Room 116
Terri Rowland, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, with the UofL College of Education and Human Development, will moderate a discussion on how Socio-Economic Status can impact pathways in education, and from other perspectives, such as race, class, culture. Contact: Dr. Terri Rowland, 852-0635.
Nov. 16, 2018How Much Green Can You See? Assessment of City Buildings’ Green View Using GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques
Friday, Nov. 16th, 3pm, Lutz Hall
Geography & Geosciences Seminar Series presents: Dr. Wei Song. Dr. Song's research interests include: Urban Economic Geography, Transportation and Accessibility, Crime Mapping and Analysis, Spatial Analysis and Modeling, GIS & Urban Dynamics in China. His research projects include: Urbanization and Spatial Dynamics in China, Safety in the Development of Large Cities in China – An Applied Geography Study, and China’s Urban and Regional Structure from the Perspective of Space of Flows.
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. 16, 2018Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents: Gill Holland
Friday, Nov. 16th 11am, Room 123 of Urban & Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St.)
Gill Holland is past president of the NuLu Business Association (he coined the term NuLu and has been instrumental in turning the area into a thriving arts/design/local food and sustainable district. He and his wife opened Louisville's Green Building, KY's greenest commercial structure. A Spirit Award nominee for film producer of the year (the Oscars for independent films), Gill has over 100 producing credits.  Gill is a former lawyer, runs sonaBLAST! Records and is involved on many cultural boards.  He was named 2009’s Person of the Year by Louisville Magazine, and is five years into a ten year revitalization plan for Louisville historic Portland neighborhood.
Nov. 15, 2018World Philosophy Day celebration & discussionWorld Philosophy Day celebration & discussion: Justice & Migration
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 6pm,Humanities 300
November 15 is World Philosophy Day! Come have some pizza and join an interdisciplinary discussion of justice & migration with members of Phi Sigma Tau as well as Professors Maggie Walker (Geography) and Avery Kolers (Philosophy).
Nov. 15, 2018Why We Should Read Frederick Douglass in 2018Why We Should Read Frederick Douglass in 2018
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 6pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium

Nicholas Buccola, PhD,the founding director of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice at Linfield College, delivers a lecture on the life of Douglass, an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, Douglass became a national leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. Buccola’s book, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty (New York University Press, 2012), has garnered praise for its relevancy and insight. This event is part of UofL's "American Political Culture" lecture series inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America.

Nov. 15, 2018Sex Trafficking, Art & AdvocacySex Trafficking, Art & Advocacy
Thursday, Nov. 15th, 5:30pm, Gheens Science Hall Rauch Planetarium
Join us for the screening of Among the Hidden, a short film focusing on human trafficking, a Survivor's Panel and the premiere showing of the Project STARR (Survivors of Trafficking Creating Art, Advocacy, and Resilience) Photovoice Digital Art Display. Abigail Helm is a Screenwriter/ Unit Production Manager from Louisville, KY. She’s currently studying Film at Columbia College Chicago, where she’s written and produced multiple short films. In 2017, she executive produced and directed her first self-written short film, Among The Hidden. Her previous production jobs include Production Assistant for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Radical Media) and Line Producing for the independent film Let Go (Watercolour LLC). Abigail was also recently an intern for the American Pavilion at the Cannes International Film Festival, where they showed the short film A Portrait of Love Lost, for which Abigail was the Unit Production Manager. This Spring, Abigail will be interning for Beacon Pictures in Los Angeles, CA while she finishes her final semester of school. Project STAAR's (Survivors of Trafficking Creating Art, Advocacy, and Resilience) Photovoice Digital Art Display. This project seeks to increase awareness of the issue of human trafficking in order to reduce stigma and promote resilience amongst victims of sex trafficking in the Louisville community. Funded and Supported by the Kent School of Social Work Human Trafficking Research Initiative and The Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research. Doors open at 5:30pm with a resource fair. Free and open to the public. Preregistration is required so reserve your tickets here. Sponsored by: UofL's Women’s Center, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, United Nations Association (UNA) - Women, UofL Chapter, Kent School of Social Work, Human Trafficking Research Initiative, Louisville Metro Office for Women, and United Nations Association (UNA) Kentucky Division.
Nov. 14, 2018More than Meats the EyeMore than Meats the Eye
Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 11am, Davidson Hall room 108
Louisville native Jenny Brown, founder of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in NY and author of the book The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals, speaks on the ethics of using animals in contemporary industrial agriculture. Addressing impacts on both animals and the broader environment, Brown argues against eating animals and for liberating them from stockyards and feedlots. Aimed at students. Open to the public.
Nov. 13, 2018 Student Sustainability Council First Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 6pm, Room 123 of Urban & Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St.)
Grab some free pizza and get in on the formation of something entirely new at UofL - a Student Sustainability Council! If you're a student who supports UofL's sustainability initiatives and wants to see the full implementation of UofL's Climate Action Plan, then this meeting is for you!
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Tuesday, November 13th, 5pm, SAC Multipurpose Room
Have you ever found yourself asking, “What can I do to help?” Do you want to be a better student/organization member/teammate/neighbor?
An ally is an individual of one social identity group that supports member of another group, in a pursuit for equality. It is important to realize that we all walk through the world differently, and in standing up to injustice, we all reap the benefits of a world with dignity and respect. This event organized by the Engage. Lead. Serve Board (ELSB) will feature special guest, Michael Aldridge with the Kentucky ACLU, to facilitate a discussion on how we can all be better allies in our relationships and leadership positions.
Nov. 13, 2018Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Fall 2018 Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 1:00pm-2:30pm in Ekstrom Library W210
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:
  • UofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree PlantingUpdates: recent/impending tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour – ELSB funded plaque replacements
  • Plan for a 2019 UofL Arbor Day Observance
    - Perhaps Friday, April 5th (Kentucky’s official Arbor Day) 11am-2pm?
    - Potential involvement of Campus Housing/Green House/Sustainability Living-Learning Community?
    - Potential involvement of UofL Dining?
    - Potential involvement of KY and/or Metro Louisville Divisions of Forestry?
    - Tree give-away? Tree plantings?
  • Planning for tree-related Service Learning Projects
    - Planning for 2019 Maple-Tapping season
    - Any 2019 classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
  • Reminder of reporting needs for 2018 Tree Campus USA application
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
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Nov. 9, 2018It's Back to the Future with Microgrids
Friday, Nov. 9th, 11am, Room 123 in Urban Studies (426 W. Bloom St.)
The Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents Dr. Stephen A. Roosa, best-selling author in sustainability, editor, and consultant. Dr. Roosa has over 35 years of experience in commercial energy management, energy engineering and performance contracting. He was the corporate energy manager for a Fortune 100 company for over ten years and has worked in various capacities on over 50 completed energy saving performance contracts. His past experience includes thousands of energy studies and over $100 million in energy conservation and management projects developed for various customers. He is founder and president of RPM Asset Management. Stephen is a past President of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). He serves as its Director of Sustainable State and Local Programs and as the Chairperson of both the Certified Sustainable Development Professional Board and the Renewable Energy Professional Certification Board. He is a member of the World Energy Engineering Congress Advisory Board and the Certified Energy Manager certification board.
Nov. 9, 2018Sustainability Roundtable: Environmental Rights in the City
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) speaking on "Environmental Rights in the City." Tiago de Melo Cartaxo is a PhD researcher at Lisbon Nova Law School, Portugal, with a scholarship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Holding a five-year degree in law and a master’s degree in planning and environmental law, he has been working in private and public sectors, including Portuguese local and national governments, in the areas of public law, environment, and planning. He is a Fulbright scholar at the Brandeis School of Law and the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, where he is developing a research under the supervision of Professor Tony Arnold.
In what will be an introduction to the research he is developing at the University of Louisville, Tiago’s talk will focus on the characteristics and effectiveness (or not) of environmental rights in order to face uncertainty and achieve social-ecological justice in cities. From the more sociologically oriented “right to the city”, to other kinds of legally recognized environmental rights in different jurisdictions, Tiago will share some examples and discuss how the protection of these rights can make the difference in urban life.

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. 8, 20183dfac44f e5ee 43e7 b2e2 28bdd32f32f7This is America: And Justice for All? Part 3: This is Me
Thursday, Nov. 8th, 6:30-9pm, MITC Bigelow Hall
Bring your friends for a discussion on justice in America. Join ELSB's Equality & Justice Committee and SAB's Diversity Committee as we lead a night of fun activities that raise awareness on various social justice issues regarding identity. There will be free food and those who have attended all three This is America events are eligible to enter into a giveaway!
Nov. 6, 20182017 Pumpkin Smash!Election Day PUMPKIN SMASH!!
Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 1pm, SAC Ramp
Don’t know what to do with your pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns from Halloween? Don’t trash them! We’ll help you compost them! Drop off your old pumpkins (and other plant-based fall decorations) in front of the Red Barn by the pumpkin composting sign any time from Wednesday, October 31st through 1pm on Tuesday November 6th. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th at 1pm we will have our annual Pumpkin Smash from the SAC Ramp in collaboration with the Office of Health Promotion. Join us for composting fun and Election Day stress relief!

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Nov. 4, 2018Louisville Mayoral Candidate Forum (Nov 2018)Louisville Mayoral Candidate Forum
Sunday, Nov. 4th, 7-9pm, 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. All registered candidates for Louisville Mayor have been invited to attend. American Party candidate, Billy Ralls, and all six Independent candidates have confirmed their participation: Chris Thieneman, Jackie Green, Isaac Marion Thacker IV, Sean Vandevander, Henry Owens III, and Douglas Edward Lattimore.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 with us the questions that you want to ask of all our Mayoral Candidates on Twitter @forwardradio.
Nov. 3, 2018Inner Sustainability Retreat Fall 2018Inner Sustainability Retreat
Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 10am-4pm, SAC Multipurpose Room

The Engage Lead Serve Board 's Green Initiatives committee and Mental and Physical Health committee are teaming up to organize a Sustainability Retreat to teach students how to be sustainable for both the earth and themselves mentally and physically. RSVP for this FREE half-day Inner-Sustainability Retreat on UofL's campus. Explore how well-being and your environment intertwine in our understanding of self. Enjoy yoga, lunch, giveaways, and informational sessions all for free. Get the tools you need to help sustain yourself and your surroundings into the future. Open to anyone and everyone. If you have any questions, concerns or accommodation needs please contact henny.ransdell@uoflelsb.org.
Nov. 2, 2018Justice Through Art: A Coffee House & Open Mic
Friday, Nov. 2nd, 5:30-7pm, Red Barn
UofL's Honors Student Council Diversity & Inclusion Bubble presents Hannah Drake and an Open Mic for social justice. Justice Through Art is centered around artistic expression of identities, especially identities that are socially marginalized. It provides space for students and community members to come hear poems or see other creative works from students and artists around Louisville. It will be a fun, exciting evening with free refreshments (from Heart & Soy and The Black Italian) as well as home-baked desserts with vegan options! Food and art will be available starting at 5:30 and performances will begin at 6 pm. Interested in performing or displaying your social justice themed art? Contact erbehr01@louisville.edu.
Nov. 2, 2018Garden Commons garlic planting & sweet potato harvest party
Friday, Nov. 2nd, 12pm-1pm at the Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Friday, Nov. 2nd, 1pm-2pm at the Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom St.)

Sweet Potato Harvest 2017 at Garden CommonsJoin 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! November 2nd will feature our annual garlic planting & sweet potato harvest party! It is super easy to plant everyone's favorite seasoning and to pull up those giant, delicious orange tubers! We'll start at the Garden Commons next to the Cultural Center at noon and then move over at 1pm to the garden behind Urban & Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St., behind Bettie Johnson Hall). At both gardens, we will pull sweet potatoes and clear out some space to plant cloves. Come to either garden or both and be ready to fight the vampires!
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Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together in the Garden Commons 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.
Nov. 2, 2018Crossing Borders: Translating Research Into Action - 2018 Social Justice Research Symposium
Friday, Nov. 2nd, 9am-5:30pm, Law School (9-11am at Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway)
 UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research will host this 2nd annual symposium.
The day kicks off 6th Annual Research Meets Activism Breakfast: "Solidarity and Global Liberation" from 9-11am at the Louisville Urban League. The breakfast features a panel of local activists and researchers on solidarity and liberation, with closing comments by ABI lecturer 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. The breakfast is free but registration is required.
The Symposium continues at the Law School with a lunch, concurrent sessions, poster presentations, a community partner expo, and a 4pm keynote address by Dr. Alvaro Huerta on "(Im)migration in Context: History, Resistance, and Hope." Dr. Huerta is an interdisciplinary professor of Urban & Regional Planning as well as Ethnic & Women's Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Huerta will bridge the gap between the United States’ (often hidden) history of immigration, and its tumultuous present. He will lift up alternatives to current talking points, and celebrate the youth movements that promise to re-write the narrative of the immigrant experience.
The symposium is open to the public and faculty, staff, and students interested in social justice are encouraged to attend. The event is free, but registration is required.
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.
Oct. 30-31, 2018

WHO Global Air Pollution & Health Satellite Mini-Conference
Tuesday, Oct. 30th & Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 10am-1pm, University Club, Free registration required
UofL's Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute promotes multi-disciplinary scholarship locally and globally. We are an official Satellite Mini-Conference host site of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s First Global Conference of Air Pollution and Health in Louisville. Lunch is provided, registration is free and required.
- Watch a curated selection of WHO conference plenaries about air pollution and health
- Join in discussions with local experts about how we can make local impacts with global strategies
- Share our local learning with WHO leadership at the main conference in Geneva

Agenda

Tuesday, October 30

10:00-10:30: Coffee and Welcome – Ted Smith, Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil
10:30-11:00: Global Conference Welcome and Opening Plenary
Welcome message from Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, British Medical Journal, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization, Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization, Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Europe, Christiana Figueres, Convenor, Mission 2020, and HRH Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand
11:00-12:30: WHO Presents Scientific Evidence on Air Pollution and Health: Air pollution is one of the most avoidable risks threatening human health today. This session will present scientific evidence on ambient and household air pollution and health with presentations about Air pollution as one of the world’s top killers, Health effects of Climate Change and Air Pollution, Dangerous smoke in and around the home, and Intervention from a policy perspective.
12:30-1:00: Discussion and Reflections - Ted Smith and Dan Conklin, Ph.D., Professor of medicine at the Envirome Institute.

Wednesday, October 31
10:00-10:30: Coffee and Welcome – Lauren Anderson, Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil
10:30-12:30: WHO Conference Plenaries
Plenary IV: Engaging the Health Sector as Leader of Change: How the health sector can lead in policy and program development to prevent air pollution-related disease and promote healthier and more sustainable development strategies. The session will examine gaps and identify opportunities in health sector planning and response.
Plenary V: Communication, Advocacy, Partnerships: learn about unique advocacy initiatives by the most compelling actors and discuss opportunities and barriers for promoting clean air policy with keynotes about Clean Air for Athletes – outreach through sports and Continuing to #BreatheLife into the world’s cities to ensure #CleanAir4Health.
12:30-1:00: Discussion and Reflections – Lauren Anderson

If you have questions or would like to host a discussion about air pollution and health in Louisville at this event, please email Lauren.Anderson@louisville.edu

Oct. 26, 2018

Koyaanisqatsi
Friday, Oct. 26th, 6pm, Speed Art Museum Cinema, $7-$9 Tickets required.

Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” this renowned documentary reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces, the film gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology. Given its lack of narration and dialogue, the production makes its points solely through imagery and music, with many scenes manipulated for dramatic effect. Directed by Godfrey Reggio. 1982, U.S., DCP, 86 minutes.

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!
Oct. 26, 2018Sustainability Roundtable: Sustainability Distilled 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 Masters 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! Her talk will be on "Sustainability distilled," and she will present a simplified view of sustainability and discuss sustainability issues associated with the distilled spirits industry.
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. 25, 2018UofL KY Author Forum: There Will Be No Miracles Here. Casey Gerald in conversation with Van Jones
Thursday, Oct. 25th, 6:00-9:00 pm, Kentucky Center for Performing Arts (501 W Main St), $25 Tickets Here
https://www.kentuckycenter.org/images/default-source/events-performances/rental/kaf_gerald_h.jpg?sfvrsn=657abf8c_4The UofL Kentucky Author Forum presents Casey Gerald, author of There Will Be No Miracles Here in conversation with Van Jones. Casey Gerald grew up in Oak Cliff, Texas and went to Yale, where he majored in political science and played varsity football. While studying for an MBA from Harvard Business School, he cofounded MBAs Across America. He has been featured on MSNBC, at TED and SXSW, on the cover of Fast Company, and in The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Guardian, among others. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
There Will Be No Miracles Here is a singular coming-of-age story, one that straddles the complex intersection of race, class, religion, queer sexuality and masculinity. On the surface, it is a classic rags-to-riches narrative: poor boy from inner city Dallas gets recruited by Yale to play football, and makes it to Harvard Business School, Wall Street, Washington and beyond. But Gerald splinters the myths of the American Dream and illuminates the stark reality of American inequality. He delves into questions central to this national moment: how do we achieve success outside of a superstructure designed to suppress us? How do we rescue each other from suffering and heal from trauma without forsaking our identities? At a time when so many of us are losing faith in American institutions and reckoning with systematic injustice, Gerald brings a human and profoundly intimate voice to this collective anger and growing disillusionment.
Van Jones is a CNN Contributor, Social Entrepreneur, and the author of Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.
The event begins at 6pm with a wine & cheese reception and Carmichael's Book Sale in the North Lobby. The interview begins at 7pm in the Bomhard Theater, and audience Q&A will take place around 8pm. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 25, 2018GRASS logoGroup Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) Relaunch!
Thursday, Oct. 25th, 5pm, Cultural Center multipurpose room
Join us to discuss ways to revive and relaunch UofL's original student environmental and sustainability organization, GRASS, after a short hiatus due to low membership. We'll also discuss GRASS' role as the UofL campus affiliate of KSEC: Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition and the many opportunities KSEC offers to support our local efforts and connect us with broader campaigns and resources. We'd love to see you there to get some ideas for activities and/or campaigns for this year! Connect with us on Facebook.
Contact: Grace Engelman <grace.engelman@gmail.com>.
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 25, 2018Health Sciences Center Green Team Kickoff
Thursday, Oct. 25th, 11am, Abell Administration Building, room 110
All students, faculty and staff at UofL's Health Sciences Center are welcome to join us for the launch of a brand new Green Team designed to work together to advance sustainability initiatives at HSC. If you're interested in tackling issues like waste, transportation, energy use, food, and more, please join us and share your ideas and perspectives! This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23-24, 2018

UofL Day of Giving - Support Sustainability Initiatives!
6:02pm Tuesday, Oct. 23rd - 11:59pm Wednesday, Oct. 24th
A lot has changed in 200 years—our commitment hasn't. Since 1798, the Cardinal family has dreamed big, worked hard and made a lasting impact on our community, commonwealth, and beyond.

Beginning at 6:02 p.m. on Oct. 23, for 1,798 minutes, Cardinals everywhere will come together to celebrate who we are and Raise Some L. This is a Cardinal call to action to all students, alumni, faculty, staff, and fans.

Are you in? ...Great! Here's your to-do list:

  1. Mark your calendar. Put it in your smart phone. Tape it to your mirror. Do whatever it takes.
  2. Make a gift during that 1798 minutes to the Green Fund for UofL and support our sustainability initiatives! Donate here. Use your smart phone or computer to make a gift of ANY amount.
  3. Spread the word. Share your good deed with friends that day on social media using #RaiseSomeL.

Raise Some LYour donations can help us realize this vision by supporting initiatives such as:

We invite you to learn more about our on-going UofL sustainability initiatives and to explore the many ways you can get involved and help us create a better world right here, right now.

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 or local hot apple cider provided by UofL Dining, 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 toner cartridges & 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. 23, 2018What Legacy of Peace Will You Leave Behind?
Tuesday, Oct. 23th 7pm, Humanities room 100
Join us to find out what you can do to help achieve peace in Louisville and around the world. Learn how to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) as it goes before the United Nations to be adopted as an international law! Let's come together as one to achieve peace! The International Peace Youth Group, a non-profit organization that promotes the DPCW will be present at the event to explain the heart and values of the international law.
Learn about the DPCW and how youth, religious communities and all people can work together to spread the culture of peace. Join us in writing letters to heads of state to support the global adoption of the international peace law. This event will feature several speakers representing a variety of faith traditions in support of the Declaration, three of whom participate in the World Alliance of Religions for Peace in both Louisville and Indianapolis. One of the speakers will be Dr. Ibrahim Syed, former Clinical Professor of Medicine at UofL and current President of Islamic Research Foundation International. Other invited speakers include Dr. Sheeba Jolly and Dr. Rashid Shakur of Indianapolis.
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Oct. 22, 2018Documentary: Sludge
Monday, Oct. 22nd, 7pm, SAC Floyd Theater

Join the Student Activities Board and ELSB Green Initiatives for a free screening of the excellent documentary Sludge. Sludge documents the four years after the Martin County Sludge Spill. Based on interviews and news of the disaster’s federal investigation, the movie chronicles the continuing effects of the spillage to the environment and community, as well as the ongoing threat of similar disasters throughout the coalfield region. It also touches on the story of Jack Spadaro, a coal sludge pond “whistleblower” and his continued activism against unsustainable mining techniques.
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Oct. 22, 2018The Most Diverse Continent: The Future of the African Union
Monday, Oct. 22nd, 6pm, University Club
Registration Required: $20 Public, $10 Students, Free for World Affairs Council Members
+$35 for post-event dinner with the speaker. Dinner reservations must be purchased by October 15th
The African Union is the most diverse continental union on Earth, representing more individual languages, religions, and ethnic groups than any other, meaning it faces a unique set of challenges to cooperation. Despite its internal struggles with epidemics and local conflict, the African continent’s standard of living is rising as its political and economic cooperation with the world grows.
Join us as the ambassador of the African Union to the United States discusses the future of the continent, the challenges it must overcome and the opportunities it must seize in order to succeed in the coming years. Her Excellency, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, is the African Union Ambassador to the United States. Dr. Chihombori-Quao is a native of Zimbabwe who emigrated to the United States in 1977. She obtained her medical degree in 1986, spending three years in general surgery in New York and 25 years providing family medicine in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In 2012 she became Chair of the African Union—Diaspora Health Initiative and in 2016 was appointed African Union Ambassador to the United States. The evening's schedule will be: 5:30 Reception, 6:00 Program, 7:30 Dinner. Register here.
Are you a student interested in attending this event? A handful of student tickets will be raffled off for free in our student ticket lottery. Enter your name here.
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Oct. 20, 2018Day of Service: Central Park Improvement Day
Saturday, Oct. 20th, 8:30am-noon, Central Park (4th & Magnolia)
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council requests the help of volunteers from the University community to assist with the Central Park Autumn 2018 Improvement Day. The park clean-up and improvement activities are part of a larger county-wide clean-up event sponsored by Brightside and Metro Parks. Work will include general cleanup, mulching, and other activities to prepare the park prior to the winter.  Volunteers will assemble at the Old Louisville Neighborhood & Visitors Center in Central Park 8:30 am prior to activities starting 9:00.
•    Come early! Free Heine Brother coffee, hot chocolate, donuts and fresh fruit will be available at check-in.  
•    At noon, lunch including pizza, chili and drinks will be provided for all volunteer workers.  
Participating in this project will be an excellent opportunity for RSOs, Greek organizations, Sustainability and all other groups on campus to make a difference and gain approximately 3.5 hours public service credit. In the past, the annual Central Park Spring clean-up has attracted between 20 and 40 individuals representing the University.
This event is part of UofL Homecoming Week's Day of Service, an opportunity for alumni, fans, and the entire UofL community to give back to Louisville!
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Oct. 19, 2018Reclaiming the American Dream: Spreading What Works For Advancing Equity
Friday, October 19th, 3–5pm, Speed Art Museum Cinema (2035 S. 3rd St.)
Reserve Free Tickets Here (limited seating)

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UofL's Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil
presents author Ben Hecht as he discusses real-world examples to illustrate how America can evolve to include everyone in its promise of opportunity from 3:00-3:45pm. Then, join the Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil's Ambassadors for Health in All Policies for a special reception with light snacks and a cash bar immediately after the discussion. And, the Speed Art Museum welcomes the University Community to stay into the evening at After Hours at the Speed.

About Ben Hecht and his book Reclaiming the American Dream
Living Cities
President and CEO Ben Hecht has spent decades exploring how leaders take proactive measures to combat growing racial disparity, without relying on slow-moving policies or the whims of DC. Reclaiming the American Dream offers a blueprint for how communities can rekindle the promise of the American Dream through improving educational opportunities, strengthening civic engagement, and providing a ladder to economic security.

As president and CEO of Living Cities, Hecht has seen how economic disparity and racial inequities wreak havoc with lives and communities. He’s also seen how local leaders can take action to address the root causes of inequality themselves, rather than waiting for policy changes from above. Drawing on his decades of working directly with low-income neighborhoods, Hecht presents a series of case studies from throughout the country that focus on real problems and real solutions. From improving educational opportunities to strengthening civic engagement to investing in women and people of color to start businesses, Hecht shows that we know how to create conditions where everyone can live healthy, prosperous lives, we just need to implement these proven strategies

No automatic alt text available.About the Ambassadors for Health In All Policies
The Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil's Ambassadors for Health in All Policies is a group of community leaders who represent businesses, schools, and philanthropic organizations from around Louisville. This group is the foundation of Louisville's Health in All Policies movement that aims to build a well-grounded, long-term culture of health in Louisville. Ambassadors are thoughtful, caring leaders who help the individuals and institutions they work with to understand that all decisions must be made through the lens of health. Louisville’s Ambassadors for Health in All Policies represent all eight dimensions of health in our Circle of Harmony and Health and it is our hope that these Ambassadors work together in innovative collaborations so Louisville will be recognized nationally as an Urban Laboratory that models how Health in All Policies can benefit all our residents.”

