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Past sustainability events at UofL.

Date Event
July 6, 2016 Louisville Sustainability Forum
Wednesday, July 6th, Noon-1:30pm, Earth & Spirit Center (1924 Newburg Rd)
Louisville Sustainability ForumThis month's featured presentation will be given by two experts from UofL's new Institute of Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging: Anna C. Faul, Ph.D., Executive Director; and Joseph G. D'Ambrosio, JD, Ph.D, LMFT, Director of Health Innovation and Sustainability. The Institute of Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging envisions a connected world where older adults lead engaged and flourishing lives. Dr. Anna Faul and Dr. Joe D'Ambrosio will discuss how they are helping older adults flourish by building collaborative networks of research, practice, innovation and education. Believing that aging is an opportunity and not a disease, enables optimal aging with dignity, grace and integrity. The Institute's innovative projects and plans for a future where older adults thrive throughout their aging journey will be discussed. Dr. Anna's 32-year career has been dedicated to helping older adults live productive and healthy lives across the lifespan. Dr. Joe's work and community based research is focused on innovative and sustainable health initiatives.
Shorter Presentations:
> Engaging in fossil-fuel-free and green investing, Carrie B. VanWinkle, CFP, Socially Responsive Investment Advisor & Financial Planner
> Geothermal-powered heating and air conditioning, Richard Roth, A. N. Roth Heating and Cooling
June 29, 2016 Garden Commons Workday
Wednesday, June 29th, 11am-noon, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, hands-on workshops about how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every other Wednesday 11am-noon from June 29 - Aug. 10. 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.
June 25, 2016 Annual Butterfly count at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County
Saturday, June 25th 9:30am-3pm
All are invited to participate in the annual butterfly count at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary near Brownsboro, led by UofL biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists, as part of a national effort to monitor butterfly populations across the country. Experts will teach people how to identify the butterflies they see. Count leaders will supply nets but volunteers can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. For more information, contact Covell at 502-639-2691 or covell@louisville.edu. Participants should wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring water, lunch and insect repellent. Meet at 9:30am in the parking lot of Sugar Babe Antiques, about one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71 and about 20 miles north of Louisville.
June 21, 2016 The Natural Environment and Heart Disease
Tuesday, June 21st at 7pm, The Clifton Center (2117 Payne St.)

The Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., professor and distinguished university scholar in the Institute of Molecular Cardiology, professor of medicine, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Louisville. Dr. Bhatnagar's research interests include the cardiovascular effects of environmental pollutants and his work has led to the creation of the new field of environmental cardiology. His research is supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health, including two program-projects. Dr. Bhatnagar is a graduate of Kanpur University, India and received his post-doctoral training at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is currently serving on the editorial boards of both Circulation Research and Circulation, has participated in over 50 National Institutes of Health review panels, and is the author of over 120 publications. Greater Louisville Sierra Club's programs are always free and open to the public.
June 14, 2016 Printing the Sun
Tuesday, June 14th at 6pm, Goodwood Brewing Co. (636 E Main)
Join UofL's own Dr. Thad Druffel for the next edition of the Kentucky Science Center's Scientific Proofs series. Every hour, enough energy from the sun hits the earth’s surface to power the world for an entire year. Despite this potential, solar energy currently provides less than 1 percent of global electricity. Can the same technology that democratized knowledge, the printing press, be reimagined to satisfy the world’s ever growing demand for energy and independence? More importantly, can it be scaled fast enough? Scientific Proofs are timely discussions on mature science topics led by a wide variety of area scientists, leaders, and professionals. Most events are 21+ and all are FREE… minus the drinks!
June 3, 2016 Reuse Summit
Friday, June 3rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm at JCTC (Health Sciences Hall Auditorium).
$25 Registration Required
The Partnership for a Green City will host this community summit on materials reuse and repurposing in Louisville. We'll discuss both the problems of solid waste and solutions that institutions and residents can take to tackle it. We've heard about the three R’s for years – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Many of us have figured out how to reduce waste and recycling has increased across the country. Now the Partnership and Metro Public Works are focusing on the middle R – REUSE – to familiarize Louisville with reuse opportunities to minimize landfill disposal of items that could benefit others. Examples we'll explore include: donating clothes to Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.; donating home appliances, windows, doors, cabinets, etc. to the Habitat Restore: donating items for school art projects through Good Garbage; Supplies Overseas delivers surplus medical equipment and supplies to parts of the world where it is desperately needed; and reusing organic wastes as mulch, compost, or methane (we'll learn about biodigesters through a case study of how they work in other cities). There will also be demonstration projects available for viewing. $25 Registration covers lunch for participants. Scholarships available on an as-requested basis. For additional information, please contact Brent Fryrear at bfryrear@louisville.edu or 852-8854.
May 20, 2016 Bike to Work Day!
Friday, May 20th, city-wide
UofL encourages everyone to bike to campus for Bike to Work Day! Louisville's Bike to Work Day Celebration will take place at 4th Street Live! from 11:30am until 1 pm. That morning there will be several meet and rides into downtown from Seneca Park, Iroquois Park, Shawnee Park and at the Indiana side of the Big 4 Bridge. Full details here. Register for this year's Bike to Work Day Event, and you will be entered into a drawing for a free Giant Momentum Bicycle donated by Parkside Bikes!
May 14, 2016 Kentucky Solar Energy Society Annual Meeting
Saturday, May 14th, 1:00-4:30pm, Ernst Hall Auditorium
This meeting is free and open to all KySES members, subscribers, students, guests and the general public interested in learning more about solar power in Kentucky. Expect an interactive afternoon with participation from attendees and presenters including UofL's Dr. Thad Druffel on the state of solar generation and updates from KySES board members on efforts such as solar legislation and Solar Over Louisville. Enjoy a tour of UofL's Solar Decathlon House, as well as a Solar 101 overview. Download the 2016 KySES Annual Meeting Agenda, and the UofL Campus Map for the location of Ernst Hall (coordinates C-10 on the map). For more information, please contact kysesinfo@gmail.com or Theresa Martin, KySES Chaiperson, theresa@littlewolf.org 606-618-0300.
May 13, 2016 Urban Heat Island Symposium
Friday, May 13th, 8:30am – 4:30pm at JCTC

The Partnership for a Green City will host this community symposium on the Urban Heat Island effect that is plaguing Louisville. We'll discuss both the problem and solutions that institutions and residents can take to tackle it. All are welcome and there will be a minimal charge to cover lunch. More details TBA.
May 12, 2016 Phoenix House Grand Opening
Thursday, May 12th at 9am, just southeast of Ernst Hall

The J.B. Speed School of Engineering and Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research invite you to the Phoenix House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Dedication. The Phoenix House was built as the UofL/Ball State entry into the 2013 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition, where it won the Affordability challenge. Now located on UofL’s campus in the J.B. Speed School complex, the Phoenix House will serve as the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research’s living laboratory for studying renewable energy and energy efficiency prototype technologies in conjunction with industry. All are welcome and you can RSVP here.
Apr. 24, 2016 UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday noon-1pm (200 block of E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets)
Come help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep! This is a Mayor's Give A Day Week of Service event! Please register and report your volunteer service online!
Apr. 22, 2016 Lighten Your Load (on the Earth!)
EARTH DAY! Friday, April 22nd, 11am-2pm, Red Barn plaza
A special "Lighten Your Load" free swap will be set up from 11am - 2pm outside the Red Barn - all are welcome to come take or donate items. There will also be free food, a DJ, and booths from student groups and local environmental organizations offering activities and information about how to lighten your load on Planet Earth! From noon-1pm, grab a free bike blender smoothie from the Office of Health Promotion!
Apr. 20, 2016 Earth Day Workshop: Get Back To The Land with Sustainable Gardening!
Wednesday, April 20th 2-3pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Earth Day is the perfect time to get back to the land! Justin Mog, PhD (UofL's Asst. to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives) has been an organic gardener for decades and will share some of the basics about how to start and maintain a sustainable garden so that you can grow your own fresh, local food – whether it’s in pots on your porch, in your backyard, or in a community garden. Justin has extensive experience with all those methods of growing in Louisville and has worked as a crop extensionist with farmers around the world.
This session will be a hands-on workshop using the many resources available at UofL’s own organic Garden Commons which is a space open to all UofL staff, faculty, and students to learn about and grow food year-round. Garden Commons features 10 raised-beds, in-ground beds, a small orchard and berry bushes, an herb spiral, a permaculture hugelkulture mound, a greenhouse, compost bins, and rain barrels. All elements of this sustainable urban agriculture project will be explored during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to dress for outdoor garden work with closed shoes, but everyone will be accommodated. Gloves and tools will be provided. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Apr. 20, 2016 Meatless Monday Cooking Demo and Tasting
Wednesday, April 20th, 11:00-11:20am, SAC Global Food Market

Lower your risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes by going meatless one day a week. Moreover, Meatless Monday benefits the environment, your body, and your conscience. Join Get Healthy Now, City Café, and Sodexo for a tasty, fun, and healthful Take 20. Walk away from the hands-on sessions with a plethora of meatless cooking, dining and gardening options. Free for employees & spouses/Qualifying Adults. Register online.
Apr. 17, 2016 UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday noon-1pm (200 block of E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets)
Come help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep! This is a Mayor's Give A Day Week of Service event! Please register and report your volunteer service online!
Apr. 15, 2016 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Making Maple Syrup from UofL Trees (Pancake Party!)
Friday, April 15th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! This month, we'll enjoy a Pancake Party as we hear about a new Sustainable Community Engagement section of BIOL 104-15 - Laboratory for Introduction to Biological Systems. Professors Linda Fuselier and Missy Michael will be discussing how students in this lab gathered sap from UofL maples as we all enjoy the delicious fruits of their labor! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification 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. #‎ULmaplemadness‬ More info on EcoReps website.
April 15, 2016 Faculty Workshop: Green Threads – Sustainability across the curriculum
Friday, April 15th, 9:15am-5:00pm, Cultural Center MPR
Interested in integrating themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into your courses?
The Sustainability Council invites full- & part-time faculty as well as GTA Academy participants from all disciplines to participate in the 2016 Green Threads workshop. We’ll explore ways to embed sustainability into your curriculum. UofL faculty will receive a $500 honorarium, resources for course development, info on local sustainability issues, & a new network of faculty from across UofL. Applications (download here) must be submitted to Margaret Carrerio by March 23, 2016. Full details on Green Threads here.
April 15 - May 2, 2015 Lighten Your Load! Move-Out Waste ReductionLighten Your Load!
April 15th through May 2nd, 2016
Moving out? Don't throw it out!
During the spring move out, special collection bins will be set up in the lobbies of all UofL residence halls for the donation of any unwanted items: clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, appliances, lamps, electronics, decor, rugs, bags, school supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, and anything else you'd rather not keep. Two sets of bins will be available in each lobby - one for Goodwill items and another for donations of non-perishable food items that we will donate to the hungry through St. Vincent de Paul. Help us achieve our goal of Zero Waste for Move-Out 2016! Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is proud to partner with UofL Housing & Residence Life and the Sustainability Council's Solid Waste Reduction Committee for this initiative! For more information: Heather Hise, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, 502-553-6893; or Bryan Mathis, UofL, 502-641-7286.
  • A special "Lighten Your Load (on the Earth)" free swap will be set up from 11am - 2pm on Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd at the Red Barn plaza - all are welcome to come take or donate items. There will be informational booths, free food, and a DJ as well.
Apr. 14, 2016 Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story
Thursday, April 14th, 6pm, SAC Floyd Theater
Stephens and Sprinkle, two ecosexuals in love, raise performance art hell in West Virginia to help save the region from mountaintop removal destruction. This film chronicles their love, activism, and struggle to save their family home, climaxing with their wedding to the Appalachian Mountains. Brought to you by the Engage.Lead.Serve Board's Green Initiatives. Runtime: 70 minutes. Watch trailer here.
Apr. 14, 2016 Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence
Thursday, April 14th, 1pm in the Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium
Recipients of UofL's 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros, will discuss their winning work “The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.” They received the award for outlining how the absence of law enforcement in poor countries undermines the fight against global poverty. They contend that all economic efforts to address deprivation are likely to fail in the absence of protection against crimes such as human trafficking, sexual assault, police brutality, and forced evictions. Haugen is founder and president of the International Justice Mission. Boutros is a visiting scholar at George Washington University Law School.
Apr. 13, 2016 Meatless Monday Cooking Demo and Tasting
Wednesday, April 13th, 11:00-11:20am, City Café, HSC; April 20, SAC Global Food Market

Lower your risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes by going meatless one day a week. Moreover, Meatless Monday benefits the environment, your body, and your conscience. Join Get Healthy Now, City Café, and Sodexo for a tasty, fun, and healthful Take 20. Walk away from the hands-on sessions with a plethora of meatless cooking, dining and gardening options. Free for employees & spouses/Qualifying Adults. Register online.
Apr. 12, 2016 Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium
Tuesday, April 12th, 12:30-4pm, Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation is sponsoring the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students, faculty and the community can discuss cutting-edge research topics, examine the connection between research and education and explore the broad range of research at UofL, including sustainability projects. Deadline for abstract submission is April 7thEmail the organizers
Apr. 8, 2016 UofL Day of Service
Friday, April 8th, 9am-4pm, various sites. Registration required.
As part of our commitment to community engagement, UofL allows staff to take one day off a year to volunteer in the community. While employees are allowed to take any day of their choosing, the Office of Community Engagement organizes this UofL Day of Service. While this Day of Service is focused around staff, faculty and students are welcome to participate if schedules permit. Transportation will be provided along with food and materials. Tentatively, participants will leave campus about 9am and return around 4pm. With the support of President James Ramsey, Interim Provost Neville Pinto, Harlan Sands Senior VP for Finance & Administration, the Office of Community Engagement has chosen four sites within the Louisville community for the 2nd Annual UofL Day of Service. A total of 100 university volunteers are needed. Participants must sign up (subject to supervisor approval), and fill out the Community Service Leave Request Form. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis and will close when the capacity for the site has been reached. The 2nd Annual UofL Day of Service sites are: Americana Community Center (35 volunteers), South Louisville Community Center (35 volunteers), Parkhill Community Center (15 volunteers), and Wayside Christian Mission/Hotel Louisville (15 volunteers). Registration required.
Apr. 8, 2016 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable
Friday, April 8th, 10am-11am, Life Sciences Room 137
In 2016, we are relaunching the Sustainability Scholars Roundtable with a focus on bringing researchers together around potential interdisciplinary research grants that we could pursue through collaborative proposals. We want to be poised to respond when appropriate requests for proposals are issued from granting agencies. Thus, we will gather monthly to share ideas about potential grants, decide upon research areas of common interest, and explore local sustainability challenges that could be addressed through our research efforts. Our Roundtable meetings are open to UofL researchers from all disciplines. Please join us! For more info, contact Margaret Carreiro. We meet monthly on Fridays, 10am-11am, in Life Sciences Room 137: Feb. 5th, March 4th, and April 8th.
Apr. 7, 2016 GRASS Movie Night: Mad Max: Fury Road
Thursday, April 7th, 8pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium

UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS), will be hosting this special screening of the Academy Award winning Mad Max: Fury Road, a blockbuster film which touches on themes of sustainability. Join us for fun, socializing, and pizza in the lobby beforehand! The event is free, but donations will be welcomed.
Apr. 6, 2016 The Revolutionary Example of Paul Robeson: Tool for Today’s Activists
Wednesday, April 6th at 7pm in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium

Focusing on the revolutionary legacy of Paul Robeson, Dr. Tony Monteiro considers biographical, social scientific, and philosophical sources to demonstrate Robeson's unique intellect and to suggest the multiple threads of black existence that produced it. The ideas Robeson championed are once again becoming concrete in today's struggles against police terror and mass incarceration. Robeson stands as a fighter against white supremacy and imperialism, providing an example for today's youth. Sponsored by the Department of Pan-African Studies, the A&S Office of International, Diversity, and Community Engagement Programs, and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. Reception to follow.
Apr. 6, 2016 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday
Wednesday, April 6th 2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, hands-on workshops about how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every other Wednesday 2-3pm from Jan. 13 - April 20. 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.
Apr. 1, 2016 UofL Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 1st, 11am - Tree Planting north of Music School; 11:30am-1pm Tree Giveaway, Red Barn plaza
April 1st, 2016 is Arbor Day in Kentucky. You can 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! At 11am you can help us plant a tree on the north side of School of Music, along Cardinal Blvd. Then from 11:30am-1pm, stop by the Red Barn plaza and pick up a free, native redbud tree seedling to take home and plant in your neighborhood! The Office of Health Promotion will also be on hand to offer free bike blender smoothies made with tree fruits and nuts! Brought to you by UofL's Sustainability Council and Campus Tree Advisory Committee, and the Office of Health Promotion. Connect with us on Facebook. Photos.
Mar. 25, 2016 Urban Studies Institute Garden Workday
Friday, March 25th at 3pm, behind Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom St.)
Volunteers will be gathering to plant seeds, clean up, and weed the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone behind Bettie Johnson Hall. Help us get our garden ready for another productive year and then return to watch things grow and enjoy some of the harvest. No experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. It will be perfect weather for a study/work break, so bring a friend! All are welcome!
Mar. 25, 2016 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Permaculture
Friday, March 25th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! This month, we'll be joined by the Louisville Permaculture Guild for a deep dive into the principles of permaculture - the use of skilled design to produce ecologies, economies, and communities which are grounded in an ethical consideration of their environments.
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 certification 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.
Mar. 24, 2016 The Unmaking and Remaking of the World in Long-Term Solitary Confinement
Thursday, March 24th 4pm, Shumaker Research Building 139

Join us for the next in the Spring 2016 Crime and Punishment lecture series sponsored by UofL's Social Change program. Dr. Lisa Guenther, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, is the author of Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives (Minnesota, 2013), and co-editor of Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration (Fordham, 2015). Copies of her books will be available for purchase after the lecture, which is free and open to the public. For more information contact Avery Kolers, akolers@louisville.edu.
Mar. 23, 2016 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday
Wednesday, March 23rd 2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, hands-on workshops about how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every other Wednesday 2-3pm from Jan. 13 - April 20. 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.
Mar. 12-18, 2016 Alternative Service Break Trip: Food Literacy in Asheville, NC
March 12-18, 2016 (Apply by Feb. 11th) $250

Do you want to make an impact on Spring Break?! You will have an incredible opportunity to volunteer your time and skills, become more of a leader and active citizen, build relationships in and out of our community—all while focusing on nutrition and food literacy. This year's alternative service break trip is planned in cooperation with the YMCA of Western North Carolina. Through their six centers, nineteen childcare sites, and numerous programs throughout the community, the YMCA positively impacts people of all ages, races, faiths, and economic backgrounds. Our group will volunteer with the YMCA to support their newly established nutrition department. As a team, we'll discuss the importance of food literacy, become more knowledgeable about our food and where it comes from, and be exposed to relevant current events. Apply for the trip on OrgSync by Feb. 11th.
Mar. 11, 2016 Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Spring 2016 Meeting
Friday, March 11th, 2:00-3:30pm in Ekstrom Library W210
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all students, employees, and community members interested in helping UofL protect and expand its tree population on campus. We meet just once a semester, so please join us. We have much to discuss and plan for. The agenda includes:
  • Updates: recent tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans
  • Plan for a 2016 UofL Arbor Day Observance
  • Planning for 2016 tree-related Service Learning Projects
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour
  • Maple tapping project update & plans for PANCAKE PARTY with student reports (April 15th noon, Ekstrom W210)
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
Connect with us on Facebook.
Mar. 10, 2016 Young, Gifted & Black: Black Women in Today’s Social Justice Movements
Thursday, March 10th, 6pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

This event will focus on the role of Black women in the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement, and Black women in leadership positions within organizations then and now. This event is brought to you by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice. A small reception will be held following this event in the Ali Institute in Ekstrom Library at 7:30pm. For more information, please contact Erika at 852-6372 or via email at Erika.stith@louisville.edu
Mar. 10, 2016 Faculty Symposium on Interdisciplinary Engaged Scholarship
Thursday, March 10th, 11:30am - 1pm, Shumaker Research Building Room 139. Register here.

Come out and explore how successful and emerging interdisciplinary collaborations can serve as a major catalyst in: 1. Advancing UofL's state assigned metropolitan research mission, 2. Addressing the strategies and objectives identified in the University's 21st Century Initiative, and 3. Providing a new programmatic paradigm in the next phase of the Signature Partnership Initiative engagement with the west Louisville community. Light lunch will be served. Registration required here.
Mar. 9, 2016 Hunger Banquet
Wednesday, March 9th, 6-8pm in the Red Barn
Free, but donations will be accepted: Cash for Oxfam America; Canned & non-perishable food for Dare To Care. Register here.
The Engage.Lead.Serve Board's Global Initiatives is hosting this special event to educate students about how the rest of the world eats and how they can make a difference. Participants will be split into groups that resemble the division of wealth globally. Food will be served differently between each group of countries and will simulate the typical meals each experiences in a normal day. Students will also be presented with information of things that could work towards solving this problem in the world. Many think hunger is about too many people and too little food. That is not the case. Our rich and bountiful planet produces enough food to feed everyone. Hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. The results are illiteracy, poverty, war, and the inability of families to grow or buy food. Hunger affects everyone, in countries rich and poor, in urban and rural areas. But some of us face greater challenges than others. Every day, resources like land and water are becoming more scarce, making it harder for farmers to feed their families. Global shifts in weather are adding to the problem, making it harder for people to sow and harvest crops. Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in Oxfam America Hunger Banquet events or skipped meals to acknowledge the plight of the world’s hungry. Co-sponsored by UofL's Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Program & Sustainability Council.
Mar. 9, 2016 Dr. Daniel Nocera, 2015 Leigh Ann Conn Prize Laureate
Wednesday, March 9th, 3-4:30pm, Rauch Planetarium

UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research presents a free public lecture by Dr. Daniel Nocera, the 2015 Leigh Ann Conn Prize Laureate. Dr. Nocera, the Patterson Rookwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University, is a World-renowned chemist and professor who won the 2015 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy from the University of Louisville, which recognizes outstanding renewable energy ideas and achievements with proven global impact. Dr. Nocera is recognized for two energy storage creations. The first is his “Artificial Leaf,” a renewable energy device that synthetically duplicates the direct solar-to-fuel steps of photosynthesis, the process by which plants use sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen to create fuel for themselves. The Artificial Leaf was named Innovation of the Year for 2011 by Time magazine. The second is a low cost, rechargeable “flow” battery for scalable centralized (grid) and distributed (microgrid) energy storage at the megawatt-hour (MWh) scale. Nocera’s innovations address the storage of energy until needed, the most critical challenge of widespread implementation of renewables.
Mar. 9, 2016 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday
Wednesday, March 9th 2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, hands-on workshops about how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every other Wednesday 2-3pm from Jan. 13 - April 20. 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.
Mar. 8, 2016
March for Justice! CIW Workers' Voice Tour in Louisville
Tuesday, March 8th, 5pm, leaves from Ekstrom Library (3rd Street entrance)
Join dozens of Florida farmworkers, UofL students, and community members in amplyfying the UofL Wendy's student boycott with a march around campus as part of the Coalition of Immokalee Worker's 2016 Workers' Voice Tour! Together, farmworkers and their allies will march to the UofL Wendy's in the SAC to continue to demand that the final fast food holdout join the Fair Food Program -- a proven, worker-led solution to farmworker abuse in the U.S. agricultural industry. The march will begin at 5pm in front of Ekstrom Library (2301 S. 3rd St.) and conclude at the SAC. Bring art and your voices!
Mar. 5, 2016 Engage Kentucky Symposium
Saturday, March 5th, 10am-4pm, SAC Floyd Theatre
The Engage Kentucky Symposium is a FREE conference focused on civic engagement and advocacy. Social movements and advocacy shape our world. We all know what they look like - sit-ins, protests, tweets, and boycotts, but how does this happen? How can you start a movement? Join us in a free discussion with civil rights leader, Ira Grupper, and action plan specialist, Jason Connell, and learn how to create the change you want to see. This free conference will also include workshops led by activists in the Louisville community including leaders from the Anne Braden Institute, LGBT Center, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and many more. Register now and learn to make a difference today! We will focus on creating action plans and empowering students to become the leaders in social movements. This event is open to the public and is especially geared toward high school and college students. Sponsored by UofL's Engage Lead Serve Board. Register (free) here.
Mar. 4, 2016 Adventures in interdisciplinarity: Modeling hydrology and decision-making in a Costa Rican watershed
Friday, March 4th, noon, Shumaker Research Building room 139
The Biology Department will be hosting Dr. Gabriela Stocks (UofL Anthropology) and Dr. Forrest Stevens (UofL Geography/Geosciences), who together will give the following presentation entitled: Adventures in interdisciplinarity: Modeling hydrology and decision-making in a Costa Rican watershed.
Mar. 4, 2016 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable
Friday, March 4th, 10am-11am, Life Sciences Room 137
In 2016, we are relaunching the Sustainability Scholars Roundtable with a focus on bringing researchers together around potential interdisciplinary research grants that we could pursue through collaborative proposals. We want to be poised to respond when appropriate requests for proposals are issued from granting agencies. Thus, we will gather monthly to share ideas about potential grants, decide upon research areas of common interest, and explore local sustainability challenges that could be addressed through our research efforts. Our Roundtable meetings are open to UofL researchers from all disciplines. Please join us! For more info, contact Margaret Carreiro. We meet monthly on Fridays, 10am-11am, in Life Sciences Room 137: Feb. 5th, March 4th, and April 8th.
Mar. 4, 2016 Public Art and the City 2016 - Art as Social Action: Louisville Implications
Friday, March 4th, 8:30am-12:30pm, Ekstrom's Chao Auditorium
This symposium represents a fresh beginning in conversations about roles of art in social well-being and change. The event will bring together an internationally-recognized expert with local and regional leaders sharing their community's experiences in how arts activities, art making, artist housing, and place-making have been catalysts for a new dynamic in neighborhoods throughout Louisville, and how arts may impact the city’s future.
The keynote speaker is Mary Jane Jacob, noted author, curator and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Formerly Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in both Chicago and Los Angeles, Jacob shifted her workplace from the museum to the street to critically engage the discourse around public space. The possibilities of art as a social force, art for the people’s sake rather than art for art’s sake, and sustained engagement with a particular locale, are among the topics Jacob will touch on. Three panel discussions will focus on:
1. Artists’ housing and exhibition spaces. Panelists will include Paducah tourism official Fowler Black, UofL glass artist Che Rhodes, gallery operator Chuck Swanson and filmmaker-real estate entrepreneur Gill Holland discussing challenges and opportunities in neighborhood resettlement and redevelopment.
2. Governmental and cultural interchange. Speakers will include Gretchen Milliken, Vision Louisville; Ramona Lindsey, West Louisville Women’s Coalition; the Rev. Cindy Weber, Jefferson Street Baptist Center; and Jim Turner, Samuel Plato Academy of Historic Preservation Trades, discussing peace, carpentry, entertainment and other public art-linked local projects.
3. UofL initiatives in western Louisville. University faculty and staff will discuss community engagement efforts underway in the city.
UofL’s Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships organized the event with support from the Liberal Studies Project, Fine Arts department and College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Peter Morrin, director of UofL's Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, at 502-852-2361null502-852-2361 or peter.morrin@louisville.edu
Mar. 2, 2016 Pulitzer winner Isabel Wilkerson on The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Isabel WilkersonWednesday, March 2nd at 5:30pm in Strickler Hall 101

The Department of Pan-African Studies, Center on Race & Inequality, and Louisville Urban League excitedly welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-seller author Isabel Wilkerson to UofL. Her lecture will begin promptly at 5:30 pm and a book-signing will follow. Wilkerson's best-selling book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, is the current selection for One Book Louisville, a community reading program of the Louisville Urban League and Louisville Free Public Library. The Warmth of Other Suns has won many awards including the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and was named one of the year’s best books by The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and more than a dozen other publications. Wilkerson, former national correspondent and Chicago bureau chief for The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in American journalism and the first black American to win for individual reporting. Besides her 1994 Pulitzer for feature writing, she won the George Polk Award for her coverage of the Midwest as well as a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship. The National Association of Black Journalists named her Journalist of the Year in 1994. Wilkerson has also been a journalism professor at Boston, Princeton and Emory universities. She has conducted Nieman Foundation narrative writing seminars at Harvard University and lectured at universities, newspapers and writing workshops throughout the United States. This event is free and open to the public.
Feb. 29, 2016 The City as Future and Ruins: Sustainability and the Aesthetics of Design in 21st Century Kigali
Monday, Feb. 29th, noon-1pm, Lutz Hall Room 225

Dr. Samuel Shearer will be presenting this seminar as a part of the UofL Anthropology Department's Job Talk Series. Dr. Shearer is a candidate for Anthropology's faculty cluster hire in the Environment and Sustainability. Free lunch will be provided, featuring sandwiches from Cake Flour.
Feb. 28, 2016 Cardinal Sustainability SummitCardinal Sustainability Summit, Feb. 28th, 9am-3pm at the Red Barn
Sunday, Feb. 28th, 9am-3pm at the Red Barn

UofL's Engage.Lead.Serve. Board's Green Initiatives Committee invites you to the first annual Cardinal Sustainability Summit, focused on environmental and racial justice! We'll be welcoming all students from UofL and surrounding schools to join us for a captivating event where we collaborate, share ideas, and grow as a green community. The event will feature morning restorative yoga, keynotes by community activists Chanelle Helm and Tim Darst, a variety of sustainability workshops, and a chance to network with others and learn about the many student groups in Louisville that are working to advance sustainability! We are asking everyone to bring recyclable e-waste or art/school supplies to donate to Good Garbage as an entrance fee! Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (RAPP). Connect with us on Facebook. It's free, but please RSVP on OrgSync!
Feb. 24, 2016 The GREEN Program Info Session
Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 5pm in Vogt Hall room 314

Come learn about short term study abroad programs focused on sustainability & sustainable development through the Global Renewable Energy Education Network (GREEN) Program. Trips happen year-round. Upcoming opportunities include:
>> Iceland: Renewable Energy & Sustainability - Explore Iceland’s latest innovations in renewable energy, dive into authentic Nordic culture and participate in "bucket list" adventures with the GREEN Iceland Program.
>> Peru: Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices - Join The GREEN Peru Program to discover how Peru utilizes methods from the Inca Empire and modern day technologies for water initiatives and a sustainable future. Work with peers to implement sustainability education in local Peruvian schools.
>> Philadelphia: Sustainable Design & Urban Regeneration - Gain rare access to sustainable development projects throughout the city where local government policies in the USA are making impactful changes towards a greener future.
At this info session, you will hear directly from UofL students who have participated in previous trips: Becca Schilling (rebecca.schilling@louisville.edu), Katie Persons (katie.persons@louisville.edu), and Chip Raque (jerome.raque@louisville.edu).
Feb. 24, 2016 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday
Wednesday, Feb. 24th 2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, hands-on workshops about how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! This week, we'll continue nurturing the greens we've got growing in the greenhouse and Vaughn Zeller from the Louisville Permaculture Guild will be facilitating a process to develop a Permaculture Site Plan for the Garden Commons.Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every other Wednesday 2-3pm from Jan. 13 - April 20. 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.
Feb. 19, 2016 Progressive Visions for West Louisville
Friday, Feb. 19th at noon in Room 123, Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)

The Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents a special panel of local leaders speaking on the topic of “Progressive Visions for West Louisville.” Speakers will include Metro Council member David James, anti-graffiti activist Josh White, Martina Kunnecke of Neighborhood Planning and Preservation, Inc., and a special surprise guest!
Feb. 19, 2016 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Food, Glorious Food!
Friday, Feb. 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! This month's theme: Food, glorious food! But...Why do you eat what you eat? What considerations drive your daily decisions? Health? Hedonism? Environmental? Economic? Other? Are you very conscious in making your selections, can you recognize your subconscious influences, or are you generally unconscious about what goes in your gullet? In this roundtable conversation, we'll tease out the factors that go into our food selection protocols, with more detailed discussion and examination of the environmental aspects of the foods we eat. Come join us for this engaging conversation. Oh, and did we mention? A fee-free, meat-free lunch will be provided -- come and get it!

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 certification 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. 19, 2016 "I dump it in that dirty place": Ecological Care and Neoliberal Responsibility in South African Informal Settlements
Friday, Feb. 19th, 11am-
noon, Lutz Hall Room 225
Dr. Angela Storey will be presenting this seminar as a part of the UofL Anthropology Department's Job Talk Series. Dr. Storey is a candidate for Anthropology's faculty cluster hire in the Environment and Sustainability. Free lunch will be provided, featuring sandwiches from Cake Flour. The final seminar in the series will be held Monday Feb. 29th at noon.
Feb. 18, 2016 Justice and Juvy: Does the Legal System Provide Justice for Teenagers?
Thursday, Feb. 18th, 4pm, Ekstrom Library W104

Does the legal system for teenagers provide justice? How does -- and how should -- juvenile justice differ from adult criminal justice? How do individual youth characteristics, such as gender, race, geography, and social class influence what happens in the process? A&S Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, Professor of Sociology and of Criminal Justice, discusses problems and prospects for youth justice in America. Free and open to the public. Are you Going?
Feb. 17, 2016 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy
Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 6pm, Law Room 275
The Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy will be given by Professor Michelle Bryan of the University of Montana Law School. Professor Bryan is a rising star with expertise at the intersection of land use, water and the environment. A Q&A will follow.
Feb. 16, 2016 Food Chain$
Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 5:30pm, Ekstrom Chao Auditorium
Have you seen #boycottwendys floating around campus? Want to know why students are staging this issue? Join the Engage Lead Serve Board and the Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance for a special screening of Food Chain$, a powerful documentary highlighting the struggle of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to bring better working conditions and wages to our nation's produce pickers. The Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance is currently campaigning for a boycott of Wendy's to protest their refusal to sign the CIW's Fair Food Agreement to pay farmworkers one cent more per pound of tomatoes picked, almost doubling workers’ salaries. Fourteen major companies have agreed. Wendy’s denied to sign the agreement three years in a row, and UofL students' request to meet with the owner of the Wendy's in the SAC was denied.
Feb. 15, 2016 Ecolympics Kick-off Party!
Monday, Feb. 15th (SNOW DATE: Feb. 22) 11am-2pm in SAC Multipurpose Room
Campus Housing & UofL's Sustainability Council are throwing a party to launch Ecolympics 2016 - Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet! Join us over lunch with a DJ, booths, prizes & more! Learn what you can do to make a difference and help your residence hall win the competition. Enter to win prizes by taking the Cards Go Green! Pledge to increase your personal sustainability and signing up with InnerView.org to log your actions (and the chance to win even more prizes!) throughout the Ecolympics competition. Win one of the sustainability quiz challenges and take home even more!
Feb. 11, 2016 Prison Re-form: Progressive punishment, prison economies, and the (un)changing carceral state
Thursday, Feb. 11th, 4pm, Shumaker Research Building Room 139 (NEW DATE & LOCATION)
Dr. Judah Schept, Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, kicks off the 2016 Social Change lecture series on "Crime and Punishment." Dr. Schept is the author of Progressive Punishment: Job Loss, Jail Growth, and the Neoliberal Logic of Carceral Expansion (NYU Press). Copies of his book will be available for purchase after the lecture, which is free and open to the public. For more information contact Avery Kolers, akolers@louisville.edu. Are you Going?
Feb. 11, 2016 FoodWorks Internships Info Session
Thursday, Feb. 11th, 4pm, Student Activities Center Room W310B
Join us for this info session about how UofL students can apply to participate in the FoodWorks Program run by Middlebury College. FoodWorks is an innovative summer leadership program combining academic and experiential learning in food systems. It features: Nine intensive weeks in either Louisville, Vermont, or Washington D.C. from June 5 - August 4, 2016; a paid four-day/week internship; a 3-semester hour credit course in “Exploring local food systems”; a cohort living and cooking experience with 15 other students; Access to food systems mentors and experts; and weekly fifth-day learning journeys. This is a chance to touch, taste, and work with all aspects of the local food movement. You'll gain a comprehensive view of the local food system and its role in urban and rural economic development, including direct contact with experts. Interns will have the opportunity to engage in a learning community around food studies, as students live and participate together. There will also be an online component that allows FoodWorks Fellows to connect across sites and compare rural and urban food systems experiences. More info here. Facebook Event Page.
Feb. 10, 2016 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday
Wednesday, Feb. 10th 2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, hands-on workshops about how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! This week, we will be watering and checking on the microgreens that we planted together in the greenhouse.
Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every other Wednesday 2-3pm from Jan. 13 - April 20. 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 Event Page.
Weds. & Thurs. Spring 2016
UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Wednesdays & Thursdays, Noon-2pm, Unitas Tower basement
The UofL Free Store will be open Wednesdays & Thursdays from noon-2pm throughout Spring 2016 (2/10 to 4/20). All students, faculty & staff are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Clean donated items of all kinds are always welcome! The Free Store is intended to keep useful items out of the landfill and to aid the needy. It is a volunteer-powered initiative of UofL's Sustainability Council and the student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS). UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space.
Feb. 10, 2016 Between Stagnancy and Affluence: Women, Poverty and Resource Flows in Delhi's Interstitial Waterscapes
Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 11am-noon, Lutz Hall Room 225

Dr. Heather O'Leary will be presenting this seminar as a part of the UofL Anthropology Department's Job Talk Series. Dr. O'Leary is a candidate for Anthropology's faculty cluster hire in the Environment and Sustainability. Free lunch will be provided, featuring sandwiches from Cake Flour. Future seminars in the series will be held Friday Feb. 19th at noon, and Monday Feb. 29th at noon.
Feb. 9, 2016 Eco-Justice Faith Discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 9th at Noon, Interfaith Center, Multi-purpose room

Join us for free lunch and a conversation with the Rev. Jerry Cappel about restoring right relations between faith and the whole earth community. In the midst of on-going dialogue about climate change and environmental and eco-justice issues we will be listening for new ways to engage with one another on difficult topics. There will be time time to ask questions and to explore how you might feel called to respond in your own life to issues of environmental and eco-justice. Rev. Jerry Cappel is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Kentucky. He is the Associate Priest at St. James Episcopal Church in Pewee Valley. Jerry also serves as a Fellow for the Center for Religion and the Environment at Sewanee University of the South, as a GreenFaith Fellow, and as the President of Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light.
Feb. 7 to Apr. 2, 2016 Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2016!
Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet!

RecycleMania!RecycleMania! - February 7th to April 2nd, 2016
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL will compete to reduce waste, increase recycling and composting rates, 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: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.

Cards Cutting Carbon - Feb. 15 to March 6, 2016
Live on campus? Win with conservation! UofL residence halls will compete to see who can reduce electricity use the most over three weeks. All you have to do is stop wasting energy! Turn off lights/TVs/computers; unplug anything you're not actively using; skip the elevator for the stairs; close windows tightly; dry clothes on a rack/line; take quick showers or shower with solar power at the SRC; etc.
  • Make a personal commitment to reduce and keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard! Click on the links below to see how much electricity your hall is using and to make a commitment to conserve!

  1. Flip Me Off!Bettie Johnson Hall
  2. Billy Minardi Hall
  3. The Clubhouse
  4. Community Park (real-time!)
  5. Kurz Hall (real-time!)
  6. Louisville Hall (real-time!)
  7. Miller Hall
  8. Threlkeld Hall
  9. Unitas Hall (real-time!)
  10. University Tower Apartments (UTA)
Prizes:
  • The UofL residence hall which cuts electricity use the most will win a specially catered dinner and a Green Renovation project for the hall!
  • Individual prizes will be given out to residents who take steps to reduce their footprint! The greenest resident of 2016 will win a $400 bike shopping spree, and the most active resident in each hall will be entered into a raffle for a special dinner with President Ramsey! To be in the running, you must post photos of yourself taking action! Simply post your photos to social media using the hashtag #ULecolympics2016 and tag @uoflsustainable and @ulh_inc
Feb. 6, 2016 Growing Up Global: Celebrate compassion and diversity
Saturday, Feb. 6th, 11am-4pm, Muhammad Ali Center (144 N Sixth St)

Join UofL's Ali Institute for Peace and Justice in a community celebration of Louisville’s compassion and diversity. The event will examine youth migration issues with a focus on Louisville youth, including documentary film screenings; youth panel discussion, and group discussions about how to address challenges and opportunities beginning at 1pm. This event is organized with the Ali Center, Catholic Charities, and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. It is open to the public, and free with donation of youth-related items.
Feb. 5, 2016
Sustainability Scholars Roundtable
Friday, Feb. 5th, 10am-11am, Life Sciences Room 137
In 2016, we are relaunching the Sustainability Scholars Roundtable with a focus on bringing researchers together around potential interdisciplinary research grants that we could pursue through collaborative proposals. We want to be poised to respond when appropriate requests for proposals are issued from granting agencies. Thus, we will gather monthly to share ideas about potential grants, decide upon research areas of common interest, and explore local sustainability challenges that could be addressed through our research efforts. Our Roundtable meetings are open to UofL researchers from all disciplines. Please join us! For more info, contact Margaret Carreiro. We meet monthly on Fridays, 10am-11am, in Life Sciences Room 137: February 5th, March 4th, and April 8th.
Feb. 2, 2016 2016 Human Trafficking Awareness Conference
Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 5:30pm-9pm, SAC Multipurpose Room.
Free Registration.
The UofL Women’s Center and Women4Women Student Board are hosting this annual conference to raise awareness of human trafficking in Kentucky and to educate students and the community about the complex issue of human trafficking and to encourage taking action to prevent it. Doors to the 6th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference will open at 5:00pm with a resource fair and dinner served until 6:15pm. Representatives from various community and campus organizations will be on hand sharing resources for victims and providing information on how the community can get involved. Donations of personal care products will also be collected during the conference to support the Kristy Love Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women addicted to drugs and alcohol, along with survivors of human trafficking. The Kristy Love Foundation provides shelter and case management to help lead women to better health care, education, and employment. Monetary donations will also be accepted through Eventbrite, as well as during the conference. Admission is free and open to the public. Register now to reserve a space and a meal.
Feb. 1, 2016 Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) Meeting
Monday, Feb. 1st at 4pm, SAC Room W307
UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) will be meeting to make plans for this semester's service projects, events, and other campus-changing sustainability initiatives! Join us!
Jan. 27, 2016  Garden Commons Workshop & Workday
Wednesday, Jan. 27th 2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, hands-on workshops about how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every other Wednesday 2-3pm from Jan. 13 - April 20. 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.
Jan. 25, 2016 1st Spring Meeting: Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS)
Monday, Jan. 25th at 4pm, SAC Room W307
UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) will be meeting to make plans for this semester's service projects, events, and other campus-changing sustainability initiatives! Join us!
Jan. 15, 2016 Social Justice Potluck
Friday, Jan. 15th at 6pm in Humanities 300
Bring your passion for justice (and a dish if possible) and we'll talk about what we can do on UofL's campus this semester to move toward economic justice! All are welcome. Hosted by Cards United Against Sweatshops and the Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance.
Jan. 15, 2016 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Green Careers & Communication
Friday, Jan. 15th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! This month, we'll be joined by Hart Hagan, a local marketing strategist interested in spreading the word about sustainability jobs in Louisville. Hart will be speaking on “Preaching to the Choir: How to advance your career while making Louisville green." He asserts that what the green community needs most is effective communication, and he'll share what you can do about it while learning valuable communication skills and strategies to advance your own career. 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 certification 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. 14, 2016 Is the World a More Dangerous Place? Thoughts on Risk, Disasters and Climate Change
Thursday, Jan. 14th at noon, University Club, $15

Join us for this special luncheon featuring David Simpson, Chair of the UofL Sustainability Council and the Dept. of Urban and Public Affairs, and Director of UofL's Center for Hazards Research. Dr. Simpson will discuss how the U.S. experience with large-scale natural disasters has changed the approaches to handling hazards and how the need to adopt a sustainability and resiliency perspective is influencing policy. The College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer this lecture as part of the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college's research and cultural offerings. Reservations are required, with $15 payment in cash or check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at null502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu no later than January 11th.
Jan. 13, 2016 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday: Permaculture, Planting, and the Greenhouse
Wednesday, Jan. 13th 2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, hands-on workshops about how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every other Wednesday 2-3pm from Jan. 13 - April 20. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. This, the first workshop of the year will be held in greenhouse behind the Cultural Center, where we will be learning the fundamentals of permaculture, and be planting some lettuces in the greenhouse growing trays! 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.
Jan. 11-18, 2016 MLK Week: “Keeping the Dream Alive”
January 11-18, 2016.

  • Monday 1/11 Martin Luther King, Jr. Panel Discussion
    Noon–1:30pm, Cultural Center Multipurpose Room

    Join UofL faculty, students, and local civic leaders for a conversation on how we can work together on various topics, to build a stronger community and to address issues vexing the city of Louisville. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Tuesday 1/12 1st Annual MLK Blood Drive
    11am-4pm, Red Barn
  • Wednesday 1/13 Documentary & Discussion: Children of the Civil Rights Movement
    5pm, Cultural Center
  • Thursday 1/14 MLK Movie Matinee: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
    11am-2pm, Cultural Center
  • Friday 1/15 MLK Dream Wall & Lunch
    11am-2pm, Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
    Students, faculty and staff are invited to view and or contribute to the “MLK Dream Wall”. Participants can express (write, paint, draw, etc.) how Dr. King’s dream has impacted their lives or write their own dream and add them to the wall. Snacks provided.
  • Monday 1/18  MLK Day of Service
    9:30am-4pm, Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room & Various Sites

    The Office of Student Involvement in partnership with the Cultural Center and the Engage Lead Serve Board will present MLK Day of Service on January 18, 2016. Transportation to and from the service sites will be provided, as well as lunch. Walk-ins may be accommodated depending on site availability. Details & Registration here.
  • Monday 1/18  MLK Celebration
    1pm, The Playhouse (1911 S 3rd St)

    UofL's African American Theatre Program will stage this performance to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The theatre program’s annual celebration will feature a reading of a three-character piece in which Dr. King’s staff tries to decipher his message through bits of paper smuggled out of the Birmingham jail. This free, public presentation will include music, theater and dance.

Weds. & Thurs. Spring 2016
UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Wednesdays & Thursdays, Noon-2pm, Unitas basement
The UofL Free Store will be open Wednesdays & Thursdays from noon-2pm throughout Spring 2016 (2/10 to 4/20). All students, faculty & staff are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Clean donated items of all kinds are always welcome! The Free Store is intended to keep useful items out of the landfill and to aid the needy. It is a volunteer-powered initiative of UofL's Sustainability Council and the student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS). UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space.
Dec. 30, 2015 Cooperative Bowl Community Service Project
Wednesday, Dec. 30th, 8:30–11:30am CST, Nashville

UofL is proud to continue its tradition of bowl service projects by participating in a cooperative community service project this year in Nashville during the Music City Bowl. This is a great opportunity to give back to the city that will be hosting us. Both UofL and Texas A&M University will be working together on this annual bowl tradition. All fans, whether students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, or the public are welcome to serve with us as volunteers. Volunteers will be working with the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville to help with multiple food sorting projects to address the risk of hunger for children, families, and seniors in the Middle Tennessee region. Volunteers must be on site by 8:30am CST.  Details and RSVP here.
Dec. 9, 2015 Beer With a Scientist: Skydiving spiders and zombie ants
Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 8pm at Against the Grain Brewery (401 E. Main St.)
For the December edition of Beer With a Scientist, UofL Biology professor Steve Yanoviak, the Tom Wallace Endowed Chair of Conservation, will share stories of his adventures in the tropical rainforest. Yanoviak has been conducting research in the tropical rainforest canopy for more than two decades. In his discussion, "How to Fall From Trees,” he will highlight some of the amazing discoveries he and his colleagues have made regarding the behavior and ecology of insects that live in the treetops. He will share videos of swimming ants and skydiving insects and spiders, as well as a story about zombie ants. His presentation will conclude with a brief look at the next phase of his research, which explores the effects of lightning on tropical trees. 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.
Dec. 5, 2015 Prescription Drug Toss
Saturday, Dec. 5th 10am-2pm at Papa John’s Stadium
UofL's Building Resiliency in Campus Community (BRICC) Coalition is partnering with the Center for Neighborhoods' PAL Coalition, and the Louisville Metro Police to hold a prescription drug toss event. The drug toss provides residents with a free, safe and convenient way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications. Any individual may drop-off any medications for free, safe disposal, no questions asked. Containers will be recycled. UofL is again participating in the prescription drug toss because:
  • Flushing the medicine or pouring it down the drain contaminates our water system and the environment, harming fish, and other aquatic wildlife;
  • Unused medicine lying around the home can create dangerous opportunities for prescription drug abuse or accidental poisonings (particularly among children, senior citizens, and pets);    
  • Medications thrown into garbage cans can easily be stolen by someone who could then sell or use the drugs; 
  • The drug toss is a safe, free, easy way to properly dispose of unwanted or expired medications as well as over the counter drugs.
Dec. 4, 2015 Friday, Dec. 4th, 8am - 6pm
Leaves from University Club & Alumni Center
$35 Registration Required
UofL and the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will take shoppers on a whirlwind tour of local shops and restaurants on the fifth annual Holiday Cards “Buy Local” Shopping Tour. The tour will visit locally owned businesses in several Louisville neighborhoods. The registration fee includes opening and closing receptions, door prizes and transportation to more than a dozen shops on East Market Street (NULU), Frankfort Avenue, in Butchertown and more. The trip is open to the public, but bus seating is limited. UofL faculty, staff, students and alumni will receive priority for seating. Register online. Activities will begin with festive drinks and a light breakfast at the University Club at 8am. Shoppers will board a bus at 9am to begin their day of shopping. The group will return to the University Club for a closing reception from about 4pm to 6pm. It will feature mixology demonstrations and samples, hot hors d’oeuvres and door prizes.
Dec. 3, 2015 UofL's Belknap Farmers MarketUofL Farmers' Market Holiday Bazaar
Thursday, Dec. 3rd 2-6pm, 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 the Belknap and Gray Street Farmers Market vendors coming together in one location for holiday shopping, local style! There will be food (apples, honey, breads, holiday hams and pork products, chicken, lamb, eggs, sausages, jams, jellies, salsa, tea, fudge, candies, pies, cookies, ice cream); ethically-sourced dresses and t-shirts; items made from recycled coffee bags; jewelry; wind chimes; wooden arts & crafts; ornaments; soaps, lotions and non-toxic household cleaners; and much more! Make your list. Check it twice. And don't miss it!
Dec. 2, 2015 Garden Commons Greenhouse Workday
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd 3pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Come blow-off some end-of-semester stress and help us get our greenhouse ready for winter growing at our final Garden Commons Workday of 2015! We'll be filling watering barrels from our rainwater catchment system, prepping growing trays, closing up the fans, spreading straw, and putting finishing touches on the aquaponics system. Join us in UofL's organic garden for this on-going series of practical, seasonal workshops about how to prepare and process garden produce and how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, flowers, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Dec. 2, 2015 Louisville Sustainability Forum: Air Pollution & Heart Disease
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd 12:15pm at Passionist Earth & Spirit Center (1920 Newburg Rd)
UofL professor Aruni Bhatnagar from the Diabetes and Obesity Center, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, will be the featured speaker at this month's Louisville Sustainability Forum! Accumulating evidence indicates that an increase in particulate air pollution is associated with an increase in heart attacks and deaths. Research has begun in the relatively new field of environmental cardiology -- a field that examines the relationship between air pollution and heart disease. Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, a Smith and Lucille Gibson Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville, has spent more than 25 years studying the impact of toxic substances, tobacco smoke constituents and environmental pollutants on heart disease. He is a graduate of Kanpur University, India and received his post-doctoral training at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Bhatnagar is known for his work on the metabolism of toxic substances in ambient air and tobacco smoke, and how they affect the development of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. After Dr. Bhatnagar, there will be two Shorter presentations on: 1. The Coalition for a Sustainable West Louisville (Martina Kunnecke, Neighborhood, Planning & Preservation); and 2. Energy Project Assessment Districts (Janet Lively, Harshaw Trane).
Nov. 22, 2015 Louisville Sustainability Tour
Sunday, November 22nd at 1pm

Join ELSB Green Initiatives as we explore our city and visit all of some of its finest sustainable gems! Stops along the way include visits to: WaterStep, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Reynolds Grocery, Good Garbage, Urban Attic, BAREfit, FCC Bike Works, The Root Cellar, and dinner at Heart and Soy! RSVP Mandatory: green@uoflelsb.org
Nov. 20, 2015 Garden Workday
Friday, Nov. 20th at 2pm [RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER]
SPECIAL LOCATION: Urban Studies Garden (426 W Bloom, behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, seasonal workshops about how to prepare and process garden produce and how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden! Afterwards, we will be digging sweet potatoes, planting garlic and pawpaw trees, harvesting the last of the tomatoes, peppers, and swiss chard along with putting the area to bed for the winter. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. UofL's Gardens are open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, flowers, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Nov. 20, 2015 The Equity Piece of Sustainable Communities
Frday, Nov. 20th at Noon, Room 123 of Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom)
The Dept. of Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents a special guest lecture by the Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, Sherry Carran. Mayor Carran is a 1974 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, with a Bachelors degree in Architecture. She began her term as Mayor in January 2013. Ms. Carran is Covington's 41st Mayor and the city's first female to hold that position. Her talk will focus on the importance of addressing and measuring social equity when attempting to build sustainable communities.
Nov. 20, 2015 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: From Permaculture to Industrial Sustainability
Friday, Nov. 20th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! This month, we'll hear from: 1. Corinne Greenburg with some ideas from the industrial side of sustainability; 2. Vaughn Zeller discussing some permaculture design principles; and 3. UofL's GREEN Program ambassadors sharing study abroad opportunities focused on advancing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. 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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This fall we're continuing 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. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info on EcoReps website.
Nov. 19, 2015 Neighborhood Revitalization and Historic Preservation in U.S. Legacy Cities
Thursday, Nov. 19th at 2pm, Room 123 of Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom)
Join us for a special guest lecture by one of our Masters of Urban Planning Assistant Professor candidates, Kelly Kinahan, presenting on “Neighborhood Revitalization and Historic Preservation in U.S. Legacy Cities.” A student reception will follow in room 200 at 3:30pm.
Nov. 16, 2015 Beyond Aesthetics: Fostering Place Attachment through the Design Regulatory Process
Monday, Nov. 16th at 11am, Room 123 of Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom)
Join us for a special guest lecture by one of our Masters of Urban Planning Assistant Professor candidates, Courtney Grunninger Bonney, presenting on  “Beyond Aesthetics: Fostering Place Attachment through the Design Regulatory Process.” A student reception will follow in room 200 at 4:00pm.
Nov. 13, 2015 Real Food Challenge
Friday, Nov. 13th at 3:30 in SAC W312

Are you interested in getting more REAL FOOD on campus?! Sick of feeling sick because of all the unhealthy, processed, unfresh food, non-local, corporate food at UofL? Join the movement to do something about it! Join us for the next organizing meeting of the Real Food Challenge at UofL!
Nov. 13, 2015 Living Wage Teach-In
Friday, Nov. 13th at Noon, Grawemeyer Hall

