Past Events

A log of sustainability events at UofL which have already taken place.
Date Event
June 1, 2020 Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, plant, outdoor and natureServiceberry Foraging Workshop
Monday, June 1st, noon, Garden Commons (new location at southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage)
Bring a pail or Tupperware and get ready to load up on the sweetest "secret" right under our noses! Serviceberries (aka Juneberries) are native to Kentucky and they are planted all over the city as a common, low-maintenance street tree. The fruits are ripe for only two weeks around June 1st. They are similar to blueberries but a little bit nutty (the trees are in the almond family!). UofL's campus boasts many loaded serviceberries and during this special workshop, we will walk around to visit them all! Pick and take home as many as you can. Enjoy them fresh or freeze them for pies and smoothies year-round! Meetup at the Garden Commons and we'll go from there. Masks will be required and we’ll practice physical distancing to keep everyone safe. Facebook Event.
May 28, 2020 Why We Need 'Walden' Right Now
Thursday, May 28th, 6-7pm, online
John Kleber, PhD, professor emeritus of history from Morehead State University and editor of the popular "Kentucky Encyclopedia," will lead the first of three online book talks hosted by UofL this summer. Dr. Kleber will consider how Henry David Thoreau's "Walden, or Life in the Woods" speaks to the current global pandemic. The classic book is a reflection on living in simple surroundings, with themes of solitude, connecting with nature, individualism, social distancing and living with less. The event is free and will be held online via Zoom. Registration is required.
May 22, 2020 Human Trafficking and Exploitation Awareness Conference 2020: Addressing the Needs of the Queer Community
Friday, May 22nd, 8am-5pm, UofL Shelby Campus (440 N Whittington Pkwy)
People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Coalition of Kentucky is hosting its inaugural conference at UofL's Shelby Campus. Pre-registration for this free, educational, and interactive event is required through Eventbrite. We warmly invite community members, students, professionals, advocates, and service providers to join us as we engage in a day of learning, listening, and connecting around this important issue! Author, comedian, spoken word artist, and Human Trafficking Field Expert, K.D. Roche, will deliver the opening keynote address. Morning breakout sessions, led by Queer folk, Survivors of Human Trafficking, Allies, and Advocates offer engagement and learning opportunities for attendees. In the afternoon, Queer Survivors of trauma will participate in a public speak out, followed by a community discussion surrounding relevant issues related to risks of and occurrences of exploitation and human trafficking. Multiple organizations involved in the movement and anti-trafficking community have committed to participating in the conference and will be prepared to discuss their initiatives in serving the queer community. If you have questions, please email info@pathcoalitionofky.org
May 20-21, 2020 ACC Sports Sustainability Symposium
Wednesday, May 20th - Thursday, May 21st, free, online
UofL is taking part in the 2nd annual ACC Sports Sustainability Symposium, which has been moved online. All are welcome to participate in virtual sessions, tours, and discussions focused on how university athletics programs can drive environmental and social stewardship on campus and among fans.
Schedule: Wednesday, May 20
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Opening Welcome & Coffee Chat
Tune in to hear Athletics leadership from around the conference talk about the connection between sustainability and athletics.
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Student Athlete Panel & Roundtable Discussion
Hear from student athletes on empowerment, influence and action and how student athletes can be leaders in sustainability.
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Fan Engagement on Game Day and Every Day
Join a brainstorming session that connects the ‘how’ of best practices around engaging fans in sustainability on game day and every day.
4 p.m. Happy Hour Chat

Schedule: Thursday, May 21
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Successful Sponsorships & Partnerships
With the goal of one actionable follow-up, join a conversation around the how and what of sustainability sponsorships and translating campus sustainability to athletic sponsorship.
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Investing in Operations and Relationships
Exploring how to optimize sports sustainability through successful relationship building between sustainability staff and athletics operations staff.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. ACC Together: How to Scale Sustainability 1 Year In
Come prepared to discuss incorporating sustainability into one of the main initiatives brought on by the ACC Conference. How do we unify all our efforts into the larger conversation around sports and sustainability?
Register here.
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2020 2020 National Bike Challenge
May 1st to September 30th, 2020

Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2020 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 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. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free!#ChooseCycling
April 17, 2020 Take RootVirtual EcoReps Workshop: Kentucky Health Justice Network
Friday, April 17th, noon-1pm, ONLINE
Join online meeting here. (or dial-in: +1-571-392-7650 PIN: 464 522 5916)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! We'll wrap up the year on April 17th with a focus on reproductive justice and our special guest, Meg Stern from the Kentucky Health Justice Network. KHJN supports Kentuckians towards achieving autonomy in our lives and justice for our communities. They advocate, educate, and provide direct services to ensure all Kentucky communities and individuals have power, access, and resources to be healthy and have agency over our lives. KHJN is currently planning to host the Take Root: Red State Reproductive Justice conference at UofL in the fall. Meg Stern is the Support Fund Director for KHJN. She started volunteering in abortion access in Kentucky almost 20 years ago. As a Louisville native, Meg has a strong background in grassroots organizing with Louisville Clinic Escorts, The Fairness Campaign, and Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice. Meg's professional background is in Food Service, Childcare, and Project Facilitation.
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 workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. More info on EcoReps website.
March 27, 2020

Major air pollutants are trending downwardVIRTUAL: EcoReps Workshop: Air Pollution Control District
Friday, March 27th at Noon, ONLINE
View Recording here.
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! Our March 27th training will feature representatives from Metro Louisville's Air Pollution Control District (APCD). The APCD enforces the Clean Air Act and other laws and regulations that make the air clean and safe in Louisville/Jefferson County. They also work with the community on policies and programs that lead to a healthier and more sustainable city. Come find out what they are up to and how you can get involved in improving air quality in Louisville!

The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.

March 26, 2020

Image may contain: 1 person, textONLINE: Shackles, Separation, and the Stigma: Reproductive Justice Behind Bars
Thursday, March 26th, 4-5:30pm
Join the Zoom meeting here.
Or call-in at 502-792-9582, Conference ID: 241 670 825#
UofL's Social Change Lecture series continues with Amy Ard of Motherhood Beyond Bars.
This event is brought to you buy Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice at UofL, as well as UofL's Ann Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.
NOTE: Due to the current circumstances, this event will be held LIVE via Microsoft Teams. It is free and open to the public.

RSVP on Facebook.

March 23, 2020 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Spring 2020 Meeting
Monday, March 23rd, 1:30-3pm, ONLINE

Tree Campus USA - 2011 Tree PlantingJoin Zoom Meeting here (Meeting ID: 638 244 3200)
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/impending tree RELOCATIONS!, plantings, removals and maintenance plans
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour
  • Plan for UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2020
  • Tree-relatedService Learning Projects
    - Recap: 2020 Maple-Tapping season
    - All are encouraged to volunteer to help with these fall plantings in UofL’s Tree-borhood:
    - Old Louisville Tree Plantings - Saturday, 3/21, 9am-noon, Ormsby & Garvin; Saturday 4/4, 9am-noon, W. Ormsby from 5th to 7th Street
    - Louisville Grows’ California Neighborhood Tree Planting - Saturday, Date TBD, 8am-4pm, California Community Center, 1600 St Catherine St
    - Louisville Grows’/UofL Green Heart Tree Planting - Saturday, 5/16, 8am-4pm, Southside Baptist Church, 804 Camden Ave
    - Any 2020 classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
March 5, 2020 Louisville’s Urban Heat Island: More Than Just Hot Air
Thursday, March 5th, noon, University Club & Alumni Center
Cost: $15/person and $10/student includes lunch, RSVP required to Janna Tajibaeva, 852-2247, janna@louisville.edu
Meet the Professor: Jason Naylor. Over the past decade, Louisville’s urban heat island has received significant local and national attention. Several studies have identified Louisville as having one of the fastest growing heat islands in the country. While many residents realize that Louisville is warmer than the surrounding rural areas, the impact of the city extends far beyond temperature. Jason Naylor, Professor of Geography and Geosciences Department, will discuss the impact Louisville has on local rainfall, thunderstorms, and even severe weather events.
Feb. 28, 2020 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Extinction Rebellion Kentucky
Friday, Feb. 28th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210
Extinction Rebellion KYJoin us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! Our February 28th training will focus on Direct Action for Sustainability with representatives from Extinction Rebellion Kentucky! XR is a global people's movement that has gained lots of attention from dramatic, non-violent public actions to raise awareness and draw attention to the need for urgent action against ecological destruction. The US movement has declared a non-violent rebellion against the US government for its criminal inaction on the ecological crisis. XR US demands:
1. That the Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.
2. The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.
3. We do not trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve these changes and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose.
4. We demand a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.
The Kentucky chapter of Extinction Rebellion has been active in mobilizing people across the state and right here in Louisville to non-violently resist the fossil fuel industry, corporate greed, and government inaction. Come learn about the movement and how to use non-violent direct action to drive change for sustainability.

The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepEco-Reps logos program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring, we continue our series of in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
Feb. 28, 2020 Sustainability Roundtable: Urban Agriculture using High Tunnels in Louisville
Friday, Feb. 28th, 11am, Urban Studies room 200 (426 W. Bloom St.)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. On Feb. 28th, our speaker will be Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Conservationist at Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District and member of the Urban Agriculture Coalition. One of Lilias' passions is season-extension and year-round growing. She'll share some of the latest about using high tunnels for producing food in both urban and rural settings.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Feb. 26, 2020 Film & Panel: The Beecher Terrace Story
Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 5:30-7:30pm, Ekstrom Library, room W104
Join filmmaker Lavel D. White, Louisville housing justice advocates, and former Beecher Terrace residents for a screening of “The Beecher Terrace Story," followed by a panel discussion.The Beecher Terrace Story was filmed and produced by Lavel White of Blue Boi Entertainment. The documentary was developed at the request of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority to ensure that this historic apartment site’s important role in shaping the Russell neighborhood and the city is not forgotten. Over the last several years, Louisville Metro Government, LMHA, Russell stakeholders and numerous other partners have been working to transform the Russell neighborhood. As part of this work, Beecher’s obsolete apartment buildings are being demolished to make way for a new energy-efficient, mixed-income community. Since opening in 1939, Beecher Terrace has been home to thousands of families who were influenced by its strong sense of community. The Beecher Terrace Story includes interviews with several former residents and neighborhood stakeholders who articulate the community’s rich history through their personal stories and anecdotes. The film also highlights the changes that have taken at the site over the decades, and the important role Beecher Terrace is playing in the future of the Russell neighborhood. This event is co-sponsored by the Housing Justice Work Group, the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, and Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice.
Feb. 26, 2020 The Other Side of Our Food System: The Use of Human Waste as an Agricultural Resource
Wednesday, February 26th, 4-5pm, Shumaker Research Building 139
Please join us for this talk by Dr. Nicholas Kawa, Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University, hosted by UofL's Department of Anthropology. Prior to industrialization, human excrement was commonly employed as a resource for agricultural fertilization. Following the advent of the hydraulic sanitation system, however, it became increasingly channeled into waterways rather than reincorporated into terrestrial agro-ecosystems. To counter this trend, more and more cities in the US are looking to treated sanitation waste, or “biosolids,” as a sustainable source of agricultural fertilizer. This presentation reports on a collaboration between Ohio State faculty and students in anthropology, architecture, and landscape architecture to design and implement a demonstration garden that makes legible the hidden processes by which human waste is transformed into an agricultural resource in the American Midwest. Ultimately, this presentation considers both the limits and possibilities of challenging social taboos surrounding human waste and the implications it has for our food system.
Feb. 21, 2020 Seed Starting at Garden Commons 2018Seed Starting Workshop
Friday, Feb. 21st, Noon, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Get a jump-start on your food garden this year! Join us in the greenhouse at UofL’s organic garden to learn about starting seeds to save money, get better results, and make the most of the growing season. Learn how and why to start seeds early with this hands-on workshop. Feel free to bring your own seeds to start and containers to take them home in, or help us start some seeds to be planted in our Campus Gardens. This workshop will be led by Bethany Pratt, Horticulture Education Agent for Jefferson County Cooperative Extension. RSVP on Facebook.
Feb. 20, 2020 Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law
Thursday, Feb. 20th, 3pm, Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
The Department of Sociology’s 2020 Jon H. Rieger Speaker Series presents Dr. Angela S. García. Dr. García is a sociologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her research centers on international migration, law and society, urban sociology, and well-being. Dr. García studies the consequences of socio-legal inclusion and exclusion for undocumented immigrants across the United States, Mexico, and Spain. Focusing on subnational (state and local) immigration laws and executive administrative action, she charts how immigrants’ everyday lives, incorporation, and well-being are shaped by the legal contexts in which they reside. Her book, Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law (University of California Press 2019), compares the effects of restrictive and accommodating state and local-level immigration laws on the everyday lives of undocumented Mexican immigrants in the US.
Feb. 18, 2020