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Oct. 19, 2018Community-Based Management of Urban Greenspaces in Chicago and Louisville
Friday, Oct. 19th, 3pm, Lutz Hall room 225
Dr. Daniel DeCaro, UofL Dept. of Urban and Public Affairs, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, will deliver a talk at the bi-monthly Geography Colloquium series entitled: ‘A Comparison of Enabling Conditions for Government-Supported Community-Based Management of Urban Greenspaces in Chicago and Louisville.’ 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 is now 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. 18, 20183dfac44f e5ee 43e7 b2e2 28bdd32f32f7This is America: The Inequality of Justice
Thursday, Oct. 18th, 6:30pm, Miller IT Center's Bigelow Hall
Bring your friends for a discussion on justice in America brought to you by the Engage. Lead. Serve. Board (ELSB)'s Equality and Justice Committee. There will be a free meal and great conversation! This is the second of a three-part series, featuring a panel discussion with three Kentucky attorneys of poverty and law. There will be free catering from Common kitchen and interesting conversation. All who attend the entire series will earn a prize! This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
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.

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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! Events include:
If you are interested in hosting an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact .
Oct. 15, 2018Q&A: 2019 Internal Grants for Social Justice Research
Monday, Oct. 15th, 12:30-2pm, Ekstrom 104
Learn about UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research grant-making process. Applications are due on November 19 for 2019 grants. Co-PIs Cate Fosl and Enid Trucios-Haynes, and Research Manager Em Nordling will answer questions about the application process, as well as the perennials:  What is social justice? What is transdisciplinary? And how do I connect with community partners and other researchers? See the Call for Proposals online here. Please contact transdis@louisville.edu with any questions.
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. 9, 2018Research!Louisville 2018
Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 9am-12:30pm, Clinical & Translational Research Building room 124

9-10:30am
Social Justice Research Colloquium

Faculty from three different Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Consortium teams will talk about their experiences doing social justice research on topics such as creating a community-owned grocery store, trauma-informed classroom management, and housing justice.

11am-12:30pm The Envirome Symposium
An overview of the research activities of the newly formed Envirome Institute, followed by 4 different talks centered around the impact of the environment on human health. The session will introduce the concept of the envirome and highlight the role of different domains of the environment on human health and disease risk, as well as the necessity of inter-disciplinary approaches to understanding the link between health and the environment.
Oct. 3, 201817th Annual LALS Heritage LectureCrime, Violence, and Migration: Consequences for Democracy in the Americas
Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 4:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
Join us for the 17th annual Latin American and Latino Studies Heritage Lecture feautring Dr. Abby Cordova, an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Cordova was the 2016-2017 Central American Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. She will present findings from her research on the causes of international migration and its political consequences for the United States and Latin America. On Thursday, October 4th, Dr. Cordova will also speak to Dr. Tricia Gray's LALS 310 Introduction to Latin American Studies class in Humanities 215 from 9:30-10:45 am. These lectures are free and open to the public.
Co-Sponsors: UofL's Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality; Department of Criminal Justice; Hispanic Latino Faculty and Staff Association; College of Arts and Sciences Office of International, Diversity, and Engagement Programs; Department of Political Science and the Student Success Center.
Sept. 28, 201812814422_221832578166035_417990740648516401_n.jpgEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Why Solar Power Is Important To Louisville Now
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! Our speaker on September 28th will be Wallace McMullen, a member of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society who has been active for years in promoting sustainability and renewable energy locally and statewide. Wallace is the current Planning Team Chair of Solar Over Louisville, and the former KY Energy Chair for the Sierra Club.
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 fall, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon inEco-Reps logo 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.
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. 25, 2018PictureNational Voter Registration Day
Tuesday, Sept. 25th,11am-2pm, Humanities Quad
Join the Engage. Lead. Serve. Board (ELSB)'s Vote Everywhere Ambassadors for some snacks as you register to vote! Get information about the upcoming elections, and experience a simulation of Kentucky’s new voting machine! Bring your friends! Voting is a civic duty and a vital way to leverage your power. Sustainability demands civic engagement and the people's voice in policy-making. If you don't vote, the rich, the powerful, and corporate America will continue controlling our public offices. That means an endless continuation of the highly unsustainable status quo. Take a moment to register to vote now; take the time necessary to get to know the candidates on the ballot; and be sure to vote on November 6th and in every election of your adult life. No one else can do this work for you. It is up to us to take the reins.
Sept. 21, 2018Geography Department Seminar Series: Glaciers
Friday, Sept. 21st, 3-4pm, Lutz Hall Room 225
Dr. Keith Mountain will discuss his most recent travels and research related to glaciology, geomorphology, and climate change. In a time of pressing climatic change in the world, glaciers are receding at an alarming rate, and the researchers who spend time up close and personal with arctic environments have a lot to offer our understanding of the changing global environment. Join Dr. Mountain, in his last semester at the University of Louisville, for what is to be a lively presentation.
Sept. 21, 2018Garden Commons Workshop: Canning & Fermentation
Friday, Sept. 21st, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
 

Related imageCurious about fermentation? It's the simple, natural process that brings flavor and nutrition to all kinds of fantastic foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kombucha, pickles, miso, tempeh, sourdough bread, and much, much more!Fermented foods are chock-full of probiotics or good bacteria. A myriad of research has demonstrated how the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut forms the foundation for physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Come learn how to make some of these treats using produce from our garden!
This is part of our fall series of Garden Workshops on Fridays at noon. Join us for the rest:
Oct. 26 (UofL Sustainability Week) - Sustainability & Cannabis Workshop (joint workshop with EcoReps in Ekstrom W210)
Nov. 16 - Wreath Making Workshop
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.
Sept. 20, 20183dfac44f e5ee 43e7 b2e2 28bdd32f32f7This is America: And Justice for All?
Thursday, Sept. 20th, 7:00-8:30pm, SAC W107
Bring your friends to SAC W107 for a discussion with our very own Dr. Dawson-Edwards about the Justice System in America! The Engage. Lead. Serve. Board is hosting and there will be free Moes Catering and great conversation! This is also the first of a three-part series, and all who attend the entire series will get a giveaway!


Sept. 20, 2018Student Meet & GreetRoundtable Discussion: Building Community Partnerships Across Lines of Difference
Thursday, Sept. 20th, 4pm, Ekstrom Library 117A
UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research invites you to a roundtable discussion on how to build community partnerships ethically across lines of difference. There will also be a reception following the event at from 5:30-7 p.m. Faculty researchers and community partners will discuss: cultural competency and humility; recruiting research subjects from vulnerable/underserved communities; establishing reciprocity, mutual respect, and trust; and reflections from researchers/community partners experiences working together. Attendees are encouraged to come with their own questions and may submit questions ahead of time on the RSVP form. Please RSVP by Sept. 12.
Sept. 20, 2018

PeaceDay 2018
Thursday, Sept. 20th, Humanities Quad & Red Barn
What does peace mean to you? Each year, UofL's Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation certificate program sponsors events to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Peace Day 2018This is our 8th annual celebration of PeaceDay. This year's activities have been planned by the new student organization, Student Advocates for Peace and Justice, with a focus on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U.N. Sustainable Development goals. Schedule:

  • 11am-2pm Eco-Justice & Peace Fair (Humanities Quad): Local and campus organizations will host booths sharing how you can get involved in advancing these goals.
  • 2:30-3:45pm Psychology of Peace & Ethnic Relations Craft Fair (Humanities Quad): Students in PSYCH 430 – Psychology of Peace & Ethnic Relations will offer a variety of activity stations, including: an Affirmation table, Peace Rocks, a Tree of Life, Organize & simplify your backpack, a 30 Second Pause, and a Peace of Pizza.
  • 7pm Screening of "Eleanor: In Her Own Words" (Red Barn): The 70th anniversary of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be honored with a screening of Eleanor: In Her Own Words. UofL Theater Professor, Russ Vandenbroucke's adaptation of the writings of Eleanor Roosevelt was broadcast years ago as part of the American Playhouse series on PBS. Lee Remick portrays Roosevelt whose role in passage of the Universal Declaration led to her nickname, "First Lady of the World." Panel discussion to follow.
Sept. 17, 2018Yearlings Club: Fireside Chat and Welcome Reception for UofL President Neeli Bendapudi
Monday, Sept. 17th, 5:30-7pm, Yearlings Club (4309 W. Broadway)
UofL President Neeli Bendapudi will talk about her vision for the university and its relationship with west Louisville as she opens the UofL-Yearlings Club fall forum series Sept. 17. Later series events will focus on efforts to combat drug abuse and counter “fake news.”
The UofL College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and engagement programs office offers the free, public forums with the Yearlings at the civic club’s 4309 W. Broadway location. The series, part of the Signature Partnership Initiative, seeks to bring faculty members and the public together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge common bonds. September 17th will feature Dr. Bendapudi with Kentucky Sen. Gerald Neal as moderator. Bendapudi joined UofL as its 18th president in May. (5:15 p.m. registration and reception; 5:30-7 p.m. Monday program)
Sept. 17, 2018Student Meet & GreetPresenting Professionally: Social Justice Research Presentations and Posters
Monday, Sept. 17th, 3:30-5pm, Ekstrom Library room 117A/CLC

Requested by our students but open to everyone, UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research will offer a professional development workshop that covers tips and suggestions for professional presentations. This workshop will be especially useful for students and junior faculty. Please RSVP for the event here.
Sept. 14, 2018The Province Community GardenSustainability Roundtable: Government Support of Community-Managed Urban Gardens in Chicago and Louisville
Friday, Sept. 14th, 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 speaker on September 14th will be Willow Dietsch (M.S. Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies), speaking about her thesis on Government Support of Community-Managed Urban Gardens in Chicago and Louisville. As urban populations rise, small greenspaces, like gardens, are increasingly important to well-being of communities, and urban sustainability as a whole. However, past development, and current political and economic challenges encumber many cities in providing adequate greenspace. Cities like Chicago, IL and Louisville, KY have turned to the communities to manage greenspaces with help from partner organizations. This thesis examines these arrangements, and compares them in terms of several potential factors, (i.e. legal authority, responsibility, and support). Semi-structured interviews of important community greenspace stakeholders, and archival sources including original documents, news articles, and government reports, were used to understand the context of these cases. Results indicate that Chicago’s NeighborSpace program, a government-supported non-profit land trust, strongly exhibits the hypothesized factors. Whereas, Louisville’s reliance on the Jefferson County Cooperative Service, with insufficient authority or support, is less effective and does not empower communities. NeighborSpace may serve as a model for Louisville.  
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. 13, 2018Cultural Diversity Workshop
Thursday, Sept. 13th, 2-3:30pm, Human Resources Multipurpose Room (1980 Arthur St.)
UofL's Human Resources hosts this workshop which is free for any UofL employee. Organizations began to address respect for diversity in the early 2000's, yet racial and cultural tensions continue to make the headlines today. Responding to this stagnation, our cultural diversity workshops are designed to focus on understanding how stereotypes can lead to ineffective communication. Whether you are looking to start from the ground up or just need to brush up on the subject, our workshops transform an atmosphere of mistrust, confusion, and negative typecasts into an environment of acceptance and mutual respect. Register to attend online here.
Sept. 11, 2018New TARC shelter at 4th & Cardinal (May 2017)TARC 101: Kroger and Back
Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 4pm, Meetup at the bus stop in front of Bettie Johnson Hall
Join ELSB Green Initiatives for a fun group ride to Kroger! All participants will receive a free reusable grocery bag and tips for shopping sustainably! Taking the bus can seem intimidating for those who have never tried it before, but knowing how to use public transit confidently is an essential sustainability life skill! On this group ride, you'll see how easy and fun it can be. Plus you'll have a chance to stock up on some essentials at the grocery store. Like every ride you take on TARC, this trip will be absolutely free - just show the driver your UofL ID as you board for free rides everywhere TARC goes!
Sept. 7, 2018Garden Commons Workshop: Herbs & Tea-Making
Friday, Sept. 7th, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Herb & Tea Workshop
Interested in learning more about how to use the herbs in our garden? Want to taste some delicious, fresh herbal teas like you've never had before? Stop by the Garden Commons next to the Cultural Center at noon this Friday for our workshop lead by UofL's Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Justin Mog. Bring your own jars and containers to take herbs and tea home with you! This is the first in our fall series of Garden Workshops on Fridays at noon. Join us for the rest:
Sept. 21 - Fermentation Workshop
Oct. 26 (UofL Sustainability Week) - Gardening & Sustainability Workshop (joint workshop with EcoReps in Ekstrom W210)
Nov. 16 - Wreath Making Workshop
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.
Sept. 7, 2018Seminar: 'The CLB Envirome Institute: A New Vision of Health'
Friday, Sept. 7th, 10am, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (302 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd.)
Aruni Bhatnagar, newly appointed director of the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, cordially invites you to his seminar, “The CLB Envirome Institute: A New Vision of Health”  and a celebratory reception immediately following. RSVP to Libby Marquardt at 852-5873 or via .
Sept. 4, 2018Big Hunger BookBig Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups
Tuesday, Sept. 4th, 4-5:30pm, Shumaker Research Building room 139
A special lecture by Andy Fisher, author of Big Hunger, which argues that many key anti-hunger advocates are missing an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. Food banks and food pantries were meant to be a stopgap measure, but manufacturing jobs never came back, recession followed, and the “emergency food system” became an industry. Fisher's research finds that efforts to end hunger, reduce obesity, and reform farm subsidies are compromised by corporate interests. Encouragingly, Big Hunger sets forth a vision for what we can do to put food banks out of business and solve hunger.  This event is co-sponsored by UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research, and the Departments of Anthropology and Urban & Public Affairs.
Aug. 31, 2018Sunflower at UPA GardenUrban Studies Garden Workday
Friday, Aug. 31st, 4:15pm, behind the Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom St.)
It's harvest time in the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone! Come on out to help us reduce the chaos in the garden and take home some of this year's bounty! We will be harvesting, weeding, spreading wood chips, and clearing paths around the entire zone, not just the four raised beds. If you haven't seen the garden in awhile, you've got to come check it out! Dress to get dirty. Tools & gloves provided.
Aug. 31, 2018Brian BarnesEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Intro to Eco-Representing
Friday, Aug. 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! We'll kick-off the new year with a discussion with EcoReps Director, Dr. Brian Barnes, about what it means to serve as an EcoRep and to become a representative for sustainability on campus. 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.
Aug. 31, 2018BIOL Native Plant Garden with BeeSustainability Roundtable: Socio-Ecology of Managed Honeybees
Friday, Aug. 31st, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! We kick off our fall series with Haileigh Arnold (M.S. Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies, University of Louisville), speaking about her thesis on The Socio-Ecology of Managed Honeybees (Apis mellifera) in the Louisville Metro Area. Humans have a long history of the practice of beekeeping to harness the power of pollination. This managed pollinator system consists of beekeepers, honeybees, and their environment. However, recent disease, pesticide use, and land use factors honeybee threaten this relationship. In the face of such concerns it is important to examine the factors that impact and can help sustain our managed pollinator systems. In this thesis, the national and Kentucky state-level policies that affect managed pollinator systems were examined and socio-ecological factors that may contribute to honeybee hive growth and losses were assessed along an urban development gradient in Louisville, KY metropolitan area.  Land use did not significantly explain any variation while beekeeper experience were trends and motivation was significant for hive gain. These results suggest that the success of this managed pollinator system in the Louisville area depend on policies and well informed decision-making by beekeepers.
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.
Aug. 30, 2018Student Meet & GreetSocial Justice Research Student Meet & Greet
Thursday, August 30th, 5:30-7pm, Shumaker Research Building room 139

UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research is hosting a welcome back event for all students interested in social justice research. Join us to learn more about the Consortium and other social justice organizations on campus. Students and faculty will be in attendance, and free food will be provided. Please RSVP for the event here.
Aug. 27, 2018Women's Equality Day Celebration
Monday, August 27th, 11am-1pm, Red Barn
Join the U of L Women's Center in celebration of Women's Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women in the United States on August 26, 1920. The will be voter registration, vendors and informational booths.
Aug. 24 - 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.
Aug. 21, 2018Take the Cards Go Green Pledge!Student Involvement Fair
Tuesday, Aug. 21st, 11:30am-1pm, Red Barn plaza
Free food! Sustainability only happens when students GET INVOLVED! So come explore the many sustainability-related student organizations and campus groups at UofL. Stop by the UofL Sustainability table to find out how you can make a difference, take the Cards Go Green! Pledge and grab some green goodies, or learn how to get a free ride on the new LouVelo citywide bikeshare system!
Aug. 22 - Dec. 3, 2018UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Mondays 11am-3pm, Wednesdays, 11am-4pm; and Fridays 1-3pm, Unitas Tower
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UofL’s Free Store is open Mondays 11am-3pm, Wednesdays, 11am-4pm; and Fridays 1-3pm 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).
Aug. 16-19, 2018

Sustainability in Welcome Week 2018
Aug. 16th - 19th, 2018
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion!

  • Thursday, Aug. 16 - Gray Street Farmers' Market
    Every Thursday 10:30am-1:30pm (through Oct. 25) Health Sciences Center, 485 E Gray St.
    Enjoy lunch from area food trucks & stock up on the finest local products: produce, pasture-raised meat & eggs, popcorn, honey, jam, granola, baked goods, flowers, plants, etc.
  • Thursday, Aug. 16 – Cardinal Nest
    11am – 4pm, Red Barn plaza
    Stop by the UofL Sustainability booth and get connected with sustainable living resources! We’ll have information about how to get around Louisville without owning a car (transit, bikeshare, carshare, carpooling), where to eat (and grow!) healthy local food on campus, and how to find the UofL Free Store! Reps from LouVelo will also be available to connect you with city-wide bikeshare!
  • Thursday, Aug. 16 – New International Student Resource Fair
    Noon – 2pm, MITC Bigelow Hall

    Stop by the UofL Sustainability booth and get connected with sustainable living resources! We’ll have information about how to get around Louisville without owning a car (transit, bikeshare, carshare, carpooling), where to eat (and grow!) healthy local food on campus, and how to find the UofL Free Store!
  • Friday, Aug. 17 – New Student Resource Fair
    3:15 – 5:30pm, SAC Multipurpose Room

    Stop by the UofL Sustainability booth and get connected with sustainable living resources! We’ll have information about how to get around Louisville without owning a car (transit, bikeshare, carshare, carpooling), where to eat (and grow!) healthy local food on campus, and how to find the UofL Free Store! Reps from LouVelo will also be available to connect you with city-wide bikeshare!
  • Saturday, Aug. 18 - S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    11:00am - 3:30pm, various sites (meetup at SAC Ballroom).
    Salsa Party at Garden Commons
    The Sustainability Council is offering on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, including the Garden Commons, UofL Community Composting project, and UofL Free Store, in addition to the many off-campus community service projects! Get to know fellow students and UofL faculty and staff while exploring diversity on campus and in the Louisville community. Discover how to make the most of UofL service and leadership opportunities, then work alongside those you met to learn first-hand about the many facets of our “Possibility City.” Register here.
  • Saturday, Aug. 18 - Garden Commons Salsa Party Harvest Fest
    4:00 - 5:00pm outside the Cultural Center
    Stop by UofL's organic, student-run Garden Commons to sample some of the delicious fresh produce we've grown together over the summer and learn how you can get involved and learn how to grow your own food right here on campus! Sponsored by the UofL Sustainability Council and Health Promotion Wellbeing Central.
  • Sunday, Aug. 19 – Louisville Sustainability Bike TourWelcome Week Sustainability Bike Tour
    3:00 – 5:00pm meet up outside the SRC
    Take a fun afternoon bike ride with the Student Cycling Coalition and UofL Sustainability Council! Explore your new community through the lens of environmental stewardship and social justice. Don’t have a bike? Check one out from the SRC through UofL’s Bikeshare Program! Check out our route here.
  • Sunday, Aug. 19 - UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    Every Sunday noon-2pm (200 block of E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets)

    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!
July 16, 2018

ShouseJob Talk: Director of Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability
Dr. Michael Shouse: "Interdisciplinary Teacher-Scholar Successes and Opportunities in Kentucky's Built, Natural, and Social Environments"

Monday, July 16th, 1:30pm, Room 123 Urban Studies (426 W. Bloom St.)
UofL is hiring a new faculty member to become the full-time Director of our Masters degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Sustainability. The Hiring Committee has narrowed the field of candidates down to three, all of whom have been invited to campus for your chance to meet them and give feedback to the Committee. Our final candidate, Dr. Michael Shouse, will give a public job talk on "Interdisciplinary Teacher-Scholar Successes and Opportunities in Kentucky's Built, Natural, and Social Environments." Dr. Shouse is currently a Professor of Geography at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, who teaches courses on Physical Geology & Geography; Natural Resources and Sustainability; Biogeography; Animal Biogeography; Conservation Biogeography; Geographic Information Systems; and Natural Resources Issues and Conflict. His research focuses on biogeography, geomorphology, forestry, and soils, where he is interested in understanding the patterns, processes, and reciprocal interactions that exist in, and between the biosphere, pedosphere, and lithosphere. Central to his research interests are the spatiotemporal and scale dimensions of biological invasion, soil variability, ecological heterogeneity, threatened and endangered species habitat, and biophysical pattern-process dynamics.

There will be several opportunities to sit down with the candidate for individual/small group meetings in Room 216 of the Urban Studies building (426 W. Bloom). The times available are:
      9:15 - 9:45am
      9:45 - 10:15am
      10:15 - 10:45am
Drop-ins are welcome but you may RSVP to justin.mog@louisville.edu for the time slot you wish to attend.

July 11 & 12, 2018Image may contain: 2 people, including Brian Barnes, people smilingJob Talks: Director of Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability
Wednesday & Thursday, July 11-12, 1:30pm, Room 123 Urban Studies (426 W. Bloom St.)
UofL is hiring a new faculty member to become the full-time Director of our Masters degree program in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Sustainability. The Hiring Committee has narrowed the field of candidates down to three, all of whom have been invited to campus for your chance to meet them and give feedback to the Committee. Two of the candidates will give job talks at 1:30pm on July 11 and July 12:
  • Wednesday, July 11: Dr. Brian Barnes, Professor of Ethics at UofL, Bellarmine & IUS, on "How Can I Help? Shaping Ourselves Through Sustainability."
  • Thursday, July 12: Dr. Tamara Sluss, Professor of Biology at Kentucky State University, on "Achieving a Sustainable Future"
There are also several opportunities to sit down with the candidates for individual/small group meetings in the Urban Studies building (426 W. Bloom). The times available are:
Dr. Brian Barnes - July 11 (Room 117 of Urban Studies)
      9:15 - 9:45am
      9:45 - 10:15am
      11:15 - 11:45am
Dr. Tamara Sluss - July 12 (Room 216 of Urban Studies)
      9:15 - 9:45am
      9:45 - 10:15am
     10:15 - 10:45am
Email patricia.sarley@louisville.edu for the time slot you wish to attend. There will be one additional candidate coming to campus later in July.
June 30, 2018Horner Wildlife Refuge Butterfly Count 2015Butterfly Count at UofL's Horner Wildlife Sanctuary
Saturday, June 30th, 10am-3pm, Oldham County
Children and adults are welcome to learn about butterflies and participate in this annual butterfly count, as part of a national census to monitor species health and diversity. This is a rare opportunity for the public to explore UofL's Horner Conservation Property, also referred to as the Moore Observatory, which contains over 200 acres of wildlife habitat in Oldham County near Brownsboro, about 30 minutes from Belknap Campus. UofL biology professor emeritus Charles Covell will lead the 41st expedition, which will be done in a specified area from 10am to 3pm, although volunteers aren’t required to stay the whole time.
Participants should meet at 9:30am in the parking lot of Sugar Babe Antiques, 7511 Highway 329 in Crestwood, about one mile northwest of Interstate 71’s Exit 14. Last year’s counters tallied 818 butterflies of 37 species. Rain date is July 1. Participants should wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring sunscreen, water, lunch and insect repellent. The experts will supply nets but counters also can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks. Contact Covell, 502-639-2691.
June 28-29, 2018Working People's Issues: Sexual Harassment, Addiction & Big Data
35th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr. and Edwin R. Render Labor and Employment Law Institute
Thursday-Friday, June 28-29th at The Seelbach Hilton (500 S 4th St)
Registration Costs: $10 - $395
The UofL Brandeis School of Law's Warns-Render Labor and Employment Law Institute provides high-quality continuing legal education to local and regional labor or employment law attorneys, human resource professionals, union representatives and other workplace experts. Speakers, including attorneys, public servants and professors, attend from across the country. The institute provides Louisville attorneys the opportunity to hear from high-ranking officials without leaving town. The institute creates dialogue between academics, government officials and practitioners, and is an inclusive forum where employee, union and management-side representatives all feel welcome and benefit from the education provided. Presentations at the 2018 Institute include: Review of Kentucky Employment Law Cases, National Labor Relations Board Update, Employment Law Litigation and Trial Preparation, Developing Issues in Kentucky Wage & Hour Class Action Law, Representing Working People and their Unions in the Trump Era, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Update, Review of U.S. Supreme Court Labor and Employment Cases, When Co-Counseling Goes Awry: The Ethical Dilemmas Associated with the Co-Counsel Relationship, Department of Labor Update, Addiction Under the ADA, Respectful Work Places Training Program: Preventing Sexual Harassment, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: New Challenges for Work Law, The Status of Electronic Discovery in Kentucky and the Impact of the New Rules, “Who is the Client?” and Related Quandaries. Download a copy of the program.
June 1, 2018Native serviceberries are planted all over campus and are ripe around Memorial Day. Don't miss out on the delicious foraging opportunity!UofL Serviceberry Harvest!
Friday, June 1st, 1pm, leaving from Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Louisville's delicious, abundant, native serviceberries (aka Juneberries) are ready to be harvested and enjoyed! Join us at the Garden Commons this Friday at 1pm to go on a mini-adventure to the University's prolific service-berry spots and score some awesome, superfood fruit. Serviceberries are small, purple, blueberry-like fruits that are in the almond family and thus have a slightly nutty taste. They are native to Kentucky, commonly planted as street or landscaping trees. The fruits are delicious fresh, can be frozen or dried, and make for an excellent pie!
May 18, 2018Celebration of Social Justice Research
Friday, May 18th, 2-5pm, Speed Art Museum Theater
Come hear about the exciting work of the 19 transdisciplinary research teams funded through UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research. In special lightning rounds, our Fellows will share their research aims, insights, and outcomes. Enjoy the opportunity to socialize and network with fellow engaged scholars and activists from across the University and beyond. You can also learn more about how you can be a part of this new social justice research community.
Please RSVP by May 11. Register online.
May 18, 2018Image may contain: bicycle and textBike Together Day!
Friday, May 18th.
Register Free to be entered into prize drawings!