Cards United Against Sweatshops will be hosting a teach-in and sharing anonymous worker testimony on the importance of Living Wages for all workers! Come hear the stories of struggling, under-paid contract workers who have been excluded from UofL's living wage initiative, and join our movement to raise the minimum wage to $10.10/hour for subcontracted and student workers at UofL! ...And there will be snacks!
Nov. 12, 2015 Liberal Arts Education: Think Like You Mean It
Thursday, Nov. 12th, 6pm, Humanities 100
Berea College President Lyle Roelofs will speak about how a liberal arts education delivers the skill set needed for students to adapt nimbly to modern society’s demands. Roelofs’ free, public talk will begin at 6pm in Bingham Humanities Building’s Room 100 with a reception afterward  in Shumaker Research Building’s lobby. He will share his thoughts on the benefits and necessity of a liberal arts education to prepare students through the fundamentals of reasoning, intellectual history, cultural competency, communication and various literacies. His speech is the UofL Phi Beta Kappa lecture. Sponsors are UofL's College of Arts and Sciences and the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana, an honor society that fosters academic excellence and promotes education in the liberal arts and sciences. Roelofs joined the central Kentucky college as its ninth president in 2012. He previously had served Colgate University as its interim president, provost, dean of faculty and physics professor and had worked at University of Maryland, Calvin College, Brown University and Haverford College. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Calvin College.
Nov. 10, 2015 The GREEN Program Information Session
Tuesday, Nov. 10th at 5pm in Vogt 314
The UofL GREEN program ambassadors are hosting an information session on the GREEN Program. The GREEN program team has been in NYC to assist in the launch of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are dedicated to educating student leaders through their immersive programming abroad to drive their passion towards careers and initiatives that are advancing the SDG's. World leaders have set the goals for the next 15 years, religious figures like Pope Francis have shown support, and now it is up to the young leaders to act. Interested? Contact: Ambassadors:Katie Persons (katie.persons@louisville.edu) and Rebecca Schilling (rebecca.schilling@louisville.edu). Additional questions may be directed to T. Brady Halligan, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Enrollment, The GREEN Program.
Nov. 9, 2015 Critical Success Factors in Transit-Oriented Development
Monday, Nov. 9th at 11am, Room 123 of Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom)
Join us for a special guest lecture by one of our Masters of Urban Planning Assistant Professor candidates, Ren Thomas, presenting on “Critical Success Factors in Transit-Oriented Development: A Meta-Analysis of International Case Studies.” A student reception will follow in room 200 at 4:00pm.
Nov. 7, 2015 A&S All-Star Professor Keith Mountain on "Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Climate Change"
Saturday, Nov. 7th, 10am, Rauch Planetarium

Dr. Keith Mountain (Geography & Geosciences) is a climatologist with a specialty in glaciology and global climate change. His field work on glaciers and ice sheets has taken him on 25 international expeditions, including  Antarctica, Greenland, China, Tibet, Africa and South America. On November 7th, he will share his findings about the current global retreat of glaciers and what that tells us about climate change and prospects for the Earth’s future climate.  Learn from Prof. Mountain this Saturday while enjoying a light breakfast and coffee compliments of Heine Brothers Coffee. Doors open at 9:30am. The presentation itself will begin promptly at 10am. Seating is free, but limited, so reservations are strongly recommended. Register free here.
Nov. 6, 2015 Real Food Challenge
Friday, Nov. 6th at 3:15 in SAC W312

Are you interested in getting more REAL FOOD on campus?! Sick of feeling sick because of all the unhealthy, processed, unfresh food, non-local, corporate food at UofL? Join the movement to do something about it! Join us for the next organizing meeting of the Real Food Challenge at UofL!
Nov. 5, 2015 Ali’s Louisville: Restorative Practices in K-12 Education and Racial Equity
Thursday, Nov. 5th, 5:30-8pm in Shumaker Research Building Room 139
Join us to learn more about the “Restorative Practices” model for compassionate and just discipline in K-12 education. Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards, from UofL's Department of Criminal Justice, directs this successful effort within JCPS to improve the disciplinary outcomes for marginalized youth and reduce the disproportionate contact between students of color and the juvenile justice system. The work is coordinated by Mr. John Marshall, Chief Equity Officer of JCPS. Ms. Quaniqua Carthan of the Mayor’s Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods collaborates on this project. The presenters will discuss the model and how it might be used in the city to combat violence within our community. A central theme for the work of UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice is youth access and opportunity with a focus on the impacts of violence affecting teens at the local, national, and international levels. This program is named “Ali’s Louisville” to honor Muhammad Ali’s humanitarian vision of an inclusive community that includes a special focus on young people. The program represents the work of the Institute to ensure that all of our local communities are active participants in Louisville’s Compassionate City movement.
Nov. 5, 2015 Measuring Community Resilience at the Neighborhood Level
Thursday, Nov. 5th at 2pm, Room 123 of Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom)
Join us for a special guest lecture by one of our Masters of Urban Planning Assistant Professor candidates, Melissa Currie, speaking on “Measuring Community Resilience at the Neighborhood Level in New Construction Starter-Home Neighborhoods In Response To The Great Recession.”
Nov. 5, 2015 The Limits of a Civil Rights Framework in Today’s Movements for Racial and Social Justice
Thursday, Nov. 5th 9:00am, The Yearling’s Club (4309 W. Broadway)
Join us for the 3rd Annual Research Meets Activism Breakfast with Dr. Carol Anderson. Three local scholars and activists, Attica Scott, Ashley Belcher, and Trinidad Jackson, will discuss topics followed by a Q &A and closing commentary by lecturer Dr. Carol Anderson. RSVP by Oct. 29th. Contact: Dionne Griffiths, (502) 852-6142, louisville.edu/braden
Nov. 4, 2015 Dr. Carol Anderson: Anne Braden Memorial Lecture
Wednesday, Nov. 4th 5:30pm, The Playhouse

Dr. Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American Studies and history at Emory University, will deliver the 9th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture. Anderson’s research and teaching focus on public policy, particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. She is the author of Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955, and of Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960. Anderson currently is writing a book about white rage and is expected to address the topic in her lecture. Anderson garnered more attention outside of academia in the past year with her op-ed in the Washington Post about Ferguson and white rage. Reception and book signing to follow.
Nov. 4, 2015 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday: Sweet Potatoes & Composting!
Wednesday, Nov. 4th 3pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a cooking/nutrition workshop with the Office of Health Promotion to enjoy some of the delicious sweet potatoes we harvested last time. Then we'll hear from the leaders of UofL's Community Composting project and volunteers will be invited to head over to the composting site to see the operation and help bring back some finished compost for the garden. This is part of our series of practical, seasonal workshops about how to prepare and process garden produce and how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! Afterwards, please join us for some light some weeding, watering & harvesting. We'll meet every other Wednesday at 3pm from Aug. 26 - Dec. 2. 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, flowers, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Nov. 3, 2015 Climate Justice & Just Transition citizen movements: From fighting extreme extraction to building deep democracy
Tuesday, Nov. 3rd at 4pm, Shumaker Research Building Room 139

The next UofL Anthropology colloquium features Dr. Betsy Taylor from Virginia Tech. Her talk will begin with a rapid look at the past decade of citizen movements against fossil fuel extraction around the globe (especially highly destructive new technologies of mountaintop removal coal mining, fracking, and tar sands oil). We will look at recent assessments of the economic impact of citizen resistance on corporate profits when pipelines or extraction are halted or delayed. In the past fifteen years, remarkable alliances have been built among the frontline communities that Naomi Klein and others call “Blockadia” – the diverse, place-based resistance movements to what many call “extreme extraction” as conventional reserves of oil, gas, and coal are depleted. This talk will build a ‘power map’ of successes, barriers, and new alliances. We will examine the Alliance for Appalachia in depth to understand its deepening and widening alliances with environmental justice movements in Indigenous communities and other regions that have been ‘sacrifice zones’ in the global energy system. The explosion of “Blockadia” in the past decade has been remarkably effective, considering that it has primarily arisen in economically and politically marginalized communities. Grassroots environmental justice movements are increasingly working with much better resourced movements for post-carbon economic transition and climate remediation. We will attempt a power map of emerging challenges and opportunities in efforts to build a broad coalition of regenerative projects against the political currents of neoliberal capitalist regimes that are drivers of climate disruption. Betsy Taylor is a cultural anthropologist whose primary fieldwork has been in Central Appalachia and Northeast India. Her current research is on emerging forms of civil society, community-based natural resource management and place-based planning.  Her scholarly writings engage questions of environmental imaginaries and identities, the construction of identity, the constitution of public space, participatory action research and public involvement strategies. She is Executive Director of the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) and Senior Research Scientist in Appalachian Studies, Virginia Tech. She is currently working on various projects for post-coal economic transition in Central Appalachia, and has worked in many action projects for community-driven, integrated development in Appalachia and South Asia – including health, agriculture, forestry, culture and environmental stewardship. She is on the national steering committee of the US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and is co-author (with Herbert Reid) of Recovering the Commons: Democracy, Place, and Global Justice (University of Illinois Press, 2010).
Oct. 30, 2015 Kentucky Environmental Justice Workshop
Friday, Oct. 30th, 8am-6pm, UofL Shelby Campus, Founders Union Building (9001 Shelbyville Rd)
Register free here.
The 2015 Kentucky Environmental Justice Workshop will provide a forum for Kentucky stakeholders to learn fundamental knowledge of Environmental Justice, techniques for community engagement, best practices for addressing community concerns and improving conditions in vulnerable communities. The theme, “A Matter of Principle,” is essential to understanding and addressing issues resulting from disproportionate environmental impacts in vulnerable communities, and to collectively determine a path forward. The workshop will not only be educational and thought provoking, but will also provide a forum for enhanced dialogue and action regarding the effects of inequities in vulnerable communities. The workshop is sponsored by the U. S. EPA Region 4 Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability and was planned in conjunction with the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission, Department for Environmental Protection, Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, Center for Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Louisville, Kentucky Environmental Foundation, and Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. For additional information, please contact Daphne Wilson at wilson.daphne@epa.gov.
Oct. 29, 2015 I Am A Kentuckian with Jose Antonio Vargas
Thursday, Oct. 29th at noon, Red Barn
UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice will host a visit from national advocate Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and founder ofDefine American. In 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay Vargas wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. He also appeared on the cover of TIME magazine and produced and directed the documentary feature filmDocumented. Vargas will be visiting UofL to share his experiences and the experiences of Kentuckians who have been categorized as undocumented by our out of date immigration system. This event is free and free pizza will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
Oct. 29, 2015 Why Civil Resistance Works
Thursday, Oct. 29th 10am-noon, Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium
Join us for a conversation with 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Improving World Order co-winners whose research found that non-violent campaigns to affect change were much more successful than violent campaigns. Erica Chenoweth, an Associate Professor at the University of Denver, and Maria Stephan, a Senior Policy Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, earned the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for the ideas set forth in their book, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Non-Violent Conflict. Chenoweth and Stephan collected and analyzed data on all known uprisings between 1900 and 2006 involving more than 1,000 people that related to a country’s secession, overthrow of a dictatorship or removal of a foreign occupation. They learned that the non-violent campaigns succeeded twice as often as the violent ones—even in the face of brutal repression. They also found that the governments of countries where the peaceful resistance took place were far more likely to become or remain stable democracies afterward. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. David Buckley, University of Louisville Assistant Professor, Political Science; Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science and Religion. The event is part of the Grawemeyer Awards 30th Anniversary celebration and is free and open to the public.
Oct. 27, 2015 Former Green Party V-P Candidate Rosa Clemente on "Shades of Brown: Afro Latina Identity"
Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 7pm in SAC Floyd Theater
Community organizer, journalist and political activist Rosa Clemente was nominated by the Green Party as a vice presidential candidate in the 2008 election. Along with Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, the pair became the first women of color ticket in American history. For more than 15 years, Clemente has been a community organizer and activist, and a featured keynote speaker, panelist and political commentator. In 1995, she developed Know Thy Self Productions, which has since produced four major community activism tours. She also consults on issues such as hip-hop activism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third-party politics, intercultural relations between African Americans and Latinos, immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights, and universal health care. Clemente's academic work has been dedicated to researching national liberation struggles inside the U.S., with a specific focus on the Young Lords Party, Black Panther Party, and Black and Brown Liberation Movements of the ’60s and ’70s, as well as the effects of COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) on such movements. She has written extensively on Afro-Latino identity and politics, sexism within hip-hop culture and hip-hop activism, media justice and African American and Latino unity. Organized by the Hispanic Latino Faculty & Staff Association and co-sponsored by Pan-African Studies, the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE), the Commission on the Status of Women, & the Muhammed Ali Institute. Read More.
Oct. 26 & 27, 2015 Opening the Door to the Future of Fair Housing
Monday, Oct. 26th 4:15-6pm at School of Law Room 175
Tuesday, Oct. 27th 5:30-7:30pm at Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch, Centennial Room

Join us for two forums featuring panel discussions with UofL professors and community housing leaders examining the impact of recent rulings, policies and initiatives on fair housing in Louisville. The free, public discussions are organized by UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the UofL Brandeis School of Law and the Metropolitan Housing Coalition. Speakers will discuss a recent Supreme Court ruling in a fair-housing case, new federal requirements and local policy efforts affecting housing.
The Oct. 26th panelists at UofL will be Tony Arnold, Brandeis School of Law; Matthew Ruther, UofL’s Kentucky State Data Center; Cathy Hinko, Metropolitan Housing Coalition; and Carolyn Miller-Cooper, Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission; with Christie McCravy, Louisville Urban League, as moderator.
The Oct. 27th panelists at the public library will be Lauren Heberle, UofL Center for Environmental Policy and Management; Cathy Hinko, Metropolitan Housing Coalition; Shelton McElroy, Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund; and Carolyn Miller-Cooper, Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission; with Kevin Dunlap, Louisville NAACP, as moderator. For more information, contact Nia Holt at the Anne Braden Institute, 502-852-6142 or njholt01@louisville.edu.
Oct. 25, 2015 WasteStock Challenge: Converting waste streams into resources
Sunday Oct. 25nd 2:00–5:30pm, University & Alumni Club
Join UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, The Institute for Healthy Air, Water & Soil, and Louisville Metro Government for a three-hour strategy session to explore the potential of using one company's waste as a valuable resource for another. Industrial waste streams can present numerous entrepreneurship opportunities and stimulate new directions for economic growth. For the first time in Louisville's history, local companies and other entities are invited to examine the potential for their waste streams to be incorporated into a value chain for our community. Both landfilling and burning the waste are low value propositions. In this unique event, a few select companies will present details about their waste streams and share information about both challenges and opportunities. In addition, technology thought leaders will make short presentations meant to stimulate further discussion. The session will include opportunities for providing problem solving and/or business opportunity exercises for entrepreneurs. The main objective of this conference is to identify and connect waste stream creators with users who can utilize these resources. Our goal is to expand the consideration and use of the vast resources available in our region that are otherwise masked and hidden under the unfortunate label of "waste". So, join the treasure hunt and put Louisville on the world map as a city that recognizes that profit and sustainability are two sides of the same coin!
RSVP by October 15th to wastestock2015@gmail.com. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 24, 2015 All-Star A&S Alumni Panel: "Going Local: Why What You Put in Your Brain, Body, Bag & Backyard Matters"
Saturday, Oct. 24th, 10am at the Rauch Planetarium

For Homecoming Day, local horticulturalist, farmer and Anthropology professor Jeneen Wiche will moderate the A&S All-Stars Alumni panel discussion on the “Go Local” movement. To discuss the benefits of going local, we will welcome A&S alums including Louisville Public Media’s executive editor Stephen George; Revelry Boutique Gallery owner Mo McKnight Howe; medical herbalist and Weeds of Eden owner Myron Hardesty; and ecologist and environmental consultant Dr. Preston Pipal. Join this illustrious panel to examine the joys and pitfalls of building and maintaining local media, economies and ecologies. Enjoy coffee and bagels with the crew, and cheer on our accomplished faculty and alumni. Doors open at 9:30am; the presentation itself will begin promptly at 10am. All events in this series are free and open to the public but space is limited, so registration is recommended. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23, 2015 Farm-To-Table Dinner
Friday, Oct. 23rd, 5-8pm, The Ville Grill

Stop in at The Ville Grill any time during dinner to enjoy a special zero-waste, locally-sourced meal highlighting the best that UofL Dining has to offer! In addition to the usual 30% locally-sourced fare, this special dinner will feature a delicious vegetarian dish made with local, seasonal veggies as well as Kentucky Proud steak from Marksbury Farms! No reservations required. All are welcome. Meal plan swipes or cash payment accepted at the door. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23, 2015 Conference: Milton Rogovin and the Photography of Conscience
Friday, Oct. 23rd 9am-Noon, Schneider Hall Galleries, Hite Art InstituteMilton Rogovin and the Photography of Conscience
The College of Arts & Sciences' Center for Arts & Culture Partnerships presents this free public conference at the Hite Art Institute. The morning conference on 10/23 accompanies an October 1-31 exhibition of Rogovin photographs recently donated to UofL, entitled We the People: Social Documentary Photography by Milton Rogovin. Rogovin, who died in 2011 at age 101, devoted his photography and travels to chronicling poor and working-class subjects, including coal miners in Appalachia and around the world, Buffalo steelworkers, Native Americans, immigrants, and many more. The photographs bring us face to face with the industrial world’s working-class and poor—with our fellow citizens, our neighbors, ourselves. In Rogovin’s work these men and women express their private interests, values, and sense of self. We come to know them on a personal level, and in so doing gain a deeper understanding of who we, the people, truly are. The conference will begin with a keynote presentation by Rogovin's co-author, Michael Frisch, speaking on Social Documentary through the Mysteries of Portraiture. His keynote will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A. Sponsored by the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, the Hite Art Institute, the Liberal Studies Project, the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Program of Jewish Studies. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 22, 2015 Defeat The Plastics!Defeat The Plastics: GRASS Movie & Pizza Night: Mean Girls
Thursday, Oct. 22nd 8pm at Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium (suggested $5 donation)
UofL's student environmental club, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) will be showing Mean Girls and sharing tips about how to avoid using plastic! We'll be serving pizza and providing filled reusable water bottles for this zero waste event! Come have some fun with us and if you can provide a $5 donation when you come, that would be most helpful! This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 22, 2015 Bike Maintenance Workshop
Thursday, Oct. 22nd 4-6pm, HSC Kornhauser Plaza (rain location: Kornhauser Balcony - 2nd Floor)
Drop-in with your bike for a free maintenance workshop hosted by the UofL Sustainability Council and Falls City Community BikeWorks! Stop by any time 4-6pm on Thursday, Oct. 22nd at the HSC Kornhauser Plaza (or up on the 2nd floor covered balcony in the event of rain) and we'll show you the basics to keep your bike running smooth. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 22, 2015 QRS Single-Stream Recycling Center Tour
Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30-2pm, Van leaves from Lutz circle
Ever wonder what happens to all that stuff you throw in recycling bins at UofL? Where does it go? How do they sort out all the plastics, glass, paper, cardboard, and metal items? What happens to trash that might get mixed in? Do they really make new stuff out of the things I recycle, or does it just end up in the landfill? How much does all this cost? Get answers to all your questions with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour at the QRS single-stream recycling center south of the airport where UofL waste goes. This tour is free, but space in the van is limited to the first 15 participants, so don't be late! We'll depart promptly at 12:30pm from the circle just west of Lutz Hall at Warnock & Brook Streets. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and pants. All other safety gear will be provided on-site. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 21, 2015 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday
Wednesday, Oct. 21st 3pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, seasonal workshops about how to prepare and process garden produce and how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! Afterwards, please join us for some light some weeding, watering & harvesting. We'll meet every other Wednesday at 3pm from Aug. 26 - Dec. 2. 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, flowers, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 21, 2015 Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 21st 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
  • Join us for the 8th 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!
  • 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!
  • Shred-It will offer free shredding and recycling of documents, video tapes, and computer diskettes from their truck in the circle in front of the College of Business 10am - 2pm.
  • Bring your reusable mug for free Fair Trade coffee & tea from UofL Dining!
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. 21, 2015 Louisville Reuse Roundtable
Wednesday, Oct. 21st 9:00-11:30am, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Join us for a special round table discussion about the Reuse Movement, in partnership with the local reuse non-profit Good Garbage, the Reuse Institute and Habitat ReStore! Our main speaker will be MaryEllen Etienne of Dayton, Ohio who is the face of the Reuse Movement both nationally and internationally. As the Founder of the Reuse Alliance, current CEO of the Reuse Institute, and co-founder of Reuse International, she has first hand experience in helping organizations and municipalities gain valuable information in their own efforts to reduce landfilling and advance materials reuse. MaryEllen will be facilitating this stakeholders meeting to help bring together Louisville's "reuse community." The focus of the discussion will be on the challenges and opportunities of the local reuse community, and strategizing next steps. All reuse organizations and the public are invited to attend. There is no charge, but registration here is suggested. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 20, 2015 Bike Maintenance Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 20th 4-6pm, Humanities Quad
Drop-in with your bike for a free maintenance workshop hosted by the UofL Sustainability Council and Falls City Community BikeWorks! Stop by any time 4-6pm on Tuesday, Oct. 20th at the Humanities Quad and we'll show you the basics to keep your bike running smooth. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 20, 2015 Campus Arbor Day Observance, Tree Tour (noon) & Tree Planting (1pm)
Tuesday, Oct. 20th 11am-2pm, Student Activities Center (meet at base of the ramp)
Join us for a celebration of UofL’s on-going commitment to trees and our status as a Tree Campus USA! Sample some of the food, music, clean air, and other treats that come to us because we plant and care for trees: UofL-grown apple pie; bike blender smoothies made with almond milk and tree fruits (including native pawpaw and serviceberry!); local black walnuts, pecans, and maple syrup; wooden instruments playing sweet music; and beauty, wondrous beauty! At noon, take a guided Belknap Campus Tree Tour leaving from the base of the SAC Ramp and ending at a new tree planting site at 1pm where you'll be able to help us plant a new tree on campus! Those who want to help with the tree planting, but can't join the noon tour, should meet at the base of the SAC ramp to walk over to the planting site. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 19, 2015 Campus Sustainability Tour
Monday, Oct. 19th 3:00-4:30pm
Leaves from Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us for a Belknap Campus Sustainability Walking Tour and discover some of the many hidden green gems of campus while getting an inside view of what UofL is doing to incorporate environmental, social, and economic responsibility into everything we do. This dynamic and engaging tour will provide you with an introduction to the basic principles of sustainability and how to apply them in your life on campus and at home. You'll learn a wide variety of practical tips that you can use to help shift our culture towards better stewardship of the environment while saving money and helping build a brighter tomorrow for society. Attendees will better understand UofL's commitment to sustainability and learn how each step we take contributes to big results for us individually, for the university, and for the broader community. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 19, 2015 Energy-Efficient Green-Design for New & Existing Homes
Monday, Oct. 19th, Noon, Room 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom)

The Dept. of Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents Gary Watrous, president of Watrous Associates Architects, who will join us to describe his techniques for designing energy-efficient passive-solar guaranteed homes. He will show pictures of his work and also discuss techniques for making existing apartments and existing homes more energy-efficient. He is currently renovating an historic home in his Portland neighborhood to be Energy Star rated. Mr. Watrous, has a BA from Hamilton College and a Masters in Architecture degree from Yale University. In 1985 he started his Louisville architectural firm dedicated to green, energy-efficient design. Although the firm has designed many different building types, including commercial and institutional and residential, Mr. Watrous says his favorite challenge is designing passive-solar homes. Currently his firm has designed more passive-solar homes than any other firm in the region. His goal is to design energy-efficient green buildings that cost the same as conventional buildings to construct but cost half as much to heat and cool. In addition to being energy efficient he wants his designs to be good architecture, that is, structurally sound, functional and beautiful. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 19, 2015 Weigh the Waste
Monday, Oct. 19th 11am-2pm at The Ville Grill

Stop in for lunch at UofL’s zero-waste, all-you-care-to-eat dining hall and enjoy a 30% locally-sourced meal before learning the dirty story of what’s left on your plate. At the Ville Grill, patrons' plates are normally scraped behind the scenes in the dish room, with all scraps being sent to compost, not to the landfill. Today, behind the scenes action takes center stage as we raise awareness on what you can do to reduce waste in everyday aspects of your life. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 19-25, 2015 UofL Sustainability Week - A Sustainable Homecoming! Oct. 19-25, 2015
A full week of events to celebrate and raise awareness in conjunction with Homecoming Week! Full details are below, but upcoming events include:
ALL WEEK: Snap For Sustainability Competition!
What does your plate look like before sending it to be clean? We want to know! Snap a photo of your plate from October 19th-23rd and tag @uoflsustainable and @uofldining on Twitter or Instagram. Use #greencardscare ...At the end of the week, we'll select one winner for a FREE Ville Grill Reusable To-Go Club Membership in Spring 2016!

Oct. 16, 2015 Lunch & Learn Workshop: An EcoReps Overview & Call-to-Action
Friday, Oct. 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! This month features our EcoReps Program Director & Community Composting Project Manager, Dr. Brian Barnes, providing an overview of opportunities for action within the EcoReps Program. 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 certification 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 in Ekstrom Library room W210. Lunch will always be available, so bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste.  Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Oct. 15, 2015 Why Black Lives Matter: Focus on Louisville
Thursday, Oct. 15th at 6pm, Shumaker Research Building, Rm. 139
What is the Black Lives Matter movement? Should it matter to me? Join the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice discussion with local community leaders and activists about the Black Lives Matter movement and what it means for our city and our community. Find out how to get involved and learn about the participatory action research at UofL.
Oct. 15, 2015 Film & Discussion: The End of the Line
Thursday, Oct. 15th. Screenings: 5pm & 8pm. Panel Discussion: 7pm. SAC Floyd Theater

The Engage Lead Serve Board’s (ELSB) Green Initiatives Committee is excited to host two screenings of the documentary, The End of the Line, produced by Kentuckian Sellus Wilder. This important documentary explores the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline which had been proposed to pump toxic natural gas liquids across Kentucky. The threats to our environment were simply too great and Kentuckians rose up to successfully prevent the pipeline from being built. Watch a preview here. In between showings, at approximately 7:00 pm, ELSB will host a panel discussion with the filmmaker himself, several colleagues, and activists. Snacks from local farms and stores will be provided. Free and open to the public. More information about this project and the filmmaker here.
Oct. 15, 2015 Symposium on innovative approaches to education
Thursday, Oct. 15th at 5pm in Comstock Hall, School of Music

Three former Grawemeyer Award in Education recipients—Carol Gilligan (1992, for research highlighted in her book, In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development), Pasi Sahlberg (2013, for his book, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?) and Vanessa Siddle Walker (2000, for the book Their Highest Potential: An African American School Community in the Segregated South) — all internationally renowned experts — will come together to share their thoughts, ideas and research. UofL alumnus and Peabody award-winning journalist Bob Edwards will moderate the symposium.
Oct. 13, 2015 Where’s the Beef?
Tuesday, Oct.13th 11am-1pm, Red Barn

SAB's Engaging Issues Committee invites you to this interactive event promoting healthy eating that's good for you, great for the planet, and life-saving for animals! Enjoy a free, locally-grown vegetarian or vegan lunch from the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program. Meet folks from local organizations that are advancing the mission of sustainability through eating less meat and supporting local growers. Play with cuddly animals at the petting zoo right outside the Red Barn! Who wouldn’t want to spend some quality time hanging with an alpaca, ducks, goats, chickens, a Patagonian cavy and more?!
Oct. 10, 2015 Louisville Solar Tour - October 10, 2015Louisville Solar Tour
Saturday, Oct. 10th, from 10am-4pm. Various sites (map).
UofL employees and students who live in solar-powered homes will be opening our doors to give you a glimpse of our renewable energy future! Throughout the day you can tour dozens of different homes and institutions featuring a variety of solar technologies, including the UofL Renewable Energy Applications Laboratory’s Passive Solar Test Facility (Speed School of Engineering, west of the Brook Street railroad fly-over, just south of Eastern Pkwy). Visitors to the UofL site may also view nearby: the Sackett Hall dual-axis solar tracking array, the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, and the Solar Decathlon Phoenix House (under reconstruction). The tour can be experienced in groups by bus or bike or as a self-guided tour. 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! Schedule:
    10-11 Intro/Kick-off to the tour at the Green Building
    11-3 City-wide self-guided tour
    12-3 Bus Tour takes off from the Air Pollution Control District
    1-3 Bike Tour
    1-4 Solar Celebration Fair at solar-powered Apocalypse Brew Works
More details on Facebook Event page.
Oct. 9, 2015 Re-Weaving the Web: Amazonian Dark Earth Documentary Premiere followed by a chat with Director Dr. Frederique Apffel-Marglin
Friday, Oct. 9th 4:15-5:30pm, Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Join for this documentary premiere and a lively conversation with Director, Dr. Frederique Apffel-Marglin. Archaeologists have discovered an ancient, rich, soil throughout the Amazon Basin, known as Amazonian Dark Earth (Tierra Negra Amazónica). This 8,500 year old soil is still fertile today. With the coming of the Spaniards in the 16th century that saw 99% of Amerindians die, the knowledge of this soil had been lost. Now we know that Amazonian Dark Earth can address deforestation and food sovereignty as well as mitigate the climate crisis thanks to the biochar that it contains. The documentary is about re-creating Amazonian Dark Earth in the Peruvian High Amazon. Join us in an engaging Q&A with Director, Dr. Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Founder of Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration,  Peru, following the documentary. Discussion Moderator: Dr. Margaret D’Silva, Professor of Communication Documentary Premiere Flyer
Oct. 8-10, 2015 New Paths in the Environmental History of North America and the Ohio Valley
October 8-10th at University Club
Register here: Free for Students, $10 for others.

UofL’s Arts and Culture Partnership, Dept. of History, and The Filson Institute for the Advanced Study of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South will host a three-day academic conference to explore the environmental history of North America. Join us to learn more about how interactions between humans and the physical environment have evolved over time, with a particular focus on issues most relevant to the environmental history of the Ohio Valley from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. The conference seeks to understand the changing nature of the landscape, the built environment, and the political and cultural debates over how to protect and exploit the physical environment. Schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 8th (at Oxmoor Farm, 720 Oxmoor Avenue, Louisville, KY 40222)

6pm KEYNOTE: How Natural are Natural Disasters? A History of Flooding on the Ohio River by Uwe Lübken (Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität):

Friday, Oct. 9th
2015 YES! Fest: Year of Environment & Sustainability
9:00 - 10:30am SESSION 1: COAL
10:45am - 12:15pm SESSION 2: PARKS
1:00 - 2:30pm SESSION 3: CITIES
2:45 - 4:15pm SESSION 4: TECHNOLOGY

Saturday, Oct. 10th
9:00 - 10:00am KEYNOTE: How the Cuyahoga River Fire Saved the World and Other True-ish Stories by David Stradling (University of Cincinnati),
10:15 - 11:45am SESSION 5: RACE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
12:30 - 2:00pm SESSION 6: AGRICULTURE

For details consult the UofL History Department website; or The Filson website; or contact Dr. A. Glenn Crothers. This is a YES! Fest event!
Oct. 7, 2015 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday
Wednesday, Oct. 7th 3pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, seasonal workshops about how to prepare and process garden produce and how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! Afterwards, please join us for some light some weeding, watering & harvesting. We'll meet every other Wednesday at 3pm from Aug. 26 - Dec. 2. 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, flowers, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Oct. 7, 2015 Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Fall 2015 Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 2:00-3:30pm in Ekstrom Library W210
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all students, employees, and community members interested in helping UofL protect and expand its tree population on campus. We meet just once a semester, so please join us. We have much to discuss and plan for. The agenda includes:
  • Maple tapping discussion
  • Update of recent tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans
  • Planning for 2015-16 tree-related Service Learning Projects
  • Tree Campus USA status and reporting review
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
  • Plan for our 2015 UofL Arbor Day Observance (Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 11am-2pm)
  • Revising UofL's Campus Tree Care Plan to include measurable Goals & Targets.
Connect with us on Facebook.
Oct. 2, 2015 Re-conceptualizing Food Access: Louisville and the Healthy in a Hurry Corner Store Initiative
Friday, Oct. 2nd at noon, Urban Studies Institute Room 123 (426 W Bloom)

The Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents Dr. Kareem Usher, an Assistant Professor in the City and Regional Planning Section of the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University. Dr. Usher received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from Spalding University in Louisville, a Masters of Urban Planning degree from UofL, and a Doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. His research interests focus on urban food systems and engages this topic through food access, social justice, regional governance and community economic development.
Oct. 1, 2015 PRIDE Week Keynote: #BlackLivesMatter co-founder, Patrisse Cullors
Thursday, Oct. 1st 7pm, SAC Multipurpose Room

Community Members: Free, but must reserve a ticket here.
Get inspired as we wrap up an amazing UofL PRIDE Week with a special keynote address from #BlackLivesMatter co-founder, Patrisse Cullors. Patrisse elicits action against the social injustice, state violence, and systemic racism plaguing our country through a unique blend of activism and art. An award-winning advocate, she is dedicated to promoting human rights and law enforcement accountability across the country. A queer black woman, she offers insight into the adversities caused by the pervasiveness of race, gender, and sexual orientation discrimination. With an impressive resume of social activism in response to social injustices, Patrisse Cullors was naturally inspired to action by the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Starting the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, Cullors (together with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi) prompted activism nationwide and introduced the banner under which this generation's civil rights movement marches. In 2011, she developed STAINED: An Intimate Portrayal of State Violence, a traveling art piece exposing the realities of her incarcerated brother's abuse at the hand of law enforcement; her success led her to establish and serve as founder of Dignity and Power Now, a growing organization that fights for incarcerated people, their families, and communities. As the Truth and Reinvestment Campaign Director for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, she also works to build the response capacity of communities who are affected by state and law enforcement violence. Cullors' advocacy has earned her numerous honors, including the prestigious Mario Savio Young Activist Of the Year Award in 2007 and recognition as a 'New Civil Rights Leader For The 21st Century' by the LA Times. Delivering powerful perspective into the adversities inflicted by social injustice and discrimination, and her commitment to providing a voice to those who can't be heard, Cullors educates and inspires audiences to organize and stand together to transform society into a world where the lives and contributions of all individuals are recognized equally.
Oct. 1, 2015 Medicare-for-All National Day of Action
Thursday, Oct. 1st noon-8pm at HSC and Jefferson Square Park

Medical students across the country have joined the fight for universal, single-payer health care. The UofL chapter of Students for a National Health Program, SNaHP, is one of dozens of chapters across the country organizing October 1 events. SNaHP currently has 650 members in over 40 chapters across the country. On October 1st, they will join together in a day of action to demand a more just system through the institution of a single-payer, universal, “Medicare-for-All” system. SNaHP chapters at medical schools will hold teach-ins, rallies, and an evening candlelight vigil to bring national attention to our failing health care system. Schedule:
  Noon - 4pm Street-corner Teach-Ins at Chestnut & Floyd and Chestnut & Jackson
  4pm-5pm Sign Making at 500 S. Preston St. (Room B-115)
  5:30pm-6pm Gather at the HSC courtyard and pass out signs and props
  6:00 – 6:20 Chant and March via Liberty to Jefferson Square Park (6th & Jefferson) for Rally/Vigil
  6:20 – 7:15 Welcome, Speakers, Patient Stories
  7:15 – 7:40 Candlelight Vigil (lighting of candles, music, moment of silence, pledge)
  7:45 Begin march back to HSC courtyard
Contact: Brandi Jones [brandi.jones@louisville.edu]. Get more details and connect with Students for a National Health Program on Facebook.
Sept. 30, 2015 Showing Up for Racial Justice: White People Supporting Each Other to Be Part of the Change
Wednesday, Sept. 30th 7pm, SAC W306
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Louisville SURJ is the local expression of this national effort. In this workshop facilitated by Carla Wallace & Carol Kramer of LSURJ, we will explore ways to "Call People In" to the work for racial justice, rather than blaming and shaming, and how our own stories can be the bridge to build relationships for transformative change. Find out more about LSURJ here. A UofL PRIDE Week event!
Sept. 30, 2015 Omit the Silence: Stand Up for Equality
Wednesday, Sept. 30th 6:00-7:30pm, Bigelow Hall, Miller IT Center

Join us for dinner and an interactive session with renowned visionary speaker on race and intersectionality, Dr. Derek Greenfield. The evening will feature exciting and engaging activities addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. Participants will walk away feeling inspired and motivated to make a positive difference on campus! Embrace equality and celebrate diversity! All are welcome!
Sept. 26, 2015 Green Apple Day of Service at UofL Free Store
Saturday, Sept. 26th 2pm-4pm, Unitas Tower

UofL's student environmental group, GRASS, is hosting a special service day to make Free Store signs, as well as doing a little spruce up at the UofL Free Store. We'll need help where we can get it, so make sure to come by and lend a hand if you can. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
Sept. 24, 2015 Farmers Rock at UofL's Belknap Farmers Market September 24, 2015Famers Rock! Student Showcase at Belknap Farmers’ Market
Thursday, Sept. 24th 3:30-6:00pm
At 3rd St & Brandeis Ave in front of The Ville Grill
Join us for a very special day at UofL's Belknap Campus Farmers' Market! Campus Housing is organizing a performance space at the market for student bands, DJs, steppers, and dancers. DJ Bombshell will keep you rockin' while you load up on farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, bread & baked goods, honey, popcorn, granola, canned goods, crafts, non-toxic home & body care products, and more. Stick around for door prizes and raffle prizes throughout the day!  Email comments/questions. Follow us on Facebook
Sept. 23, 2015 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday
Wednesday, Sept. 23rd 3pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, seasonal workshops about how to prepare and process garden produce and how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! Afterwards, please join us for some light some weeding, watering & harvesting. We'll meet every other Wednesday at 3pm from Aug. 26 - Dec. 2. 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, flowers, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Sept. 21, 2015 Native American Film Festival: Crying Earth Rise Up
Monday, Sept. 21st, 4pm, SAC Floyd Theater
UofL hosts its first Native American Film Festival this month and it kicks off Sept. 21st with the film Crying Earth Rise Up. The documentary relays the story of uranium mining on water sources and the fight to protect a community’s land, water, and a way of life. A discussion will follow the screening, and refreshments will be provided. The festival is free and open to the public. Event sponsors include: The Institute for Intercultural Communication, the Department of Communication, The Liberal Studies Project, and the Native American Student Organization. Contact cecelia.hunt@louisville.edu with questions.
Sept. 21-25, 2015 Week Without Violence & PeaceDay 2015
Sept. 21-25, 2015

UofL students, faculty and staff will mark the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, Sept. 21st, with several PeaceDay 2015 events leading into a week-long celebration.The free, public activities during the Week Without Violence include panel discussions about peacemaking and civil rights advocacy and a film screening. Highlights include:
  • Monday Sept. 21, 3pm - “Rise Up: Encouraging a Generation for Change,” students discuss peacemaking projects overseas, in the community and on campus (Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library)
  • Monday Sept. 21, 7pm - “The Act of Killing,” screening of the film that won the 2014 British Academy Award for best documentary,  (SAC Floyd Theater)
  • Monday Sept. 21, 7:30pm - “The Backlog,” discussion of rape-kit backlogs in Kentucky and efforts to bring justice for crime survivors (The Avenue at Cardinal Towne, 1820 S. Fourth St)
  • Tuesday Sept. 22, 4pm - “Student Engagement with Civil Rights: Putting Experiences into Actions,” students share experiences from the 50th anniversary of Selma civil rights march, Ferguson project and Louisville White Privilege Conference (Humanities 205)
  • Thursday Sept. 24, 4pm -“Peacemaking Processes Workshop,” Eileen Blanton from Louisville’s Peace Education Program will teach conflict management techniques (Humanities 205)
Students also will distribute tokens throughout the week as “random acts of kindness.” UofL’s Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation program sponsors PeaceDay with support from the PEACC (Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community) Center. For more information, contact Russell Vandenbroucke at 502-852-8448 or rjvand01@louisville.edu or check louisville.edu/peace
Sept. 18, 2015 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Green Campus Living with Haley Cason (The Province)
Friday, Sept. 18th 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! 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 certification 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 in Ekstrom Library room W210. Lunch will always be available, so bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste.  Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Sept. 16, 2015 Beer with a Scientist: Mahendra Sunkara on Renewable Energy
Wednesday, Sept. 16th, 8pm, Against the Grain Brewery (401 E. Main)
As concerns over the availability and side-effects of fossil fuels increase, scientists look for renewable energy sources to satisfy the modern world’s insatiable appetite for power. But are renewable energy sources up to the task? Mahendra Sunkara, PhD, director of UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, will discuss the need for renewable energies and challenges associated with them at the next “Beer with a Scientist” event. Come learn what renewable energy is, how it is used and, most importantly, it will save our planet for future generations. Sunkara’s research interests include discovery of new materials, solar cells, Li Ion batteries, production of hydrogen from water and growing large crystals of diamond, gallium nitride and bulk quantities of nanowires. The Beer with a Scientist program began in 2014 and is the brainchild of UofL cancer researcher Levi Beverly, Ph.D. Once a month, the public is invited to enjoy exactly what the title promises:  beer and science. Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged. Patrons are encouraged to drink responsibly. Connect on Facebook.
Sept. 16, 2015 Center for Asian Democracy annual lecture: Myanmar's Political Crisis
Wednesday, Sept. 16th, 7pm, Papa John's Stadium Brown & Williamson Club (Gate 6)

Wai Wai Nu, human rights activist, peace advocate, lawyer, former political prisoner in Burma and founder of two organizations fighting for justice and equality for women in Burma, will give a talk on “Myanmar’s Political Crisis: Buddhist nationalism and ethnic violence.” Arrested as a teenager because of her father’s activism, Nu was released in 2012 under presidential amnesty for political prisoners. She now advocates for the country’s women and for ethnic minorities, including her fellow Rohingya Muslims who are denied citizenship. Thousands attempted to migrate earlier this year to other Southeast Asian countries; many died in the boat crossings and in suspected acts of violence. Nu is founder and director of Women Peace Network Arakan and co-founder of Justice for Women. Through those organizations she leads women’s empowerment and rights trainings, peace-building activities and basic legal education sessions. A reception will follow the talk. The event is free and open to the public.
Sept. 14, 2015 Prosecuting Race: Mass Incarceration and the Unfinished Project of American Abolition
Monday, Sept. 14th 4pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

Dr. Brady Heiner, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Affiliated Faculty of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, will present this talk. His research and teaching engages broadly in the humanities with specialization in critical social and legal theory, political theory, feminist philosophy, Continental philosophy, and critical philosophy of race. Heiner is currently writing a book entitled Mass Incarceration and the Unfinished Project of American Abolition. He also organizes and advocates in various ways to expand higher education opportunities for currently and formerly incarcerated persons, particularly in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. This event is presented by UofL’s Philosophy Department and co-sponsored by Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, University of Louisville Law School, Department of Pan African Studies, Department of Criminal Justice, and the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities.
Sept. 10, 2015 Engage.Lead.Serve Board Green Initiatives Committee Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 10th, 7pm, SAC W307

Join us for our first official full-committee meeting of the year! We will be discussing plans for the year, and need your input and ideas. Our first action will be recycling at athletic events and tailgates to be competitive on the sustainability front as well. There will be surprises for attendees like CANDY and/or SHIRTS and of course way too much fun and several bad puns!
Sept. 10, 2015 Muhammad Ali Institute Open House
Thursday, Sept. 10th 4-6pm, Ekstrom Library Room 280

UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice invites you to our annual Open House to come and learn about Muhammad Ali's international reputation as a humanitarian and World Peace Day. This year we also are welcoming our newest cohort of Ali Scholars: Yomna Amer, Mariam Ba, De’Anna Benson, Kala Brown, Kayla Bryant, Madeline Clabough, Cortez Flippins, Temis Jimenez-Anaya, Jacob Markert, Wesley Turner, Karen Udoh, and Maya White. Come meet this dynamic group of students, hear what the Ali Institute has planned for the upcoming year, and be inspired.
Sept. 10, 2015 Peace Corps Information Session
Thursday, September 10, 3-4pm, Ekstrom Library, Rm 104
Wondering what you will do after graduation? Looking for adventure and travel abroad? Want to help others on an international level? Check out opportunities to serve as a member of the Peace Corps! Representatives from the Peace Corps will share information about their own experiences, the numerous and varied ways in which to serve, and answer any and all questions. Don’t miss this information session as it may open an interesting and exciting future for you! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Career Development Center at (502) 852-6701, or by e-mail: cclinku@louisville.edu.
Sept. 9, 2015 Garden Commons Workshop & Workday
Wednesday, Sept. 9th 3pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a series of practical, seasonal workshops about how to prepare and process garden produce and how to manage different aspects of a chemical-free garden and greenhouse! Afterwards, please join us for some light some weeding, watering & harvesting. We'll meet every other Wednesday at 3pm from Aug. 26 - Dec. 2. 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, flowers, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Sept. 9, 2015 Pedal with the President!Bike To Work Day with UofL President Ramsey 5-21-10
Wednesday, Sept. 9 [RESCHEDULED!]
7:30am departure from Amelia Place (2515 Longest Avenue)

Join President Ramsey for a fun, easy 30-minute ride to campus! Riders will leave together and then split into two groups - one headed to Belknap campus and another to HSC. Both routes will be fairly flat and low-traffic. The route to Belknap is mapped out here. The route to HSC is mapped out here. This event is a collaboration between UofL’s Get Healthy Now, Sustainability Council, and Office of the President. By cycling to campus, President Ramsey seeks to set a powerful example for the community, highlighting his support for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
Sept. 4, 2015 Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance Meeting
Friday, Sept 4th 2pm, SAC W316
Join us as we explore an exciting new opportunity for UofL students to get involved in the struggle for farmworker justice and the struggle against fast-food on campus! We will be discussing the Boot the Braids campaign at UofL and other efforts for the new Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance group.
Sept. 4, 2015 Urban Studies Horticulture Zone Workday & Harvest
Friday, Sept. 4th at 9am, Garden behind Urban Studies (426 W Bloom St)
Join us in the garden to help out with some general maintenance and reap the delicious rewards as we harvest an abundance of tomatoes, apples, okra, greens, flowers, etc. No experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. The weather will be sunny and pleasant making a perfect scene to come together, tell your friends to come!
Sept. 2, 2015 Garden Commons Workday & Herb Workshop
Wednesday, Sept. 2nd 3-5pm, 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, student-run 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, and caprise salad bar! No prior experience necessary. Afterwards, please join us for some light some weeding, watering & harvesting. 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, flowers, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Aug. 31, 2015 GRASS Meeting
Monday, Aug. 31st at 5pm, outside the Unitas Hall Free Store

UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) will be meeting to make plans for this year's service projects, events, and other campus-changing sustainability initiatives! Join us! Full details and RSVP.
Aug. 30 - Oct. 7, 2015 UofL’s Ying Kit Chan to show work at Jewish Community Center gallery “10,000 Thoughts” Deep Ecology Art Exhibit
Aug. 30th through Oct. 7th
Jewish Community Center’s Patio Gallery (3600 Dutchmans Ln)
Patio Gallery Hours: Sundays 9am-6pm. Monday–Thursday 8:30am-9pm. Fridays 8:30am-7pm.

2015 YES! Fest: Year of Environment & SustainabilityUofL’s Ying Kit Chan, chair of the department of Fine Arts, will show his “10,000 Thoughts” exhibit Aug. 30th through Oct. 7th at the Jewish Community Center’s Patio Gallery. His show consists of small sketches and photographic prints embedded with philosophical contemplations of the state of global environmental conditions. He continues to explore the theme of deep ecology, an ecocentric rather than anthropocentric worldview, which emphasizes interconnectedness and harmony of the universe. In addition to the deep ecology philosophy, the work interprets Taoist and Buddhist thoughts, as well as Jewish ideas of nature, rain, tree, soil and the Sabbath.

The gallery will hold a reception on Sunday, Aug. 30th from 2 to 4 p.m. Chan will give a talk at 3 p.m.

This is a YES! Fest event!
Aug. 26, 2015 Garden Commons Workday & Salsa-Making Workshop
Wednesday, Aug. 26th 3-5pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Ever had fresh salsa made from tomatoes you just picked? Do you even know where tomatoes come from?! Join us in UofL's organic, student-run garden for a fun afternoon weeding, watering & harvesting. Then we'll make & eat salsa from the harvest! No prior experience necessary. Tools and 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Aug. 19-28, 2015

Sustainability is being woven into Welcome Week 2015, including the following events:

  • Thursday, Aug. 20th - Morning Walk: Discover Old Louisville
    10-11am, meet at the SAC ramp

    Take a scenic walk in Old Louisville with Intramurals. Learn how walkable your new neighborhood is! Route highlights local businesses and eateries, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Central Park, and the historic St. James Court.
  • Gray St Farmers Mrkt LogoThursday, Aug. 20th - Gray Street Farmers' Market
    Every Thursday 10:30am-2:00pm (through Oct. 29) 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. Get free samples at a special local food cooking demo 8/27 11am-1pm.
  • Thursday, Aug. 20th - Louisville Sustainability Bike Tour
    1:45 pm meet up outside the SRC

    Take a fun afternoon bike ride with the Student Cycling Coalition and 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. Attendees get a UofL Sustainability water bottle!
  • UofL's Belknap Farmers MarketThursday, Aug. 20th - Belknap Farmers' Market
    Every Thursday 3:30-6:00pm (through Oct. 15) on Brandeis Street in front of The Ville Grill.
    Get the good stuff at UofL's newest weekly Farmers' Market! Bring a bag & load up on farm-fresh local fruit, veggies, popcorn, ice cream, bread, honey, meat, eggs, crafts, etc. Nothing's better for the health of your body, area farms, or the planet!
  • Friday, Aug. 21 - Explore More with Book-in-Common
    1:30-3pm, Student Activities Center, Multipurpose Room
    New for 2015: UofL’s Sustainability Council is providing some discussion leaders to weave themes of sustainability into the small group conversations about this year’s common read, This I Believe, and how it relates to the college experience. For prep, check out the This I Believe essay written by Dr. Justin Mog, UofL’s Sustainability Coordinator, on the topic You Have The Power To Change Humanity’s Course.
  • Community Composting with SOUL
  • Saturday, Aug. 22nd - S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    Noon-6pm, leave after lunch in SAC Multi-Purpose Room.
    The Sustainability Council is organizing two on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, helping out at the Garden Commons and at our Community Composting site! 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.
  • Sunday, Aug. 23rd - UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    Every Sunday noon-1pm (200 block of E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets)

    Come help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep!
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25th - Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) Fair
    11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza. Free food! Come learn about the many sustainability-related student groups on campus and sign-up to get involved!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26th - UofL Involvement Fair
    11am-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 get a free bike tune-up!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26th - Garden Commons Workday & Salsa-Making Workshop
    3-5pm,
    Garden Commons at the Cultural Center. Ever tried fresh salsa made from tomatoes you just picked? Do you even know where tomatoes come from?! Join us in UofL's organic, student-run garden for a fun afternoon of light work weeding, watering, and harvesting. We'll make salsa from the harvest and nosh!
Aug. 14, 2015 Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance Meeting
Friday, Aug. 14th at 11am at 2424 Emil Avenue
Join us as we explore an exciting new opportunity for UofL students to get involved in the struggle for farmworker justice and the struggle against fast-food on campus! We will be holding elections (if interested in running, please contact Kelsey Voit), and discussing the Boot the Braids campaign at UofL and other efforts for the new Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance group.
Aug. 14, 2015 Urban Studies Horticulture Zone Workday & Harvest
Friday, Aug. 14th at 9am, Garden behind Urban Studies (426 W Bloom St)
Join us in the garden to help out with some general maintenance and reap the delicious rewards as we harvest an abundance of tomatoes, apples, okra, greens, flowers, etc. No experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. The weather will be sunny and pleasant making a perfect scene to come together, tell your friends to come!
Aug. 12, 2015 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Wednesday, Aug. 12th noon-2pm at Garden Commons (Cultural Center)
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Aug. 5, 2015 Louisville Sustainability Forum
Wednesday, Aug. 5th, noon, at the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center (1924 Newburg Rd)
This month's Louisville Sustainability Forum will feature Dr. John Gilderbloom, UofL Professor of Planning, Public Administration and Urban Affairs and Director of UofL's Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods. Dr. Gilderbloom will speak about the  Ten Commandments of Urban Regeneration: What Kentucky Can Teach Us. His research spans over 30 years from Havana to Santa Barbara to Amsterdam to Jersey City to Louisville, and documents how green cities and neighborhoods make us happier, safer, healthier, wealthier, and sustainable.
July 29, 2015 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Wednesday, July 29th noon-2pm at Garden Commons (Cultural Center)
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Summer 2015 UofL Group Workdays+Harvests are every other Wednesday noon-2pm. Upcoming dates: Aug. 12. Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
July 16, 2015 Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance Interest Meeting
Thursday, July 16th at 7:30pm, RSVP for address
Join us as we explore an exciting new opportunity for UofL students to get involved in the struggle for farmworker justice and the struggle against fast-food on campus! We will be holding a preliminary interest meeting for those interested in getting more involved in the Boot the Braids campaign at UofL and in joining the Cardinal Student/Farmworker Alliance student group. Bring all of your interested activist friends! Please fill out this short interest form so you can stay in the loop and we can add you to the optimal mailing list.
July 15, 2015 Compassionate Louisville Town Hall Meeting at UofL
Wednesday, July 15th at noon at HSC's Clinical & Translational Research Building (505 S. Hancock)
Experience compassion in action!  Each month we invite you on a pilgrimage to discover the city's often hidden compassion gems. This month's host is the UofL School of Medicine and we'll be meeting in the LEED gold Kosair Charities Clinical and Translational Research Building. We will share the mission of the host organization, celebrate the newest organizations to have adopted a compassion resolution, congratulate the newest Compassion Laureate, share how Compassionate Louisville is encouraging compassionate action, and provide a forum for you and others to share their compassionate actions. Everyone is invited! No RSVP required. Through intention and social innovation, Compassionate Louisville creates and celebrates a community and world becoming more and more compassionate. The mission of the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville is to champion and nurture the growth of compassion.
July 15, 2015 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Wednesday, July 15th noon-2pm at Garden Commons (Cultural Center)
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Summer 2015 UofL Group Workdays+Harvests are every other Wednesday noon-2pm. Upcoming dates: July 29, Aug. 12. Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
July 14, 2015 Cards United Against Sweatshops Benefit Night
Tuesday, July 14th, 6:00-9:00pm at Loui Loui's Authentic Detroit Style Pizza (10212 Taylorsville Rd)
Come out to Loui Loui's Authentic Detroit Style Pizza to support Cards United Against Sweatshops (CUAS)
so that we may send three UofL student members to the Dominican Republic! 15% of your check will go to supporting the trip, so feel free to bring family, friends, your neighbor, or really whoever is interested in eating what is likely the best pizza they have ever had in their lives! Our goal is to raise approx. $3000, along with university scholarships and donations from community organizations and members. CUAS advocates for more ethical business practices in how the University licenses the Cardinal image and logo to clothing companies -- like Alta Gracia in the Dominican Republic. Now CUAS is trying to send three students to meet community members and union leaders who worked for the groundbreaking model of production and community organizing that we want to be a part of in America. The students traveling to the DR will learn about the global garment industry and how workers and students can advocate in solidarity to achieve safe working conditions and a livable wage around the globe. They hope to develop skills as community organizers and activists to bring back to their communities in the U.S. Details here.
July 11, 2015 Butterfly count at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County
Saturday, July 11th 9:30am-3pm (Rain date: Sunday, July 12th)
All are invited to participate in the 39th annual butterfly count at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary near Brownsboro, led by UofL biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists, as part of a national effort to monitor butterfly populations across the country. Experts will teach people how to identify the butterflies they see. Count leaders will supply nets but volunteers can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. For more information, contact Covell at 502-639-2691 or covell@louisville.edu. Participants should wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring water, lunch and insect repellent. Meet at 9:30am in the parking lot of Sugar Babe Antiques in Crestwood, about one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71 and about 20 miles north of Louisville.
July 1, 2015 Garden Workday & Harvest!
Wednesday, July 1st noon-2pm at Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom)
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Summer 2015 UofL Group Workdays+Harvests are every other Wednesday noon-2pm. Upcoming dates: July 15, July 29, Aug. 12. Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
June 26, 2015 Kentucky Green Roof and Wall Symposium + Conservation Conversation
Kentucky Green Roof and Wall Symposium + Conservation Conversation

Friday, June 26th 9am - 5pm at Jefferson Community & Technical College (109 E. Broadway)
Cost: $79 for regular admission by June 5th ($99 after) and $49 for students.
Register here.
The Partnership for a Green City, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the Louisville Energy Alliance, and the Kentucky chapter of the US Green Building Council invite you to attend this symposium featuring expert speakers and panelists such as:
  • Jeffrey L. Bruce, Owner, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Co.; Chair, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
  • Maria Koetter, Director of Sustainability, City of Louisville
  • Claude Stevens, Facilitator of Outreach and Regenerative Design, Bernheim Forest
  • Virginia Russell, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Cash Moter, Principal, Joseph and Joseph Architects

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • The benefits of green roofs and walls, including their capacity to manage stormwater and improve the quality of water entering watersheds
  • Emerging green roof and wall design practices
  • New opportunities to advance the Kentuckiana green roof and wall industry
  • Examples of green roofs thriving in and around Louisville
  • Effective policies that encourage investment in green roofs and walls
The Symposium is a great opportunity to help shape the future of green roof and wall development in Kentucky. The event will bring together public, private, and NGO stakeholders to explore how to make Kentucky a leader in the application of green roofs and walls to benefit the environment and economy. Questions about the event? Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Contact Paul Erlichman at 416-971-4494 ex. 223 or perlichman@greenroofs.org. Register here.
June 17, 2015 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Wednesday, June 17th noon-2pm at Garden Commons (Cultural Center)
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Summer 2015 UofL Group Workdays+Harvests are every other Wednesday noon-2pm. Upcoming dates: July 1, July 15, July 29, Aug. 12. Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
June 10, 2015 Lunchtime Bike Ride to Iroquois Park
Wednesday, June 10th. Leaves from Miller IT Center at 11:45am

Information Technology, in support of the National Bike Challenge and to bring awareness to the June KY BikeMS ride, is organizing two lunchtime rides for the UofL community. IT invites cyclists for this fun lunchtime ride from UofL to Iroquois Park. We will gather at the north entrance to the Miller IT Center at 11:30 and leave promptly at 11:45 for about an hour ride. All riders are welcome for the 15 miles, including the Iroquois hill. Helmets required. Additional Information: sara.northerner@louisville.edu.
June 5 -  July 18, 2015 Phytophilic: New works by Gabrielle Mayer and Gail Wisdom
June 5th - July 18th, Wednesdays-Fridays 11am-6pm and Saturdays 11am-3pm
Cressman Center for Visual Art (100 E Main)
2015 YES! Fest: Year of Environment & SustainabilityThe organic nature of art – through subject or medium – is on display at the latest faculty art exhibit at the UofL’s Cressman Center for Visual Art.Featuring camera-less photography of weeds and nature-themed Victorian hair art made from human, horse and synthetic hair, “Phytophilic” showcases the work of UofL art professor Gabrielle Mayer and fellow artist Gale Wisdom from June 5-July 18. Mayer’s pieces for “Phytophilic” are nature-oriented with hair twisted, braided and entwined into wreath-like patterns and floral motifs. The floral focus ties in with Wisdom’s images of weeds. Wisdom’s medium is camera-less photography, or photographic contact printing, and her subject is botanicals. For “Phytophilic,” she collected weeds and wild plants, then arranged them on light-sensitive paper. Exposing the paper to light captures the plants invisible image and chemically processing the paper brings the print to life. An opening reception for “Phytophilic” will be 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 5th. For more information and Cressman Center hours, visit louisville.edu/art. This is a YES! Fest event!
June 3, 2015 Lunchtime Bike Ride to Iroquois Park
Wednesday, June 3rd. Leaves from Miller IT Center at 11:45am

Information Technology, in support of the National Bike Challenge and to bring awareness to the June KY BikeMS ride, is organizing two lunchtime rides for the UofL community. IT invites cyclists for this fun lunchtime ride from UofL to Iroquois Park. We will gather at the north entrance to the Miller IT Center at 11:30 and leave promptly at 11:45 for about an hour ride. All riders are welcome for the 15 miles, including the Iroquois hill. Helmets required. Additional Information: sara.northerner@louisville.edu.
June 3, 2015 Urban & Public Affairs Garden Workday & Harvest
Wednesday, June 3rd, 12-2pm, behind Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom)
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us this Wednesday as we weed, water, plant, harvest, and apply compost tea (an organic fertilizer and pesticide). No prior experience needed. Tools and gloves provided. Volunteers will be able to take home fresh herbs and yummy produce such as swiss chard, snap peas, kale, mint, lettuce, fennel, etc....! We will also learn more about compost tea, how it's made, and its multiple benefits. Connect with us on Facebook.
May 28 - Oct. 15, 2015 UofL Belknap Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm (May 28th to Oct. 15th)
At 3rd St & Brandeis Ave in front of The Ville Grill

UofL's Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns for its second year! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, prepared meals, baked goods, honey, popcorn, granola, canned goods, non-toxic home & body care products, crafts, and more. The Office of Health Promotion & Get Healthy Now will also be on hand to provide healthy local food samples and cooking demos. New for 2015:
- The Comfy Cow ice cream & the Sweet n Savory food truck will be on hand to kick-off the market season with us!
- Debit cards, SNAP benefits (EBT), and Senior Voucherswill be accepted by select vendors!
Open weekly, rain or shine! Email comments/questions. Follow us on Facebook
May 27, 2015 NuLu Eco-District Charette
Wednesday, May 27th from 5:30-7:30pm at The Green Building (732 E Market St). Register here free.
The first NuLu community engagement meeting or "charette" will begin the process to establish a Pilot Demonstration Sustainability District (Eco-District) in NuLu. A public-private partnership has been established which includes: NuLu Business Association; Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability, University of Louisville, Nucleus, and the Louisville Downtown Partnership. Attendees will learn: What is an Eco-district?; Why Eco-Districts Matter; Eco-District Benefits; and the 8 Performance Areas of Eco-District which include vision and specific goals, targets and indicators. The eight areas include: (1) Equitable Development; (2) Health + Well Being; (3) Community Identity; (4) Access + Mobility; (5) Energy;  (6) Water; (7) Habitat + Ecosystem Function; and (8) Materials Management. At least one hour of the program will be a facilitated session for Nulu neighborhood based attendees to express their opinions and visions on areas of focus for the sustainability and Eco-District Development in NuLu. We will also get an overview of America Saves! a pilot program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is currently working with a national team of experts to test a program for pinpointing long-term energy cost savings in existing buildings. The innovative America Saves! pilot will use energy and facility information to show the financial attractiveness of money- and energy-saving building improvements. America Saves! goals and the data collections needs are the same for the NuLu Eco-Distrcit project. Contact: Bobby Clark - clark@mceenterprise.com. Please Register Here (it's free).
May 20, 2015 FREE STRAWBERRIES! Help Wanted at Garden Commons Workday
Wednesday, May 20th 12pm-2pm at the Garden Commons next to the Cultural Center

Interested in learning more about organic gardening?! Want to share new ideas in sustainable living?! Join us this Wednesday as we weed, water, plant, harvest, and apply compost tea (an organic fertilizer and pesticide). No prior experience needed. Tools and gloves provided. Volunteers will be able to take home fresh herbs and yummy produce such as rhubarb, mint, lovage, thyme, sage, and fresh strawberries! We will also learn more about compost tea, how it's made, and its multiple benefits.
May 17, 2015 Young Faces in Old Spaces - Cycling Tour of Restored Homes
Sunday, May 17th 1-5pm Tour; 5-7pm picnic dinner at Filson Historical Society (1310 S 3rd St)
$15 - Register online for directions.