Community-Based Participatory Research: Conducting Research with Community Partners to Achieve Positive Change
Tuesday, Feb. 18th, noon-1:15pm, Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
This presentation will provide a general overview of the theory and practice of community-based participatory research—an approach to research designed to engage participants in collaborative and creative approaches to generating knowledge and developing strategies for fostering positive social change. The presentation will look at the process of developing community partnerships and the multiple roles played by action researchers as well as the ethical challenges posed by working within this research model. It will explore what constitutes high quality action research with a view toward promoting the development of rigorous and innovative research practices. The session will also look at examples of current action research projects being carried out around the world in areas including environmental education, disability and community engagement, social entrepreneurship, and other topics. Presenters:

Mary Brydon-Miller, Ph.D. is Professor and Ph.D. program director in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development in the College of Education and Human Development, University of Louisville. She is a participatory action researcher who conducts work in both school and community settings. She is the editor, with David Coghlan, Professor Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin, of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research (2014). Her most recent book Ethics in Participatory Research for Health and Social Well-Being: Cases and Commentaries, with her colleague Sarah Banks from Durham University in the UK, was published last year. She is currently serving a three-year post as Extraordinary Professor in the Community-Based Educational Research unit at North West University, Potchefstroom South Africa, is a recent Benjamin Meaker Fellow at Bristol University in the United Kingdom, and a former Fulbright research scholar. She’s currently developing an international middle-school citizen science project focused on climate change education.
Douglas Craddock, Ph.D. serves as Clinical Assistant Faculty of Higher Education at the University of Louisville. His research and teaching focuses are Diversity & Inclusion, Community Engagement Scholarship & Community-Based Participatory Research Methods. In addition, other areas of study include Collegiate Athletics and Historically Black Colleges and Universities focusing on varying administration and leadership models that exist across the spectrum of programs and institutions. Dr. Craddock holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in Higher Education Administration.

Note: Lunch will be served so registration is important. Contact: , 502-852-6026.

Feb. 16, 2020 Maple Syrup Sap Boil 2018Sugar Shack Open House (Making Maple Syrup w/UofL Sap)
Sunday, Feb 16th, 1-6pm
Dave Barker's Urban Ducks Farm next to UofL's Shelby campus (9011 Old Whipps Mill Rd)
In what has become a delightful annual tradition, our amazing community partner in making maple syrup from UofL trees, Dave Barker, is again hosting an open house at his sugar shack as we boil this year's sap and celebrate another successful year of tapping into nature's sweetness. All are welcome to come observe and learn more about local maple syrup production right here in Louisville. Come see the process in action and sample the sweet goodness! Facebook Event.
Feb. 14, 2020 Sustainability Roundtable: Transdisciplinary Research in Support of Cooperatives & the Louisville Community Grocery
Friday, Feb. 14th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Louisville Community GroceryPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. Our speakers on Feb. 14th will be from a team that secured a $15,000 two-year grant from UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research in support of the Louisville Association for Community Economics’ effort to launch a community-owned/cooperative grocery store in one of the city’s urban food deserts. We'll hear from Anthropology Professor, Dr. Lisa Markowitz, on context and case studies about cooperatives in the food system; and UofL's Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Justin Mog, who participated as the lead survey researcher exploring the needs and desires of Louisville residents for a community grocery.  Come learn about this exciting grassroots effort to take back our food security from corporate control and how UofL researchers can get involved in supporting the project.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Feb. 13, 2020 Bluegrass APPA Speed Learning Event on Sustainability
Thursday, February 13th, 10am–1pm, Student Activities Center Rooms 116 & 117
Register here free.
Bluegrass APPA (Association of Physical Plant Administrators) cordially invites you to attend a speed learning event which will include short presentations from multiple Bluegrass APPA business partner vendors about how their companies focus on sustainability. Participants will include vendors from a variety of areas, including custodial, maintenance, utilities, and more. In addition to the presentations, participants will have an opportunity to speak with the business partners to learn more about their companies and how they focus on sustainability.  This event is open to all educational institutions in Kentucky, whether members of APPA or not. Lunch will be provided, but you must register here.
Feb. 10, 2020 Black Freedom, White Allies, & Red Scare
Monday, February 10th, 6-7:30pm, Portland Library (3305 Northwestern Pkwy)
A presentation by Dr. Catherine Fosl, director of the UofL Anne Braden Institute, explores the history of the 1954 Louisville controversy when Andrew and Charlotte Wade, an African American family, moved into a segregated, all-white suburb in what is now Shively. The talk explores how the episode highlighted racism in Louisville, the role of civil rights activists Carl and Anne Braden in the fight for the Wades and for racial equality, and how the culture of the "Red Scare" was used to reinforce white supremacy. Sponsored by Louisville Free Public Library and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.
Feb. 2 - Mar. 28, 2020

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2020
February 2nd to March 28th

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

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

RecycleMania! - February 2 to March 28, 2020
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL will compete to reduce waste, increase recycling & composting, and raise conservation awareness across all three campuses! Keep up with the Cards progress at the RecycleMania website.

  • RecycleMania LogoREDUCE & RECYCLE! Help the Cards to victory by avoiding disposables (bring your own mug, bottle, plate, etc.) and fully utilizing UofL’s amazingly easy, single-stream recycling system that lets you recycle everything in the same bin, everywhere on campus: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.
  • COMPOST! We will be collecting food wastes for composting from The Ville Grill and other campus dining locations and adding those numbers to UofL's organics recycling totals! You can also compost your food scraps and soiled paper products in the compost bins at the Garden Commons (next to the greenhouse behind the Cultural Center) and the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone. Please no animal/dairy products or liquids, but otherwise, if it came from a plant, we want to compost it: fruit & vegetable wastes/peels/rinds/seeds, bread, pasta, rice, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, even paper products (tissues, towels, napkins, plates, cups, newspaper, etc.).

Ecolympics 2020Residence Hall Conservation Throw-Down! - February 4-24, 2020
Live on campus? Win with conservation! UofL residence halls will compete among each other to see who can reduce electricity use the most over three weeks. All you have to do is stop wasting energy! Turn off lights/TVs/computers; unplug anything you're not actively using; skip the elevator for the stairs; close windows tightly; dry clothes on a rack/line; take quick showers or shower with solar power at the SRC; etc.

  • Keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard! Use the Dashboard to see how much electricity your hall is using and learn how you can conserve! Halls in the competition include:
  1. Ecolympics 2020 Prize BikeBettie Johnson Hall
  2. Billy Minardi Hall
  3. Community Park (real-time data!)
  4. Kurz Hall (real-time data!)
  5. Louisville Hall (real-time data!)
  6. Miller Hall
  7. Threlkeld Hall
  8. Unitas Hall (real-time data!)
  9. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

Prizes:

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

Jan. 31, 2020

Bill JohnsonEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Brownfield Redevelopment
Friday, Jan. 31st at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210

Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! To kickoff the spring series on Friday, Jan. 31st, our guest speaker will be Bill Johnston, Principal Geologist at Linebach-Funkhouser, a local environmental consulting group. His talk is titled "Kentucky's Brownfield Redevelopment Program: Working with developers over the last 5 years, look what we have accomplished!"

He will talk with us about brownfield restoration projects he's been involved in, including UofL's own work to transform the Floyd Street corridor through Belknap campus from a contaminated parking lot into a children's playground, running track, and world-class athletic facilities. The presentation will provide a detailed description of how a purchaser can enroll an eligible site into the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program, how the process works, and the benefits a buyer will receive from a regulatory standpoint. He'll also share before and after photos of cases studies from the Program.

Mr. Johnston provides project management leadership and direction for environmental assessment and remediation projects. He has 32 years of experience in assessing and remediating petroleum contaminated soils and groundwater associated with underground storage tanks (USTs) in numerous states across the country. He established his own environmental consulting division complimenting the efforts of a petroleum equipment/construction, contracting company.  His responsibilities included serving as division/project manager for all of the environmental related projects associated with this division. Tasks included, developing cost-effective project estimates and completing UST related closures, upgrades, assessments, and corrective actions while serving as the liaison between an extensive client base and pertinent regulatory agencies. An alternate task included filing reimbursement documentation with various statewide sponsored UST environmental assurance funds.  He has experience in multi-phase site assessments including RCRA, CERCLA and dry cleaning plant related projects. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from North Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Southeast.

The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepEco-Reps logos program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring, we continue our series of in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.

Jan. 31, 2020 UofL Commuting TrendsSustainability Roundtable: Commuting Trends at the University of Louisville
Friday, Jan. 31st, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. On Jan. 31st, our speaker will be Thomas Sommer, a Candidate in UofL's Interdisciplinary Master's in Sustainability program. Tom will be sharing his recent research with UofL's Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Justin Mog, about Commuting Trends at the University of Louisville.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Jan. 31, 2020 Symposium For Advancing Socially Responsible Businesses in Louisville and the Commonwealth
Friday, January 31st, 9am-5pm, UofL's Brandeis School of Law room 275
The UofL Transdisciplinary Research Team and the Louisville Community Grocery invite you to a day-long symposium on Friday, January 31 “Working in and Volunteering for Socially Responsible Businesses.” The morning session is an opportunity for researchers from several University departments to share their research about cooperatives, volunteerism, and food justice in Louisville and to engage in discussion with members of the Louisville Association for Community Economics (LACE), the Louisville Community Grocery, and other interested community members.  The afternoon session will be a structured discussion where representatives from cooperatives, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP’s), and other socially responsible businesses can learn from each other and brainstorm about what action can be taken to advance socially responsible businesses in Louisville and the Commonwealth. Lunch will be provided to all registered participants. Register here.
Jan. 30, 2020 Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just & Humane Society
Thursday, January 30th, 4:30pm, College of Business, PNC Horn Auditorium
Business has a bad name for many people. It's easy to point to unethical and damaging behavior by companies, and it may seem straightforward to blame either individuals, or more generally, ruthless markets and amoral commercial society.  Dr. James Otteson argues that business activity can be valuable in itself. The primary purpose of honorable businesses is to create value - for all parties. They look for mutually beneficial transactions, so that all sides of any exchange benefit, leading to increased prosperity not just for one person or group at the expense of others, but for everyone involved. James R. Otteson is the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, Professor of Economics, and Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute at Wake Forest University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He specializes in political economy, political philosophy, business ethics, and the history of economic thought. He is author of Adam Smith's Marketplace of Life (2002), Actual Ethics (2006), and The End of Socialism (2014). His most recent books are The Essential Adam Smith (2018) and Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society (2019). This program is free and open to all. It is presented by The Center for Free Enterprise and is part of the Center's Menard Family Lecture Series and the BB&T Speaker Series. Free pizza will be served to attendees.
Jan. 24, 2020 Image may contain: textChina's Rustbelt? The Decline of Northeast China
Friday, January 24th, 3pm-4pm, Lutz 225
All are welcome at the first Geography seminar of the semester, featuring UofL Geography visiting professor, Dr.  Zhangxian Feng from the School of Geographical Sciences at China's Northeast Normal University. Northeast China used to be the largest and most booming industrialized area in China. Today the whole region has experienced a dramatic economic slowdown and population exodus since the economic reform and opening up of China beginning in 1978. Dr. Feng and his team have been researching the dynamics and underlying processes of Northeast China's decline, and pursuing revitalization strategies for this region.
Jan. 24 - Mar. 6, 2020 Garden Commons WorkdayGarden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, Jan. 24 - March 6, 2020, 11am-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center

Join us in UofL's organic garden and greenhouse for our group workdays! Learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday throughout the spring semester (Jan. 24 - Mar. 6) from 11am to 1pm to start and tend seeds in the greenhouse, plant, weed, water, and harvest. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. The Garden Commons is open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.