Maybe you are biking to work, maybe not. Wherever you are going, let's bike together. UofL will be participating in this 13th anniversary of Louisville's Bike to Work Day. Register here. When you select any FREE ticket, you will be entered to win a new commuter bicycle from Parkside Bikes. If you register for the FREE Celebrate Bike Month ticket, you will be entered to win a kid's bike. Register for any of these ticket options:

  • Join the Meet and Ride May 18th

Ride with a group to Fourth St Live at 8am from one of our Meet and Ride locations: Seneca Park, George Rogers Park, or Big 4 Bridge.

  • Join the Midday Activity May 18th

Come see vendors, speakers, demos, and more from noon until 1pm at Fourth St. Live

  • Join a Practice Meet and Ride

Practice your commute on a Saturday throughout April and may! Join a group and meet your Ride Captain.

  • Attend a Bike Month Event

Check out our calendar page for events throughout Bike Month.

  • Celebrate Bike Month

Ride with your family and friends and post a pic to our Facebook page. When you select this option, you enter to win a kid's bike. Bike will be delivered to your child's school for pick up.

Join the National Bike Challenge with a team, company, or friends. Log your miles and see who rides the farthest during Bike Month!
Stay tuned to the Bike Louisville website, and the Bike Louisville Facebook page for more information.
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.
May 16, 2018Progress and Prospects for Sustainable Buildings
Wednesday, May 16th, 12:30pm, 311 Vogt Building
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. M. Keith Sharp, has been an active member of the UofL Sustainability Council and heavily involved in passive solar research. He will be retiring this summer and presenting his culminating lecture on two separate topics during this Mechanical Engineering Seminar: 1. Modeling flows to reduce red blood cell damage (hemolysis) as a result of prosthetic cardiovascular devices. 2. The ultimate sustainable building is one that heats and cools itself entirely from renewable sources. The history of sustainable buildings will be reviewed and a new mathematically-based approach will be introduced for designing an “Ambient House” that uses only solar gains for heating and ambient energy for cooling. In addition to the renewable heating and cooling sources, keys to achieving an all-ambient-energy house are thermal mass and active control of renewable gains and losses. Keith Sharp  joined the University of Louisville in 2000. His research continues to span renewable energy and bio-fluid mechanics. He was recently made an ASME Fellow, where he is on the executive committee of the Solar Energy Division and is an associate editor of the Journal of Solar Energy Engineering.
Fridays through Aug. 17, 2018Garden Commons Herb SpiralGarden Commons Summer Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-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 summer (May 11 - Aug. 17) from 12pm 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.
May 9, 2018DEHS 30-year anniversary celebration
Wednesday, May 9th, 2-6pm, Strickler Hall Room 101

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is 30 years old and will be hosting an event to celebrate. The program features keynote speakers at 2pm from Larry Gibbs, Associate Vice Provost of EHS at Stanford University and Peter Reinhardt, Director of EHS at Yale University. They will speak on "Evolution of EHS and What the Future Holds," and "Why Choose a Career in EHS?" The keynotes will be followed by four panel discussions regarding several historical environmental events at UofL, including:

  • H1N1 Vaccination POD - over 19,000 doses in 19 hours
  • UofL 2009 Flooe - 7" of rain in 1 hour
  • Silane fire and emergency response in clean room
  • 3 successful environmental forensic projects at UofL: 1. "UofSmell" in 1990s - MSD, Solae & UofL; 2. Phorid Fly infestation in gym - now a managed site; and 3. Cross-contaminated drinking water by outside contractor 10 years ago.

Panelists will include:

  • Gordon Garner, former head of MSD
  • Julia Aebersold, PhD, Manager of UofL Clean Room
  • Cheri Hildreth, DEHS Director
  • Dennis Sullivan, DEHS Assistant Director
  • Jim Sears & Larry Detherage, current and former Associate VP for Facilities
  • Larry Owsley, former VP for Business Affairs

A reception to honor Assistant Director, Dennis Sullivan's retirement after 26 years of service to DEHS will follow the program. RSVP via email by May 4.

May 1, 2018Pollinators Workshop at Garden Commons (Apr 2017)The Socio-Ecology of Managed Honeybees in the Louisville Metro Area
Tuesday, May 1st at 10:30 am in Life Sciences Room 137
The public is invited to this oral defense of the research conducted by Haileigh Arnold, a UofL graduate student pursuing a Masters of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Sustainability. Her work involved an extensive survey of local beekeepers in Louisville.
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2018  National Bike Challenge
National 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.
April 26, 2018Wellarama
Thursday, April 26th, 9am-6pm, Get Healthy Now Wellness Center (601 Presidents Blvd.)
UofL's employee wellness program, Get Healthy Now, is organizing this all day festival of health. The event includes massage therapy, healthy snacks, interactive activities, fitness classes, presentations and more. Organizations that will be on hand include the Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging, LGBT Center, Mealtless Monday, Metro Parks & Recreation, New Roots, Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling, SPHIS, and the Women’s Center. Some sustainability-related highlights from the agenda include:
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: KORU Mindfulness and Meditation session
  • 12-12:45 p.m.: Presentation, “National Minority Health Month: Partnering with for Health Equity”
  • 12-12:45 p.m.: Presentation, “Nutrition”
  • 12-12:45 p.m.: Presentation, “Why Organic Foods?”
  • 4:15-5 p.m.: Gentle chair yoga; “Hula” hooping demo; Moment of Mindfulness
April 25, 2018Visioning a Greenspace Network with Smoketown Youth
Wednesday, April 25th, 6pm, room 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom)
The 2018 Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Capstone Studio project, Visioning a Greenspace Network with Smoketown Youth, builds off the work of the 2017 Neighborhood Planning Studio, which developed A Document to Inform the Smoketown Neighborhood Plan. In the Capstone Studio, students continued working with the Smoketown Neighborhood Association, Louisville Metro Office of Advanced Planning, and Louisville Metro Housing Authority to focus on planning and design for four greenspaces in the Smoketown neighborhood. The MUP students centered the community engagement process for this project on Smoketown youth, which included 100+ sixth grade students from Meyzeek Middle School, and crafted an engagement process that taught them planning and design skills while gathering feedback on the youth’s vision for Smoketown’s greenspaces. The MUP students will present a Story Map of their community engagement process, key findings, and recommendations. Please join us for the presentation, discussion, and light reception!
April 24, 2018Diversity & Inclusion Dinner
Tuesday, April 24th, 6pm-8pm, Red Barn
Tickets: $8.00 Pre-Paid or $10 at the door

Engage with Empathy. Challenge Your Beliefs. Participate in Peace. Please join Psi Chi: the Psychology Honor Society and UofL's Peace, Justice, & Conflict Transformation Program for a delicious dinner with a diverse menu followed by a program of fun and engaging activities that promote and celebrate the differences we all share, presented by an expert in the field of Diversity and Inclusion. Our special guest will be Marian Vasser, Director of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence at UofL.Proceeds benefit the Ulster Project Louisville: An international community engagement program designed to develop leadership and peace-building skills in Louisville and Northern Irish adolescents between 14 and 16 years old. Donations are tax-deductible. Email bagers02@louisville.edu for additional details.
April 23, 2018Social Justice Fair
Monday, April 23rd, 4pm - 7pm, Meyzeek Middle School (828 S Jackson)
This community-building, networking event will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about social justice related organizations, programs and research going on in Louisville. Its family-friendly and food will be served! Organized by UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research. Register here.
Apr. 20, 2018Image may contain: textGarden Commons Workshop: Hydroponics
Friday, April 20th, 1pm-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Our final spring workshop will focus on how to set-up a hydroponics system, with a hands-on demo in our own greenhouse! Have you ever wanted to know how we can have delicious, plump tomatoes in the middle of the winter? Hydroponics can allow for hyper-local produce in the off-season for produce. We will be putting together a hydroponics system in the Garden Commons Greenhouse and discussing the advantages and disadvantages to hydroponic farming.
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.
April 18, 2018Patient sputum PseudomonasBeer with a Scientist: Antibiotic Resistance
Wednesday, April 18th, 8pm, Against the Grain Brewery (401 E. Main St.)
At the April 18th Beer with a Scientist, UofL Biology professor, Deborah Yoder-Himes, will discuss the rise and challenges associated with super bacteria, antibiotic resistance and the pervasiveness of “anti-bacterial” products in the marketplace. The talk begins at 8 p.m. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session. Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged.
April 18, 2018 "Lighten Your Load (on the Earth)" free stuff swap
Wednesday, April 18th, 11am-2pm, Red Barn plaza
In advance of Earth Day 2018, a special "Lighten Your Load (on the Earth)" free stuff swap will be set up along side the Belknap Farmers Market and in partnership with Campus Housing, Goodwill Industries, and the UofL Sustainability Council. All are welcome to come take or donate items such as clothing, shoes, linens, and any other reusable items.
April 13, 2018Wild Bees and Pollination Networks
Friday, April 13th, noon, 139 Shumaker Research Building
The Biology Department Seminar Series presents Dr. Valerie Peters, Eastern Kentucky University, speaking on the topic "Wild bees and pollination networks: involving citizen scientists to understand threats and potential recovery strategies." Dr. Peters' research focuses on animal-plant interactions in the context of global change. Her lab seeks to understand how human activities such as surface mine reclamation and agroforestry affect biodiversity and ecosystem services, specifically bird and bee mediated services, such as pollination, pest control and seed dispersal. She has projects in Kentucky and Costa Rica.
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.
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
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'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Eco-Reps logoFridays 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 13, 2018Bethany Pratt (UK Cooperative Extension Agent for Horticulture Education)Sustainability Roundtable: Community Gardens in Louisville
Friday, April 13th, 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 final speakers of the semester on April 13th will be Bethany Pratt (UK Cooperative Extension Agent for Horticulture Education) & Laura Stevens (Common Earth Gardens, a division of Catholic Charities), speaking on Community Gardens in Louisville.
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.
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.
April 12, 2018Film Premier: Talking Black in America
Thursday, April 12th, 4:30-7pm, Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
UofL CEHD professor, Dr. Michèle Foster, will bring to campus Dr. Walt Wolfram, a distinguished professor at North Carolina State University, where he also directs the North Carolina Language and Life Project. He will premier his new film, “Talking Black in America.” The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session and panel. The event is free and open to the public.
April 10-12, 20182018 Grawemeyer Award Recipient Talks
April 10-12, various locations

The 2018 winners of UofL's Grawemeyer Award will be in Louisville in April to give free, public presentations about their award-winning ideas. Here’s the schedule:

  • Tuesday April 10th, 1pm (Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium) – Scott Straus, Ideas Improving World Order, author of Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa.
  • Tuesday April 10th, 5pm (Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium) – Sara Goldrick-Rab, Education, author of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream
  • Tuesday April 10th, 7pm (Caldwell Chapel, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary) – JoAnne Marie Terrell will discuss the work of Religion Award winner James H. Cone, the founder of black liberation theology.
  • Wednesday, April 11th, Noon (Strickler Hall, Middleton Auditorium) – Robert Sternberg, Psychology, whose work has resulted in changes in college admission processes that have leveled the playing field for individuals from diverse backgrounds and, thus, has increased student diversity.
  • Thursday, April 12th, 3pm (Bird Recital Hall, School of Music) – Bent Sorensen, Music Composition.
April 9, 2018Non-partisan Louisville Mayoral Candidate Forum
Theme: Equal Opportunity & Justice: Racial & Economic Equality and Environmental & Food Justice
Mayroal Candidate Forum 2018Monday, 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 mark their first anniversary on-air by hosting and live-broadcasting 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.

All registered candidates for Louisville Mayor have been invited to attend. The April 4th LEO Weekly falsely reported that this is a forum for only Democratic candidates for the office. In fact, the audience on April 9th will have the opportunity to hear from Republican, Independent, and Democratic candidates!

At the conclusion of the Forum, join us for cake and coffee to celebrate FORward Radio's first birthday on-air!

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 specific questions with in the theme of Equal Opportunity & Justice: Racial & Economic Equality and Environmental & Food Justice that you want to ask of all our Mayoral Candidates at Forwardradio.org.
April 6-22, 2018Arbor Day to Earth Day crowdfunding campaign to create a new Student Sustainability Fund
April 6-22, 2018
HELP US UNLOCK A MATCH: When we raise $5,000 for the Student Sustainability Fund, Just Money Advisors, a Louisville-based company, will give $5,000 towards the fund! Gifts of all sizes will help unlock this matching gift! By supporting the Student Sustainability Fund you are investing in high-value, hands-on education for 21st century social responsibility. The SSF is a unique fund, separate from the rest of the endowment, which uses the fund itself as a pedagogical tool. First, Finance students in the College of Business do some real-world socially responsible investing by selecting funds, investing real dollars, managing the fund, and voting their proxies. All investments and proxy votes will be researched and selected by students, subject to the university’s sustainable investments policy. Then, Social Change students in the College of Arts & Sciences will use the proceeds to fund local nonprofit or philanthropic projects either on or off campus. They research local nonprofits and allocate funds in a way that builds capacity or enhances sustainability. Thus the Student Sustainability Fund puts donors’ resources directly to work for educational enrichment and social change.
Donate today!
April 6, 2018UofL Arbor Day 2017UofL Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 6th, 11am-2pm, University Pointe

April 6th is Arbor Day 2018 in Kentucky! Come help us restore Louisville's shrinking tree canopy. Join us outside the main entrance of University Pointe at the end of Unity Place 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 100 native pawpaws provide by Metro Louisville's Division of Community Forestry.
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • Bike-blender 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, UofL Office of Health Promotion, and Louisville Metro Government's Division of Community Forestry.
April 5, 2018Minx Auerbach Annual Lecture featuring Brittney CooperIn Defense of Rage: Black Feminist Political Resources for 21st-Century Struggle
Thursday, April 5th, 5:30pm, Strickler Hall 100 (Middleton Auditorium)
The Women's & Gender Studies Department welcomes Brittney Cooper for the 2018 Minx Auerbach Lecture, "In Defense of Rage: Black Feminist Political Resources for 21st-Century Struggle." Brittney Cooper is a writer, teacher, and public speaker. She thinks Black feminism can change the world for the better. Brittney is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University.  She is co-founder of the popular Crunk Feminist Collective blog. And she is a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com and a former contributor to Salon.com. Her cultural commentary has been featured on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, Al Jazeera’s Third Rail, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, PBS, Ebony.com, Essence.com, TheRoot.com, and TED.com. Dr. Cooper is co-editor of The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press 2017). She is author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, May 2017) and the forthcoming Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s, February 2018).
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, eggs, breads, honey, popcorn, jams, pickles, reusables, clothing, linens, wood crafts, pottery, and more. Some vendors will be offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions with weekly pickups on campus throughout the summer (come to the market in April to sign-up!).

>> Louisville Grows will bring plant starts (veggies, fruits, and flowers) on April 18 & 25!- Debit & Credit cards will be accepted by most vendors!
- Open weekly, rain or shine (inside the Red Barn in bad weather)!
- Follow us on Facebook or Email comments/questions.
Through May 2, 2018 Lighten Your Load! Move-Out Waste Reduction
April 2nd through May 2nd
Moving out? Don't throw it out!
During the spring move out (April 2nd through May 2nd), special collection bins will be set up in the lobbies of all UofL residence halls and Stevenson Hall for the donation of any unwanted items: clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, appliances, lamps, electronics, decor, rugs, bags, school supplies, non-perishable food items, and anything else you'd rather not keep. Two sets of bins will be available in each lobby - one for Goodwill items and another for donations of non-perishable food items that we will donate to the hungry through Old Louisville's non-profit Cabbage Patch Settlement House. Help us achieve our goal of Zero Waste for Move-Out 2018! Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is proud to partner with UofL Campus Housing and the UofL Sustainability Council for this initiative!
  • In advance of Earth Day 2018, a special "Lighten Your Load (on the Earth)" free swap will be set up on a Wednesday, April 18th, 11am-2pm, Red Barn plaza - all are welcome to come take or donate items.
March 30, 2018Image may contain: textActivism 101
Friday, March 30th, 3:30pm, Schumaker Research Building room 139
Do you have an issue you're passionate about? Do you want to put your passion into action? Activism 101 is the event for you! Activism 101 will prepare students to take action on issues they care about. Trained speakers will lead interactive activities. Free locally-owned food and drink provided!Speakers include:
  • Tahja Banks, President of Women4Women
  • Jesús Ibañez and Sarah Nuñez from Mijente Louisville
  • Indivisible KY
Hosted by Honors Student Council.
March 30, 2018Brian Barnes managing UofL Food Waste Composting Program.Garden Commons Workshop: Composting
Friday, March 30th 1pm-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a special workshop on composting and vermiculture with Dr. Brian Barnes! Brian directs UofL's Community Composting Project (just a couple blocks north of the Garden Commons) with volunteer-power every Sunday noon-2pm. He'll be sharing the basics of why, how, and what to compost and we will be creating DIY composting bins that you can take home with you to start your own compost!
The goal at the Garden Commons is to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we gather together every Friday throughout the spring semester (Jan. 12 - Apr. 27) from 1pm to 2pm to learn, 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.
March 30, 2018Film and Panel Discussion: Do Not Resist
Friday, March 30th, noon-2pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
DO NOT RESIST is an urgent documentary that explores the militarization of local police departments-- in their tactics, training, and acquisition of equipment-- since 9/11. Panelists: Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards (Criminal Justice, University of Louisville), Dr. Joseph Grant (Criminology & Criminal Justice, Indiana University-Southeast), Dr. Beth Grossi (Criminal Justice, University of Louisville), Michael Losavio, J.D. (Criminal Justice, University of Louisville) and Moderator: Caroline Jalain, (doctoral student, Criminal Justice, University of Louisville).
 Presented by the Department of Criminal Justice Organizations and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. For more info: kim.hendricks@louisville.edu or cherie.dawson@louisville.edu.
March 30, 2018Redlining Louisville: The Racist Origins of City Planning and Real Estate
Friday, March 30th, Noon - 1pm, Urban and Public Affairs, Room 123
The Urban & Public Affairs speaker series presents Joshua Poe, an independent researcher and activist, and a graduate of UofL's Masters of Urban Planning program. He developed the award-winning storymap Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Real Estate. He is currently working on crowd-investment strategies to revitalize formerly redlined neighborhoods through participatory planning. Full details.
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.
March 29, 2018Talk: The Separation of Church and State in Our Public Schools
Thursday, March 29th, 6:30-8pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
The Kentucky legislature has recently passed, or is considering, a number of bills that impinge on the separation of church and state in our public schools, and threaten the religious liberty of teachers and students. Join us for a panel discussion about the impact of last year’s Biblical literacy bill and the pending legislation requiring abstinence education and allowing tax credits for donations to private schools. Speakers will update us on these measures, their consequences for the public schools, and what parents and students can do to respond. 
Speakers: Maggie Garrett (State Legislative Director, American United for Separation of Church and State), Heather Gatnarek (ACLU of Kentucky Legal Fellow), Morgan McGarvey (State Senator, District 19), Lisa Willner (Jefferson County Board of Education, Vice Chair).
Sponsored by Americans United for Separation of Church and State-Louisville Chapter, ACLU of Kentucky, UofL Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research, Secular Student Alliance (University of Louisville) ACLU of Kentucky - Brandeis School of Law Chapter.
March 29, 2018Lecture: “Criminal Justice in the Trump Era”
Thursday, March 29th, 4pm, Brandeis School of Law, Room 75
Lectures in Social Change: Social Change in the Trump Era presents the final lecture in a series of three for Spring 2018. Dr. George Richards will deliver “Criminal Justice in the Trump Era,” which is free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. For more information, please contact cherie.dawson@louisville.edu or go online for more information on Social Change at UofL.
March 28, 2018Green Heart Project
Wednesday, March 28th, Noon - 1pm, Urban and Public Affairs, Room 123

The Urban & Public Affairs speaker series presents Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, a Smith Lucille Gibson Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville. Dr. Bhatnagar’s work has led to the creation of the new field of environmental cardiology. He studies how pollution affects the heart and blood vessels, and how exposure to polluted air affects the risk of obesity and diabetes. His Green Heart Project research is supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health. Full details.
March 27, 2018Spring 2018 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 27th, 2:00-3:30pm, Ekstrom Library room W210

Tree Campus USA - 2011 Tree PlantingThe Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:

March 26, 2018Green Infrastructure & Sustainability at UofL
Monday, March 26th, 7pm, Bellarmine University (Hillary's, 1st floor Treece Hall)
UofL's Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Dr. Justin Mog, will be speaking about UofL's green infrastructure projects at a public event organized by the Beargrass Creek Alliance and the Bellarmine University Rachel Carson Environmental Learning Community. Come get the inside scoop on how UofL's management of storm water has evolved over the years.
March 26, 2018Panama and Paradise Papers: The Inside Story
Monday, March 26th, 5:30pm, University Club
$20 Public, $10 Students, Free World Affairs Council Members
The release of the Panama and Paradise Papers in 2015 constituted the largest coordinated act of investigative journalism ever undertaken. A team of 400 hundred international journalists, led by two German investigative reporters, spent a year uncovering the world's widest-reaching corruption scheme, one connected to heads of state, politicians, businessmen, big banks, the mafia, diamond miners, art dealers, and celebrities, implicating figures ranging from Vladimir Putin to businesses right here in Kentucky. It was a monumental and dangerous task, a real life international thriller that put the lives and careers of its participants at risk. Join us as Frederik Obermaier, one of the two lead initiators and coordinators of the leak, tells his story. Copies of Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer’s book, The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money, will be available for sale and a book signing during the event. Register here.
Thanks to a generous donation by the William E. Barth Foundation, we are now able to provide a limited number of complimentary tickets for students who wish to attend WAC's World at Home speaker series. To enter our lottery for a free ticket, please complete this form.
Mar. 23, 2018Image may contain: textHunger Banquet
Friday, March 23, 5:30-7 p.m., Red Barn; Students: free; Faculty & Staff: $10; Community: $15