Tour older homes that have recently been restored on this is a self-guided tour sponsored by Bicycling For Louisville and the Filson Historical Society, which is a member of A&S's Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships. Participants may begin at any home on the tour, which goes through Germantown, the Highlands, downtown and River Road neighborhoods. The complete tour is approximately 15 miles. The day concludes with a picnic dinner at the Filson Historical Society, 1310 South Third St. Registration is required online or call 635-5083.
May 15, 2015 Bike To Work Day!
Friday, May 15th 11:45am.
Rides to 4th St. Live depart from both HSC Kornhauser Library and Belknap North Info Center

May is Bike Everywhere Month!
UofL is getting in on the action with celebratory group rides to the Bike To Work Day community celebration at 4th StreetMay is Bike Everywhere Month Live! Rides will leave from Belknap Campus (gather at the North Info Center) and HSC (Kornhauser Library Quad). Meet up with other commuters, learn more about bicycle commuting, visit with vendors and just celebrate the bicycle. One lucky Bike To Work Day registrant will win a new, fully-loaded commuting bike from Parkside Bikes! No purchase necessary. We will also be giving out Louisville's new printed bike map and drawing for other prizes. Register now to win!
May 14, 2015 Growing Black Food on Sacred Land
Thursday, May 14th, 11am - noon in Lutz Hall Rm 225

UofL's Geography & Geosciences Department welcomes Dr. Priscilla McCutcheon from the University of Connecticut for a special talk focused on one Black Nationalist religion’s farming practices in the rural South. Specifically, Dr. McCutcheon will explore how spirituality and black liberation informs this group’s understanding of sustainable agriculture. She argues that through their farming practices, they are creating a geography of hope for black people.
May 14 to Oct. 29, 2015 Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒2pm (May 14th to Oct. 29th)
Health Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.

With many 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.
Special Events for 2015:
- Chef & health coach Mat Shalenko
will present cooking demonstrations on June 11, Aug. 27 and Oct. 8 from 11am - 1pm.
- Get Healthy Now will offer special “Take 20” fitness sessions at the market from 12:30-12:50pm, including Mini Boot Camp (May 14), Play (May 21), and Zumba (June 11).
Watch Vendor Spotlights and our 20/20 Talks on food and sustainability at the GSFM YouTube Channel! Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. More info: GSFM website, contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, or follow on Facebook
May 13, 2015 Beer with a Scientist: Dr. Keith Mountain on Climate Change
Wednesday, May 13th, 8pm at Against the Grain Brewery (401 E Main St)
The severity of climate change as a global issue and whether humans are causing climate shifts have been hotly debated issues among individuals and politicians. At the next Beer with a Scientist event, a UofL scientist will discuss the science behind the issue. Keith R. Mountain, PhD, chair and associate professor of the UofL Department of Geography and Geosciences, will address the question, "Climate change: What's the problem and is it even real?" Mountain’s research interests and expertise center on climatology and climate change, radiative and surface energy balances, geomorphology – the study of the evolution and configuration of landforms – glaciology and Arctic and Alpine environments. The program begins at 8 p.m. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session. The Beer with a Scientist program began in 2014 and is the brainchild of UofL cancer researcher Levi Beverly, PhD. Once a month, the public is invited to enjoy exactly what the title promises: beer and science. Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged. Organizers add that they also encourage Beer with a Scientist patrons to drink responsibly. More information at Louisville Underground Science on Facebook.
May 12, 2015 Green Hospitality Meeting & UofL Sustainability Tour
Tuesday, May 12th 2-3:30pm, Cultural Center

UofL will be hosting a meeting of the Partnership for a Green City's Green Hospitality Team on May 12th. Join us in the Cultural Center's conference room for about 30 minutes of discussion and updates from around Louisville about weaving sustainability into our local hospitality industry. After that, we'll step outside to begin a Belknap Campus Sustainability Tour guided by UofL's Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Dr. Justin Mog. All are welcome. Those who wish to join the Tour only should gather outside the Cultural Center in the Garden Commons around 2:30pm.
May 9, 2015 Kentucky Solar Energy Society annual membership meeting
Saturday, May 9th 1-4 pm in Vogt Hall 311/314

KySES will hold its annual general membership meeting at UofL in 2015. The meeting is free and open to KySES members, students, guests and the general public interested in learning more about solar power in Kentucky. The meeting agenda includes a discussion of UofL's solar and sustainable energy programs, a visual tour of the dual-axis tracking solar array on campus, a presentation by Kenya Stump, the Assistant Director for Renewable Energy at the KY Dept. of Energy Development and Independence, about the recently assembled inventory of known solar interconnections, and a brief business meeting. The meeting is free to everyone, so invite your friends and neighbors. Registration is desirable, but not required. Details & Registration here.
May 7, 2015 Biomimicry Symposium - How Does Nature Inspire Technology?
Thursday, May 7th 8am - 4pm, University Club & Alumni Center

UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research & Dept. of Biology present this free 1-day symposium featuring:
Biomimicry Symposium
  • Dr. Peter Niewiarowski
    Professor, Biology, PI/Director, Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC), University of Akron
    Leadership team member of Great Lakes Biomimicry
  • Dr. Ali Dhinojwala
    H.A. Morton Professor, Polymer Science, Co-PI, BRIC, University of Akron
  • Dr. Joel Fried
    Professor, Dept Chair, Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville
  • Dr. Philip Brown
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Nanoprobe Laboratory for Bio- & Nanotechnology and Biomimetics, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. J. Carson Meredith
    Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, J.Carl Pirkle Sr. Faculty Fellow,  Georgia Tech University
  • Dr. Michael Dickey
    Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Ted Smith
    Chief of Civic Innovation, Louisville Metro Government
    Community Fellow for Energy & Environment, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville
  • Dr. Shashank Priya
    Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech University
  • Dr. Margaret Carreiro
    Associate Professor, Biology, and Director, Center for Environmental Science, University of Louisville
  • Marisha Farnsworth
    Creative Director and co-founder of Urban Biofilter, and Designer at Hyphae Design Laboratory, Oakland, CA
  • Panel Discussion with Biomimicry Fellows/PhD candidates in Integrated Bioscience, University of Akron: Emily Kennedy, Bor-Kai (Bill) Hsiung, and Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens
For full details and RSVP, visit the Biomimicry Symposium website or contact Dr. Alyssa Stark, alyssa.stark@louisville.edu, 502-852-5941.
May 6, 2015 Engineering Professional Development Conference: Engineering Local and Sustainable Solutions
Wednesday, May 6th 9am - 5pm in Vogt Building, Rooms 311 & 314. Cost: $150 - Register here.

UofL student chapters of Engineers Without Borders USA, American Water Works Association, and Water Environment Federation will be hosting this professional development conference on the theme of sustainability. The theme was inspired by the Back to the Tap initiative and the UofL Sustainability Council's work with the Louisville Water Company. Earn 7 professional development hours in one day! Cost includes breakfast and lunch. Registration will close at 11:55pm on 5/5/15. Speakers will include:
- Steve Cooper, Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association on PVC Pipe Configurations
- Kelley Dearing-Smith, Louisville Water Company on Louisville Pure Tap
- Wes Sydnor & Erin Wagoner, Louisville MSD on Green Infrastructure & Stormwater Pollution Prevention
- Bill Harrington, UofL Industrial Engr. on Statistical Modeling & Simulation
- Maria Koetter, Louisville Office of Sustainability on Urban Heat Island & Heat Mitigation
- Dr. Mark French, UofL Civil & Environmental Engr. on Local/Sustainable Water Research Projects
- Dr. Brian Robinson, UofL Engineering Fundamentals on Advancements in Renewable Energy Applications for Space Conditioning
- Danielle Dresch, Gresham, Smith & Partners on Camp Taylor Sewer Inflow Reduction Project with Louisville MSD
- Gill Holland on NuLu’s “The Green Building”
May 4, 2015 LALS Tranquility Garden Dedication & Planting
Monday, May 4th, 12:30pm, west side of Stevenson Hall

Join us as the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Dept. officially unveils The Latin American and Latino Studies Tranquility Garden. The goal of this space is to allow students, faculty, and staff a beautiful place to sit down, have lunch, conduct meetings, or simply study. One of the wonderful elements of the garden is how it “grew” from donations from UofL faculty and staff and members of the local community. Many of the beautiful plants that will be making their spring debut are donations from the gardens of Rhonda Buchanan, Richard Tabb, and Kevin D. Kouba. At this event, we will open the garden and acknowledge the donors and students that have helped make this project happen. One of the highlights of this day will be a community planting in which attendees will be invited to plant annual flower seeds into a new plot that will be prepared in the early spring.
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2015 National Bike Challenge!National Bike Challenge May-Sept
May 1st to September 30th, 2015
Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2015 National Bike Challenge! Show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register as an individual to compete against your peers. Your miles cycled will count towards the University of Louisville (workplace or school) 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!
To Register:
1.    Visit nationalbikechallenge.org
2.    Click “join”
3.    Select “The University of Louisville” as your workplace (students register for “University of Louisville” under school category)
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 29, 2015 Garden Commons Spring Workday
Wednesday, April 29th, 12-2pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we prepare our garden for the spring by planting and weeding UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked mint, lovage, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook here.
April 24, 2015 Lighten Your Load free stuff swap
Friday, April 24th 11:45am - 3pm in Miller Hall's First-Year Resource Center
To celebrate our goal of Zero Waste for Move-Out 2015, we'll be setting up a special free stuff swap in Miller Hall to give the UofL community a first shot at picking up on items before they head to Goodwill. Dean of Students, Mike Mardis, will be giving a welcome at 11:45am, with free shopping available from noon to 3pm on the first day of finals, April 24th. All are welcome to come take or donate items.
April 23, 2015 Seminar: Production of Fuel Additives, Chemicals and Materials from Renewable Feedstock
Thursday, April 23rd, 2pm in Ernst Hall 212

UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research presents this seminar by Dr. Sabornie Chatterjee, a Researcher in Synthetic Chemistry at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While the continuous depletion of fossil fuel reserves and rising demands of petroleum and petroleum-based products have prompted the development of plant based chemicals, materials and fuels, the production of these bio-products has become a controversial issue. In many discussions, the production of the bio-products is heavily criticized considering the use of agricultural lands and high prices of the bio-products. Most of these concerns related with the production and use of bio-products can be positively addressed if lignocellulosic biomass-based fuels and value-added products are considered. This presentation will showcase the successful conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to a fuel additive, chemicals and a carbon material.
April 23, 2015 Faculty Workshop: Green Threads – Sustainability across the curriculum
Reading Day, Thursday, April 23d, 8:30am - 5pm, 230 Gardiner Hall
Interested in integrating themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into your courses?
The Sustainability Council invites full- & part-time faculty as well as GTA Academy participants from all disciplines to participate in the 2015 Green Threads workshop. We’ll explore ways to embed sustainability into your curriculum. UofL faculty will receive a $500 honorarium, resources for course development, info on local sustainability issues, & a new network of faculty from across UofL. Applications (download) had to be submitted to Margaret Carrerio by March 25, 2015. Full details on Green Threads here.
April 22, 2015 Earth Day Workshop: Get Back To The Land with Sustainable Gardening!
Wednesday, April 22nd, 3-4pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Earth Day is the perfect time to get back to the land! Justin Mog, PhD (UofL's Asst. to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives) has been an organic gardener for decades and will share some of the basics about how to start and maintain a sustainable garden so that you can grow your own fresh, local food – whether it’s in pots on your porch, in your backyard, or in a community garden. Justin has extensive experience with all those methods of growing in Louisville and has worked as a crop extensionist with farmers around the world. This session will be a hands-on workshop using the many resources available at UofL’s own organic Garden Commons which is a space open to all UofL staff, faculty, and students to learn about and grow food year-round. Garden Commons features 10 raised-beds, in-ground beds, a small orchard and berry bushes, an herb spiral, a permaculture hugelkulture mound, a greenhouse, compost bins, and rain barrels. All elements of this sustainable urban agriculture project will be explored during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to dress for outdoor garden work with closed shoes, but everyone will be accommodated. Gloves and tools will be provided. Facebook Event page.
Staff & Faculty please register here.
April 22, 2015 Earth Day Sunflower Planting!
Wednesday, April 22nd at noon. Meet-up at the SAC Ramp.

All are welcome to join UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS), for our Spring 2015 Planting Day to bring some color to the railroad tracks! Meet at the SAC ramp at noon and we'll head over as a group to plant sunflowers in partnership with UofL's Grounds Crew along the railroad tracks that run through our campus.
April 21, 2015 Peace CorpsPeace Corps at UofL - Two Opportunities on 4/21/15

Office Hours: Meet One-On-One with a Recruiter
Tuesday, April 21st 11am - 3pm at Brodschi Hall, 2nd Floor of the International Center

Make a difference in the lives of others and your own. Peace Corps service is the opportunity of a lifetime. Stop by and speak with a local Peace Corps representative who can answer your questions first-hand about what it's like to live, learn and work with a community overseas. Plus, you can gain tips to guide you through the application process. No appointment necessary!

Application Workshop: Tips for Success
Tuesday, April 21st 4:15 - 5:15pm in Ekstrom Library Room W210
Register Now
Make your application stand out from the rest. Attend this workshop to walk through our application process with a recruiter and find out what information Peace Corps needs from you. Learn about the important role your resume plays in determining your placement and how to strengthen your application. You will have your questions answered, get advice on steps you can take on campus or in your community to enhance your application, and gain valuable tips to guide you through the application process.

Facebook Event Page.
April 17, 2015 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop
Friday, April 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! 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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we'll continue our series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch each month. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
April 17, 2015 Free Bike Tune-ups: Pop Up Cycle Station
Friday, April 17th from 11-3pm in the Humanities Quad

The Louisville Student Cycling Coalition will be hosting its final Pop Up Cycle Station of the semester! Bring your bike by for a free tune-up on Friday, April 17th from 11-3pm in the Humanities Quad.
April 17, 2015 Mexican Solidarity Network presents lecture on education for immigrants
Friday, April 17th at 9am in Davidson Hall, Room 206

Latin American and Latino Studies co-sponsors: "We Question While We Walk: Building Community through Popular Education in Albany Park, Chicago," a presentation by Isabel Valenzuela and Alejandro Monzon on immigrant rights, radical pedagogy and community building. Contact: Rhonda Buchanan, 852-2034.
April 17, 2015 Fair Housing Today conference
Friday, April 17th 9am-noon
Jefferson Community & Technical College’s Health Sciences Building Room 166A (110 W Chestnut St)

Clearing hurdles in obtaining or offering safe places to live will be the focus of this free, public conference co-sponsored by UofL's Kent School of Social Work and the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. The program offers two concurrent tracks. A consumer track will examine housing issues facing veterans, immigrants, refugees, domestic violence survivors, single mothers, low-income families and representatives of the LGBT community. A provider track for real estate agents will help with immigrant, refugee and race relations in housing. Presenters will represent those sponsors as well as Americana Community Center, Center for Women and Families, Louisville Metro Housing Authority, Lexington Fair Housing Council, Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Louisville Metro Police Department. Although the conference is free, social workers who attend can earn 2.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for a $25 fee and real estate agents can earn one CEU for a $10 fee. For more information, contact Riaan van Zyl at 502-852-2430 or mavanz01@louisville.edu or the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission at 502-574-3631.
April 17, 2015 UofL Day of Service
Friday, April 17th 8:30am-5pm. Various sites - Leaves from Grawemeyer Hall
As part of the our commitment to community engagement, UofL allows staff to take one day off a year to volunteer in the community. While employees are allowed to take any day of their choosing, the Office of Community Engagement is organizing a special UofL Day of Service for April 17, 2015. While we are focusing this Day of Service around staff; faculty and students are also welcome to participate if schedules permit. Employees who opt to participate (subject to supervisor approval) in the April 17 event will have several sites as options, including the YMCA Safe Place (2400 Crittenden Dr), where volunteers will collaborate in the design and planting of raised bed gardens for their Peace Gardens and Urban Agriculture Initiative. Other sites are in West Louisville, where UofL has had a longtime commitment to service through the Signature Partnership Initiative. Transportation, food, and materials will be provided. Interested in volunteering? Please fill out this form.
April 16, 2015 Self-coordinating buses improve service
Thursday, April 16th at 3pm in Vogt Engineering, Room 311
The main challenge for an urban bus system is to maintain constant headways between successive buses. Most bus systems try to adhere to a schedule, but the natural dynamics of the system tend to collapse headways so that buses travel in bunches. UofL's Logistics & Distribution Institute are sponsoring this talk by engineers at Georgia Tech who have devised a method of coordinating buses that abandons the idea of a target schedule or even any target headway and instead allows equal headways to emerge spontaneously. Details about the technology here.
April 15, 2015 Urban Studies Garden Planting
Wednesday, April 15th at 3pm, Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
Join us to help us get ready for spring the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone! We will be planting tomatoes, peppers, okra, spinach, lettuce, kale, melons, and fruit. We will be joined by a group of children from UofL's Early Learning Campus at the Family Scholar House.
April 13 - May 11, 2015 Give & Go 2015
Give & Go! Move-Out Waste Reduction

April 13th through May 11th, 2015
Moving out? Don't throw it out!
During the spring move out, special collection bins will be set up in the lobbies of all UofL residence halls for the donation of any unwanted items: clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, appliances, lamps, electronics, decor, rugs, bags, school supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, batteries, 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 items Goodwill cannot accept. All will be collected and repurposed or recycled with a goal of Zero Waste for Move-Out 2015! The Give and Go program is a partnership between Keep America Beautiful® and Goodwill Industries with support from the College & University Recycling Coalition. Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is proud to partner with UofL Housing & Residence Life and the Sustainability Council's Solid Waste Reduction Committee for this initiative! For more information: Heather Hise, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, 502-553-6893; or Bryan Mathis, UofL, 502-641-7286.
  • A special "Lighten Your Load" free swap will be set up from noon - 3pm on Friday, April 24th in Miller Hall's First-Year Resource Center - all are welcome to come take or donate items.
April 10, 2015 UofL Housing Community Service Program - Keep Louisville Green
Friday, April 10th 3-6pm. Meet at Red Barn at 2:30 to walk to the work site (Bloom & Floyd St.)

The Large Scale Programming Committee at UofL Housing is collaborating with UofL EcoReps on a spring service project to help manage UofL's Community Composting operations. Please wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty and closed toed shoes. Bring gloves and water bottles if you have them! This is going to be a great way to get outside and get your hands dirty while helping our community. All are welcome. Residents of ULH Halls (Kurz, Bettie Johnson, and Community Park) are encouraged to sign up at the front desk of their residence hall.
April 10, 2015 Farmers Market Sampling and Promotion Workshop
Friday, April 10th 1-4 pm, School of Public Health & Information Sciences

The UofL Belknap Farmers Market & Gray Street Farmers Market have partnered with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to offer this FREE workshop in two parts: GAP Training for Sampling (1-3 p.m.) and Marketing and Promotion (3-4 p.m.). During GAP Training, attendees learn the best practices that will reduce the risk of their product becoming contaminated. Upon completion, you receive a GAP Training Certificate issued by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). The certificate is a component of the requirements to allow raw product samples at Kentucky Farmers' Markets. Sharon Spencer, KDA Farmers Market Marketing Specialist, will also present on farmers market displays, marketing, customer service, and highlight KDA resources. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are requested by April 6 to Darlene Shircliff at darlene@louisville.edu or 502-852-5143. In your message, please provide your name and farmers market.
April 8, 2015 Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970
Wednesday, April 8th at 2pm in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
From the Montgomery bus boycott to the lunch counter sit-ins to the Freedom Rides, best-selling author Lynne Olson puts a human face on civil rights struggle - and shows that the face was often female. In this free, public McConnell Center talk, Olson will discuss a few of these little-known heroines, exploring the relationship between men and women and blacks and whites over 140 years. Olson is a national bestselling author or co-author of six books. She spent 7 years with the Associated Press, working in New York, Moscow and Washington D.C. She covered national politics and the White House with the Baltimore Sun. She later taught journalism at American University.
April 6, 2015 Taste of Diversity
Monday, April 6th, 11am - 1pm in Strickler Hall lobby

Taste of Diversity is designed to introduce and educate students, staff and faculty to the wealth of cultural richness and ethnic diversity that exists at UofL and in our community. Representatives from a wide variety of community organizations will be on hand to communicate more about their work through displays of traditional arts, crafts, clothing, flags, events, etc. that reflect various cultures represented in our community. This is a great event to find information and resources on ways to get involved. Undergraduate Affairs will provide a tasting menu of food items from various cultures around the world.
April 2, 2015 Equitable Louisville: From the Ground Up
Thursday, April 2nd, 4pm in Humanities 300
UofL's Social Change Program present a panel discussion featuring Lauren Heberle (Sociology Department), Valerie Magnuson (Louisville Grows), and Alicia Hurle (Kentuckians For The Commonwealth). This panel is part of the Spring 2015 lecture series on Building the Equitable City. It is free & open to the public. For more information, contact Avery Kolers, 852-0453, or check us out on Facebook.
April 2, 2015 "Ecochella" - Sustainability Fair, Speakers & Music FestEcochella
2015 YES! Fest: Year of Environment & SustainabilityThursday, April 2nd, Fair: 3-5pm. Music: 6pm, Red Barn
The Engage.Lead.Serve Board's Green Initiatives and Student Activities Board present an unforgettable day of performers and action for sustainability! A sustainability fair will be held outside the Red Barn during the afternoon, followed by an evening of speakers and music featuring The Louisville Crashers, The Deloreans, and Appalatin. Our speakers, who will be shedding light on the idea that "sustainability is more than recycling" include:

1. Dale Douthat, director of Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Metro Louisville
2. John Krueger, co-founder of Falls City Community Bikeworks
3. Carmen Black, regional coordinator for the Real Food Challenge

Whether you have to remind yourself to recycle, or you've fully adopted the free-range tofu and organic bicycling lifestyle, come out and enjoy an afternoon and evening of consciousness-raising with live, local bands and speakers,free food, and a whole host of activities! Free and open to the public. This is a YES! Fest event! Connect at Facebook Event Page.
March 27, 2015 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Sustainable Agriculture with Jeneen Wiche
Friday, March 27th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! This month's special guest will be local farmer, Belknap Farmers' Market vendor, and UofL Anthropology professor, Jeneen Wiche.
Learn more & connect with us at the Facebook Event Page.
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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we'll continue our series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch each month. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
March 26, 2015 Gottschalk Lecture: Dr. Chad Montrie "Hidden in Plain View"
Thursday, March 26th 5:30pm at Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium

The 2015 Gottschalk Lecture will feature Dr. Chad Montrie The history of racism is all around us, marking local geography, shaping social institutions, and conditioning our relationships with one another. Yet, however overwhelmingly present that past might be, it is often hidden in plain view. The History Department's 2015 Gottschalk lecture will explore this phenomenon by examining the various means and warped justifications whites used to exclude blacks from thousands of towns and suburbs across the United States during the twentieth century. As a nation, we have forgotten or misremembered exclusion’s long history and our stunted memory impedes contemporary efforts to acknowledge and address the many persistent social problems that are its legacy. Our featured speaker will be UofL alum, Dr. Chad Montrie, a history professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The event is open to the public and reception will follow. Full details here.
March 25, 2015 Cultural Competency Workshop Series - "Diversity Consciousness"
Wednesday, March 25th noon, Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
Join Dr. Monica Lakhwani for a formal lunch conversation around the idea of learning cultural competence in research and literature around racial, cultural, gender, and religious diversity issues.
March 25, 2015 A Conversation with Raoul Cunningham on Sundown Towns
Wednesday, March 25th 11am-12:30pm, Ekstrom Library W210
UofL Women's Center Presents: Sundown Towns and the History of Housing Segregation in KY and Beyond: A Conversation with Mr. Raoul Cunningham, Louisville NAACP chapter President. This event will provide a brief history and open conversation around Sundown Towns, racially motivated city ordinances aimed at making places "All-White," and the violent consequences of being in these places after dark as a person of color. Coffee and snacks will be provided!  
March 24, 2015 Veggie Rx program
Tuesday, March 24th at noon, Nursing School Room 2006
Are you interested in the concept of fresh fruit and vegetable access to low income and at risk populations? If so, you are invited to participate and share your ideas concerning project Veggie Rx sponsored by Fresh Stop-New Roots Inc., a local food cooperative and the HSC Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Veggie Rx is a food outreach program connecting at risk populations with fresh food resources. To learn more, please join us Tuesday, March 24, 2015. A healthy lunch will be provided. Please RSVP no later than 2pm on March 23rd at HSCODI@louisville.edu or call 852-7159.
March 22-24, 2015 Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RE3) Workshop
March 22-24, 2015 in downtown Louisville, KY
UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research invites you to engage with top researchers from national labs, universities and industries to discuss the latest developments and challenges in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Discover current research across the nation and discuss a focused technological road map for commercialization of various renewable energy innovations. The objective of this 3-day workshop is to engage students, faculty, government, industry and entrepreneurs across the region to have a focused discussion on the scientific and technological challenges associated with advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency research and entrepreneurship. The RE3 Workshop highlights specific themes in renewable energy and energy efficiency research and implementation, including: Solar Energy; Energy Materials Discovery; Membranes; Solar Fuels; Biofuels; Energy Storage; Energy Efficiency; and Entrepreneurship. Short courses are offered on specific R&D topics,including: Tools for Materials Genome Research; Standard Research Practices in Materials R&D for Renewables; Manufacturing R&D in the Energy Sector. Full details and registration.
March 14-19, 2015 Alternative Spring Breaks
March 14-19, 2015

You want to get out of town for Spring Break, but why not spend your time away helping others and having a great experience? UofL is organizing two separate Spring Break service trips for 2015! One group will head to Washington DC to focus on Hunger Relief and the other trip will focus on the issue of Food Literacy in Asheville, NC. To find out more about our DC service projects go to: Martha's Table, DC Central Kitchen and The Campus Kitchens Project. Our NC service will be with the Northwestern YMCA of North Carolina! The total trip cost will be $400 and it includes all transportation, meals, lodging, orientation materials, and excursions/museum fees. More information and application here.
March 11-14, 2015 The White Privilege Conference: Resistance, Action, Courage, & Equity: The South Leading the Way!
March 11th-14th at the Galt House (140 N 4th St)
UofL's College of Arts & Sciences Office of International, Diversity, and Engagement Programs is co-sponsoring the 16th annual White Privilege Conference which will be held in Louisville. This international gathering examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. It is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks. Nor is it a conference designed to rally white supremacist groups. As a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color, it is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege. Each year, the conference attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders from diverse perspectives. It welcomes folks with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and multiculturalism. Keynote speakers will include: Chris Crass, Author, Educator & Movement Builder; Gyasi Ross, Author & Attorney; Loretta J. Ross, Author; and Dr. Mab Segrest, Professor of Gender & Women's Studies, Connecticut College (retired) and Author, Scholar & Activist. Full details and registration here.
March 11, 2015 FoodWorks Internships Info Session
Wednesday, March 11th noon-1pm, Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium

Join us for this info session about how, for the first time, in 2015 UofL students can apply to participate in the FoodWorks program run by Middlebury College in Vermont. FoodWorks is an innovative summer leadership program combining academic and experiential learning in food systems. It features: Nine intensive weeks in either Louisville, Vermont, or Washington D.C. from May 31 - August 1; a paid four-day/week internship; a 3-semester hour credit course in “Exploring local food systems”; a cohort living and cooking experience with 15 other students; Access to food systems mentors and experts; and Weekly fifth-day learning journeys. This is a chance to touch, taste, and work with all aspects of the local food movement. You'll gain a comprehensive view of the local food system and its role in urban and rural economic development, including direct contact with experts. Interns will have the opportunity to Engage in a learning community around food studies, as students live and participate together. There will also be an online component that allows FoodWorks Fellows to connect across sites and compare rural and urban food systems experiences. More info here. Facebook Event Page.
March 11, 2015 Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Spring 2015 Meeting (Rescheduled)
Wednesday, March 11th, 10:00-11:30am in Ekstrom Library W210
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all students, employees, and community members interested in helping UofL protect and expand its tree population on campus. We meet just once a semester, so please join us. We have much to discuss and plan for. The agenda includes:
  • Maple tapping discussion/update
  • Update of recent tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans
  • Planning for 2015 tree-related Service Learning Projects
  • Tree Campus USA status and reporting review
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
  • Plan for a 2015 UofL Arbor Day Observance (potential date: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015)
  • Revising UofL's Campus Tree Care Plan to include measurable Goals & Targets.
Connect with us on Facebook.
March 9, 2015 Hunger Banquet
Monday, March 9th, 6:00-8:00pm in the Red Barn
Free, but donations will be accepted: Cash for Oxfam America; Canned & non-perishable food for Dare To Care
The Engage.Lead.Serve Board's Global Initiatives is hosting this special event to educate students about how the rest of the world eats and how they can make a difference. Participants will be split into groups that resemble the division of wealth globally. Food will be served differently between each group of countries and will simulate the typical meals each experiences in a normal day. Students will also be presented with information of things that could work towards solving this problem in the world. Prior to the Banquet, each of the residence halls will have boxes to collect non-perishable items and canned foods for Dare to Care and the UofL food pantry for students. Feel free to donate in the dorms or bring canned foods the night of the event. The dorm with the most items will receive a prize and be announced at the event.
Many think hunger is about too many people and too little food. That is not the case. Our rich and bountiful planet produces enough food to feed everyone. Hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. The results are illiteracy, poverty, war, and the inability of families to grow or buy food. Hunger affects everyone, in countries rich and poor, in urban and rural areas. But some of us face greater challenges than others. Every day, resources like land and water are becoming more scarce, making it harder for farmers to feed their families. Global shifts in weather are adding to the problem, making it harder for people to sow and harvest crops. Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in Oxfam America Hunger Banquet events or skipped meals to acknowledge the plight of the world’s hungry. Co-sponsored by UofL's Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Program, Sustainability Council, and Anthropology Department. Rescheduled from original date of Feb. 18th due to weather. RSVP and Connect with us on Facebook.
March 7, 2015 Gallery Talk: Held from Beneath: An Exploration of Cultural Sustainability
March 7th, 11am to noon, Carnegie Center for Art and History (201 E Spring St, New Albany, IN)
Artists Andy Perez, Joyce Ogden, Roxell Karr and Susanna Crum will discuss their artworks in the exhibition “Held from Beneath: An Exploration of Cultural Sustainability.” Other events in conjunction with the show include poetry readings, music and performance art. The Carnegie Center is a member of UofL's Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, and this event is free for UofL faculty, staff and students! Additional information: lwilkins@Wcarnegiecenter.edu or 812-944-7336.
March 5, 2015 Equitable Louisville: From the Ground Up
CANCELLED DUE TO UofL CLOSURE: Thursday March 5th, 4pm in Humanities 300
UofL's Social Change Program present a panel discussion featuring Lauren Heberle (Sociology Department), Valerie Magnuson (Louisville Grows), and Alicia Hurle (Kentuckians For The Commonwealth). This panel is part of the Spring 2015 lecture series on Building the Equitable City. It is free & open to the public. For more information, contact Avery Kolers, 852-0453. This is a Spring Sustainability Week event!
March 3, 2015 Localism and the New Language of Conservation
Tuesday, March 3rd at 6pm in Room 275, Brandeis School of Law
UofL's Brandeis School of Law presents the spring 2015 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy featuring Professor J.B. Ruhl, JD, PhD. Dr. Ruhl is the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law at Vanderbilt University, where he co-directs the Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program. Professor Ruhl is a nationally pre-eminent expert on environmental and natural resources law, and has published extensively on ecosystem services, climate change adaptation, endangered species and wetlands policy, and adaptive ecosystem management and governance. He has taught in law schools at Harvard, Florida State, George Washington, University of Texas, Vermont, and Lewis & Clark, and 8 of his articles have been selected by peers as among the best published in environmental law over the past 25 years. He holds a J.D. an LL.M., and a Ph.D. in Geography. His lecture will be on how and why local land use policies and laws are increasingly important in environmental conservation. The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund, the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund, and the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility. The lecture is free and open to the public. This is a Spring Sustainability Week event!
March 3, 2015 Bangladeshi Garment Workers Speak Out!
Tuesday, March 3rd at 12:30pm in Humanities 300
Bangladeshi labor organizer Kalpona Akter, and Mahinoor Begum, a garment worker and survivor of the deadly Rana Plaza collapse, will speak about their struggle to force brands like VF Corporation, the parent company of JanSport, to sign a legally binding agreement to improve apparel factory safety and working conditions in Bangladesh, as well as what students can do to make UofL sweat-free! Join Cards United Against Sweatshops for a worker tour event to hear how YOU can take action on campus to put an end to unsafe factories in Bangladesh that have claimed the lives of thousands of garment workers. Join us! This is a Spring Sustainability Week event! Facebook Event Page.
March 2, 2015 Student Cycling Coalition Group Ride: #SlowRollMonday
Monday, March 2nd at 4:30pm
ALL SCC rides start at Freedom Park in front of the Ville Grill, between 2nd and 3rd streets.
#SlowRollMonday rides are about 15 miles. Join us for a flat, easy paced, beginner friendly ride along the riverfront. It is an opportunity for new riders to enter the sport as well as an opportunity for those who have raced in the weekend to recover. This is a No-Drop ride, meaning no one will be left behind! Ride Captain: Abner Miralda, (502) 648-8862. This is a Spring Sustainability Week event! Full Details here.
Feb. 28, 2015 Day of Dignity: Building Community & Enhancing Cross-Cultural Understanding
Saturday, Feb. 28th, noon-5pm, Muhammad Ali Center (144 N. Sixth St.)
The Day of Dignity will continue the work of UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice in building community and enhancing cross-cultural understanding among different cultures that live and work right here within the same communities. Please join us for this free event featuring food, entertainment, and a kids play area.
Concurrent Information Sessions: (1) Immigration; (2) Healthcare; and (3) Entrepreneurship & Employment Opportunities.
Information Tables: (1) Community Resources and Support; (2) Community Action Opportunities; (3) Education; and (4) Youth Opportunity and Access.
Organizers: UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Catholic Charities & Muhammad Ali Center.
Feb. 28, 2015 TEDxUofL 2015: "InterconnecTED"
Saturday, Feb. 28th 9am-Noon at the Rauch Planetarium
Simulcast Auditorium: 110 Davidson Hall; Conversation Cafe: Davidson Hall 111

Live Stream available online at tedx.uofl.com
2015 YES! Fest: Year of Environment & SustainabilityJoin us for a very special day of live TED talks on the theme "InterconnecTED," using interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to address current issues. TEDxUofL 2015 will create a space for discussion and learning that goes beyond traditional paradigms and bridges into community activism and collaboration. The purpose of TEDxUofL 2015 is to expose the many assumptions we operate under by defining, explaining, and exposing the interconnectedness of life through a series of short presentations by speakers from many different fields of study. The theme of “Interconnected” will be mined, dissected, constructed, and examined in an effort to build a framework for looking at how we think and behave. TEDxUofL 2015 will challenge the audience to reflect on their own processes and connect the ideas to their daily lives with the awareness and application of interconnectedness. The event will be organized around three thematic sessions: Sustainability, Discovery, and Dynamism. TEDxUofL is free and open to the public. Registration is now closed. If you did not register or cannot join us in person, please go to tedx.uofl.com for a live stream of the event! Facebook Event page.
Feb. 27, 2015 Reflections on the evolving understanding of dead wood and its ecological function
Friday, Feb. 27th at noon in the Shumaker Research Building room 139
This public seminar will review the many ways dead wood functions in forested ecosystems and how this understanding has changed in the last 3 decades. Dr. Mark Harmon from the University of Oregon will be the Biology Department's distinguished Brown and Williamson speaker this week. Dr. Harmon is a world expert on the roles of dead wood and carbon cycling in forests. Dr. Harmon is well known for his long-term (150 year) experiments involving dead wood. These experiments have been set up across the world. Dr. Harmon is the Richardson Chair of Forest Science at Oregon State. He is a world expert on wood decomposition and carbon cycling in forests. He has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and received more than 4 dozen NSF grants. More info here.
Feb. 27, 2015 Post Katrina Hurricane Protection: The Last Piece of the Puzzle
Friday, Feb. 27th at noon, Rm 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
The Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents: Dr. Rob Mullins, vice president and corporate practice leader for US Federal Services for Stantec Consulting Services. Dr. Mullins is currently in charge of a $100 million project to rebuild the flood walls in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Rob is an alum of UofL's Urban & Public Affairs PhD program and co-authored a highly praised book on green planning with UofL professor John Gilderbloom titled Promise and Betrayal: Universities and the Battle for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods.
Feb. 26, 2015 Panel on Immigrant Youth Opportunities & Access
Thursday, Feb. 26th 5:30-7:30pm, Brandeis School of Law Room 275
Organized by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice in advance of Saturday's Day of Dignity, this discussion will focus on the immigrant community in Louisville and how we can get involved in creating solutions. Panelists will be Edgardo Mansilla, Director of Americana Community Center, Dr. Ryan Baker, Psychologist with Seven Counties Services, Irma Bektic, Muhammad Ali Scholar, Katherine Hall, Brandeis Human Rights Fellow, and Aashia Hamid, Muhammad Ali Scholar. Register free here.
Feb. 26, 2015 Dead wood three ways: utility, science, and culture
Thursday, Feb. 26th 4pm in the Shumaker Research Building Room 139
This public seminar will explore the three ways we might think about dead trees: as something to use versus waste, a subject of scientific study, or a focal point for reflection. Dr. Mark Harmon from the University of Oregon will be the Biology Department's distinguished Brown and Williamson speaker this week. Dr. Harmon is a world expert on the roles of dead wood and carbon cycling in forests. Dr. Harmon is well known for his long-term (150 year) experiments involving dead wood. These experiments have been set up across the world. Dr. Harmon is the Richardson Chair of Forest Science at Oregon State. He is a world expert on wood decomposition and carbon cycling in forests. He has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and received more than 4 dozen NSF grants. More info here.
Feb. 25, 2015 The Physical Internet: Towards a new, interconnected era of smart, efficient and sustainable logistics
Wednesday, Feb. 25th, 1pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
Proponents of the so-called “Physical Internet” system believe that by handling, storing and transporting goods through a shared network of manufacturers, retailers and shippers, the economy would improve and greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced through significant reductions in truck traffic. Benoit Montreuil is one of those proponents, and he will discuss the Physical Internet and how it could transform the way goods are moved, stored, supplied and used. Montreuil is the Coca-Cola Material Handling and Distribution Chair in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is leading Georgia Tech’s initiatives to develop the knowledge required to design and operate the globally emerging Physical Internet. Montreuil’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by UofL’s Logistics and Distribution Institute as part of its LoDI Seminar Series.
Feb. 20, 2015 Narrative and Social Justice
Friday, Feb. 20th at 4pm in Humanities 300

Join us for a special lecture by Sally Haslanger. Dr. Haslanger will be visiting UofL from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she serves as the Ford Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, and as an affiliate of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Feb. 20, 2015 Lessons from the Greenest Building in Kentucky
Friday, Feb. 20th at noon, Rm 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
The Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents: Rob Haney, Executive Director of Support Operations for Kenton County School District. Turkey Foot Middle School is the greenest school building in the U.S. and it was not built on the East or West Coast but right here in Kentucky! The goal was to produce a cost effective state of the art green building demonstration project for the rest of Kentucky to learn from. What are the environmental, economic, and educational outcomes of this demonstration project? Rob Haney was in charge of evaluating the consequences of students moving from a traditional energy consuming school to a green, energy producing school.
Rob will discuss the following findings: (1) enormous energy savings which means more money to invest in learning and  reduction in taxes from taxpayers; (2) sun lit classrooms result in higher grades, less violence, and happier students; (3) the cost of building a “green school” is less than your “normal” energy inefficient school; (4)  you don’t need the fancy and costly energy saving gadgets and mechanicals that LEED requires to be green; (5) water conservation techniques through smart rain water management reduce costs and flooding. Turkey Foot has still has not achieved the goal of a true net zero building and Rob will explain what can be learned from that experience. Rob will also discuss how graduate and faculty students can partner up to help with the performance evaluation of this landmark building.
Rob Haney sits on the board of the Green Umbrella, a multi-state non-profit organization that promotes and educates about sustainable practices. He is now recognized nationally for energy conservation efforts and for providing environmental education opportunities for students.
Feb. 20, 2015 EcoReps Workshop: Theatre Arts Dept. Sustainability Open-House
Friday, Feb. 20th at Noon, The Playhouse
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! This month we'll take a "field trip" to The Playhouse (on Cardinal Blvd. between 2nd & 3rd streets) for a behind-the-scenes look at how Charles Nasby, Technical Production Manager for UofL's Theatre Arts Department, is taking waste reduction, recycling, and repurposing to the next level! More at Facebook Event Page.
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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we'll continue our series of EcoReps Workshops each month. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Feb. 19, 2015 My Life On Ice: Lonnie Dupre - climate change activist and adventurer
Thursday Feb. 19th, 6:30-8:30pm, Papa John’s Stadium PNC Club.
Registration Required - Free for Students ($5 for general public).
UofL Athletics hosts an inspiring talk by mountain climber, polar explorer, and climate change activist, Lonnie Dupre. Just a few weeks ago, Lonnie returned from the peak of the tallest mountain in North America after finally achieving his goal of being the first to summit Denali alone in January! He was also the first to cross the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole under his own power. Lonnie will share tales of his adventures and describe his personal witness of the detrimental effects of global climate change over 25 years of polar exploring. Lonnie will be signing his book Life On Ice afterward. Learn more about Lonnie via YouTube, Facebook, and his website.
Feb. 12, 2015 UofL Bus to I Love Mountains Day in Frankfort!
UofL Loves Mountains!Thursday, February 12th. Bus leaves 10am from the Planetarium and returns by 3:00pm
  • Join other UofL students, staff, and faculty as we descend upon the capitol in Frankfort with thousands of other Kentuckians to tell lawmakers that WE LOVE MOUNTAINS...and that the practice of mountaintop removal mining is unacceptable!
  • Fill out this form to reserve your FREE ticket on the bus!
  • More information about I Love Mountains Day 2015 here or on Facebook.
  • UofL's participation is being organized by the student environmental group, GRASS.
    Connect with fellow travelers on Facebook.
  • The Provost has approved this event under the excused absence policy! Students who would have to miss classes on February 12th need to fill out this form, get your instructor's signature in advance of the event and KEEP THE FORM. Then, after the rally, take the form with a “certificate” from GRASS proving your attendance to the professor.
Feb. 10, 2015 Deep Down Film Screening for Louisville Loves Mountains Week
Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 6pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

UoL's Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) and Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) present a community screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary film Deep Down. The film follows an eastern Kentucky community's contentious battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine. More information about the film here. Following the hour-long film, a KFTC member will answer audience questions and share information about the organization's Appalachian Transition work and continued efforts to end mountaintop removal coal mining. Audience members will also be invited to participate in KFTC's 10th Annual I Love Mountains Day rally at the State Capitol on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The film screening is part of KFTC's Louisville Loves Mountains Week and will be followed by a I Love Mountains Day Poster Making Party on Wednesday, February 11 from 6pm to 8pm at the Heine Brothers at Douglass Loop (2200 Bardstown Road). Connect on our Facebook Event Page.
Feb. 9 - Mar. 1 2015
Campus Conservation Nationals
February 9th to March 1st, 2015
Live on campus? Help the Cards to victory with conservation! UofL will compete to reduce electricity use in residence halls during the 2015 Campus Conservation Nationals. Over three weeks, we'll need your help to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in your hall. 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. Join us on Facebook.
  • Residents: Log your actions for sustainability and win prizes at MyActions.org!
  • Make a personal commitment to reduce and keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard! Click on the links below to see how much electricity your hall is using and to make a commitment to conserve!

Campus Conservation Nationals 2015Bluegrass Unplugged Logo
  1. Bettie Johnson Hall

  2. Billy Minardi Hall
  3. Cardinal Towne
  4. Community Park (real-time!)

  5. The Complex (West, Center & Wellness)
  6. Kurz Hall (real-time!)

  7. Louisville Hall (real-time!)
  8. Miller Hall
  9. Threlkeld Hall

  10. Unitas Hall (real-time!)
  11. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

  • Prizes: Individual prizes will be given out to residents who commit to reduce through MyActions.org at the table in your hall's lobby. The top point-earner on MyActions.org will win a $400 bike shopping spree, and those with the highest score in each hall will be entered into a raffle for a special dinner with President Ramsey! The UofL residence hall which cuts electricity use the most will win a special dinner catered by Mark's Feed Store and a "Green Make-Over" renovation for their hall!
  • The Kentucky school with the greatest percentage reduction will take home the Bluegrass Unplugged trophy! 2015 rivals include Berea College, University of Kentucky, and Western Kentucky University.
  • Read your history: UofL Green Scene: Students Compete to Reduce.
Feb. 6, 2015 Free Bike Tune-Ups & Repair!
Friday, Feb. 6th 10am-3pm, Humanities Quad
Bring your bike to the Quad for free repair and tune-ups at a Pop-Up Cycle Station brought to you by the Louisville Student Cycling Coalition and ELSB Green Initiatives. We'll also be registering bikes with UofL (it's free and helps with recovery if your bike is every stolen or impounded). Register and get a free bike bell! Facebook Event Page.
Feb. 4, 2015 Human Trafficking Awareness Conference
Wednesday, Feb. 4th, 6:00-8:30pm in the SAC multipurpose room

This fifth annual conference organized by the UofL Women’s Center and Women4Women Student Board intends to raise awareness of human trafficking in Kentucky by bringing together service providers and researchers for an informational conference. Speakers will include:
    - Gretchen Hunt, J.D., staff attorney, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs
    - Theresa Hayden, professor, justice administration, UofL
    - Amy Nace-Degonda, case manager, Catholic Charities of Louisville
Representatives from various community and campus organizations will be on hand to distribute information on resources for victims and survivors of human trafficking and provide information on how the community can get involved. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a reusable cup, plate, and utensils to enjoy light refreshments with zero waste. Register here to reserve a space.
Feb. 3, 2015 Food ChainsFood Chains
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6:30pm, SAC Floyd Theater
Join us for a special screening of Food Chains, a powerful documentary highlighting the struggle of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to bring better working conditions and wages to our nation's produce pickers. An engaging panel discussion with CIW representatives and Stephen Bartlett from Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville will follow the screening. FREE admission includes complimentary Kentucky Proud popcorn. Open to the public. Brought to you by Engage.Lead.Serve.Board's Green Initiatives, UofL Libraries, Anthropology, GRASS - Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions, and UofL SAB Film. Full details and RSVP on Facebook.
Feb. 1 to March 28, 2015 UofL Competes in RecycleMania 2015RecycleMania 2015!
February 1st to March 28th, 2015
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL is competing to reduce waste, increase recycling and raise conservation awareness across all three campuses! Keep up with the Cards progress at the RecycleMania website.
Jan. 16, 2015 Where and How to Build the Next Generation of Green Housing
Friday, Jan. 16th at Noon, 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
The Dept. of Urban & Public Affairs presents Larry Gough, president of Investment Property Advisors (IPA). IPA  specializes in student housing and has completed or has development in progress totaling approximately 2500 beds (including our own Cardinal Towne) specializing in developing urban in-fill sites with high barriers to entry that are adjacent to campus. Prior to IPA, Gough owned and operated several other businesses resulting in over 30 years of experience developing, constructing, and managing more than 4,500 multi-family units and over 500,000+ square feet of commercial real estate. Larry is a proud Purdue University alumnus with a degree in Civil Engineering and currently resides in Louisville with his family.
Jan. 16, 2015 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Sustainability at Blackacre Preserve
Friday, Jan. 16th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for a discussion of the many new sustainability initiatives taking place at Louisville's Blackacre State Nature Preserve with their Executive Director, Dale Josey. Dale has broad sustainability plans for the preserve, and he’s coordinating much of that planning with Eco-Reps and other local partners. Learn more & connect with us at the Facebook Event Page.
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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we'll continue our series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch each month. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Jan. 12-19, 2015 MLK Week: Unite the Campus, Advance the Dream
Jan. 12-19, 2015. Various Times & Locations. Full schedule here.
UofL MLK Day of Service - Jan. 19, 2015Join the Cultural Center for our first annual MLK Week from January 12-19, 2015. Our intent is to bring students, faculty, staff and the local community together to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the on-going struggle for peace, justice, and civil rights. The week will kick off with a winter accessories collection drive to benefit a local shelter, and features a variety of events including art, film, and discussion. The week concludes with the annual:
  • UofL MLK Day of Service
    Monday, Jan. 19th from 9:30am-4:00pm
    The Office of Student Involvement in partnership with the Cultural Center and the Engage.Lead.Serve. Board is organizing volunteers for the MLK Day of Service. Transportation to and from the service sites will be provided, as well as lunch. Walk-ins may be accommodated depending on site availability. For more information, contact Brittany Barnes at 852.3754, bnbarn02@louisville.edu, or visit our OrgSync page.
Thursdays, Spring 2015
UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store Open!
Thursdays 1-3pm in Unitas Tower basement
The UofL Free Store will be open every Thursday 1-3pm throughout Spring 2015. All students, faculty & staff are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Clean donated items of all kinds are always welcome! The Free Store is intended to keep useful items out of the landfill and to aid the needy. It is a volunteer-powered initiative of UofL's Sustainability Council and the student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS).
Dec. 14-20, 2014 Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge trip to Birmingham
December 14th-20th, $300,  Register Here.UofL Habitat for Humanity
UofL Habitat volunteers will be traveling to Birmingham, Alabama to help build affordable homes with Habitat for Humanity. Full details here. The $300 cost includes transportation, meals, and lodging. This is one of the most affordable alternative break service trips you'll find and something that you'll be happy you did! If you're interested, sign up on Orgsync and Register Here.
Dec. 10, 2014 UofL Social Justice Groups Potluck Bash
Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 5-8pm at the Cultural Center
Interested in working together for social justice? Come meet like-minded folks at the first-ever potluck bash hosted by UofL social justice groups, including: Cards United Against Sweatshops, The Intersection's Shades, the UofL Secular Student Alliance, Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light, and Louisville Students for Justice in Palestine. Please bring a dish and a board game if you can. Drinks, baked goods, fruit and veggie plates, utensils and plates will be provided. Come out to meet awesome advocates for everything and get some great hugs!
Dec. 10, 2014 Partnership for a Green City 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
Partnership For A Green City - Celebrating 10 Years in LouisvilleWednesday, Dec. 10th at 10:45am
Nucleus (300 E Market St)
Please join the Partnership for a Green City’s Leaders from UofL, JCTC, JCPS, and Metro Government for our Anniversary Celebration as they reaffirm their commitment to our sustainability collaboration and our move toward a behavior change model! Partnership members will be sharing our achievements, a five-year update of the Climate Action Report, STARS programs, expectations and refreshments.
Dec. 5, 2014 Holiday Cards “Buy Local” Shopping Tour
Friday, Dec. 5th from 8am-6pm (leaves from University Club)
Registration is $35 here.
UofL and the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will take shoppers on a whirlwind tour of local shops and restaurants on the fourth 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 to more than a dozen shops on East Market Street (NULU), Lexington Road, in Butchertown and more. 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 4-6pm. It will feature free holiday decorating and mixology demonstrations and samples, hot hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. Shoppers who purchase from at least five stores will be entered into the LIBA “Shift Your Shopping Contest,” which includes a drawing for a $1,000 “Buy Local” shopping spree. The trip is open to the public, but bus seating is limited. UofL faculty, staff, students and alumni will receive priority for seating.
Dec. 4-5, 2014 Great Places to WALK project
Thursday, Dec. 4th 1-5pm and Friday, Dec. 5th 9am-4pm, Lutz Hall

Throughout the day on Thursday and Friday, students from this semester's Exercise Psychology course will be doing 20-minute set-ups and presentations in various locations throughout Lutz Hall highlighting ways to encourage physical activity in daily life such as walking and taking the stairs. This initiative is in collaboration with UofL's Great Places to Work Health & Wellness Committee.
Nov. 19-23, 2014 Freedom Days
Wednesday, Nov. 19th to Sunday, Nov. 23rd, 8pm (with 3pm Sunday matinee)
UofL's Thrust Theatre (2314 S. Floyd St.)