Jan. 21, 2020 “White Fragility” book study information session
Tuesday, January 21st, noon-1pm, Cultural Center multipurpose room
Interested in exploring why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism? This book study informational session focuses on Robin Di'Angelo's book, “White Fragility.” This session is open to all students, staff and faculty interested in exploring this topic in a safe, yet critically stimulating environment. For additional information, email diveduc@louisville.edu
Jan. 20, 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Make it a day on, not a day off
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 2020
  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:
  • 9am-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 9am to sign up for a service site. The UofL Sustainability Council is hosting on-campus service sites at our Garden Commons and at our volunteer-powered community composting project. The kickoff will feature a speaker, followed by transportation to service sites. Participants will be back on campus by 1:00pm. 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: Alisha Deshmukh at 502-468-0500 or alisha.deshmukh@uoflelsb.org.
  • 1:00pm - 2020: A Dream And A Vision - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration (The Playhouse)
    Please join the UofL African American Theatre Program for our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. This event is free and open to the public! Please bring donations for Louisville's homeless community including socks, blankets & travel-size toiletries. The event opens with a talk by Kellie Watson, Louisville Metro chief equity officer. UofL’s African American Theatre Program is sponsoring the event with the UofL-Yearlings Club forum series. The Yearlings Club will have a 3:30pm reception at the civic club’s site, 4309 W. Broadway. Contact Clest Lanier, 502-852-3042.
Jan. 17, 2020 Maple Tapping Workshop!UofL Maple Tapping 2019
Friday, Jan. 17th, Noon, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's sustainable garden to learn about the process of tapping maple trees and making maple syrup. Our workshop leader, Dave Barker, has been tapping trees and making his own syrup in Louisville for years. He will give a brief, hands-on workshop on the process and then attendees will get to work with him as we install taps on our own maple trees located in the Garden Commons and around campus. Participants will have the opportunity to sign-up to volunteer to empty buckets as they fill throughout the coming weeks. Please dress warmly so we can work outside! RSVP on Facebook.
Jan. 17, 2020 PhotoSustainability Roundtable: Decentralization and Democracy in Self-Governing Societies
Friday, Jan. 17th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. To kick-off the series on Jan. 17th, our speaker will be Dr. Daniel DeCaro, a UofL professor with join appointments in the Departments of Urban & Public Affairs as well as Psychology & Brain Sciences, and Director of the Social Decision Making & Sustainability Lab. Dr. DeCaro will be sharing his research on "Decentralization and Democracy in Self-Governing Societies: A Comparative Case Study of Community Governance of Neighborhood Greenspaces in Chicago, IL and Louisville, KY."
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Jan. 14, 2020

UofL's 1st Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Resource Fair
Tuesday, January 14th, 11am-1pm, SAC Ballroom
The University of Louisville Human Trafficking Research Initiative-Project STARR, the University of Louisville Women's Center and Women 4 Women Student Board will be hosting the First Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Resource Fair. Come learn how people are getting caught up in exploitative conditions of modern day slavery at home and around the world - and what you can do to help fight it.

Critical Cardinal Conversations: Trafficked and missing women
Tuesday, January 14th 1:30-2:30pm, SAC Ballroom
Join us for a chance to participate in open dialogue. We will be creating a space to discuss trafficked and missing women of color in Louisville and throughout the U.S. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is Sponsored by UofL’s Women Center, Office of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence, Cultural Center, Women 4 Women Student Board, and Human Trafficking Research Initiative.

Jan. 11, 2020

Kentucky Conservation Committee 2020 Legislative Summit
Saturday, Jan. 11th, 9am-4pm, Shumaker Research Building 139
Cost: Free for students with advanced registration; $15 KCC members; $20 general. Register here.
UofL's Sustainability Council is proud to host the 2020 Kentucky Conservation Committee (KCC) Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit, featuring detailed information for conservation audiences on Kentucky's 2020 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 schedule includes:

9:00-9:15am: Registration

9:15-9:30am: KCC Welcome – Benjamin Knoll, KCC President; Lane Boldman, KCC Exec. Director

9:30-10:30am: State Legislative Panel

A panel of Representatives and Senators will answer your questions about the General Assembly and key current conservation issues. Panelists: Senator Morgan McGarvey, Representatives Mary Lou Marzian & Lisa Willner.

10:30-11:30am: Presentation on the State Budget, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy
This year is a budget session in the Kentucky Legislature. Learn the basics about how the budget is formed, and this issue will be of particular importance for land conservation funding, water infrastructure and fees for electric vehicles. So this will be designed to expand your knowledge on how the budget is formed and how it is adopted. KCC will also include information relating to the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund and budget threats.
Presenter: Pam Thomas, Senior Fellow with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

11:45am-12:45pm Lunchtime Program: 2020 Legislative Session Overview: Legislative Agents will be on hand to preview bills for the upcoming session.
Presenters: Lane Boldman, Randy Strobo of Kentucky Conservation Committee, Tom FitzGerald of Kentucky Resources Council.

12:45-2:00pm - Special Keynote: Heather Hurlburt, Director of New Models of Policy Change

Heather is the director of the New Models of Policy Change project at New America's Political Reform program. Hurlburt leads research into how policy advocacy can adapt to be effective in our current environment of intense political polarization and guides advocates and funders seeking to navigate politics effectively on behalf of policy solutions on issues such as national security and climate change.

2:10-3:40 pm - "Civic Engagement, Pipelines and Property Rights" plus special update on Bernheim Forest/Pipeline Controversy

Learn how legislation such as anti-protest bills for key infrastructure (such as gas and oil pipelines) are shaping the environmental landscape. Includes panel with representatives of national conservation groups, the Kentucky Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and special guests from Bernheim Arboretum, which is currently dealing with pipeline encroachment.
Special Guests: Maggie Ellinger-Locke, Greenpeace Staff Attorney. Mark Wourms/Andrew Berry with Bernheim Forest, and representatives from the Ky. ACLU.

3:40-4:00pm Outcomes from the Climate and Biodiversity Summit

In 2019, the Kentucky Conservation Committee, along with partners from Kentucky Heartwood, LiKEN Knowledge, Center for Biological Diversity and Dogwood Alliance held a conference focused on biodiversity and climate change in the Upper Cumberland River watershed. We will present a summary of the conference and detail opportunities to support our wild habitats, and options for policy solutions.

Every Sunday UofL Community CompostingUofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm
250 E. Bloom St. (one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map here)

Come help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep! All participants will be welcome to haul back home some rich UofL compost for their own gardening projects in whatever containers/vehicles they bring. This is a weekly service opportunity throughout the year. Contact: Brian Barnes, 502-338-1338.
Date Event
Dec. 18, 2019 Environmental Justice in Portland
Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 6pm, Portland Library (3305 Northwestern Pkwy)
What is environmental justice? Dr. Lauren Heberle, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director or the Center of Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Louisville, will join us to talk about environmental issues in our community and the city at-large, and how an environmental justice approach can help us understand and respond. She will also talk about resources for further information and engagement.
Dec. 12, 2019 Panel Discussion on Ohio River Water Quality
Thursday, December 12th, 1pm, at Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Ave.
UofL's Dr. Tamara Sluss discusses Ohio River water quality with the Sustainability Living-Learning Community during an August 2019 Canoe Trip.The League of Women Voters of Louisville invites you to a discussion with Mr. Richard Harrison, executive director of ORSANCO (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission), regarding the League’s position letter sent to ORSANCO and water quality challenges to our beautiful river. This will be a very informative discussion about our river and the continued challenges to maintain it and keep it clean, featuring a panel of speakers including:
  • Tom Fitzgerald, director, Kentucky Resources Council, who will act as the moderator;
  • Nikki Chambers, LWVKY Environment Chair, Moss WTP supervisor, Hopkinsville Water Environmental Authority
  • Sarah Lynn Cunningham, PE, environmental engineer and member of the LWVL
  • Tamara Sluss, PhD, large river researcher and director, Interdisciplinary Master in Sustainability Program, University of Louisville
  • Michael Miller, professor emeritus, Department of Biological Science, University of Cincinnati
  • Jason Flickner, director and waterkeeper, Lower Ohio River Waterkeeper
  • Chris Bobay, Louisville Water Co.
Free and open to the public. For additional information, call Shirley Cantrell, chair, Natural Resources Committee at 502-241-4249 or email at Cant1557@twc.com
Dec. 5, 2019 Meet the Professor - Dr. Lauren Heberle, Who, Where, and What Counts as the We in ‘Community’                                                                  in Environmental Policy Research and Practice?Meet the Professor - Dr. Lauren Heberle, Who, Where, and What Counts as the We in ‘Community’ in Environmental Policy Research and Practice?
Thursday, December 5th, noon, University Club. $15/person; $10/students
Using her work on cleaning up brownfields and Superfund sites in Louisville, sociologist Dr. Lauren Heberle will discuss how ‘Community’ is strategically deployed and contested in environmental decision making by organizations and government agencies. Using a framework suggested by the prominent Black feminist sociologist Patricia Hill-Collins, Dr. Heberle simultaneously situates ‘Community’ as a politically constructed unit of analysis, a contested idea by which we make sense of our relationships, and as a unit of emergent practice to better understand and facilitate opportunities for community engagement in environmental decision making and environmental justice. The 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. Reservations are required, with payment by check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu.
Dec. 3, 2019 Green Threads Alumni Luncheon
Tuesday, Dec.3rd (Reading Day), 12-2pm, room 123 Urban & Public Affairs (426 W Bloom St)
All 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 2019 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.
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UofL Maple Syrup and Pancakes with the President!

Monday, Dec. 2nd, 10pm-Midnight, SAC Ballroom
Syrup made from tapping UofL maple trees this past winter will be served by President Neeli Bendapudi at this exciting new end-of-year event! Students can take a break from studying and enjoy FREE breakfast 🍳🥞🥓☕️, a DJ 🎶, giveaways, and join SAB, First Year Experience, & REACH for some fun!
Nov. 22, 2019

Fall 2019 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Meeting
Friday, Nov. 22nd, 2:00-3:30pm, SAC W303
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/impending tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans (Greg)
  • Communication Plan: information sharing with the campus community about major tree removals
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App (Bob / Sarah)
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour – New brochure? ELSB funded plaque replacements? (Tammy)
  • UofL Arbor Day 2017Plan for 2020 UofL Arbor Day Observances  (Justin)
    1. Perhaps Friday, April 3rd, (KY Arbor Day), 11am-2pm, Belknap Campus – location?
    2. HSC Arbor Day Event?
    - Role of Grounds Crew & Tree Planting plan (Greg)
    - Role of Campus Housing/Sustainability Living-Learning Community (Marcus / Melissa)
    - Role of UofL Dining (Ellen)
    - Role of Health Promotion
    - Role of KY and/or Metro Louisville Divisions of Forestry? (Bridget/Erin)
    - Planning for Tree give-away?
    3. Athletics Arbor Day planting with student athletes?
  • Tree-relatedService Learning Projects
    - Planning for 2019 Maple-Tapping season (Linda, Dave, Avalon, Sydney, Alanis)
    - All are encouraged to volunteer to help with these fall plantings in UofL’s Tree-borhood:
       - Limerick Tree Planting - Saturday, 11/30, 9am, 700 block of St. Catherine (38 trees)
      - Louisville Grows Schnitzelburg/Meriwether Tree Planting - Saturday, 12/7, 8am-4pm, 1567 S Shelby St (266 trees)
    - Any 2020 classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
  • Reminder of reporting needs for 2019 Tree Campus USA application
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
Nov. 22, 2019 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Green Careers & Graduate SchoolGreen Career$
Friday, Nov. 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 final workshop of 2019 will be focused on green careers and grad school programs in sustainability. Our guests will be Dr. Tamara Sluss, Director of UofL's Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability as well as representatives from the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability.
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 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. 22, 2019 Sustainability Roundtable: Thermal Comfort and Energy Assessment of Campus Academic Buildings
Friday, Nov. 22nd, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Related imagePlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. On Nov. 22nd, our speaker will be Derek Fannin, a masters student in UofL's interdisciplinary Sustainability program. Derek has been using UofL's campus as a living lab to investigate the potential for efficiency and comfort improvements to campus buildings.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Nov. 21, 2019 3rd Annual Social Justice Research Symposium
Thursday, Nov. 21st, 9am-5pm, Louisville Urban League (1535 W Broadway). Register online here.

Research-Meets-Activism Breakfast
9:00am-10:30am
UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research hosts this annual breakfast and conversation. This year will feature a panel discussion with local activists on race and journalism, closing remarks by our 13th Annual Braden Memorial Lecturer, Dr. Jelani Cobb.