Join Honors Student Council for an educational and interactive evening focused on food justice. The Hunger Banquet is meant to showcase the struggles that many impoverished people around the world go through on a daily basis.This event will be a unique opportunity for individuals to develop a connection to the 795 million+ people in the world who are often forgotten in the chaos of our everyday lives. Proceeds to benefit the Americana Community Center. Ticket purchase/RSVP required and can be done online.
Mar. 23, 2018UofL Arbor Day tree planting, October 2014EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Urban Forestry with Greg Schetler
Friday, 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 UofL Grounds Superintendent, Greg Schetler. Greg and his crew have worked tirelessly for years to enhance, maintain, expand, and diversify UofL's campus tree population and to implement our Campus Tree Care Plan. This work has helped UofL achieve Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for eight years running.
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 23, 2018Symposium: Dismantling Structural Inequality: Lock-ups, Systemic Chokeholds, and Race-Based Policing
Friday, March 23rd, 9am-3pm, UofL’s Brandeis School of Law room 275
Perhaps no other societal system underscores the devastating impact on African-Americans and other communities of color more than the criminal justice system. Using three books as a basis for panel discussions, the symposium will engage scholars from a variety of disciplines in a critical analysis of the social, economic, political and human implications of disproportionate incarceration and the system that drives it. Professor Paul Butler’s Chokehold explores the pervasive narrative of Black male criminality and violence. In Locking Up Our Own, Professor James Forman, Jr. uncovers how Black public officials joined the “war on crime” and promoted policies that contributed to the disproportionate incarceration rates we see today. Policing the Black Man: A series of essays edited by Professor Angela J. Davis, this book describes how disproportionate impact is prevalent throughout the criminal justice system. Symposium speakers are Paul Butler, Angela J. Davis, Cherie Dawson-Edwards, Elizabeth Jones, Laura McNeal, Cedric Powell, Nirej Sekhon, and Anders Walker. Continental breakfast provided in Cox Lounge from 8-9am.
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
March 15, 2018Dr. Jay Whitacre - 2017 Leigh Ann Conn Prize Luareate
Thursday, March 15th, 3pm, Rauch Planetarium
Jay Whitacre, winner of UofL's 2017 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy, will give a public lecture March 15th. An international pioneer in sustainable energy technology, Whitacre’s free lecture will begin at 3 p.m. at the UofL Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. Middle and high school students are encouraged to attend. Whitacre, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, is known for his work with sodium-ion batteries, which are an economical way to incorporate renewable energy into the grid. While at UofL, Whitacre will receive the Conn Prize medal and $50,000 award at a dinner in his honor. The Leigh Ann Conn Prize is given every other year by UofL’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. The prize acknowledges ideas and achievements in research related to the science, engineering, technology and commercialization of renewable energy. It is named for the late daughter of Hank and Rebecca Conn, who are center supporters and prize benefactors.
March 14, 2018Beer with a Scientist: Can increasing green space improve our health?
Wednesday, March 14th, 8pm, Against the Grain Brewery (401 E. Main St.)
How plants capture particulate matterIn neighborhoods with poor air quality and many busy streets, residents have a higher risk of heart disease. UofL researchers are studying air quality, innovative landscape design and human health to determine, scientifically, whether planting more trees and adding greenspaces in a neighborhood could increase the health of its residents. Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, director of the Diabetes and Obesity Center, will discuss the research, the Green Heart Project, at the next Beer with a Scientist event on March 14. “No one knows whether and to what extent trees and neighborhood greenery affect human health and why,” Bhatnagar said. “This work will tell us how to design a neighborhood that supports human health and whether an increase in the urban greenspaces and vegetation could enhance physical and mental health by decreasing the levels of ambient air pollution.” The Green Heart Project is a collaboration of UofL, The Nature Conservancy, Hyphae Design Laboratory, the Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil, the U.S. Forest Service and the City of Louisville. The goal of the project is to assess how residential greenness and neighborhood greenspaces affect the health of our communities by decreasing the levels of pollution and promoting physical activity and social cohesion. The talk begins at 8 p.m. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session. Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged.
March 7, 2018Image may contain: plant, grass, tree, outdoor and natureUrban Studies Garden Rebuild Workday
Wednesday, March 7, 9am-noon, Urban Studies Garden (426 W. Bloom St.)
Come help us rebuild and restore the three raised bed garden boxes which have rotted out over the years at the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone. We need plenty of hands to help us move soil and rebuild the boxes. It will be all-hands-on-deck to help get us ready for the spring growing season! No experience necessary. Tools provided.
March 5, 2018Black & Local Food Festival
Monday, March 5th, 7pm - 9pm, MITC Bigelow Hall
Food, performances, local businesses, and fun! Come out to learn more about local black-owned businesses in Louisville, while sampling some of the best restaurants in town. A true celebration of black culture and entrepreneurship! Performances by: Shades of Movement, Complex Collaboration Step Team, Bourgeoisie Modeling & Fashion Troupe, and a spoken word by Ruth Peters. Brought to you by UofL Black Student Union, UofL Engage Lead Serve Board, UofL SAB, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Alpha Kappa Alpha.
March 2, 2018How Much Green Can You See? Assessment of City Buildings’ Green View Using GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques
Friday, March 2nd, 3pm, Lutz Hall Room 225
The Department of Geography and Geosciences Seminar Series presents Dr. Wei Song. Vegetation provides many environmental benefits to the city, and daily access to vegetation contributes to the well-being and psychological status of urban residents. Understanding and measuring urban dwellers’ view-based exposure to greenery has become an important task for assessing the quality of urban life. This research presents a quantitative and objective indicator, Floor Green View Index (FGVI). It is defined as the area of visible urban vegetation on a particular floor of a city building. The method for estimating FGVI consists of three steps: creating observation points and setting observation platform for each detected floor, conducting viewshed analysis and extracting visible urban green space, and computing Floor Green View Index. The method is proposed and tested through a case study of the Lujiazui region, Shanghai, China, using airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data and aerial photographs.
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.
March 1, 2018No automatic alt text available.TARC to the Game
Thursday, March 1st, 6-8pm, Leave from 4th & Brandeis (Louisville Hall)
Use your UofL ID to ride free to the Yum! Center for the last home Men's Basketball game against Virginia. Join SGA and TARC representatives in front of Louisville Hall from 6-8pm for free pizza from The Post, SGA giveaways, and information about how to ride the bus. Buses depart every 15 minutes, and the last bus before tip off is 7:40pm. After the game, buses will depart from 6th and Market at 9:50, 10:20, or 10:50pm. Like every ride anywhere you want to go on TARC, these ones will be completely FREE with UofL ID! Bring your friends!
March 1, 2018Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters: The Role of spirituality in African American Environmental Activism in the US South
Thursday, March 1st, 5:00-7:30pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Opening Reception: 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Opening Plenary: 6:00 pm to 7:30pm. Panelists:
  • Dr. Ihsan Bagby, Associate professor of Islamic Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky
  • Rev. Cassandra Henderson, ordained minister, artist, and activist currently serving as the children and youth pastor at the Breakthrough Fellowship in Smyrna, GA.
  • Ms. Cassia Herron, community organizer and Research Manager for the Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research Consortium.
  • Dr. Michael Brandon McCormack, Assistant Professor of Pan African Studies and Humanities at the University of Louisville
Open to the public! Sponsored By Antipode Foundation. For more information contact Dr. Priscilla McCutcheon: race.spirituality.environment@gmail.com. conference Twitter: LetJusticeRoll
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.
Feb. 23, 2018No automatic alt text available.Seed Starting Workshop
Friday, Feb. 23rd, 1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Get a jump-start on your food garden this year! Join us in UofL’s organic garden to learn about starting seeds to save money, get better results, & make the most of the growing season. Learn how and why to start seeds early with this hands-on workshop. Bring your own seeds to start and containers to take them home in, or help us start some seeds to be planted in the Garden Commons. This workshop will be led by Bethany Pratt, Cooperative Extension’s Horticulture Education Agent for Jefferson County.
Feb. 23, 2018Ending the Fossil Fuel Addiction: What Will It Take?Image may contain: outdoor
Friday, Feb. 23rd, noon, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
The Biology Dept. Seminar Series presents Dr. Kyle Forinash, Professor (ret.) of Physics at Indiana University Southeast, who has published technical papers on non-linear dynamics, in addition to pedagogical papers about the use of computers and cell phones for data collection in student laboratories. His current interests include applications of physics to environmental issues and open source computer simulations for physics education. His latest book, Physics and the Environment, extensively discusses renewable forms of energy, their physical constraints and how we must use science and engineering as tools to solve problems instead of opinion and politics.
Feb. 22, 2018Urban Renewal, Old Walnut Street and the 9th Street DivideProf. Cedric Powell to speak about housing segregation, West Louisville at LBA event
Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 3pm, Louisville Bar Association (600 W. Main St., Suite 110)
UofL Law Professor Cedric Merlin Powell will speak about housing segregation and its impact on West Louisville at an event hosted by the Louisville Bar Association. The event, held as part of the LBA's Black History Month programming, will examine "ill-advised policies of the 1960s and ‘70s that obliterated a once-vibrant center of black life in Louisville." Powell, whose scholarship focuses on structural inequality, will sit on a panel along with Dan Hall. In 2017, Hall retired as the University of Louisville's vice president for community engagement. He was the first African-American appointed to a vice president position at UofL. Hall is being presented with the LBA's Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Trailblazer Award. Also at the event, Central High School students who won the Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. essay competition will be recognized.
Feb. 22, 2018Behind the Plate
Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 11:30am - 1:30pm, Ville Grill
Stop in during lunch to find out what goes on behind the scenes to produce the food that goes on your plate! Learn about the benefits to your health and the planet from small diet choices and how that can count as a sustainable action in #ULEcolympics2018. You could win a new bike simply by eating right!!
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. 16, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Urban Forestry with Erin ThompsonMetro Louisville Division of Community Forestry
Friday, Feb. 16th 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 will focus on urban forestry, and our guest on Feb. 16th will be Erin Thompson, Metro Louisville's Urban Forester and Community Forestry Supervisor in the Office of Sustainability's Division of Community Forestry. She is an ISA Certified Arborist and ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified.
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.
Feb. 12, 2018We Can’t Desegregate the Nation without Knowing How We Segregated It
Monday, Feb. 12th at 3pm, Urban Studies room 123
Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute, and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He will give a free lecture on his latest book The Color of Law concerning how racial segregation occurs and its negative impacts on housing, income, and education. He is giving three community lectures for black history month but his February 12th lecture will explore social justice research methods and new areas of research. In addition to his recent book, The Color of Law, he is the author of many other articles and books on race and education, which can be found at his webpage at the Economic Policy Institute. Previous influential books include Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Improvement to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap, and Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right. He Welcomes questions and comments at riroth@epi.org.
Feb. 11, 2018The Art of Protest Through Cultural Expression
Sunday, Feb. 11th, 4-6 p.m., The Yearlings Club (4309 W. Broadway)
A&S Yearlings Club Forum Black History Month Program: Art has played a role in social justice education, community building, and social activism/social movements. It provides a universal language that gives voice to individuals and communities and is accessible across social boundaries. Join us as our panel offers their view on the use of various forms of art in social justice education. Free and open to the public.
Additional Information: Clest Lanier, 852-3042.
Feb. 10, 2018Engage Kentucky Symposium: Social Advocacy for Kentucky
Saturday, February 10th, 9am-3pm, CEHD
Join the Engage Lead Serve Board for the Engage Kentucky Symposium! EKS aims to forge active citizens. The conference keynote speaker is Louisville's Black Lives Matter co-founder, Chanelle Helm. There will be three rounds of breakout sessions led by both community activists and UofL students! Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of how socioeconomic status affects social advocacy across the state of Kentucky. Free breakfast and Lunch will be provided for all attendees, and a free T-shirt will be available for the first 100 attendees to check in. If you have any accommodation requirements, food allergies, or questions, feel free to contact ryan.buckman@uoflelsb.org or grace.mitchell@uoflelsb.org.
Feb. 8, 2018Image may contain: textLobbying with Love
Thursday, Feb. 8th, 6:30pm, SAC room W309K
Students for Reproductive Freedom will be hosting this special event to explore ways to contact your representatives and create political change. Come learn some easy lobbying tactics! We will also be sending Valentines to Kentucky legislators to let them know we love reproductive rights! Snacks will be provided. Contact: studentsforreprofreedom@gmail.com
Feb. 8, 2018Civil Liberties’ Watchdog: The ACLU in the Trump Era
Thursday, Feb. 8th, 4pm, School of Law, Room LL75
Lectures in Social Change: Social Change in the Trump Era presents the first in a series of three lectures for Spring 2018. Michael Aldridge, Executive Director of the ACLU of Kentucky will deliver the lecture “Civil Liberties’ Watchdog: The ACLU in the Trump Era,” which is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact cherie.dawson@louisville.edu
Feb. 3, 2018Image may contain: tree, grass, sky, plant, shoes, outdoor and natureSugar Shack Field Trip to Make Maple Syrup
Saturday, Feb. 3, Noon-6pm, 9011 Old Whipps Mill Rd, Louisville, KY 40242
Our amazing community partner in making maple syrup from UofL trees, Dave Barker, is hosting an open house at his sugar shack this Saturday for anyone interested in maple syrup production. Come see the process in action and sample the sweet goodness! Dave says: "There should be decent sap flow this week. Please feel free to invite others. We'll be around all day, starting around noon and going into the evening. Text: 5023871666"
Feb. 2, 2018Sustainability Roundtable: Pope Francis, Climate Change and US Catholic VoterssUStain stacked icon
Friday, Feb. 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! We kick off our spring series with Dr. David Buckley (Political Science), speaking onPope Francis, Climate Change and US Catholic Voters. David asks: What impact does leadership from religious elites have on policy attitudes of followers in the general public? This talk utilizes the release of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, to adjudicate among contending claims regarding responsiveness to religious leadership. An original survey experiment, conducted by YouGov on a nationally representative sample of Catholic voters in late 2015, tests the impact of exposure to the Pope’s message about climate change on responses related to climate science and policy. The unique experimental design tests the impact of Francis’ message relative to a similar message from unidentified “environmental experts.” Results show that the impact of religious leadership on this issue is concentrated among those more generally skeptical of climate change and calls to address it through governmental action: Republicans, white Catholics, and regular worship attenders. In addition, beliefs about the appropriate place of religion and politics and approval of Pope Francis’ leadership plays an important part in determining the effect of treatment.  In contrast, the Pope’s message has limited effect among Catholic Democrats, likely because these individuals respond to cues from the unidentified climate experts.  The results indicate that religious leadership could play a role in altering the coalition politics of climate change in the United States, but are unlikely to eliminate the political diversity among Catholic Americans.
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.
Feb. 1, 2018Ecolympics Kick-off Party!
Thursday, Feb. 1st 11am-2pm in Red Barn
Campus Housing & UofL's Sustainability Council are throwing a party to launch Ecolympics 2018 - Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet! Join us over lunch with a DJ, informational booths, Sustainability Quiz Bowl, prizes & more! Learn what you can do to make a difference, win the grand prize bicycle, and help your residence hall win the competition. #ULEcolympics2018

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.
Feb. 1 - Mar. 31, 2018 Ecolympics 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!
Jan. 24, 2018Unbridled Hunger: Food Insecurity Challenges & Solutions for Kentucky
Wednesday, Jan. 24th at 6pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
The McConnell Center’s spring lecture series kicks-off Jan. 24 with guest speaker Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, on “Unbridled Hunger: Food Insecurity Challenges & Solutions for Kentucky.” Quarles, the youngest statewide elected official in the country, formed the Kentucky Hunger Initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to bring together farmers, charitable organizations, faith groups, community leaders and government entities to help reduce hunger in the state. One out of six Kentuckians is considered food insecure, and Quarles’ talk will cover a range of public policy impacts, including the effects of food insecurity in health care and education in rural and urban parts of Kentucky. The free event is part of the center’s “Taking Kentucky’s Temperature: Future of Health Policy in the Commonwealth” public lecture series.
Jan. 21, 2018Food Desert: Causes, Consequences and Solutions
Sunday, Jan, 21st, 4-6 p.m., The Yearlings Club (4309 W. Broadway)
The UofL/Yearlings Club Forum Series will host a panel discussion on Food Deserts, the lack of fresh vegetables and food in urban communities across the country. Statistics show that communities of color are more likely to live in “food deserts” — areas where communities lack access to supermarkets and other sources of affordable, nutritious foods necessary for maintaining a healthy diet. Food deserts play a major role in poor health and environmental degradation.
Jan. 20, 2018WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 20th, 10am - noon, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
UofL Employee and Student Rate: $12/scout and $3/adult (public rate is $15/scout/$5/adult)
Brownies get a bird's eye view of the special role water plays on our home planet, Earth and then tour the solar system to explore water (or the lack of) on other planets. Engaging demonstrations and hands-on activities inspire wonder and excitement about the vital role this precious natural resource has in making Earth the "Goldilocks Planet."
Jan. 19, 2018GRASS logoReboot Meeting for Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS)
Friday, Jan. 19th, 2pm, Overseers’ Honors House Classroom HR 204
Join us to discuss ways to reboot and revive UofL's original student environmental and sustainability organization, GRASS, after a short hiatus due to low membership. We'd love to see you there to get some ideas for activities and/or campaigns for this semester. Connect with us on Facebook.
Contact: Grace Rogers <garoge02@louisville.edu>.
Jan. 19, 2018Maple Tapping - March 2016Maple Tapping Workshop!
RESCHEDULED FOR Friday, Jan. 19th, 1pm, 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 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!
Jan. 19, 2018Newton's Apple Tree behind Urban Studies - August harvestEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Urban Food Forests
Friday, Jan. 19th 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 will focus on urban forestry. 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. On January 19th, we'll take a dive into Urban Food Forests and potential projects to grow food with trees on and off campus.
Eco-Reps logoThe 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'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.
Jan. 19, 2018Biology Dept. Seminar Series presents Dr. Andrew Mehring, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Friday, January 19th, noon, 139 Shumaker Research Building
Ecologists now recognize cities as ecosystems, providing a new avenue to explore ecological theory in an applied context. This seminar will highlight the ways in which Dr. Mehring's research integrates ecosystem ecology into the urban setting, including the ways in which invertebrates in human dominated landscapes affect greenhouse gas emissions and heavy metal cycling. The research demonstrates that as the ultimate engineers of the built environment we have the ability to use cities as living laboratories, to create environments that enhance biodiversity and human welfare, and to shape these ecosystems in ways that allow them to function more similarly to their natural analogues and work for us.
Jan. 17, 2018Meeting: Housing Justice Workgroup
Wednesday, Jan. 17th, 5:30pm, Urban and Public Affairs (426 W Bloom St)
Let's talk housing justice! A breakout group of University of Louisville's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research is meeting monthly to tackle fair and affordable housing issues in Louisville. Join us and connect on Facebook.
Jan. 15-19, 2018Martin Luther King, Jr. Week
Monday, January 15 - Friday, January 19, 2018
 An annual week-long series of events that honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and educate the UofL campus and community on the importance of actualizing Dr. King’s ideals of social justice, non-violence, education, and service. Events will include:
  • Monday, Jan. 15th - MLK Day of Service (8:30am, Strickler Hall)
    MLK Day of Service has been an American tradition since 1994. Join the UofL community in making it a "day on, not a day off". Free t-shirt, lunch and transportation provided. No registration required. Sponsored by Engage, Lead, Serve, Board. The 2018 MLK Day of Service program will kick off on January 15th in Middleton Auditorium located in Strickler Hall on Belknap Campus. The program will begin with a brief introduction and keynote speaker, then students will be transported to various service sites around the city. For more information contact .
  • Monday, Jan. 15th - Martin Luther King Day Celebration (2 p.m., The Playhouse) Sponsored by the African American Theatre Program (AATP). Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are inextricably linked, but the two leaders never got together to share their points of view. Now, almost five decades after their deaths, student actors from the University of Louisville Theatre Arts Department will perform “The Meeting,” a fictional take on the two civil rights titans, as part of the department’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration. In addition to the play, there will be an appearance by the Kentucky Center ArtsReach Dance Ensemble performing a contemporary piece to “Strange Fruit” and a performance from local singer Erica Denise Bledsaw & Friends. Professor Ricky Jones, chair of the Pan African Studies Department at UofL, also will moderate a forum.
  • sTuesday, Jan. 16th – Louisville Bus Civil Rights Tour (12:10 p.m. Departure from the UofL Cultural Center)
    The City of Louisville was an active site during the Civil Rights Movement. Whether you are from Louisville or visiting for the first time, we invite you to explore and learn how the 20th-century civil rights movement changed lives here at the South’s northern border–for African Americans, but also for whites & now for the new immigrants who are bringing greater cultural diversity in the 21st century. Join this free bus tour to explore the Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail. Register online at bit.ly/uoflrightstour.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17th – Filming Screening "American Experience: Freedom Riders"mlk movie screening(5:30 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library)
    In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. That is, until an integrated band of college students - many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university - decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders—come out to learn about their story.
Fridays, Jan. 12 - 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.
Jan. 8 - 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
Dec. 16, 2017Automobile Dependence in US Cities - Case Study: Louisville
Saturday, Dec. 16th, noon, Room 117 Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom St.)
Join us for a special presentation by Amanda Bryant, a Kentucky native who is completing her Masters of Urbanism at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Her thesis topic is automobile dependence in US Cities, with Louisville as the case study. Come hear about how automobile dependence is destroying U.S. Cities like Louisville. We'll be exploring sustainability, urbanism, and transportation.
Dec. 13-19, 2017Alternative Service Break 2017Alternative Service Break 2017 Winter Trip
Dec. 13-19, 2017. Atlanta, GA. Apply by Oct. 19

The 2017 winter break trip to Atlanta, Georgia will be focused on the social topic of LGBTQ+ Rights & Homelessness. Alternative Service Breaks create a volunteer experience and cultural immersion for students. There is a distinct focus on community building, relational leadership, and long-term personal impact. Program outcomes are achieved through direct service, intentional reflection, and shared experience. ASB trips are not designed to be comfortable. The trips are focused on direct service and meeting the unique needs of a community. Students who choose to participate should do so with an attitude of flexibility and servant-leadership. Students who have participated in similar trips described their experiences to be both transformative and rewarding. If you have any questions regarding this application or the trip, contact asb@uoflelsb.org. See ASB's OrgSync for more info and application. Applications are due Oct. 19 on OrgSync.
Dec. 8, 2017Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, plant, child and outdoorGarlic Planting!
Friday, Dec. 8th, Noon-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Meet us at UofL's student-run, organic garden for our final fall workday, as we plant garlic for spring harvest! We like to plant our garlic in the fall so that they can spring up with perfect timing when warm weather hits next semester!
Also, we highly encourage volunteers to participate in a discussion with us about what they would like to explore in the garden next semester. We love getting new ideas! If you are unable to attend this event and would like to talk with us about ideas and hopes for exploring the garden, please message us on Facebook.
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.
Dec. 5, 2017Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Fall 2017 Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 11:00am-12:30pm in Ekstrom Library W210
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:
  • UofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree PlantingUpdates: recent tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans (Greg & Aaron)
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour – ELSB will assist with plaque replacements
  • Glenn Gittings has proposed a volunteer tree-planting project on campus to involve faculty/staff
  • Plan for a 2018 UofL Arbor Day Observance
    - Perhaps Friday, April 6th (Kentucky’s official Arbor Day)?
    - Potential involvement of Campus Housing/Green House?
    - Potential involvement of UofL Dining?
    - Tree seedling give-away? Tree plantings?
  • Planning for tree-related Service Learning Projects
    - Planning for 2018 Maple-Tapping as extra-curricular project, perhaps with Garden Commons
    - Any 2018 classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
  • Reminder of reporting needs for 2017 Tree Campus USA application
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
Connect with us on Facebook.
Dec. 4, 2017Poison in the Ivy: Race Relations and the Reproduction of Inequality on Elite College Campuses
Monday, Dec. 4th, noon-1pm, CEHD Porter Building Room 114
Join us for a discussion of "Poison in the Ivy: Race Relations and the Reproduction of Inequality on Elite College Campuses" as the author delves into his study of 28 of the most selective universities in the country to examine whether elite students' social interactions with each other might influence their racial beliefs in a positive way. W. Carson Byrd is an Assistant Professor in Pan-African Studies at UofL. Feel free to bring lunch. Light refreshments/desserts will be provided. Free and open to the public.
Dec. 1, 2017Holiday Cards Buy Local Shopping Tour 2017
Friday, Dec. 1st, 8am-6pm, Leaves from University Club
$40 Advanced Registration Required by Nov. 17th
UofL and the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will take shoppers on a whirlwind tour of local shops and restaurants on the sixth annual Holiday Cards Buy Local Shopping Tour. The Holiday Cards shopping trip encourages faculty, staff, alumni and friends to buy local this holiday season and introduces them to some of the LIBA stores that help make Louisville special. Those on the tour will visit locally owned businesses in several Louisville neighborhoods. The $40 registration fee includes opening and closing receptions, door prizes and transportation to more than a dozen shops on East Market Street (NULU), Fourth Street, Frankfort Avenue and Butchertown. Activities begin with festive drinks and a light breakfast at the University Club at 8 a.m. Participants board a bus at 9 a.m. to begin their day of shopping and return to the club for a 4 to 6 p.m. reception featuring drink samples, hot hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. The tour is open to the public, but bus seating is limited. Participants must register online here. Tickets are non-refundable.
Dec. 1, 2017Green Threads Alumni & GUTS Reps Luncheon
Friday, Dec. 1st, 11:30am-1:30pm, Cultural Center Multipurpose Room

All alumni of the UofL Sustainability Council's Green Threads: Sustainability Across the Curriculum faculty workshop program and all Dean-appointed Green Unit Teams for Sustainability (GUTS) representatives are invited to join us over lunch for a lively reunion and networking opportunity. Our six newest Green Threaders from the 2017 workshop will be sharing their plans for weaving sustainability into their courses, and everyone present will have an opportunity to share updates about their work to integrate sustainability into their teaching and research. This is a great opportunity to meet across disciplines and discuss potential collaboration, whether as guest lecturers or for interdisciplinary research projects.
Dec. 1, 2017No automatic alt text available.Garden Commons Workshop: Wreath-Making
Friday, Dec. 1st, Noon-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for our final workshop of the semester! We'll be harvesting some herbs and combining them with other campus plant materials to make our own delightfully fragrant holiday wreaths! 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.
Nov. 30, 2017Belknap Farmers Market LogoUofL Farmers' Market Holiday Bazaar
Thursday, Nov. 30th, 12-3pm, Red Barn