Part of the university's Project Progressive initiative, "Freedom Days" is a play containing four vignettes about everyday heroes of the Civil Rights movement. Written by Steve Friedman, directed by Professor Russ Vandenbroucke, and starring UofL students. Tickets: Students: $8-$12. General Admission: $15, available at the Thrust Theatre Box office Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm (502-852-6814).
Nov. 21, 2014 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: The Creative Art of Waste Minimization
Friday, Nov. 21st at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for a discussion of waste minimization and creative reuse with Charles Nasby who has been leading the charge to green up operations in UofL's Department of Theater Arts! 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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This fall we'll continue our monthly series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch at noon on Fridays in Ekstrom Library, Room W210. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Nov. 21, 2014 How a City Can Make us Happier, Healthier, Safer, Just and Prosperous:
How Carmel Became the Green Capital of the Midwest

Friday, Nov. 21st at Noon, Room 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
UPA Speaker Series presents: Mayor Jim Brainard, Carmel’s first five-term mayor, who has transformed the city into what CNN Money Magazine ranked the #1 Best Place to Live in America using green New Urbanist principles. Mayor Brainard's  leadership created an Arts & Design District and a new downtown that has helped create a vibrant, thriving city using the arts as an economic development driver. Carmel now has the lowest crime rate among 80 comparable "suburban" cities in the nation. Off-road bike trails and bike lanes connect neighborhoods, and businesses fight to locate near bikeable parts of the city. Children can ride bikes to church, school, playgrounds or a friend's house without needing a parent to drive them. A mixture of housing types has kept housing affordable and below the median average sale price of housing nationally. Small  businesses are flourishing while chain stores and restaurants are discouraged in the city center. Carmel has made it clear that industries that pollute air, water and soil are not wanted in Carmel because they hurt the desirability of a city. Carmel was recently featured along with Portland as one of the best examples of the positive benefits of going green at the International Livable Cities Conference. Mayor Brainard is a board member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors is a Republican who demonstrates that going green is not owned by one political party.
Nov. 19, 2014 Stepping Out for Safe Water
Wednesday, Nov. 19th at 6pm in the Red Barn
The Engage Lead Serve Board (ELSB), Student Activities Board (SAB), and Student Athletes Taking Action (SATA) are proud to present this exciting evening of learning, eating, and action with WaterStep. Every year millions of people around the globe are affected by lack of access to clean water. Find out what UofL students, faculty, and community members are doing to help while eating a FREE, locally-sourced dinner. Please bring used shoes of any condition to contribute to the cause!
Nov. 19, 2014 Paulina Ochoa Espejo: Place-specific Duties and the Rights of Immigrants
Wednesday, Nov. 19th at 4pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

Does physical presence in a territory confer social and political rights on those present? Regarding the rights of immigrants, existing answers to this question often base such rights on the idea of immigrants’ ties to a political community. But, if ties to the political community are the main criterion for rights, then it seems that territory does not do any real work in the argument. This talk by the UofL Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society's (CCHS) Distinguished Visitor, Paulina Ochoa Espejo of Haverford College, takes territory seriously, rather than just treating it as a dummy concept that has membership do the real argumentative work. There is a certain class of place-specific duties that reasonable adult individuals cannot properly fulfill unless they have rights to stay and participate in the political organization claiming jurisdiction over the place they happen to be in. Espejo will argue that it is only when having certain rights, including a right to stay and a right to participate politically, that one can fulfill these place-sensitive duties and allow others to fulfill theirs. The thesis of place-specific duties has important implications for theories of immigrants’ rights. It also has implications for normative theories of resource management and environmental stewardship, as well as theories of territorial rights and borders of the modern state. A native of Mexico, Prof. Ochoa Espejo earned her PhD in 2006 from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She was previously Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a visiting fellow at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton. Her 2011 book, The Time of Popular Sovereignty: Process and the Democratic State proposed a new interpretation of the idea of "the people" who are sovereign. Reflecting deeply on the dual meaning of pueblo as both people and town, she has continued to develop these reflections as she finalizes work on a second book, entitled Just Borders: Peoples Territories, and the Rights of Place.Brought to you by CODRE, IDEP, CCHS, the Political Science department's Diversity & Retention Committee, and the Department of Philosophy.
Nov. 19-21, 2014 Farm Animal Rights Movement’s 10 Billion Lives Tour @ UofL
Wednesday, Nov. 19th to Friday, Nov. 21st from 10am-3pm, Humanities Quad

The Farm Animal Rights Movement is a national non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about the treatment of animals in the food production system. FARM holds educational events at college campuses across the country with a special video outreach vehicle which will be parked on the UofL Humanities Quad 10-3 Nov. 19-21. Students will have the opportunity to watch a compelling 4-minute video showing everyday living conditions and standard industry practices of factory farming. After watching the video, FARM staff and volunteers will talk to students about the impact their food choices have on animals, their personal health and the environment. Participants will receive $1 and a brochure with helpful follow-up information.
The mission of this effort is to communicate the facts so students can make educated choices. Ultimately we encourage students to eat more plant-based meals to promote a more compassionate and sustainable future. FARM has held events at more than 160 campuses over the past three years inspiring over 150,000 students to be advocates for these animals. Learn more at 10billionlives.com, watch this brief documentary about the tour, and check out images from recent events! Connect with us on Facebook.
Brought to you by the UofL Sustainability Council and EcoReps!
Nov. 18, 2014 Dr. Fernando Operé: Patagonia: Myth and Reality
Tuesday, November 18th, Noon-1pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

Join us for this special presentation in English by University of Virginia Spanish Professor and LAS Director, Dr. Fernando Operé. Dr. Operé will talk about ecology and economics, and much more in this lecture about Patagonia. In 2000, Dr. Operé spent several months traveling through Patagonia with the Argentine author, Mempo Giardinelli, who wrote a novel based on their experiences, Final de novela en Patagonia, in which Fernando Operé appears as a central character. In his lecture, Dr. Operé will speak about his travels in Patagonia and the evolution of that extensive and unknown land, from mythical to a touristic attraction in the time of globalization. Other public presentations by Dr. Operé include:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 1:00-1:50pm - “Poetry and Theatrical Recital” in Spanish (Davidson 204)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 2:00-3:15pm - “Argentine Culture, Study Abroad, & LALS Career Opportunities,” (Davidson 207)
Nov. 17, 2014 A Talk by Anti-Racist Tim Wise
Monday, Nov. 17th at 6pm, SAC Multipurpose Room

Internationally-renowned anti-racist author, Tim Wise, will be speaking at UofL with NOH8 photo shoots before and after the speech, along with light refreshments. Brought to you by the Student Activities Board, the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs, and the Departments of Philosophy and Pan-African Studies. Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues in America.
Nov. 14-16, 2014 Campus-Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference
November 14-16, 2014 at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
Western Kentucky University will host the 7th (semi-)annual Campus-Community Partnerships for Sustainability conference! Mark your calendars for Kentucky's biggest gathering of students, faculty, and staff interested in campus sustainability! UofL will be well-represented at the conference which will feature a Student Summit; Green Career Panel; Farm Elegant Dinner; Engaging Sessions; and Keynote Speaker: Mitchell Thomashow of Second Nature. Full details here.
Nov. 14, 2014 Green Threads Alumni lunch and conversation
Friday, Nov. 14th at Noon, Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
All former faculty participants of the Sustainability Council's Green Threads program are invited for a free lunch and conversation about the latest in teaching a greener curriculum, and how things are going for you! Please RSVP to Patty Sarley (plclea01@exchange.louisville.edu), if you can attend.
Nov. 13, 2014 Renewable Energy Policies that Work
Thursday, Nov, 13th 12:30pm, 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)

UPA Speaker Series presents: Dr. Stephen A. Roosa, another great example of high quality Ph.D. graduates from UofL's top ranked Urban and Public Affairs Program. Dr. Roosa is a top executive for a energy corporation that performs energy savings assessments for over 3,500 buildings. His work has included energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy projects. Considered an expert is sustainability, he teaches seminars in Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy around the world. Dr. Roosa is a past President of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). He authored The Sustainable Development Handbook, a book on sustainability and sustainable design practices and is the coauthor of the bestseller Carbon Reduction – Policies, Strategies and Technologies. He is a LEED-AP, a Certified Sustainable Development Professional, a Certified Energy Manager. He holds a Doctorate in Planning and Urban Development from UofL, an MBA and a Bachelor of Architecture degree. 
Nov. 12, 2014 Cutting Carbon on Campus: Propane-Powered Lawnmowers Lower Emissions and Fuel Cost
Wednesday, Nov. 12th at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. E T. Register today!

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) are holding a joint webinar with UofL that is free for all. Environmentally friendly propane can be used in an assortment of applications across university campuses. In particular, propane-powered lawn mowers have proven extremely successful for universities, such as the University of Louisville. The University switched their mower fleet to propane in 2011 in order to reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions. In fact, propane-powered lawnmowers can cut campus carbon emissions and significantly reduce fuel costs, even with a small-scale implementation of the technology. Making the switch can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 percent and carbon monoxide emissions by more than 40 percent compared with equivalent gasoline-fueled models. The Propane Education & Research Council has supported the research, development, and demonstration of new propane technologies, and offers incentive programs to help further adoption of new equipment. Register to learn how your campus can take advantage of one of the most versatile alternative fuels on the market today!
Nov. 11, 2014 From Freedom Summer to Ferguson: Why we need a new culture of belonging
2014 Anne Braden Memorial Lecture: john a. powell

john a. powellTuesday, Nov. 11th, 5:30pm, Playhouse (1911 S. 3rd)
The 8th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture in U.S. civil rights movement history will feature Dr. john a. powell, an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. He is the Executive Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which supports research to generate specific prescriptions for changes in policy and practice that address disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics in California and nationwide. Hosted by UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. For more information, visit anne-braden.org.
Nov. 6, 2014 Ali's Louisville? Making a Compassionate City III: Intergenerational Conversation
Thursday, Nov. 6th, 6-9pm, SAC

UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice will again gather people from a wide range of life experiences and perspectives to grapple with operationalizing compassion in the city. This is the third year of the Institute’s leadership around the inclusion of all voices in Louisville’s Compassionate City movement. This year we will focus on youth access and opportunity by hosting two conversations. Session II will be an intergenerational conversation that will bring university and community members together to identify issues and start the process of finding solutions to issues raised during discussion. Contact: Mikal Forbush (502)852-1493. Register here.
Nov. 4, 2014 Sustainability, regenerative design and public art
Tuesday, Nov. 4th, 6-7:30pm, Carnegie Center for Art & History (201 E Spring St, New Albany, IN)
Ecologist Claude Stephens, facilitator of outreach and regenerative design at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, will lead a discussion on sustainability and regenerative design, and then visit sites for New Albany's 2015 Public Art Project: Today and Tomorrow. Stephens will then analyze the interaction of public art place-making and regenerative design based on responses of tour participants to the sites visited. To make a reservation or get more information, call (812) 944-7336 or email dthomas@carnegiecenter.org. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest and the Carnegie Center for Art and History are both members of UofL's Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships.
Nov. 4, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Tuesday, Nov. 4th, 5-6pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Nov. 3, 2014 Native American Heritage Month Kick-off: Story-Telling
Monday, Nov. 3rd, noon-1pm (5pm panel & questions) at the Cultural Center
Join us for a special storytelling celebration to kick off Native American Heritage Month! At noon come enjoy a free lunch while listening to stories told by Crit Callebs, a direct descendant of the Eastern Band Cherokee who was born and raised in Kentucky and Tennessee. Then at 5pm in the Cultural Center there will be a discussion panel and time for questions.
Nov. 1, 2014 Ali's Louisville? Making a Compassionate City III: City-Wide Youth Forum
Saturday, Nov. 1st, Noon-3pm, Hotel Louisville (120 W Broadway)

UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice will again gather people from a wide range of life experiences and perspectives to grapple with operationalizing compassion in the city. This is the third year of the Institute’s leadership around the inclusion of all voices in Louisville’s Compassionate City movement. This year we will focus on youth access and opportunity by hosting two conversations. Session I will be a youth forum to allow our youth the space to voice their concerns and begin to develop their own solutions. The space will be reserved for youth and their voices, if you would like to participate or know youth who would like to have their voices heard please register here. Contact: Mikal Forbush (502)852-1493.
Oct. 31, 2014 Garden Commons Meeting, Workday & Harvest!
Friday, Oct. 31st, 4-5pm Meeting in Cultural Center Multi-purpose Room; 5-6pm Workday outside
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and 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 fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Oct. 31, 2014 GRASS Meeting
Friday, Oct. 31st at 4pm, West Hall lobby

UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) will be meeting to continue planning this year's service projects, events, and other campus-changing sustainability initiatives! Join us!
Oct. 31, 2014 Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research: 4th Friday Seminar
Friday, Oct. 31st 9am-11:30am, Ernst Hall Room 212
The 4th Friday Seminar Series is an effort by the Conn Center to cross pollinate the intellectual environment for renewable energy research by featuring grad student and post-doc talks across the spectrum of the center's active research efforts. Free coffee & bagels will be served. On Oct. 31st, we'll feature talks by:
  • Mr. Dustin Cummins (PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering): “Chemical modification of catalyst nanowires for renewable hydrogen production”
  • Ms. Sowmya Kolli (PhD Candidate, Electrical & Computer Engineering): “Wrap around field plate technique for GaN Schottky barrier diodes”
  • Mr. Brandon Lavery (PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering): “Scalable perovskite solar cell manufacturing”
Oct. 31, 2014 Farm2Campus 2014: Connecting Farms to College Campuses
Friday, Oct. 31st 8am-5pm at JCTC (2nd & Broadway)

This gathering, hosted by Louisville Farm to Table and co-sponsored by UofL, is for university students, administrators, sustainability coordinators, dining service managers, chefs and concerned individuals. Topics will include:
• Real Food Challenge Food Calculator 101
• Easy steps to find and use local food
• Forming effective coalitions
• Tutorial on pricing app to help you for comparing local vs conventional
• Marketing food to students
• The present and future of local food on campus
Registration & Full Details here.   #Farm2Campus2014
Oct. 28, 2014 REACH: Upcycling 101
Tuesday, Oct. 28th noon-1pm, Strickler Hall lobby
Come and learn how to convert everyday recyclable items into NEW and improved items! During this event you will learn about the concept of sustainability and be able to walk away with cool items that you have made through the art of upcycling. We will be collecting recyclable items to work with as well as recycle. Come ready to have a fun and crafty time, there will also be FREE popcorn! This event is hosted by REACH ambassadors.
Oct. 24-26, 2014 Bluegrass Bioneers: Global Inspiration Meets Local Innovation (Oct. 24-26, 2014)  FacebookBluegrass Bioneers logo
Friday, Oct. 24th at UofL (Humanities 100 & Ville Gill patio)
Saturday, Oct. 25th at JCTC
Sunday, Oct. 26th at Bellarmine
  • In partnership with the annual National Bioneers Conference and the Center for Interfaith Relations, this year's Bluegrass Bioneers pairs compelling national Bioneers presentations with local experts and projects. Interspersed with world-renowned thought-leaders delivered from the national conference, we will be hosting live keynotes and presentations spotlighting exceptional local initiatives.
  • Bluegrass Bioneers will be held over three days at three different schools:
    Oct. 24th at UofL (capping off UofL Sustainability Week) - join us at 7pm for our Farm to Table Dinner
    Oct. 25th at Jefferson Community & Technical College (featuring a Re-skilling Fair)
    Oct. 26th at Bellarmine University (in conjunction with their Pete Seeger activism event "For Pete's Sake").
  • Featured events include: local farm to table dinners, a re-skilling fair, facilitated group discussions, live entertainment, and the Really, Really Free Market (10/25/14 Noon-3pm at JCTC).
  • Themes to be explored include: Compassion, Culture, & Eco-Justice, Food & Farming, Women's Leadership, Youth Leadership, Ecological Design, Eco-Nomics, and Art & Performance.
  • This year's pre-recorded national speakers include: Naomi Klein, Eve Ensler, Paul Stamets, Wallace "J." Nichols, John Warner, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, John A. Powell, Manuel Pastor, and Terry Tempest Williams.
  • Full details available at the Bluegrass Bioneers webpage
Oct. 24, 2014 Braden Sedition Trial Reenactment: Moving Forward, Living Backward or Just Sitting Still?
Friday, Oct. 24th 7pm at Brandeis School of Law Allen Court Room

In May 1954, Andrew and Charlotte Wade, an African-American couple, moved into a home in an all-white Louisville neighborhood that was purchased for them by Anne and Carl Braden. Segregationists would harass the Wades for weeks, ultimately dynamiting the home on a night the family happened to be away. In the months that followed, the Bradens and five other activists were accused of planning the purchase and the bombing as part of a communist plot to destabilize race relations and overtake the government of Kentucky. They were arrested and tried for sedition. The Wades would never again occupy their home.
On October 24, we will perform a reenactment in the Brandeis School of Law’s Mock Trial Courtroom to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the sedition trial of Carl Braden, and the events leading up to it. Directed by UofL Theatre Arts Professor Amy Steiger, the play will present the Wades’ and Bradens’ stories and connect them to current situations surrounding race, housing, and media representation.
Oct. 24, 2014 Farm To Table DinnerFarm to Table Dinner
Friday, Oct. 24th 7pm at The Ville Grill patio

Cost: $27 (UofL Students may use 3 Meal Swipes or Flex Points) Tickets Here.
In conjunction with Bluegrass Bioneers, we invite you to join us for a first-class culinary experience that you can access with your campus meal plan! Dinner will consist of a unique menu, made from scratch by expert chefs using local, farm fresh ingredients. The meal will be served by friendly waiters on elegantly set tables in a heated tent for your comfort. Students, staff, faculty and the entire community are welcome! Reserve Tickets Here. Connect with us on Facebook
Oct. 24, 2014 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Tap Water & Sustainable Events Planning
Friday, Oct. 24th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This fall we'll continue our monthly series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch at noon on Fridays in Ekstrom Library, Room W210 on Sept. 19th, Oct. 24th, and Nov. 21st. Topics TBA! Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Oct. 24, 2014 4th Annual Dialogue on Diversity Conference
Friday, Oct. 24th 8am-3pm at UofL's Shelby Campus
The purpose of the Dialogue on Diversity Conference is to construct a space where participants can engage in thoughtful and instructive conversations about the relevance and role of diversity in the fields of business, education, media, health, politics and religion. The conference workshops will focus on three primary issues: (1) an overview of diversity in education, media, business, health, religion and politics; (2) best practices and current research in diversity; and (3) diversity-based techniques that can be utilized in the workplace. We invite members of the Kentucky community and surrounding areas to attend the conference and actively engage in purposeful and meaningful discourse about the pragmatic and theoretical aspects of diversity. Sponsors: BDNKY, Inc. & Norton HealthCare. Questions? If Contact: David Owen david.owen@louisville.edu, 502.852.0458. Registration and full details here.
Oct. 22, 2014 Campus Sustainability Day
Wednesday, October 22nd 10am-2pm Humanities Quad
  • Join us for the 7th 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! Connect with us on Facebook!
  • 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!
  • Bring your old cell phones and mobile devices for a free recycling collection sponsored by Brown Industries (Richmond, KY)!
  • Bring your old shoes to donate to WaterStep to support safe drinking water projects around the world!
  • Shred-It will offer free shredding and recycling of documents, video tapes, and computer diskettes from their truck in the circle in front of the College of Business 10am - 2pm.
  • UofL's event will be part of the national celebration of Campus Sustainability Day.
Oct. 21, 2014 Campus Arbor Day Observance, Tree Planting & Tree Tour
Tuesday, Oct. 21st 11am-2pm, SAC West Lawn

Join us in the shade for a celebration of UofL’s on-going commitment to trees! Sample some of the food, music, clean air, and other treats that come to us because we plant and care for trees: UofL-grown apple pie; bike blender smoothies made with almond milk and tree fruits (including native pawpaw and serviceberry!); local black walnuts, pecans, and maple syrup; a wooden instrument drum circle played by UofL School of Music students; and beauty, wondrous beauty! At 11:30am, help us plant a swamp oak at the southeast corner of the Life Sciences building. At noon, a guided Belknap Campus Tree Tour will depart from the site.
Oct. 20, 2014 Community Engagement Awards
Monday, Oct. 20th 6pm-7:30pm in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
President Ramsey cordially invites you to attend a ceremony and reception celebrating UofL's 2014 Community Engagement Awards! Join us for this 6th annual celebration of the outstanding community engagement work of UofL faculty, students, staff and community partners.  The 2014 Honorees will be: Karen Robinson (Faculty), Kimberly Goughler (Staff), Stephanie Dooper (Student), and Neighborhood House (Community Partner).
Oct. 20, 2014 Campus Sustainability Tour
Monday, Oct. 20th 2:00-3:30pm
Leaves from Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us for a Belknap Campus Sustainability Walking Tour and discover some of the many hidden green gems of campus while getting an inside view of what UofL is doing to incorporate environmental, social, and economic responsibility into everything we do. This dynamic and engaging tour will provide you with an introduction to the basic principles of sustainability and how to apply them in your life on campus and at home. You'll learn a wide variety of practical tips that you can use to help UofL shift our culture towards better stewardship of the environment while saving money and helping build a brighter tomorrow for society. Attendees will better understand UofL's commitment to sustainability and learn how each step we take contributes to big results for us individually, for the university, and for the broader community. All are welcome and UofL employees can get professional development credit! Employees seeking professional development credit should register here.
Oct. 20, 2014 Weigh the Waste
Monday, Oct. 20th 11am-2pm at The Ville Grill

This is the dirty story of what’s left on your plate. At UofL’s all-you-care-to-eat dining hall, The Ville Grill, patrons' plates are normally scraped behind the scenes in the dish room, with all scraps being sent to compost, not to the landfill.  Today, behind the scenes action takes center stage as we raise awareness on what you can do to reduce waste in everyday aspects of your life.
Oct. 20-26, 2014 UofL Sustainability Week! Oct. 20-26, 2014
A full week of events to celebrate and raise awareness! Full details are below, but events will include:
Oct. 16, 2014 UofL NETWORK Luncheon: The Importance of Diversity in Education and Community
Thursday, Oct. 16th, Noon at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd)

UofL's College of Arts & Sciences, through its Office for International, Diversity and Engagement Programs, sponsors the UofL NETWORK (New Energy to Work Out Racial Kinks) luncheon series with Brown-Forman Corp. The program provides a forum for ongoing discussions of community issues with university faculty, business, civic and community leaders. The Oct. 16th luncheon discussion will focus on the importance of diversity in education and community, including solutions to racial divide. Speakers will be the Rev. Kevin Cosby, Simmons College of Kentucky president and St. Stephen Church senior pastor, and David Jones Jr., Chrysalis Ventures chairman and Jefferson County Board of Education vice chair. WAVE-TV news anchor Dawne Gee will moderate. Reservations and advance payment are required by Oct. 8 for the $25 luncheon event by contacting Clest Lanier, 502-852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu, or Marian Vasser, 502-852-2252 or mrvass01@louisville.edu.
Oct. 15, 2014 GRASS Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 15th at 6pm, West Hall lobby

UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) will be meeting to continue planning this year's service projects, events, and other campus-changing sustainability initiatives! Join us!
Oct. 14, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Tuesday, Oct. 14th, 5-6pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Oct. 14, 2014 The War on Poverty (50 Years Later) and Resilient Communities
Tuesday, Oct. 14th at noon in Room 275 of the Brandeis School of Law (Wyatt Hall)
Launched in 1964 with a visit by President Lyndon B. Johnson to Inez, KY, the War on Poverty was one of our nation’s most ambitious initiatives. In the past 50 years, it has had both critics and supporters, both failures and successes. In framing poverty as something to be fought and defeated, though, our policies have failed to focus on building resilience and adaptive capacity among low-income communities, which are affected by their natural and physical environments and land use patterns. This year's Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy will be given by UofL Professor Tony Arnold, the inaugural holder of the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use. Tony is among the nation’s leading experts on social-ecological resilience and governance institutions, and he has worked with low-income urban and rural communities throughout his life. This annual lecture is free and open to the public (no RSVP) and includes a light lunch; attendees should bring their own drinks, utensils and plates to help reduce waste. The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is sponsored by the Herbert Boehl Fund and the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund, and co-sponsored by the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Sustainability Scholars Roundtable, and Environmental Law & Land Use Society.
Oct. 11, 2014
Louisville Solar TourLouisville Solar Tour, Oct. 11, 2014
Saturday, October 11th 10am-3pm. 35 sites listed here. Bus & Bike Tours leave at noon from APCD (Breckinridge & Barret).
UofL employees and students who live in solar-powered homes will be opening our doors to give you a glimpse of our renewable energy future! Throughout the day you can tour dozens of different homes and institutions featuring a variety of solar technologies, including UofL's Beargrass Falls solar-powered water quality improvement project. The tour can be experienced in groups by bus or bike or as a self-guided tour. 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! Get a glimpse here. More details on Facebook Event page.
Oct. 9, 2014 Storytelling, Cancer and Compassion: A Duet Talk and Conversation
Thursday, Oct. 9th at 11am in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
A novelist and a scientist will combine their expertise for this event featuring Cornell University couple Helena Viramontes, English professor and award-winning author, and Eloy Rodriguez, professor of environmental studies. They will discuss how storytelling is universal among cultures and over time as well as being the conduit across generations for scientific and medicinal information. Rodriguez has been director of the National Chicano Council for Higher Education’s science fellowship program and founder of the organization Kids Investigating and Discovering Science. His research interests include plant biology, chemical ecology, medicinal chemistry and environmental toxicology. The event kicks off a discussion series that inaugurates the chemistry department’s Targeting Excellence: Hispanic-Latino Student Initiative, including campus visits by prominent Hispanic-Latino scientists and writers.
Oct. 8, 2014 World Habitat Day at UofL
Wednesday, Oct. 8th 11am-1pm, Red Barn

World Habitat Day is the one day set aside annually to recognize the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter, and to encourage grassroots action toward ending poverty housing. The UofL Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will be hosting an event to honor World Habitat Day. Join us for activities, food, information, and free swag! Sign this petition to make housing a global priority on the UN agenda! #WorldHabitatDay  #NailedIt  @UofLHabitat
Oct. 5, 2014 ELSB Volunteer Day at Falls City Community BikeWorks
Sunday, Oct. 5th 1pm-4pm, FCCB (1217 Logan St
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The Engage Lead Serve Board's Green Initiatives is sponsoring this volunteer day at Falls City Community BikeWorks, a community bikeshop that provides tools and guidance to anyone who wants to learn bike maintenance and repair. They also sell some parts and refurbish bicycles for donation to locals in need of transportation. FCCB needs volunteers to help upkeep the shop. You may be sorting inventory, building bike racks, scrapping bikes for parts, creating signs, and more!
Oct. 3 to Nov. 1, 2014 Deep Ecology: New Work by Ying Kit Chan
Oct. 3rd - Nov. 1st at UofL's Hite Art Institute - Cressman Center for Visual Arts (100 E Main St)
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11am–6pm; Saturday 11am-3pm
Opening Reception: Oct. 3rd 4:30-6:30pm; Gallery Talk: Thursday, Oct. 16th at 6pm

UofL's Hite Art Institute is pleased to present Deep Ecology: New Work by Ying Kit Chan. The exhibition will open to the public October 3, 2014 coinciding with the First Friday Trolley Hop. This faculty project signifies a new conceptual development in Ying Kit Chan’s more than three decades of art making. The exhibition title is a direct reference to the writings of contemporary environmental movement, which celebrates the richness and diversity of all life forms. The works on display include images of deteriorating industrial landscapes and environmental disasters alongside plant life, revealing the artist’s understanding of the built environment and the natural world as a volatile system compelled to evolve cohesively.
This turn towards a holistic interpretation of the dynamic relationship between humankind and the environment is organized by his effort as a translator of ideas and language. Chan translates ecological comments written by John Muir, Henry Thoreau, Rachel Carson into Chinese, and excerpts Taoist and Buddhist philosophical texts. The manifestation of this process in the forms of acrylic drawings, mono-prints, photography and mixed media, declare his commitment to intellectual inquiry and the creation of paths to knowledge that evolve through the expression, transmission, interpretation and re-interpretation of ideas and perceptions. The majority of work in Deep Ecology was produced during Chan’s sabbatical from UofL, where he is Chair of the Department of Fine Arts. This project was funded in part by an Intramural Research Incentive Grant (IRIG) from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation at UofL. All Hite Art Institute events are free and open to the public. Information about the Hite Art Institute online or call (502) 852-6794.
Oct. 3, 2014 IF Nature 2014 (workshop free for UofL attendees!)
Friday, Oct. 3rd, 9am - 1pm, Muhammad Ali Center (144 N. Sixth St.)

The Nature Conservancy's Kentucky Chapter is hosting IF Nature, part of IdeaFestival ®, when an eclectic mix of global thinkers and one-of-a-kind innovators descend upon Louisville to explore and discuss topics impacting and shaping the future of the arts, business, technology, design, science, philosophy and education. The workshop, which focuses on cutting-edge conservation issues, will include the following sessions. Register here!

Investing in Resilient Cities
Speaker: Tony Arnold, UofL Associate Dean and Professor of Law

In this talk, Tony Arnold will introduce an innovative idea for convening business leaders, government officials, professionals, academics, environmentalists and members of the public to develop creative urban conservation and urban resilience policies that will help urban areas stand up to the ecological and economic challenges of our time.

Natural Capital
Speaker: Jennifer Molnar, Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy

Jennifer Molnar’s presentation will draw on case studies to highlight how applying conservation science and tools in the business context can benefit both nature and corporate profits. She illustrates how good data highlighting the value of protecting nature can improve decision-making, enhance long-term sustainability and improve critical services provided to customers and the general public.

Corporate Sustainability
Speaker: John Gagel, Corporate Manager of Sustainability, Lexmark International

John Gagel’s presentation will highlight Lexmark International's sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives at a global and local level. The discussion will summarize the challenge and benefits of Lexmark's ongoing journey as a thought and action leader in sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Oct. 3, 2014 Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Fall 2014 Meeting
Friday, Oct. 3rd, 9:00-10:30am in Ekstrom Library, Room W210
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all students, employees, and community members interested in helping UofL protect and expand its tree population on campus! We meet once a semester, so please join us! We have much to discuss and plan for! The agenda includes:
  • Update of recent tree plantings, removals and maintenance plan
  • Planning for 2014 tree-related Service Learning Projects
  • Finalize plans for 2014 UofL Arbor Day Observance & Tree Planting (Tuesday, Oct. 21st 11am-2pm, SAC West Lawn)
  • Revising UofL's Campus Tree Care Plan to include measurable Goals & Targets
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour
  • Update on Campus Tree Survey & UofL Tree App
  • Tree Campus USA status and reporting review
Sept. 27, 2014 Making a Home Fit for Humans: Localism Beyond Food
Saturday, Sept. 27th, 9am - 5pm, Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
UofL's McConnell Center and Front Porch Republic, a nonprofit organization with a mission to "advance human flourishing through the promotion of political decentralism, economic localism and cultural regionalism," are co-sponsoring this conference featuring keynote speaker Wendell Berry. Other speakers will include Bill Kauffman, Jeff Polet, Jason Peters, Katherine Boyer, Jeffrey Bilbro, Jack Ray Baker, John E. Kleber, Susannah Black, Justin Litke, and David Bosworth. $50 for public; $20 for students. The conference fee includes lunch and light snacks. Details and registration here.
Sept. 26, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Friday, Sept. 26th, 5-6pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Sept. 26, 2014 Green Apple Day of Service: De-Lawning & Wild Flower Planting
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 2-4pm, Davidson Hall

We will be converting an area of campus outside Davidson Hall that has been maintained with fossil fuels (mowing and fertilizing) into a wild flower garden with native species. This project will not only help eliminate lawn space but will add aesthetic value to our campus! Tools will be provided. Details and RSVP here.
Sept. 26, 2014 Public Art and the City 2014:
Art as Social Practice, Art on Campus, and the Future of Public art in Louisville

Friday, Sept. 26th 8:30am - 3pm at The University Club

This annual symposium sponsored by UofL's Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships will feature a keynote presentation by conceptual artist Mel Chin, interviewed by Speed Art Museum Curator of Contemporary Art, Miranda Lash. Chin is well known for collaborative artwork with environmental, political and social themes: the artist investigates how art can provide greater social awareness and responsibility. Chin’s works are created in a variety of art media and are placed in landscapes, public places, gallery and museum exhibitions, as well as unlikely locations such as destroyed homes and toxic landfills. More information on Mel Chin’s life and work here.
Sessions following will consider art as social practice on campus and new media for campus installations such as interactive video games; and secondly, the future of public art in Louisville. Speakers and participants include Kathy Barrie, Director of Case Western Reserve University's Putnam Collections; Marion Wilson, Director of Syracuse University's Community Initiatives in the Visual Arts; Mary Carothers, UofL Professor of Fine Arts; William Morrow, former Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum, and Director of 21c Museum; Theo Edmonds, Co-Founder of I.D.E.A.S. 40203, A Contemporary Art Chamber of Commerce; Yasmeen Siddiqui, Interim Director of UofL's Hite Art Gallery and the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program; and Sarah Lindgren, Administrator, Commission on Public Art, Louisville Metro.
Registration is $25 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) for general public and is encouraged by September 22 as seating is limited. University faculty, staff, and students may attend for free if they register by September 22. Register here or contact Janna Tajibaeva at janna@louisville.edu or 502-852-2247null502-852-2247.
Sept. 24, 2014 Where's The Beef?
Wednesday, September 24 at 11:30am - 2pm at Red Barn
SAB presents the 2nd Annual "Wheres the Beef?" FREE fresh and local cuisine provided by Farm-to-Fork catering. A petting zoo featuring your furry friends! The Office of Health Promotion will be on-hand with free bike blender smoothies and Nutrition Navigators to help you understand the health benefits of eating less meat Come feel the love for other species!
Sept. 22, 2014 World Car-Free Day at UofL
Monday, September 22nd, 11am-2pm, Humanities Quad
World Car-Free Day is September 22ndUofL celebrates World Car-Free Day, an annual event to raise awareness about the many pleasures and benefits of living free of fossil-fueled auto-dependency! This September 22nd, we invited area bike shops and bike advocates to campus to offer consultation, basic tune-ups, and on-campus delivery of bikes ordered through UofL's Earn-A-Bike program (application deadline was August 28th).
  • Free bike bells will be offered if you register your bike with UofL (it’s free and aids in recovery of stolen and impounded bikes).
  • Free, responsibly-made UofL Sustainability water bottles!
  • Bring your bike for a free tune-up and learn to use the five D.I.Y. Bike Fix-It Stations available 24/7 on Belknap & Health Sciences Campuses! For help with repairs, scan the QR code at the top, or get the Bike Repair App for iPhone.
  • Teach-ins on car-free living with local experts offered on the half-hour in Ekstrom Library Room W210.
  • Join us in raising the profile of car-free living, building resilient communities, and inspiring others to try the many transportation alternatives available to everyone at UofL!
This is a Week Without Violence event highlighting the inherent violence in car-dependency and the life-saving, peace-promoting nature of the alternatives. About one in 70 people in America will die violently on our roadways. Hundreds of people are violently killed and injured by cars on Louisville’s streets each year. It doesn't have to be this way. UofL's Sustainability Council wants to help end this unnecessary violence in our community by raising awareness about safer streets with fewer cars and slower traffic!
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Sept. 19, 2014 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Cards United Against Sweatshops
Friday, Sept. 19th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
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 certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This fall we'll continue our monthly series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a  free vegetarian lunch at noon on Fridays in Ekstrom Library, Room W210 on Sept. 19th, Oct. 24th, and Nov. 21st. Topics TBA! Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Sept. 18, 2014 UofL Peace Day
Thursday, Sept. 18th, 4pm at Thrust Theatre & 8pm at SAC Floyd Theater

Every year since 1981, people around the world have commemorated the United Nations International Day of Peace. To kick off our annual Week Without Violence (Sept. 18-30), UofL will mark our fourth Peace Day with events designed to give everyone on campus an opportunity to draw strength from one another as a community. Events will include:
  • A Hard Walk to Dignity: South Africa 20 Years after Apartheid
    4pm at the Thrust Theatre (Floyd & Warnock)
    A special performance by South African writer, poet and theater artist Diana Ferrus, followed by a panel of South African scholars (Tyler Fleming, Steve Davis, and Amina Ahmed) discussing the historic events of the last 20 years.
  • Film: 12 Years a Slave - 8pm in the SAC Floyd Theater.
  • Throughout the day, Peace Studies students will be involved in a secret campaign of "Random Acts of Kindness" in and around the SAC and Thrust Theatre!
Co-sponsored by UofL's Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation program; Student Film Board; International Diversity & Engagement Programs; Depts. of Theatre Arts, History, Pan African Studies, and Women’s & Gender Studies; and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. Full details will be posted here.
Sept. 16, 2014 GRASS Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 6pm, West Hall lobby

UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) will be meeting to make plans for this year's service projects, events, and other campus-changing sustainability initiatives! Join us! Full details, Agenda and RSVP.
Sept. 16, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Tuesday, Sept. 16th, 5-6pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Sept. 16, 2014 Louisville's ‘Most Perfect Union:’ An Examination of United Farm Equipment Workers Local 236 at International Harvester
Tuesday, Sept. 16th, 1pm, Humanities Bldg, Room 300

Labor scholar Toni Gilpin will speak on the militant Louisville union from 1950s, FE-236, whose black and white leaders were early challengers of local park segregation. Co-sponsored by the Kentucky Labor Institute and UofL's departments of History and Pan African Studies.
Sept. 12, 2014 Petitioning for Recycling at UofL Athletics Events
Friday, Sept. 12th at 11am, Humanities Quad
UofL's student environmental group, GRASS, will be meeting in the Humanities Quad on Friday, September 12 at 11 am to gather more signatures on the petition asking Athletic Director Tom Jurich to start recycling at all athletics events. If you can’t make it, you can help by sharing this link to the online petition. Recycling at athletics events will 1. save an incredible amount of energy 2. avoid an incredible amount of pollution 3. save UofL money on landfill fees 4. reduce carbon emission that cause climate change; and 5. send a message to the community that UofL is a great school.
Sept. 11, 2014 Human Rights in Global Garment Factories: Meet Garment Workers From Alta Gracia
Thursday, Sept. 11th at 6pm, Humanities 300

Meet workers who sew UofL clothing! Hear how YOU can take action on campus to support dignified working conditions and human rights in the global garment industry! The Alta Gracia Factory, located in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zone, is the first college logo t-shirt project to pay its workers a living wage, respect their democratic voice on the job, and provide a safe and healthy work environment as regularly verified by the Worker Rights Consortium. The result of decades of collaboration between college students and garment workers worldwide, Alta Gracia offers a stark contrast to the often exploitative conditions in garment factories and is transforming the lives of workers, the community of Villa Altagracia, and the wider apparel industry.
WHO: Yenny Perez and Eduvirgen Castillo, garment factory workers from Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic.
WHAT: Listen to and learn from garment workers about the realities of the garment industry and impact of dignified jobs. Discover how you can make an impact!
CONTACT: Students United Against Sweatshops: jamesel567@gmail.com, rnpeek01@louisville.edu, 502-876-4412
Sept. 11 -  Dec. 4, 2014 UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store Open for Fall 2014!
Thursdays 11am-3pm in Unitas Tower basement
The UofL Free Store has re-opened with expanded hours for Fall 2014: Thursdays 11am-3pm! The Free Store is open to all students, faculty & staff to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Clean donated items of all kinds are always welcome! The Free Store is intended to keep useful items out of the landfill and to aid the needy. It is a volunteer-powered initiative of UofL's Sustainability Council and the student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS).
Sept. 5, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Friday, Sept. 5th, 5-6pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Sept. 2, 2014 Student Cycling Coalition Fall Spin-up Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 2nd 6-7:30pm, Student Activities Center W303
Join us for the first meeting for the Student Cycling Coalition of the 2014-15 school year! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced athlete, you are welcome to attend and learn about what the Student Cycling Coalition does in and around campus. Remember, we are bicycle and multisport enthusiasts. The SCC is the only Cycling and Triathlon club on campus, and we are actively recruiting new members! Bring a friend that likes bicycles and lets go for a ride! Full details and RSVP.
Sept. 2, 2014 GRASS Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 2nd at 6pm, West Hall lobby

UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) will be meeting to make plans for this year's service projects, events, and other campus-changing sustainability initiatives! Join us! Full details and RSVP.
Aug. 28, 2014 UofL Belknap Farmers’ Market Welcomes Back Students
Thursday, Aug. 28th 3:30-6:00pm
At 3rd St & Brandeis Ave in front of The Ville Grill
UofL Belknap Farmers' Market Thursdays, 3:30-6:30pm (May 29th to Oct. 16th)
Stop by this special Welcome back students event and enjoy live music by Sammy Ratliff, lots of FREE give-a-ways, door prizes and more! UofL's new Farmers' Market on Belknap Campus features farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, baked goods, honey, popcorn, canned goods, candy, crafts, bottled teas, non-toxic home & body care products, and more. The Office of Health Promotion and Get Healthy Now will also be on hand to provide healthy local food samples, cooking demos, and health tips. Open weekly, rain or shine! Email comments/questions. Follow us on Facebook
Aug. 28, 2014 Gray Street Farmers’ Market Back-to-School Street Party
Thursday, Aug. 28th 10:30am‒2pm
Gray St Farmers Mrkt LogoHealth Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.
Join us for a Back-to-School Street Party at the Gray Street Farmers’ Market! There will be giveaways, a cooking demonstration by Amber Barnes, KentuckyOne Health wellness dietician, and a performance by local musician, Chris Rodahaffer of Slow Down Johnny.
With many different vendors at this year's market, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including prepared lunches and food trucks, plant-based prepared meals, fruits, vegetables, baked & canned goods, granola, popcorn, honey, maple syrup, and more. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Debit cards and SNAP benefits accepted. Easily accessible from Belknap Campus on TARC Route 18 (free with UofL ID) or via a pleasant 15 minute bike ride. Open weekly rain or shine. Watch Vendor Spotlights and recordings of our Monthly 20/20 Talks (a short seminar series on food and sustainability) on the GSFM YouTube Channel! Full details here, contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, or follow on Facebook.
Aug. 26, 2014 Inclusive Campus Environments (ICE) information session
Tuesday, Aug. 26th 11:30am - 1pm, Shumaker Research Building Room 139
The Inclusive Campus Environments (ICE) are small, consistent groups of staff dedicated to creating inclusive and equitable environments. These informal groups meet monthly to discuss topics, films or readings on a variety of topics, as well as share ideas and strategies while providing mutual support. ICE is designed to cultivate a safe space for open discussion of successes and challenges and to develop a community of multicultural staff. Reservations are required, lunch is provided. Contact: Marian Vasser, 852-2252. Details online here.
Aug. 24, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Sunday, Aug. 24th, 1pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Help is also needed beforehand from noon-1pm at the UofL Community Composting site (E. Bloom St. between Floyd & Brook)
Aug. 20-28, 2014

Sustainability is woven into Welcome Week events, including:

  • Thursday, Aug. 21 - Car-Free Lunch Trip to Gray St. Farmers' Market
    Gray St Farmers Mrkt Logo11:00 a.m. meet up. Cyclists gather in front of the Red Barn. Bus riders bring UofL ID and meet at the TARC Route #18 stop across from the Floyd St. Garage Belknap Bus Station. Bring spending cash/debit card for local food/lunch items. All attendees receive a reusable UofL Sustainability shopping bag made in the USA of 100% recycled materials!
  • Thursday, Aug. 21 - Belknap Farmers' Market
    3:30-6:00pm on Brandeis Street in front of The Ville Grill.
    Come check out UofL's new Farmers' Market on Belknap Campus! Stop by and load up on farm-fresh local fruit, vegetables, popcorn, meats, cheese, eggs, crafts and more!
  • Thursday, Aug. 21 - Olmsted Parks Volunteer Day at Cherokee Park
    Thursday, Aug. 21st, 6-8pm, Cherokee Park: Cochran Hill Rd & Scenic Loop
    SGA's Engage. Lead. Serve. Board is sponsoring this volunteer work day to help save our urban tree canopy! Volunteers will help to remove invasive vines strangling our native woodland trees. Gloves, tools, refreshments and guidance provided. Full details and registration here.
  • Saturday, Aug. 23rd - S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    Noon-6pm, leave after lunch in SAC Multi-Purpose Room.
    The Sustainability Council is organizing two on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, helping out at the Garden Commons and at our Community Composting site! 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.
  • Sunday, Aug. 24th - Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
    1pm at Cultural Center.
    Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
    Help is also needed beforehand from noon-1pm at the UofL Community Composting site (E. Bloom St. between Floyd & Brook)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26 - Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) Fair, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza. Free food! Come learn about the many sustainability-related student groups on campus and sign-up to get involved!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27 - UofL Involvement Fair, 11am-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 get a free bike tune-up!
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 - Pedal with the President!Bike To Work Day with UofL President Ramsey 5-21-10
    7:30am leaves from Amelia Place (2515 Longest Avenue)
    Join President Ramsey for a fun, easy 30-minute ride to campus for Welcome Week! Riders will leave together and then split into two groups - one headed to Belknap campus and another to HSC. Both routes will be fairly flat and low-traffic. The route to Belknap is mapped out here. The route to HSC is mapped out here. This event is a collaboration between UofL’s Get Healthy Now, Sustainability Council, and Office of the President. By cycling to campus, President Ramsey seeks to set a powerful example for the community, highlighting his support for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Aug. 8, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Friday, Aug. 8th, 4-6pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Aug. 6 & 8, 2014 Public Meetings: 4th Street Road Diet Project from Cardinal Blvd to Industry Rd
Metro Louisville’s Department of Public Works will be hosting two public meetings at UofL in regard to its plans to install traffic-calming measures on 4th Street through Belknap Campus during Fall 2014. The plan will effect Fourth Street from Cardinal Boulevard to Industry Road (including a dangerous railway underpass) and involves the addition of buffered bike lanes in each direction; the preservation of existing dedicated turn lanes and on-street parking lanes in both directions; and reducing the roadway to one vehicular travel lane in each direction. The new roadway configuration will look much like 4th Street north of Cardinal Blvd, but with bike lanes. More information on Metro's road diet projects here. The Draft 4th Street Road Diet Plan can be viewed here.
UofL supports this change to enhance safety for all road users, particularly with the significant increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic that has come with the new housing and Student Rec Center developments around this corridor. A new 654-bed affiliated student housing project (“The Grove”) will be opening in August at 4th and Industry which will also generate considerably more pedestrian and bicycle traffic along 4th Street.
Public Meetings will be held at UofL's Student Recreation Center, 2030 S. 4th Street, Room SRC # 107
Wednesday August 6th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday August 8th, 11:30am  – 1:30pm

July 27, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Sunday, July 27th, 1pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Help is also needed beforehand from noon-1pm at the UofL Community Composting site (E. Bloom St. between Floyd & Brook)
July 21-25 2014 Summer Research Camp at UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
July 21–25, 9am–5pm, Ernst Hall Room 212
At the Conn Center’s Summer Research Camp, high school students will learn the driving principles behind cutting edge renewable energy research from the Conn Center’s research staff, then work in the labs on real hands on projects using state of the art analytical tools and research methods. Schedule:
Day 1: Lab safety. Overview of energy challenges, and material needs for energy technologies
Day 2: Concepts of solar energy conversion to electricity and fuels
Day 3: Physics and chemistry of advanced energy materials
Day 4: Energy storage and biofuels concepts
Day 5: Group presentations, networking
Summer Research Camp modules include: Solar Manufacturing; Solar Fuels; Advanced Energy Materials; Energy Storage; Biomass and Biofuels; and Materials Characterization. Objectives of Summer Research Camp are for students to develop a rough outline for science fair projects, jump start their progress toward state and regional competitions, and spur interest in higher education STEM studies. Summer Research Camp is limited to 30 students, and applications were due June 9th. Cost: $200, includes daily lunches and a Conn Center lab coat. Contact: Andrew Marsh, conn.center@louisville.edu, 502-852-8597.
July 19, 2014 GRASS Summer Meeting
Saturday, July 19th at 12:30 at Java Brewing Company (1707 Bardstown Rd.)

UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) will be meeting to make plans for next year's service projects, events, and other campus-changing sustainability initiatives! Join us! Full details and RSVP.
July 18, 2014 Garden Commons Meetin' & Eatin'
Friday, July 18th, 3pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we make plans, discuss needs and possibilities, and divide tasks and responsibilities for the summer management of UofL's organic Garden Commons! The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
July 11, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Friday, July 11th, 4-6pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked berries, veggies, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
July 10, 2014 Group Bike Ride: Seneca Park to Belknap
Thursday, July 10th 7am, Leaves from Rock Creek Dr at Seneca tennis courts
Get your bike commuting season in gear! UofL's Get Healthy Now is organizing fun monthly group bike rides to campus from various locations around town. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome to ride. All experience levels welcome and all riders will receive a brief orientation and Louisville bike map. Participants must provide their own bicycle and accessories (helmet required).
Ride Schedule:
• July 10th 7am: Seneca Park to Belknap (7.5 miles)
• August 28th 7:30am: Pedal with the President from Amelia Place, 2515 Longest Ave (4.3 miles)
June 26 to July 12, 2014 Help GREEN UofL's Law School this summer!
Volunteers needed June 26 to July 12, Brandeis School of Law courtyards
The law school is inviting students, staff, faculty and alumni to help transform its courtyards into native landscaped spaces this summer. Volunteers are needed to do prep work June 26 to 29, transport plants July 7 to 8 and help with planting July 9 to 12. The new park-like spaces will be available for use by the entire campus community. To help out, contact Jen Ewa at 708-307-4123.
June 25, 2014 Kentucky Green Building Leadership Summit: Market Transformation for our Built Environment
Rick FedrizziWednesday, June 25th 11am-Noon at Clinical & Translational Research Building (505 S. Hancock)
US Green Building Council President, CEO and Founding Chairman,  Rick Fedrizzi, will be joined by a panel of distinguished leaders from Kentucky-based USGBC National Member organizations like UofL that have demonstrated a deep commitment to responsible, innovative, and healthy green building practices at the global, regional and local levels.
  • Join us to hear about the momentum that has been transforming the built environment for over 20 years.
  • Learn about the economic, environmental, and social impact of this movement so far and why there is a promise of tremendous continued impact. 
  • There are more than 400 LEED projects in Kentucky. Celebrate this fact while learning how to participate in our continued transformation to an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous society
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Summit Presentation & Panel featuring:Kentucky USGBC - Greening the Bluegrass
12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. — VIP Reception by invitation
To find out more and register for this Summit, click here.
June 23, 2014 Summer Camp: Making Solar Cells using Microfabrication
Monday, June 23rd, 9am-5pm, Shumaker Research Building 121
The Micro/Nano Technology Center is hosting a brand new summer camp for folks 14 and over to fabricate a solar cell in UofL's premier $30 million cleanroom. Students will fabricate a solar cell with a 4" silicon wafer and the week will be packed full of learning the same microfabrication techniques used in silicon valley to make computer chips or integrated circuits. Additionally, students will learn the physics behind how a solar cell functions and can take home their solar cell wafer at the end of the camp, along with wafer tweezers, cleanroom notebook and shirt.
June 22, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Sunday, June 22nd, 1pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we weed, water, and harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons! No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked raspberries, blueberries, lettuce, peas, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Connect with us on Facebook
Help is also needed from noon-1pm at the UofL Community Composting site (E. Bloom St. between Floyd & Brook)
FREE VERMICOMPOST (just bring a bucket or two). Our worms have been doing an amazing job over the last few months and we're running out of room to start new batches. Help us make space, feed the worms, and boost your plants' growth!
June 21, 2014 Butterfly count at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County
Saturday, June 21st 10am-3pm (Rain date: Sunday, June 22)
All are invited to participate in the 38th annual butterfly count at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary near Brownsboro, led by UofL biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists, as part of a national effort to monitor butterfly populations across the country. Experts will teach people how to identify the butterflies they see. Count leaders will supply nets but volunteers can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. For more information, contact Covell at 502-639-2691 or covell@louisville.edu. Participants should wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring water, lunch and insect repellent. Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Sugar Babe Antiques in Crestwood, about one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71 and about 20 miles north of Louisville.
June 20, 2014 Garden Commons Meeting & Eating!
Friday, June 20th, 3pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we make plans, discuss needs and possibilities, and divide tasks and responsibilities for the summer management of UofL's organic Garden Commons! The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked fruit, lettuce, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest!
June 19, 2014 Faculty Field Trip - Civil Rights Tour of Louisville
Thursday, June 19th 5:30-8:30pm, leaving from Freedom Park (3rd & Cardinal)

Celebrate Juneteenth with a Civil Rights Tour of Louisville where you will learn how the 20th-century civil rights movement changed and continues to change lives in the Louisville area. Led by Dr. Cate Fosl, director of UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. Stops include Old Central High School, Zion Baptist Church,Chickasaw Park, home of Carl and Anne Braden, boyhood home of Muhammad Ali,Western Branch Library, and Quinn Chapel. $20 bus tour includes a 1960's picnic box dinner. More info & registration here.
June 12, 2014 Group Bike Ride: Cherokee Park to HSC
Thursday, June 12th 7:30am, Leaves from Lexington Rd & Cherokee Park Rd
Get your bike commuting season in gear! UofL's Get Healthy Now is organizing fun monthly group bike rides to campus from various locations around town. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome to ride. All experience levels welcome and all riders will receive a brief orientation and Louisville bike map. Participants must provide their own bicycle and accessories (helmet required).
Ride Schedule:
• June 12th 7:30am: Cherokee Park to HSC (4 miles)
• July 10th 7am: Seneca Park to Belknap (7.5 miles)
• August 8th 7:30am: Pedal with the President from Amelia Place, 2515 Longest Ave (4.3 miles)
June 7, 2014 GRASS Summer Meeting
Saturday, June 7th at 12:30 at Java Brewing Company (1707 Bardstown Rd.)

UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) will be meeting to make plans for next year's service projects, events, and other campus-changing sustainability initiatives! Join us! Full details and RSVP.
June 6, 2014 Garden Commons Workday & Harvest!
Friday, June 6th, 4-6pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we expand, plant, weed, and water UofL's organic Garden Commons! We'll be installing several new plants, including perennial berry bushes, herbs, and annual vegetables. No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked strawberries, lettuce, peas, spinach, mint, herbs, and whatever else is ready for harvest! Details and RSVP here.
June 2, 2014 From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Occupy, Inequality, and the Role of Advocacy
Monday, June 2nd at 12:30pm in Room 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
This lecture will be presented by Dr. Gregory D. Squires, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy & Public Administration at George Washington University. Dr. Squires is considered one of the top urban thinkers in America. He has produced 15 books, 60 refereed articles, and op-ed pieces in the Washington Post, New York Times and other major daily newspapers and magazines. He has worked with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Commission, HUD, the Federal Reserve, and several non-profit organizations and has testified before various Congressional committees and state and local legislatures. Dr. Squires’ research has explored mortgage and insurance redlining, health impacts of foreclosure, environmental predictors of premature death, housing discrimination via the internet, and the impact of inequality on the foreclosure crisis. Sponsored by: UofL Sociology, KIESD & Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods; and Bellarmine University Dept. of Sociology. Questions: (502) 852-8557
June 2, 2014 The Walkable Dividend: The Impact of Walkability on Housing and Socio-Economic Composition in Louisville
Monday, June 2nd at 10am in Room 117 Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
Join us for a rich discussion on the impact of walkability on Louisville neighborhoods as UofL Urban & Public Affairs Ph.D candidate Wesley Meares defends his dissertation.
May 30, 2014 Group Bike Ride: Tyler Park to UofL for Bike To Work Day
May 30th is Bike To Work DayFriday, May 30th 7:30am
Leaves from
Tyler Park

Get your bike commuting season in gear! UofL's Get Healthy Now is organizing fun monthly group bike rides to campus from various locations around town. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome to ride. All experience levels welcome and all riders will receive a brief orientation and Louisville bike map. Participants must provide their own bicycle and accessories (helmet required).
Register for Louisville's Bike To Work Day and you'll be entered to win a free bike!
Ride Schedule:
• May 30th 7:30am: Tyler Park to Belknap or HSC for Bike to Work Day (3.5 miles)
• June 12th 7:30am: Cherokee Park to HSC (4 miles)
• July 10th 7am: Seneca Park to Belknap (7.5 miles)
• August 28th 7:30am: Pedal with the President from Amelia Place, 2515 Longest Ave (4.3 miles)
May 29 to Oct. 16, 2014 UofL Belknap Farmers' Market Thursdays, 3:30-6:30pm (May 29th to Oct. 16th)UofL Belknap Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm
May 29th to Oct. 16th (no market July 3rd)
At 3rd St & Brandeis Ave in front of The Ville Grill

UofL has launched a new Farmers' Market on Belknap Campus! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, baked goods, honey, popcorn, canned goods, crafts, bottled teas, plant-based prepared meals, and more. The Office of Health Promotion will also be on hand to provide healthy local food samples and cooking demos. Open weekly, rain or shine! Email comments/questions. Follow us on Facebook
May 23, 2014 Garden Commons Meeting & Eating!
Friday, May 23rd, 3pm at Cultural Center
Interested in health, sustainability, good food, and growing things?! We need your help to make our garden grow! Please join us as we make plans, discuss needs and possibilities, and divide tasks and responsibilities for the summer management of UofL's organic Garden Commons! The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to fresh-picked strawberries, lettuce, spinach, mint, and herbs! Details and RSVP here.
May 17, 2014 8th Annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival
Saturday, May 17th, 9:00am - 3:30pm in Ekstrom Library
Free sessions; lunch $16

A diverse group of Kentucky women writers will share their experiences and works with participants. Author presentations and workshops, book sales and signings and a keynote luncheon will give participants a chance to connect over their favorite pastimes, reading and writing. This year's authors/presenters include: George Ella Lyon, Bobbie Ann Mason, Alison Atlee, Sonja de Vries, Jannene Winstead & Leborah Goodwin, Holly Goddard Jones, Sena Jeter Naslund, Nancy Gall-Clayton & Kathi E. B. Ellis, and Mariam Williams. The Kentucky Women’s Book Festival is sponsored by: University Libraries, UofL Women's Center, The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; Commission on Diversity & Racial Equality; Commission on the Status of Women; LGBT Center; Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs; Masterson's Catering and Women Who Write. For more information, please contact Phyllis Webb at 502.852.8976 or womenctr@louisville.edu. All events are free and open to all, except for the mid-day lunch.
May 16, 2014 Cooking Demo & Tasting: Lunches Gone Local (for Employees)
Friday, May 16th 11-11:20am at HSC's City Cafe   
Learn how to fix healthy, delicious lunches using the bounty of Kentucky-proud local ingredients! Free for employees. S - A - V - O - R the moment! Dr. Martin Seligman's research shows that engaging your senses and savoring the moment increases your overall happiness and energy level. Join us for this Take 20 and relish the taste, texture and advantages of local ingredients. You will savor the moment and learn how to incorporate more fresh local products into your meals. You deserve a short 20- minute "energizing break." Register here.
May 15 to Oct. 30, 2014 Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒2pm (May 15th to Oct. 30th)
Health Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.

With many different vendors at this year's market, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including prepared lunches and food trucks, plant-based prepared meals, fruits, vegetables, baked & canned goods, granola, popcorn, honey, maple syrup, and more. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Debit cards and SNAP benefits accepted. Easily accessible from Belknap Campus on TARC Route 18 (free with UofL ID) or via a pleasant 15 minute bike ride. Open weekly rain or shine. Watch Vendor Spotlights and recordings of our Monthly 20/20 Talks (a short seminar series on food and sustainability) on the GSFM YouTube Channel! Full details here, contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, or follow on Facebook.
May 14, 2014 Cooking Demo & Tasting: Lunches Gone Local (for Employees)
Wednesday, May 14th 11-11:20am at the Cardinal Burger Company (SAC 2nd Floor) 
Learn how to fix healthy, delicious lunches using the bounty of Kentucky-proud local ingredients! Free for employees. S - A - V - O - R the moment! Dr. Martin Seligman's research shows that engaging your senses and savoring the moment increases your overall happiness and energy level. Join us for this Take 20 and relish the taste, texture and advantages of local ingredients. You will savor the moment and learn how to incorporate more fresh local products into your meals. You deserve a short 20- minute "energizing break." Register here.
May 10, 2014 Greener Grads Gown Recovery Program at UofL Commencement
Saturday, May 10th, KFC Yum! Center
Graduating? Take the Sustainability Graduation Pledge to make social and environmental responsibility part of your life after UofL!
Immediately following the ceremony, look for the containers marked Greener Grads and drop your gown inside. SGA and Greener Grads are helping to green up Commencement! Join us in this nation-wide effort to recover, repurpose and reuse one million graduation gowns this year. Together we can reduce the mass production and breathe new life into old gowns. Donate your gown after graduation and we will make sure it gets a new life and stays out of the dump. It may seem like a small contribution to you, but every gown counts! Join the conversation. Tell us about your graduation and plans for the future #GreenerGradsUL We will even feature you on our website. Twitter/Instagram/Facebook @GreenerGrads
We need volunteers willing to help staff the collection stations during Commencement! Sign-up here.
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2014 National Bike Challenge!
May 1st to September 30th, 2014
Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2014 National Bike Challenge! Show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register as an individual, or create a team of 5 to compete against your peers. Your miles cycled will count towards the University of Louisville (workplace or school) total, as well as qualify employees for great individual and team prizes through Get Healthy Now, including the grand prize of a $400 voucher to a local bike shop!
National Bike Challenge May-SeptIndividual Registration:
1.    Visit nationalbikechallenge.org
2.    Click “join”
3.    Select “The University of Louisville” as your workplace (students register for “University of Louisville” under school category)
Team Registration:
1.    All team members must complete individual registration (see above)
2.    Click “my account” link at top right of page
3.    Scroll down and click “start one” under team heading (or “search” if you want to join an existing team)
4.    Submit team name and 5 person (maximum) roster to ghn@louisville.edu
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 25, 2014 100 Ideas for the 4th Street Corridor
Friday, April 25th, 5:30pm at the Urban Design Studio (507 S. 3rd St.)
Students from UofL's PLAN 650 Capstone Studio will present their final project entitled 100 Ideas for the 4th Street Corridor, including numerous sustainability recommendations. The presentation will last one hour, and everyone is invited to leave a comment about one of their ideas or add your idea for improving the 4th street corridor here.
April 25, 2014 Lighten Your Load!
Friday, April 25th 1-3pm (special presentation: 1:30pm) in Miller Hall, FYRC
Help us celebrate sustainability with UofL Provost Shirley Willihnganz and Goodwill Vice President Dr. Marsha Berry. Please bring donations to the designated boxes in each residence hall!
Moving out? Don't throw it out!
During the spring move out, UofL students can donate clothing, shoes, accessories, small kitchen appliances (blenders, toasters, microwaves, etc.), small electronics (radios, clocks, etc.), decor, backpacks/purses, school supplies, and more. Goodwill collection bins will be available in the lobbies of the following residence halls from April 11 - May 13:
Give and Go 2014  - Bettie Johnson Hall
  - Center Hall
  - Community Park
  - Kurz Hall
  - Louisville Hall
  - Miller Hall
  - Threlkeld Hall
  - Unitas Tower
  - UTA
  - Wellness House
The Give and Go program is a partnership between Keep America Beautiful® and Goodwill Industries with support from the College & University Recycling Coalition. Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is proud to partner with UofL Housing &  Residence Life for this initiative! For more information: Heather Hise, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, 502-553-6893; or Bryan Mathis, UofL, 502-641-7286.
April 24, 2014 Urban Studies Garden Planting
Thursday, April 24th at 3:15pm, Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
Join us to help plant small starts in the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone! For about 45 minutes, we will be planting flowers, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, okra, spinach, lettuce, kale, and cantaloupe. We will be joined by a group of children from UofL's Early Learning Campus at the Family Scholar House.
April 23, 2014 Professional Development: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2-3:30pm, Human Resources 103A

Mindfulness is all about paying attention - learning to spend more time focused on what is happening in the present moment, in an open and accepting manner. One major source of stress is being preoccupied with events of the past or future we have no control over. You can help manage stress by living more fully in the present. This 90 minute program will introduce some simple mindfulness practices you can incorporate into daily life to be more attentive to life on a moment-by-moment basis. Mindfulness-based stress reduction was originally developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and is now taught on a world-wide basis. Please Register Here.
April 22, 2014 Beargrass Falls dedication
Tuesday, April 22nd, noon at Karen Lynch Park (Brownsboro Rd & Story Ave)
Beargrass Falls dedication Officials at UofL, Louisville Metro, MSD and Butchertown Neighborhood Association will celebrate Earth Day by dedicating a new 'green' neighborhood park. UofL students and researchers have helped launch several projects at Beargrass Falls, a new sustainability education park at Brownsboro Road and Story Avenue in Butchertown. These include a concrete waterfall that adds oxygen to polluted Beargrass Creek; a pilot water treatment plant that uses no fossil fuels or chemicals; and a rain garden that drains storm water away from sewers.

Ninth District Louisville Metro Council Member Tina Ward-Pugh, Metropolitan Sewer District Executive Director Greg Heitzman, UofL environmentalist Russ Barnett and others will dedicate the site on Earth Day, April 22, at noon. Besides Louisville Metro’s Ninth District, MSD and UofL, the Butchertown Neighborhood Association, WaterStep, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Louisville Metro Parks, Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, Get Outdoors Kentucky, Youth Build Louisville, University of Kentucky and others have contributed to the park’s development.

Beargrass Creek, which drains 61 square miles of Metro Louisville, has three forks—Muddy, Middle and South—that empty into the Ohio River. Much of the ground around the creek has been paved or built on, and pollution and bacteria has built up in the stream for decades. The goals of the park, located next to MSD’s Beargrass Creek Pump Station, are to improve water quality in the creek, serve as a site for environmental research, show people how to make sustainable choices and offer a model for other neighborhoods.
April 22, 2014 Faculty Workshop: Green Threads – Sustainability across the curriculum
Reading Day, Tuesday, April 22nd, 9am - 4:15pm, Urban Studies Institute Room 117
Interested in integrating themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into your courses?
The Sustainability Council invites full- & part-time faculty from all disciplines to participate in the 2014 Green Threads workshop on Earth Day, April 22. We’ll explore ways to embed sustainability into your curriculum. You’ll receive a $500 honorarium, resources for course development, info on local sustainability issues, & a new network of faculty from across UofL. Download the application and submit to Margaret Carrerio by March 19, 2014. Full details on Green Threads here.
April 18, 2014 UofL EcoReps Greenhouse Workday
Friday, April 18th, 4-5pm, Cultural Center
A hands-on workday to help turn our under-utilized greenhouse at the Garden Commons into a productive space! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This is the last in our spring series of 4th Friday Greenhouse Workdays from 4-5pm at the Cultural Center. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
April 18, 2014 Wildflower Garden (Lawn Replacement) Planting
Friday, April 18th, 2pm at Parrish Court, south end of Humanities Quad
Help us get rid of some of the lawn on campus that must currently be mowed and maintained with fossil fuels by planting the area with native, low-maintenance plants. UofL will provide the tools and plants. This event is a partnership between UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS), and the Physical Plant grounds crew.
April 18, 2014 Solar Flight Competition 4-13-122014 Mickey R. Wilhelm Solar Flight Competition
Fridays, April 18th, 9am - Noon, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
The 2014 Mickey R. Wilhelm Solar Flight Competition will feature teams of students from the Speed School of Engineering. These teams have designed and built to scale, a variety of fully solar-powered aircraft. Come cheer on these brave souls as they pit their ingenuity and will against the challenges of gravity, sustained flight and solar energy harvesting. Clouds and high wind cancel.

April 17, 2014 GRASS Movie Night: The Ghosts In Our Machine
Thursday, April 17th at 5:30pm in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium

UofL's student environmental group, GRASS, rounds out its spring environmental film series with the Louisville premier of The Ghosts In Our Machine, a multi-award winning documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of acclaimed photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. This stunning film charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights? Co-sponsored by UofL EcoReps.
Join us for free refreshments in the lobby starting at 5:30pm (bring your own plate, cup, and silverware to minimize waste!), the film at 6pm, and an engaging discussion panel after the film featuring UofL faculty: Philosophy professor Dr Stephen Hanson, Anthropology professor and local farmer Jeneen Wiche, and Research Resources Facility director Dr William King.

April 17, 2014 Recycle Rally and Trash Ball Tournament
Thursday, April 17th, Noon-2pm in SAC Multi-Purpose Room

The Recycle Rally will be a trash ball tournament - Each person will have 30 seconds to "shoot" an empty plastic bottle into a recycling bin from 15 feet away. At the end of the tournament the scores of team members will be added together for a team score but you can also compete individually. There will be prizes for participating including a drawing for a free meal plan for the Fall semester and Ville Grill vouchers good for the rest of this semester! Also we will be "trash talking" and quizzing people about recyclables in the SAC as they are walking out.
April 17, 2014 Group Bike Ride: Iroquois Park to Belknap
Thursday, April 17th 7:30am, Leaves from Rundill Rd & Iroquois Park access road
Get your bike commuting season in gear! UofL's Get Healthy Now is organizing fun monthly group bike rides to campus from various locations around town. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome to ride. All experience levels welcome and all riders will receive a brief orientation and Louisville bike map. Participants must provide their own bicycle and accessories (helmet required).
Ride Schedule:
• April 17th 7:30am: Iroquois Park to Belknap (4.25 miles)
• May 30th 7:30am: Tyler Park to Belknap or HSC for Bike to Work Day (3.5 miles)
• June 12th 7:30am: Cherokee Park to HSC (4 miles)
• July 10th 7am: Seneca Park to Belknap (7.5 miles)
• August 28th 7:30am: Pedal with the President from Amelia Place, 2515 Longest Ave (4.3 miles)
April 16, 2014 2014 Grawemeyer Award winner lecture: Diane Ravitch
Wednesday, April 16th, 5pm, University Club Ballroom

2014 Grawemeyer Award winner talk - Diane Ravitch
Grawemeyer Education award winner Diane Ravitch will discuss her book The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education. The work chronicles her decades-long journey from reform advocate to critic and encourages a return to school curriculum that values art, literature, creativity and problem solving. Ravitch, who served in the U.S. Department of Education in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, formerly was a strong advocate for reforms such as standardized testing, teacher accountability and school choice. In 2010, however, she concluded that those policies were flawed and did something rarely seen in public life—she admitted she was wrong. Her change of heart came about gradually as she saw more American students fall behind their international peers and fail to grasp a big picture understanding of historical events, political issues and scientific phenomena.
April 16, 2014 Power and Planning in the Deconstruction of Urban Freeway
Wednesday, April 16th 1:30-3:30pm in Room 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
Urban & Public Affairs Ph.D candidate Doddy Iskandar will present dissertation research on “Power and Planning in the Deconstruction of Urban Freeway: A case study of San Francisco and Milwaukee."
April 13, 2014 Reception and Presentation of the “Community Spirit Award”
Sunday, April 13th, 4-6pm at the Yearlings Club (4309 W. Broadway)
The UofL/Yearlings Club Forum Series will host the Eleventh Annual Community Reception and the presentation of the Second Annual Community Spirit Award to individuals and organizations who demonstrate a sustained commitment to improving the quality of life of citizens and students in our community. These “unsung heroes” are volunteers and professionals whose civic engagement and social responsibility extends beyond their expected service.
The College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and outreach programs offer the free, public discussions in partnership with the Yearlings Club. The events run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the second Sunday of each month from September through April at the Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway, and include light refreshments. The series seeks to bring faculty members and residents together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge common bonds. See Spring 2014 schedule here.
April 11 to May 13, 2014 Give & Go! Move-Out Waste Reduction
April 11th through May 13th, 2014
Moving out? Don't throw it out!
During the spring move out, UofL students can donate clothing, shoes, accessories, small kitchen appliances (blenders, toasters, microwaves, etc.), small electronics (radios, clocks, etc.), decor, backpacks/purses, school supplies, and more. Goodwill collection bins will be available in the lobbies of the following residence halls from April 11 - May 13:
Give and Go 2014  - Bettie Johnson Hall
  - Center Hall
  - Community Park
  - Kurz Hall
  - Louisville Hall
  - Miller Hall
  - Threlkeld Hall
  - Unitas Tower
  - UTA
  - Wellness House
The Give and Go program is a partnership between Keep America Beautiful® and Goodwill Industries with support from the College & University Recycling Coalition. Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is proud to partner with UofL Housing &  Residence Life for this initiative! For more information: Heather Hise, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, 502-553-6893; or Bryan Mathis, UofL, 502-641-7286.
April 10, 2014 The Public Trust Doctrine: Our Inherent and Inalienable Property Right
Thursday, April 10th at 6pm, Law School Room 275

Join us for this year's Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy, featuring Professor Mary Christina Wood of the University of Oregon. Professor Wood developed the concept of using the public trust doctrine to address climate change and the environment and is the author of a recent landmark book, Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age (Cambridge University Press, 2014). The Lecture is open to the public. Please come to hear one of the nation's leading environmental and property thinkers, with a short reception to follow. Facebook Event site.
April 9, 2014 Brandeis Medal Celebration & Dinner: Eugene Robinson with Bob Edwards
Wednesday, April 9th at 6pm, The Brown Hotel (335 W. Broadway)
Cost: $75. Registration required by March 25: Rebecca Wimberg at Rebecca.wimberg@louisville.edu or 502-852-6879.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson will receive the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law’s 2014 Brandeis Medal. The prize is the school’s highest honor and goes to advocates for social justice.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson to receive Brandeis Medal

Eugene Robinson

“This award recognizes those who are champions for fundamental human rights and social justice,” said law dean Susan Duncan. “That’s why Eugene is so perfect for this award. Through his life’s work he has been an influential voice calling for equality, freedom and human compassion.” Robinson is an author, columnist, political commentator and a former assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. His most recent book, “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America,” was published in 2010. The event will take a unique approach, said Laura Rothstein, a law professor and co-chair of the Brandeis Award Committee. “Since Eugene writes about many issues, we didn’t want to limit him to one topic. So he will have on-stage discussion with fellow journalist and UofL alumnus Bob Edwards in a format that is similar to the Kentucky Author Forum,” said Rothstein. Topics expected to be covered include Edward Snowden and government transparency, “stand-your-ground” laws, racial disparity in crime sentencing, affirmative action and voting rights. Bob Edwards, host of “The Bob Edwards Show” on Sirius XM Radio and “Bob Edwards Weekend” distributed by Public Radio International, is well-known as the first host of National Public Radio's “Morning Edition.” Edwards is a 1969 graduate of UofL.
April 9, 2014 Professional Development: Campus Sustainability Tour
RESCHEDULED DUE TO PARTICIPANT AVAILABILITY! WILL NOW TAKE PLACE:
Wednesday, Apr. 9th 2:00-3:30pm

Leaves from Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
All UofL employees are encouraged to join us for a Belknap Campus Sustainability Walking Tour and professional development session! This dynamic and engaging session led by experts in the field will provide you with a helpful introduction to the basic principles of sustainability and how to apply them in your professional and personal decision-making at work and at home. This professional development session has been designed to offer staff and faculty at any level with a wide variety of practical tips that you can use to help UofL shift our culture towards become better stewards of the environment while saving money and helping build a brighter tomorrow for society. Attendees will better understand UofL's commitment to sustainability and learn how each step we take contributes to big results for us individually, for the university, and for the broader community. The session will also introduce you to UofL’s new Eco-Reps Program, which gives you the opportunity to go deeper with follow-up trainings online, a certification, group and individual service projects, and the empowerment of becoming a point-person for sustainability in your unit. Please register here.
April 9, 2014 UofL EcoReps Workshop & Free Lunch: Transportation Bicycling & Bike Maintenance
Wednesday, April 9th at
Noon, SAC W312
Get your fossil-fuel-free ride ready for spring! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This event concludes our spring series of 2nd Wednesday Workshops for EcoReps. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
April 5, 2014 Ali Shuffle 10K Run/Walk
Saturday, April 5, 8am start at West End School (3628 Virginia Ave, Louisville, KY)
Registration: $15 for students; $20 public
Walk, run or volunteer for fitness, peace and community in the third annual Ali Shuffle, sponsored by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice. We're reaching out to people across the city with the unifying theme “Connecting Communities One Step at a Time.” Participants will walk or run 10K from West Louisville to the downtown museum that bears his name, the Muhammad Ali Center, celebrating the neighborhoods they pass through along the way and the life of Muhammad Ali. Ali made his professional mark in boxing and is leaving a personal legacy of peace building. The Ali Shuffle benefits UofL's Muhammad Ali Scholars, who are learning peace building techniques to apply at home and around the world. The Ali Shuffle 10K is more than a run/walk; it is about “Connecting Communities One Step at a Time.”  We need your participation to make it a great celebration! 
April 4-17, 2014 Cards Go Green April 4-17Cards Go Green Weeks!
April 4-17, 2014
UofL Athletics and Student Athletes Taking Action will host Cards Go Green Weeks, featuring a shoe donation drive (raising funds for WaterStep) and sustainability promotions at a series of five FREE home games. We aim to raise awareness about sustainability amongst our fans, and to encourage people to live a more green lifestyle through announcements, demonstrations, and informational booths. Schedule:
  • Friday 4/4 at 11AM Women's Tennis (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
  • Sunday 4/6 at 1PM Baseball (Jim Patterson Stadium)
  • Sunday 4/6 at 2PM Men's Tennis (Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)
  • Saturday 4/12 at 12 PM Softball (Ulmer Stadium)
  • Thursday 4/17 at 4 PM Women's Lacrosse (UofL Lacrosse Stadium)
March 31 to April 6, 2014 Spring Sustainability Week
March 31 - April 6, 2014

The Student Activities Board is organizing a Sustainability Week on campus for the first week in April! Events will include:
  • Monday, March 31st, 11am-1pm: Alternative Transportation Fair (Red Barn Plaza) - Join us for free food and info about the many ways to get around without a car of your own: bicycles, bus, UofL CarShare, and ride-sharing. Bring your bike for free bike tune-ups!
  • Monday, March 31st, 4pm: Justice for Chiapas! (Ekstrom 117A) - Join our Mexican guest, Azalia Hernandez, as we explore Autonomy and Human Rights in the Indigenous Communities of Southern Mexico.
  • Wednesday, April 2nd, 11am-2pm: Cardinal Sustainability Market (Red Barn Plaza) - Come check out both on-campus and off-campus resources for students to live more sustainable lives.
  • Wednesday, April 2nd, 5pm: Peace Corps Information Session (Ekstrom W104) - Learn about the personal and professional rewards of international outreach and sustainable development service work through the U.S. Peace Corps.
  • CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN: Thursday, April 3rd, 5-8 pm: Junk to Funk! (next to The Ville Grill) - UofL Dining will be partnering with the UofL Free Store to host a yard sale/swap while creating art, jewelry & reusable shopping bags from old t-shirts!
  • Friday, April 4th, 1-3 pm: UofL Free Store (Unitas Tower basement)
March 31 - April 5, 2014 Africa Week 2014
Monday, March 31 - Saturday, April 5

UofL’s African Student Union presents Africa Week 2014, including the following events:
  • MONDAY, March 31, 7pm, SAC Floyd Theatre
    Documentary Screening and Discussion Panel on Gay Rights in Uganda
    "Call Me Kuchu” sheds light on Uganda, where a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death and follows the life of David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man and the violence that led to his murder.
  • TUESDAY, April 1, 5pm, Ekstrom's Chao Auditorium
    Peace & Tolerance through music - A lecture by Yaya Diallo

    The goal of this event is to discuss the possibilities of achieving peace in Africa. In the past 10 years, there have be reports of war and civil unrest in 22 difference African countries resulting from religious and tribal disagreements. We have invited the Malian scholar and drummer, Yaya Diallo to speak about his book “Peace and Tolerance” along with a book signing.
  • WEDNESDAY, April 2, 11am-2pm, Strickler Lobby
    African Food Invasion with “Taste of Diversity" food from Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, and Ethiopia
  • THURSDAY, April 3, 5:30-7:30pm, Cultural Center MPR
    Nigerian Osogbo Art Workshop

    Situated in the southwest of Nigeria, Oṣhogbo is both a Yoruba city kingdom and an important chapter in the history of modern African art. After a short lecture about West African art and there will be an Oṣogbo art demonstration and lesson.
  • FRIDAY, April 4, Noon-1pm, West Plaza: Drum Circle
  • SATURDAY, April 5, 6-10pm, SAC Multipurpose Room: AFRICAN NIGHT
Full details here. Sponsored by: Club Programming Committee, Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, A&S International Diversity & Outreach Programs, Office of Diversity and International Affairs, the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Anthropology Department, Muhammad Ali Institute, International Center, LGBT Center, College of Business Student Council.
March 31, 2014 Justice for Chiapas! Autonomy and Human Rights in the Indigenous Communities of Southern Mexico
Monday, March 31st, 4pm in Ekstrom Library, Room 117A

The Anthropology Department is hosting this talk featuring Azalia Hernandez of the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center and Mexico Solidarity Network representative Stuart Schussler. Azalia will speak on the human rights
situation in Chiapas, Mexico, the Fray Bartolome Center’s work, and the role of international solidarity. The Center has been widely recognized for accompanying indigenous communities building autonomy, documenting human rights abuses, and being at the service of poor and marginalized peoples organizing for a better life. Sponsored by: Departments of Anthropology, Latin American and Latino Studies, Political Science, and the Anne Branden Institute for Social Justice Research.
March 28, 2014 UofL EcoReps Greenhouse Workday
Friday, March 28th, 4-5pm
, Cultural Center
A hands-on workday to help turn our under-utilized greenhouse at the Garden Commons into a productive space! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we begin a series of 4th Friday Greenhouse Workdays from 4-5pm at the Cultural Center (next: Apr. 18). Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
March 27, 2014 GRASS Movie Night: Deep Down: A Story from the Heart of Coal Country
Thursday, March 27th at 5pm in the Cultural Center

UofL's student environmental group, GRASS, continues its spring environmental film series with a free dinner (vegetarian options available!) and a different, provocative movie screening and discussion each month. Films will be shown monthly on Thursdays at 5pm. On March 27th, we'll be screening Deep Down: A Story from the Heart of Coal Country (57 min.) - Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, where coal is king, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine.
March 26, 2014 Zero Out on Plate Waste!
Wednesday, March 26th, 5-7pm at The Ville Grill

This event is focused on getting students to only take what they are going to eat while at The Ville Grill. We'll be creating a visual of all of the perfectly good food that we are having to compost by taking photos of diners' plates as they bring them to the dish station and then compiling those photos into one large photo for installation in The Ville Grill. We'll also be encouraging people to think about taking their own utensils or plates when possible and using cloth napkins instead of paper ones when they aren't eating at The Ville Grill.
March 25-26, 2014 Conscious College Road Tour
Tuesday - Wednesday, March 25-26
UofL will host the 3rd Annual Conscious College Road Tour on March 25-26! The Tour, organized by Teens Turning Green is designed to inform, inspire, and prompt students and campuses to opt for a more sustainable college lifestyle through a multifaceted approach. Events include:
  • Wednesday, March 26th,10am-Noon, Shumaker Research Building Room 139
    Town Hall Meeting: The Sustainability Council will host a forum to bring together students, faculty, and administrators from diverse campus affiliations for discussion around a key campus sustainability challenge. The goal will be to discuss as a group the sustainability challenge, make a plan, divide tasks, and set goals and a time line. The more participation cross discipline, and with the presence of department leadership, the stronger the outcomes will be.
  • Wednesday, March 26th, Noon - 4pm, Humanities Quad
    The Conscious Information Station: An informational tabling event to inform and inspire a more conscious approach to daily life. Open to all students, faculty, and staff, the tabling event will offer free demos, sampling, and tips about conscious living along with a series of informative resource boards to prompt discussion and conversation.
  • Wednesday, March 26th, 4:30-6pm, Ekstrom W204 - Dinner with campus sustainability leaders to discuss next steps
March 20, 2014 Spatial Ecologist, Mark Lewis: Using Mathematics to Understand Territories
Thursday, March 20th at 6pm, Strickler Hall Room 101

How can math help scientists understand how wolves and coyotes protect their territories – and even how urban gangs defend their turf? A March 20 speaker at the University of Louisville will explain how the studies of math and biology intersect in the formation of spatial patterns. University of Alberta professor Mark Lewis will discuss "Using Mathematics to Understand Territories" in this free, public annual Bullitt lecture sponsored by the UofL mathematics department. Lewis will talk about how biologically based rules can be put into mathematical models to predict spatial patterns that occur in nature and how the work is supported by radio tracking of animals. Focusing on spatial ecology, his research group applies mathematical modeling to biological problems such as predicting the population spread of invasive species and modeling territorial patterns of wolves.
March 20, 2014 Group Bike Ride: Beargrass Nature Preserve to Belknap
Thursday, March 20th 7:30am, Leaves from intersection of Trevilian Way & Ridgefield Road
Get your bike commuting season in gear! UofL's Get Healthy Now is organizing fun monthly group bike rides to campus from various locations around town. All staff, faculty, and students are welcome to ride. All experience levels welcome and all riders will receive a brief orientation and Louisville bike map. Participants must provide their own bicycle and accessories (helmet required). Today's ride is 4 miles from Beargrass Nature Preserve to Belknap Campus (approximately 15-20 minutes).
Ride Schedule:
• March 20th 7:30am: Beargrass Nature Preserve to Belknap (4 miles)
• April 17th 7:30am: Iroquois Park to Belknap (4.25 miles)
• May 16th 7:30am: National Bike to Work Day
• June 12th 7:30am: Cherokee Park to HSC (4 miles)
• July 10th 7am: Seneca Park to Belknap (7.5 miles)
• August 7:30am: Pedal with the President from Amelia Place, 2515 Longest Ave (4.3 miles)
March 19, 2014 UofL EcoReps Workshop & Free Lunch: Starting an Organic Garden
Wednesday, March 19th at
Noon, SAC W312
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we begin a series of 2nd Wednesday Workshops for EcoReps at noon in the SAC:
   Mar. 19Starting an Organic Garden
   Apr. 9Transportation Bicycling Tips & Bike Maintenance Workshop
Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
March 19, 2014 Analysis of Social Costs of gentrification in Over-the-Rhine: A Qualitative Approach
Wednesday, March 19th at Noon, Room 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)
Urban & Public Affairs PhD candidate Shireen Deobhakta will present her research on the social costs of urban gentrification.
March 18, 2014 Peace Corps Information Session
Tuesday, March 18th at 5pm in Ekstrom Library, W104
Make a difference and launch your career! Learn about the personal and professional rewards of international outreach and sustainable development service work through the U.S. Peace Corps. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will help a community in need, gain valuable cross-cultural skills, and become a citizen of the world. Other benefits include full health and dental coverage in service, graduate school programs, and federal employment advantage. More than 215,000 Americans of all backgrounds and ages have served with the Peace Corps in 139 countries around the world. More info online, or contact: Laura Fonseca, Peace Corps Regional Representative, 502-533-8808, lfonseca2@peacecorps.gov
March 18, 2014 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable: Social Justice
Tuesday, March 18, 2:30-3:45pm, Room 200 Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom St.)
To facilitate cross-disciplinary engagement in sustainability and resilience research the Sustainability Council will be hosting one-hour workshops featuring three UofL researchers speaking for ten minutes each, followed by discussion about possible overlapping research interests and the potential for collaboration. Workshops will focus on priority areas identified by the group. This final Spring 2014 workshop with feature UofL researchers:
    Matt Cave and team in Med School;
    Lauren Heberle and Center for Environmental Policy & Management;
    Charlie Zhang
March 18 & 20, 2014 Info Sessions for New UofL Vanpool Program
If you currently drive more than 15 miles to campus each day and are interested in saving tons of money, time, and pollution, then consider the advantages of getting in on one of the newly forming vanpools. Please join us to learn all the details:
  • Elizabethtown vanpool – 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, Ekstrom Library W210
  • Shelbyville/Middletown vanpool – 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, Ekstrom W204
  • Southern Indiana vanpool – 8:30-9:15 a.m., Thursday, March 20, Ekstrom Library W210
  • Oldham County vanpool – 9:30-10:15 a.m., Thursday, March 20, Ekstrom Library W210
If you are interested in joining a vanpool to UofL, or would like more information on how to start a vanpool from your area, please contact Terri Rutledge or Elizabeth Bowling at 502-267-5400, ext. 101, or toll free 1-866-822-7665. Details here on how the vanpool program works.
March 17, 2014
Winner of UofL’s first renewable energy prize to speak March 17

Michael Graetzel

Winner of UofL’s first renewable energy prize speaks on "Graetzel cells"
Monday, March 17th at 2:30pm in the Rauch Planetarium
Swiss chemist Michael Graetzel, the winner of the University of Louisville’s first $50,000 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy, will give this free public lecture. Graetzel, professor and director of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, is being recognized for merging nanoscience and photoconversion in his discovery of a new solar cell that is easier and less costly to produce than silicon-based cells.These semi-flexible solar cells – known as “Graetzel cells” – convert sunlight into electricity using earth-abundant materials. Mass production of the cells began in 2009.
March 17-18, 2014 Spring Bike Tune-Ups!
Monday-Tuesday, March 17-18, 10am-4pm at the SAC Ramp

UofL's Student Cycling Coalition will be hosting a 2-day bike maintenance workshop outside the SAC to help you get your bike ready to roll for the spring! We'll help you perform basic bicycle maintenance and repairs - just bring your bike! Open to the entire campus cycling community.
March 17-21, 2014 Israeli Apartheid Week, March 17-21, 2014
UofL Students for Justice in Palestine presents a full week of entertainment, learning, creative expression, and good discussions about solutions for peace and justice in Palestine & Israel. Refreshments will be provided at each event, so bring a reusable plate, utensils & cup to reduce waste. Sponsored by Louisville Committee for Peace in the Middle East, Jewish Voice for Peace, European-Americans for Palestine, and The Muslim Student Association. Event schedule:
March 12, 2014 Bikes on Campus: Best Practices for Policy & Enforcement Webinar
Wednesday, March 12th 2:00-3:30pm, University Police Conference Room (Floyd St. Garage)
Bicycles on campus are suddenly growing in popularity, as a cheap, fun, convenient, healthy and “green” way to get around. But how can campuses address the inevitable challenges of managing demand for bike parking, promoting the safety of cyclists and pedestrians, and encouraging cycling as part of an overall campus transportation system? Campuses across the country are addressing the issues of policies and enforcement, but it’s hard to know which models have met with the most success. The traditional elements of traffic safety, such as encouragement, education, enforcement, engineering and evaluation must be included in planning. Campus planners, police, transportation staff, students, faculty, staff, cycling groups and the community all play a pivotal role in improving the safety and convenience of cycling to and around campus. Bicycle and pedestrian planner Alison Kendall AICP, Principal of Kendall Planning + Design and author of the USC Campus Bicycle Master Plan, will discuss these issues, as well as how environment, equity and economics relate. She encourages discussion of common challenges and strategies faced by stakeholders in accommodating bikes on campus.
UofL's Parking Office and VP for Business Affairs Office are hosting this webinar. Open to all. Please RSVP to Darlene Shircliff <darlene@louisville.edu> by February 19th if you would like to attend.
March 9, 2014 A Conversation on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Sunday, March 9th, 4-6pm at the Yearlings Club (4309 W. Broadway)
Following the President's executive order implementing the Dream Act, the U.S. Senate passed a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, which is currently tabled by Speaker Boehner. Meanwhile, issues about citizenship, deportation, border security, etc., continue to concern voters. Learn from our panel conversation about immigration issues and its impact on our community and nation.
The College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and outreach programs offer the free, public discussions in partnership with the Yearlings Club. The events run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the second Sunday of each month from September through April at the Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway, and include light refreshments. The series seeks to bring faculty members and residents together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge common bonds. See Spring 2014 schedule here.
March 8-14, 2014 Alternative Spring Break: New Orleans
March 8-14, 2014
Program Fee:  $500 ( includes: Meals; Transportation; Lodging; Service project materials; Cultural experiences)
Alternative Service Breaks are designed to create both a volunteer experience and a cultural immersion for UofL 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. The trip is truly an alternative to a traditional spring break. Students who have participated in similar trips described their experiences to be both transformative and rewarding. Details here. Contact:Heidi Elmer at hmelme01@louisville.edu.
March 6-8, 2014 National Conference on The Black Family in America: Project Progress (1963-2013)
50 Years of Progress and Struggle: Where Do We Go From Here?
March 6-8, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport, 2735 Crittenden Drive (Conference); UofL (Youth)
The University of Louisville’s Dr. Joseph H. McMillan National Black Family Conference is a premier conference of its kind addressing the rich history and struggles that African-Americans have had and the implications for the past, present, and future. The theme for this 41st year will be looking at 50 years of civil rights and social justice and how it has impacted the country and world. Guest speakers will include Al Sharpton and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.
Conference Tracks include: Economic Empowerment, Education, Health & Wellness, Social Justice, Spiritual.
For more information visit the conference website or contact: Tierney Bates, t.bates@louisville.edu, 502-852-0229
March 5, 2014 50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort
Wednesday, March 5th 9:30am-Noon at the State Capitol (700 Capitol Ave, Frankfort, KY)
(Gather at the corner of 2nd ST and Capital AVE at 9:30am to line up in order to proceed to the State Capitol)
The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights along with the other members of the Allied Organizations for Civil Rights proudly announces the upcoming 50th Anniversary Civil Rights March on Frankfort, with a commemorative march and rally. Everyone who is proud of Kentucky’s historic role in helping to end segregation by becoming the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to have a state Civil Rights Act is enthusiastically invited to participate. More information and a brief history of the 1964 march here. UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research is organizing a bus to Frankfort from Belknap campus for students to attend the march free. Those who want a seat on the bus should email Makayla Moore <mcmoor05@louisville.edu> and details will be sent.
March 4, 2014 Winning the Future: A Critical Look at the LGBT Movement
Tuesday, March 5th at 5pm in Comstock Hall, School of Music

Activist to offer ‘critical look at the LGBT movement’

Urvashi Vaid

Attorney, author and social justice activist Urvashi Vaid will analyze the gay rights movement during a free, public talk at UofL. Vaid is director of the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. She has been a leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocacy and other social justice efforts for nearly three decades. Vaid is author of the essay collection Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics and the political analysis Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay & Lesbian Liberation. Vaid has been a columnist for The Advocate, a national gay and lesbian news magazine. This event is the annual Minx Auerbach lecture, which UofL’s women’s and gender studies department sponsors during Women’s History Month. For more information, contact Nancy Theriot at 502-852-8160 or nancyt@louisville.edu.
March 1, 2014 E-EXPO featuring speaker from NASA Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program
Saturday, March 1st 10am-4pm, JB Speed School of Engineering

With the theme “SPEEDing to the Next Frontier,” UofL's E-EXPO welcomes our keynote speaker from the NASA Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program, Jennifer Layton. Layton’s address will take place at 1 p.m. in the Ernst Hall auditorium. In addition to the keynote, visitors of all ages will be able to tour numerous open engineering laboratories and research centers as well as participate in many hands on activities and competitions sponsored by our engineering student societies throughout the day. Full details here.
Feb. 28, 2014 UofL EcoReps Greenhouse Workday
Friday, Feb. 28th, 4-5pm, Cultural Center
A hands-on workday to help turn our under-utilized greenhouse at the Garden Commons into a productive space! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we begin a series of 4th Friday Greenhouse Workdays from 4-5pm at the Cultural Center (next: Mar. 28, Apr. 18). Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Feb. 28, 2014 Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Spring 2014 Meeting
Friday, Feb. 28th, 2:00-3:30pm in Ekstrom Library, Room W210
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all students, employees, and community members interested in helping UofL protect and expand its tree population on campus! We meet once a semester, so please join us! We have much to discuss and plan for! The agenda includes:
  • Tree Campus USA status and reporting review
  • Update of recent tree plantings, removals and maintenance plan
  • Planning for 2014 tree-related Service Learning Projects
  • Plan for a 2014 UofL Arbor Day Observance (potential date: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014)
  • Revising UofL's Campus Tree Care Plan to include measurable Goals & Targets
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour
  • Update on Campus Tree Survey & UofL Tree App
Feb. 28, 2014 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable: Communities Under Stress & Resilient Communities
Friday, February 28, 2:30-3:45pm, Room 200 Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom St.)
To facilitate cross-disciplinary engagement in sustainability and resilience research the Sustainability Council will be hosting one-hour workshops featuring three UofL researchers speaking for ten minutes each, followed by discussion about possible overlapping research interests and the potential for collaboration. Workshops will focus on priority areas identified by the group. Panelists include:
    Josh Human & the Center for Hazards Research;
    Russ Barnett & Barbara Polivka; and
    Linda Bailey
Feb. 28, 2014 Social-Ecological Resilience and Adaptive Watershed Governance
Friday, Feb. 28th at noon in Schumaker Research Building 139
Law School professor Tony Arnold, director of UofL's Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, will be speaking as a part of the Biology Department seminar series. Dr. Arnold holds the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use and teaches law and urban planning courses in the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and the Department of Urban and Public Affairs. His interdisciplinary, engaged scholarship focuses on society’s land use choices and practices that are related to the natural and human environment. Dr. Arnold seeks to identify principles, methods, and processes that promote environmentally responsible land uses and watershed management.
Feb. 28, 2014 Sustainable Business Plan Challenge
Friday, Feb. 28th, 8:45am-5pm in Room 336, Harry Frazier Hall, College of Business
Teams of students from six universities in the Midwest will pitch their “sustainable” business ideas in a regional competition hosted by the College of Business. Think “Shark Tank” goes green. Presenting teams are from UofL, Cleveland State University, University of Arkansas, University of Texas at Austin, Vanderbilt University and Washington University. The winner goes on to compete in the finals for up to $20,000 in business start-up cash. Additional Information: Donna Zinser Clark, 852-8523.
Feb. 27, 2014 Global Climate Change Panel
Thursday, Feb. 27th at 6:30pm in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium

Have questions about Global Climate Change? What it is? How it affects you? What you can do about it? Come hear from students, activists, and faculty from various departments and disciplines as they answer all of your questions, explain the basics, and clear up the common misconceptions about Global Climate Change. The Honors Student Council will host this panel discussion and speakers will include UofL's Assitant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Dr. Justin Mog; Biology Professor, Dr. Margaret Carreiro; Philosophy Professor, Dr. Avery Kolers, and student leaders in sustainability, Tim Darst and Laura Krauser. Full details & RSVP here.
Feb. 25, 2014 Participatory Fit & Sustainable Common-Pool Resource Management: A Social-Psychological Framework
Tuesday, Feb. 25th at 11am, Room 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W Bloom St)

UofL's Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents Dr. Daniel DeCaro, Assistant Professor at UofL's Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility. Dr. DeCaro is an interdisciplinary social scientist, with a background in social and cognitive psychology, political science, and economics. His current position is held jointly among three departments (UPA, Psychology, Law), facilitating his crosscutting research and teaching on the psychological underpinnings of sustainable environmental behavior and effective environmental institutions. DeCaro’s research primarily focuses on participatory processes in environmental decision making. He seeks to understand how participation, along with other institutional arrangements (e.g., economic sanctions, communication procedures) and social-ecological factors (e.g., cultural context, environmental attributes), influence institutional acceptance, voluntary rule compliance, and other important dimensions of social sustainability in common-pool resource situations. DeCaro’s methodological approach incorporates key principles and analytical techniques from many disciplines, such as psychological science, social justice research, economics, and conservation biology. Current projects examine the fundamental motivations underlying self-governance, and the role subjective definitions of procedural justice play in the evolution of public participation in local watershed institutions.
Feb. 20, 2014 GRASS Movie Night: Wonder: The Lives of Anna & Harlan Hubbard
Thursday, Feb. 20th at 5pm in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium

UofL's student environmental group, GRASS, continues its spring environmental film series with a free dinner (vegetarian options available!) and a different, provocative movie screening and discussion each month. Films will be shown every third Thursday at 5pm:
   Feb. 20 Wonder: The Lives of Anna & Harlan Hubbard in Ekstrom's Chao Auditorium
   March 20 TBA in Cultural Center
   April 17 TBA in Ekstrom's Chao Auditorium.
What Henry David Thoreau did for two years, Kentuckians Anna and Harlan Hubbard did for forty except they did it in the 20th century. Anna and Harlan chose to live life as few people in modern times have, and in so doing they inspired thousands.  In a house they built by hand, sustained by food they raised or caught, aided by no electricity or modern "convenience", the Hubbards, met the world on their own terms and found deep meaning. Wonder considers the Hubbard's astonishing life of freedom and what it says to Americans today.
Feb. 19, 2014 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable: Water Resources
Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 3:00-4:15pm, Law School 171
To facilitate cross-disciplinary engagement in sustainability and resilience research the Sustainability Council will be hosting one-hour workshops featuring three UofL researchers speaking for ten minutes each, followed by discussion about possible overlapping research interests and the potential for collaboration. Workshops will focus on priority areas identified by the group:
1. Water Resources: Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 3:00-4:15pm, Law School 171
    Tanvier H. Bhuiyan;
    Dave Howarth; and
    Tony Arnold/Daniel DeCaro/Jen Ewa/Alexandra Chase (Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility)
Feb. 19, 2014 Congressman John Yarmuth on Climate Politics
Wednesday, Feb. 19th at 3pm, Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium

This free, public lecture by Louisville's U.S. Representative, John Yarmuth, is sponsored by UofL's Social Change Program, as part of the course SCHG 399: Climate Politics and Social Action. Rep. Yarmuth will be sharing his knowledge and personal observations about the politics of taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle global climate change. The lecture will be hosted by Prof. John Cumbler of the History Dept. Details & RSVP here.
Feb. 19, 2014 Opportunities in the Private Sector to use Sustainable Practices
Wednesday, Feb. 19th at 10:30 in Urban Studies Room 117 (426 W Bloom St)
 
Innovation: A Global Corporate Look at Climate Change Mitigation

Wednesday, Feb. 19th at noon in Ernst Hall 212 (Bring your plate for free pizza!)
UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research presents a free, public seminar with Tabitha Crawford, the Sr. VP for Sustainability & Innovation at Balfour Beatty Investments in Nashville. Tabitha is a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Demand Side Manager, a national advisor on sustainability and innovation, and a former contributor to the U.S. Presidential Climate Action Plan as well as the Energy Encyclopedia of Engineering & Technology. At Balfour Beatty, Tabitha has initiated several major projects:
  • World’s largest solar-powered community at Fort Bliss, TX;
   • Switch4Good program demonstrated at the White House—that reduced energy consumption by 15% with
no efficiency retrofits;
   • Sustainable Urban Neighborhood concept: incorporates 60% above international energy efficiency code,
resident engagement and renewables; and
   • Department of Energy partnership in 5,000 U.S. homes.
In 2011, Tabitha received the “Green Innovator of the Year” award for the Southeast U.S. She holds a BS in Finance from the University of Louisville, an MBA from Fairfield University, and a Masters in Bank Management from the University of Virginia.
Feb. 18, 2014 Intersecting Oppressions: Women and 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa
Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 4:30 pm, Humanities 300
UofL's Anne Braden Institute will welcome South African activist, scholar, and poet Bernedette Muthien to UofL for a poetry reading and talk on Feb. 18th. Dr. Cate Fosl and a group of Women & Gender Studies students met Muthien when they traveled to South Africa in 2013. She will be talking about the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, the years of anti-apartheid activism leading up to it, and the persistent intersections of race, color, class and patriarchy she continues to address in her life and work as a cultural activist. Free and open to the public. Book signing and reception to follow.
Feb. 14, 2014 2014 A.C.E.S Kentucky Black & Latino Student Symposium
Friday, Feb. 14th 9am to 4pm, Ekstrom Library

A.C.E.S.: Promoting the Academic and Cultural Engagement of Students through Socially Just Means. Since 2010, A.C.E.S. has offered a full day campus conference concentrating on various issues impacting students of color (specifically blacks and Latinos). 1964 marked the 10-year anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education (Topeka, KS) - the landmark decision that struck down “Separate, but Equal.” How serious are the issues of race and diversity that still face American education?
More info here or contact Kathryn Gardner Adamchik at (502) 852-3222 or Dr. Carson Byrd at (502) 852-5985. 2014. A.C.E.S is sponsored by UofL's Liberal Studies Project.
Feb. 12, 2014 Educate Our World - Peace Corps Information Session
Wednesday, Feb 12th at 12:30pm in College of Education, Room 232
Pre-register for this event. Walk-ins are welcome. Bring a friend!
Make a difference and launch your career! Learn about the personal and professional rewards of international outreach and sustainable development service work through the U.S. Peace Corps. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, you will help a community in need, gain valuable cross-cultural skills, and become a citizen of the world. Other benefits include full health and dental coverage in service, graduate school programs, and federal employment advantage. More than 215,000 Americans of all backgrounds and ages have served with the Peace Corps in 139 countries around the world. More info online, or contact: Laura Fonseca, Peace Corps Regional Representative, 502-533-8808, lfonseca2@peacecorps.gov
Feb. 12, 2014 EcoReps Workshop & Free Lunch:
Mountain-Top Removal Mining & Energy Conservation with UofL Geoscience Professor, Keith Mountain
Wednesday, Feb. 12th at
Noon, SAC W312
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we begin a series of 2nd Wednesday Workshops for EcoReps at noon in the SAC:
   Feb. 12Mountain-Top Removal Mining & Energy Conservation
   Mar. 19Starting an Organic Garden
   Apr. 9Transportation Bicycling Tips & Bike Maintenance Workshop
Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Feb. 12, 2014 UofL Bus to I Love Mountains Day in Frankfort!
Wednesday, February 12th. Bus leaves 10:30am from the Planetarium and returns by 3:00pm
  • Join other UofL students, staff, and faculty as we descend upon the capitol in Frankfort with thousands of other Kentuckians to tell lawmakers that WE LOVE MOUNTAINS...and that the practice of mountaintop removal mining is unacceptable!
  • Fill out this form to reserve your spot on the bus!
  • Schedule for the day: Noon - Gather at the Kentucky River. 12:30pm - March from the river to the capitol steps (about 1/2 mile). 1:15-2pm - Rally on the capitol steps featuring music by Voices of Appalachia and a keynote address by Teri Blanton. More information about I Love Mountains Day 2014 here or on Facebook.
  • UofL's participation is being organized by the student environmental group, GRASS.
    Connect with fellow travelers on Facebook.
  • The Provost has approved this event under the excused absence policy! Students who would have to miss classes on February 12th need to fill out this form, get your instructor's signature in advance of the event and KEEP THE FORM. Then, after the rally, take the form with a “certificate” from GRASS proving your attendance to the professor.
Feb. 11, 2014 Bluegrass Unplugged / Campus Conservation Nationals Kick-Off
Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 9am in Louisville Hall lobby
The GroveJoin us for free breakfast snacks and drinks as we gather to launch this year's residence hall energy conservation competition, Bluegrass Unplugged (Feb. 10 - Mar. 3)! Mike Hartnet, CEO of Louisville's newest student housing project, The Grove, will be on-hand to present a $5000 donation to the university to be used for a green renovation project selected by residents of the hall that is able to reduce electricity usage the most during the competition!
Feb. 10 to March 3, 2014
Bluegrass Unplugged / Campus Conservation Nationals
Feb. 10 to March 2, 2014
Live on campus? Help the Cards to victory with conservation! UofL is competing nationally & locally in the Bluegrass Unplugged competition against UK, WKU & Berea to reduce electricity use in residence halls during the 2014 Campus Conservation Nationals. Over three weeks, we need your help to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in our residence halls. 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.
  • Click on the links below to see how much electricity your hall is using and to make a commitment to conserve!
Bluegrass Unplugged LogoCampus Conservation Nationals 2014
  1. Bettie Johnson Hall

  2. Billy Minardi Hall
  3. Cardinal Towne
  4. Community Park (real-time!)

  5. The Complex (West, Center & Wellness)
  6. Kurz Hall (real-time!)

  7. Louisville Hall (real-time!)
  8. Miller Hall
  9. Threlkeld Hall

  10. Unitas Hall (real-time!)
  11. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

    The Grove
  • Prizes: You could win a $400 BIKE SHOPPING SPREE or DINNER WITH THE PROVOST by becoming a Conservation Hero and pledging to conserve or by posting photos of your green efforts on Facebook! The UofL residence hall which can reduce electricity use the most will earn a free SKATE PARTY (March 5th 6-8pm) and a GREEN RENOVATION! Residents in the winning hall will help decide which green renovation their hall will receive thanks to a $5000 donation from Louisville's newest student housing project, The Grove.
  • Social Media: Let the smack talk begin! Join the conversation and enter to win a $400 BIKE SHOPPING SPREE or DINNER WITH THE PROVOST on Facebook by posting photos of your green efforts!
  • The Kentucky school with the greatest average reduction will take home the Bluegrass Unplugged trophy!
  • Read about last year's throw-down: UofL Green Scene: Students Compete to Reduce.
Feb. 9, 2014 The Challenge of School Desegregation Efforts in Louisville
Sunday, Feb. 9th, 4-6pm at the Yearlings Club (4309 W. Broadway)
Dr. Tracy K’Meyer will discuss her recently released book From Brown to Meredith: The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky, 1954-2017, which details school desegregation efforts in Louisville, Kentucky. A distinguished panel will join Dr. K’Meyer to discuss their perspectives on the impact of the Louisville’s school desegregation efforts on African American students.
The College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and outreach programs offer the free, public discussions in partnership with the Yearlings Club. The events run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the second Sunday of each month from September through April at the Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway, and include light refreshments. The series seeks to bring faculty members and residents together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge common bonds. See Spring 2014 schedule here.
Feb. 7, 2014 Cooking Demo & Tasting: Heart Healthy, Broth-Based Cooking (for Employees)
Friday, Feb. 7th 11-11:20a at The Ville Grill   
Learn how to fix heart-healthy meals! Save hundreds of calories per meal with this simple cooking swap. Register here.
Feb. 6, 2014 Meet the Professor: ‘Behavior and Ecology of Ants in the Tropical Rainforest Canopy’
Thursday, Feb. 6th at Noon, University Club
$14/person; $7/students
The College of Arts and Sciences presents the monthly lunch and lecture series, Meet the Professor. February 6th features biology professor and Wallace chair of conservation, Steve Yanoviak, speaking on “Behavior and Ecology of Ants in the Tropical Rainforest Canopy.” Dr. Yanoviak will highlight his recent research into ant behavior, ecology and evolution and explain why the tropical treetop dwellers face biological and environmental challenges. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247null502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu no later than February 3rd.
Feb. 5, 2014 The Movement's Outlaws: When the Civil Rights Movement Stood Up
Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 5:30 pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
The Spring Lecture for UofL's Pan-African Studies / Center on Race & Inequality features Dr. Akinyele Umoja, Chair of the Dept. of African American Studies at Georgia State University, and author of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement. Contact: Dr. W.S. Tkweme at tkweme@louisville.edu or Dr. Ricky L. Jones at ricky.jones@louisville.edu, or (502) 852-5985.
Feb. 5, 2014 Cooking Demo & Tasting: Heart Healthy, Broth-Based Cooking (for Employees)
Wednesday, Feb. 5th 11-11:20a at HSC's City Cafe   
Learn how to fix heart-healthy meals! Save hundreds of calories per meal with this simple cooking swap. Register here.
Feb. 2 to March 29, 2014 UofL Competes in RecycleMania 2014!
February 2nd to March 29th, 2014
 
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL is competing to reduce waste, increase recycling 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: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.
Jan. 29, 2014 State-Wide Day Of Action for Clean Energy Opportunity Act
Wednesday, Jan. 29th,
3-5pm SAC 2nd floor
In coordination with our friends across the state in the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (KSEC), UofL's student environmental group, GRASS, is organizing student participation in a show of solidarity to support House Bill 195, The Clean Energy Opportunity Act.
We need a huge turnout! Show Kentucky that we care about our clean energy future!
Call Guide/Script: Find out who your representatives here. Call this number to be connected to the Legislative Research Commission  1-800-372-7181.  Call Script to Representative Keith Hall and Your Personal House Representative: “Hello, I’m calling to leave a message with Representative Keith Hall and ___(insert name of your personal House Representative)___. My name is ________ and I am calling today to urge Representative Hall to show leadership in the House Energy and Tourism Committee by calling a hearing on the Clean Energy Opportunities Act (House Bill 195). The things contained in this bill will benefit all Kentuckians and the Energy and Tourism Committee needs to have a serious and in-depth discussion about the bill so that it can FINALLY be called up for a vote.”
Jan. 25, 2014 J. BLAINE HUDSON SATURDAY ACADEMY
“Post-Civil Rights, Post-Race, Post-Struggle: American Political Progress and the Black Community”

Saturday, Jan. 25th, 11am, DuValle Education Center (3610 Bohne Ave.)