Writing For Social Justice Workshop

11am-5pm
UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research will again pull together faculty, students, researchers, and community partners to sustain and advance our work for engaged scholarship directed at social justice. This year, we will be working with the Progressive Media Project to provide a full day workshop on writing and media production for popular audiences in order to advance social change. This will be a great opportunity for faculty to learn how to translate academic language into clear, actionable language, as well as for community activists to reach a broader audience for their causes.
Nov. 20, 2019 The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today
Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 5:30pm, School of Music Comstock Hall

This year's Anne Braden Memorial Lecture, features journalist, educator, and diversity speaker Dr. Jelani Cobb who writes about the enormous complexity of race in America. As recipient of the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, Cobb was praised for combining “the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian”—qualities he brings to his gripping talks.
Dr. Jelani Cobb is a staff writer at the New Yorker, historian, and the Ira A. Lipton Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. His work focuses on race, politics, and culture while connecting the historical context of racism to current affairs. Dr. Cobb is the author of several titles including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, The Devil and Dave Chappell & Other Essays, and To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic. Dr. Cobb was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and has been a featured commentator on media platforms such as NPR, Al-Jazeera, CNN, MSNBC and others.
His recent work includes participating in Ava DuVernay’s landmark documentary “The 13th.” Dr. Cobb contrasts the values of democracy with the reality of the U.S.’s status as having the largest prison population in the world. Throughout the film he advances the argument that the economic realities of Reconstruction and the specific clause written into the 13th amendment allowing people convicted of a crime to be punished through manual labor during imprisonment led to the rise of the prison industrial complex.
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Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 7pm-9pm, SAC Multipurpose room
The Engage Lead Serve Board's Green Initiatives and Animal Welfare Committee are working together to organize this event focused on educating and spreading awareness of animal agricultural practices in a fun and informative way. We will provide as much information we can for people who want to move away from meat but do not know how to start. The evening will include a trivia competition, with prizes for team winners, a resource fair with information on vegetarian, vegan, and organic meals; recipes; food tastings; tabling from affiliate groups; and TED-talk style speakers touching on other aspects of agricultural practices, such as pollution, climate change, and more. If you are interested in forming a trivia team, email Megan Husted (megan.husted@uoflelsb.org) or Catie Hofmeister (catherine.hofmeister@uoflelsb.org).
Nov. 18-25, 2019 2019 Peace & Justice Week
Monday, November 18th, 11 am to Thursday, November 21st, 5 pm, various locations
Join the Anne Braden Institute, Muhammad Ali Institute and Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research in a week-long conversation about racial justice. Students, faculty, and community partners are encouraged to attend.

All events are FREE. Register online here.

WHAT'S YOUR CHARGE?

MON. NOV. 18, 11AM-1PM: SAC

Visit us in the SAC to learn more about Peace & Justice Week and to share your passion for social justice.

STUDENTS SPEAK OUT ON RACIAL JUSTICE

TUES. NOV. 19, 7-9PM: RED BARN

Poems, songs, rants, & performance art welcome! Sign up for 1-5 min. performances at muhammad@louisville.edu. Sponsored by the Muhammad Ali Institute.

13TH ANNUAL ANNE BRADEN MEMORIAL LECTURE

WED. NOV. 20, 5:30-7:30PM: COMSTOCK HALL

Dr. Jelani Cobb presents "The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today." Sponsored by the Anne Braden Institute.

3RD ANNUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM:

  • RESEARCH-MEETS-ACTIVISM BREAKFAST

THURS. NOV 21, 9-10:30AM: LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE

Panel discussion with local activists on race and journalism, closing remarks by Dr. Jelani Cobb. Sponsored by the Anne Braden Institute.

  • WRITING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP

THURS. NOV 21, 11AM-5PM: LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE

Learn to speak out about social justice issues at this op-ed writing workshop, in collaboration with the Progressive Media Project. Sponsored by the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research.

Nov. 17, 2019 Panel discussion: Climate Change Effect: Urban Heat Islands & West Louisville
Sunday, Nov. 17, 4-6pm, The Yearlings Club, Inc. (4309 W. Broadway)
Sun over the cityThe UofL College of Arts and Sciences’ diversity and community engagement programs office offers these free, public forums with the Yearlings at the civic club’s 4309 W. Broadway location. Climate change is affecting the American people in far-reaching ways. Related impacts are evident across regions and in many sectors important to society—such as human health, agriculture and food security, water supply, transportation, energy, and ecosystems. As urban areas develop, changes occur in their landscape. buildings, roads, and other infrastructure replace open land and vegetation. These changes cause urban regions to become warmer than their rural surroundings, forming an "island" of higher temperatures in the landscape. Urban heat islands increase demand for energy consumption during the summer when temperatures rise. As a result of increased energy consumption, there is an increase in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Join us as our distinguished panel discusses the impact of the urban heat island on West Louisville residents.
PANEL:
Dr. Tamara Sluss, Director, MA/MS Interdisciplinary Studies, Sustainability;
Eboni Neal Cochran, West Louisville Environmental Activist;
Dr. Allison Smith, Metro Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability; and
Dr. Avery Kolers, Professor of Philosophy, Director - Social Change Program
MODERATOR:
Dr. Monica Unseld, Research Associate - Greater Louisville Project
Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. For additional information, please contact Clest Lanier (502) 852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu.
Nov. 15, 2019 Garden Commons Workshop: Wreath Making
Friday, Nov. 15th, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural CenterGarden Interns: Avalon Gupta VerWiebe & Ellie Miller
Get 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. 13, 2019 Belknap Farmers Market LogoUofL Farmers' Market Holiday Bazaar
Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 11am-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 over a dozen 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. 8, 2019 Image result for jacek jasinskiSustainability Roundtable: Jacek Jasinski, Climate Change Problem and Power Dialog Initiative
Friday, Nov. 8th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. Our featured speaker on November 8th will be Jacek Jasinski from UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, sparking a conversation about tackling global climate disruption.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Nov. 7, 2019 Meet the Professor - Dr. David Owen, On Racialized Whiteness Meet the Professor - Dr. David Owen, On Racialized Whiteness
Thursday, November 7th, noon, University Club. $15/person; $10/students
Race is a frequent topic of public discourse, but Racialized Whiteness is rarely examined. What does it mean to be White?  How does Whiteness shape the social and cultural landscape?  How is Whiteness sustained?  And, how does it support both the idea and system of white supremacy? David Owen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, will discuss these and other issues during a luncheon. The 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. Reservations are required, with payment by check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu.
Nov. 5, 2019 Pumpkin Smash 2018Election Day PUMPKIN SMASH!!
Tuesday, Nov. 5th
Belknap Campus: 12:30pm, SAC Ramp
Health Sciences Center: noon, Kornhauser plaza

Don’t know what to do with your old pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns from Halloween? Don’t trash them! Turn them into stress-relief, worm food, and organic fertilizer! UofL is here to help you compost! 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 Thursday, October 31st through noon on Tuesday November 5th. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 5th, all are invited to our annual Pumpkin Smash...now on both Belknap Campus and HSC! Join us for composting fun and Election Day stress relief!

See photos from the 2018 Pumpkin Smash here.
Nov. 4, 2019 Image may contain: stripesFrom Slave to Criminal with One Amendment: 13th Film Screening
Monday, November 4th, 5:30pm, Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
Join us for a screening of Ava DuVernay's powerful film, 13th, followed by an interactive discussion on the intersections of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. Refreshments will be provided after the event. Sponsored by the University of Louisville Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, C.O.N.E.C.T, Kent School of Social Work, Office of Diversity and Inclusion HSC, Black Student Union, and Departments of Criminal Justice and Sociology
Nov. 2, 2019 UofL Green Heart - Louisville Grows Tree Planting (Part 2)
Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 8:30am-1pm, Southside Baptist Church (804 Camden Ave)
Please join UofL's Green Heart project and Louisville Grows again with our Taylor-Berry, Jacobs, Hazelwood, Beechmont, Oakdale, and Wilder Park neighbors as we dig toward our goal of planting 1000 trees this season! We need 150 volunteers on the day of the planting. No experience is necessary - everyone is welcome to come play in the dirt with us. Citizen Foresters will be there to lead you in becoming a proper tree planter! If you cannot help with the physical labor, other volunteer opportunities include registration, breakfast, and lunch volunteers. Louisville Grows will provide a light breakfast to all volunteers beginning at 8am, and groups leave to start planting at 9am. Lunch will be served from 12-2pm, and any volunteers who can stick around afterward to help finish planting are welcome. Louisville Grows will provide gloves and tools, but please dress appropriately for the weather. You'll be digging in dirt and handling mulch, so please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. This planting will be our second in partnership with Green Heart Louisville, a University of Louisville study that seeks to determine how increased green space affects health and relationships within these neighborhoods. Register here.
Oct. 31, 2019 Honduras Resists: Confronting a US-Fueled Human Rights Crisis
Heidy Alachán, lawyer, activist, and writer with Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y Justicia, Honduras
Thursday, October 31st, 6pm, Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
Heidy Alachán is a lawyer, writer, and activist with Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y Justicia (MADJ) - Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice. Along with her training as an attorney and teacher, Heidy holds a masters in Human Rights and Democratization in Latin America and the Caribbean. She forms part of the MADJ legal team representing the family of internationally renowned indigenous and environmental rights activist, Berta Cáceres, in their struggle for justice for her assassination. Based in Honduras, the Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ) is a social and political movement committed to working against impunity and corruption while building alternatives rooted in transparency, dignity and respect to human rights and the environment. MADJ communities are on the frontlines protecting their natural resources from unlawful exploitation through resistance camps, legan battles and incredible grassroots organizing. MADJ has been active in resistance movements in Honduras in the context of the 2009 coup, the 2017-2018 post-electoral crisis and , most recently, in the national strike by teachers and healthcare workers.
Sponsored by the University of Louisville Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Cultural Center.

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Oct. 25, 2019 Image result for jacek jasinskiEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Climate Change with Conn Center's Jacek Jasinski
Friday, Oct. 25th 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! For UofL Sustainability week, our guest speaker on the issue of Climate Change will be Jacek Jasinski from UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research.
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 fall, 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 UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 25, 2019 Sustainability Roundtable: Cassia Herron on “Policy and Action in Food System Development”
Friday, Oct. 25th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. Our guest on October 25th is urban planner, community organizer, and UofL alum, Cassia Herron. Cassia is a native of Richmond, Kentucky and has lived in Louisville for most of her adult life. She is a community development professional and advocate with more than 10 years experience working on projects at the intersections of community and economic development, food and the built environment and has a unique perspective on these issues as they relate to West Louisville. Cassia is chair of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC), and has served in leadership positions with the Community Farm Alliance and New Roots. As a budding entrepreneur, Cassia has a growing interest in renewable energy and sustainable development and has professional expertise in community engagement, grant-writing, policy development and strategic planning. Cassia is a graduate of the University of Louisville and has a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.
Upcoming Fall Roundtables include:
Nov. 8 – Jessica Eggleston, UofL Masters in Sustainability student
Nov. 22 – Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
 This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 24, 2019 Disappearing Nations: Anote's Ark film screening & climate justice talk
Thursday, Oct. 24th, 6-9pm, Strickler 101
The Engage. Lead. Serve. Board's Green Initiatives will bring to campus this special screening of the award-winning documentary Anote's Ark, and the man whose dissertation research informed the film, Mike Roman of the University of Cincinnati. Most people have never heard of Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tokelau, The Marshall Islands or the Maldives; some of the most beautiful nations in the world! However, due to climate change, they are predicted to be some of the first to disappear from this planet within the next few decades. Our speaker, Mike Roman has family and friends in these nations, and to many there, climate change is not a distant future or some academic exercise; it is life and death, here and now. These island nations have already lost countless children and elders to the impacts of climate change, and they experience this every king tide, typhoon, drought, and heat wave. Elders in Kiribati have been warning world leaders about these incidents for nearly 30 years now, and in 2000, Mike picked up the mantel and dedicated his life to educating the world. His work inspired the documentary which will be screened before his lecture and Q&A.
Premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Anote's Ark, focuses on the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000). It is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While Kiribati’s President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbour overseas. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote’s struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Tiemeri, a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Tiemeri’s family, the Kiribati people, and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23, 2019 Info Session: The GREEN Program (short-term study abroad)GREEN Program
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 4-5:30 pm, Humanities 121
The GREEN Program is short-term, experiential education for our world’s most pressing issues for sustainable development. Using the world as your classroom, TGP unlocks opportunities for students to gain exclusive education, industry access, and authentic bucket-list experiences around the world. We use the world as our classroom and strive to give meaning and purpose to education, adventure, and life. Join us to learn more from a TGP Alumni! RSVP here.
Oct. 23, 2019 Image result for pumpkin and bikePumpkin Decorating & Bike Tune-Ups
Wednesday, October 23rd, 11:30am – 1pm, HSC Kornhauser Plaza
The Health Sciences Center Green Team is celebrating UofL Sustainability Week with a party on the plaza! Join us for refreshments and give-aways while you enjoy Pumpkin Decorating (supplies provided) and bring your bike for a free Bike Repair/Tune-up Station sponsored by Falls City Community BikeWorks! Pumpkins will be displayed at the Gray Street Farmers Market on Thursday, Oct 24th!
Oct. 23, 2019 12th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
  • Campus Sustainability Day FairJoin us for the 12th 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 home a free tree to plant in your yard or neighborhood from Trees Louisville!
  • 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, pick up a secure u-lock from SGA so your bike won't get stolen, 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 lamps & 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, 2019

Fighting for Peace: Countering Hate, Violence and Extremism
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 9am - 4pm at Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium, and 6-9pm at HSC's Kornhauser Auditorium
UofL’s Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE) is collaborating with Peace Catalyst International, to educate our communities about extremism. The program will include people who have lived experience inside extremist groups. Peace Catalyst’s goal is to build bridges of trust and understanding between Muslims and Non-Muslims and to advocate for the inclusion of marginalized, foreign-born populations. The goal is to educate and bring awareness in order to counter hate, violence, and extremism.