Come load up on locally-grown and handmade holiday gifts from our UofL Farmers' Market vendors and other local artisans! This one-day Holiday Bazaar features 17 different local artisans, farmers, and food producers coming together in one location for holiday shopping, local style! You'll find unique holiday gifts such as jams, salsas, relish, honey, baked goods, wreaths & holiday decorations, soaps & balms, crafts, jewelry, stoneware, pottery, UofL apparel and accessories, and more! There will be door prizes and lunch available for purchase. Make your list. Check it twice. And don't miss it!
Nov. 29, 2017USGBC Kentucky Green Scene - Louisville
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6-8pm, Aloft Hotel (102 W Main)
Join the Kentucky chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for the next Green Scene Louisville meetup @ Aloft Louisville Downtown. It will be an exciting event, as we are partnering with the UofL Sustainability Council, and Department of Urban and Public Affairs. The featured speakers will be Dave Simpson, Chair of UofL's Sustainability Council & Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives at UofL. This will be a great event to learn, discuss, & meet new people. Green Scene Louisville is a networking event by the USGBC Kentucky. Monthly meetups are free & open to all. More details and connect with us on Facebook.
Nov. 28, 2017Environmental Justice Health Conference
Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 7:45am - 4pm, Simmons College (1000 S 4th St)
Join us at the Annual Environmental Justice Health Conference hosted by the West Jefferson County Community Task Force. This free event will feature many speakers on pollution in our area and resulting health effects. Come find out how everyday environmental exposures affect your health in unique ways. A free continental breakfast will be served 7:45am-8:45am, with speakers to follow, including:
*Dr. Conklin UofL - Blood platelets and particulates
*Local Health Department - Health Statistics
*Dr. Polivka UofL- Asthma and indoor air quality
*Dr. Tuckson, MD - Colon cancer and environmental exposures
Register online for this free event. Connect with us and get more info on Facebook.
Nov. 17, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Tackling Food Waste & Greening Condos, Townhomes & Home Owner AssociationsEco-Reps logo
Friday, Nov. 17th 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! On November 17th, we'll hear from two speakers:
1. Tonya Summerlin from Bellarmine’s Food Recovery Network on the work they are doing to get uneaten food onto the plates of Louisville's needy.
2. Patrick Hohman is the founder and instructor at Bellarmine University’s Condominium & Home Owner Association Study Project. He’s been the volunteer president of his own condo association for more than 25 years. He wrote the book Condos, Townhomes and Home Owner Associations: How to make your investment safer. One in five Americans live in this form of housing.Patrick asks: How do you persuade large chunks of the hard-to-reach residential sector to adopt more sustainable practices? By convincing local condo and HOA boards of directors, of the sustainability benefits for their “small city”.
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 fall, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon at rotating locations around campus. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
Nov. 10, 2017Elephant Communication and Conservation
Friday, Nov. 10th, noon, Shumaker Research Building room 139

The Biology Department Seminar Series presents Bruce Schulte, from Western Kentucky University, sharing his research on elephant communication and conservation.
Nov. 10, 2017Sustainability Roundtable: Sustainability in Jefferson County Public SchoolssUStain stacked icon
Friday, Nov. 10th, 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 final Roundtable for Fall 2017 features Elizabeth (Betsy) Ruhe (Educator, M.A. Sustainability), sharing her research on a Comprehensive Assessment and Recommendations for Sustainability in Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky). 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 (or social-ecological resilience) 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. 10, 2017Symposium on Racial Justice in Zoning: 100 Years after Buchanan
Friday, Nov. 10th, 8:30am-2:30pm at Brandeis School of Law, Room 275
On November 5, 1917, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Louisville’s race-based zoning ordinance in a landmark case, Buchanan v. Warley. The centennial of this famous case will be marked on Friday, November 10, 2017, at UofL's Brandeis School of Law with a national symposium on Racial Justice in Zoning: 100 Years after Buchanan. The symposium will explore current racial injustices in land use, housing, and environmental conditions, as well as the history of race and zoning in the U.S. and Louisville. It will feature presentations on eight nationally renowned scholars, four from UofL and four from other universities, as well as a presentation on redlining in Louisville. The symposium is free and open to the public, and includes a free light continental breakfast at approximately 8:30 a.m., and a free lunch at approximately 1:00 p.m., both on a first-come, first-serve basis until food runs out. Please do not confirm your attendance; just come. If you have questions, please contact Tracie Cole at tracie.cole@louisville.edu or 502-852-1230.
Nov. 9, 2017Inaugural Social Justice Symposium: "(Re)Imagining Social Justice at UofL"
Thursday, Nov. 9th, 10:30am-6pm, Manhattan on Broadway, MITC (Bigelow Hall) and Ekstrom Library
Registration

UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research invites community members, faculty and students to spend the day with us sharing, learning, and building community around social justice research at the University of Louisville. We are hosting Dr. Rhonda Williams, Founder and Inaugural Director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University and current John L. Seigenthaler Chair in American History at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Williams will also be the keynote for the 11th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture on the evening of November 8th sponsored by the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. The day includes lots of community-building and networking, workshops, and information about the Consortium's next grant funding round. Williams will speak during the lunch plenary. The 4pm closing plenary will inspire a new generation of activist-scholars. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here.
Nov. 8, 2017The Evidence of Things Done: Learning Lessons of Struggle in the 21st CenturyThe Evidence of Things Done: Learning Lessons of Struggle in the 21st Century
Wednesday, Nov. 8th, 5:30pm, duPont Manual High School Auditorium
Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams will be the 11th Annual Anne Braden Memorial lecturer. Williams will deliver the performance-lecture "The Evidence of Things Done: Learning Lessons of Struggle in the 21st Century." Dr. Williams, a historian and the Inaugural Director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve, is currently John L. Seigenthaler Chair in American History at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century and The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women's Struggles Against Urban Inequality. Her research focuses on low-income black women’s and marginalized people’s experiences, everyday lives, politics, and social struggles; and that research contributes to the rethinking of gender, political identity, citizenship, civil rights, black liberation struggles, and interactions with the U.S. state.
A limited number of copies of Dr. Williams’s book Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century will be given out at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Book signing to follow. As always, this event is free and open to the public. Download a copy of the lecture flyer here. Facebook event page here.
Nov. 2, 2017Spray Paint Efficiency Training
Thursday, Nov. 2nd, noon-4pm OR 4:30-8:30pm, Room 207, Burhans Hall, Shelby Campus
$85 Registration required by Oct. 30th
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center is offering a Training in Spray Paint Efficiency co-hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Resource Center at the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus. The training will help painters and managers of any kind of paint shop save money and protect worker health. Two sessions are offered to choose from: an afternoon session from noon to 4:00 p.m. EDT (registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m.); and an evening session from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT (registration at 4:00 p.m and dinner at 6:00 p.m.) This hands-on training will help participants reduce paint material costs, save money, improve air quality, and meet environmental standards. A virtual paint booth will be utilized to improve technique. Upon completing the training, painters improve their spray efficiency by an average of 20 percent. For most shops, this improvement makes a significant difference.
Nov. 2, 2017Pumpkin Smash! (for Composting!)
Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 11am-1pm, SAC Ramp at the Clock Tower
What could be scarier than sending organics to the landfill?! Don't let 'em turn to methane in a landfill after Halloween! The Sustainability Council is collecting your old pumpkins & fall harvest decorations for the UofL Community Composting Program. Just drop them off in the bin outside the Red Barn Weds. 11/1 & until 1pm 11/2. Then come enjoy a stress-relieving Pumpkin Smash on Thursday 11am-1pm at the SAC Ramp. You'll have a blast and we'll make sure all of the organic wastes get turned into rich organic compost for use on and off campus. The UofL Community Composting Program is an operation run by volunteers every Sunday noon-2pm at 250 E. Bloom St. Come help out and you're welcome to take home as much compost as you can haul!
Nov. 2, 2017West Louisville Economic & Community Development Forum
Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 9am-1pm, KY Center for African American Heritage (1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd)
The goal of this conference organized by UofL's College of Arts & Sciences is to engage and empower stakeholders who are passionate about rebuilding and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities with information on strategies and resources  available to effect positive change in our community. The schedule will be as follows:
Registration: 8 – 8:45 AM
Program & Breakouts: 9 AM – 1 PM
Luncheon Honoree: Mr. Charlie Johnson, Civic and Community Leader, Philanthropist
For more information, please call 502-852-3042.
Nov. 1, 2017Farm To Table Fall 2017Farm-To-Table Dinner & Josh Smith Memorial Sustainability Award Ceremony
Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 5-8pm, Red Barn
Tickets: By 10/27: $20 (or 2 meal swipes). After 10/27: $25 for dinner. Cocktails: add $5. Tickets can be purchased at any UofL Dining register or by calling 502-852-5991

Come celebrate the Harvest with a special Farm-To-Table dinner featuring six different dining stations and representatives from seven local producers. We’ll be making cocktails from Maker’s Mark Bourbon and we’ll be showcasing some incredible produce from local farms.
  • The menu includes: smoked pork belly, chicken sliders, pumpkin soup, hummus and cauliflower crostini, a local apple galette with vanilla ice cream, Maker’s Mark cocktails, and a local cheese and charcuterie table.
  • The Sustainability Council will also be presenting our inaugural Josh Smith Memorial Sustainability Award at the event.
  • We will also be collecting your old pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and other fall harvest decorations for composting at the Red Barn throughout the day.
Tickets are available now at any UofL Dining location, or at the door. Students may use two meal plan swipes to access this unique event.
Nov. 1, 2017Louisville Sustainability Forum with Thad Druffel on Solar Manufacturing R&D
Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 12-1pm, Undercroft at Passionist Sacred Heart Retreat (1924 Newburg Rd)
This month's Featured Presentation will be on the Falls of the Ohio State Park with longtime park volunteer, Paul Olliges. The Park features 390-million-year-old fossil beds which are among the largest, naturally exposed, Devonian fossil beds in the world. The Falls was originally a series of rapids allowing the Ohio River to drop 26 feet over a distance of two and a half miles. This was the only navigational hazard over the 981 mile-length river formed by rock outcrops. The Falls was the site where Lewis & Clark met for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Today much of the original falls have been flooded behind the McAlpine dam. August through mid November typically provides the best accessibility to the 220 acres of fossil beds, as the river is at its lowest level during this period. This month's Shorter Presentations include: UofL's Thad Druffel, PhD, PE from the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research on Solar Manufacturing R&D; as well as Wren Smith, Interpretive Programs Manager at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest on Sustaining the Spark with Volunteer Naturalists. Now in its eleventh year, the purposes of the Louisville Sustainability Forum are:
1. We hold and promote the intention of sustainability for Louisville. 2. We establish and nourish relationships that strengthen community and create change. 3. We create a space for discussion that inspires, motivates and deepens our ability to catalyze social change.
Oct. 28, 2017Volunteer Day: Tree Planting in Jeffersonville, IN
Saturday, Oct. 28th, 9-11:30am, Downtown Jeffersonville (meet at Wall Street United Methodist Church - 240 Wall St.)
The City of Jeffersonville's Department of Planning and Zoning is seeking volunteers to help with their tree planting efforts!  The new trees will grow up to provide shady sidewalks, cleaner air, and stormwater filtration. A tutorial will be provided on how to best plant the young trees. Water and snacks will be available. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!Sign up here!
Oct. 28, 2017Central Park Fall Improvement Day
Saturday, Oct. 28th, 8:30am-Noon, Central Park

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council again invites our UofL neighbors to help with the annual Central Park Fall Improvement Day! The Neighborhood Council, Metro Parks, Olmstead Parks Conservancy, Louisville Metro Brightside and Councilman David James request the University’s help in this worthy project. Volunteers will gather at 8:30am in the Old Louisville Neighborhood Visitor Center located in the park, then head out to clean-up the Park for fall and winter seasons. Work activities will include placing mulch, painting light poles in the park and other light work activities. Coffee, donuts and fruit will be available and a pizza lunch will be served at noon for all volunteers. Tools, gloves and wheelbarrows will be available. In the past, similar clean-ups have attracted between 20 and 40 individuals from the University. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 26 - Nov. 16, 2017 Learn to Surf: Learn Mindfulness to Reduce Stress & Navigate the Waves of Life
Thursdays, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16
3:45 - 5pm, SAC W309K
Instructor: Katrina Kaufman

Registration Required!
The Office of Health Promotion is offering this 4-session workshop on basic mindfulness free for students (register online here). Faculty and staff are also welcome (email katrina.kaufman@louisville.edu to register). This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 26, 2017Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursday, Oct. 26th 10:30am‒1:30pm
Health Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.

Join us for the final market of the season, with a special bike maintenance skill-share station hosted by Falls City Community Bikeworks - bring your bike for an educational tune-up!
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.
Oct. 25, 201710th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 25th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
  • Join us for the 10th 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!
  • The Honors Student Council will be collecting books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, vinyl records, video games, board games, and any other media for their 2018 Book and Media SaleBook and Media Sale (BAMS) with full proceeds benefiting Americana Community Center.
  • The Volunteer In Jamaica Opportunity Network (VIJON) will be collecting used sports equipment (especially soccer, tennis and basketball) to give to kids in Jamaica at their sports camps.
  • 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 UofL Sustainability Coordinator, Justin Mog. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23, 2017Mindful, Meatless Monday
Monday, Oct. 23rd, 1-5pm, SRC & Humanities Quad
To kick off UofL Sustainability Week 2017, the Sustainability Council, Office of Health Promotion, UofL Dining, and Intramurals & Recreational Sports will collaborate to highlight the links between sustainability and mindfulness practices! Events include:
  • 1-2pm  Restorative Yoga class (SRC 201) - free for SRC members. Equipment provided.
  • 2:30-4pm  Vegetarian Cooking Demos & Mindful Snacking (Humanities Quad) - Stop by to learn some simple, easy, affordable recipes you can make in a dorm and taste delicious, healthy food in a brief workshop on eating.
  • 4-5pm  Yoga Flow class (SRC 200) - free for SRC members. Equipment provided.
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23-29, 2017I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 23-29, 2017
A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! Events include:
Oct. 20, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop:
Image may contain: textAmerica's Addiction to Automobiles: Why Cities Need to Kick the Habit and How
Friday, Oct. 20th, Noon-1pm, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! This month, we are combining forces with the Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series to present recent alumni, Chad Frederick, PhD discussing his book America's Addiction to Automobiles: Why Cities Need to Kick the Habit and How. Chad will discuss the content of his book, what he found, and why he wrote it in the way that he did.
> Why do we build automobile dependent cities?
> Why haven’t strategies for changing the paradigm worked?
> What does automobile dependency do?
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 fall, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon at rotating locations around campus. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
Oct. 18, 2017America: Land of Opportunity or Obstacles?
Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 6-7:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
The award-winning Malcolm X Debate Program and First-Year Initiatives invite you to this Campus Cardinal Debate, a fun and fast-moving experience in critical political analysis and rhetorical response. Attendees can join in with one minute rebuttals following the position speeches by each debater. The debate topic is inspired by our Book-in-Common, “Hidden America,” which tackles many of the hidden issues of social, economic, and environmental justice in the U.S. today.
Oct. 7, 2017Louisville Solar Tour - October 8, 2016Louisville Solar Tour
Saturday, Oct. 7th, 9:30am-5pm.
Starts at Cooper & Kings (1121 E Washington St)

During the 10th annual Louisville Solar Tour, UofL employees and students who live in solar-powered homes will be opening their doors to give you a glimpse of our renewable energy future! This annual event provides real-life examples of how families and businesses are harnessing free energy from the sun in the River City to generate electricity, heat water & indoor spaces, and slash monthly utility bills! Throughout the day you can tour a wide variety of solar-powered homes and institutions, including UofL's Phoenix House, headquarters of the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. Visitors to the UofL site may also view nearby: the dual-axis solar tracking array atop Sackett Hall, and the Passive Solar Test Facility just west of the Brook Street railroad fly-over.
The tour begins at Copper and Kings, the Butchertown solar powered brandy distillery with a free information session led by experts describing the financial, social, and environmental benefits of using solar power.  Speakers will also address how to obtain and finance solar power. At 11am, tour participants will board a bus or join a group bike tour. The Solar Tour will then visit designated houses, churches and business locations featuring unique solar installations. On site owners or installers will present briefly at each location. The Bus Tour is limited to 40 participants, and costs $15.00. The bike tour is free and open to the public.
After touring, the participants will gather at Apocalypse Brew Works to celebrate solar energy and socialize. Food trucks, tabling and refreshments will be at this solar powered brewery to enhance enjoyment as we finish the day. Schedule:
ScheduleActivityLocation
9:30am – 11amIntroductory Session
•  Solar 101 basic principals
•  Energy Efficiency
•  Financing
Register for Intro Session HERE

Cooper and Kings 1121 E Washington St Louisville, KY 40206
11am - 2pmBus or Bike Tour
•  Depart from Cooper and Kings
•  Tour solar sites around the community
Register for Bus or Bike Tour HERE
1pm - 5pmMeet the Installers and After-Tour Celebration
Meet the installers and tabling by non-profits that promote sustainability
Apocalypse Brew Works,1612 Mellwood Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Full schedule and details here. Connect with us and RSVP on Facebook here.
Oct. 6-7, 2017Louisville Alumni / Cardinal Day of Service
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7, various locations
The UofL Alumni Association and UofL Office of Community Engagement is co-hosting the Louisville Alumni / Cardinal Day of Service on Oct. 6 -7. Join faculty, and staff, as well as alumni councils and chapters across the nation co-hosting service events. We invite all to come back, and give back, to their local communities to kick off Homecoming 2017. Various service locations are available to choose from, and early registrants will receive a special t-shirt. Register now online.
Oct. 6, 2017Pollinators on Maypop Flower at Urban Studies Horticulture ZoneHarvest Workday at the Urban Studies Horticulture Zone
Friday, Oct. 6th, 1pm, Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us to help harvest an abundance of native passion fruits (maypops) and take home a few tomatoes, peppers, swiss chard, and flowers, too. There's plenty of work to be done to get the garden back into shape and ready for fall/winter after a long growing season. Come check out the beautiful space and meet others who love growing food on campus!
Oct. 5, 2017Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai
Thursday, Oct. 5th, noon-1pm, University Club & Alumni Center, Ballroom B
Admission (includes lunch): $15/person or $10/students
Reservations required. Contact: Janna Tajibaeva, 502-852-2247, janna@louisville.edu

In the Indian city of Mumbai, two dazzling decades of urban development and roaring economic growth have presided over the steady deterioration – and sometimes spectacular breakdown- of the city’s water infrastructures.Water troubles plaque not only the more than 60% of city residents to live in ‘slums,’ but city elites as well have seen their taps grow increasingly erratic and prone to drying up. As a part of the UofL College of Arts & Sciences' "Meet the Professor" series, Dr. Lisa Björkman, from the Department of Urban and Public Affairs, will talk about how water is made to flow in Mumbai by means of intimate forms of knowledge and ongoing intervention in the city’s complex and dynamic social, political, and hydraulic landscape.
Oct. 2, 2017Take the Cards Go Green Pledge!Student Involvement Fair
Monday, Oct. 2nd, 11:30am-1pm, Red Barn plaza
Get involved and make a difference! Come check out the many organizations on campus doing work to advance sustainability, including the Engage.Lead.Serve. Board's Green Initiatives Committee, GRASS - Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions, UofL Habitat for Humanity, and many more!
Sept. 29, 2017Sustainability RoundtablesUStain stacked icon: How Local Toilets make Global Politics: Urban Informality and Sustainability in South Africa
Friday, Sept. 29th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am Sept. 15th through Nov. 10th! Our September 29th featured presenter will be Dr. Angela Storey (Anthropology), speaking on How Local Toilets make Global Politics: Urban Informality and Sustainability in South Africa. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. With much of this urban growth located within the global south, questions of sustainability must increasingly address resource usage in cities like Cape Town, South Africa. Drawing from ethnographic research with residents of informal settlements in Cape Town, this talk will examine water, sanitation, and electricity access—including the construction of extended, self-made, and illegal infrastructures—and consider the work of social movements and community organizations to expand service access—from the sensational “poo protests” to the organizational mundane. Dr. Storey asks: how might the local politics of taps and toilets in South Africa matter to global questions of sustainability? 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 (or social-ecological resilience) 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. 26, 2017The Un-Natural World: The Race to Remake Civilization
Tuesday, Sept. 26th, 5:30-7pm at the University Club
Public $20, Students $10 (*scholarships available), WAC Members Free. Register here.
We now live in a world in which every year is the hottest year on record, in which ocean levels are rising, species are dying, and pollution is growing. With the regularity of grim forecasts about the future of the planet it is easy to despair about the impact of human progress. Imagine, however, drones that can count trees, a stove fueled by human and animal waste, extinct animals brought back to life, and rocks that can absorb greenhouse gas. If human beings are capable of destroying the environment, then we should also be capable of saving it.
Join us for the World Affairs Council's "World at Home" speaker series in September, as David Biello, the Science Curator for TED, looks at the more hopeful side of environmental change. With electric cars, artificial rocks, and resurrecting extinct species no longer the stuff of science fiction, Biello will give an overview of the ways humans are trying to engineer the world for the better, where we're succeeding and where we've failed before.
*Thanks to a generous donation by the William E. Barth Foundation, a limited number of complimentary tickets are available for students who wish to attend. If you are an educator or student and would like to request tickets, please complete this form.
Sept. 26, 2017Tacos & Trivia with Students for Reproductive Freedom
Tuesday, Sept. 26th, 5:30-7pm, SAC W309K
Students for Reproductive Freedom is the Planned Parenthood campus affiliate group at UofL. This event will test your knowledge of sexual health and debunk myths about Planned Parenthood! Come out for a great time, free food, and free swag. We will also be discussing our plans for the rest of the semester and gauging interest in leadership positions. Please email us at studentsforreprofreedom@gmail.com with any questions.
Sept. 26, 2017National Voter Registration DayNational Voter Registration Day
Tuesday, Sept. 26th, 11am-1pm, Humanities Quad
Office of Student Involvement and Vote Everywhere joins 2,500+ partners nationwide in a massive push to register voters on September 26, 2017. The goal for this year’s annual National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation in the 2017 state and municipal elections across the country by encouraging Americans to register to vote and make their voices heard at the ballot box. While national elections get the media attention, local elections in many ways have a more direct impact on people’s lives, including the quality of roads and transit systems, the schools our kids attend, parks and greenways, public safety, and more. Though Kentucky won’t have any elections until 2018, other states of which our students may be residents are. Since its founding in 2012, National Voter Registration Day has grown into a massive cultural and civic event with nationwide reach. U.S. citizens can register to vote at hundreds of events across the nation and online here. Supporters can also follow National Voter Registration Day activities through social media on September 26th by searching #NationalVoterRegistrationDay.
Sept. 22, 2017Belknap Farmers Market 2016Canning & Pickling Workshop
Friday, Sept. 22nd, 12-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Don't know what to do with all that excess produce from the garden?! Canning and pickling are great solutions for preserving firmer veggies like cucumbers, okra, green beans, beets, carrots, radishes, summer squash, and more! Join us in UofL's organic garden for a fun, hands-on workshop about how to can and pickle vegetables so you can continue eating out of your garden all winter long! We'll have some things to work with, but feel free to bring any excess produce you'd like to can; mason jars, lids & bands; as well as any particular whole spices (like peppercorns and mustard seeds), vinegar, and/or salt you'd like to contribute.
Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday 12-1pm throughout Fall 2017. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year 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.
Sept. 22, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop with Dr. Brian BarnesEco-Reps logo
Friday, Sept. 22nd at Noon, Humanities 300
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! Our first workshop of the new academic year will feature EcoReps Director, Dr. Brian Barnes, describing the program and how you can get involved. 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 fall, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon at rotating locations around campus. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
Sept. 21, 2017Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Thursday Sept. 21st, 4pm, Speed Art Museum
The UofL Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods, in conjunction with the Speed Museum, presents this new documentary about legendary urban activist, Jane Jacobs. After the film, stay to enjoy a discussion from several well regarded community leaders on what makes “great neighborhoods.” Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director Matt Tyranuer vividly brings to life Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood. The film will inspire Louisville neighborhood leaders to take back neighborhoods and make them livable.
Sept. 21, 2017Peace Day 2016Peace Day 2017
Thursday, September 21st
What does peace mean to you? Each year, UofL's Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation certificate program sponsors a series of events across campus to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace. This is our 7th annual celebration of PeaceDay. This year's activities are presented in conjunction with the creation of a new student organization, Student Advocates for Peace and Justice. Students will offer several ways for the campus community and general public to express their desire for peace through activities including:
  • 9:30am-5:30pm - Creating a Peace Pole (SAC Ramp) - Participants will answer the question "What does peace mean to me?" by writing their thoughts, quotes and wishes on fabric and paper strips to tie onto a movable pole.
  • 2:30-3:45pm - Art for Unity (Humanities Quad) - Students in the "Psychology of Peace and Ethnic Relations" class will lead activities including painting rocks for peace to display on campus; snapping framed "I Stand for Peace" selfies; a pass-it-forward exercise to define peace and decorate index cards to pass along to other students to complete and display; and an "Ask Me Anything" forum featuring diverse students who have volunteered to answer questions about their faith, culture, families and experiences.
  • 6:00-9:00pm - Peace Expressions (Red Barn) - Student organizations, individuals, writers, performers and representatives from nonprofit community groups are invited on stage to present their personal views about peace through poems, skits, statements, stories or other methods; there also will be information tables and refreshments.
Sept. 19, 2017No automatic alt text available.Expedition Cards Organizing Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 19th, 6pm, Davidson 104
This will be the first meeting of the year for the Expedition Cards RSO - an outdoor adventuring club that organizes trips to get students out in nature! In the meeting we will go over the constitution, introduce officers, and develop a general interest activities list for the group. Please come if you like hiking, paddling, camping, climbing, and more! Contact: Josh Fuson <jkfuso01@cardmail.louisville.edu>
Sept. 19, 2017Hite Art Institute presents 'Type Hike' on view through Sept. 22
Panel discussion and reception: Tuesday, Sept. 19th, 6-8pm, Schneider Galleries
UofL faculty, staff and students are invited to view “Type Hike,” a collection of artistic posters that celebrate the National Park Service. Graphic designers from across the country created the posters to reflect each park’s unique landscape through highly stylized typography. Meena Khalili, assistant professor of design at Hite Art Institute, created the poster for Lassen Volcanic National Park. The project raised thousands of dollars for National Parks to commemorate its 100-year anniversary.
Sept. 18 - Dec. 6, 2017UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-2pm, Unitas Tower basement
UofL’s Free Store is open every Monday and Wednesday 11am-2pm 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.To volunteer, contact UofL's Zero Waste Intern: Erin Kurtz (erin.kurtz@louisville.edu, 502-298-6673).