Facilitators: Dr. Ricky L. Jones, Professor and Chair, UofL Pan-African Studies, and Phillip Bailey, NPR Political Editor, Host of "Noise & Notes," and 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award Winner.
The return of Saturday Academy offers participants an exclusive overview of PROJECT PROGRESS and an exploration of important trends in black politics and legislation since 1964. Where do black America and the city of Louisville stand as the country's first black president prepares to exit office? The Saturday Academy will also meet on February 22, March 22, and April 26. Topics TBA.
Jan. 24-26, 2014 Public Land for Public Good Workshops
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26, Urban Design Studio (507 S. 3rd St.)

Public Land for Public Good WorkshopsIt is estimated that Louisville Metro has more than 6400 vacant or abandoned properties, with approximate 460 under the City’s ownership. To tackle this issue, Mayor Fischer has announced the Lots of Possibility competition, which seeks innovative and bold ideas for what to do with 250 of the city’s vacant lots that are being made available for consideration.
In an attempt to help facilitate idea generation around the competition goals, UofL's Urban Design Studio and OpportunitySpace are offering the Public Land for Public Good workshops on January 25th and 26th in collaboration with Louisville Metro, Vision Louisville and VAP Stat. Utilizing the tools provided by OpportunitySpace to identify the available lots, attendees will be encouraged to work together to brainstorm ideas and begin to develop solutions. Schedule:
  • Friday, Jan. 24th, 5-7 pm, location TBA: informal networking opportunity to meet up with other urban development thinkers and doers.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25th, 9am – 2 pm, Urban Design Studio: Workshop focused on utilizing the OpportunitySpace site to explore the available lots and then work with other attendees to develop innovative ideas for what could be done to breath new life into these spaces.
  • Sunday, Jan. 26th, 9 am – noon, Urban Design Studio: Workshop building on the ideas generated the day before and concentrating on implementation strategies. Joined by metro staff, financial sponsors and other related members of the community, a handful of the proposals will be reviewed and discussion will focus on how to turn the ideas into action, from aligning with city strategies and regulations, to finding the financial match, to building an implementation team.
The events are free to the public, but due to limited space, the Saturday and Sunday events require registration to reserve a seat. It is not necessary to attend all of the events, but if you wish to attend both days, you must register for each separately. Register online here.
Jan. 24, 2014 UofL EcoReps Greenhouse Workday
Friday, Jan. 24th, 4-5pm, Cultural Center
A hands-on workday to help turn our under-utilized greenhouse at the Garden Commons into a productive space! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we begin a series of 4th Friday Greenhouse Workdays from 4-5pm at the Cultural Center (next: Feb. 28, Mar. 28, Apr. 18). Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Jan. 23, 2014 1964: American Progress, Possibilities, and Problems​
Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 5:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
CENTER ON RACE AND INEQUALITY’S 5TH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. JUSTICE LECTURE
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Whitaker, Foundation Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Arizona State University. Author of Peace Be Still: Modern Black America from World War II to Barack Obama. The 2014 CRI Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Lecture is largely sponsored by UofL's Liberal Studies Project. Contact Dr. Ricky L. Jones at ricky.jones@louisville.edu or (502) 852-5985.
Jan. 22, 2014 Human Trafficking Awareness Conference
Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 5:30-8:30pm, SAC Multi-purpose room
Human trafficking is defined by Polaris Project as sex acts, or labor or services that are induced through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Unfortunately, Louisville and Kentuckiana are facing increasing rates of human trafficking. In fact, there are more slaves today than at any point in human history, including the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and many of them are children. More about human trafficking here.
In response to this widespread atrocity, the UofL Women’s Center and the Women 4 Women Student Board are hosting the fourth annual conference in January, which is human trafficking awareness month. The conference will feature experts on human trafficking from the Ohio Valley who will speak about the problem and ongoing efforts to stop the crisis:
   - Jennifer Clinger, a survivor of human trafficking and graduate of Thistle Farms recovery program in Nashville;
   - Rus Funk, the Executive Director of Menswork, a Louisville-based organization which focuses on the role that men play in fighting human trafficking;
   - Carl Ralston, the President and Founder of Remember Nhu, an international non-profit focusing on fighting the child sex trade; and
   - A performance by Kentucky Opera Studio artists Jill Phillips and Cory Battey of “Love is a Knife” from the opera “A Woman in Morocco.”
In addition to hearing from and talking to our speakers, we will host a variety of non-profits who are always looking for eager volunteers and supporters. Admission is free and open to the public. Register here. Light refreshments will be provided at the event. Full meals are available for purchase in the SAC. More info: Contact Emma Chapman at 502-852-8976 or womenctr@louisville.edu
Jan. 20, 2014 MLK Day Event: Kentucky Women Pushing for Civil Rights
Monday, Jan. 20th, 1pm at The Playhouse
UofL's African American Theatre Program (AATP) will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a play, keynote address by journalist Betty Baye, and recognition for three women who helped advance the civil rights movement in Kentucky. Theater students will honor seven women who fought for racial equality in Kentucky by portraying those women in a play. The honorees are Alice Dunnigan, Elizabeth Fouse, Audrey Grevious, Anne Braden, Julia Britton Hooks, Mae Street Kidd and Suzy Post. Three additional women—former Sen. Georgia Montgomery Davis Powers, Mattie Jones and Gracie Lewis—will be given AATP’s Service to all Mankind Award. All three honorees are expected to attend the event to receive their award. 2014 marks the 20th year for the AATP program. Tickets are not required for the event which is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Thomas at 502-852-8442 or deanat@louisville.edu.
Jan. 20, 2014 MLK Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 20th 10am-4pm. Leaves from SAC Multipurpose Room

The Office of Student Involvement in partnership with the Cultural Center and the Engage Lead Serve Board is hosting the annual MLK Day of Service to make the day off a day ON! Lunch and transportation to and from the service sites will be provided. Walk-ins may be accommodated depending on site availability. Please register here. Schedule:
   9:30 - 10:30am     Check in/registration SAC Multipurpose Room
   10:30am              Speakers and lunch at Maupin Elementary School
   Noon                   Service
   2:30-4:00pm         Return to campus for closing program
For more information, stop by the Cultural Center or contact Breion Harris, 852-3754, b0gold01@louisville.edu.
Jan. 17, 2014 UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store: Spring Grand Opening!
Friday, Jan. 17th, 1-3pm in Unitas Tower basement
The UofL Free Store has new hours for Spring: Fridays 1-3pm, and now accepts/offers non-perishable food items! The Free Store is open to all students, faculty and staff to "shop" for free clothing, household items, books and more. Clean donated items are always welcome! The Free Store is an initiative of UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS). Our Spring weekly meetings are Tuesdays at 4pm in the West Hall Lounge. We need your help to change the world!
Jan. 16, 2014 UofL Student Cycling Coalition Spin-Up
Thursday, Jan. 16th, 5pm, SAC W303A
Help build a student bike culture at UofL and have fun on two wheels! Join us for the SCC's first meeting of 2014. Points of discussion will include racing under UofL, sponsorship overview, an update on uniforms, and social/community events. FOOD will be provided! Details & RSVP here.
Jan. 16, 2014 GRASS Movie Night: Gasland
Thursday, Jan. 16th at 5pm in the Cultural Center

UofL's student environmental group, GRASS, will host a spring environmental film series with a free dinner (vegetarian options available!) and a different, provocative movie screening and discussion each month. Films will be shown every third Thursday at 5pm:
   Jan. 16 Gasland in Cultural Center
   Feb. 20 Wonder: The Lives of Anna & Harlan Hubbard in Ekstrom's Chao Auditorium
   March 20 TBA in Cultural Center
   April 17 TBA in Ekstrom's Chao Auditorium.
Filmmaker Josh Fox's Oscar®-nominated film Gasland uses dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide). Full details and RSVP here.

Jan. 15, 2014 Spring RSO Fair: Get involved with EcoReps, GRASS, & other student sustainability groups!
Wednesday, Jan. 15th, 11am-1pm, SAC Multipurpose Room
Start the New Year off right - come to the Spring RSO Fair! This is a great opportunity to learn more about student-led efforts to make a difference and find out how you can get involved in making UofL a more just, green community.
Jan. 14, 2014 Walkability as a Force in Shaping Neighborhood Housing Values
Tuesday, Jan. 14th at noon in Room 200 of Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom St.)
Join Masters of Urban Planning student Wesley Meares for an engaging talk and discussion on the importance of making urban neighborhoods walkable.
Jan. 14, 2014 Vanpool Info Session & Free Luncheon
Tuesday, Jan. 14th 11:30am-1pm at the University Club
UofL and Ticket to Ride are partnering to provide Vanpool opportunities to UofL staff and faculty who live in, and possibly drive to work from, specific zip codes. Please join us for a free lunch and a brief presentation about the benefits of ridesharing to work.
  • Vanpooling is a group of 6-15 commuters that share a ride to work in a passenger van at a considerable transportation cost savings.
  • Forming Vanpools include: Southern Indiana, Shelby County, Hardin County, Oldham County, Eastern Jefferson County and Bullitt County.
  • Ticket to Ride is an alternative transportation program offered through the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA).
RSVP to: Elizabeth Bowling, ELIZABETH.BOWLING@KY.GOV or 502.267.5400, 101
Jan. 12, 2014 Progress Report: Initiatives for addressing the problem afflicting young Black men
Sunday, Jan. 12th, 4-6pm at the Yearlings Club (4309 W. Broadway)
Over the past two decades the life chances of Black men in the United States has increasingly worsened even as the economic boom brought gains to other groups in society. Alarmingly, in recent years we have witnessed a huge pool of young Black males becoming more disconnected from mainstream society especially in the country’s inner cities. Join us as our panel discusses initiatives currently underway to address problem afflicting young Black males.
The College of Arts and Sciences’ international, diversity and outreach programs offer the free, public discussions in partnership with the Yearlings Club. The events run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. the second Sunday of each month from September through April at the Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway, and include light refreshments. The series seeks to bring faculty members and residents together to share expertise, discuss issues and forge common bonds. See Spring 2014 schedule here.
Jan. 9, 2014 Meet the Professor: ‘Stewardship in a Time of Global Climate Change’
Thursday, Jan. 9th at Noon, University Club
$14/person; $7/students
The College of Arts and Sciences presents the monthly lunch and lecture series, Meet the Professor. Keith Mountain, PhD, chair of geography and geosciences, will address the issue of how global climate change has become a measurable reality and how humankind has contributed to the observed trends. Dr. Mountain also will propose some options for environmental management. Given the consequences of shifting climate, it becomes important to merge the social, economic, and political structures so that appropriate strategies will be implemented. To RSVP, call 852-2247 or email janna@louisville.edu.
Jan. 8, 2014 EcoReps Workshop Luncheon: Single-Stream Recycling – Where Does It All Go?
Wednesday, Jan. 8th at Noon, SAC W312
The Sustainability Council’s
EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we begin a series of 2nd Wednesday Workshops for EcoReps with free vegetarian lunch at noon in the SAC:
   Jan. 8Single-Stream Recycling – Where Does It All Go?
   Feb. 12Mountain-Top Removal Mining & Energy Conservation
   Mar. 19Starting an Organic Garden
   Apr. 9Transportation Bicycling Tips & Bike Maintenance Workshop
Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Jan. 7, 2014 Spring Kick-Off Meeting: Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS)
Tuesday, Jan. 7th, 4pm, West Hall Lounge
UofL's student environmental organization, GRASS, will host its first meeting of the spring semester on January 7th at 4 o'clock in West Hall. We have great things planned for the new semester, and we hope you will be a part of it!
Dec. 28, 2013 Cooperative Community Service Project during the Russell Athletic Bowl
Saturday, Dec. 28th 9am - Noon
Clean the World Recycling Facility, 400 Pitman Street, Orlando, FL 32801
UofL is proud to continue its tradition of bowl service projects by participating in a cooperative community service project this year in Orlando during the Russell Athletic Bowl! We will be working together with the University of Miami with the Orlando-based organization Clean the World, which works to prevent hygiene-related illness around the globe through recycling soap and bottled amenities discarded by the hospitality and industry and distributing these and other hygiene products to impoverished populations. UofL student, parent, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers will be working at the Clean the World recycling facility in Orlando with the ONE Project to help assemble hygiene kits (soap & shampoo) for people affected by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Volunteers are needed on the morning of Saturday, December 28, 2013 and must be on site by 9:00 am at 400 Pitman Street, Orlando, FL 32801. We will be working at our service site until noon. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the site for the service project. Anyone interested should fill out the registration form to join us in making a difference in the Orlando community for the Philippines relief effort while showing their Cardinal pride!
Dec. 10-22, 2013 Alternative Service Break: Dominican Republic
December 10-22, 2013
During UofL's Alternative Service Break to the Dominican Republic, UofL students will be working on constructing a new school for the community along with ecological projects. The application priority deadline was October 1st.
Dec. 18, 2013 “10 Measures to Improve the Livability of Cities that Will Foster Greater Stewardship to the Earth”
Wednesday, Dec. 18th at noon in Urban Studies Room 117 (426 W. Bloom St.) 
Dr. John Gilderbloom and Masters of Urban Planning student Porter Stevens will share an encore presentation of their lecture on 10 measures to improve the livability of cities that will foster greater stewardship to the earth, improved neighborhood house values, longer lifespan and a sustainable future for future generations. Much of their research is based on Louisville. Stevens & Gilderbloom recently represented UofL's Urban and Public Affairs program as the only academic institution asked to speak at the AARP / Governing Magazine program on urban livability in downtown Nashville. They were joined on the stage by the Governor of Tennessee, Mayors of Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Asheville, and many other elected officials. Also, in the audience was the Mayor's top aid for Vision Louisville who recently came here from Sweden seven weeks ago.
Dec. 10, 2013 Campus Parking 2014: Is Demand Based Parking For Your Campus? Webinar
Tuesday, Dec. 10th 2:00-3:30pm, Human Resources Training Room 103A
Today’s campus communities are consistently looking for ways to curb parking demand, while encouraging use of sustainable travel modes. If your campus is challenged with meeting your parking demand needs, maintaining sustainability goals while also improving your financial performance at the same time, this webinar is for you as we explore the next practices and success of demand-based parking. Simple strategies by your campus can advance the use of alternatives to driving and improve financial performance of parking  departments, but can also be met with resistance from the campus community if not implemented in a thoughtful and rational way. New higher education parking strategies are helping  universities and community colleges achieve financial and sustainability goals while maximizing the amount of people accessing campus each day. The most  promising new approach is called demand-based parking. Please join our expert presenters on demand-based parking: Brian D. Shaw, Director of Business Services at the University of Pennsylvania, and Casey Jones, Vice President for Institutional Services with Standard Parking.
UofL's Parking Office and VP for Business Affairs Office are hosting this webinar.
Dec. 6, 2013 Holiday Cards “Buy Local” Shopping Tour
Friday, Dec. 6th from 8am-6pm (leaves from University Club)
Early bird registration (through Nov. 1) is $35; Registration is $40
UofL and the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will take shoppers on a whirlwind tour of local shops and restaurants on the third annual Holiday Cards “Buy Local” Shopping Tour. The tour will take patrons to locally owned businesses in a variety of Louisville neighborhoods. The trip is open to the public, but bus seating is limited. UofL faculty, staff, students and alumni will receive priority for seating. 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 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will feature free holiday decorating and mixology demonstrations and samples, hot hors d’oeuvres and door prizes.The registration fee includes opening and closing receptions, door prizes and transportation to more than a dozen shops on East Market Street (NULU), South Fourth Street, Lexington Road and in Butchertown. To register, call Alice Wissel at 502-852-3533.
Dec. 5, 2013 Film Screening & Dinner: Chasing Ice
Thursday, Dec. 5th at 5pm in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
UofL's student environmental group, GRASS, continues its film series with a free dinner and a screening of the breathtaking, award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Full details and RSVP here.
Dec. 5, 2013 UofL EcoReps Gathering & Workshop: Permaculture
Thursday, Dec. 5th at 2pm in the Cultural Center
Join us for some free food and a discussion of permaculture, a way of living and design that requires observing and learning from the efficiency and balance inherent in natural systems. The results are increased food production, the conservation of resources, and the re-integration of built environments (farms, homes, even towns) into their natural environment.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This year we begin a series of monthly gatherings and workshops for EcoReps on Thursdays at 2pm in the Cultural Center (next: Dec. 5). Please join us whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Dec. 2, 2013 Self-determination and Decolonization
Monday, Dec. 2nd at 4pm in Humanities 205
Anna Stilz, associate professor of Politics at Princeton University, is a rising star in political philosophy, and author of Liberal Loyalty (Princeton UP, 2011). The Philosophy department will be hosting her talk which will be of interest to those advancing social change and conflict resolution.
Nov. 21, 2013 UofL EcoReps Gathering & Workshop: Building with Cob
Thursday, Nov. 21st at 2pm in the Cultural Center
Join us for some free food and a workshop on Building with cob led by Vaughn Zeller, who just completed a two-week workshop on this natural building technique that uses renewable resources to construct durable structures. We'll also be discussing the possibility of an EcoReps project to construct a cob composting toilet next summer!
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This year we begin a series of monthly gatherings and workshops for EcoReps on Thursdays at 2pm in the Cultural Center (next: Dec. 5). Please join us whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Nov. 20, 2013 2013 Anne Braden Memorial Lecture: Dr. Khalil Gibrand Muhammad
“Why the Past Won’t Go Away: The Crisis of History in the Age of Post-Racialism”
Dr. Khalil Gibrand MuhammadWednesday, Nov. 20th at 5:30pm
Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room

What does it mean when history as a discipline is under attack at a time when we have a black president and murders of unarmed black teens? Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad explains how knowing the past directly relates to understanding the present race-related crises. In his talk, Dr. Muhammad is expected to respond to the Trayvon Martin assassination, the Zimmerman verdict, how we remember the March on Washington and other major historical events, as well as discuss collective memory. Like previous speakers Michelle Alexander and Robin D.G. Kelley, Dr. Muhammad will address issues such as mass incarceration and punitive actions against youth of color, but will focus on the present attack on historical understanding/historical literacy. He will talk about the present disinvestment in history departments, in history students and in historical learning among younger people, and how these affect both white supremacy and people of color’s perceptions of themselves.
Dr. Khalil Gibrand Muhammad is director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. His book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. He is now working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, which traces the historical roots of the changing demographics of crime and punishment so evident today. Get a preview of his perspectives:
Nov. 20, 2013 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable Seminar: Venkata Gullapali
Wednesday, Nov. 20th Noon-1:30pm
Law School's Cox Lounge (2nd floor, center)
Join us for a new brown bag seminar series highlighting the research of UofL's Sustainability Scholars! Venkata Gullapali, M.Sc. is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering who will be presenting on his research.
View Venkata's presentation: Using UV radiation from sunlight to disinfect surface waters in polluted waterways
Nov. 20, 2013 UofL GIS Day
Wednesday, Nov. 20th 9am - Noon in Lutz Hall Atrium
Join us for a celebration of the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in helping solve some of our biggest sustainability challenges! Presentations include:

Application of GIS and Remote Sensing to Urban Heat Island Studies
Presenter: Jeremy Sandifer, UofL Geography and Geosciences Dept.
Time: 9:30am – 10:00am
Abstract: Previous research has shown that observed increases in air temperature within many U.S. cities are double the rate of increase experienced for the planet as a whole and that this differential is increasing over time. This project utilizes GIS and remote sensing techniques to explore the contribution surface land cover and land use zoning has on the structure of the urban heat island (UHI) within Jefferson County, Kentucky. Additional consideration is given to the leveraging of geo-processing automation to supplement the abilities of non-GIS users to reproduce the analysis for different study areas.
Biography: Jeremy Sandifer is currently pursuing an M.S. in Applied Geography at the University of Louisville. He currently serves as tutor and research assistant in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at UofL. Current research is focused on the utilization of GIS and remote sensing techniques for the characterization of natural environmental processes.

Levels of Early Circulating Angiogenic Cells Associated with Geographic Metrics of Roadway Exposure [2013]
Presenter: Ray Yeager, UofL School of Public Health
Time: 11:00am – 11:30am
Abstract: Multiple epidemiological investigations have established that roadway proximity is associated with adverse cardiovascular conditions. Recent literature indicates circulating angiogenic cells (CACs), types vascular progenitor cells, may be indicators of exposure to roadway-generated pollutants. Our study advances cardiovascular science by describing associations between CACs and roadway exposure metrics.
Biography: Ray Yeager is a health geographer specializing in exposure assessments. He received his bachelor’s degree in geography (2008) and master’s degree in public health (2010) from the University of Louisville. He then joined the consulting industry to work on geographic aspects of a wide variety of public health projects including demographic and food desert analysis, environmental site assessments, and medical research. In August of 2013, Ray was accepted for a graduate research assistantship and began work on a Ph.D. in public health science at the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences. He is currently taking classes and working with the UofL School of Medicine on research assessing linkages between levels of human cardiac stem cells and exposure to roadway traffic.

Sponsored by the UofL Center for Geographic Information Sciences. Full details here.
Nov. 18, 2013 Bikes: Safety, Security, and Sustainability
Monday, Nov. 18th 7-8:30pm in the Floyd Theater
SGA is organizing this special information session to help you understand not only the role that bicycles can play in your personal and planetary sustainability, but how you can stay safe on our streets and keep your bike from getting stolen! Free Papa John's pizza will be served, so come hungry and bring a plate to minimize waste! Full details and RSVP here.
Nov. 18, 2013 Tour the Conn Center’s Biodigestor Lab
Monday, Nov. 18th 4-5pm in Lutz Hall 022
UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has been successfully testing area feedstocks from industry in a lab-scale anaerobic biodigestor that UofL envisions as a source of renewable energy for campus and a waste-stream solution for area industries such as distilleries and liquid waste recyclers. Come see the future of green energy and tour the lab with Dr. Nadh Satyavolu, the Conn Center's Theme Leader for Biomass and Biofuels.
Nov. 18, 2013 The Significance of Ecological Aesthetics in Urban Planning, Policy and Design
Monday, Nov. 18th at noon in Rm 200 of Urban & Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St.)
Join us for a presentation by Professor Xinhao Wang, AICP, MCP, Ph.D., from the University of Cincinnati about rethinking urban planning polity and design from the perspective of ecological aesthetics. Planners recognize the importance of ecology and aesthetics in plan making, however, rarely consider them together. The objective of this research is to show that ecological aesthetics emphasizes the importance of ecological knowledge and awareness in human experience and appreciation. By linking human and environment aesthetically and ecologically during the same decision making process, ecological aesthetics has the potential to be one of the foundations for urbanization.
Dr. Xinhao Wang is a professor of Planning and Co-Director of the Joint Center of Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis at the University of Cincinnati.  He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island, Master of Science in Environmental Geo-Sciences from Peking University and Bachelor of Science in Geography from Peking University.  He teaches courses in Geographic Information System (GIS), environmental planning and policy, statistics, and planning research methods. His research interests are in the areas of environmental planning and integrated applications of GIS, visualization, and modeling in planning and urban studies, such as environment and ecological protection, housing and urban livability, land-air and land-water modeling as well as river and watershed water modeling
Nov. 16, 2013 Portland Plant DayPortland Plant Day
Saturday, Nov. 16th 9am-2pm
Gathering point: Habitat for Humanity, 237 N. 17th St.

Help us plant 150 trees in Portland! The Engage.Lead.Serve Board's Green Initiatives Committee and UofL EcoReps are joining forces with Louisville Grows to turn out volunteers ready to get their hands dirty planting trees in the Portland neighborhood!
Volunteers should bring a water bottle, dress appropriately for the weather (rain jacket, warm clothes), and wear closed toe shoes. Volunteers are needed in 3 main areas: tree planting, mulching/watering/staging crews, and registration. Staging crew volunteers will also be needed on November 15th, and at 7 a.m. on Nov 16th to place trees near planting sites and prepare tools for each zone. Registration and breakfast volunteers will need to arrive at the staging site by 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 16th. All other volunteers should arrive around 8:45am to be registered and assigned to a crew. The planting will start promptly at 9:30am.Volunteers who finish planting in their zone can offer neighboring zones assistance until all trees are planted. We will reconvene at 237 North 17th Street for lunch at 1:30 p.m.
We'll provide breakfast, snacks, coffee, and lunch, as well as gloves, tools and guidance.
Volunteers should register here. RSVPs are kindly requested for groups of more than 5 people. Please contact Valerie at 502-681-5106 if you have any questions or need more information.
Nov. 14, 2013 Film Screening & Chili Dinner: YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip
Thursday, Nov. 14th at 5pm in the Cultural Center
UofL's student environmental group, GRASS, will kick-off its new film series with a free home-cooked chili dinner (vegetarian options available!) and a movie screening featuring local filmmaker and sustainability activist, Ben Evans' hilarious and moving film YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip. Ben will be on hand to answer questions and lead a discussion afterwards. Full details and RSVP here.
Nov. 13, 2013 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable Seminar: Professor Tony Arnold
Wednesday, Nov. 13th Noon-1:30pm
Law School's Cox Lounge (2nd floor, center)

Join us for a new brown bag seminar series highlighting the research of UofL's Sustainability Scholars! Professor Tony Arnold is the Boehl Chair in Property & Land Use; Associate Dean for Research; Professor of Law; Affiliated Professor of Urban Planning; and Chair of the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility. He'll be presenting on "The Goal of Poly-Resilience and the Evolution of Watershed Institutions."
Nov. 9, 2013 "Elect Her – Campus Women Win" Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 9th 10:30am - 4pm in the SAC Floyd Theater
College women from across the city will gather at UofL to participate in a daylong workshop aimed at training and encouraging them to run for office — both on campus and beyond. Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Angela Bisig will be a guest speaker.This five-hour studnet workshop, will be facilitated by the Office of Student Involvement and will feature research and information about women and politics, inspiring local speakers and interactive campaign exercises. The workshop will take place at 30 colleges in the United States and Jamaica, as part of a program offered by the American Association of University Women and Running Start. UofL’s Engage Lead Serve Board is hosting the event, and the Student Activities Board is co-sponsor. Students should register here.
Nov. 6-20, 2013 Peace & Justice Weeks, Nov. 6-20, 2013
Peace and Justice Weeks are organized by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice (contact Mikal Forbush, 502-852-1493). The schedule includes the following upcoming events:
Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 4-8 pm at Hotel Louisville (120 W. Broadway)AliLou2
This is a free ticketed event. Reserve tickets here.  For more information call, 502-852-1493, email maforb01@louisville.edu.
 "Ali's Louisville? Making a Compassionate City II" will again gather people from a wide range of life experiences and perspectives to grapple with operationalizing compassion in the city.  This year we will focus on three areas - race, economic development, and intentional community.  People who would not normally be at the same table - downtown developers, young people, theologians, teachers, block watch captains - will collectively participate in developing a practical vision for compassion in Louisville. Three practitioners from across the country will join us to spark our imaginations and inspire creative action toward what could be in Louisville. Special Guests:
Race: Julie Nelson, Director, City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights
Economic Development: India Pierce Lee, Program Director for Neighborhoods, Housing & Community Development, Cleveland Foundation
Intentional Community: Candace Baldwin, Director of Strategy for Aging in Community, NCB Capital Impact (Arlington, Virginia) & Village to Village Network
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Sunday, Nov. 10th, Noon-5pm
The Muhammad Ali Center (144 N Sixth St.)
Hello Neighbor/Day of Dignity is a community celebration of culture and people to people connections. It is free with a donation & includes: access to the Ali Center; live entertainment and dance lessons; and delicious international food, family activities, community resources and health services. All donations benefit Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Catholic Charities. Items needed most are new or gently used, clean coats, gloves, hats, scarves, alarm clocks, blankets, shower curtains, can openers, plates, utensils, cups, and pots & pans. For more information contact 502-852-6372.
  • NOV. 13 - "Diaspora Re-crossing"  Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, Nov. 13th at noon in Ekstrom Library, Rm. W210
Bamba Ndiaye, Pan African Studies visiting scholar, will lead us in a discussion about African-Americans "re-crossing" to Africa.  The talk will include a retrospective on the major emigration waves of African-Americans to Africa and the redefinition of "Back to Africa" from 1963 to 2013. Sponsored by the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice and Project Progress.
“Why the Past Won’t Go Away: The Crisis of History in the Age of Post-Racialism”
Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 5:30pm in Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room
Full details below or online here.
Nov. 5, 2013 It’s a Movement Not a Market: Creating an Ethical Food System through Fair Trade Facebook
Tuesday, Nov. 5th at 4:30pm in Shumaker Research Building 139
This presentation by Dr. Sarah Lyon, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, will explore the Fair Trade Towns movement in which fair trade advocates and retailers are collaborating to 'grow the fair trade market' one community at a time by bringing together schools, places of worship, retailers and community organizations. These campaigns attempt to root fair trade consumption in local places--a critical turn in the fair trade movement which opens up a politics of possibility for the promotion of alternative economic practices. Cookies and Fair Trade coffee will be served, so don't forget your mug! Presented by the Department of Anthropology. Co-sponsored by Latin American and Latino Studies and the Social Change Program.
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Humming Bird at Baxter Ave. station, Louisville, Ky., 1946.

"All Aboard!" Exhibit Celebrating L&N Railroad
Daily through Feb. 7, 2014
Ekstrom Library east wing, Lower Level Galleries

To this day, trains remain one of the most sustainable solutions for efficiently moving people and goods. Our rail-rich past can inform a more sustainable future if we choose to learn from it. UofL Archives & Special Collections is hosting a multi-gallery exhibit celebrating its collections of Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N) materials. "All Aboard!” includes photos, documents, employee magazines and ephemeral material, as well as models of mid-20th century L&N equipment. The collections provide a comprehensive record of the transportation giant which positioned Louisville at the center of north/south commerce in the decades following the Civil War.
Regular exhibit hours for “All Aboard!” are Monday-Friday, 8am‒5pm from Nov. 6, 2013 through Feb. 7, 2014.
Oct. 31, 2013 Professional Development & Campus Sustainability Tour: “Culture Shift – Making UofL Lean and Green in 2013”
Wednesday, Oct. 31st 2:00-3:30pm, Cultural Center multipurpose room
All UofL employees are encouraged to join us for a Belknap Campus Sustainability Walking Tour and professional development session! This dynamic and engaging session led by experts in the field will provide you with a helpful introduction to the basic principles of sustainability and how to apply them in your professional and personal decision-making at work and at home. This professional development session has been designed to offer staff and faculty at any level with a wide variety of practical tips that you can use to help UofL shift our culture towards become better stewards of the environment while saving money and helping build a brighter tomorrow for society. Attendees will better understand UofL's commitment to sustainability and learn how each step we take contributes to big results for us individually, for the university, and for the broader community. The session will also introduce you to UofL’s new Eco-Reps Program, which gives you the opportunity to go deeper with follow-up trainings online, a certification, group and individual service projects, and the empowerment of becoming a point-person for sustainability in your unit. Please register here.
Oct. 31, 2013 Last Gray Street Farmers’ Market of the seasonGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒2pm (May 16th through Oct. 31st)
Health Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.
STOCK UP ON FRESH, LOCAL FOOD FOR THE WINTER!! With 12 vendors at this year's market, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including prepared lunches, fruits, vegetables, honey, baked & canned goods, oils, soaps, granola and more. Debit cards and SNAP benefits accepted. UofL's School of Public Health and Information Sciences sponsors the market. Full details here. Contact: Melissa Schreck. Easily accessible from Belknap Campus on TARC Route 18 (free with UofL ID) or via a pleasant 15 minute bike ride.
Oct. 30, 2013 Learn about UofL Carshare by Enterprise at the NCAA Challenge Tour  Facebook
Wednesday, Oct. 30th noon-4pm at SAC West Plaza
Join us for fun & games - challenges include the Long Snap; High Step Agility Run; and Football Toss! Learn about UofL's awesome CarShare program through which anyone over 18 with a drivers' license can check out a fuel efficient vehicle from our campus fleet for just $8/hr with gas and insurance - so you don't have to own a car or bring yours to campus! And get some bonus incentives! Current UofL CarShare members can stop by to receive a special driving credit voucher! New members can stop by to receive a special offer to join! Follow @carshare and learn more at the UofL CarShare website.
Oct. 27-29, 2013 “Transforming and Sustaining Communities through Partnerships”
UofL Hosts 19th annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
1pm Sunday, Oct. 27th through noon Tuesday, Oct. 29th
Galt House Hotel (140 N 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202)
Presentations will feature 63 different experts from UofL on four main thematic tracks: Environmental Initiatives; Healthy Communities; Partnerships for Education; Economic Development and Revitalization. As the Coalition sets out to redefine itself, this year’s conference promises dynamic poster and concurrent sessions, thought-provoking panels, fantastic keynote speakers, and unlimited networking opportunities. Full Conference Details. Register here
  • Special FREE event, no need to register: Tuesday, Oct. 8-9am – Roundtable Discussions on all conference tracks!
Oct. 26, 2013 Ecotour with Professor Margaret Carreiro: Restoring woodlands in Olmsted Parks
Saturday, Oct. 26th 9am-Noon at Hogan Fountain teepee, Cherokee Park
Free and open to the public but registration required
Biology professor Margaret Carreiro and Major Waltman of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy will lead a tour of restored and unrestored ecology sites in Cherokee and Seneca Parks. Participants will learn more about how LOPC practitioners and the UofL community have teamed up to conduct research at these sites. Please bring a bottle of drinking water, and wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for walking in woods and meadows.
Oct. 25-27, 2013 Bluegrass Bioneers  FacebookBluegrass Bioneers logo
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27 at Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC, 2nd & Chestnut)
After hosting for the first four years, UofL is a sponsor, supporter, and coordinator of the 5th annual Bluegrass Bioneers Conference, which will be held October 25-27 at JCTC. Bluegrass Bioneers is the local partner of the National Bioneers conference which takes place annually in San Rafael, CA. Bioneers look to nature to solve our environmental and social problems for more resilient and abundant communities. Bioneers is inspiring a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other, and future generations. In addition to screening the National Bioneers' inspirational keynote speaker presentations, Bluegrass Bioneers includes innovative regional live speakers, demonstrations, workshops, field trips, food, ecotainment, and calls for action. Peter Bane, author of The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country, editor of The Permaculture Activist, teacher, and consultant will be the Friday evening live keynote on Oct. 25th, presenting "Food Sovereignty and the Path to a Prosperous Future." Full details at the Bluegrass Bioneers webpage
Oct. 25, 2013 Farm-to-Table Dinner
Friday, Oct. 25th 5pm on The Ville Grill patio
Cost: Two meal plan swipes or $25 (for which you can use meal plan flex points).
Make your reservation now!
Students, employees, and the public are invited to join us for a one-of-a-kind family-style dinner on the patio of the campus dining hall, where you will be served a four-course menu of local foods celebrating the autumn harvest! We look forward to this time to slow down and enjoy the company of our neighbors and the bounty of our region! Read all about it and check out the menu, including the vegetarian option! Contact: Charlie Clabaugh, 502-852-7261, charlie.clabaugh@sodexo.com
Oct. 24, 2013 UofL EcoReps Gathering & Workshop
Thursday, Oct. 24th at 2pm in the Cultural Center
The Sustainability Council’s new EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This year we begin a series of monthly gatherings and workshops for EcoReps on Thursdays at 2pm in the Cultural Center (Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Dec. 5). Please join us whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Oct. 24, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: Intersection of sustainability and nutrition
Nancy Kuppersmith, MS, RD, Family and Geriatric Medicine, UofL
Thursday, Oct. 24th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
Join us for the last 20/20 Talk of the season! Nancy C. Kuppersmith, RD, MS, CDE, Nutritionist, Department of Family & Geriatric Medicine, will present “The Intersection of Sustainability and Nutrition” and discuss how policy, food manufacturers and our habits have added to the present sustainability crisis we are in and how we can make a difference. Shop, grab lunch, and join us from 12:20 to 12:40 p.m. in the warmth of Room 103 of the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences (485 E. Gray St).
Oct. 23, 2013 Urban & Public Affairs "Horticulture Zone" Garden Dedication
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd at 4:30pm
(behind Urban Studies Institute & Bettie Johnson Hall, 426 W. Bloom St.)
What happens when a few dedicated UofL students, staff, and faculty decide to rip out the lawn behind their building to create a space for nature to return and food to be grown?! Come find out when we dedicate the new Urban & Public Affairs "Horticulture Zone," featuring vegetable beds, compost bins, rain barrels, bird feeders, fruit trees, a no-mow zone and more! We will gather in the Horticulture Zone to officially dedicate the space and celebrate with the harvesting of the many vegetables that are growing there including free GIANT sunflower seeds to all those in attendance. A UofL Sustainability Week Event!
Oct. 23, 2013 Campus Sustainability Day
Wednesday, October 23rd 10am-2pm Humanities Quad
  • Join us for the sixth annual celebration of all things sustainable at UofL and in our community! Learn about what various campus and community groups are doing to create a sustainable revolution. Sign-up to get involved. Leave with some green freebies, great information, and a smile on your face!
  • Learn about all of UofL's Transportation Alternatives and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's new Bike Fix-It Stations! Bring your bike for a tune-up!
  • Shred-It will offer free shredding and recycling of documents, video tapes, and computer diskettes from their truck in the circle in front of the College of Business 10am - 2pm.
  • UofL's event will be part of the national celebration ofCampus Sustainability Day.
  • Booths will be hosted by: UofL Sustainability Council; Green Initiatives Committee of the Engage.Lead.Serve Board; UofL Dining by Sodexo; Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation program; Interior Architecture; Siemens & Physical Plant Mechanical/Electrical; Printing Services; Honor's Student Council; Custodial & Grounds/Trees; Fire Marshall; Native American Student Organization; Students of PHIL 328/SCHG 300-01 Environmental Ethics (Philosophy and Social Change program); UofL Bookstore; Postal Services; UofL Parking & Transportation; Zimride/Carpooling; UofL Carshare by Enterprise; TARC; Purchasing; Campus Housing; Office of Health Promotion: Random Acts of Health (RAH!); Geography Club; GRASS; Habitat For Humanity ReStore; United Nations Association-USA Louisville; Floyds Fork Environmental Association; QRS Recycling; Earthsave; Grasshoppers; RAPP/Catholic Charities of Louisville; The Root Cellar; Louisville Water Company; KAIRE; Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (Grow More Mow Less & Lawn Care for Cleaner Air programs); Bluegrass Bioneers; Just Creations; U.S. Green Building Council - Kentucky Chapter.
Oct. 22, 2013 IdeaFest University: Creating Climate Reality Leadership in Kentucky  Facebook
Tuesday, October 22nd 6:15pm in Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
Free, but please Register here.
Join UofL's Sustainability Council for this Idea Festival University event! Fall's pleasant temperatures and picturesque landscapes undergird our desire to understand and appreciate our natural environment. Scientists and insurance professionals forecast extreme climate changes in the coming century. Join IF University and Louisvillian Christian Thalacker for a class about climate change and the tools our community can create to foster a more secure, and less toxic, future.
FACILITATOR: Christian Thalacker currently serves as an Ambassador at the Climate Reality Project. Over the years, he's been head of procurement and community outreach at Kelley Green Biofuel, chief taste tester at Grasshoppers Distribution, editor of energy reports for the two largest commodity markeplaces in the world. He has received post-graduate degrees in Economics in Japan and Business in Europe. If you see a Kentucky license plate "BIODSL," please honk!
Oct. 22, 2013 Campus Arbor Day Observance & Tree Planting Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at noon (gather at the SAC Clock Tower)
Love Louisville Trees?! Come celebrate Arbor Day at UofL! Gather at the SAC Clock Tower on Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at noon for our annual Arbor Day Observance, and get your hands dirty with a tree planting and associated workshop led by certified arborists from Limbwalkers. A UofL Sustainability Week Event!
Oct. 22, 2013 Where's the Beef?! Facebook
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 11am-1pm in the Red Barn
Learn about the many benefits of eating less meat with the Eating Green Calculator. Free vegan, local lunch! Who doesn't want free delicious food and some interactive time with 16 live animals on a Tuesday afternoon?! Hosted by the Engaging Issues Committee, this interactive event promotes healthy alternative eating styles. First, come get a free vegetarian or vegan lunch from Louisville's own Farm to Fork. Afterwards, head over to the provided Farmer's Market from Root Cellar to buy some fresh local produce. You can wrap up your time by playing with 16 cuddly animals at the petting zoo right outside the Red Barn! Who wouldn't want to spend some quality time hanging with an alpaca, ducks, goats, chickens, a patagonian cavy and more? Brought to you by the Student Activities Board, Engage. Lead. Serve. Board and the Office of Health Promotion.
Oct. 21, 2013 In God's Land: Film Screening with director Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Monday, October 21st at 7:30pm in SAC Floyd Theatre
Join us for a special night with visiting filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar as he discusses his newest film In God's Land. After taming a former wasteland through hard work and sweat and creating a community, the settlers start living there. The mythical birth of their village God Sudalai Swami unfolds the village’s unique journey to fight the oppression of the ‘big’ Vanamamalai Temple. Now that the clergy owns the land, the settlers are reduced to being tenant farmers and must make way for redevelopment after the land is sold off for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). A dispute over god’s land begins. In God’ Land is not simply about the fight between the priests and the farmers. Using animation it recounts the history of the land and satirizes the exploitation perpetuated by religion and class distinction. The film looks at the land within the larger issue of development, forcing us to recognize the totalitarian attitude of the ideals of development, ostensibly to bring economic prosperity but rarely a benefit to real users. But the film’s most interesting element is the people living on this god’s land. Instead of fighting the temple or government, they accept this dire reality and try to find comfort in god’s will, perhaps because for them it is still the land of god. Sponsored by Department of History, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society, Asian Studies Program, Social Change Program.
Oct. 21, 2013 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable Seminar: Dr. Daniel DeCaro
Monday, October 21st Noon-1:30pm
Law School's Cox Lounge (2nd floor, center)
Join us for a new brown bag seminar series highlighting the research of UofL's Sustainability Scholars! Dr. Daniel DeCaro is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Urban & Public Affairs; and a Research Associate at UofL's Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility. He'll be presenting on "Institutional Fit and Public Participation: A Social-Psychological Perspective."
Oct. 21-29, 2013 UofL Sustainability Week! Oct. 21-29, 2013 Facebook
Over a full week of events to celebrate and raise awareness! Events will include:
  • Monday, Oct. 21 Model Green Room Open Houses
    - Model Green Office: Urban & Public Affairs Room 100 (426 W. Bloom St.), 10am-4pm
    - Model Green Dorm Room: Louisville Hall (meet in the lobby), 3-5pm
  • Monday, Oct. 21, noon – Sustainability Scholars Roundtable Seminar: Dr. Daniel DeCaro "Institutional Fit and Public Participation: A Social-Psychological Perspective" (Law School Cox Lounge)
  • Monday, Oct. 21, 7:30pm – In God's Land: Film Screening with director Pankaj Rishi Kumar (SAC Floyd Theatre)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10-11am – Model Green Conference Room Open House, Gardiner Hall Room 230
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11am-2pm – Where's the Beef?! Check out a mini-farmers' market & learn about the many benefits of eating less meat with the Eating Green Calculator. Brought to you by the Engage. Lead. Serve. Board and the Office of Health Promotion. (Red Barn)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, noon – Campus Arbor Day Observance, & Tree Planting Workshop (gather at SAC Clock Tower)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6-9pm – Tree Planting Ceremony Honoring 10th Anniversary of Billy Minardi & Kurz Halls - free food and games! (Kurz Hall courtyard)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:15pm – IdeaFest University: Creating Climate Reality Leadership in Kentucky (Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium) Facebook
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10am-2pm – Campus Sustainability Day (Quad)
    **Free shredding & recycling of documents, diskettes & videotapes at Shred-It truck outside College of Business
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 4:30pm – Urban & Public Affairs "Horticulture Zone" Garden Dedication (behind Urban Studies Institute & Bettie Johnson Hall, 426 W. Bloom St.)
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 11am-2pm – Weigh The Waste (The Ville Grill) - 230 pounds of food waste collected for composting from one lunch period at The Ville Grill!
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 10:30am–2pm – Gray Street Farmers’ Market & 20/20 Mini-Workshop: The Intersection of Sustainability & Nutrition, 12:20-40pm (HSC)
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 2–3pm – EcoReps Workshop: Sustainable Transportation (Cultural Center)
    Become a point-person and peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability at UofL! Open to all students, faculty, and staff who give a damn! Meet your fellow EcoReps, learn a few things about sustainability, and get involved in service projects. Sign-up for EcoReps here.
  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 3-5pm – 100% Local Market: The Root Mobile & Grasshoppers' CSA pick-up (University Club parking lot)
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 3-5pm – UofL Free Store open for donations and/or "shopping" (Unitas Hall)
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 5pm – Farm-to-Table Dinner (The Ville Grill) Reservations required
  • Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27Bluegrass Bioneers (JCTC)
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 10am-noon – West End Clean Up co-sponsored by UofL Student Groups (GRASS will meet at The Mammoth, 744 S. 13th St. The Association of Black Students & Porter Scholars will meet at the Cultural Center at 9am - Sign-up here for free lunch and t-shirt). Bring gloves and help us clean up the streets & recycle too. Free Heine Brothers coffee! Facebook Brightside cleanup brings thousands of volunteers [and UofL student groups] (Courier-Journal, Oct. 26, 2013)
Oct. 18, 2013 Palestinian comedienne Eman El-HusseiniNight for Palestine
Friday, October 18th at 7pm
Shumaker Research Building Lobby & Room 139
UofL Students for Justice in Palestine announces a FUN-draiser catered by Ramsi's Cafe on the World featuring light comedy from Palestinian comedienne Eman El-Husseini and the creative efforts of our students, including Palestinian dance, art, henna, and Arabic music!
TICKETS: Available at nightforpalestine.weebly.com. Students just $10, General admission $20. There is a VIP option for those who would like to donate more. Deadline to purchase you tickets for the dinner is October 11th.
Proceeds from this event will will be directed to Palestinian aid organizations as well as the work of Louisville Students for Justice in Palestine.
The event headliner is Eman El-Husseini, Palestinian-Canadian comedienne and storyteller, who will mirthfully reminisce about her native Palestine, her Arab-Canadian family and other humorous life experiences. She has performed to accolades in North America as well as internationally in Jordan and Palestine. The dinner will be an exciting showcase of Palestinian culture and cuisine. We will be raising funds for a needy village in Palestine while listening to the traditional music and personal stories of the land's beloved people. Students will dance the traditional dabke step and display original works of art. Email nightforpalestine@gmail.com or call 502-741-6698 with any questions.
Oct. 18, 2013 Human Rights in the Garment Industry
Alta Gracia workers share their historic fight for fair and dignified work in Dominican Republic apparel factories
Friday, Oct. 18th at 2:30pm in Ekstrom Library W210
Human Rights in the Garment IndustryMeet the workers who sew UofL apparel! Hear how YOU can take action on campus to support dignified working conditions and human rights in the garment industry. The Alta Gracia Factory, located in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zone, is the first college logo t-shirt project to pay its workers a living wage, respect their democratic voice on the job, and provide a safe and healthy work environment as regularly verified by the Worker Rights Consortium, to which UofL belongs. The result of decades of students and workers organizing in solidarity, Alta Gracia offers a stark contrast to the often exploitative conditions in garment factories and is transforming the lives of workers, the community of Villa Altagracia, and the wider apparel industry.
Yenny Perez and Maritza Vargas, workers at the Alta Gracia factory, will share their personal stories about decades of working in the textile industry and seeking dignified jobs. Come  listen to the stories of these inspiring union leaders; learn about the effect that a dignified wage has had on the community of Villa Altagracia and the wider garment industry; hear about the historic struggle for fair working conditions in the Dominican Republic Free Trade Zone; and discover how you can support workers who sew your university logo apparel!
PRESENTED BY: The Departments of Social Change, Anthropology, Peace Justice & Conflict Transformation; the Latin American and Hispanic Student Association, Latin American and Latino Studies Organization; Solidarity Ignite
CONTACT: info@solidarityignite.org or Amy at (732) 947-8630. Details & RSVP here.
Oct. 17, 2013 Plastics: The ‘Final Frontier’ of Recycling
Closing the Loop on Plastics via Above-ground Mining of Waste (or “Star Trek” meets “The Graduate”)

Thursday, Oct. 17th 3-4pm in Vogt Building, Room 311
Dr. Michael Biddle graduated from UofL's Speed School in 1978 with a BS in Chemical Engineering, received his MS in Management from Stanford, and his PhD in Polymer Science from Case Western Reserve. He worked for several large companies such as General Electric, Cummins Engine and Dow Chemical before striking out on his own in 1992 by founding MBA Polymers which grew it into the world’s leader at recycling plastics from highly complex waste streams such as end of life automobiles, computers, electronics, appliances and municipal solid waste. Check out Dr. Biddle's TED talk or the new Big SHFT 3-minute documentary featuring Mike’s pioneering work.
 