Space is limited and everyone must register. Anyone can attend either location. But lunch is by reservation only at the location where you plan on viewing the event.

  • Lunch will be served at both locations. A reservation is required for lunch.
  • For non-UofL attendees, you must first register through Eventbrite and bring your ticket/printout, or show digital receipt as proof of registration.
  • For UofL students, faculty, and staff you must first register through Engage here with your ULink username and password, and bring your ID and ticket printout.
  • Deadline to make a reservation for lunch is October 17, 2019.

The schedule includes:
9am-4pm Program at Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium (simulcast at HSC in CTR rooms 101 & 102)

  •  Rushan Abbas, an Activist for the Uyghers/Uighers of Western China
  • Jesse Morton, former member of Al-Qaeda, will talk about what attracted him to Al-Qaeda and the path he took to get out                 
  • Tony McAleer, former White Nationalist from Life After Hate
  • Extremist Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Jason Abbott, director of UofL's Asian Center for Democracy
  • Noon lunch with the speakers
  • Community Response Panel:

    UofL Professor of Public Health and Practice, Dr. Monica Wendell
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Agent. Jake Williams
    Louisville Metro Police Department Chief, Steve Conrad
    Louisville’s Office of Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods, Chief Vincent James
    Moderated by UofL Dr. Sherri Wallace, Department of Political Science

6-9pm Evening Program at Kornhauser Auditorium featuring:
  • Jesse Morton (Al-Qaeda) – Alternatives to Extremism                    
  • Tony McAleer (White Nationalist)  White Extremism – The Path Out   
  • Rushan Abbas (Uyghers/Uighers of Western China)
  • Book signing — The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacists Journey From Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion by Tony McAleer
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 22-23, 2019

Raise Some L - Support UofL's Sustainability Initiatives!
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd 6:02pm - Wednesday, Oct. 23rd 11:59pm
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. 22, 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. 22-25, 2019 Cards Come Together Week of Service
Tuesday, Oct. 22 - Friday, Oct. 25, various times and locations

Join the UofL campus community for a week of giving back to the city at Cards Come Together. This inaugural week of service, led by UofL President Neeli Bendapudi features several service projects across the city as well as collection sites on campus for needed supplies for Louisville charities. Space is limited for some projects so registration is required. See the full list of opportunities here. UofL's Sustainability Council is hosting the following service project:

Service Day: UofL Community Composting Project
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 3-5pm, (250 E. Bloom St., map here)
Located behind Taco Bell on Bloom Street. Volunteers will pull sticks out of compost, and sift worms in super soil. Other projects include turning compost using pitch forks and shovels, moving wood chips, weeding, and trash pick-up. Pitch forks, shovels, and gloves (limited number available) will be provided. Volunteers should bring water, and hat, and wear closed toe shoes. This event is part of Cards Come Together Week of Service. Volunteers must register in advance. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 21-24, 2019 Sustainability Week Free Movie Series
Monday, Oct. 21st - Thursday, Oct. 24th at UofL's Health Sciences Center
The Health Sciences Center Green Team is excited to host a series of free documentary films! There will be two screenings each day and you are welcome to stop by any time during the showings:

Image result for forks over knives posterForks Over Knives
Monday, Oct. 21st, Noon and 3:30pm, at Kornhauser Library HSC Auditorium
Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the chronic diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. On separate paths, their discoveries and groundbreaking research led them to the same startling conclusion: Chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes can almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet. The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. The film follows everyday Americans with chronic conditions as they seek to reduce their dependence on medications and learn to use a whole-food, plant-based diet to regain control over their health and their lives.

Image result for Paris to Pittsburgh movieParis to Pittsburgh
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, Noon and 4:30pm, at HSC Instructional Building room B302 (Ali & Preston)
As scientists’ warnings about the impacts of climate change become more and more dire — and the level of inaction from the federal government becomes more and more alarming — a growing number of leaders are fighting global warming with local solutions. Paris to Pittsburgh — a new film produced by Bloomberg Philanthropies and RadicalMedia, and distributed by National Geographic Documentary Films — features the voices of some of these forward-thinking leaders, including NRDC president Rhea Suh, along with the stories of everyday Americans who have been on the front lines of the climate crisis. From the former coal town of Pittsburgh to America’s breadbasket of Iowa to the island of Puerto Rico, the film takes you through climate change–fueled disasters in numerous communities, as well as their recovery, resiliency, and tireless efforts to inspire homegrown change. Mayors, governors, community groups, businesses, and others are stepping up, embracing solutions like renewable energy and reaping benefits like cleaner air, job growth, and cost-cutting—all close to home, where it matters most. And this movement of our innovative citizens, cities, states, and businesses could change the course of our future and ensure that the United States remains a global leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions—and protecting our planet, health, and future generations.

Image result for Current Revolution movieCurrent Revolution
Thursday, Oct. 24th, Noon and 4:30pm, at Kornhauser Library HSC Auditorium
American Resilience Project’s new film series and associated outreach campaigns tackles the challenge of how the utility, auto, tech and defense industries can help modernize the aging power grid to make it more secure and responsive to the needs of its users, while enhancing environmental performance. With a focus on national security, economic prosperity, and environmental justice, the films and campaigns will show how the nation can embrace smart policies and investments that support grid modernization through distributed renewable energy generation and the development of an electric vehicle infrastructure. For decades, the utilities industry has been a driving engine of the U.S. economy, contributing significantly to our progress and standard of living with a business model that focused on centralized generation. But now, because of reduced demand from a number of factors, including more efficient energy systems, power companies face a crisis that requires them to capture new market share to survive in the 21st century. The industry has its sights on the transportation sector, which means a chance to catalyze the electric vehicle industry, but which also sets it on a collision course with major petroleum interests. And with the need for a smart, cybersecure grid, the tech and defense industries also have critical roles to play.
Oct. 19, 2019 Day of Service: Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup & Central Park Improvement Day
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 8:30am-noon, Central Park in Old Louisville
Image result for central park improvement dayThe Old Louisville Neighborhood Council requests the help of volunteers from the University community to assist with the Central Park Fall 2019 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 cleaning out catch basins, the amphitheater, planting beds, mulching, painting, 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 is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 18, 2019 Sunflower at UPA GardenUrban Studies Garden Workday
Friday, Oct. 18th, 12pm-1pm, Garden behind Urban & Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St.)
Join us in one of UofL's lesser-known organic gardens for a special group workday to harvest native passion fruits (maypops), delicious veggies, and to clear the paths of over-growth and put the garden to bed for the winter! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but this is a great chance to familiarize yourself with it. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. The UPA Horticulture Zone is open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest!
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 18 & 21, 2019 Justin MogBusiness-as-Usual is Killing Us! The need for institutional weirding in the age of global climate weirding.
Friday, Oct. 18th, noon-1pm, Kornhauser Library Auditorium 103
. Register here.
Monday, Oct. 21st, noon-1pm, Ekstrom Library room W104
. Register here.
This August, Dr. Justin Mog celebrated his tenth year serving as UofL’s Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives. At this workshop, he’ll be sharing some of his successes and frustrations in playing the long-game of reorienting a huge institution away from business-as-usual and toward a thoughtful balancing of environmental, social, and economic stewardship. How can we leverage the incredible resources of a major metropolitan university to drive our city, state, and nation away from collapse? How can employees and other concerned members of the UofL community help nudge the university in the right direction? Join us for a stimulating conversation about how to Keep (the University of) Louisville Weird! This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 17, 2019 Farm To Table Dinner 2019Farm-To-Table Dinner & Josh Smith Memorial Sustainability Award Ceremony
Thursday, Oct. 17th, 5-8pm, Red Barn, $20 for dinner ($25 with drinks) or 2 meal swipes / flex points
Come celebrate the Harvest with a special Farm-To-Table dinner featuring a unique five-course menu, made from scratch by expert chefs, using local, farm-fresh ingredients. The meal will consist of signature cocktails, action cooking, and live music.
  • The Sustainability Council will also be presenting our third annual Josh Smith Memorial Sustainability Award at the event.
  • This event is open to the public and will serve as the kick-off for UofL Sustainability Week 2019!
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 17-25, 2019 UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 17-25, 2019
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 will include:
If you are interested in hosting an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact .
Oct. 16, 2019 Image may contain: textUrban Agriculture: How You Can Make An Impact!
Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 6:30pm, Miller Hall First Year Resource Center (FYRC)
Join UofL EcoReps and the UofL Botanical Society for a fun, interactive workshop on urban agriculture at which you will get the opportunity to plant some herbs and vegetables to take home in pots to grow in your window! No experience necessary!
Oct. 11, 2019 Image may contain: food and indoorGarden Commons Workshop: Fermentation
Friday, Oct. 11th, noon-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Curious about pickling, canning or fermenting your own veggies? Come on by the Garden Commons and get an overview from Jeneen Wiche, local farmer, UofL Anthropology professor, and lover of fermentation. Bring a jar with you and you might be able to snag some fermented goodies! This is a part of our fall series of Garden Workshops on Fridays at noon. Join us for our last workshop: Nov. 22nd at noon - Wreath Making. 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.
Oct. 11, 2019 Sustainability Roundtable: Allison Smith, Metro Louisville - Brownfields
Friday, Oct. 11th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Image result for Allison Smith, Metro Louisville - BrownfieldsPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. On October 11th, our speaker will be Allison Smith, PhD. Dr. Smith is the Brownfields and Community Engagement Strategist for Louisville Metro Government's Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability.
Upcoming Fall Roundtables include:
Oct. 25 – TBA
Nov. 8 – Jessica Eggleston, UofL Masters in Sustainability student
Nov. 22 – Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Oct. 10, 2019 At the Intersection of Place, Race(ism), and Health
Thursday, October 10th, 4pm, room 132, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (302 E Muhammad Ali Blvd)
Image result for Dr. Sharrelle Barber from Drexel UniversityThe next guest speaker in the Envirome Institute Medicine Seminar Series is Dr. Sharrelle Barber from Drexel University.  Dr. Barber will present "At the Intersection of Place, Race(ism), and Health: Residential Segregation and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in the United States and Brazil.” Dr. Barber is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Urban Health Collaborative at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. She is also a faculty affiliate of the UCLA Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice, & Health. Her research focuses on the intersection of “place, race, and health” and examines the role of structural racism (i.e. concentrated economic disadvantage and residential segregation) in shaping health and racial/ethnic health inequalities among Blacks with a particular focus on the Southern United States and Brazil. To that end, she has conducted a series of empirical investigations in the Jackson Heart Study based in Jackson, Mississippi and the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health, a multi-site cohort study based in six urban centers across Brazil. Dr. Barber’s research employs multilevel analysis and spatial techniques and draws heavily from theories that take a socio-ecological approach to understanding health and health inequalities. Ultimately, Dr. Barber hopes her research will inform the development of multi-level, multi-sector policies that will address the underlying structural determinants of health through economic and social policy initiatives. Dr. Barber holds a Doctor of Science degree in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, a Masters of Public Health degree in Health Behavior and Health Education from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bennett College for Women.
Oct. 5, 2019

The Phoenix House (Conn Center HQ)Louisville Solar Tour
Saturday, Oct. 5th, 10am-4pm, various sites. Purchase $15 bus tickets here.
Starts in room 103 Ernst Hall (216 Eastern Pkwy)

This year' s Louisville Solar Tour will kick-off with informative sessions at UofL, after which you'll get to tour solar-powered homes, businesses, and other facilities and catch 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! We will start with an opening presentation for context, and then climb in a bus to see various solar installations on site. Owners will explain unique and outstanding features of their solar systems on location. The bus will return to an ending party at Apocalypse Brewing. Schedule:

  • Pre-tour: 10am, Ernst Hall 103, kickoff and educational presentation (with Adam Edelen)
  • Tour: 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Post-tour: 3:00pm, meet the installers and celebrate, Apocalypse Brew Works (1612 Mellwood Ave.)