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Sept. 18, 2017Diversity Dialogue: From Pre-School to the Penitentiary
Monday, Sept. 18th, Noon-1:30, Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room
An in-depth conversation about a vicious cycle as described by author Duane Campbell. A decimating cycle that tests the fragile balances of power and privilege, leaving an entire culture in search of an "American Dream" draped in misconception. Join this dialogue as facilitator Duane Campbell helps attendees examine the many conditions that perpetuate this dilemma, from the educational system, criminal justice/injustice, community, family structure and history, and "The American Dream." Additional Information: Dom McShan, 852-0228, Facebook
Sept. 15, 2017Garden Commons Herb & Tea WorkshopHerb & Tea Workshop
Friday, Sept. 15th, 12-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Think herbs are just tasteless, dry flakes from a jar?! You don't know what you've been missing! Join us in UofL's organic garden for a workshop about how to use & dry the herbs we'll harvest from the garden. There'll be ample sampling opportunities with a fresh herbal tea bar!
Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday 12-1pm throughout Fall 2017. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year 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.
Sept. 15, 2017Hot and Flashy – Abiotic extremes and their biotic consequences in the rainforest canopy
Friday, Sept. 15th, noon, Shumaker Research Building room 139

The Biology Department Seminar Series presents UofL's own Dr. Steve Yanoviak, speaking about his research in the rainforest canopy.
Sept. 15, 2017Sustainability RoundtablesUStain stacked icon: Political Narratives and Framing of Climate Change Policy
Friday, Sept. 15th, 11am-noon
, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am Sept. 15th through Nov. 10th! We kick the series off with Dr. Melissa Merry (Political Science), speaking on Political Narratives and Framing of Climate Change Policy. 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 (or social-ecological resilience) 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. 14, 2017Dinner for Justice
Thursday, Sept.14th, 4-6pm, Cultural Center Multipurpose Room

Join us for a gathering of various RSOs from across campus that are focused on advancing social justice. We will be discussing what the community is in need of and how we can be proactive in helping the campus community. Food will be provided by the Engage Lead Serve Board.
Sept. 14, 2017Across Sectors, Across Generations: Achieving Health Equity for All
Thursday, Sept. 14th, Noon-1:30pm
Kosair Charities Clinical & Translational Research Building (505 S. Hancock), room 101/102
R!L 2017 presents this HSC Office of Diversity & Inclusion Lunch and Learn featuring Rachel Thornton, M.D., Ph.D., speaking on: "Across Sectors, Across Generations: Achieving Health Equity for All."  Dr. Thornton is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Thornton is a former White House Fellow and served as a health policy advisor to senior staff  at the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.  Her policy work addresses Health in All Policies with an emphasis on housing, community development and urban planning policy. Dr. Thornton's research focuses on childhood obesity and cardiovascular disease risk, health disparities, and social determinants of health.  She has expertise in racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care.  She is committed to informing the development of novel interventions to eliminate health disparities by addressing individual, family, and community level factors that contribute to disparities in child and adolescent obesity and cardiovascular disease risk. 
Free lunch provided with RSVP.  Open to students, faculty, staff and the public.
Sept. 13, 2017Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate Tasting
Wednesday, Sept. 13th, 11:30am-1pm at both the Ville Grill & SAC

UofL Dining will be hosting special Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate Tastings simultaneously at two locations. Both will feature the righteously delicious, ethically-sourced coffee and chocolate available at P.O.D. venues on campus. Come sample the goodness and learn what Fair Trade is and why it matters to impoverished farmers and to the environment that sustains us all!
Sept. 8, 2017Social Justice Consortium faculty convening
Friday, Sept. 8th, 3:30-5pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
The Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research is hosting a convening of faculty members on Consortium-funded research teams, department chairs, and other faculty members committed to social justice related research. The purpose of this convening is to provide an update on Consortium plans and activities and to continue building a community of social justice scholars at UofL.
Additional Information: Cassia Herron, website, 852-2371
Sept. 8, 2017HOPE VI & New Urbanism
Friday, Sept. 8th, 1pm, Room 123, Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom)
UofL alumnus, Michael Brazley, PhD, AIA, NCARB, NOMA is the Coordinator of the New IPAL (Integrated Path to Licensure) Online Program in the School of Architecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Michael is a nationally and locally registered architect and was in private practice in Louisville from 1987 to 2001. Since going to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Associate Professor Michael Brazley has taught second, third, fourth year and graduate architectural design studios and research method courses. His research includes: Online Teaching & Leaning, Virtual Reality as a Learning Tool, Affordable Housing, Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism as a Means of Economic Development, Diversity in Schools of Architecture, Kid Architecture: A New Teaching Pedagogy and Classroom Curriculum, HOPE VI, and Design Studio: En Route to Social Sustainability & Urban Revilization. Dr. Brazley’s community service includes: working with high school ‘upward bound’ programs, Commissioner of Carbondale Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeal, and the Illinois Statewide Housing Action Coalition to mention a few. Dr. Brazley’s research has led him to the Lower Ninth Ward New Orleans, service learning and advocacy.
Sept. 8, 2017Ecological consequences of symbiotic fungal associations with dominant plants
Friday, Sept. 8th, noon, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
The Biology Department Seminar Series presents Dr. Sarah Emery, speaking on "Ecological consequences of symbiotic fungal associations with dominant plants." Dr. Emery, is an associate professor in UofL's Biology Department. She is a plant ecologist with broad interests in biodiversity, plant-soil interactions, and climate change. Her current work focuses on plant-fungus interactions in Great Lakes sand dunes and agronomic perennial biofuel systems.
Sept. 7, 2017 NERVE: How a Small Kentucky Town Led the Fight to Safely Dismantle the World's Chemical Weapons
Thursday, Sept. 7th, 6:30-9pm, SAC W303A

UofL's Engage Lead Serve Board, hosts this screening of an increasingly timely "truth to power" film by Louisville filmmaker, Ben Evans. NERVE tells the remarkable, 25-year David vs. Goliath origin story of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation - a small band of ordinary citizens who, led by Vietnam veteran and 2006 Goldman Prize-winner Craig Williams, took on the world’s most powerful bureaucracy (the Pentagon) and empowered people around the world to stand up for their human and environmental rights. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Environmental Film Festival at Yale and features an original score by acclaimed Louisville composer/singer/songwriter, Ben Sollee. There will be a panel to discuss the film and the impact of chemical weapons, featuring the director, Ben Evans, and two representatives from Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF). Check out the trailer!
Sept. 7, 2017Bake Sale to support Peace Day 2016Peace Day 2017
Thursday, Sept. 7th, noon-2pm, Humanities Quad
The Student Advocates for Peace and Justice invite you to stop by to purchase some baked goods to raise funds for Peace Day 2017. Each year, UofL's Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation certificate program sponsors a series of events across campus to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace. This will be our 7th annual celebration of PeaceDay.
Sept. 6, 2017Non-Profit Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 6th, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza
Want to make a difference in our community? You can! Visit the Nonprofit Fair to learn how. You’ll meet local organizations making a real impact in Louisville and the surrounding community. Whether you’re looking to fulfill service hours or you want to make a positive impact on the world, the Nonprofit Fair can help you find an organization or a cause you enjoy serving. Plus, there will be free lunch and ice cream, and a $50 gift card giveaway!
Sept. 1, 2017Trees, Soils, and Cities in the Changing Environment from an International Perspective
Friday, Sept. 1st, noon, Shumaker Research Building room 139
The Biology Department seminar series presents Dr. Yujuan Chen, Virginia Tech University, speaking about urban soils, forests and sustainability. Dr. Chen worked for 2 years in Rome with the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization. Her talk will cover an ecological experiment dealing with remediation of soil for growing trees in tough urban settings, as well as information about International Programs dealing with Urban Sustainability.
Aug. 24, 2017Cards SPEAK presents The PreFest Music Festival and LiftUp FairCards SPEAK presents The PreFest Music Festival and LiftUp Fair
Thursday, Aug. 24th, 6-7pm, Red Barn plaza
Come to the Red Barn to sample the music and fun of the first PeteFest Music festival, to be held September 8-10, at Jones Fields 8401 Dawson Hill Road Louisville. KY 40299. Featured bands will be The Last Origin and The Prodepressants. Doors open at 7:00PM. If you’re feeling lucky there will be a raffle with prizes awarded later on the evening! Recipient must be present to win. Learn about your UofL wellbeing resources at the LiftUp Fair from 6:00PM-7:00PM in the courtyard. Grab a freshly grilled hot dog, play some corn hole, participate in the Kognito Challenge, take the pledge to #helpsomeone, utilize the #CardsFightSuicide photo booth and share in some social media fun. UofL Sustainabiltiy Council and LouVelo will be on-hand to promote wellness, especially through sustainable food, gardening, and active transportation. The PeteFest is sponsored by The Pete Foundation, a local charity that seeks to instill a culture in which dialogue surrounding depression and anxiety is met with understanding and acceptance by providing services and experiences for young people.
Aug. 25 - Dec. 8, 2017
Garden Commons WorkdayGarden Commons Fall Workdays
Fridays, Noon-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden 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 semester (Aug. 25 - Dec. 8) from noon to 1pm 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.
Aug. 23, 2017Student Involvement Fair
Wednesday, Aug. 23rd, 11:30am-1pm, Red Barn plaza
Free food! Stop by the UofL Sustainability table to find out how you can make a difference, take the Cards Go Green! Pledge and grab some green goodies, or learn how to get a free ride on the new LouVelo citywide bikeshare system!
Aug. 16-20, 2017Sustainability in Welcome Week 2017
Aug. 16th - 20th, 2017
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion!
  • Thursday, Aug. 17th - S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    8am-12:30pm, various sites (meet up at SRC).The Sustainability Council will be organizing on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, in addition to the many off-campus community service projects! Get to know fellow students and UofL faculty and staff while exploring diversity on campus and in the Louisville community. Discover how to make the most of UofL service and leadership opportunities, then work alongside those you met to learn first-hand about the many facets of our “Possibility City.”
  • Thursday, Aug. 17th - Gray Street Farmers' Market
    Every Thursday 10:30am-1:30pm (through Oct. 27)
    Health Sciences Center, 485 E Gray St.

    Enjoy lunch from area food trucks & stock up on the finest local products: produce, pasture-raised meat & eggs, popcorn, honey, jam, granola, baked goods, flowers, plants, etc.
  • Thursday, Aug. 17th – International Students Resource Fair
    Noon-1:30pm, MITC Bigelow Hall
    Come pick-up sustainable transportation information and learn about our city's new LouVelo bikeshare system!
  • Saturday, Aug. 19th - Garden Commons Salsa Party & Harvest Fest!Salsa Party at Garden Commons
    2:00 - 3:00pm outside the Cultural Center
    Stop by UofL's organic, student-run Garden Commons to sample some of the delicious fresh produce we've grown together over the summer and learn how you can get involved and learn how to grow your own food right here on campus! Sponsored by the UofL Sustainability Council and Health Promotion Wellbeing Central. See 2016 Photos.
  • Saturday, Aug. 19th - Louisville Sustainability Bike Tour
    3:30pm meet up outside the SRC
    Take a fun afternoon bike ride with the Student Cycling Coalition and UofL Sustainability Council! Explore your new community through the lens of environmental stewardship and social justice. Don’t have a bike? Check one out from the SRC through UofL’s Bikeshare Program., or take a free spin on one of the new LouVelo citywide bikeshare bikes! Check out our route here.See 2016 Photos.
  • Sunday, Aug. 20th - UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    Every Sunday noon-1pm (200 block of E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets)

    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!
Aug. 16, 2017Faculty Workshop: Green Threads – Sustainability across the curriculum
Wednesday, Aug. 16th, 8:30am-4:30pm, University Club
Interested in integrating themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into your courses?
The Sustainability Council invites full- & part-time faculty as well as GTA Academy participants from all disciplines to participate in the 2017 Green Threads workshop. We’ll explore ways to embed sustainability into your curriculum. UofL faculty will receive a $500 honorarium, resources for course development, info on local sustainability issues, & a new network of faculty from across UofL. Full details on Green Threads here.
Please submit an application with your department Chair’s approval that includes a description of how you’re considering changing an existing course or the new course you’d like to develop by June 1, 2017 to Daniel DeCaro <daniel.decaro@louisville.edu>.
July 2, 2017Annual Butterfly Count at UofL's Horner Wildlife Sanctuary
RESCHEDULED FOR: Sunday, July 2nd 9:30am-3pm, Crestwood
Volunteers of all ages can head to the country and help out a scientific cause when UofL biology professor emeritus Charles Covell leads his annual butterfly count. Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Sugar Babe Antiques, 7511 Highway 329 in Crestwood, about one mile northwest of Interstate 71’s Exit 14. The count will be done in a specified area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., although volunteers aren’t required to stay the whole time. The expedition, which has been going on for 40 years, contributes to the national butterfly census and has tabulated more than 32,000 butterflies. Contact Covell, 502-639-2691.
May 21-24, 20172017 Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RE3) Workshop: Defining and Refining the Food-Energy-Water Nexus
May 21-24, 2017 at the  Muhammad Ali Center (144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202)
The NSF-funded, biannual Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE3) Workshop is organized by UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. Participation is encouraged from faculty, students, and staff of universities and institutes, business/corporate partners, national laboratories and entrepreneurs across the nation as well as local and regional high schools and junior colleges. The workshop encourages, strengthens, and creates partnerships among stakeholders at the state, region and national arenas, forging connections and fostering innovation and intellectual exchange among academic, small businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups and mature industrial partners.
The 2017 RE3 Workshop features presentations by speakers from universities, businesses, national laboratories, and funding agencies on the latest technical discoveries and thematic priorities for renewable energy and efficiency in the following key areas: Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus, Materials and Process Innovation, and Materials and Energy Entrepreneurship. Plenary lectures will focus on the grand challenges facing the FEW Nexus, with particular emphasis around how clean energy research can link the necessary science to push the scientific boundaries of the nexus further.
The workshop will be divided into three topical tracks that will be the focus of afternoon sessions of invited and submitted talks: clean energy-food, clean energy-water and clean energy-entrepreneurship.
In addition to plenary lectures and presentations, short educational courses for students, faculty, and industry are offered as a prelude to the kickoff for the workshop, including: 1) Materials Discovery and Advanced Materials Characterization; 2) Additive Manufacturing, Biogas production and Combined Heat & Power, 3) The Next Step: Technical Entrepreneurship in the Materials and Energy Sector.
A key outcome is enabling students, and researchers in academia, government and industry in energy-related fields and disciplines to increase national research competitiveness and viable renewable energy technology transfer and commercialization offerings.
The workshop agenda also features a poster session and formal and informal networking opportunities in addition to the short courses, presentations and product demonstrations. Conference talks will be presented as papers as a special online issue of ACS Energy Letters.
May 21, 2017Earth Church: Can Biophilia Save Nature in our Cities?
Sunday, May 21st, 11:15am-12:30pm, The Loft at Over the 9 (120 South 10th Street)

The Earth Church series features local musicians, a lecture on an environmental topic, free Heine Brothers Coffee, and discounted brunch at Over the 9 (optional). Dr. Margaret Carreiro is a professor of Urban and Suburban Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Soil Ecology, and Restoration Ecology at the University of Louisville. Her research is focused on understanding how urban environments interact with the natural and semi-natural components of cities and suburbs. Dr. Carreiro will present a 40 minute lecture titled "Can Biophilia Save Nature in our Cities?" followed by a brief discussion. When you arrive at Over the 9, take the elevator upstairs to the event space. All participants who register by midnight 5/12 will receive 5 FREE LED lightbulbs at the event (retail value: $20.00).
May 19, 2017Image may contain: bicycle and textBike to Work Day
Friday, May 19th. Register here
UofL encourages everyone to have fun, save money, burn some calories, and cut your pollution by pedaling to campus during Louisville's 12th annual Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19th! Ride alone, with your neighbors, or with a pack to downtown from four different Meet and Ride locations around the city, meeting up at Fourth Street Live at 8am. From 11:30am-1pm, everyone is welcome to pedal over for a lunchtime celebration at Fourth Street Live, featuring  vendors, giveaways, prizes, and good cheer! Register here, and you'll be in the drawing to win a free bike from Parkside Bikes! You do not have to be present to win. But you DO need to register in advance!  You can also practice biking to work throughout the month of May with the Louisville Bicycle Club, which is offering free bicycle education classes. Connect with us on Facebook!
Bike to Work Day Meet & Ride Locations:
  • Seneca Park: Meet at the basketball court parking lot, just west of the tennis courts at 7am

  • Iroquois Park: Meet at the Amphitheater parking lot at 7am

  • Shawnee Park: Meet at the Southwestern and Broadway entrance at 7am

  • Southern Indiana: Meet at the top of the ramp on the Indiana side of the Big 4 Bridge at 7:30am

May 18 - Oct. 26, 2017Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒1:30pm (May 18 to Oct. 26)
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.
May 13, 2017The How-To FestivalHow-To Festival
Saturday, May 13th, 10am-3pm
Main Library (301 York Street)
Want to learn how to How to attract birds, butterflies, & bees to your garden? Grow food with aquaponics? Raise chickens? These are just a sample of more than 100 things you can learn in five hours at the Louisville Free Public Library’s annual How-To Festival. This year’s Festival is a mix of past favorites along with new lessons, such as how to spot fake news, how to use rain barrels and rain gardens, how to start a garden on a vacant lot, and a 10:00am session on how to compost led by UofL's Community Composting director, Brian Barnes. Kid-friendly activities include how to make ice cream in a bag, how to play percussion from around the world, and more! Sessions will be located in more than 20 areas throughout the building and surrounding grounds, transforming the entire library into a giant classroom. Food trucks will be available.
May 9, 2017Peter AgreBridging Science and Society: Advocating for Human Rights and Diplomacy while Fighting Disease Worldwide
Tuesday, May 9th, 12:30pm, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
Dr. Peter Agre, MD shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2003, with Roderick MacKinnon for his work in the discovery of water channels in cell membranes. He has served as Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Vice Chancellor of Science and Technology at Duke Medical Center.
May 8, 2017“I Am Jane Doe” human trafficking documentary & panel discussion
Monday, May 8th, 6:30-9pm at the Clifton Center (2117 Payne St.). Register free here.
UofL’s Kent School of Social Work is co-sponsoring with Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear a free community screening of the documentary “I Am Jane Doe” about child sex trafficking. The 2017 film, narrated by Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain, chronicles the battle of several American mothers on behalf of their middle-school daughters, who are victims of sex trafficking, against printed and online adult classifieds. The 6:30pm screening at the Clifton Center’s Eifler Theater will lead into a panel discussion (8:20-9pm) about the local and worldwide problem. Speakers will include two trafficking survivors, Beshear and two representatives from his office who work on trafficking issues and a Catholic Charities coordinator. Contact Jennifer Middleton, 502-852-3651. Register free here.
May 3, 2017Urban Studies Horticulture Zone Beautification Day
Wednesday, May 3rd, noon, behind Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom)
Please join us in the Zone! We will be spreading new mulch over the paths, spreading compost in the raised beds, planting seeds & plants, and generally weeding in the area. Please RSVP to yani.vozos@louisville.edu if you plan to attend.
Mondays, May-Aug., 2017Garden Commons 2011 ExpansionGarden Commons Workdays
Mondays, May-Aug., Noon-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden 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 Monday throughout the summer from noon to 1pm 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.
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2017National Bike ChallengeNational Bike Challenge!
May 1st to September 30th, 2017
Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2017 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 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.
April 23, 2017Americana Community Center Garden Project
Sunday, April 23rd, 10am-3pm, Americana World Community Center (4801 Southside Drive). Donate.

Interested in helping the refugees in our community? Americana helps 5,000 individuals yearly. The community garden program supports participants by providing healthy produce for themselves, families, and community while reconnecting with their cultural heritage and identity. You can support Americana's goal of being a beautiful, welcoming, and sustainable community space. With your help, this spring Americana will install a new rain garden and plant pollinator-attracting native perennials around the perimeter of their community garden. UofL students are seeking volunteers and working to raise funds and in-kind donations such as plants, tools, mulch, & seed. Contact: Caroline Miller <crmill15@louisville.edu> or Erica Gaither <erica.gaither@louisville.edu>. Details and RSVP on Facebook Event page.
April 21, 2017A Seat at the Table: Self-Positioning in Current Social Movements
Friday, April 21st, 6:30pm, Strickler Room 101
Want to get involved to improve the social climate we are currently living in? Don’t know how or where to position yourself? Join the Minority Association of Graduate Students (M.A.G.S.) as they host Jamilah Lemieux, former Senior Editor at EBONY and current Vice President of News and Men’s Programming at Interactive One, for a discussion on how to position yourself within current social movements. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs, the Commission on Diversity & Racial Equality, the Cultural Center, the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Department of English, Kent School of Social Work, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Email uoflmags@gmail.com for more information.
April 21, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Eco-RepsMaking Maple Syrup from UofL Trees (Pancake Party!)
Friday, April 21st at Noon, Ekstrom Library 2nd Floor Delphi Lab
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! This month, we'll enjoy a Pancake Party as we hear from those who have been tapping maple trees on UofL's campuses! Our guest speaker, David Barker, has been tapping trees and making his own syrup in Louisville for years. During the last two seasons, he has partnered with UofL to experiment with tapping trees on campus - on his own at Shelby Campus and on Belknap Campus as part of BIOL 104-15 - Laboratory for Introduction to Biological Systems. He will give a workshop on the process of tapping trees to make syrup as we all enjoy the delicious fruits of his labor!
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'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
April 18, 2017Farm To Table Dinner
Tuesday, April 18th, Doors open at 5pm, Red Barn
Tickets: 2 Meal Swipes or PreOrder Pricing through April 14th: $20 ; $25 with wine & cheese
Call 502-852-5991 for tickets and details!
In advance of Earth Day 2017, UofL Dining will host our annual Farm To Table 2017celebration of local food and farmers! Come join us for this first-class culinary experience - a unique feast of seasonally-appropriate, locally-sourced deliciousness! Dinner will consist of a unique four-course menu, made from scratch by expert chefs using local, farm-fresh ingredients. This will be a filling treat for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Dinner will be served at a series of stations featuring different local ingredients:
  • TOMATO STATION – Local Hydroponic Tomatoes
    Heirloom Caprese station with local tomatoes, local mozzarella, shaved spring asparagus, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic reduction.
  • MUSHROOM STATION – Local Mushrooms
    Mushroom ragout with fresh pasta & local cheese.
  • CHICKEN STATION – Local Chicken from Pilgrim’s Pride
    Local chicken tostadas with shredded local cheese and fresh salsas.
  • ICE CREAM STATION – Local Ice Cream from Bernoulli Small
    Batch Ice Cream. Simple Ice Cream Station with ‘The Louie’ Ice Cream and toppings.
April 18, 2017Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan
Tuesday, April 18th, 1pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