Plastics are recovered at much lower rates than steel and paper, but are several times more valuable. That’s because most traditional techniques used for sorting materials are not really useful for plastics. However, Mike and his team have broken the code on how to sort, clean and recycle plastics with sufficient quality to replace virgin plastics as raw materials, usually back into the same products from which they came. The MBA process uses less than 20% of the energy required to make plastics the traditional way, from petrochemicals, and saves over 4 tons of CO2 for every ton of virgin plastic replaced.
Oct. 17, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop:
Growing "strange things" in the garden

Amanda Fuller, Lots of Food LLC
Thursday, Oct. 17th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
This week's lunch-time talk features Amanda Fuller, an entrepreneurial urban farmer in downtown Louisville and co-owner of the Lots of Food LLC. As an avid subsistence urban farmer who is now experimenting with market gardening on vacant lots in downtown neighborhoods, Amanda has a lifetime of knowledge about organic and sustainable methods of growing food and other useful things in the city. She'll be leading a "show & tell" workshop with various specimens she has grown, including flax, stevia, ginger, loofahs... and more!
Oct. 14, 2013 Project Progress: Exploring the Transformation of America 1963-1968 / 2013-2018
Monday, Oct. 14th at 5:30 pm in the University Club
Please join the Pan African Studies Department, International Diversity and Outreach Programs, Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation, the Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, the Brandeis School of Law, the Cultural Center, UofL’s LGBT Center, the Office of the Provost and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research for the official unveiling of UofL’s “Project Progress” initiative. The program will be a series of lectures, exhibits and other programming that will examine the aftermath of the “heroic period” of the movement from the Montgomery bus boycotts of 1963 through the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
Oct. 14, 2013 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable Seminar: Dr. Sarah Emery
Monday, October 14th Noon-1:30pm
Law School's Cox Lounge (2nd floor, center)
Join us for a new brown bag seminar series highlighting the research of UofL's Sustainability Scholars! Dr. Sarah Emery, Associate Professor of Biology, presents on "The Potential Importance of Plant-Fungus Interactions for Sustainable Ecosystems."
Oct. 13, 2013 Environmental Law & Land Use Society's 100-Mile Lunch and Courtyard Fundraiser
Sunday, Oct. 13th 11:30am-3:30pm in the Law School courtyard
Join ELLUS (the Environmental Law & Land Use Society) as they host their annual 100-mile lunch! Each year, ELLUS celebrates local food by offering a variety of foods raised, made, or grown within 100 miles of Louisville. This year, we'll also be discussing efforts to construct a green work space in the courtyard behind the Law School so that students can enjoy an outdoor space while studying or having outdoor classes. Get involved in the design of your campus and help support more sustainable university land use. Open to all students, alumni, professors, faculty, and members of the community interested in environmental or land use issues. Cost of the meal is $5 per person, and there will be an opportunity to make a donation to the courtyard development project. Please feel free to stop by anytime between 11:30 and 3:30 to participate in games, enjoy local food, and socialize! Full details here.
Oct. 12, 2013 Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference: “Food Sustainability and Justice”
Saturday, October 12th, all day, $35 Register here
Kentucky Country Day School (4100 Springdale Rd, Louisville, KY 40241)
The 14th annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference is for people and organizations who care about where their food comes from....and that their daily repast is ethically and sustainably raised / grown and harvested. The conference is supported by UofL's Sustainability Council which supplies experts and learning stations. Featured speakers will include:
  • Wenonah Hauter - the Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. She has worked extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues at the national, state and local level.
  • Barton Seaver - a chef and National Geographic Fellow who has dedicated his career to restoring the relationship we have with our ocean. It is his belief that the choices we are making for dinner are directly impacting the ocean and its fragile ecosystems.
  • Dr. Michele Morek - Coalition coordinator for UNANIMA International, a nongovernmental organization of the United Nations that advocates on behalf of women and children and the environment.
Scholarships are available. Contact Aloma Dew at (270)316-0334 or by email at alomadew@hotmail.com to inquire about scholarships, to learn more, or to get involved. Full details and registration TBA here.
Oct. 10, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: Feed the Dirt
Joshua Orr, The Root Cellar
Thursday, Oct. 10th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
Joshua Orr of The Root Cellar will discuss why composting is a critical step in urban waste management and an opportunity for sustainability in local food production. He’ll talk about how a current operation known as Feed the Dirt coordinates with 15+ businesses and community gardens to collect and process organic waste from both bulk producers and residential environments.  Easily accessible from Belknap Campus on TARC Route 18 (free with UofL ID) or via a pleasant 15 minute bike ride.
Oct. 9, 2013 Let’s Talk Lunch: Anne Braden Memorial Lecture Preview
Wednesday, Oct. 9th Noon in the Cultural Center
Join us for a free luncheon as UofL's Anne Braden Institute hosts its annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture Preview. This year, Dr. Khalil Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Black Culture at the New York Public Library, will deliver a talk entitled, “Why the Past Won’t Go Away: The Crisis of History in the Age of Post-Racialism.” Faculty and students from the departments of history, Pan African Studies, counseling psychology and public policy will join us in discussing Dr. Muhammad’s book, “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America,” and how the ideas presented pertain to their fields.
Oct. 9, 2013 Mapping Ecospace onto Geospace
Wednesday, Oct. 9th at Noon in Humanities 300
Join us for a special Philosophy Department Brown Bag Lunch with Professor Avery Kolers!
Oct. 6-9, 2013
AASHE 2013
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2013 Conference: "Resiliency & Adaptation"
Sunday, Oct. 6th through Wednesday, Oct. 9th
Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, TN
  • The University of Louisville is collaborating with other schools across the state to organize a Car-Free Kentucky Caravan to travel to AASHE 2013 by bicycle, picking up students, faculty and staff from institutions around the Commonwealth on the way down to Nashville! If you're interested in the caravan, please sign-up here by Sept. 1st. Contact: Justin Mog, 502-852-8575, justin.mog (at) louisville.edu. Read Justin's Blog: The Adventures of the Car-Free Kentucky Caravan to AASHE 2013 (October 3-5, 2013)
  • Not ready or able to go completely car-free? Set-up CARPOOLS to/from AASHE 2013 for free with Zimride!
  • Over a dozen UofL students, faculty and staff will be presenting projects, sharing posters, and speaking on panels at this year's AASHE conference.
  • Students and faculty are particularly encouraged to consider attending this year's AASHE conference as it coincides with UofL's Fall Break (Oct. 7-8).
  • The Student Summit will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.
  • The keynote speaker will be controversial journalist and food policy expert Raj Patel, author of "Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System." Patel will offer sustainable and feasible solutions to dealing with the worldwide food crisis while achieving a fairer, more sustainable economy and society.
Oct. 3, 2013 Info Session: Real Food Challenge
Thursday, Oct. 3rd 2:30-3:45pm in Shumaker Research Building Room 139
Join us for a presentation by Carmen Black, a regional student organizer for the Real Food Challenge, a grassroots effort uniting students for just and sustainable food on campus! Carmen will give an introduction to the challenges and complexities of the industrial food system as they play out in campus Dining Services, and explain how Real Food Challenge, helps students unite and organize for a more just & sustainable food system. Carmen is working with several Kentucky colleges and universities this school year to not only unite students on one campus, but several campuses to help bring "Real Food" to Kentucky...and we need your help!
Oct. 3, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: Cooking Demo
Amber Barnes, RD, LD Wellness Dietitian UofL Hospital
Thursday, Oct. 3rd 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
Amber Barnes will demo a quick and easy Peanut Squash Soup with local butternut squash! Stop by for samples and to pick up ingredients from our vendors. Easily accessible from Belknap Campus on TARC Route 18 (free with UofL ID) or via a pleasant 15 minute bike ride.
Oct. 2, 2013 "Reforming Immigration, Re-Forming Place and Race: Latin America, the American South, New Connections"
Wednesday, Oct. 2nd at 4:30 in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Dr. Jamie Winders, Associate Professor of Geography in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, will deliver the 12th Annual Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Heritage Lecture. Dr. Winders is an Associate Professor of Geography whose research focuses on international migration, racial formations, urban transformation, and cultural belonging, especially in the context of new immigrant destinations. Co-Sponsors of the talk include the Department of Geography and Geosciences; The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; and The Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Program.
Oct. 2, 2013 Let's Talk Lunch: Sustainability in Prisons Project
Wednesday, Oct. 2nd noon - 1pm in the Cultural Center
Join us for a free luncheon with anthropologist Dr. Peter Little, who will talk about the general “greening” of prisons in the last decade and the formation of prison-based programs to provide science and environmental education opportunities for offenders. He will provide a background on the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP), a partnership between Evergreen State College and the Washington State Department of Corrections, which has become a nationally recognized partnership model for meshing the cultures and institutions of environmental science and corrections. Dr. Little will discuss his ideas for using the SPP model for building university-corrections-community partnerships in Louisville and blending the UofL’s already existing interest in social justice with the city’s growing interest in sustainability.
Oct. 1, 2013 Engineers Without Borders tour of WaterStep
Tuesday, Oct. 1st at 5:30pm
Engineers Without Borders will meet at WaterStep (625 Myrtle St., near Central Park), a local non-profit that makes simple water filtration devices to help the world's poor. Join us for a tour and then we'll proceed to have a regular meeting afterwards. People who want to carpool can meet up behind Speed School and we'll leave at 5:15pm.
Oct. 1, 2013 Engage. Lead. Serve. Board's Make a Difference Night
Tuesday, Oct. 1st 5:30pm on the 2nd Floor of the Honors Overseers House
Come join us for FREE FONDUE and the opportunity to participate in our green initiative project - an on-campus clean-up. The event will last one hour and we hope to see YOU there so you can help Make a Difference! Questions: green@engageleadserve.org
Sept. 30, 2013 Sustainability Council table at the Pride Week Cookout & Flag Raising Ceremony
Monday, Sept. 30th from noon-2pm
Red Barn West Plaza
Stop by to celebrate the beginning of UofL Pride Week and check out the Sustainability Council's table! Take the Cards Go Green! Pledge and walk away with some sustainably made, reusable green goodies!
Sept. 28, 2013 Louisville Solar Tour
Saturday, September 28th 10am-3pm. Various sites.
UofL will host tour sites along with UofL employees and students who live in solar-powered homes. We'll open our doors to give you a glimpse of our renewable energy future! Throughout the afternoon, you can tour dozens of different homes and institutions on your own or as part of group bus tour or bike tour. Sites on campus will include the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research  in Ernst Hall (Solar Manufacturing R&D laboratory, Room 300). RSVP and connect with other Solar Tourists on Facebook!
Sept. 27, 2013 Wildflower Garden Planting Day
Friday, September 27th, 3-5pm in front of Houchens
Help us plant native plants to replace some of the lawn that is currently being mowed. UofL will provide the tools and plants. This event, organized by UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) is part of the U.S. Green Building Council's national Green Apple Day of ServiceFull details and RSVP here.
Sept. 27, 2013 Mindfulness Meditation "Take 20" Class
Friday, May 27th, 12:30-12:50pm, Nursing School Room 2023
All UofL employees and their spouses are encouraged to participate in Get Healthy Now's TAKE 20 TO RELAX and impact your health and happiness in a BIG way. Register here.
Sept. 26, 2013 UofL EcoReps Gathering & Workshop
Thursday, Sept. 26th at 2pm in the Cultural Center
The Sustainability Council’s new EcoReps program is designed to move faculty, staff & students beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This year we begin a series of monthly gatherings and workshops for EcoReps on Thursdays at 2pm in the Cultural Center (Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Dec. 5). Please join us whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
Sept. 26, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: Quick, delicious and easy ways to move toward plant-based meals (with cooking demo)
Karen Newton, Director, Health Promotion Office, UofL Campus Health Services & the Health Promotion Nutrition Navigators
Thursday, Sept. 26th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
Sept. 25, 2013 Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Fall 2013 Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 25th 4pm in Ekstrom Library, Room W210
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all students, employees, and community members interested in helping UofL protect and expand its tree population on campus! We meet once a semester, so please join us! We have much to discuss and plan for! The fall agenda includes:
•    Plan for planting of 40-50 trees with LG&E Plant for the Planet Grant award - $5000
•    Plan for Oct. 22nd UofL Arbor Day Observance and Service Learning Projects
•    Finalize Discussion: Adding measurable Goals & Targets to UofL's Campus Tree Care Plan
•    2013 tree-related Service Learning Projects
•    Updates on any recent tree plantings, removals, or maintenance plan
•    Status of: Criteria for tree removal
•    Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour
•    Tree Campus USA 2013 reporting needs
Sept. 24, 2013 Water With Blessings Informational Presentation by Larraine Lauter
Tuesday, September 24th, 3:30-4:30pm in Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
Sister Larraine Lauter, Executive Director of Water With Blessings, will present about this nonprofit organization that empowers women in Honduras (and other countries) by providing water filtration systems that provide clean water for their families, and their communities. Come learn how Water With Blessings equips and empowers mothers to become Water Women: compassionate agents of change in their communities. Learn more about Water With Blessings here. Co‐sponsored by GRASS (Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions) and the LALS Club. Full info and RSVP here.
Sept. 20, 2013 Mindfulness Meditation "Take 20" Class
Friday, Sept. 20th, 12:30-12:50pm, University Club
All UofL employees and their spouses are encouraged to participate in Get Healthy Now's TAKE 20 TO RELAX and impact your health and happiness in a BIG way. Register here.
Sept. 18, 2013 Dr. Esselstyn: Preventing & Reversing Heart Disease with Plant-based Food
Wednesday, Sept. 18th at 6pm in Comstock Hall, UofL School of Music
Watch a video of the talk here!Caldwell Esselstyn
The world-famous Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn will be on campus to explain his plant-based food plan featured in the powerful 2011 documentary film, Forks Over Knives, as well as the books, Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease and The Engine 2 Diet. Ann Esselstyn will demonstrate 10 easy steps to incorporate plant foods into your own food plan. Taste samples prepared from their recipes at reception following! Dr. Esselstyn has helped his patients' reverse heart disease by following a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet. Esselstyn is director of the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Esselstyn will explain plant-based food plans. A reception will follow the talk and will include food samples and a book signing with Caldwell Esselstyn. FREE tickets required. Online registration is available now on the Office of Health Promotion website.
ALSO: Esselstyn will speak on Thursday, September 19, at 7pm in Bellarmine University's Frazier Hall. More information & free tickets here.
Both talks are funded by UofL's Office of Health Promotion, Bellarmine University, KentuckyOne Health and Baptist Health. Food samples will be provided by Whole Foods.
THE BUZZ:
Sept. 16-26, 2013 WEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE September 16-26, 2013
This worldwide campaign encourages communities to think and act towards a world without violence. Activities at UofL will focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals and organizations to begin positive actions towards ending violence in their communities. Full details available from PEACC, but upcoming events include:
  • UofL Celebrates International Day of Peace - Thursday, Sept. 19th all day, Red Barn & SAC Floyd Theatre
    Every year since 1981, people around the world have commemorated the United Nations International Day of Peace. UofL will mark our third PeaceDay with a series of events designed to give everyone on campus an opportunity to draw strength from one another as a community. Sponsors: Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation program; Student Activity Board; Leadership and Service; Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs; Pan African Studies Department. Full details here. Schedule:
    11:30am ‒ 1:00pm “Cards in the Community Service Fair,” West Plaza, outside the Red Barn. This giant celebration of service brings more than 60 community organizations to campus to speak with students directly about their peacebuilding efforts and opportunities for community service. Free Lunch for those attending.
    1:00pm Pray the Devil Back to Hell, SAC Floyd Theatre. This documentary reveals the inspiring story of a community of Liberian women demonstrating for peace—and helping to achieve it—after years of civil war. Their leader, Leymah Gbowee, subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize.
    2:30pm Four Little Girls, SAC Floyd Theatre. Spike Lee documents the domestic terrorism against a Baptist Church in “Bomingham,” Alabama that occurred only three weeks after the March on Washington 50 years ago. The Department of Pan-African Studies leads a post-film panel to explore some of the enduring issues relating to justice, Civil Rights and Trayvon Martin.
    7:00pm ‒ 10:00pm PeaceDay Concert, Red Barn. Adam Dahmer, Zachary Todd, The American Dream, and special performance by the Bamboozle breakdancing crew!
    All Day: Free Hugs and “Soaring Towards a Better Tomorrow in Northern Ireland,” art by youth today as peacemakers.
  • PARK(ing) Day 2013PARK(ing) Day
    Friday, Sept. 20th 10am-6pm
    UofL's mini-park will be on Cardinal Blvd. between 3rd & 4th St. in front of Cardinal Towne.
    Map of all Louisville PARK(ing) Day locations.
    An annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Check out last year's photos! and this short video from UofL's 2012 mini-park! Again this year, UofL is collaborating with several other groups to transform Louisville parking spaces into park-lets to draw attention to how we use our public space and the importance of ending the violence on our streets caused by motor vehicles. Hundreds of people are killed and injured by cars on Louisville’s streets each year. Disturbingly, U.S. road fatalities are on the rise again, increasing 5.3% last year! 34,080 people were killed on our roadways in 2012. It doesn't have to be this way. UofL's Sustainability Council wants to help stop by the violence on our streets by raising awareness about safer streets with fewer cars and slower traffic!
  • Mindfulness Meditation "Take 20" Class - Friday, Sept. 20th, 12:30-12:50pm, University Club
    All UofL employees and their spouses are encouraged to participate in Get Healthy Now's TAKE 20 TO RELAX and impact your health and happiness in a BIG way. Register here.
  • Film Screening: The Invisible War - Tuesday, Sept. 24th 2:30pm, SAC Floyd Theatre
    Take Back the Night keynote speaker Susan Burke is featured in The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, this film is a moving indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It is a call for our civilian and military leadership to listen. And to act.
  • Take Back the Night - Tuesday, Sept. 24th 5:30‐7:30pm, Red Barn
    Keynote speaker, Susan Burke, is an experienced and successful litigator. During the course of her 24-year legal career, Susan has both defended and prosecuted civil actions involving a wide range of topics. Ms. Burke is spearheading a nationwide series of lawsuits designed to reform the manner in which the military prosecutes rape and sexual assault.
Sept. 16-20, 2013 PARK(ing) Week 2013PARK(ing) Week
September 16-20th
Jefferson St. in front of Metro Hall

UofL's Urban Design Studio will be helping transform the northern lane of Jefferson Street, between 5th and 6th streets into a green gathering spot for one week in September, part of an international effort to temporarily reclaim streets and parking spaces and turn them into public places. Park(ing) Week at Metro Hall: Showcasing Louisville’s Design Community is a joint project between Mayor Greg Fischer, the Transit Authority of River City and the Urban Design Studio.

As Mayor Greg Fischer puts it, “One of my goals is to make Louisville friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists; to reclaim our roads so they are complete streets – there for all people, not just vehicles. The city’s demonstration project in front of Metro Hall is designed to get people thinking of our roads as avenues for all forms of transportation – two-wheeled, two-legged, four-legged, buses/transit and, yes, four-wheels.”

A series of small parks, with materials and trees donated by local landscape firms and other organizations, will be created in the space by a variety of Louisville’s architects, landscape architects and designers. TARC is partnering with a local architectural firm to design a unique bus stop that can be moved around the city. A special area for food trucks is also being designed -- and there will be seating for people to gather around the clock.


Three special evening events are also being planned for Park(ing) Week:
  • Happy Tail Hour, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday Sept. 16. People are invited to bring their dogs to Metro Hall for an evening of socializing and cocktails. There will be food trucks, a cash bar and vendors from local pet stores and animal rescue agencies will be set up. Louisville Metro Animal Services, which is overseeing the effort, will showcase animals for adoption.
  • Pecha Kucha, a night of sharing big ideas, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. The event will be held on the Metro Hall lawn and people will present their ideas for improving education. There will be food and cocktails. Each presenter gets 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide each to share their big ideas for the future. More information here.
  • Farmers Market, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Local and regional farmers will be selling their fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. There will be music, food trucks and a cash bar. Cyclists from across Louisville will be biking to Metro Hall that evening to be part of the event.

Spaces along Jefferson Street are still available for architects and designers interested in participating. For more information, contact Patrick Piuma, Urban Design Studio, patrick.piuma (at) louisville.edu or Chris Poynter, Mayor’s Office, chris.poynter (at) louisvilleky.gov

Sept. 13, 2013 Ecologist Diana Wall: Soil Invertebrates in an Extreme Ecosystem
Friday Sept. 13th at Noon in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Dr. Diana Wall will be giving a second talk at UofL on her research in Soil Ecology in Antarctica and in hot deserts. UofL's Dept. of Biology and Brown and Williamson are sponsoring this talk by the 2013 Tyler Prize for the Environment laureate. Dr. Wall is a native Kentuckian and currently Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. Dr. Wall finds that studying simple, low diversity polar ecosystems (the McMurdo Antarctica LTER) contributes to understanding how physical and biotic factors shape soil ecosystems and their biota. Read more about her work in Antarctica.
Sept. 12, 2013 Ecologist Diana Wall: Soils, Soil Biodiversity & Sustainability
Thursday Sept. 12th at 4pm in the Rauch Planetarium
Diana WallUofL's Dept. of Biology and Brown and Williamson are bringing to campus the 2013 Tyler Prize for the Environment laureate, Dr. Diana Wall! This highly prestigious award recognizes her many global contributions to ecology in helping us to understand the role soil biodiversity plays in the environment and for human well-being. Dr. Wall is a native Kentuckian and currently Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. Her research program integrates collaborative, multidisciplinary studies at the organismal through ecosystem levels, to ask and answer questions about their impacts at landscape and global scales. She studies how soil biodiversity controls carbon cycling through decomposition and the processing of organic matter, and affect soil fertility by mineralizing nutrients and making these available for plants. The regulation of above and below ground interactions, especially the control and suppression of plant and animal pests and pathogens, after soils are disturbed, is an ongoing interest. Read more about her work in Antarctica.
Sept. 12, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: How to Prepare Farmers Market Foods for Great Flavor
Jessica Pendergrass, Founder, Freelance Writer, Urban Sacred Garden
Thursday, Sept. 12th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
Jessica will walk us through how to prepare market fresh vegetables in ways that highlight the flavors of the season. She will focus on how to create simple recipes in your own home using basic flavor pairings and a short list of ingredients, with minimal preparation time. There will be a brief overview of spring and summer produce with a primary emphasis on what is in season currently this fall. See her Slide Show here
Sept. 11, 2013 Portland: The Most Livable and Sustainable City in the U.S.
Wednesday, September 11th at noon
Room 123 of Urban and Public Affairs, 426 West Bloom Street.
John Gilderbloom, Director of UofL's Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods center will give a talk with Porter Stevens, Master of Urban Planning Student, on  Portland: The Most Livable and Sustainable City in the U.S.
Sept. 11, 2013 Let's Talk Lunch: Connecting Social Justice Research to Your Campus Activism
Wednesday, Sept. 11th at noon in the Cultural Center
The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research’s mission is to bridge the gap between academic research and community activism for racial and social justice. That activism happens on campus, too. Students have organized in response to concerns about racial profiling from suspect descriptions by campus police, racial slurs student employees posted on Twitter, the Dream Act, Trayvon Martin’s killing, the Chick-Fil-A CEO’s remarks about homosexuality, and more. How can social justice research assist in that activism? How does it apply to your classes or to the major you want to pursue? How does social justice research help us understand global connections between people and systems of oppression? Who was Anne Braden anyway? Staff and students from the Anne Braden Institute will answer these questions and  more at this week’s Let’s Talk Lunch. Free lunch provided - bring a plate, cup, and utensils to minimize waste!
Sept. 9, 2013 Ten Actions to Grow Your Neighborhood
Monday, September 9th at 3pm
Room 123 of Urban and Public Affairs, 426 West Bloom Street.
John Gilderbloom, Director of UofL's Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods center will give a talk with Wesley Meares, Ph.D Candidate in Urban and Public Affairs, on Ten Actions to Grow Your Neighborhood.
Sept. 5, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: The Root Mobile: An oasis in the food desert
Ron Smith, Owner of The Root Cellar
Thursday, Sept. 5th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
Come learn about the latest local-food-promoting, food-desert-busting project from the highly passionate Ron Smith, a former UofL employee who now operates Louisville's only all-local green grocer, The Root Cellar (in Old Louisville at 3rd & Hill; in Germantown at Swan & Kentucky; and all over town in The Root Mobile).
Sept. 4, 2013 Peace Corps Info Sessions: Launch Your Global Career
Wednesday, September 4th
10:30 am – 2 pm at the Study Abroad Fair in the Red Barn
5 - 6 pm, Ekstrom Library Room W104
Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime promoting peace and sustainable development. Join us at this Information Session to learn about Volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process. Apply NOW for departures in 2014.
Aug. 30, 2013 UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store Grand Opening!
Friday, August 30, 2013 3-5pm in Unitas Tower basement
The day has finally arrived! The UofL Free Store is now open to all students, faculty and staff to "shop" for free clothing, household items, books and more. Did you just move in to your dorm and forget something important. Check the free store first! Clean donated items are always welcome, too! Details and RSVP here.

The Free Store is an initiative of UofL's student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS). Our regular weekly meetings start on Friday, August 30th at 4pm. Come help us plan great things to make UL more sustainable and have fun doing it. Our meetings will be every Friday at 4pm on the lawn outside the Free Store (east side of Unitas Tower outside of Porter Education Building). We need your help to change the world!
Aug. 29, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: Preparing the Fall Garden
Stephen Lewis, Jefferson County Cooperative Extension
Thursday, Aug. 29th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
Stephen Lewis, a Horticulture Agent with Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, will be help us prepare for a fall garden discussing soil preparation, crops to plant, and more.
Aug. 28, 2013 Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
Wednesday, Aug. 28th 1-3pm
UofL will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with a campus event Aug. 28th. Schedule for Commemoration Events held on August 28th:
UofL to commemorate March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago Aug. 28 at the March on Washington.

  • 2:15 p.m. – Symbolic March on Belknap Campus from SAC Clock Tower to Humanities Quad
  • 2:25 p.m. – UofL’s International Jazz Quartet performs in Quad (refreshments served)
  • 2:45 p.m. –  Afternoon Program – in Quad:
    Vice-Provost for Diversity Taylor-Archer – Welcome
    National Anthem led by UofL’s Commemoration Chorale
    President Ramsey – Remarks and Welcome
    Keynote address – Raoul Cunningham, President of the Louisville NAACP
    Recital of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by Odell Henderson
Aug. 24, 2013 Solar Decathlon Open House
Saturday, Aug. 24th 11:30am – 4pm
Kentucky Trailer Park (behind the Engineering School, entrance from the parking lot on 3rd St. just south of Eastern Pkwy)
Team Kentuckiana invites you to stop by and tour our new solar-powered modular home that UofL students and employees have been dreaming about, designing, and now constructing as our entry for the Solar Decathlon 2013: The Phoenix House! The Open House schedule will be as follows:
11:30 – Work Site Officially Open to the Public
11:45 – 1st Guided Tour Begins (Tours Every 15 Minutes)
12:00 – Begin Serving Lunch (Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Beverages, Etc. – While Supplies Last)
1:00‐2:00 – Remarks from Dignitaries, School Officials, Sponsors, and Students (Engineering Dean Pinto, UofL President Ramsey, CAP Dean Vasquez de Velasco, Kelsey King‐ Project Manager, Etc.)
2:00‐4:00 – Continued House Tours + Student Interaction
Any Questions? Call: 502-403-5851 or 502-235-7194
Aug. 22, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: Urban Homesteading in Louisville
Justin Mog, UofL Sustainability Coordinator
Thursday, Aug. 22nd 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
Learn practical techniques for transforming a typical, highly-unsustainable Louisville home into a productive, regenerative, beautiful urban homestead! Justin Mog has been experimenting with these strategies at his downtown Louisville home for four year. Learn how his family has gone fully solar-powered and car-free, while producing much of the food, organic fertilizer, and water they need to sustain themselves in community with neighbors!
Aug. 21-28, 2013

Sustainability is woven into Welcome Week events, including:

  • Thursday, Aug. 22 - Morning Walk: Discover Old Louisville!
    10 – 11 a.m., meet at the bottom of the Student Activities Center ramp
    Take a scenic walk in Old Louisville, highlighting local businesses, neighborhood vitality, and healthy local food options!

  • Thursday, Aug. 22 - Car-Free Lunch Trip to Gray St. Farmers' Market
    Gray St Farmers Mrkt Logo11:00 a.m. meet up. Cyclists gather in front of the Red Barn. Bus riders bring UofL ID and meet at the TARC Route #18 stop across from the Floyd St. Garage Belknap Bus Station. Bring spending cash/debit card for local food/lunch items. Join UofL’s Sustainability Coordinator at 12:20 pm for a short presentation on urban homesteading (School of Public Health Room 103). All attendees receive a reusable UofL Sustainability shopping bag made in the USA of 100% recycled materials!
  • Saturday, Aug. 24th - Solar Decathlon Open House
    11:30am – 4pm at the Kentucky Trailer Park (behind the Engineering School, entrance from the parking lot on 3rd St. just south of Eastern Pkwy). Team Kentuckiana invites you to stop by and tour our new solar-powered modular home that UofL students and employees have been dreaming about, designing, and now constructing as our entry for the Solar Decathlon 2013! Full details below.
  • Saturday, Aug. 24th - S.O.U.L. volunteer projects Noon-6pm.
    The Sustainability Council is organizing two volunteer sites for SOUL! The on-campus service option will be run by the UofL EcoReps program; and the off-campus option will be at the Portland Orchard Project. We'll also introduce students to the Louisville TARC bus system and how to use it free with UofL ID. The trip departs from the SAC Multipurpose Room and involves a short walk to and from bus stops. Wear sturdy work shoes and clothes you can get dirty! Register here.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 27 - Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) Fair & SAB Cook-Out, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza. Free food! Come learn about the many sustainability-related student groups on campus and sign-up to get involved!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 - UofL Involvement Fair, 11am-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 get a free bike tune-up!
  • Thursday, Aug. 29 - Pedal with the President!Bike To Work Day with UofL President Ramsey 5-21-10
    7:30am leaves from Amelia Place (2515 Longest Avenue)
    Join President Ramsey, Darrell Griffith, and others for a fun, easy 30-minute ride to campus for Welcome Week! Riders will leave together and then split into two groups - one headed to Belknap campus and another to HSC. Both routes will be fairly flat and low-traffic. The route to Belknap is mapped out here. The route to HSC is mapped out here. This event is a collaboration between UofL’s Get Healthy Now, Sustainability Council, and Office of the President. By cycling to campus, President Ramsey seeks to set a powerful example for the community, highlighting his support for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Details and RSVP here!

  • Friday, Aug. 30 - UofL Free Store Grand Opening, 3-5pm in Unitas Tower basement
Aug. 15, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: Amazing Maize - The Peoples' Sacred Seed
Stephen Bartlett, Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville
Thursday, Aug. 15th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
As we gather to grind fresh Ohio Valley corn produced by a volunteer collective of Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville, we will converse on the miracle that is maize, and how our indigenous sisters and brothers brought that gift to humanity. Also, how to defend sacred maize and our biodiversity in general from corporate threats and the illusion of "development". That's where YOU come in! As practitioners of Food Sovereignty!
Aug. 8, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: Transforming vacant lots into urban agriculture
Amanda Fuller, Lots of Food project
Thursday, Aug. 8th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
Amanda Fuller, a leader in ecological restoration and sustainable agriculture, will present, “Lots of Food: From Vacant to Delicious." Stop by to learn about an exciting new enterprise that is transforming Louisville's urban vacant lots into productive gardens and orchards. Special offer: Attend the 20/20 Talk this week and receive a coupon for $1 off any package of Rocko’s Rewards natural dog biscuits, valid through Aug. 29.
Aug. 1, 2013 Local Food/Local Fuel: A discussion about how entrepreneurship and local investing contribute to thriving local food & green economies.
Thursday, August 1st at 6:30pm in Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
Guest Speakers: 
    Carol Peppe Hewitt
, Co-Founder of Slow Money NC and author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money
    Lyle Estill,
Successful biofuel entrepreneur and author of Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability
Join us for a community conversation with renowned authors Carol Peppe Hewitt and Lyle Estill of Piedmont Biofuel. Carol is an author, business owner, rabble-rouser, and pioneer in the Slow Money movement. Since co-founding Slow Money NC in 2010, she has catalyzed nearly 80 low-interest loans totaling about $725,000 to 38 small farmers and local food businesses in North Carolina, building resilience in the local economy from the coast to the mountains. Carol’s latest book, tells the compelling, real life stories of twenty-two of those Slow Money entrepreneurs – folks who grow, process, distribute, and sell us local food – and the motivations behind the people in their communities who become their lenders. Fueled by their desire to do more than just eat local food, lenders of “nurture capital” are making low-interest, peer-to-peer loans to the people who produce, process, distribute and sell local food.
This event is hosted in partnership with Slow Money Kentucky and Kelley Green Biofuel by UofL's Sustainability Council, which has been working to cement local partnerships to supply our campus community with more local food, while supporting area farmers and local biodiesel manufacturers. Connect and let us know you're coming on Facebook.
Aug. 1, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: FAT in food: How BAD is that?!
Diana Pantalos, MS, RD, LD, Senior Nutritionist; UofL Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center
Thursday, Aug. 1st 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
July 25, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: Farmers market as classroom
with Joe Franzen, FoodWorks
Thursday, July 25th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
July 20, 2013 Butterfly count at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County
Saturday, July 20th 10am-3pm
All are invited to participate in the 37th annual butterfly count at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary near Brownsboro, led by UofL biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists, as part of a national effort to monitor butterfly populations across the country. Experts will teach people how to identify the butterflies they see. Count leaders will supply nets but volunteers can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. Participants should wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring water, lunch and insect repellent. Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Sugarbabe Antiques in Brownsboro, about one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71 and about 20 miles north of Louisville.
July 18, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: Cooking Demo
with Amber Barnes, RD, LD Wellness Dietitian at UofL Hospital
Thursday, July 18th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
July 11, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop:
"
Slow Food Movement in Louisville" with Chef Jim Whaley
Thursday, July 11th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
July 11, 2013 Rain Gardens Workshop
Thursday, July 11th at 9:00am
UK Extension Service, 810 Barret Ave. $15 Registration
Learn how a rain garden can manage storm water in a sustainable manner. The Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development at UofL, in collaboration with UK Extension Service, is hosting a training session on how to construct a rain garden. Instruction will be provided in the morning and participants will get hands-on training installing a rain garden at the Beargrass Creek pumping station at Story Avenue & Brownsboro Road. The fee includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Contact: Russell Barnett, 852-1851
June 27, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: "Fun with Fruits (and Veggies)"
with Amber Barnes, RD, LD, Wellness Dietitian at UofL Hospital
Thursday, June 27th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
June 22, 2013 Tactical Urbanism Block Party & Salon
Saturday, June 22nd 8:00am (block party) & 11:00am (salon)
800 Block of East Market St.
Full Details, RSVP & Volunteer Registration here.
  • To build on excitement from the June 21st Sustainable City Series event (see above), UofL's Urban Design Studio, Vision Louisville, Downtown Development Corporation and other collaborators will partner with Mike Lydon and The Street The Street Plans Collaborative to conduct a Tactical Urbanism Salon and Block Party on Saturday morning. We will begin temporarily reconfiguring the 800 Block of East Market utilizing tactical urbanism techniques with volunteers to visualize a more walkable and vibrant streetscape. This is open to the public, but if you are planning on helping out with the streetscape intervention, please sign up to volunteer so we have an idea of how many people we will have on hand! This will be an ongoing event during the day, but the more people we can get early to help out the quicker we can start enjoying the new (temporary) streetscape.
  • This is an exciting approach to show proof-of-concept for this section of East Market in NuLu. Volunteers are encouraged to take this opportunity to not only participate in the activities on East Market, but to think about how these actions could be used in other parts of the city to promote long-term change through short-term pilot projects and actions. The hope is that this event will serve as a model for the entire community to collectively begin to re-imagine our city and creatively utilize Tactical Urbanism tools to catalyze change.
  • The Tactical Urbanism Salon will follow the streetscape intervention at the Green Building at 11:00 am. If you are interested in participating in the salon, pleasefollow this link to learn more and reserve your seat for the free event.
More information on Tactical Urbanism, or on all the related events happening this weekend available here.
June 21, 2013 Sustainable City Series: Tactical Urbanism
Friday, June 21st at 6:00pm
Fresh Start Growers' Supply (1007 E Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202)
Join us for the next Sustainable City Series forum, brought to you by UofL's Urban Design Studio. Tactical Urbanism is a fast-growing, international movement to catalyze change in cities by utilizing small-scale pilot projects and other actions to advance long-term change. Some examples include Park(ing) Day, CycLouvia, Food Trucks, Better Blocks Program, and Pop-up Retail to name a few. TU projects frequently involve organizing local community members to utilize inexpensive materials to temporarily transform small areas into higher quality places. The intent is to provide a proof of concept before more expensive infrastructure is committed. These interventions get the community involved in the process, and often excited, which helps build support and understanding by allowing the community to tangibly visualize the potential of underutilized space.
June 20, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop: "Meet Your Farmers"
with Andrea Sinclair, Program Coordinator, Bioethics and Medical Humanities; GSFM governance committee member
Thursday, June 20th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
June 19, 2013 Renewable Energy and Environmental Stewardship - UofL in Atlanta
Wednesday, June 19th 6-8pm
Atlantic Room, Georgia Aquarium (225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA)
Join UofL President James Ramsey as he gives a university update and discusses our Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. Named in honor of major donors Hank & Rebecca Conn, who reside in Atlanta, the Center conducts and facilitates research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that could potentially be commercialized. The Center provides access to research and development services and facilitates with the goal of seamlessly moving ideas from the lab to marketplace. Featured speakers include President Ramsey and Dr. Mahendra Sunkara, Interim Director of the Conn Center. For more info, contact: Jimmy Henderson, 502-852-0089, Jimmy.Henderson@louisville.edu. Register here.
June 13, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop with Justin Mog
Thursday, June 13th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
The new 20/20 mini-workshop series of 20-minute educational sessions at the Gray St. Farmers' Market continues! Over 20 weeks, we will cover several themes to help market attendees feel more confident purchasing, eating, growing, and preparing local food from the farmers market. These discussions start at 12:20 p.m. each week in Room 103 at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Our June 13th presenter will be Justin Mog, PhD, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, presenting “Re-localizing Your Foodshed on the Path to Sustainability”.
June 6, 2013 Gray Street Farmers’ Market 20/20 Mini-Workshop Series Begins with Brian Barnes
Thursday, June 6th 12:20-12:40pm
Room 103, School of Public Health & Info Sciences
On June 6, we will host the first mini-workshop as part of our 20/20 Talks – a series of 20-minute educational sessions at the Gray St. Farmers' Market. Over 20 weeks, we will cover several themes with the overall goal for market attendees to feel more confident shopping, eating, growing, and preparing food from the farmers market. These discussions will start at 12:20 p.m. each week in Room 103 at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Our first presenter will be Brian Barnes, a senior lecturer in UofL’s philosophy department and organizer and coordinator for UofL's EcoReps Program. Brian will give an overview of the environmental benefits of shopping local and supporting farmers markets.

Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 10:30am‒2pm (May 16th through Oct. 31st)
Health Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.
With 12 vendors at this year's market, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including prepared lunches, fruits, vegetables, honey, baked & canned goods, oils, soaps, granola and more. Debit cards and SNAP benefits accepted. UofL's School of Public Health and Information Sciences sponsors the market. Full details here. Contact: Melissa Schreck. Easily accessible from Belknap Campus on TARC Route 18 (free with UofL ID) or via a pleasant 15 minute bike ride.
June 5, 2013 UofL Free Store Work Day
Wednesday, June 5th 4-6pm   
Unitas Tower basement (First St & Cardinal Blvd)
Come by the new UofL Free Store to help us organize or to drop off donations of clean, reusable items like clothes, school supplies, electronics, etc. Details & RSVP here.
May 31, 2013 GRASS Student Environmental Group Meeting & Free Store Prep
Friday, May 31st at 3pm in the new UofL Free Store (in the basement of Unitas Tower at First & Cardinal)
Join us for a Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) meeting and work-day to get the new UofL Free Store ready for its grand opening!
May 24, 2013 Farm to Fork: Fresh Produce Cooking Demo & Tasting
Friday, May 24th, 12:30-12:50pm, Nursing School Room 2023
All UofL employees and their spouses are encouraged to participate in Get Healthy Now's TAKE 20 TO RELAX and impact your health and happiness in a BIG way. Register here.
May 18, 2013 Prescription Drug Toss
Saturday, May 18th 10am-2pm at Papa John’s Stadium (& Iroquois High School)
UofL's Building Resiliency in Campus Community (BRICC) Coalition is partnering with the Center for Neighborhoods' PAL Coalition, LMPD and the DEA to hold a prescription drug toss. The drug toss provides residents with a free, safe and convenient way to dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications. Bring these items to either location on May 18th for safe disposal. Containers will be recycled. UofL is again participating in the prescription drug toss because:
  • Flushing the medicine or pouring it down the drain contaminates our water system and the environment, harming fish, and other aquatic wildlife;
  • Unused medicine lying around the home can create dangerous opportunities for prescription drug abuse or accidental poisonings;    
  • Medications thrown into garbage cans can easily be stolen by someone who could then sell or use the drugs; 
  • The drug toss is a safe, free, easy way to properly dispose of unwanted or expired medications as well as over the counter drugs.
If you are able to volunteer for this event, please contact: Heather Parrino, heather.parrino@louisville.edu, (502) 852-3442. Volunteers should meet-up at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in front of the Athletics store at the TARC Shuttle stop at 10am. 
May 18, 2013 7th Annual Kentucky Women’s Book Festival
Saturday, May 18th 9:30am-2:30pm at Ekstrom Library
Judith C. Owens-Lalude will open the festival with a talk on the Underground Railroad. Lalude wrote the recently published novel, “The Long Walk: Slavery to Freedom.” She drew inspiration from stories she heard about her enslaved great-grandfather and his mother, travel to her husband’s native Nigeria and books by men who had been slaves in the same Kentucky counties as her family. Education journalist Sarah Garland wrote this year’s “Divided We Fail, The Story of an African American Community That Ended the Era of School Desegregation.” The book examines efforts by African American activists in Louisville who tried to overturn the city’s desegregation system. Their case went to the Supreme Court in 2007 and effectively ended the era of school desegregation and changed the way that schools handle race. Other speakers, all with ties to Kentucky, include:
  • Kristen Gentry, assistant professor of creative writing at SUNY Geneseo
  • Nora Rose “Rosie” Moosnick, author of “Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky”
  • Judi Jennings, researcher and writer
  • Bianca Spriggs, Affrilachian and performance poet who will give the luncheon keynote
  • Erin Keane, Sheri L. Wright and Amy Tudor, who will give a poetry reading
Besides author talks, there will be book sales and signings. The lunch session is the only one that requires registration and has a charge. Registration for it is required by May 15 and can be made by calling the UofL Women’s Center at 502-852-8976. The cost is $16. People who do not want to eat lunch can attend for free. This event is sponsored by UofL's Women’s Center and University Libraries.
May 17, 2013 Farm to Fork: Fresh Produce Cooking Demo & Tasting
Friday, May 17th, 12:30-12:50pm, University Club
All UofL employees and their spouses are encouraged to participate in Get Healthy Now's TAKE 20 TO RELAX and impact your health and happiness in a BIG way. Register here.
May 17, 2013 Bike To Work Day 2013Bike to Campus Day!
Friday, May 17th, city-wide & nation-wide!
Louisville's Bike to Work Day Celebration is taking place on Friday, May 17th. Four locations around town will be set up at 7am so commuters can meet up and ride with others. Then at lunchtime at 4th Street Live downtown, riders gather to celebrate the bicycle and give away a bike! Don’t forget to register here - you could win a new bike!
  • 7:00am May 17th: Bike To Campus Ride!
    Join the UofL Sustainability Council and Get Healthy Now in celebrating Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17th! This event is aimed at novice riders looking to gain confidence and begin commuting by bike. Guided rides will leave from Tyler Park at 7:00 am and follow low-traffic neighborhood streets to either Belknap Campus or downtown. Riders will have the opportunity to stop at the new Get Healthy Now Wellness Center to re-hydrate and tour the facility. Bagels, coffee, fruit, water, and a gift bag raffle will be available! Details and RSVP here.
  • 11:30am May 17th: Gather at the North Info Center (1st & Brandeis) for a Group Ride from Belknap Campus to Bike To Work Day Celebration at 4th Street Live!
May 14-19, 2013 Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion
May 14th to 19th at Actors Theatre & Galt House
UofL is an underwriting community partner in the Festival of Faiths presented by Louisville's Center for Interfaith Relations. Building up to the Dalai Lama's visit to Louisville, the festival is gathering internationally renowned  experts in contemplative traditions from Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Hindu perspectives. Join us for an inspiring series of workshops, lectures, films, and interfaith activities designed to reveal the power of silence, mindfulness and contemplative practice in transforming ourselves and our world. See the calendar of events for the Festival and the Dalai Lama’s Engaging Compassion visit.
All events (free or charged) require a ticket, available through the Actors Theatre box office (502-584-1205). Ticket prices for individual programs range from $10 to $25. Student tickets are half-price. Day passes are $25, and passes for the week are $100.
May 14, 2013 Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Passage of Louisville’s Public Accommodations Ordinance
Tuesday, May 14th 3:30p.m. at Fourth & Guthrie Street (between Chestnut & Muhammad Ali Blvd.)
UofL's College of Arts and Sciences, Louisville Metro Council, Office of the Mayor and Downtown Development Corporation invite you to the Unveiling Ceremony of the Fourth Street Sit-In Demonstration Site Markers. In observance of the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Louisville’s Public Accommodations Ordinance. Contact: Clest Lanier (502) 852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu
May 2013 bmonthLouisville Bike Month Challenge
May 1-16, 2013
Spring is the perfect time to rediscover the health-promoting, money-saving and planet-protecting joys of getting around on two wheels. May is national Bike Month, so saddle up, Cards! Join or form a UofL team for Louisville’s Bike Month Challenge May 1-16.
April 26 - May 1, 2013 Lighten Your Load 2013Lighten Your Load Free Store
April 26th to May 1st
Miller Hall
UofL Housing invites you to LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD during Move-Out Time! Donate clean unwanted items like clothes, electronics, school supplies, etc. in the bins set up in residence halls, then come browse the Free Store in Miller Hall to take home whatever you like. Open to everyone in the UofL community! The store is open for browsing:
  • Friday, April 26th Noon-3pm
  • Monday, April 29th Noon-3pm
  • Wednesday, May 1st 4-6pm
April 27-28, 2013 Green Give-Aways at UofL Athletics Home Games!
Come to one of the Cards FREE home games and walk away with a FREE green goodie that will lighten your load on the planet! Schedule:
  • Saturday 4/27 Noon & 2pm: Softball vs. Georgetown, Ulmer Stadium
  • Saturday 4/27 1pm: Baseball vs. Georgetown, Jim Patterson Stadium
  • Sunday 4/28 Noon: Softball vs. Georgetown, Ulmer Stadium
  • Sunday 4/28 1pm: Baseball vs. Georgetown, Jim Patterson Stadium
  • Sunday 4/28 1pm: Women's Lacrosse vs. Villanova, LaCrosse Stadium
April 26, 2013 Tour of the Morris Forman Wastewater Treatment Plant
Friday, April 26th at 4pm. (4522 Algonquin Pkwy.)
What happens "down the drain"?! The UofL Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is organizing a tour of MSD's Morris Forman Wastewater Treatment Plant! Come see where your wastewater goes and how it's processed. Wear work boots and jeans. We'll be walking outside, so make sure to check the weather!! Contact: Mary Lanham <mrlanh01@louisville.edu>. More details here.
April 23, 2013 Get on the Bus! The Path Toward Equal Housing Opportunities
Tuesday, April 23rd 12:30pm-4:30pm
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd)
April is Fair Housing month! UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, and the Metro Human Relations Commission are commemorating the 45th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 with the release of our 20-year Action Plan for Fair Housing, and with a bus tour that will show you today’s effects of Louisville’s segregated housing history. Activists, business and housing development leaders, students, and those who care about fair, decent, and affordable housing for everyone in Louisville are invited to attend.
12:30-1:15 Registration and Action Plan Release
1:30 buses depart
4:30 buses return to Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
The event is free, but space is limited. Please register online for the presentation only, the bus tour only, or both. You can also contact Arthur Crosby at (859) 971-8067, toll free at (866) 438-8617, or by email at crosbylfhc@hotmail.com. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, the Lexington Fair Housing Council, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Louisville Human Relations Commission, Louisville Urban League, Metropolitan Housing Coalition and UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.
April 14-18, 2013 SAB Sustainability Week Spring Sustainability Week: "Louisville Goes Green"
April 14-18, 2013
The Student Activities Board, Engage.Lead.Serve Board, Sigma Kappa, Delta Zeta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and GRASS present Spring Sustainability Week - Louisville Goes Green. Each day, we will have a different event to get students involved in our efforts to make UofL more sustainable and to spring you into sustainable action:
  • Sunday, April 14 > Noon-3pm Community Service SOUL Event: Waterfront Park/Louisville Loop. Help clean up the Waterfront Park section of the Louisville Loop! Put your work clothes on and pitch in! Co-sponsored by the Green Initiatives Committee of Engage Lead Serve Board. An email will be sent before the project with directions and other info. Rain or shine. Sign up here. Participate and count your time for the Mayor’s Give-A-Day week of service.
  • Monday, April 15 > 5pm Sustainability Seek & Find and Relay Race! (West Lawn)
    Form teams with your friends for a scavenger hunt around campus, then join a relay race involving sorting recyclables!
  • Tuesday, April 16 > 7pm Recyclable Sculpture Contest (Community Park Courtyard behind Greek Row)
    Registration starts at 6:30pm. Teams will have 30 minutes and tape, scissors and string to construct whatever they want out of the recyclables that their team has collected. The results will be judged and there will be prizes and giveaways at this event! Contact Maggie O'Hara (Mmohar01@louisville.edu) to form a team!
  • Wednesday, April 17 > 11am-1pm Local Lunch & Sustainability Fair (Red Barn)
    Come eat great local food catered by Farm to Fork and get a jump-start on Earth Day by learning about the many ways you can reduce your impact on the planet while saving money and living healthier! Take the Cards Go Green Pledge or the Sustainability Graduation Pledge and walk away with some free green goodies. Free smoothies will be available from the human-powered bike blender! And don't miss the Trash Mob Flash Mob! Learn More. Get Involved. Live Green.
  • Thursday, April 18 > 5:30pm Movie Night! Screening of Bag It hosted by GRASS (Life Science 101)
    In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic’s effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us...and what we can do about it.
  • ALL WEEK: Local food options will be featured at the Global Market station in the SAC!
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, hash tag #L1G4 (Louisville First Green Forever).
April 17, 2013 Monthly Meeting of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club
Wednesday, April 17th 5-6pm in Ernst Hall 212
Join us for the last chance this spring to get engaged and learn more about Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency! We'll be joining the solar flight contest and helping the Solar Decathlon team build a fully solar-powered house! Details here.
April 17, 2013 Professional Development for all UofL Employees “Culture Shift – Making UofL Lean and Green in 2013”
Wednesday, April 17th, 10:30am - Noon, Human Resources 103A
This dynamic and engaging session led by experts in the field will provide you with a helpful introduction to the basic principles of sustainability and how to apply them in your professional and personal decision-making at work and at home. This professional development session has been designed to offer staff and faculty at any level with a wide variety of practical tips that you can use to help UofL shift our culture towards become better stewards of the environment while saving money and helping build a brighter tomorrow for society. Attendees will better understand UofL's commitment to sustainability and learn how each step we take contributes to big results for us individually, for the university, and for the broader community. The session will also introduce you to UofL’s new Eco-Reps Program, which gives you the opportunity to go deeper with follow-up trainings online, a certification, group and individual service projects, and the empowerment of becoming a point-person for sustainability in your unit. Register here.
April 16, 2013 University-wide Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium
Tuesday, April 16th 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Shumaker Research Building Foyer & Room 139
The Sustainability Council will be hosting a Cards Go Green! Pledge table with green give-aways at the University-wide Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium. The event is a chance for students to share what they have learned through their research and community engagement experiences with a larger audience. It provides a forum where students can showcase research projects that build on and enrich faculty work across the disciplines. Abstracts are due April 9th. Instructions for abstracts & poster presentations.
April 16, 2013 Letter from a Birmingham Jail 50th Anniversary Read-In
Tuesday, April 16th, 10am-2pm, Ekstrom Library east/quad entrance
Anne Braden is one of only five white allies mentioned in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” UofL's Anne Braden Institute is joining millions of other organizations and individuals around the world in commemorating MLK’s Letter on April 16th by hosting a read-in of the letter at Ekstrom Library. The letter will be read every hour from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, and we’ll lead a brief discussion about the letter’s contents as each hour closes. Any faculty, staff, students, and community members who desire to participate by reading portions of the letter should contact Rachel Spears at rdspea01@louisville.edu to let her know what time they would like to read.
April 16, 2013 Eco-Reps Basic Certification Exam
Tuesday, April 16th. One-hour exam available from 9am until noon.
Humanities Building, Room 300
Interested in learning more about sustainability and becoming a point-person for sustainability in your club, department, or building? Now's the time to get involved with Eco-Reps, the Sustainability Council's new peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program for all students, faculty, and staff! At the core of the Eco-Reps program is an online training series focused on topics in sustainability, particularly as they apply at UofL. Watch video series on the EcoReps website and then get certified as an official Eco-Rep! The first examination to obtain the Eco-Reps Basic certification will be available in the Humanities Building, Room 300 on Tuesday, April 16th from 9am until noon. It is intended to take no more than one hour. Questions? Email us at ecoreps@louisville.edu, or call Brian Barnes at 502-338-1338.
April 15, 2013 Voices from the Ashes: Garment Workers Speak Out
Monday, April 15, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm, Room W103 Ekstrom Library
On November 24, 2012, 112 workers died in a horrific fire at Tazreen Fashions, a garment factory in Bangladesh. Join us for a discussion about what happened and what can be done to ensure it never happens again, with presentations from a Bangladeshi garment worker who survived the fire, Sumi Abedin, and Kalpona Akter, director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. Brought to you by UofL's Social Change program and United Students Against Sweatshops. Details and RSVP here.
April 15, 2013 CSA Drop-off at UofLCSA Fair - Sign-up for Farm-Fresh Local Food to be Delivered to You on Campus!
Monday, April 15th 11am-2pm in the Red Barn
Meet local farmers and sign-up for weekly baskets of delicious local farm products to be delivered to you at UofL! Subscribe for a weekly selection of fresh, seasonal foods direct from area farmers, complete with a weekly newsletter full of recipes. Full shares start as low as $22 per week. Lower-cost/quantity half-shares starting at $12.50/wk will also be available, or consider splitting a share with friends and colleagues! Participating CSA farms for 2013 include two new farms:
  • Joe Trigg's Farmers2City Connection (F2CC) CSA (Glasgow, KY - Barren Co.) offering Thursday 4-5pm drop-offs at Lutz Hall circle May 30 - Sept. 12; Full-share $22/wk, Half-share $12.50/wk; Questions: Joe Trigg 270-303-1244, joetrigg@yahoo.com. No sign-up deadline.
  • Grasshoppers Distribution (Louisville distributor for multiple area farms) offering a highly flexible a la carte system year-round that provides weekly drop-offs of local produce, diary, eggs, cheeses, bread, sweets, pasta, beef, pork, poultry, specialty meats, condiments, soups, teas, and locally-roasted coffee. Contact: Lynn Greene lynn@grasshoppersdistribution.com, 502-708-1881. No sign-up deadline.
  • Finger Picking Farms (Palmyra, IN) New for 2013; Offering UofL drop-offs and possible home delivery; Full-share $20.50/wk, Half-share (every other week) $11.36/wk; Contact: Nicholas Posante 502-287-8206, treeclimb08@yahoo.com. Sign-up by 6/1/13.
  • EpiCurious, Hemmer Hill Farm (Crestwood, KY) New for 2013; Offering Thursday drop-offs at the University Club circle; Full-share $21.74/wk, Half-share (every other week) $13/wk; Contact: Joyce Keibler 502-228-3860, joyce@hemmerhillfarm.com. Sign-up by 4/29/13.
All UofL staff, faculty, students, and the public are welcome to attend and participate. More details here. Direct questions to Mitchell Payne, 852-5155, mitchell.payne (at) louisville.edu. Follow us on Facebook.
April 15, 2013 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable
Monday, April 15th 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cox Lounge at the Law School (2nd floor center of Wyatt Hall complex)
All UofL faculty, staff, and graduate students engaged in research related to sustainability are encouraged to join us for an on-going series of Sustainability Scholars Roundtables. See profiles of UofL Sustainability Scholars here. At this Roundtable, we'll plan for next year's colloquium on sustainability and resilience (we're looking for 10 scholars across diverse disciplines to make a research presentation to the entire group). We'll also organize working groups to explore potential collaboration, exchange of research ideas, and/or grant funding proposals around transdisciplinary topics. Participants will vote to select 4-5 work groups from the following:
1. Green Infrastructure
2. Justice, Sustainability, and Resilience [various definitions & dimensions of justice]
3. Water Resources
4. Communities under Stress and Resilient Communities
5. Sustainable Conflict Resolution
6. Green Building and Design
7. Catastrophe Prevention, Preparedness, and Response [e.g., natural hazards, economic collapse, pandemics, etc.]
8. Climate Change Adaptation
9. Sustainable Economic Policies
10. Ecosystem Services
11. Trees [urban, forests, biodiversity & trees, watersheds & trees, etc.]
12. Resilient human development [social, economic, biophilic, psychological, physical, etc.]
For more information or proxy voting, contact Tony Arnold <tony.arnold@louisville.edu>. Full details about the Sustainability Scholars Roundtable here.
April 13, 2013 Tour: Falls of the Ohio Hydropower Station
Saturday, April 13th, 1pm (Carpools leave at 12:30 from Speed School parking lot)
UofL's Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RE3) Club is organizing an off-campus tour at the Falls of the Ohio Hydropower Station, located 3 miles west of downtown. The station's emissions-free generating capacity has just been updated to 101 megawatts! This tour is going to be awesome. Names of those participating are required to get through security and hard sole shoes are required for the tour. For a spot on the tour RSVP to Sam Ellis (srelli02@louisville.edu) with your name. More details here.
April 14, 2013 Volunteer with UofL's Urban Design Studio: Tree Canopy Inventory Study
Sunday, April 14th at 1:00-4:30pm
Urban Design Studio (507 S. Third St.)
Calling all arborists, horticulturalists, landscape architects, tree specialists, and interested citizens! UofL's Urban Design Studio is organizing a Tree Canopy Inventory Study for Mayor Fischer’s "Give a Day" of Service week! After learning about the poor state of our urban tree canopy last year during Dr. Stone’s Sustainable City Series presentation, we have been trying to figure out ways to help. One way would be to document and assess our existing trees downtown with a spatial database open to anyone interested in analyzing and addressing the issue. We have started this initiative by utilizing multiple aerial images to plot the location of all of the trees downtown in a mapping database. To add critical information about the trees, we are enlisting volunteers with tree identification skills as well as interested citizens. We're assembling teams of two to canvas specific areas with at least one member being a tree specialist:
Two-person teams will be measuring: Tree canopy width, Trunk diameter, Estimated tree height, Tree well dimension, and tree species. There will be a short orientation meeting at the Urban Design Studio at 1pm, during which we will provide some standard guidance on the data collection effort and will then be handing out the map booklets to the teams. If teams want to do the work during the week after April 14th, they may. If you have any questions contact the Urban Design Studio.
April 13, 2013 walk-run8.5-1 Ali Shuffle
Saturday, April 13th 8am start at West End School (3628 Virginia Ave, Louisville, KY)
Walk, run or volunteer for fitness, peace and community in the second annual Ali Shuffle, sponsored by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice. We're reaching out to people across the city with the unifying theme “Connecting Communities One Step at a Time.” Participants will walk or run 10K from West Louisville to downtown, celebrating the neighborhoods they pass through along the way and the life of Muhammad Ali. Ali made his professional mark in boxing and is leaving a personal legacy of peace building. The Ali Shuffle benefits UofL's Muhammad Ali Scholars, who are learning peace building techniques to apply at home and around the world. It also provides you the opportunity to raise funds for your own causes through sponsorships!
April 13-21, 2013 UofL participates in the Mayor’s Give a Day of Service campaign
April 13-21, 2013
UofL wants to help make Louisville the most compassionate city in the world, so we encourage everyone to participate in Mayor Fischer’s "Give a Day" of Service week! You can sign up to do service on campus or at charities near campus. Most projects last 2 to 4 hours and you can pick any day to serve. Sign up now while space is available. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get involved in one of several ways during the week:
  1. Go to UofL's Give a Day of Service website and sign-up to help with any of the projects that are listed - from simply donating food, to working with children, to cleaning up parks, to helping the Habitat ReStore turn trash into treasure. Other community-wide service projects listed here.
  2. Plan a new service event, from a letter writing campaign to a clothing drive, to take place during that week. Or consider integrating a service component to an event already planned for that week. Post your volunteer opportunity here.
  3. Simply report service work that’s already planned/being done (as an individual or a group) that happens April 13-21. Report those service hours here.
See Photos of Service Projects here.
April 12, 2013 Social Change Lecture Series: Meghan Mahoney - "Using Scientific Evidence to Reduce Poverty"
Friday, April 12th 1:00pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
As Policy Associate at MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Meghan Mahoney is responsible for writing policy publications, conducting cost-effectiveness analysis, and sharing lessons from J-PAL evaluations with policymakers. Meghan holds an M.A.L.D. from Tufts University where she focused her studies on Development Economics and Program Evaluation. Prior to joining J-PAL, she worked as a trade policy analyst, conducting analysis for US policymakers and researching the effects of international trade policy on the US economy. Meghan has also spent time in rural Nicaragua, working on the evaluation of the pilot of a microcredit and sustainable agriculture program. She received her BA in International Relations and Economics from American University. She'll be speaking at UofL as part of the Spring 2013 "Science, Technology, and Social Change" Lecture Series. sponsored by UofL's Social Change Program and co-sponsored by the Sustainability Council. For more information, contact Avery Kolers, 852-0453. Details and RSVP here.
April 11, 2013 Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Non-Violent Conflict
Lecture by Grawemeyer World Order Award Winners:
Erica Chenoweth & Maria Stephan
Thursday, April 11th at 2pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Denver scholar Erica Chenoweth and U.S. State Department strategist Maria Stephan will give a public lecture. They won the world order award for the ideas in their book, “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Non-Violent Conflict.” No reservations or tickets are needed. More information on the Grawemeyer Awards here.
April 11, 2013 Cultivating Compassion Training with Ela Edwards-Ponder & Dr. Lora Haynes
Thursday, April 11th 2-3:30pm
Hotel Louisville (2nd & Broadway) 12th floor Ballroom
Join us as we kick start Mayor Fischer’s "Give a Day" of Service Week beginning April 13th with this activity-based Cultivating Compassion training. We will provide exercises, tips and ideas for becoming more compassionate towards your friends and family, and becoming more compassionate towards yourself, strangers, and difficult people. Ela Edwards-Ponder is the board director for SPAVA (Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence among Adolescents) and a Leadership Development consultant, Life coach and Emotional intelligence trainer with her own company, A Passionate Warrior. She works with organizations and individuals promoting respect and acceptance of all individuals. Dr. Lora Haynes is an associate professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at UofL and director of the Resilient Families Project at Hotel Louisville, a 3-part program for families experiencing homelessness. She is an innovative and well regarded leader within the community who dedicates herself to teaching the importance of positive parenting and interactive reading, resilience and compassion. This training is part of the Hotel Louisville Lecture Series on Peace & Conflict Transformation for Those at Risk. Free and open to the public. Brought to you by the Resilient Families Project which provides programs for families who are experiencing homelessness & is a collaboration between the these emotions, manage & channel them. Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Wayside Christian Mission. Conveniently served by bus from UofL (free with UofL ID!) on TARC Route 4.
April 9, 2013 National Equal Pay Day
Tuesday, April 9th 10am – 12:30pm
Red Barn West Plaza
National Equal Pay Day reflects how far into 2013 women must work to earn the same wages that men earned in 2012. According to 2010 data, women in the U.S. earn just 77 cents for every $1 men earn. Everyone is encouraged to wear red to signify how far into the year women and people of color are “in the red” with respect to their wages. Stop by the UofL Women’s Center table for informational material and resources, Equal Pay buttons, stickers and more. In the event of rain, we will move inside the SAC, 2nd floor near the Multipurpose Room. Call the UofL Women's Center, 852-8976 for more details.
April 4, 2013 Peace Corps at UofL Information Sessions
Thursday, April 4th, 5:00 PM Houchens Building, Career Services LL03
Learn about what it’s like to be a Peace Corps volunteer, at any age. Meet local volunteers who lived and worked in international communities, promoting sustainable development around the world. Hear their inspiring stories and ask questions to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of others and your own.
Office Hours*: Held on 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 9:30 – 11:00 AM at the Career Development Center (Houchens, LL03) *Alternative time available by appointment. Contact UofL recruiter Laura Fonseca at lfonseca2@peacecorps.gov
April 2, 2013 Public Health is Diversity & Inclusion in Louisville”
Tuesday, April 2nd at 2 pm
Room 103 of School of Public Health & Information Sciences (485 E. Gray St.)
A special public lecture by Stephen Hanson, PhD, associate professor of philosophy for National Public Health Week 2013! Sponsored by the School of Public Health & Information Sciences (SPHIS) Student Council.
April 1, 2013 Reproductive Health Fair
Monday, April 1st, 11 - 1, Humanities Quad
Globally, there's no greater threat to sustainability than human population growth, unwanted pregnancy, and lack of education and opportunity for girls. The Feminist Alliance of UofL invites you to the 2nd Annual Reproductive Health Fair! Come learn from a dozen campus and community groups who work to promote the rights of women, especially around reproductive health. Groups such as the Kentucky Health Justice Network, the Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Campus Counseling Services, Campus Health Promotion, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department will be available to help you better understand their missions. We will also have fun activities, raffles, games and free food (pizza, soda, cookies). To host a table, or for more information about the fair, please contact Amanda Lukas acluka01@louisville.edu
March 29, 2013 “Biopower, Brain Imaging, Big Pharma, and the ‘Mentally Imbalanced Female’: Can the Science of Psychiatry ever be Liberatory?”
Friday, March 29th at 1:00 in Natural Science Room LL30
A lecture by Dr. Nancy Potter, UofL Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics & Medical Humanities. Details and RSVP here. Part of the Spring 2013 "Science, Technology, and Social Change" Lecture Series. All events free & open to the public. Sponsored by UofL's Social Change Program. For more information, contact Avery Kolers, 852-0453.
March 27-29, 2013 The Legacy of Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American Farm Worker and Labor Activist
Wednesday, March 27th through Friday, March 29th in various campus locations
A three-day celebration organized by the classical and modern languages department to mark Cesar Chavez Day and the 20th anniversary of his death. Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which became the United Farm Workers union. Full details here. Admission is free and open to the public:
  • Wednesday, March 27 (Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library):
    1pm Panel discussion: “The Legacy of Cesar Chavez” with Felix Garza, National Farm Workers Ministry Inc. president, and Gary West, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227 retired president.
    2pm Film screening: “Viva la causa: The Story of Cesar Chavez and a Great Movement for Social Justice”
  • Thursday, March 28 (Room 205, Humanities Building):
    Film screenings: 6pm “The Chicano Wave” and 7pm “The Struggle in the Fields”
  • Friday, March 29
    11am, Noon and 1pm Student marches to celebrate Chavez’s activism and to commemorate his 1966 California march for striking farm workers. (Start at Ekstrom Library, circle Belknap Campus and end at Grawemeyer Hall)
    Film screenings (all are hourly 8 a.m.–3 p.m. in Ekstrom Library): “A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story,” Room W102; “The Other Side of Immigration,” Room W104; and “Viva la causa: The Story of Cesar Chavez and a Great Movement for Social Justice,” Chao Auditorium.
March 26, 2013 “Saving Earth in the Age of Man: Conservation in a Human-dominated World”
2012-13 Phi Beta Kappa Lecture: M. Sanjayan, lead scientist, Nature Conservancy