Each tour site will offer information and perspectives from homeowners, businesses, and solar installers about the costs, processes, and economic and environmental benefits of going solar.

Oct. 5, 2019 UofL Students at Louisville Grows Tree PlantingLouisville Grows - Green Heart Tree Planting
Saturday, Oct. 5th, 8am-4pm, Southside Baptist Church (804 Camden Ave)
Please join UofL, Louisville Grows, and our Taylor-Berry, Jacobs, Hazelwood, Beechmont, Oakdale, and Wilder Park neighbors as we dig toward our goal of planting 1000 trees this season! We need 200 volunteers on the day of the planting. No experience is necessary; everyone is welcome to come play in the dirt with us. Our Citizen Foresters will be there to lead you in becoming a proper tree planter! Other volunteer opportunities include registration, breakfast, and lunch volunteers. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Louisville Grows will provide gloves and water bottles. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Waterproof outerwear is recommended if rain is forecasted. You'll be digging in dirt and handling mulch, so please dress to get dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. This planting will be in partnership with Green Heart Louisville, a University of Louisville study that seeks to determine how increased green space affects health and relationships within these neighborhoods.
Oct. 1, 2019 Louisville Sustainability Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 1st, Noon – 1:30pm, Passionist Earth and Spirit Center (1924 Newburg Road)
This always interesting forum, with a wide variety of presenters, has been held monthly since 2006.  Topics for October 1st will include University of Louisville's Masters in Sustainability, the new Every Commute Counts regional carpool/vanpool matching and incentives program, and the emergent threats to Bernheim Forest.
Sept. 27, 2019 WaterStep - Home - Water Chlorination SanitationEcoReps Lunch & Learn: WaterStep - Safe Water Sustainably Secured
Friday, Sept. 27th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210

Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! This month we'll discuss how to respond sustainably to the global need for safe water with Mark Hogg, Founder of
the Louisville-based International Humanitarian Relief NGO, WaterStep. Come learn what they do to help provide the most precious resource that sustains us all and how you can get involved! He will also be discussing Sustainability Organization Development with us.
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 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.
Sept. 27, 2019 Sustainability Roundtable: Laura Grabowski, Metro Louisville - Louisville Vacant Properties
Friday, Sept. 27th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Laura GrabowskiPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. On September 27th, our speaker will be Laura Grabowski, Director of Metro Louisville's Vacant and Public Property Administration. Laura oversees a team of 8 staff and three boards charged with alleviating vacant and abandoned properties, including real estate sales, foreclosures and condemnation proceedings, rehab, and demolition. She manages a $2 million annual budget and develops innovative solutions to address vacant and abandoned properties.
Upcoming Fall Roundtables include:
Oct. 11 – Allison Smith, Metro Louisville - Brownfields
Oct. 25 – TBA
Nov. 8 – Jessica Eggleston, UofL Masters in Sustainability student
Nov. 22 – Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production

The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Sept. 26, 2019 Prepare Louisville Community Dialogue (Climate Adaptation)
Thursday, Sept. 26th, Noon-2pm, Ekstrom Library W210
Louisville is experiencing the impacts of climate change with record rainfall, major flooding and more intense and frequent heat waves. Louisville Metro has launched the Prepare Louisville initiative to increase our community’s resilience to extreme weather and other climate impacts. The newly-merged Louisville Metro Office of Advanced Planning & Sustainability is working on a Climate Adaptation Plan for Louisville and they are seeking public input to guide this effort as well as raising awareness and providing community members with resources to take action. Please join us at this open house event to learn more about the impacts that climate change will bring to our city and be a part of our effort to plan strategies to reduce the effects in our communities.
• Lend your voice to the development of the Climate Adaptation Plan.
• Explore potential adaptation strategies for Louisville, with ongoing discussion throughout the event.
• Learn how you can prepare yourself and your home for emergency situations and extreme weather.
Take home free trees and emergency preparedness kits.
The city is asking for input from experts across the region, but we also want to bring the larger Louisville community along in this process. UofL's Sustainability Council is proud to host one of three Community Dialogues with the aim of collaborating with residents to analyze the climate risks and develop the adaptation strategies. All are welcome at the table - students, faculty, staff, and the public. We will begin with a brief presentation about the analysis and the planning effort, followed by a facilitated dialogue. Residents also can offer their input through the Prepare Louisville online survey.Image may contain: 3 people, people standing, outdoor, text and nature
Sept. 25 - Oct. 6, 2019 Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Wednesday, September 25, 6 pm
(Special screening in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Summit)
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Saturday, October 5, 3 pm
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Sunday, October 6, 3 pm
Speed Cinema, Speed Art Museum on UofL's Belknap Campus
A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly ten years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains and metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the filmmakers traversed the globe using state of the art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene witnesses a critical moment in geological history—bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact. Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas De Pencier. 2019, Canada, DCP, in English, Russian, Italian, German, Mandarin, and Cantonese with English subtitles, 87 minutes. Recommended for 12+.
Sept. 20, 2019 Plant Propagation Workshop
Friday, Sept. 20th, 5-6pm, BAB 325
Join the new UofL Botanical Society for a workshop about how to propagate house plants! You can bring your own plants to propagate or propagate some of ours in the plant room. We will be covering how to propagate from cuttings, how to propagate from leaves, and how to propagate succulents.
Sept. 18, 2019 Belknap Farmers Market: Fall MarketBelknap Farmers Market Logo
Wednesday, Sept. 18th, 10:30am-2pm, Red Barn
The Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns for one-day only during Fall 2019! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including produce, eggs, baked goods, honey, ice cream, coffee, and more. We'll also highlight sustainable resources on campus. Vendors will include:
  • Berserker Brew coffee
  • Bernoulli's ice cream
  • Rogue Petunia bakery
  • UofL Free Store
  • UofL Health Promotion
  • UofL Zero Waste / Bombas
  • Lowe Creek Farms
  • Barr Farms
  • Full Heart Farms
Sept. 14, 2019

The Life & Legacy of Wendell Berry
Saturday, Sept. 14th, 9am-5pm, SAC Ballroom. Registration: $20 students, $50 others.
Lauded Kentucky author, farmer, environmentalist, and champion for sustainability, Wendell Berry will be the focus, and featured guest, of this day-log conference hosted by Front Porch Republic (FPR). Conference registration includes lunch and refreshments. FPR, which turns 10 years old this year, is committed to restoring to the public conversation concepts such as human scale, the distribution of power, and our responsibility to the future. It's members come from different backgrounds, live in different places, and have divergent interests, but are convinced that scale, place, self-government, sustainability, limits, and variety are key terms with which any fruitful debate about our corporate future must contend. To mark this anniversary, FPR is gathering at UofL to discuss Wendell Berry’s vision and legacy. They’ll also be handing out copies of the inaugural issue of Local Culture: A Journal of the Front Porch Republic.

All are encouraged to register to attend and join us for what promises to be a rich day.

Image result for wendell berry9:00 Welcome, Gary Gregg, Director of the McConnell Center

9:15-10:45 Community

  • Jake Meador, Community in an Orphaned World: Belonging in a Time of Rootlessness
  • Eric Miller, Creating a Current: Wendell Berry and the Fellowship of the Word
  • Jeff Bilbro, Convocation: Burley Coulter and the Membership

11:00-12:30 Farms and Households

  • Susannah Black, Front Porch and Empire: Political Authority and the Blessings, and Limits, of Limits
  • Gracy Olmstead, “It Takes a Village”: Why the Nuclear Family Is Insufficient for Agricultural Sustainability
  • Jason Peters, “Who Started the Fight?”: The Farm and the Language of Particularity

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Wendell and Mary Berry in Conversation

  • Wendell Berry and Mary Berry

3:15-4:30 Empire and Law

  • Caleb Stegall, Obedience to the Unenforceable: Is Port William Lawless?
  • Bill Kauffman, “Where Have They Gone?” Wendell Berry on War and Peace

Concluding Remarks, Mark Mitchell, FPR President

Sept. 13, 2019  Research!Louisville 2019 awards ceremony & keynote address
Friday, Sept. 13th, 1pm-2:45pm, UofL’s Clinical and Translational Research Building (Ali & Hancock), Rooms 101-102
Keynote speaker Cheryl Lyn Walker, PhD, Director of the Center for Precision Environmental Health at Baylor College of Medicine, will deliver "What the epigenome can teach us about environmental causes of disease.” Dr. Walker is internationally recognized for her work in environmental health and elucidation of molecular mechanisms of disease. Her studies on the role of the epigenome in gene-environment interactions have yielded significant insights into mechanisms by which early life environmental exposures influence health and disease across the life-course. Also at this event, award recipients of the Research!Louisville Showcase will be recognized.
Sept. 13, 2019

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Friday, Sept. 13th at 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Red Barn plaza
Come join us and learn about the harmful social and environmental effects of the fashion industry, and how you can shop sustainably!

We will be having a free "yard sale" where you can bring your used clothing, accessories, and other items, and shop the other donated pieces!

We will be serving free Heine Brothers coffee and iced tea, along with a tasty vegetarian lunch from Heart and Soy!

We will also be offering DIY sustainable hacks for your old clothes: stain remover, minor sewing repairs, and will be sending you out with an informational flier with ethical fashion tips and important information!

Hosted by the Engage. Lead. Serve. Board's Green Initiatives. Facebook Event.

Sept. 13, 2019 Mark Wourms forest under threatSustainability Roundtable: Mark Wourms - Bernheim Forest Under Threat
Friday, Sept. 13th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. On September 13th, our speaker will be Mark Wourms, Executive Director of the Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest just south of Louisville in Clermont, KY. Bernheim has launched a Forest Under Threat campaign to highlight two proposed infrastructure projects that have Bernheim in the cross-hairs: KYTC's proposal for the "next Gene Snyder" (an interstate bypass), and LG&E's proposal to install a natural gas pipeline through the forest.
Upcoming Fall Roundtables include:
Sept. 27 – Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production
Oct. 11 – Allison Smith, Metro Louisville - Brownfields
Oct. 25 – TBA
Nov. 8 – TBA
Nov. 22 – TBA
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Sep. 12, 2019 Joshua PoeRedlining Louisville: The Racist Origins of Real Estate, Planning and Wealth
Thursday, Sept. 12th, noon-1pm, Kosair Charities Clinical and Translational Research Building, Room 101/102
Joshua Poe is a nationally recognized city planner, data journalist, community organizer, and movement geographer.  He started in grassroots organizing around housing, labor, and economic justice.  Mr. Poe has a B.A. in Political Science from Berea College, and an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Louisville.  In 2017, he authored and published the interactive storymap, Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class, and Housing in Louisville, KY, which received recognition from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  He is a pioneer in documenting and exposing intentional city planning as a weaponized tool for denying Black people land ownership and access to generational wealth.  His work on the history of city planning, inclusive design and equitable development makes him a nationally featured speaker.  Mr. Poe is currently working on developing equitable development strategies, organizing around anti-gentrification efforts, creating new funding models, and addressing root systems of power to create sustainable social change.
This presentation will explore the legacy of structural discrimination through federal housing policies and the far-reaching impact they have had on social determinants of health and economics.  The presentation will explore how early 20th century housing policies and the profession of city planning were intentionally weaponized to isolate Black communities, create a permanent caste system, and prevent access to jobs, housing, capital, and the accumulation of generational wealth.  The presentation will also discuss how the legacy of redlining is furthering current gentrification patterns, along with strategies for policy development to create equitable urban development and justice-based philanthropy.  (Lunch will be served.)
OBJECTIVES:
- Define how urban policy and the profession of city planning were weaponized in the early 20th century against Black communities to prevent wealth attainment through these four policy areas: zoning; the Federal Housing Administration; urban renewal; and the construction of interstate highways.
- Recognize how segregation and concentrated poverty are the results of structural systems of oppression rather than individual choices.
- Describe the intentionality behind discriminatory housing policies and the relationship between racism, capitalism, and real estate.
- Illustrate and contextualize redlining in present-day urban redevelopment and gentrification strategies.
- Outline the history and implications of the racial wealth gap.
- Compare and contrast the differences between outcomes, root causes, and systems of oppressions and the need for policy changes that address structural issues.
Sept. 6, 2019 Garden Commons Workshop: Herbal Tea-Making
Friday, Sept. 6th, 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 for our workshop led by UofL's Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Justin Mog. Bring your own jars and containers to take herbs and tea home with you! This is part of our fall series of Garden Workshops on Fridays at noon. Join us again for: Nov. 22, 12pm - Wreath Making.
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. 30, 2019 Food Justice WorkshopGarden Commons Workshop: Food Justice with New Roots
Friday, Aug. 30th at 1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us for the very first Food Justice Workshop at the University of Louisville Garden Commons in partnership with New Roots, Inc. New Roots ignites community power for fresh food access. Join us in this interactive, popular democracy gathering to discuss the history of food in Louisville, how and why food apartheid exists, and how Fresh Stop Markets utilize cooperative economics to unite communities to spread food justice. Come share your food story.
Aug. 30, 2019 BIOL Native Plant Garden with BeeEcoReps Lunch & Learn: Can Biophilia Save Native Species Around Us?
Friday, Aug. 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 speaker to kick off the new year will be UofL Biology Professor Emeritus, Margaret Carreiro, who is an expert on native plants and the role they play in supporting pollinators and the entire web of life that we all depend on. As species around the world and in our region go extinct at unprecedented and alarming rates, many of us feel powerless to contribute directly to conservation solutions because we think “real” Nature can only be sustained in parks and reserves. But, believe it or not, by creating more thoughtful species-friendly habitat, people in cities, suburbs and rural areas can weave more local Nature into the very places where we live and work. Can ordinary people play an important species conservation role for our region in cities and towns? What types of support might we need to save and enjoy more of our local biological heritage in our neighborhoods? Come hear Dr. Margaret Carreiro speak about some success stories. Then let us all contribute our ideas to this critical and hopefully ongoing discussion so, we can create more win-win situations for both people and nature around our homes, schools and workplaces.
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 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. 30, 2019 Russ BarnettSustainability Roundtable: Russ Barnett, UofL - Indoor Air Quality
Friday, Aug. 30th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. On August 30th, our speaker will be Russ Barnett, from UofL's Envirome Institute, who has been studying Indoor Air Quality inside hundreds of homes around the region. Upcoming Fall Roundtables include:
Sept. 13 – Mark Wourms, Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest - Forest Under Threat
Sept. 27 – Lilias Pettit-Scott, Urban Agriculture Coalition - High Tunnel Production
Oct. 11 – Allison Smith, Metro Louisville - Brownfields