The 2017 Grawemeyer Awards Lecture Series presents Dana Burde, winner of the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Education and political science scholar and former aid worker Dana Burde will discuss her award-winning work, which examines the influence foreign-backed funding for education has on war-torn countries and how such aid affects humanitarian and peace-building efforts. Her 2014 book, Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan, was grounded in eight years of field research in Afghanistan and Pakistan and backed by Burde’s two decades of work on education in countries affected by conflict. She contends that U.S. aid to education in Afghanistan contributed to conflict rather than prevented it. She also proposes specific policies and demonstrates how U.S. aid to education can support peace. The lecture is free and open to the public.  View event flyer
April 17, 2017Pollinator Workshop
Monday, April 17th, 1-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
BIOL Native Plant Garden with BeeJoin us in UofL's organic garden for our final workshop of the semester! We will be focusing on the topic of pollinators, specifically bees! Bees are an integral part of our ecosystem, especially within the garden. Without them, we wouldn't get the wonderful produce we cherish in our gardens and farms. We want to celebrate bees and the beautiful honey they make. Our guest speaker will be Betsy Ramey from the Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association who will be bringing a part of a hive to show us a close and personal view of the function of bees. We will be discussing how to make a garden more pollinator-friendly. Participants will get to taste some local honey and make wildflower seed bombs! Wildflower seed bombs are a composition of soil, seeds, and compost. When you throw it into any neglected landscape, it seeds the next generation of wildflowers that will grow to support the pollinators we depend upon. Participants will go home as guerilla gardeners, ready to fight for a better environment for our pollinators! We have monthly workshops on specific topics but every Monday from 1-2pm we gather to work in the garden. Gloves and tools 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.
April 15, 2017Louisville Urban Tree Symposium
Saturday, April 15th, 8:30am – 4:00pm, Ernst Hall Room 103
Registration Required ($0-$25)
With the growing discussion of concerns related to the urban tree canopy of Louisville, it's not always easy to see that most of us love trees! On April 15th, we are bringing people together to learn about the many aspects of trees during a community oriented tree symposium that will educate us about trees in Kentuckiana and inform us of the actions we can take to secure their success for years to come. Whatever your interest in trees, we encourage you to join us in what will be an inspiring and motivational forum of experts from both near and far. The Partnership for a Green City is collaborating with TreesLouisville, Louisville Grows and the Louisville Metro Division of Forestry for this special event. Please bring your tree questions and creative energy to this extremely important topic.
Tickets cover lunch and some expenses of the event. Scholarships are available by contacting Brent at 852-8854. The agenda is listed below:
8:30—Welcome & Keynote Address: Jill Jonnes—Author of Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape (Baltimore, MD)
9:50—Arbor Day Presentation to Louisville Metro Government - a Kentucky Division of Forestry will present the City with the Tree City USA Award for the 17th year!
10:00—10:15 Break and Book Signing
10:15—Pathological Threats to the Urban Forest—Nicole Ward Gauthier (University of Kentucky)
10:45—Pest Threats to the Urban Forest—Joe Boggs (The Ohio State University)
11:15—The Public’s Myths & Fears of Trees in the Built Environment—Bill Fountain (University of Kentucky)
12:00 Lunch—Farm to Fork Catering
1:00—Venerable Trees—Tom Kimmerer - Author of Venerable Trees: History, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass (Lexington, KY)
2:00—Green Careers and Tree Pruning Presentation - Limbwalker owners, Chris O’Bryan and Cory Petry (Louisville, KY). The discussion will focus on how Chris and Cory became passionate about arboriculture, their business ethics, and how they are making a positive impact in protecting the Louisville tree canopy. The presentation will conclude with Chris and Cory providing attendees with hand on pruning basics and demonstrating their daily work with tree climbing and arboriculture best management practices.
4:00—Tree Give Away sponsored by Louisville Metro's Division of Community Forestry (Jefferson County residents that are non-attendees are welcome to be present at this time to receive up to 3 free trees).
We are hosting the event at the University of Louisville, which for the seventh consecutive year has won the designation of “Tree Campus USA” from the Arbor Day Foundation, similar to the Tree CIty USA designation mentioned previously. The designation recognizes UofL’s dedication to and investment in outstanding management of campus trees. At a later date, The Partnership will plant a tree on the UofL campus in honor of our speakers as an enduring gesture of thanks!
April 15-23, 2017UofL Earth Week 2017
In advance of Earth Day 2017, UofL celebrates with a series of daily events designed to engage your passions for our one green planet! Events include:
April 14, 2017The Trouble with Transparency: Water, Neoliberal Markets and Class Politics in Bangalore
Friday, April 14th at 3pm in Lutz Hall 232
University of Dayton Professor Simanti Dasgupta’s research focuses on the politics of citizenship and human rights in postcolonial India at the intersection of neoliberalism and the development paradigm. Based upon ethnographic work in the Indian city of Bangalore, her talk will focus on the privatization of water, drawing attention to transparency as an attribute that is shared both by water and the market. Rather than looking at water as a basic amenity and water as a commodity as two separate domains, Dasgupta shows that how the transparency of one marks the limit of the other, impacting claims of citizenship and access to water for socially marginalized residents of Bangalore.
April 14, 2017Sustainability Roundtable: Social Decision Making and Sustainability Lab
Friday, April 14th, 11am-noon, Life Sciences Room 135
Please join us for UofL's final Sustainability Roundtable this spring! Dr. Daniel DeCaro (Urban & Public Affairs, Psychological & Brain Sciences) will be discussing his study of societal cooperation and sustainability of shared natural resources in the lab. This study investigates the psychological processes involved when groups of otherwise competitive stakeholders work together to solve difficult social and environment problems. The experiment he will be talking about examines when and how two fundamental aspects of human governance, participatory democracy (e.g., voting) and enforcement (e.g., economic sanctions), encourage societal cooperation, helping groups sustain a shared resource. He did this experiment with Nobelist Elinor Ostrom (Indiana University), Marco Janssen and Allen Lee (Arizona State University), continuing Ostrom's work on citizen-led (self-governance) of environmental resources. It is the precursor to Dr. DeCaro's 5-year National Science Foundation project, which examines additional aspects of societal cooperation (Award #1658608).
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability (or social-ecological resilience) 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.
April 13, 2017From People to Pixels: Mapping Global Population Patterns with the WorldPop Project
Thursday, April 13th, noon, University Club, $15 Lunch Reservations Required
From People to Pixels: Mapping Global Population Patterns with the WorldPop ProjectThe College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college’s research and cultural offerings. On April 13th, we'll hear from Geography and Geosciences professors Andrea Gaughan and Forrest Stevens. They received a Gates Foundation grant to work on their WorldPop project that generates open source human population maps. Contemporary, fine spatial scale, gridded population data is a crucial component for research across disciplines. Such data is necessary for understanding the ‘now’ of hazard risk and mitigation management, health and disease modelling, economic, environmental, and sustainability related work. The maps have been broadly adopted by international and government agencies for effective policy, planning, and interventions where a strong foundation of evidence is needed. Reservations are required for each Meet the Professor, with $15 payment by check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 852-2247 or via email no later than April 10th.
April 11, 2017Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium
Tuesday, April 11th, 12:30 - 4:00pm, Shumaker Research Building 1st Floor
Community engagement and community-based learning such as service learning projects are all part of undergraduate research.  Faculty and students are encouraged to submit abstracts about their community engagement work inside or outside of the classroom (especially joint projects between faculty and students). This Symposium is a chance for undergraduates to share with the university community how faculty, staff and students are applying teaching/learning, research and service to address community needs. It provides a forum where students can showcase projects that build on and enrich community engagement across the disciplines. It is an opportunity for students, faculty and the community to come together to celebrate the learning happening through service and community engagement.  It is a place for students to learn about research and other community outreach activities at UofL. Full details and abstract submission information here.
April 11, 2017Nuts and Bolts of Community-Engaged Research
Tuesday, April 11th, noon-1pm, Ekstrom Library, 3rd Floor
Community-engaged research is an emerging area in many academic disciplines. Engaged research has some unique characteristics and should be tailored to be venue- and discipline-specific. This Dine & Discover session will explore how faculty can generate scholarly (research and theoretical) products from their engaged work focused on community and student impact. More info and registration here.
April 7, 2017Panel: Women Faculty of Color
Friday, April 7th, 2-4pm Shumaker Research Building room 139
Join us to hear graduate students and faculty of color share their own stories of success and struggle and discuss tools and strategies for building lasting relationships and staying motivated and energized as academics. As a member of the ACC, UofL has been able to sponsor several graduate students & faculty to attend the Women Faculty of Color conference which aims to help current faculty and emerging scholars of color “gain lessons, ideas, tools, and strategies to bring back to their institutions, organizations, and communities; make new contacts and build lasting relationships; [and become more] inspired, motivated, energized, and empowered.” The women who have been sponsored to attend the conference will serve as panelists for our annual Women’s Panel. The panelists will share some of the tools and strategies they learn at the conference and share their own stories, including their struggles and successes, as women faculty of color. Panelists include: Khirsten Echols, PhD Student, Department of English - Rhetoric and Composition; Sara Alvarez, PhD Student, Department of English - Rhetoric and Composition; Jelisa Clark, PhD Student, Department of Sociology; Ashanka Kumari, PhD Student, Department of English - Rhetoric and Composition; Dr. J’Amie Jennings, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences; Dr. Detra Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development; and moderator Dr. Latonia Craig, Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Recruitment, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Please register for this event here.
April 7, 2017UofL Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 7th, 11am-2pm, between Louisville Hall & UTA (4th & Brandeis)

April 7th is Arbor Day 2017 in Kentucky! Come help us restore Louisville's shrinkingUofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree Planting tree canopy. Join us for a celebration of UofL’s on-going commitment to trees and our status as a Tree Campus USA(for 7 years running!).
  • At noon, you can help us plant a tree outside of Louisville Hall!
  • Take home a free native tree sapling to plant in your yard or neighborhood! We'll be giving away 100 Eastern Redbuds and 100 Roughleaf Dogwoods (provided by the Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District), and 25 Yellowwoods propagated by UofL Grounds.
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • Bike-blender smoothies made entirely with tree fruits and nuts!
Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, Campus Housing, UofL Dining, Office of Health Promotion, and the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District.
April 7, 2017TEDxUofL 2017: Growth
Friday, April 7th, 10am-4pm, Red Barn. Free Registration(s) Required.
The Dept. of Urban and Public Affair’s Planning Student Organization is hosting the third installment of TEDxUofL, this time on the theme of Growth. Speakers
from many different fields will discuss ways in which creative ideas and a strong sense of community can be utilized to grow a better world where every culture is accepted for who they are. The day will be divided into three sections, each requiring separate registration via the links below:
Session 1: Cultural Competency | 10-11:30am
   Dr. Aaron Rollins - Professor of Public Administration, University of Louisville
   Tony Belak, JD - Associate Director, International Center for Compassionate Organizations
   Dr. Pradeep Deshpand e- CEO, Six Sigma and Advanced Control
   Dr. Brandy Kelly Pryor - Director, Center For Health Equity
Session 2: Community | 12-1:30pm
   John Hopkins - Senior Program Coordinator, Center For Neighborhoods
   Eric Blair - Job Developer, Kentucky Refugee Ministries
   Jessica Pendergrass - Director, Louisville Grows
   Lynn Rippy - Director, YouthBuild
Session 3: Creation | 2-3:30pm
   Mark Hogg - Founder and CEO, Waterstep
   Josh Miller - COO and Co-Founder/Partner, IDEAS xLAB
   Dr. Nat Irvin, II - Professor of Business, University of Louisville
   Ehren Reed - Outreach Program Manager, Louisville Visual Art
Due to the venue capacity, restriction by TED, and our interest in allowing as many people as possible to attend this event, you must pre-register for each session individually. Further information at tedx.uofl.com or email pso.louisville@gmail.com.
April 6, 2017Dorothy RobertsKilling the Black Body Redux: 20 Years of Reproductive Violence & Justice
Thursday, April 6th, 5:30pm, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
Dr. Dorothy Roberts will be speaking for the Minx Auerbach Lecture in Women's & Gender Studies. Dr. Roberts is an American scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate. She writes and lectures on gender, race and class in legal issues. Her concerns include changing thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare and bioethics. Roberts is the author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the 21st Century; Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare; and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. She has published more than 50 articles and essays in books, journals, newspapers, and magazines as well as co-authored casebooks on constitutional law and women and the law. The lecture is free and open to the public; reception to follow.
April 5, 2017Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy: Communities & Ecosystems
Wednesday, April 5th, 6pm, Law School room 275
Image may contain: 1 person, suitKeith Hirokawa is a national expert in environmental, natural resources, land use, and property law. His research focuses on local environmental law, ecosystem services policy, watershed management, and environmental impact analysis. He is co-editor of Greening Local Government (ABA, 2012). Professor Hirokawa is Associate Professor of Law at Albany Law School, and previously taught at law schools at Texas Wesleyan University and University of Oregon. He practiced land use and environmental law in Oregon and Washington, was heavily involved with community groups and nonprofit organizations., and has spoken with U.S. EPA staff about sustaining ecosystem services through local environmental law. Professor Hirokawa was named Distinguished Environmental Scholar by Vermont Law School for Summer 2017. He earned his JD and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut, and his LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School. The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund, the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund, and the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility.
April 5, 2017No automatic alt text available.Louisville Sustainability Forum: Can Biophilia Save Nature in Cities?
Wednesday, April 5th, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, St Agnes's Aloysius Hall, (1924 Newburg Road)

UofL Biology Professor, Margaret Carreiro, will be the featured presenter at this month's Louisville Sustainability Forum. "Biophilia" describes how people have innate love for, attachment to, and even need for nature. It also expresses the notion that, as a design imperative, cities are more livable when they have more nature, and that people are happier and healthier when they have more contact with nature, from wild parks away from traffic to street trees and flowers. Dr. Carreiro's UofL research has focused on the Ecology of Cities and Suburbs. She and her students have quantified how the takeover of our forests by invasive exotic plants, like shrub honeysuckle, affect soil erosion, soil nutrients, decomposition, earthworms and plant communities in our woodland parks, along our stream banks and interstate highways, and in forested wetlands. Dr. Carreiro has also collaborated with the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy on studies that assess the impacts of removing exotic plants from park woodlands. Now she has begun to study residential land and its potential to support species like pollinators in cities. She will speak on how we can join forces to make a large-scale contribution to the conservation of native species in this city and its suburbs, and why doing so is important not only for nature but for people. After her talk, we'll hear shorter presentations on:
   > Protecting, Restoring, and Celebrating the Waterways of Kentucky with Ward Wilson, Kentucky Waterways Alliance
   > Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve with Tavia Cathcart Brown, executive director
Now in its eleventh year, the purposes of the Louisville Sustainability Forum are:
1. We hold and promote the intention of sustainability for Louisville.
2. We establish and nourish relationships that strengthen community and create change.
3. We create a space for discussion that inspires, motivates and deepens our ability to catalyze social change.
April 4, 2017Anne Braden Institute 10th Anniversary and “Beyond Vietnam” read-in
Tuesday, April 4th. 11:30am-1:30pm Ekstrom Quad & SAC Ramp. 4:30-6pm Ekstrom 258.
On April 4, 2007, Julian Bond cut the ceremonial ribbon at Room 258 of Ekstrom Library, marking the official opening of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. April 4, 2017, marks the 10th anniversary of that occasion, as well as the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King delivering his powerful “Beyond Vietnam” speech.
To commemorate both of these events, the ABI will be sponsoring a “Beyond Vietnam” read-in on the Ekstrom Library quad and the Student Activities Center bridge of the UofL Belknap campus, from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.
From 4:30-6 PM, we will host a 10th Anniversary Open House in the ABI to celebrate 10 years of bridging the gap between academic research and community activism. Join us for food, drinks, and community. All are welcome.
April 3 to May 3, 2017 Lighten Your Load! Move-Out Waste Reduction
April 3rd through May 3rd
Moving out? Don't throw it out!
During the spring move out, special collection bins will be set up in the lobbies of all UofL residence halls for the donation of any unwanted items: clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, appliances, lamps, electronics, decor, rugs, bags, school supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, and anything else you'd rather not keep.
Two sets of bins will be available in each lobby - one for Goodwill items and another for donations of non-perishable food items that we will donate to the hungry through St. Vincent de Paul.
Help us achieve our goal of Zero Waste for Move-Out 2017! Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is proud to partner with UofL Housing & Residence Life and the UofL Sustainability Council for this initiative!
  • In advance of Earth Day 2017, a special "Lighten Your Load (on the Earth)" free swap will be set up from 11am - 2pm on Thursday, April 20th, 11am-2pm, SAC Ramp - all are welcome to come take or donate items.
March 31, 2017Sustainability Roundtable: Metro Office of Sustainability
Friday, March 31st, 11am-noon,
Life Sciences Room 135
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am January 20th through April 14th! On March 31st, we'll hear from Andrea Webster of the Office of Sustainability (Louisville Metro Government), providing a Program Overview and Q&A. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability (or social-ecological resilience) 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.
March 30, 2017Image may contain: stripes and text13th Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, March 30th, 5:30pm, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
Join us for a free screening of Ava Duvurnay’s 13th, an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary featuring scholars, activists and politicians analyzing the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. The film offers a thought-provoking look at the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States, and will be followed by a panel discussion. This program is co-sponsored by the UofL Department of Philosophy, Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society, and Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium.
March 30, 2017Hill Street Blues?! Public Meetings on Redesign
Thursday, March 30th, 11:30am-1:30pm & 5-7pm, Ekstrom Library Room W210 (directions)
Members of the university community and the public are encouraged to join us for this discussion with Metro Public Works about plans to repave and reconfigure an important corridor on the edge of Belknap Campus: Hill Street from 1st St to Meriwether Ave. The city is seeking input on how this corridor could be reconfigured to make it safer for all road users, including drivers, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. Bring your ideas and come prepared to comment on the options that will be presented. You are also encouraged to participate in Bicycling For Louisville's advocacy survey to gauge public opinion about this and other potential projects in the coming months and years.
March 28, 2017Green Landscape Management Equipment Expo
Tuesday, March 28th, 12:30-2:00pm, UofL Grounds Shop (1820 Arthur St, enter lot from Floyd St at black screened fence)
Come see green-powered (non-gasoline/diesel) equipment and see how advanced “clean” has become. Feel it, use it, drive it and talk with representatives.
12:30-1pm Meet and Greet
1-2pm Presentations and Roundtable Discussion
Sponsored by the Green Grounds/Spaces and Maintenance Equipment Team of the Partnership for a Green City.
March 27, 2017Islamophobia and Race SymposiumIslamophobia and Race Symposium
Monday, March 27th, 9am-5:30pm, Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
Come examine rising discrimination against Muslims in the United States and the effects seen in recent elections, travel bans and anti-Muslim organizations. Scholars with expertise in law, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies will share their views on topics ranging from the increase in anti-Muslim fringe groups to the racialization of religion since 9/11. Organizers intend for the discussions to appeal to the general public, especially community members from religious, academic, international, nonprofit, civil rights and peace and justice groups. Three panel discussions will focus on:
  • Race, Religion and Power: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (9:30am-noon). Speakers will be Sahar Aziz, law, Texas A&M University; Greg Hutcheson, Spanish, UofL; and Junaid Rana, Asian American studies, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. 
  • Representations, Mobilizations and the Media (1:30-3:30pm). Speakers will be Christopher Bail, sociology, Duke University; and Evelyn Alsultany, Arab and Muslim American studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
  • Islamophobia and Racism on the Ground (3:45-5:30pm). Speakers will be Donna Auston, anthropology, Rutgers University; and Louise Cainkar, sociology, Marquette University.
All lectures are free and open to the public. This event is presented by UofL's Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, generously funded by the Snowy Owl Foundation and co-sponsored by UofL’s Liberal Studies Project, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, and the Department of Anthropology. More information online here, or call 502-852-8977.
March 24, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Butterflies & #TAKE2FORLOUEco-Reps
Friday, Mar. 24th 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! On March 24th, we'll hear from several amazing guests:
1. Hart Hagan of Wild Ones discussing his work to protect native biodiversity through enhancing butterfly and moth habitat; and
2. Christy Ray from the Louisville Water Company and Mallory Kramer with @sustainalou on the new #TAKE2FORLOU campaign to help you ditch disposable for durable!
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'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 23, 2017Cardinal Student-Farmworker AllianceCoalition of Immokalee Workers: Return to Human Rights Tour
Thursday, March 23rd, 5pm, Meet outside Ekstrom Library to march to SAC Wendy’s
Join farmworkers and Fair Food supporters from across the nation for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Return to Human Rights Tour, calling on Wendy’s to make a real, verifiable commitment to protecting farmworkers’ fundamental human rights. Come out if you agree that the University of Louisville should not continue to play host to the only major fast food corporation to hold out from the CIW’s Fair Food Program. Join the local fight against corporate human rights abuses with the Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance. #BoycottWendys #BootTheBraids
A bus of farmworkers from Immokalee and their allies will be stopping in Louisville during a 2,000-mile trek through more than a dozen U.S. cities for the monumental Return to Human Rights Tour. The CIW is ready to share its signature energy and message of hope and resilience with thousands of students, people of faith and community allies who will meet them in unstoppable action to advance the national Wendy's Boycott along every stop of the way. If we are to keep building a broad and inclusive movement to protect the fundamental human rights of farmworkers, and of all people at the center of struggles for justice, this kind of long-lasting vision and persistence will be needed to pull us through this uncertain moment, and to bring Wendy's into the Fair Food Program.
March 22, 2017World Water Day: Taste The Tap
Wednesday, March 22nd, 11am-1pm, SAC Multipurpose Room

In recognition of the UN's World Water Day on March 22nd, UofL will be encouraging you to take action to tackle the water crisis. Around the world, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. Thankfully, Louisville is one place where these issues are not so acute and we are blessed with award-winning, safe, delicious water as close as the nearest tap. It's time to recognize this fact and ditch wasteful bottled water for good. Stop by the table and participate in our Tap Water Challenge to see if you can taste the difference! You'll walk away with a refillable bottle for your participation. #puretap
March 20, 2017Garden Commons Workshop: Native Plants
Monday, March 20th, 1-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a special workshop on native plants and the vital functions they play in sustaining healthy ecosystems. Our special guest will be Margaret Shea of Dropseed Native Plant Nursery in Goshen, KY. We'll plant some natives in the garden and take a tour of the Biology Department's new Native Plant Garden on the west side of the Life Sciences building.
Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Monday at 1pm from Jan. 16th to Apr. 24th. 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.
March 11-17, 2017Alternative Spring Break Service Trip: Baltimore - Urban Farming, Food Security & Youth Development
March 11-17, 2017. Cost $225. Apply here.
Why not use your Spring Break to do something fun AND positive? UofL will host this Alternative Service Break trip to Baltimore, Maryland with a focus on advancing food security and youth development through urban agriculture. Apply today!
March 7, 2017Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Spring 2017 Meeting
Thursday, March 9th, 1:00-2:30pm, Ekstrom Library W210

The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:

  • Updates: recent tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans (Greg & Aaron)
  • Plan for a 2017 UofL Arbor Day Celebration, April 7th, 11am-1pm, Louisville Hall (Justin)
  • Report-back from local mills re: milling UofL wood from campus trees that have to be removed (Russ)
  • Planning for tree-related Service Learning Projects (all)
    - Report from 2017 Maple-Tapping with BIOL labs
    - Any other classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
    - Encouraging UofL folks to get involved in Louisville Grows community planting:
    Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10am - 3pm - California Neighborhood Tree Planting (170 trees)
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour (Niki)
  • Updates on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App?
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
March 7, 2017An Evening with David Grossman
Tuesday, March 7th, 7:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
Born in Jerusalem in 1954, David Grossman has been hailed as a “secular prophet” and his fiction and journalism have been translated into over thirty-five languages. He is the author of eight novels and two journalistic books addressing the lives of Israel’s Arab minority and that of Palestinians in the West Bank. His gripping epic To the End of the Land was proclaimed one of the most searing antiwar novels ever written, appearing on over a dozen Top 10 Books of 2010. During a time of growing unease and uncertainty, both here and in Israel, David Grossman’s humanity and penetrating thoughtfulness will be especially appreciated. David Grossman’s visit to Louisville is supported by the JHFE, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society, University of Louisville Office of Diversity and International Affairs, International Students and Scholars Services, Department of Comparative Humanities, Creative Writing & the Department of English. This evening with internationally acclaimed novelist, journalist and peace activist David Grossman is the third annual Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence presentation. It is free and open to the public and includes a book signing afterward.
March 7, 2017Engaged Scholarship Symposium: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: Expanding the Signature Partnership Initiative
Tuesday, March 7th, 11:30am-1:30pm, MITC Bigelow Hall
UofL's Office of Community Engagement will host this symposium focused on interdisciplinary/interprofessional engagement, bringing the different schools and colleges together to explore how engaged teaching, research, and service can expand on the great work of the Signature Partnership Initiative. Come hear faculty panelists and their community partners share how they are engaged in interdisciplinary/interprofessional work. An update on progress made on community engagement based on recommendations from last year’s symposium will be provided. Contact: Henry Cunningham, 502-852-6026. Light lunch will be served. Event is free, but registration is required.
March 6, 2017Collective Courage: Diversity, Collaborative Economics and the Law
Monday, March 6th, Noon-1:30pm, Law School 275. Free Registration Required.
Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective CourageMany black leaders were actually talking about and creating co-ops, though that's not what they were famous for. W.E.B Du Bois, A. Philip Randolph, Marcus Garvey, Ella Jo Baker, and others all spoke or wrote about, and were involved in black cooperatives and democratic ownership. African American cooperatives grew side by side with the European American cooperative movement, and grew side by side with the long civil rights movement.
Worker cooperatives and other cooperative enterprises can spur neighborhood revitalization and equitable, sustainable growth. That's because they create meaningful jobs and build community wealth while grooming local leaders and inspiring democratic participation. So argues scholar, activist, and  Cooperative Hall-of-Famer, Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.”  Her book reveals the rich, hidden history of African American cooperatives. The 30,000 co-ops in the United States today have helped create 2.1 million jobs and contributed more than $150 billion to our total income.
The groundbreaking work chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality. Through her research, Gordon Nembhard finds that African Americans, as well as other people of color and low-income people, have benefited greatly from cooperative ownership and democratic economic participation throughout the nation’s history. Dr. Nembhard is Associate Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York. Join her for a discussion of the history of African American cooperative economics and what role the cooperative model can play today. She will be joined in a panel discussion with Sadiqa Reynolds, President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League, and UofL Law professor Ariana Levinson. Lunch will be provided. Free and open to the public, but registration is required for the March 6th event at the Law School.
Co-sponsors include: UofL's Brandeis School of Law, Louisville Free Public Library, UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Louisville Food Co-op, Louisville Urban League, Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice, Sowers of Justice Network, and UofL's Office of the VP for Diversity & International Affairs.
March 3, 2017Sustainability Roundtable: MSD's Critical Repair and Reinvestment Plan
Friday, March 3rd, 11am-noon, Life Sciences Room 135
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am this spring! On March 3rd, we'll hear from Jordan Basham, MS4 Environmental Programs Engineer for Louisville's Metropolitan Sewer District. He'll be discussing MSD's Critical Repair and Reinvestment Plan which includes a comprehensive assessment of the major stormwater, wastewater, and flooding risks our community faces today and what needs to be done to address those risks. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability (or social-ecological resilience) 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.
Feb. 23, 2017Free Bike Repair
Thursday, February 23rd, 10am-1pm, Freedom Park (outside Ville Grill)

Bring your bike to Freedom Park (between 2nd & 3rd streets, in front of the Ville Grill) for free bike repair sponsored by UofL's Student Cycling Coalition! We don't have a full inventory of new parts, but we'll be equipped with enough tools and knowledge to do minor repairs or maintenance for free!! Come by if you bike is making a weird noise, if your brakes aren't tight, or if you just need more air to help your bike roll a little quicker. We'll be there from 10-1 to help you out or talk about anything bikes. Spare tubes will be on sale for $5 and UofL Cycling Caps will be on sale for $20, while supplies last! Connect with us on Facebook.
Feb. 23, 2017Albertus Gorman: At the Intersection of Nature and Culture
Thursday, February 23rd, 9:30-10:30am, Room 114 Schneider Hall
Since 2003, Albertus Gorman has imagined himself as the “Unofficial Artist in Residence” at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, IN. In the wake of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial of which our area played a key role…Gorman became alarmed at how much the physical environment had changed since the early explorations of our country. Realizing that this process is ever continuing, the artist sought to document and understand where we are in this moment in time and space by making art from the materials that the Ohio River deposits into the park through flooding. Using very simple means, Gorman has developed over time, different artmaking strategies and a vocabulary of materials and forms from which he creates his relational art. Gorman sees his projects as being collaboration with Nature and among his favored materials are river-polished Styrofoam, driftwood, plastic, coal, glass and more. Although his artistic activities occur within a localized park, Gorman uses his Wordpress blog, “Artist at Exit 0 Riverblog” to communicate with people around the world.
Albertus Gorman is the Coordinator of Public Programs and Engagement at the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, IN. In addition to being an exhibiting artist, Gorman is also known for his curatorial and writing activities. From 1990 to 1999, he was the Curator at the Louisville Visual Art Association at the old Water Tower. Gorman has also worked at Swanson Cralle Gallery and B. Deemer Gallery and directed the StudioWorks program for adult artists with developmental disabilities. Currently, Gorman is in a two person exhibition with Mack Dryden entitled “Cross Currents” at Louisville’s Craft(s) Gallery and Mercantile which ends on February 28, 2017.
Feb. 21, 2017Image may contain: cloud, sky and text
International Roundtable

Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 6-8pm, Red Barn
Tickets: $8 for students, $15 for others. Reserve a ticket online
Join UofL's Honors Student Council, the Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation program, SGA, and the Society of Porter Scholars for a night of conversation, education, and community. This catered fundraiser will be one in which students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to sit together and speak with local refugees who have been resettled in Louisville. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about their lived experiences since coming to the United States. All the proceeds will benefit Kentucky Refugee Ministries, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees "in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into our community." KRM is committed to offering access to community resources and opportunities and to promoting awareness of diversity for the benefit of the whole community. You can reserve a ticket online - and tickets can be paid for at the Etscorn Honors Center in Threlkeld Hall. Connect with us on Facebook.
Feb. 21, 2017Can Biophilia Save Nature?: Why more scientists and artists need to team up to save biodiversity
Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 10-11am, Room 114 Schneider Hall
This special lecture on art and the environment will be presented by Dr. Margaret Carreiro, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Louisville. Her research focuses on Urban and Suburban Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Soil Ecology, and Restoration Ecology. Free and open to the public.
Feb. 20, 2017Fair Trade Coffee Tasting
Monday, Feb. 20th, lunch-time, Ville Grill

In celebration of the UN's World Day of Social Justice, UofL Dining will be hosting a special Fair Trade Coffee Tasting, featuring the righteously delicious, ethically-sourced coffee available at various venues on campus. Come sample the goodness and learn what Fair Trade is and why it matters to impoverished farmers and to the environment that sustains us all!
Feb. 17, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Energy Conservation StrategiesEco-Reps
Friday, Feb. 17th 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! This month, in support of Ecolympics 2017, we'll hear from Sarah Lynn Cunningham, a local environmental engineer, energy consultant, and Executive Director of the Louisville Climate Action Network. Sarah Lynn will be sharing practical tips for conserving energy, reducing your carbon footprint, and living more sustainably on and off campus.
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'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.
Feb. 17, 2017Sustainability Roundtable: Using Lepidoptera to Measure and Increase Biodiversity
Friday, Feb. 17th, 11am-noon, Life Sciences Room 135
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am January 20th through April 14th! On Feb. 17th, we'll hear from Hart Hagan, Environmental Educator at Wild Ones Louisville, on "Using Lepidoptera to Measure and Increase Biodiversity." The format is a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability (or social-ecological resilience) 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.
Feb. 13, 2017Screening: Vanishing of the Bees
Monday, Feb. 13th, 6:30-9pm, SAC Floyd Theater
The Engage Lead Serve Board's Animal Welfare and Green Initiatives are hosting a screening of the
documentary film Vanishing of the Bees about the global crisis of rapidly decreasing bee populations. The film draws correlations between colony collapse disorder and widespread pesticide use. After the screening, stay for a panel discussion with local experts and beekeepers to dive further into the topic and answer questions related to bees, biodiversity loss, and what the loss of species means to humans. FREE FOOD, great conversations, and a stinging topic included!!! If you would like to submit a question early or if you can't make it but would like to submit a question, do that online hereConnect with us on Facebook.
Feb. 13, 2017Maple Tapping - March 2016Maple Tapping Workshop
Monday, Feb. 13th, 1pm-2pm in Cultural Center Multipurpose Room & Garden Commons
Join us in UofL's sustainable Garden Commons to learn about the process of tapping maple trees and making maple syrup. Our guest speaker, David Barker, has been tapping trees and making his own syrup in Louisville for years. He will give a workshop on the process and (if the weather is suitable) do a hands-on demonstration of installing taps and buckets on our own maple trees in the Garden Commons. Participants can also get a small taste of last year's maple syrup made from the sap of UofL's own maple trees! This event will begin inside the Cultural Center, in the Multipurpose room. We will then move outside to do the tapping demonstration. Please dress appropriately. Connect with us on Facebook.
Feb. 13, 2017Ecolympics LogoEcolympics Kick-off Party!
Monday, Feb. 13th, 11am-2pm in SAC Multipurpose Room
Campus Housing & UofL's Sustainability Council are throwing a party to launch Ecolympics 2017 - Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet! Join us over lunch with a DJ, informational booths, Sustainability Quiz Bowl, prizes, e-waste recycling & more! Learn what you can do to make a difference and help your residence hall win the competition.

E-waste Recycling Collection
Feb. 13th 8:30am-3pm at the SAC Multipurpose Room
UofL will be offering a collection of electronic wastes for recycling throughout the day. We 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.
Feb. 9, 2017

Info Session: Alternative Spring Break Service Trip: Baltimore - Food Security & Youth Development
Thursday, Feb. 9th, 6pm in SAC W307.
At this Information Session, you will learn about ASB, specifics about the upcoming trip to Baltimore, testimonies from trip participants, and have the opportunity to ask any questions you have. We will provide pizza and drinks for dinner.  If you attend the session, then you will receive a $35 discount off of your trip cost.  The trip will be March 11-17, 2017. Cost $225. Why not use your Spring Break to do something fun AND positive? UofL will host this Alternative Service Break trip to Baltimore, Maryland with a focus on advancing food security and youth development through urban agriculture. Apply today!

Feb. 8, 20177th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference
Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 6:00-8:30pm, SAC Multipurpose Room
The UofL Women’s Center and Women4Women Student Board are raising awareness of human trafficking in Kentucky to educate students and the community about the complex issue of human trafficking and to encourage taking action to prevent it. The first part of the program consists of a "Human Trafficking 101" training led by Amy Leenerts of Free2Hope on ways to prevent human trafficking. Following this training, we'll hear from a survivor of trafficking and creator of the Kristy Love Foundation, Angela Renfro. Afterward, representatives from various community and campus organizations will be on hand to distribute information on resources for victims of human trafficking and survivors. These organizations will provide information on how the community can get involved. We want to give attendees concrete steps to get involved in the fight, and there is no better way to do this than through organizations on the ground. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Register now to reserve a seat.
Feb. 6, 2017Discussion: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Black Healing
Monday, Feb. 6th, 6:30-8:30pm, School of Public Health and Information Sciences (485 E. Gray St) Room 103
Guest facilitator Pam Newman is an organizer for black liberation and a student and mental health advocate. At this discussion participants will explore the theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) which was developed by Dr. Joy DeGruy. PTSS explains how generations of slavery have traumatically affected black individuals and communities and how healing can be promoted and sustained. This discussion is primarily for students, faculty and staff interested and supportive of exploring these subjects. Several copies of Dr. DeGruy’s book will be given away to a few participants at this event! Sponsored by the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Office of Public Health Practice & Community Outreach, and the Health Sciences Center's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Registration and full details here.
Feb. 5 to Apr. 1, 2017Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2017
Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet!
  • Kick-off Party! Monday, Feb. 13th 11am-2pm in SAC Multipurpose Room - DJ, prizes, sustainability quiz bowl, informational booths, electronic waste recycling & more!

RecycleMania! - February 5th to April 1st, 2017
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!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.
  • New for 2017: 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.).
    >> To raise awareness about food waste and composting, UofL Dining will host Weigh The Waste events during lunch at the Ville Grill on February 16th, March 23rd, and April 13th.
  • New for 2017: We'll be competing in the E-waste Recycling category, and offering a collection of electronic wastes for recycling Feb. 13th 8:30am-3pm at the SAC Multipurpose Room. We 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 - Feb. 13 to March 5, 2017

 Live on campus? Win with conservation! UofL residence halls will compete amongst 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.

  • Make a personal commitment to reduce and keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard! Click on the links below to see how much electricity your hall is using and to make a commitment to conserve!

  1. Bettie Johnson HallJoin The National Day Of Unplugging – March 3-4 2017
  2. Community Park (real-time!)
  3. Kurz Hall (real-time!)
  4. Louisville Hall (real-time!)
  5. Miller Hall
  6. Threlkeld Hall
  7. Unitas Hall (real-time!)
  8. University Tower Apartments (UTA)
Prizes:
  • The UofL residence hall which cuts electricity use the most will win a specially catered dinner and a Green Renovation project for the hall!
  • Get in the running to win a bicycle (or $400 bike shop voucher) for Ecolympics 2017! Through the end of RecycleMania on April 1st, post photos of yourself taking green actions on social media using the hashtag #ULecolympics2017 and tag @uoflsustainable. The person posting the most green actions will win! Any sustainable action counts: recycling, composting, donating reusable items, riding a bike or bus, carpooling, buying local, taking the stairs, unplugging, turning off lights, TVs & devices, air-drying laundry & choosing the cold setting, taking shorter showers, etc.
Feb. 4, 2017Vjnx2keljuse36h 710Engage Kentucky Symposium 2017
Saturday, Feb. 4th, 9am-3pm, Humanities Building
Join the Engage Lead Serve Board in an interactive and fascinating conference to learn about enriching your community. The purpose of this social change-oriented event is to forge active citizens, and we invite you to be a part of this symposium! The goal is to provide leadership tools for those who attend this symposium through the experiences and knowledge gained through listening to our Keynote Speakers, Aeriel and Kyle Ashlee, discussing social change and justice with experts in a variety of fields, collaborating with other students and leaders from across the city and state, and engaging with the community as active citizens. There will be workshops on education, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, teamwork, listening skills, critical thinking, leadership in Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, conflict resolution, personal development in leadership, allyship, organization and planning, service-leadership, advocacy, and motivation and inspiration. The day will include a welcome reception starting at 9am with morning coffee and refreshments, keynote speakers opening at 10am, three workshop breakouts, lunch, and tangible takeaways to conclude the symposium at 3pm. Connect with us on Facebook.
Feb. 3, 2017Mayor Greg Fischer: Urban Challenges and Solutions
Friday, Feb. 3rd at Noon in Room 123, Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom St.)
The Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents this talk by Greg Fischer who is now in his second term as Louisville’s 50th Mayor. He earned Public Official of the Year honors from Governing magazine in 2013, and a recent survey of U.S. mayors by Politico named him as the most innovative mayor in America. Mayor Fischer is a trustee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and currently serves as its Chairman of the Council on Metro Economies and the New American City. Mayor Fischer is a longtime entrepreneur who started several businesses, including SerVend International and Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm. He also co-founded bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville.
Feb. 3, 2017Sustainability Roundtable: Can Renewable Energy and Electric Cars Save the Earth?
Friday, Feb. 3rd, 11am-noon, Life Sciences Room 135
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am January 20th through April 14th! On February 3rd, we'll hear from UofL alum Tim Darst, Executive Director Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light, "Can Renewable Energy and Electric Cars Save the Earth?” The format is a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability (or social-ecological resilience) 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.
Feb. 1, 2017Black History Commemorative & Performing Arts Night featuring Blair Imani
Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 6pm-7:30pm, Strickler Auditorium
An evening dedicated to celebrating black culture and acknowledging the accomplishments of Black leaders and pioneers. Featuring speaker Blair Imani, community activist, Founder and Executive Director of Equality for HER, public speaker, model and Huffington Post contributor engaged with a variety of issues affecting Black, Muslim, and femme communities. The program begins with music by UofL’s Black Diamond Choir followed by more music, dances and comments from students and community members around the theme of “Carrying the Torch.” Co-Sponsored by the Cultural Center, Club Programming Committee, First Year Initiatives, Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, Black Diamond Choir, Association of Black Students & Empowering Ladies Together.
Jan. 26, 2017Image may contain: textBike Maintenance Workshop
Thursday, Jan. 26th, 4:30-6:30pm, Humanities Quad
ELSB Green Initiatives and the UofL Cycling team are partnering together to host a free, drop-in bike maintenance workshop for the UofL community. Come get your bike related questions answered, enjoy great snacks, and be entered into two raffles featuring essentials needing for commuting. Bring you bike for some free bike maintenance by members of the cycling team, get commuting tips, and try your hand at our trivia questions about safe biking practices. Our goal is to promote biking as a viable commuting option. Connect with us on Facebook.
Jan. 25 - Apr. 19, 2017UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Wednesdays, 11am-2pm, Unitas Tower basement
The UofL Free Store will be open Wednesdays from 11am-2pm throughout Spring 2017 (1/25 to 4/19 except Spring Break 3/15). All students, faculty & staff are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Clean donated items of all kinds are always welcome and can now be dropped off any time in the red bins outside the Store! The Free Store is intended to keep useful items out of the landfill and to aid the needy. It is a volunteer-powered initiative of the student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS), with the support of UofL's Sustainability Council. UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. We need your help to keep the store open! To volunteer, email austin.putty@louisville.edu.
January 23-27, 2017Unity Week
January 23-27, 2017
The University of Louisville will celebrate its first Unity Week with a number of events during the week of Jan. 23-27. The week was initiated by UofL students in an effort to bring together the campus community in times of division. The events are intended as a true celebration of diversity and inclusion on campus and in the community. Unity Week will consist of the following events:
  • Jan. 23 – “March on Grawemeyer,” the march will begin at 11 a.m. at the SAC and conclude at 1 p.m. at Grawemeyer Hall.
    “RSO Fishbowl,” Join campus RSOs for discussion in support of unity and collaboration at UofL from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cultural Center, multipurpose room.
  • Jan. 24 – “RSO Potluck,” Join campus RSOs in a potluck aimed to bring participants in various groups together from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Red Barn.
  • Jan. 25 – “#IBelongUofL Social Media Campaign,” Join Fraternity and Sorority Life by using this hashtag to explain why you belong at UofL; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center, multipurpose room.
    “An Evening with Ali,” Join the Engage Lead Serve Board for this event from 6-8 p.m. at the Muhammed Ali Center.
  • Jan. 26 – “Movie Night in the Chao,” Join the UofL community in the Chao Auditorium at Ekstrom Library to watch “Crash” and enjoy light snacks. This will begin at 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 27 – “International Fashion Show.” The annual fashion show hosted by the Student Activities Board. This event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center, Multipurpose Room.
Jan. 20, 2017Eco-RepsEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Food Recovery Networks
Friday, Jan. 20th 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! This month, we'll be learning about the Food Recovery Network, a national movement of students organizing campus chapters to rescue excess prepared foods from campus to help feed the needy. Bellarmine University recently launched the first Food Recovery Network in Kentucky and they'll be sharing with us their experience and inspiring us to launch a new chapter at UofL!
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'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.
Jan. 20, 2017Sustainability Roundtable: Social Justice Consortium faculty fellowships
Friday, Jan. 20th, 11am-noon, Life Sciences Room 135
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am January 20th through April 14th! The format is a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! To kick-off the Spring 2017 series, we'll hear from Dr. Cate Fosl, Director of UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research & Professor of Women's and Gender Studies/Associate in History, on “Social Justice Consortium faculty fellowships.” Anyone with an interest in sustainability (or social-ecological resilience) 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.
Jan. 18, 2017Free Cooking Class
Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 1pm at the Phoenix House (next to Ernst Hall)
Learning to cook is an essential life skill for sustainable living. You simply cannot consistently eat local, stay healthy, save money, or minimize waste if you don't know how to cook. The Student Parent Association is collaborating with the Office of Health Promotion to offer this FREE, hands-on cooking class open to all students! Contact the Women's Center for more details at (502) 852-8976.
Jan. 17, 2017Muhammad Ali Religious Icon & Peace Advocate
Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 6-8pm, Chao Auditorium
Join UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice to explore the questions of what does it mean to be committed to peace today, how do we maintain our commitment to religious freedom and peace in our current political climate, and what is the role of our entire community in supporting religious freedom. Please join us in this discussion led by a panel of student-activists, University faculty, and local community leaders.
Jan. 17, 2017Free Screening: Angela Davis: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 5pm, SAC Floyd Theater
The UofL Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research will have a viewing party of the professionally filmed 10th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture, featuring Angela Davis. Angela Davis, one of the nation's leading scholar-activists for racial, gender, and economic justice, spoke at UofL on "Freedom is a Constant Struggle," to a full house in November, with hundreds who had to be turned away. If you were one of those, we especially encourage you to come hear her talk! This event is free and open to the public, but registration and tickets are required. Seating is limited. Register here.
Jan. 17, 2017Dr. Patrick Pietroni: The Darwin Scholarship Program
Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 11am-12:15pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
You’re invited to join us for this special event introducing a new awards program in the spirit of the Fulbright, Rhodes, and Kennedy scholarships. This international program is now available at Harvard University, Stanford University, and a limited number of other American universities. UofL's Department of Urban and Public Affairs and the International Center for Compassionate Organizations present this special free multi-media event with Professor Patrick Pietroni, DSc (Hon), FRCP, FRCGP, MFPH of the United Kingdom’s Darwin Centre Trust (DCT). Dr. Pietroni will be introducing the Darwin Scholarship, an award program to support postgraduate study at a selection of international universities affiliated with the Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion (DIISC). He will also be discussing the scope and vision of the DIISC and open the discourse regarding compassion in our current geopolitical turbulence. The Darwin Scholarship Programme will initially provide funding for PhD students to study the role and relevance of compassion, cooperation, and altruism in the context of their particular disciplines. If an affiliation with the DCT is established, it will offer university students a prestigious and accessible new source for scholarships; further enhance the reputation of Louisville as an innovative, unique, and compassionate city that values academic excellence; and confirm our community’s place as an international leader. Dr. Pietroni’s visit honors the Metro Louisville area and further confirms the commitment to compassion as a value and practice by the University Louisville, our city, and our people. More details online. For questions or more information,please contact: Tony Belak, tony.belak@compassionate.center, (502) 413-2123 x2.
Mondays, Jan. 16 - Apr. 24Garden Commons 2011 ExpansionGarden Commons Workdays
Mondays, Jan. 16th - Apr. 24th, 1-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for our group workdays! Learn (by doing) how to grow vegetables all year-round in our greenhouse, aquaponics system, and outdoor beds! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Monday at 1pm from Jan. 16th to Apr. 24th. 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. 16, 2017UofL MLK Day of ServiceMLK Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 16th, 10am-3pm, Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room & Various Sites

Make this MLK Day a day ON, instead of a day off! The Office of Student Involvement in partnership with the Cultural Center and the Engage Lead Serve Board will present MLK Day of Service on January 16, 2017. Transportation to and from the service sites will be provided, as well as lunch. Walk-ins may be accommodated depending on site availability. Details & Registration on OrgSync.

Revolutionary Multi-racial Dialogue
Monday, Jan. 16th, 1pm-2:30pm at The Playhouse
Join us in celebrating the life and dreams of an American Icon on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! We'll be remembering MLK through the theme of Revolutionary Multi-racial Dialogue. Free and open to the public! Brought to you by the University of Louisville Department of Theatre Arts.
Jan. 13-20, 20172017 Martin Luther King Week
January 13 - 20, 2017
  • Jan. 13 – Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail - a bus tour of sites important during the struggle. The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tour departs from the Cultural Center. Seats are limited and registration is required.
  • Jan. 16 – MLK Day of Service - one of UofL’s largest community service events of the year. The program kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at the SAC. At 11:15 a.m. participants will board buses to visit one of nine local nonprofit organizations. Typical duties include painting, cleaning, winterizing homes and working with youth.
  • Jan. 16 – Revolutionary Multiracial Dialogue - a program featuring music, dance and speakers by the African American Theatre Program will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at The Playhouse, 1911 S. Third St.
  • Jan. 18 – Women in the Movement Discussion - a talk by Kaila Story, an associate professor of women’s and gender studies. Story’s noon to 1:30 p.m. discussion at the Cultural Center is about women’s roles in the civil rights movement.  
  • Jan. 19 – “ Children of the Civil Rights - a documentary about a group of Oklahoma children and their six-year struggle against oppression prior to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Discussion follows. Film begins at 6 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.
  • Jan. 20 – Lunch and MLK Dream Wall signing - noon to 2 p.m., Cultural Center. People can share messages of unity, love, inspiration and equality as MLK Week concludes.
Jan. 13, 2017Ali Institute Open House and Ali Scholar Program Interest Session
Friday, Jan. 13th, 3-5 pm, Ekstrom Library Room 280
This program will share events for Spring 2017 being offered by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice and provide students with information about the Ali Scholar Program. Applications for the Ali Scholars Program are due on January 31, 2017. Aspiring applicants can meet the current cohort of Ali Scholars and find out more about the program. All are welcome to stop by and learn more.
Jan. 12 - Feb. 24, 2017Unseen: Visualizing Ecological SystemsUnseen: Visualizing Ecological Systems
Jan. 12th - Feb. 24th, 9am-4:30pm weekdays / 1-5pm weekends
Schneider Hall, Belknap Gallery
UofL's Hite Art Institute presents an exhibition curated by critical and curatorial studies master’s candidate Madison Sevilla. “Unseen” features sculptures and drawings by Stephen Cartwright and Shohei Katayama that explore the intersections between art and ecology. Cartwright’s data visualization sculptures function as self-portraits created through detailed documentation of his life and routines. Katayama’s work is ecologically aware, and he utilizes his drawings and sculptures as a catalyst for environmental conversations. His work examines the underlying patterns and forces of nature by showcasing unseen relationships in ecology. The exhibit provides viewers with the groundwork to contemplate the impact on and interactions between the various systems that surround us. Cartwright and Katayama offer up visualizations of the infinite and continuous ecologies that constitute our routines.
Jan. 9-20, 2017Winter Warm Up - Coat Drive for Refugees3mdn49bd3l9xs2t_710
January 9th - 20th. Drop off at SAC W310 or Kurz Lobby
Don't throw away your old coats this winter! Instead donate them to refugees in need. The Engage Lead Serve Board is hosting a coat drive to benefit Kentucky Refugee Ministries. The coats will go directly to KRM to distribute to participants who need them. Coats are more expensive than other pieces of clothing, and many refugees resettling in Louisville do not have much experience with winter prior to living here. Drop off locations: Student Involvement Office (Student Activities Center, Room W310) or Kurz Hall lobby. Contact Peggy Schnell at global@uoflelsb.org if you have any questions!
Sundays 2017
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. 31, 2016Citrus Bowl Service Project
Saturday, Dec. 31st, 8:30-10:30am at the Official UofL Alumni & Fan Tailgate at Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL). Register here.
UofL’s Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni Relations are hosting the Citrus Bowl Service Project at the Official UofL Alumni & Fan Tailgate in Orlando before the Cardinals play LSU. Volunteers will assemble hygiene kits that will be distributed to those in need by Clean the World. Clean the World recycles hotel amenities, reducing landfill waste while helping children and families across the globe. Registration required by December 26th.
December 15-21,  2016Alternative Service Winter Break: Environment & Sustainability in the Lower Ninth Ward
December 15 - 21,  2016. $180 advance registration required.
This year's winter trip to New Orleans is planned in cooperation with Common Ground Relief. Their mission is to create resilient Gulf Coast Communities that are truly sustainable - environmentally sound, financially viable and personally cohesive. We will fulfill this mission by helping residents build assets that support community transformation and renewal. Find out more. Advance registration required.
Dec. 6-7, 2016Human Trafficking Conference: Local to Global
Tuesday, Dec. 6 - Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 8am-5pm, University Club
Online registration required by Nov. 30th ($55)

Human trafficking crimes are nearby as well as international, and the conference organizers hope to educate people about the wide-ranging problem and ways to help victims. The Human Trafficking Conference: Local to Global is organized through the Kentucky Division of the United Nations Association of the United States of America in conjunction with the United Nations Human Rights Day commemoration. Sessions, intended for the general public, will run the gamut with topics including law enforcement, health, legislation, child marriages and human rights. Program highlights include:
–UofL faculty members Theresa Hayden, criminal justice, and Jenn