Oct. 25 – TBA
Nov. 8 – TBA
Nov. 22 – TBA
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Aug. 29, 2019 Women's Equality Day Women's Equality Day and Voting Rights Act
Thursday, August 29th, 11am-1pm, walkway between Strickler & Davidson Hall
Women’s Equality Day is celebrated in the U.S. on August 26 in recognition of women winning the right to vote. Not until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were Black women and women of color given that opportunity of the guaranteed right to vote. Join the U of L Women’s Center in celebration of Women’s Equality Day on U of L’s campus August 29. There will be voter registration, vendor and informational booths. Come out and learn more at this on-campus event.
Aug. 26 - Sept. 30, 2019

Cardinal Directions is UofL's free trip-planning and carpool-matching service!Cards Commuter Challenge
August 26 - September 30, 2019. University-wide
UofL wants you to save money, burn calories, put an end to pollution, and win prizes…all by simply choosing to get to campus in a new way! Record your trips throughout the Cards Commuter Challenge (August 26 - September 30) and each week you'll have the chance to win $250 worth of fabulous weekly prizes or be the Grand Prize Winner who takes the most trips by means other than driving alone and you'll receive the $250 grand prize!

Step 1: Join the Challenge online!

Step 2: Challenge yourself (and your friends!) to get to campus differently!
Try these life-affirming alternatives to the expense, road-rage, pollution, and parking hassles of driving alone:

  • BUS: Ride any TARC Airport RouteTARC route free with UofL ID (just swipe your card as you board - any time, anywhere).
  • CARDpool: Organize your own carpool with friends, family, colleagues, or classmates; or find rides & offer rides online through Cardinal Directions or Every Commute Counts.
  • WALK, SKATE, or BIKE: Get your workout just by getting where you need to go under your own power! If you don't have your own bike, borrow one free from UofL Bikeshare or join LouVelo citywide bikeshare for half-price with your @louisville.edu address ($7.50/month gets you unlimited trips of up to one hour without any additional charges).LouVelo ClockTower
  • VANPOOL: Employees can get in on a vanpool, get your ride home guaranteed, or enter to win additional monthly prizes with Every Commute Counts.

* NOTE: Though certainly better than driving, getting around via lazy, coal-powered electric scooters does not qualify for this Challenge. Skip the dirty electricity and use your muscles to qualify!

Explore all of UofL's Sustainable Transportation Options.

Step 3: Log your trips to win!

The only way to be in the running for prizes is to log all of your commute trips online with Cardinal Directions or Every Commute Counts.

Connect with us, trash-talk, and post about your commute on Facebook.

Aug. 23, 2019 First Meeting of Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS)
Friday, August 23rd, 5:00pm, SAC study lounge next to Kurz Visitor Center
Meet other members of GRASS, learn more about our organizational structure, help us set norms, and prepare to initiate our DivestUofL campaign! Please email to RSVP, or with any questions you might have! All are welcome!!!
Aug. 21, 2019 Ohio River Discussion Series: Harmful Algae Blooms
Wednesday, August 21st, 7 pm, Endless Summer Paddle & Coffee Company (1301 Frankfort Ave.)
Join us to learn about how you can get involved in a University of Louisville citizen science project. What is that green stuff in the river? Learn how to identify potentially harmful algal blooms and differentiate them from “safe” algae. You can contribute to a scientific pursuit to understand the cause and preferred habitats of the harmful species. This session is open to anyone who wants to learn and those who wish to sign up as a citizen science HAB volunteer. Presented by Dr. Tamara Sluss from UofL's Department of Urban & Public Affairs and Director of the Masters in Sustainability. Her research focuses on: Large rivers, streams, invertebrates, nutrient export, harmful algal blooms, sustainability of aquatic resources, ethnobotany, and renewable energy and land use. This event is free and open to the public as part of Afloat: An Ohio River Way of Life.
Aug. 21, 2019 Louisville Sustainability Council's summer Green Drinks featuring Justin Mog on UofL Sustainability Initiatives
Wednesday, Aug. 21st, 6-8 pm, at Mile Wide Beer Company (636 Barret Ave.)
The public is invited to come learn how UofL is (and is not) addressing the multifaceted challenges of sustainability! The Louisville Sustainability Council’s Green Drinks is a casual networking opportunity for students and professionals across many sectors to come together to connect and discuss sustainable initiatives in our community. This month's featured speaker is Dr. Justin Mog, who has served as UofL's Asst. to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives since 2009. Food and drinks are always available for purchase. Green Drinks takes place on the third Wednesday of every month at 6pm at rotating venues around town.
Aug. 15-21, 2019

Sustainability in Welcome Week 2019
Aug. 15th - 18th, 2019
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion! Upcoming events:

  • Thursday, Aug. 15 - Gray Street Farmers' Market
    Every Thursday 10:30am-1:30pm (through Oct. 31) 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. 15 – Cardinal Nest
    11am – 4pm, Student Rec Center
    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, carpooling), where to eat (and grow!) healthy local food on campus, and how to find the UofL Free Store! Bring your bike for a free bike tune-up!
  • Friday, Aug. 16 – Kick Back in the Stacks
    7:30pm - 9:30pm, Ekstrom Library
    The library comes to life with a dramatic mix of student performers, student organizations, campus resources, local food samples, and more. Stop by the UofL Sustainability booth, sample some fresh tea made from herbs grown in our campus gardens and learn how to get involved in campus sustainability!
  • Saturday, Aug. 17 - S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    9:00am - 1:00pm, 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.”
  • Saturday, Aug. 17 - 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 the Office of Health Promotion.
  • Sunday, Aug. 18 - 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!
  • Sunday, Aug. 18 – 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 or take a spin on a free LouVelo bike for the day. Check out our route here.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21 - Involvement Fair
    11:30am-1pm, Red Barn plaza
    Free food! Come learn about the many sustainability-related student groups on campus and sign-up to get involved! Stop by the UofL Sustainability table to find out how you can make a difference, take the Cards Go Green! Pledge, grab some green goodies, and learn about the Cards Commuter Challenge with our partner at Every Commute Counts!
Aug. 8, 2019 Natural Environments and Health: The Relationship Between Greenness, Mental Health, and Mortality
Thursday, Aug. 8th, 4-5pm, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (302 E Muhammad Ali Blvd), Conference Room 132
The Envirome Lecture Series presents Dr. Francine Laden, speaking on “Natural Environments and Health: The Relationship Between Greenness, Mental Health, and Mortality.” Dr. Laden is Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Laden received her ScD in Epidemiology and MS in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research interests focus on the environmental epidemiology of chronic diseases, including cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Her research concentrates on exposures through: air pollution (from ambient and occupational sources), persistent organic pollutants (POPs; organochlorines), secondhand smoke, and the contextual environment (e.g. built environment and green spaces). She is specifically interested in the geographic distribution of disease risk, incorporating geographic information system technology into large cohort studies to explore risk factors such as the built environment and indicators of socioeconomic status, as well as air pollution. She has published key papers on the association of ambient particulate matter and all cause and cardiovascular mortality in the landmark Harvard Six Cities Study and the Nurses’ Health Study and on the association of diesel exhaust exposures and lung cancer mortality in the trucking industry. She is currently Co-Director of the Harvard and Boston University Environmental Disparities Center: Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course (CRESSH). The mission of the Center is to study environmental health disparities in low-income communities and throughout Massachusetts. Dr. Laden is a past member of the EPA Science Advisory Board, Past President of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, and the Associate Chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard Chan School. Any interested persons are welcome to join! Questions? Email: Lori.clark.1@louisville.edu
July 23, 2019 Urooj Yazdani, MD, MEdFilm Screening: A Destruction
Tuesday, July 23rd, 8pm, Speed Cinema
Urooj Yazdani, MD, MEd, a resident in the Department of Psychiatry, brings her research on the socioeconomic circumstances that prevent women from attaining higher education in the developing world to a new film, A Destruction. Yazdani is the director and producer of the movie which tells the story of an 11-year-old girl, Humera, from a remote village off the coast of Karachi, Pakistan, who hopes to become a doctor against all odds. When the only school in her community comes under threat of closure, Humera faces intense pressure to forego her education in exchange for an arranged marriage. A Destruction follows the girl’s life and the critical juncture of a difficult decision. Developed as part of the Tribeca Film Institute, the film will be shown as part of the Flyover Film Festival at the Speed Cinema, followed by Q&A with Yazdani and cinematographer Omar Nabulsi.
July 13, 2019 Image may contain: 1 personShred Day!
Saturday, July 13th, 10am-2pm, Cardinal Stadium parking lot (2800 S. Floyd St.)
Commonwealth Credit Union is organizing a fun day to encourage you to bring in up to five boxes of your old documents (no business documents allowed) for free shredding and recycling. In addition to free shredding, there will be local vendors, food and games! The first 300 participants will receive a ticket for a free treat (choice of sno cone, cotton candy or lemonade). The Louisville City Football Club will be on hand with a Soccer Experience, and Buddy the Bat will also make an appearance. 102.3fm will be broadcasting live. All participants are encouraged to bring new books for donation to the Louisville Metro Police Foundation’s Books and Badges program through which officers encourage a love of reading among kids in our community.
July 11, 2019 Toxic property, government programs, and community engagement: Navigating Superfund and Brownfields Policies
Thursday, July 11th, noon, HSC's Clinical and Translational Research Building, Room 124
The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology's Environmental Health Sciences Seminar Series presents Lauren C. Heberle, PhD, from UofL's Department of Sociology. Dr. Heberle is highly experienced in community engagement around Superfund and Brownfield projects. Her seminar is titled “Toxic property, government programs, and community engagement: Navigating Superfund and Brownfields Policies."
July 6, 2019 Horner Wildlife Refuge Butterfly Count 2015Butterfly Count at UofL's Horner Wildlife Sanctuary
Saturday, July 6th, 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 42nd 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. Previous year’s counters tallied over 800 butterflies representing over 35 species! Rain date is July 7. 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.
May 31, 2019 Serviceberry ForagingUofL Serviceberry Foraging Party!
Friday, May 31st, 12pm-1pm, meetup at Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Bring a pail or Tupperware and get ready to load up on the sweetest "secret" right under our noses! Serviceberries (aka Juneberries) are native to Kentucky and they are planted all over the city as a common, low-maintenance street tree. The fruits are ripe for only two weeks around June 1st. They are similar to blueberries but a little bit nutty (the trees are in the almond family!). UofL's campus boasts many loaded serviceberries and on this special workshop, we will walk around to visit them all! Pick and take home as many as you can. Enjoy them fresh or freeze them for pies and smoothies year-round! Meetup at the Garden Commons next to the Cultural Center and we'll go from there.
May 17, 2019 Celebration of Social Justice Research
Friday, May 17th, 4pm, Law School room 275
Join us for a celebration showcasing the projects funded by UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Social Justice Research in the 2018-2019 funding cycle, featuring presentations by faculty, students, and community members on our funded projects. For videos of last year's event, check out this Youtube playlist.
Note: This event is a Lean Into Louisville event.
May 17, 2019 Bike Together Day 2019Bike Together Day!
Friday, May 17th, city-wide.
Register free to be entered to win a new bike!
Maybe you are biking to work, maybe not. Wherever you are going, let's bike together. This year marks the 14th Anniversary of Louisville's Bike to Work Day. When you select any FREE ticket, you will be entered to win a new commuter bicycle from Parkside Bikes. Fourth Street Live has arranged free donuts, and Heine Brothers will supply free coffee in the morning for those who ride in. New this year: The YMCA of Greater Louisville has generously offered access to their branches on May 17th to anyone registered for Bike Together Day. You will be able to go to the Y without a membership to take a shower before work! All 11 YMCA locations are participating, so you can find a Y location close to your destination. This offer is valid May 17th only, so if you've ever wondered what the Y is all about, this is a great opportunity to check it out. Photo ID is required.
May 16 - Oct. 31, 2019 image for 2018Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 10:30am‒1:30pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

With 11 unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, pasture-raised meat & eggs, popcorn, honey & syrup, jams, granola, bread & baked goods, flowers, plants, prepared lunches, food trucks, and more. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open weekly rain or shine. Watch Vendor Spotlights and our 20/20 Talks on food and sustainability at the GSFM YouTube Channel! Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website, contact Market Manager, Sara Frazier at farmersmarket@louisville.edu or 502-852-6655, or follow on Facebook.
Fridays, May 10 - Aug. 16, 2019 Garden Commons Herb SpiralGarden Commons Summer Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-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 summer (May 10 - Aug. 16) at noon to harvest, weed, water, and plant. 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, 2019 Spread the loveNational Bike Challenge!
May 1st to September 30th, 2019
Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2019 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  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. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free!
April 23, 2019 Check Your Blind Spots
Tuesday, April 23rd, 9:30am – 3pm, Gottschalk Circle
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion's “Check Your Blind Spots Unconscious Bias” bus will be stationed just south of the Humanities Building as part of a national tour on April 23rd. Stop in to have your mind blown about what your unconscious mind it doing to shape the way you see everything. This is FREE and open to all. Presented by the College of Business in partnership with Greater Louisville Inc.
April 22, 2019

Late Night Shred Fest!
Monday, April 22nd, 7:30-10pm, Red Barn
Campus Housing and ELSB Green Initiatives will be honoring Earth Day with a fun incentive to recycle after all your spring classes are over! Satisfy your late-night cravings and power up for finals with a free breakfast bar and chill with a peaceful DJ. Bring old papers from the semester to shred and recycle them properly and you'll be entered into a raffle for fabulous prizes! You can earn a second raffle ticket just by coming in your pajamas. Learn how to move-out sustainably.

April 22, 2019 War of the Words
Monday, April 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm, Shumaker Research Building room 139
Want to build a more welcoming campus? Student Advocates for Peace and Justice, the Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Club, and the Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation program have organized a peacebuilding opportunity for students to learn how to navigate disagreement and transcend difference. Small group discussions on contemporary socio-political topics will include police brutality, reproductive rights, immigration, and gun violence. Dr. Gul Marshall will deliver a keynote on Islamophobia. Free snacks.
April 21, 2019 Garden Commons Planting Day
RESCHEDULED FOR: Sunday, April 21st, 2pm-4:30pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Stressed about finals? De-stress at the Garden! Come by the Garden Commons for our final spring workday and help us plant our starts that we have been growing in the greenhouse into the garden beds! Tools and gloves will be provided. At our group workdays you can learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! No prior experience necessary. 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 19, 2019 Connecting 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, 2019 UofL 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, 2019 Belknap 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, 2019 Climate 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, 2019 Sustainability 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, 2019 Grassroots 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, 2019 UofL 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, 2019 Fulfilling 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, 2019 U.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, 2019 Paint 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, 2019 UofL 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, 2019 https://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, 2019 UofL 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, 2019 Student 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, 2019 EcoReps 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, 2019 Spring 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, 2019 Who 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, 2019 Tamara 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, 2019 World 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, 2019 Brian 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, 2019 Recycling 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, 2019 https://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, 2019 Kentucky'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, 2019 LOUISVILLE'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, 2019 Engaged 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, 2019 Film 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, 2019 TrasketballTrasketball
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, 2019 Sustainability 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, 2019 EcoReps 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, 2019 Student 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, 2019 Community-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, 2019 Organize 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, 2019 UPA 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, 2019 Rubbertown: 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, 2019 Maple 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, 2019 Seed 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, 2019 Sustainability 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, 2019 PictureActivate 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, 2019 What 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, 2019 Pizza & 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, 2019 Louisville 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, 2019 Sustainability 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, 2019 UPA 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, 2019 Dr. 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, 2019 Maple 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, 2019 Dave 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, 2019 Social 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, 2019 Spring 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, 2019 UofL 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, 2019 Louisville 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.
Date Event
Dec. 13, 2018 Health 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, 2018 Green 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, 2018 11-30-18 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, 2018 Holiday 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, 2018 Belknap 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, 2018 Socio-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, 2018 How 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, 2018 Garden 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, 2018 Urban & 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, 2018 World 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, 2018 Why 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, 2018 Sex 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, 2018 More 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!
Nov. 13, 2018 861698ce 89f3 4e59 bafd 0839d7841cfdShowing Up
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, 2018 Campus 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, 2018 It'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, 2018 Sustainability 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, 2018 3dfac44f 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, 2018 2017 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, 2018 Louisville 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, 2018 Inner 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, 2018 Justice 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, 2018 Garden 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, 2018 Crossing 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, 2018 12th 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, 2018 EcoReps 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, 2018 Sustainability 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, 2018 UofL 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, 2018 GRASS 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>.
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Oct. 25, 2018 Health 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, 2018 11th 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, 2018 What 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, 2018 Documentary: 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, 2018 The 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, 2018 Day 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, 2018 Reclaiming 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, 2018 Community-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, 2018 2018 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, 2018 3dfac44f 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, 2018 Farm-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, 2018 UofL 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, 2018 Q&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, 2018 Sustainability 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, 2018 Research!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, 2018 17th 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, 2018 12814422_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, 2018 Sustainability 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, 2018 PictureNational 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, 2018 Geography 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, 2018 Garden 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, 2018 3dfac44f 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, 2018 Student 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, 2018 Yearlings 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, 2018 Student 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, 2018 The 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, 2018 Cultural 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, 2018 New 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, 2018 Garden 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, 2018 Seminar: '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, 2018 Big 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, 2018 Sunflower 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, 2018 Brian 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, 2018 BIOL 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, 2018 Student 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, 2018 Women'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, 2018 Sweet 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, 2018 Take 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, 2018 UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Mondays 11am-3pm, Wednesdays, 11am-4pm; and Fridays 1-3pm, Unitas Tower
basement
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, 2018 Image 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, 2018 Horner 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, 2018 Working 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, 2018 Native 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, 2018 Celebration 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, 2018 Image 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, 2018 Gray 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, 2018 Progress 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, 2018 Garden 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, 2018 DEHS 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, 2018 Pollinators 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, 2018 Wellarama
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, 2018 Visioning 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, 2018 Diversity & 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, 2018 Social 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, 2018 Image 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, 2018 Patient 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, 2018 Wild 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, 2018 UofL 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, 2018 Bethany 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, 2018 UofL 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, 2018 Film 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, 2018 2018 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, 2018 Non-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, 2018 Arbor 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, 2018 UofL 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, 2018 Minx 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, 2018 Belknap 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, 2018 Image 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, 2018 Brian 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, 2018 Film 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, 2018 Redlining 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, 2018 PictureSustainability 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, 2018 Talk: 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, 2018 Lecture: “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, 2018 Green 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, 2018 Spring 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:

  • Updates: recent tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans (Greg & Aaron)
  • Planning & Site Selection for 2018 UofL Arbor Day Celebration, April 6th, 11am-2pm (Justin)
  • Planning for tree-related Service Learning Projects (all)
    - Report from 2018 Maple-Tapping project (Linda, Avalon, Dave, Justin)
    - Any other classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
    - Encouraging UofL folks to get involved with spring community plantings:
    Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:45am - 2pm – Portland Neighborhood Tree Planting
    (170 trees, organized by Louisville Grows)
    Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:45am - 2pm – Park Duvalle Neighborhood Tree Planting
    (170 trees, organized by Louisville Grows)
    Friday, April 13, 2018, 9am - 1:30pm
    – Arbor Day Celebration Tree Planting at Russell Lee Park (100 trees, organized by Louisville Metro)
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour (Niki & Shelby)
  • Updates on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App?
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
March 26, 2018 Green 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, 2018 Panama 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, 2018 Image 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, 2018 UofL 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, 2018 Symposium: 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, 2018 We 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, 2018 Dr. 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, 2018 Beer 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, 2018 Image 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, 2018 Black & 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, 2018 How 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, 2018 Sustainability 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, 2018 No 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, 2018 Let 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, 2018 Workshop: 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, 2018 No 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, 2018 Ending 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, 2018 Urban 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, 2018 Behind 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, 2018 GRASS 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, 2018 EcoReps 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, 2018 We 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, 2018 The 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, 2018 Engage 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, 2018 Image 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, 2018 Civil 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, 2018 Image 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, 2018 Sustainability 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, 2018 Ecolympics 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, 2018 Unbridled 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, 2018 Food 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, 2018 WOW! 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, 2018 GRASS 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, 2018 Maple 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, 2018 Newton'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, 2018 Biology 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, 2018 Meeting: 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, 2018 Martin 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, 2018 Garden 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, 2018 UofL 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
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Dec. 16, 2017 Automobile 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, 2017 Alternative 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, 2017 Image 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, 2017 Campus 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
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Dec. 4, 2017 Poison 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, 2017 Holiday 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, 2017 Green 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, 2017 No 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, 2017 Belknap 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, 2017 USGBC 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, 2017 Environmental 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, 2017 EcoReps 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, 2017 Elephant 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, 2017 Sustainability 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, 2017 Symposium 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, 2017 Inaugural 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, 2017 The 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, 2017 Spray 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, 2017 Pumpkin 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, 2017 West 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, 2017 Farm 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, 2017 Louisville 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, 2017 Volunteer 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, 2017 Central 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, 2017 Gray 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, 2017 10th 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, 2017 Mindful, 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, 2017 I 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, 2017 EcoReps 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, 2017 America: 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, 2017 Louisville 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:
Schedule Activity Location
9:30am – 11am Introductory Session
•  Solar 101 basic principals
•  Energy Efficiency
•  Financing
Register for Intro Session HERE

Cooper and Kings 1121 E Washington St Louisville, KY 40206
11am - 2pm Bus or Bike Tour
•  Depart from Cooper and Kings
•  Tour solar sites around the community
Register for Bus or Bike Tour HERE
1pm - 5pm Meet 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, 2017 Louisville 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, 2017 Pollinators 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, 2017 Pipe 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, 2017 Take 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, 2017 Sustainability 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, 2017 The 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, 2017 Tacos & 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, 2017 National 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, 2017 Belknap 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, 2017 EcoReps 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, 2017 Citizen 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, 2017 Peace 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, 2017 No 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, 2017 Hite 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, 2017 UofL 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, 2017 Diversity 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, 2017 Garden 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, 2017 Hot 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, 2017 Sustainability 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, 2017 Dinner 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, 2017 Across 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, 2017 Fair 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, 2017 Social 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, 2017 HOPE 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, 2017 Ecological 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, 2017 Bake 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, 2017 Non-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, 2017 Trees, 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, 2017 Cards 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, 2017 Student 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, 2017 Sustainability 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!