Tuesday, March 26th, 6pm, MITC Room 131G (Bigelow Hall).
Nature Conservancy lead scientist and CBS News contributor M. Sanjayan will explain how the environmental movement is falling behind and needs an overhaul that will involve new, unlikely conservation allies: business, young people and the rural poor. Since becoming science and environmental contributor to CBS News last year, Sanjayan has covered stories such as global climate change, marine debris, ivory poaching in Africa and fire management in the western United States. Sanjayan is a Catto Fellow with the Aspen Institute whose scientific work has been published in Science, Nature, and Conservation Biology. He has also co-hosted documentaries for the Discovery Channel (Mysteries of the Shark Coast, Expedition Alaska), BBC (Wildlife in a War-Zone), and featured in National Geographic TV (Earth Report 2009). His four-part series on energy for Discovery Channel (Powering the Future) aired in July 2010. A reception will follow in the nearby Hite Art Galleries, Schneider Hall. Co-sponsors of this event are the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Kentuckiana and the Kentucky Nature Conservancy. Full details here.
March 24-26, 2013

Kentucky Workshop on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
2pm Sunday, March 24th through 5pm Tuesday, March 26th
International Convention Center, Louisville, KY

March 25, 2013 Soul Food Junkies Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Byron Hurt
Monday, March 25th 2-4:30pm in Ekstrom Library basement auditorium
Join us for a free screening of the new one-hour documentary, Soul Food Junkies, and a discussion with filmmaker Byron Hurt as he explores the health advantages and disadvantages of Soul Food, a quintessential American cuisine. In the film, Soul Food is also used as the lens to investigate the dark side of the food industry and the growing food justice movement that has been born in its wake. Learn more about the film here. The discussion will be followed by tastings of REAL Soul Food, featuring healthy, local options! Co-sponsored by: Anthropology, Pan-African Studies, Office of Health Promotion, and the Anne Braden Institute.
March 23, 2013 Earth Hour
Saturday, March 23rd 8:30-9:30pm
Earth Hour is a global moment to switch off lights and do something fun and community-building to raise awareness about the devastating effect our energy use has on the planet. Wherever you are, turn out the lights and join “the world's largest voluntary action for the environment!” UofL has been participating since at least 2009 by darkening our landmark Student Activities Center clock tower. We will do so again this year and encourage the whole UofL family to take creative action wherever you live and play to recognize Earth Hour by shutting off the lights for an hour at 8:30pm and taking stock of our global crisis and need for stronger, more sustainable local communities. Louisville joins Earth Hour, will dim lights Saturday (Courier-Journal, March 17, 2013)
March 23 to April 12 2013
CCN 2013 + Bluegrass Unplugged FlyerCampus Conservation Nationals
March 23rd to April 12th
Live on campus? Help the Cards to victory with conservation! UofL is competing nationally and locally in the Bluegrass Unplugged competition against UK, WKU, and Berea to reduce electricity use in residence halls during the Campus Conservation Nationals. CCN is a friendly nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on 200 college and university campuses, covering 2500 buildings and 250,000 students!
Last year, UofL finished in the top ten with residents cutting electricity use by 11.9% (38,415 kWh), saving $2,689, and keeping 78,789 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air! We can do even better in 2013!
Over these three weeks, UofL is competing to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in twelve residence halls. Click on the links below to see how much electricity your hall is using:CCN 2013 logo
  1. Bettie Johnson Hall

  2. Community Park (real-time!)

  3. Kurz Hall (real-time!)

  4. West Hall

  5. Center Hall

  6. Wellness HallBluegrass Unplugged Logo

  7. Threlkeld Hall

  8. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

  9. Miller Hall

  10. Louisville Hall (real-time!)

  11. Unitas Hall (real-time!)

  12. Cardinal Towne

  • Prizes will be awarded to the UofL residence hall which can reduce the most! The Grand Prize will be a Skate Party at Skate World for the winning hall! After each week of the competition, residents in the leading hall will be able to pick up free UofL Sustainability reusable shoulder bags, mugs, and water bottles in their lobby!
  • The Kentucky school with the greatest average reduction will take home the Bluegrass Unplugged trophy!
  • Make a personal commitment to reduce and keep track of your hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard online portal!
  • Read the story: UofL Green Scene: Students Compete to Reduce.
  • Follow us on the UofL Housing Green Committee Facebook group!
March 22, 2013 Public Art and the City: Art In/On the Landscape” symposium
Friday, March 22nd, 8:30am - 2:30pm, University Club
UofL's Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships is hosting a daylong symposium on public art March 22nd to examine connections among art, sustainability and the environment. New York City sculptor and studio artist Mary Miss, will deliver the keynote address. Miss also is the artistic director of the collaborative City as Living Laboratory Inc., which promotes sustainability to the public through the arts. She has art installations and exhibitions throughout the United States and several other countries. Morning panelists will discuss recent public art projects in St. Louis, Nashville and Long Beach, Calif. The featured artists have created or managed works in outdoor settings such as vacant city lots, flooded waterfronts and alongside urban waterways. Those speakers include Tiffany Carbonneau, Bellarmine University assistant professor of art; Leslie Markle, Washington University curator for public art; and Caroline Vincent and Van Gill, Nashville Metro Arts Commission public art manager and project coordinator. An afternoon roundtable session about perspectives on public art will feature UofL professors discussing sacred places, environmental history, urban planning and mapping as a tool to understand landscape. Dan Jones, chairman and CEO of 21st Century Parks, will give the luncheon talk about the Parklands of Floyds Fork urban parks system project.
Registration is $25 for the general public and includes breakfast and lunch. University students and faculty may attend for free if they register by March 18. Registration is encouraged by March 18 as seating is limited. Contact: Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu.
Full details here.
March 21-24, 2013 "Girl Rising" highlights importance of educating girls worldwide
Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
Thursday, March 21st at 12:15pm
Friday, March 22nd at 6pm
Sunday, March 24th at 3pm
UofL will offer three free screenings of “Girl Rising,” a new film about the power of educating girls for positive social change. Directed by Academy Award-nominated Richard Robbins, the film spotlights young women from Nepal, Peru, Haiti, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, India and Cambodia as they overcome obstacles in pursuit of an education. Actresses Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, Cate Blanchett and Selena Gomez narrate the film as part of a social action campaign by 10x10 to promote the need for educating girls worldwide. Sponsored by the Women’s Center and Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium.
March 20, 2013 Community Workshop: “Ali’s Louisville? Making a Compassionate City”
Wednesday, March 20th 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Hotel Louisville, 120 W. Broadway
While Louisville claims Muhammad Ali as its iconic son and global figure of compassion, would Ali claim his hometown as a compassionate city? Join UofL's Ali Institute for Peace and Justice for a workshop to generate plans to help Louisville become the nation’s most compassionate city! The goal is to draw a diverse group of about 100 people who normally might not be at the same table — downtown developers, young people, theologians, teachers, block watch captains, city officials — to discuss practical components of compassionate government, education, economic development, infrastructure, transportation, housing, health, etc. The group will develop action items and then commit to helping to implement them. Workshop co-sponsors include the Muhammad Ali Center; The Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville; the Office of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; The Center for Health Equity; and UofL’s Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation Studies program.
A light supper will be served so participants are asked to RSVP to maforb01@louisville.edu or 502-852-1493.
March 19, 2013 UofL Engineers Without Borders Chapter Meeting
Featuring Guest Speaker: Dr. Eric Zhu, Research Director at Louisville Water Company
Tuesday, March 19th 7:30-8:30pm in 314 Vogt Hall
EWB&WP will be welcoming Dr. Zhu, Research Director at Louisville Water Company, as a guest speaker at our March 19th meeting! He will be presenting about water quality. As always, this meeting is not restricted to engineers - anyone interested in learning about our water supply is welcome!
March 19, 2013 Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
Tuesday, March 19th 5-7pm
RELOCATED TO: Miller Information Technology Center (MITC), Bigelow Hall
The Department of Diversity, Equity and Poverty Programs in collaboration with UofL's College of Education and Human Development Diversity Committee will host a film screening of Shakti Butler's, new film entitled, “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity.” Aukram Burton, JCPS Diversity and Equity Specialist will facilitate a discussion about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity, and help participants to deepen the conversation about its causes and consequences. The goal is to allow participants to see the multiple ways we walk through the world through dialogue that rekindles our connection to one another and enables us to learn about a worldview different than ours. To heal the wounds of racism and dismantle systemic inequity, we must be able to hold courageous conversations.
March 19, 2013 “Crisis in the Middle East and Global Energy”
Ambassador Molly Williamson, The Middle East Institute

Tuesday March 19th 2-3:30pm, Ekstrom Library, Room W104
Ambassador Williamson will focus on current political and energy issues in the Middle East in light of the Arab Spring upheavals and continuing tensions between Israel and Arab worlds. Presented by the Department of Political Science and The Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations. For more information please contact Dr. Charles Ziegler, Department of Political Science, (502) 852-3248, ceziegler@louisville.edu
March 19, 2013 "Low-Carbon Urban Transportation and its Co-Benefits"
Felix Creutzig, Ph.D., Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and Princeton University
Tuesday, March 19th 11:00am
Room 123 Urban Studies Institute, 426 W. Bloom St.
A lecture brought to you by the Dept. of Urban & Public Affairs.
March 9-14, 2013 Alternative Spring Break: New Orleans Service Trip
This year’s relief-focused trip to New Orleans is planned by UofL's Engage. Lead. Serve Board in cooperation with the National Relief Network, an organization committed to bringing large numbers of volunteers to state and federally declared disaster areas for the purpose of helping families in their efforts to rebuild their homes, their communities, and their lives. 2013 Program Dates:
  • February 13, 7-9pm: Pre-Trip Orientation designed to answer critical trip planning question, address risk management issues, build relationships with program participants, and prepare student volunteers for what they will be experiencing in New Orleans.
  • February 23, 8am-1pm: Pre-Trip Service Experience to further team building among student participants and engage volunteers in relief work in this region.
  • March 9-14: 6 day Alternative Spring Break trip will include 4 full days in the New Orleans area with 3 full days of service and a 1 day cultural excursion. Travel will be by bus from Louisville to New Orleans.
Full details and application here. For more info, contact the ELSB Service Break Coordinator, Trevor Collinsworth at tlcoll03@louisville.edu.
March 6, 2013 Green & Graeter’s: Environmentalism in Islam
Wednesday March 6th at 6:30pm
Shumaker Research Building Conference Room
Join us for an environmentally-themed day during UofL's Islamic Awareness Week (March 4-8, 2013)! Speaker Mufti Hussain Kamani will be enlightening us about the connections between environmentalism and Islam. Bring a bowl and spoon because Graeters Ice Cream will be provided! Full details and RSVP here.
March 4, 2013 Boehl Lecture: Alejandro Camacho on "Community Benefits Agreements"
Monday, March 4, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Law School Room 275. 
Internationally renowned scholar of environmental law and adaptive management Alejandro Camacho will give a lecture on "Community Benefits Agreements" -- contracts between developers and community groups regarding various kinds of community benefits that the developer is to provide, ranging from environmental conservation to public infrastructure to historic preservation to affordable housing, etc. Camacho is a Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California Irvine, where he directs the Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources and is co-investigator on an NSF grant with The Nature Conservancy and the Chicago Wilderness on incorporating adaptive management into ecosystem restoration and governance. Free and open to the public. Full details here.
March 4, 2013 Vandana Shiva: "Violent Economic 'Reforms' and the Growing Violence Against Women"
Monday, March 4, 2013, 5:30pm, Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room
The 2013 Minx Auerbach Annual Lecture in Women's & Gender Studies features Indian philosopher, environmental activist, author and eco-feminist, Dr. Vandana Shiva. Trained as a physicist, Dr. Shiva has authored more than 20 books and serves as one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, where she is a towering figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement. She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices, and the preservation of indigenous knowledge and seeds. Dr. Shiva suggests that a more sustainable and productive approach to agriculture can be achieved through reinstating a system of farming that is more centered on engaging women. She advocates against the prevalent "patriarchal logic of exclusion," claiming that a woman-focused system would change the status quo in an extremely positive manner. She was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993 and plays a major role in the global Ecofeminist movement. Free and open to the public. Reception follows lecture.
March 1, 2013 Help Plant Spinach & Peas at the Garden Commons!
Friday, March 1st at 4pm
UofL's organic Garden Commons is located at the Cultural Center and is a community space open to all. Come help us plant delicious spring greens! No experience necessary!
March 1, 2013 “Building Blocks of Resiliency”
Friday, March 1st at 1:00 in Natural Science Room LL30
A lecture by Dr. Josh Human, Director of the UofL Center for Hazards Research. Full details and RSVP here. Part of the Spring 2013 "Science, Technology, and Social Change" Lecture Series. Future events in the series:
  • Dr. Nancy Potter, Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics & Medical Humanities: “Biopower, Brain Imaging, Big Pharma, and the ‘Mentally Imbalanced Female’: Can the Science of Psychiatry ever be Liberatory?” Friday, March 29th at 1:00 in Natural Science Room 030
  • Meghan Mahoney, MALD, policy associate with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Friday, April 12th at 1:00 in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
All events free & open to the public. Sponsored by UofL's Social Change Program. For more information, contact Avery Kolers, 852-0453.
February 25 to March 1, 2013

Inclusion & Equity Week
February 25th to March 1st
UofL's College of Arts & Sciences Office for International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs presents this annual series of events, all free and open to the public. Light Refreshments will be served. Full details here.
Monday, Feb. 25 – Unsung Champions Wax Museum 12 – 2 pm, Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Tuesday, Feb. 26 – You Mean There’s Race In My Movies? 4 – 6 pm, Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Wednesday, Feb. 27 – UofL Diversity Revisited: A Look Into The Future 12 – 2 pm, 139 Shumaker Research Bldg.
Thursday, Feb. 28 – The Real Game of Life 11 am – 1 pm, Red Barn
Friday, Mar. 1 – Intent vs Impact 12 – 2 pm, 254 Ekstrom Library

Programs will be led and facilitated by the Arts & Sciences Inclusion & Equity Interns. The Inclusion and Equity Internship Program is designed to expose a team of students to the scholarship and best practices concerning greater inclusiveness and equity, with the purpose of cultivating social justice leadership skills among college students. For additional information regarding Inclusion & Equity Week or the Inclusion and Equity Internship Program, please contact Marian R. Vasser at 502-852-2252 or mrvass01@louisville.edu
February 21, 2013 Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RE3) Forum
Thursday, Feb. 21st 4:00 - 6:00pm in Ernst Hall Room 212
UofL's RE3 Club is hosting this moderated Q&A session with several representatives from top-notch local renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses to discuss careers in the industry. Our panelist include:
  • David Huff, Director of Customer Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Strategy for LG&E
  • Tony Hans, National Director of Sustainable Projects for CMTA
  • Troy Lay, Co-Founder and COO at Alternative Energies Kentucky
  • David Underwood, NABCEP certified solar installer, Earthwell Energy Management
  • Greg Long, Environmental Engineer, Ford Assembly Plant
Discussion topics will focus on what employers are looking for, what it's like working in the field, and the future of renewable energy jobs. Questions may be sent in advance to srelli02@lousiville.edu. The Q&A session will be followed by a free dinner and open discussion with guests. Details and RSVP here.
February 20, 2013 Let's Talk Lunch: You’re designed to move: Overcoming barriers to regular exercise!
Wednesday, February 20th at Noon in the Cultural Center
Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? Biking home, workout at the gym, or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity releases brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Our bodies are designed to move! But with homework, a job, family, extracurricular activities, and not to mention studying, fitting in exercise seems impossible! Stop by this workshop to learn how to overcome barriers to regular exercise! Sponsored by Cultural Center, Association of Black Students, Health Promotion, and Student Support Services Program. Bring a plate and utensils to enjoy our free lunch!
February 20, 2013 Jon McCourt on The Quest for Social Justice: A Very Personal Journey through the Conflict in Northern Ireland
World Day of Social Justice, Wednesday, Feb. 20th at 10:00am, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium.
Jon McCourt grew up in Derry, Northern Ireland. He marched for civil rights in 1968, and joined IRA in 1969. He was a participant in the Bloody Sunday march for civil rights. He left the IRA in the mid 1970s, feeling disillusioned that it had moved too far from the civil rights agenda and was contributing to increased polarisation and sectarianism. He then became a community peace activist, and has worked in the area ever since, including working with victims of violence, community relations, and youth in criminalized areas. He has also travelled to and worked with those involved in conflicts in other areas of the world, including Bosnia, the Middle East, Rwanda and conflict torn countries in Africa. He will discuss struggle, loss, division, polarisation, hope and healing and share personal moments and reflections. Brought to you by UofL's Psychological & Brain Sciences Department along with The Peace, Justice, & Conflict Transformation Program.If you need further information or require any accommodations in order to participate fully in this event, please contact Dr. Melinda Leonard at 852-3180 or email at maleon04@louisville.edu.
February 19, 2013 Cardinal Cook-off: Local Food/Local Chef Show Down!
Tuesday, Feb. 19th 6–8pm, SAC Multi-purpose Room
The Student Activities Board and Office of Health Promotion are co-sponsoring the Cardinal Cook-off as a part of Body Appreciation / Body Awareness (BABA) Weeks! Read more here. The event features:
•    Chefs:  Laurent Geroli/Brown Hotel, Dallas McGarity/Marketplace, Mary Wheatley/Winston’s & CookWithMary, Melissa Ingram/UofL Dining
•    Master of Ceremonies:  Kevin Nelson #1, Food and Beverage Director/Wayside Christian Mission's Hotel Louisville Hotel AND Chef Kevin Nelson #2, Host of TV show, Down & Out with Chef K
•    Audience will watch, learn, laugh and taste as chefs prepare 3 dishes (some vegan) each from exciting mystery food baskets, including local foods!
•    Free to students, faculty, staff and public. Free tasting! Drawing for tasty prizes! 
•    SIGN UP FREE here to be guaranteed a seat and to entered in drawing to be on the Judging Panel.
•    Featured Event of the annual BABA (Body Awareness/Body Appreciation) Series.
•    Follow Twitter @healthycards and Facebook UofLHealth Promotion
February 19, 2013 Hotel Louisville Lecture Series on Peace and Conflict Transformation for those at Risk
Stephanie Barnett: Choose Well Louisville & The Louisville Time Bank
Tuesday, February 19th 2:00-3:30pm
Hotel Louisville, 120 W. Broadway
Please join us as Stephanie Barnett highlights the features of a "ChooseWell community" - one that connects and supports its members in their quest for holistic and sustainable wellness. Find out more about ChooseWell's new program which integrates healthy food choices, physical activity and spiritual growth to enable busy parents to nurture their own wellness and to create a model of wellness for their kids. See how ChooseWell's partnership with The Louisville Timebank creates a model that allows participants to access holistic wellness services through gifts of time vs. cash ... and offers a vision of a health system that holds us in our wellness, rather than profits from our sickness. Stephanie Barnett is a thirty year veteran of our challenged health care system. She's used her experiences as an executive with one of the county's largest health insurance companies and her role as a consultant and advocate for independent physicians and the communities they serve to explore a new model of compassionate care.
This event is FREE and open to the public. Conveniently served by bus from UofL: TARC Route 4.
Questions? Please contact co-organizer, Lora.Haynes@Louisville.edu, of UofL's Resilient Families Project.
February 19, 2013 Professional Development for all UofL Employees “Culture Shift – Making UofL Lean and Green in 2013”
Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 2:00-3:30pm, Human Resources 103A
This dynamic and engaging session led by experts in the field will provide you with a helpful introduction to the basic principles of sustainability and how to apply them in your professional and personal decision-making at work and at home. This professional development session has been designed to offer staff and faculty at any level with a wide variety of practical tips that you can use to help UofL shift our culture towards become better stewards of the environment while saving money and helping build a brighter tomorrow for society. Attendees will better understand UofL's commitment to sustainability and learn how each step we take contributes to big results for us individually, for the university, and for the broader community. The session will also introduce you to UofL’s new Eco-Reps Program, which gives you the opportunity to go deeper with follow-up trainings online, a certification, group and individual service projects, and the empowerment of becoming a point-person for sustainability in your unit. Register here.
February 16, 2013 Volunteer at Seneca Park
Saturday, February 16th - 10:00AM-12:00PM
We will once again be working with Olmsted Parks again to clean up litter, remove invasive species, and/or plant new trees. We will carpool from campus, planning to leave around 9:30 AM. To find out more or to sign-up and reserve your spot, contact Joe LaCasse by e-mail at j0laca01@louisville.edu or call/text 270-339-2523.
February 15, 2013 GRASS Meeting and Weatherizing Service Project
Friday, February 15th noon
Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, 318 W St. Catherine Street (at 4th St.)
Join us for a volunteer day to help the church weatherize and become more energy efficient. We need volunteers to help install plastic on windows. We will also have our regular GRASS meeting there at 3pm. Take the #4 bus there from campus by grabbing any northbound bus on 4th street (they come every 15 minutes or less).Great opportunity to get volunteer hours for class or just help save the earth!
February 15, 2013 UofL Hosts First Meeting to Create a Regional Organization of Peace Studies Faculty
Friday, February 15th 10:00am - 2:00pm, Ekstrom Library Room 254
Organizational and sharing meeting for peace studies faculty in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. In addition to sharing information about programs and identifying opportunities for collaboration, we would like to discuss the possibility of formally establishing an organization of peace studies faculty in our six state region. Lunch will be served. RSVPs and Questions to: Russell Vandenbroucke (UofL) <r.vandenbroucke@louisville.edu> or Rebecca Glasscock (Bluegrass Community & Technical College) <rebecca.glasscock@kctcs.edu>.
Feb. 15 - May 15, 2013 A Selection from the Harlan and Anna Hubbard Collection
On Display Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm, Feb. 21 - May 15, 2013
Kain Rare Books Gallery, Ekstrom Library lower level
Kentucky artist, writer and back-to-nature philosopher Harlan Hubbard and his wife, Anna, were one of the first couples to intentionally choose living a simple life “off-the-grid.” The couple lived deliberately and artistically, first on a shantyboat as they traveled the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, then as farmers on seven acres at Payne Hollow in northern Kentucky from the early 1950s through the late 1980s. They farmed most of their food, made sassafras tea, made candles to read by and collected anything that drifted upon shore. This first exhibit of the newly-combined library – Archives & Special Collections – includes selections from the journals, literary manuscripts, letters and artwork UofL holds in the Hubbard collection, ca. 1903–1987. Admission is free and open to the public.
February 14-28, 2013 Body Appreciation / Body Awareness (BABA) Weeks
February 14-28, 2013. Multiple health-promoting activities all over campus, brought to you by the Office of Health Promotion! Full details here.
February 14, 2013 UofL Bus to I Love Mountains Day in Frankfort!
Thursday, February 14th. Bus leaves 10:30am from the Planetarium and returns by 3:00pm
  • Join other UL students as we and thousands of other Kentuckians descend upon the capitol in Frankfort to tell lawmakers that WE LOVE MOUNTAINS...and that the practice of mountaintop removal mining is unacceptable! Details and RSVP here.
  • More information about I Love Mountains Day 2013 here.
  • Email Troy Tucker <T0TUCK01@louisville.edu> to reserve a spot on the bus.
  • UofL's participation is being organized by the student environmental group, GRASS.
  • The Provost has approved this event under the excused absence policy! Students who would have to miss classes on February 14th need to fill out this form, get your instructor's signature in advance of the event and KEEP THE FORM. Then, after the rally, take the form with a “certificate” from GRASS proving your attendance to the professor.
February 13, 2013 First meeting of UofL's new Solid Waste Reduction Committee
Wednesday, February 13th 9-10am
Service Complex Room 125A (Warnock & Brook Streets)
Phase I of our “Mini Bin” Garbage Reduction and Single Stream Recycling program are in place and the program has been the major factor in increasing recycling rates across the University, particularly in the areas of cardboard, paper, aluminum, glass and plastic. While the numbers have increased every year since the program’s inception in 2009, there are areas that need to be improved, including:
•    Promotion of recycling program--increasing awareness, understanding of program, individual prompts to increase recycling
•    Changing University-wide culture to normalize recycling--behavioral change, institutional change
•    Improving on current methods and discovering new opportunities to reuse items University-wide
•    Goal setting--developing university-wide goals, matrices to measure progress, a reporting system, and feedback mechanism to the University community
•    Custodial staff--training, development of policies regarding waste disposal (e.g. if a recycling bin has mixed waste and recyclables how should the bin be handled?), performance review standards
•    Waste reduction--identification of specific waste streams that can be minimized or eliminated, modification in purchasing selected items (e.g. should we buy paper without wrappers for each 500 sheets?)
•    Recycling at special events--sports venues, conferences, catering, other large events
•    Pre- and post-consumer food waste composting
UofL's new Solid Waste Reduction Committee will attempt to address these concerns and we'd love to have your input. This voluntary committee will report to the Sustainable Operations Committee. Contact: Aaron Boggs <aaron.boggs@louisville.edu>.
February 12, 2013 Sustainability Scholars Roundtable
Tuesday, February 12th 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Cox Lounge at the Law School (2nd floor center of Wyatt Hall complex)
All UofL faculty, staff, and graduate students engaged in research related to sustainability are encouraged to join us for an on-going series of Sustainability Scholars Roundtable gatherings. See profiles of UofL Sustainability Scholars here. We gather several times a year to share research interests, goals, and projects; hear from external renowned scholars; have roundtable discussions about sustainability research; and discuss specific sustainability topics of common interest. At this gathering, we will discuss "resilience" -- what is resilience and what does the concept mean for sustainability and for our research. If you'd like to attend, please contact Chair Tony Arnold, who will be distributing some brief reading to begin stimulating thinking and discussion, likely a short excerpt from a forthcoming book on resilience from Columbia University Press.
February 10, 2013 Yearlings Club: A Community Conversation on Fair Housing
Sunday, Feb. 10th 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway
The 2010 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in Louisville Metro found that our community remains highly segregated by race. Join in the discussion on developing Action Steps for a 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing! Panelists: Dr. Catherine (Cate) Fosl, Founding Director, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and Professor, University of Louisville; Cathy Hinko, Executive Director, Metropolitan Housing Coalition; and Carolyn Miller-Cooper, Director, Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. Moderator: Christy J. McCravy, Metro Housing Coalition Board President. Currently in its eighth year, the University of Louisville/Yearlings Club Lecture Series brings university faculty and the African American community together to discuss important issues. The goal is to forge a common bond, and build greater capacity to understand and address urgent community problems. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. For additional information, please contact Clest Lanier (502) 852-3042 or cvlani01@louisville.edu. Sponsored by the A&S Office for International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs.
February 9, 2013 Louisville Student Cycling Coalition - First Spring Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 9th at 5:30pm at Quills coffee shop, Cardinal Towne
We will discuss upcoming events, student involvement, and some general introductions to different biking communities around Louisville. If you're up for a ride that morning, so please comment on the Louisville SCC Facebook Page!
February 9, 2013 Volunteer at Iroquois Park
Saturday, February 9th - 10:00AM-12:00PM
We will once again be working with Olmsted Parks again to clean up litter, remove invasive species, and/or plant new trees. We will carpool from campus, planning to leave around 9:30 AM. To find out more or to sign-up and reserve your spot, contact Joe LaCasse by e-mail at j0laca01@louisville.edu or call/text 270-339-2523.
February 8, 2013 “Nature: They Ain’t Making it Like they Used To”
Friday, February 8th 1:00-2:00pm in Humanities 106
A viewing of pre-recorded lecture by Dr. Noah Efron, Professor of Science, Technology & Society at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel. Part of the Spring 2013 "Science, Technology, and Social Change" Lecture Series. Future events in the series:
  • Dr. Josh Human, Director of the UofL Center for Hazards Research: “Building Blocks of Resilience,” Friday, March 1st at 1:00 in Natural Science Room LL30
  • Dr. Nancy Potter, Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics & Medical Humanities: “Biopower, Brain Imaging, Big Pharma, and the ‘Mentally Imbalanced Female’: Can the Science of Psychiatry ever be Liberatory?” Friday, March 29th at 1:00 in Natural Science Room LL30
  • Meghan Mahoney, MALD, policy associate with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Friday, April 12th at 1:00 in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
All events free & open to the public. Sponsored by UofL's Social Change Program. For more information, contact Avery Kolers, 852-0453.
February 7, 2013 reTHINK 'Big': Liberals, Conservatives and the Search for Humane Scale
Thursday, Feb. 7th 6-7:30pm, Humanities Room 205
In an age of big governments, big corporations and big farms, there are increasing calls for citizens to support local food movements, local business and smaller governments. UofL political scientist David Imbroscio will moderate a discussion on the search for "humane scale." Discussants include Thad Williamson, associate professor of leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics and law at the University of Richmond, and Mark Mitchell, chair of the government department at Patrick Henry College. Questions and feedback from the audience are encouraged. Full details.
February 7, 2013 First Spring Meeting of the Garden Commons
Thursday, Feb. 7th at 6pm in the Cultural Center
Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come help us make plans for another amazing growing season at UofL's organic campus garden! We'll be discussing the possibility of adding a beehive, as well as fish, fruits, and all kinds of delicious herbs and vegetables! Come join in the fun and learn how to grow your own!
Feb. 3 to March 30, 2013 RecycleMania 2013 LogoUofL Competes in RecycleMania 2013!
February 3rd to March 30th

RecycleMania is a friendly annual competition among university recycling programs in North America. During this 8 week period, UofL is competing to reduce waste, increase recycling and raise conservation awareness across campus!

  • You can help the Cards to victory by fully utilizing UofL’s amazingly easy, single-stream recycling system that lets you recycle everything in the same bin: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL are available here.
  • Check out our hilarious Cardinal Cam Video!
  • Keep up with the Cards progress at the RecycleMania website. UofL will be competing in the Competition Division for the following categories: Grand Champion; Per Capita Classic; Gorilla Prize; Targeted Materials (Paper, Cardboard, Cans & Bottles, and Food Service Organics); and Waste Minimization!
February 1, 2013 Green Initiatives Visit to WaterStep
Friday, Feb. 1st 12:30-3pm
Join Green Initiatives of the Engage Lead Serve Board on Friday, Feb 1 to visit WaterStep, an international non-profit based in Louisville. In their words, WaterStep “is an organization that will do whatever it takes to save lives at risk from waterborne illness anywhere in the world.” In doing so, WaterStep provides water purification systems for communities in need. Our visit to their headquarters will allow us to see how and why they operate. Students will also be able to learn how they can stay involved with WaterStep. We will carpool from campus at 12:30PM and return by 3:00PM. The visit is limited to a group of 15 students, so e-mail j0laca01@louisville.edu to find out more information and reserve your spot ASAP.
January 30, 2013

Intro Meeting: Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club (RE3)
Wednesday, Jan. 30th 5:00pm in Ernst Hall 212
This is a general body meeting open to anyone interested in Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency. We will be discussing upcoming events, generating questions for our first RE3 Forum (moderated Q&A session with local renewable energy and energy efficiency business leaders), and voting on a spring semester tour. This semester we'll have moderated Q&A networking opportunities with industry professionals and we'll be joining the solar flight contest and helping the Solar Decathlon team build a fully solar-powered house! Dinner will be provided! Details and RSVP here.
RE3 will meet on the last Wednesday of each month in Ernst 212.

January 25, 2013 Climate Science: Baby vs. Bathwater
Friday, January 25th 1:00pm in Natural Sciences Room 030
Sarah Lynn Cunningham, director of the Louisville Climate Action Network, environmental engineer, and Courier-Journal "Kentuckiana Green" blogger presents the first lecture on the spring 2013 Social Change lecture series on "Science, Technology, and Social Change." Details and RSVP here.
January 21, 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2013
Monday, January 21st, 10:00am-3:00pm
Leaves From: MITC, Bigelow Hall
On Mon., Jan. 21, UofL will be closed as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions to our country. The Engage.Lead.Serve Board, in partnership with the Cultural Center and the Anne Braden Institute, will provide multiple service opportunities at a number of different organizations across the city for MLK Day of Service. The kick‐off event begins at 10am in Bigelow Hall (MITC), and will include a guest speaker and FREE brunch for participants. Transportation to and from the service sites will be provided. Service should wrap up by 3pm. Registration is available now! Walk-ins may be accommodated depending on site availability. Contact Tajuan Sellars at 852.3436 for more info.
January 19, 2013 ELSB Presents: Olmsted Parks Volunteer Day
Saturday, Jan. 19th 10am-12pm, Seneca Park
Join The Engage. Lead. Serve. Board and other green-minded volunteers to help keep Olmsted Parks beautiful! Contact ELSB's Director of Green Initiatives, Joe LaCasse for more info on carpooling to the site (Seneca Park).
January 16, 2013 “Modern Day Slavery: Breaking the Chains” Conference
Wednesday, Jan. 16th 6:00-8:00pm, Red Barn
Tickets: $15 for the general public and UofL employees; $7.50 for UofL students. Register here.
Speakers will include Theresa Flores, a child sex trafficking survivor, and Colleen Clines, director of the Anchal Project, a nonprofit group that works to empower marginalized and exploited women in India. Funds raised through ticket sales will support a summer service learning trip to Peru, where UofL students and employees will meet with women who are survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking. The Women’s Center also is accepting donations for a silent auction at the event. For more information or to donate to the silent auction, contact the Women’s Center, 502-852-8976. The Women 4 Women student chapter and UofL Women’s Center are the conference organizers.
January 16, 2013 Cookies & Community: Get to Know NC3!
Wednesday, Jan. 16th 4-5:30pm, Ekstrom Library Room 254
Network Center for Community Change (NC3) invites you to learn more about NC3, chat about our community, and have some cookies! This thriving community movement creates change in Louisville’s urban neighborhoods, organizing residents and Network members to improve educational and economic opportunities, urban land use, youth innovation, and food justice in our community. Come learn more about this movement and how you can help build a stronger connection between UofL and Louisville’s urban neighborhoods. If possible, please RSVP to Jessica Potish.
January 16, 2013 First Spring Meeting of Student Environmental Group, GRASS
Wednesday, Jan. 16th 12:15-1pm, Ekstrom W104
Interested in getting involved in making a sustainable difference on campus and on Planet Earth? Join GRASS - Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions! Details and RSVP here.
January 12, 2013 EarthSave Potluck featuring UofL Cancer Researcher, Dr. Ramesh Gupta
Saturday, January 12th 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: United Crescent Hill Ministries Community Center (150 State St. Louisville, KY 40206 (map)
Following a thoughtfully prepared, healthy and plant-based potluck, our presentation this month will be given by Dr. Ramesh Gupta, a researcher from the UofL Medical School's Brown Cancer Center. His perennial research shows the power of chemicals in certain healthy foods. His research takes on both cancer and cardiovascular disease. He is not only an excellent communicator and researcher, but is very passionate about all the right things.
AGENDA:
4:00 PM Free Vegetarian Cooking Class
6:00 PM Plant-based/Vegan/Veggie Potluck and announcements
7:00 PM Dr. Ramesh Gupta: Research shows berries make very merry.
8:00 PM Enviro/Health/Food/Ethic music and conversation
Cost: $2 when you bring food and a placesetting ($3 with no placesetting; $8 if totally empty handed) Questions? Call 502.299.9520
January 9, 2013 Jared Diamond presented by the University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum
Wednesday, Jan. 9th at 6pm, $20
Bomhard Theatre, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (501 W. Main St.)

Jared Diamond,
author of The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?, is a professor of geography at UCLA. He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. He is the author of Collapse and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. In The World Until Yesterday, he surveys the differences between the “traditional” societies and industrial or post-industrial societies, with an eye to one question: What can we learn from the former that can make the world we live in a better place for all of us?

Jared Diamond will be interviewed by Sarah Hrdy, Professor Emerita, University of California-Davis, Associate in the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard, author of Mothers and Others.

Tickets available at the Kentucky Center Box Office, 502-584-7777 or 800-775-7777 or www.kentuckycenter.org

A limited number of FREE tickets to the evening Forum interview will be made available to UofL students, on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. Contact Julie Kroger in the President’s Office: julie.kroger@louisville.edu.

January 8, 2013 Community Conversation on Fair Housing
Tuesday, January 8th at 5:30pm
Centennial Room of the Louisville Free Public Library, Main Branch (301 York Street)
Join UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the Metropolitan Housing Coalition, and the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission for a Community Conversation on Fair Housing! The 2010 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice in Louisville Metro, KY found that our community remains highly segregated by race, income and family status. Civil rights and equal protection laws of the 1960s created a basis for greater fairness, yet their passage could not undo the longstanding separations and inequalities in residential patterns that have been present since Louisville’s earliest days. A new project "Making Louisville Home for Us All:  A 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing," funded by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), aims to offer a fuller understanding of how our current housing problems came to be, and develop clear action steps that take that history into account. We will outline a concrete vision with action steps for Louisville to become a fair, welcoming, and diverse home to all of its people. We want you to participate in a conversation about fair housing and help us develop those action steps. Full details here.
December 15, 2013 Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club: Solar Tour at Apocalypse Brew Works
Saturday, Dec. 15th at 5pm
Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Avenue, Louisville, KY
Celebrate the end of the semester with some amazing local craft brew and learn about how a solar power and solar hot water heater system can be implemented at a brewery! We'll get a tour and explanation of the solar systems at Apocalypse Brew Works! Check out this video preview of their system!
Dec. 6, 2012 A&S Meet The Professor: Susan Matarese & Paul Salmon: The Order of Nature and the Order of Grace: Shaker Perspectives on Health and Wellness
Thursday, Dec. 6th, noon at University Club
$14 regular, $ 7 students RSVP required: Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu
The College of Arts and Sciences presents a monthly lunch and lecture series titled “Meet the Professor.” This month's talk is "The Order of Nature and the Order of Grace: Shaker Perspectives on Health and Wellness,” with Susan Matarese, political science professor, and Paul Salmon, psychological and brain sciences professor. The couple will talk about the health practices of the utopian society that sought to create “heaven on earth” in communities stretching from New England to Kentucky.
Dec. 3, 2012 Local Food Caterers’ Fair
Monday, Dec. 3rd, noon to 1:30pm in the Red Barn
Anyone who orders catered food for campus events can help advance sustainability by hiring caterers that use locally-grown food products in their menus. To help familiarize you with these caterers, the Sustainability Council and the Office of Business Affairs would like to invite you to a special local-food caterers’ fair on Dec. 3rd from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Red Barn. Caterers will be on hand with menus and samples and will be ready to discuss catering options with you. We encourage all business managers and others involved in ordering food for UofL to attend. Please RSVP by emailing or calling alstar01@louisville.edu or 852-5155.
Nov. 30, 2012 Recycled Cinema: Talk w/Susan Jarosi
Friday, Nov. 30th 3:30pm, Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building
“Recycled Cinema as Material Ecology” examines the films and videos of the artist Raphael Ortiz. This case study presents a broader argument about the significance of recycling within the history of post-war experimental film. Ortiz’s work corresponds to the historical development of the environmentalist movement and modern forms of recycling in the United States. Susan Jarosi's article on this subject is in the current issue of Screen. Additional Information: The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society
Nov. 30, 2012 A Conversation with Death Row Exoneree Randy Steidl
Friday, Nov. 30th 10:30am in Ekstrom Library Room 258
Students associated with UofL's Anne Braden Institute will host a discussion with death row exoneree, Mr. Randy Steidl.
He will be sharing some thoughts about his experience on death row, as well as his campaign to abolish the death penalty.  The case against Steidl was based entirely on two (now discredited) eye-witnesses; he maintained his innocence but it was not until several journalism students from Northwestern U. got involved that his case really got another look. After their investigation a judge ordered a new trial but that trial never happened because of the complete absence of evidence - not because evidence was lost but because it never existed. Charges were dismissed and Randy was released after 17 years behind bars in May of 2004. Though Randy supported the death penalty prior to his experience, he has now become an outspoken opponent, and he has been credited as a critical player in Illinois's successful repeal campaign last year. The gathering is open to the public and we encourage students to attend. For more info, contact Ryan Warren at rbwarr01@louisville.edu, organizer of the discussion.
Nov. 30, 2012 Holiday Cards “Buy Local” Shopping Tour
Friday, Nov. 30th 8am-6pm
Starts & Ends at the University Club
UofL and the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will take shoppers on a whirlwind tour of local shops and restaurants Friday, Nov. 30, on its second annual Holiday Cards “Buy Local” Shopping Tour. The tour will take patrons to locally owned businesses in a variety of Louisville neighborhoods. A $35 registration fee includes opening and closing receptions, door prizes and transportation to more than a dozen shops on Barrett Avenue, East Market Street (NULU), Frankfort Avenue, Mellwood Avenue and in Butchertown. Participants are asked to register before Nov. 27th by calling Alice Wissel at 502-852-3533. Full details here.
Nov. 21, 2012 Gleaning at UofL CSA Courtney Farms with Garden Commons
Wednesday, November 21st 10am - 4:30pm
Meet up for carpooling at 10am in the parking lot of St. Agnes (1920 Newburg Road)
Join us for a farm gleaning at Courtney Farms, one of the partners in UofL's CSA program. Last year when we gleaned this farm, we collected a huge amount of food and we hope this year will be the same. Lunch and hot cider will be provided of course. Mary Courtney, who runs the farm with her husband, says their CSA has ended so anything that remains we can take. Because we are expecting such a large amount of food we will be asking Dare to Care to bring a truck to help transport. Details and RSVP here.
Nov. 20, 2012 Stopping the Violence: How Can We Help?
Tuesday, Nov. 20th at Noon in Room 275, School of Law
Featured speakers include leaders of Louisville’s Network Center for Community Change, Dana Jackson, executive director, and Anthony D. Smith, director of network organizing. This Diversity Forum is for people who want to help solve Louisville’s violence problem. Free lunch available at 11:30 a.m. Co-sponsors: UofL Office of Community Engagement, Brandeis Diversity Committee, Black Law Students Association, Anne Braden Institute. Additional Information: Make Change Together.
Nov. 19, 2012 Garden Commons Pot Luck and Movie Night
Monday, November 19th 6:00pm at the Cultural Center
Details and RSVP here.
Nov. 15, 2012 Nov. 15 2012 - Sally Bingham PosterRev. Sally Bingham Speaks on Climate Chaos: The Hottest Generation Ever
Thursday, Nov. 15th 5:00pm
Strickler Hall, Room 101
Rev. Sally Bingham is the founder of Interfaith Power & Light, a religious response to global warming, whose mission is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It is a national campaign which intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all Creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.
UofL's Sustainability Council is co-sponsoring this lecture along with GRASS, Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light, Our Earth Now, Festival of Faiths, and Kinesis. Details and RSVP here.
Nov. 15, 2012 UofL Sustainability Scholars Roundtable
Thursday, Nov. 15th 10:00am to 11:15 am (1st of a series of 3 meetings/year)
Brandeis School of Law, Cox Lounge (2nd floor middle of building)
All UofL faculty, staff, and graduate students engaged in research related to sustainability are encouraged to join us for the first in a series of Sustainability Scholars Roundtable gatherings. Come share your research interests, goals, and projects (limit: 3 minutes per researcher for initial meeting). In future meetings we'll discuss specific sustainability topics of common interest, hear from external renowned scholars, and have roundtable discussions about sustainability research. The long-term goals of this initiative are to:
  • Develop awareness of sustainability research at U of L;
  • Develop networks of scholars to enhance collaboration and sharing of ideas;
  • Enhance research grant capacity & opportunities through interdisciplinary proposals;
  • Improve and increase sustainability-related research at U of L.
This is a project of the Sustainability Council's Research Committee. For more info, contact: Tony Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu
Nov. 14, 2012 UofL Women’s Center's Annual Empowerment Luncheon: “Accountability in Leadership”
Wednesday, Nov. 14th 11:30am–1pm at the University Club
Admission: $35/person (Reservations by Nov. 7th: 852-8976)
UofL’s Women’s Center invites you to the Annual ECS Women’s Empowerment Luncheon with keynote speaker, Crit luallen! Luallen is known as one of Kentucky’s most experienced and respected public leaders, having served as Auditor of Public Accounts and Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet, the highest appointed position in Kentucky state government. Previously Luallen served as State Budget Director, Secretary of Finance, Secretary of Tourism, and Commissioner of the Department of the Arts. Luallen served as President of the Greater Louisville Economic Development Partnership and was named Public Official of the Year by the Washington, D.C. based “Governing” magazine forher positive impact on government in Kentucky. Her work brought a new accountability to board-governed organizations across Kentucky.
Nov. 14, 2012

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Wednesday, November 14th 9am - 3pm

Shumaker Research Building, UofL's Belknap Campus

 

The University of Louisville Center for GIS would like to welcome YOU to GIS Day 2012! Join us as we celebrate Geographic Information Systems and explore the benefits of geospatial technology in our community! Events will include:

  • Presentations from local GIS agencies & sustainability experts (See the complete Agenda)
  • Map Gallery
  • Freebies
  • Refreshments (pizza and soft drinks)
  • 2-3pm Tours of UofL's Campus Sustainability Initiatives!
    Arbor Day Tour - Tree Campus USA: Find out just why UofL has been designated an official “Tree Campus USA” from professor and tour guide Dr. Tommy Parker. (Leaves at 2pm from Shumaker Research Building 139)
    UofL Sustainability Tour: UofL has made great strides in its efforts to become greener and more sustainable. Join sustainability expert Dr. Justin Mog on a tour of the significant changes that have taken place here on Belknap Campus. Get a preview of the Tour with this map. Details and RSVP here. (Leaves at 2pm from Lutz Hall 225)
All are welcome to attend, and this event is entirely FREE, but please fill out a quick registration so we know that you're coming!  The first 50 online registrants get a FREE GIS Day t-shirt! Full details here.
Nov. 10 & 17, 2012 S.O.U.L. Volunteer Opportunity: Project Warm Blitz
Saturday, November 10th and 17th. 9am - 1pm
In teams with other students (get a group of your friends to join your team!), you'll carry out energy audits and help weatherize low-income homes to save energy and keep people warm in Louisville this winter! Since 1982 Project Warm has provided free weatherization services for people who cannot afford their high utility bills. Project Warm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded in part by LG&E, Metro Louisville, and the donations of many generous businesses and individuals. Learn more at Project Warm's website or call (502) 636-9276. Details and registration here.
Nov. 9, 2012 "Aquaculture's present and future roles in world, domestic, and local food systems"
Dr. James Tidwell from Kentucky State University
Friday, Nov. 9th noon-1pm in Shumaker Research Building Room 139
Guest lecture sponsored by the Dept. of Biology.
Nov. 8, 2012 The 2012 Anne Braden Memorial Lecture: Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley: "Neoliberalism and the War on Our Youth"
Thursday, November 8th at 5:30pm
UofL Playhouse (1911 S. Third St.)
U.S. historian Robin D.G. Kelley to discuss ‘war on our youth’

Robin D.G. Kelley

Award-winning author and African American studies scholar Robin D.G. Kelley will give the sixth annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture Nov. 8. His free, public talk is expected to touch on incarceration, racism, public schools, the Occupy protest movement and the February fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Dr. Kelley is Professor of American Studies, Ethnicity and History at the University of Southern California. He is a dynamic speaker, a radical thinker & author of 6 prize-winning books, including Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression, and most recently Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009).
Sponsored by UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.
Read more about the lecture here.
Nov. 7, 2012 Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RE3) Club meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 7th from 12-1 in Ernst 212.
Lunch will be provided (Jimmy Johns)
All interested students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend! Meeting topics include:
1. Date change for Kentucky Department of Energy speaker
2. Formalizing RE3 charter (What do you want out of the club?) and officer recruitment
3. Solar Decathlon and other opportunities on campus
4. Ideas for end of semester and Spring semester
Have any ideas/opportunities/events you want to discuss? Please feel free to contribute! Email President Sam Ellis (srelli02@louisville.edu) or bring them with you to the meeting.
Nov. 5, 2012 Garden Commons: Beekeeping Workshop
Monday, Nov. 5th 7pm at the Cultural Center
Getting pumped about bees with friends. We will be screening a short film on urban beekeeping and explaining some basic principles about beekeeping, how to get started, what they do, where they like to spend their free time, where their kids go to preschool etc. There may also be honey related foods or non-honey related foods it really all depends. Details and RSVP on Facebook.
Nov. 5, 2012 Rethinking American Exceptionalism: What's So Great about America?
Monday, Nov. 5th 6-7pm, Chao Auditorium Ekstrom Library
McConnell Center 2012 Public Lecture Series: Richard M. Gamble is the author of In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth. He is the Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Professor of History and Political Science at Hillsdale College. Gamble challenges the widespread assumption that Americans have always used this potent metaphor to define their national identity. He demonstrates that America's 'redeemer myth' owes more to nineteenth- and twentieth-century reinventions of the Puritans than to the colonists' own conceptions of divine election. He reconstructs the complete story of 'the city on a hill' from its Puritan origins to the present day for the first time.
Nov. 1-4, 2012 Over the course of four unforgettable days, UofL will be hosting three amazing events focused on sustainability, all with the over-arching theme of Cross-pollination! Our goal is to provide a collaborative space – a hive of activity – that unites passionate people and transformational ideas for a future built on greater environmental, social and economic responsibility. Mark your calendars and plan to participate!
Register a la carte for all these events here.
  • CCPS logoCampus Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference
    (Nov. 1 at JCTC with additional events Nov. 2-3 at UofL)
    The University of Louisville and Jefferson Community & Technical College are proud to co-host the 6th annual CCPS conference! CCPS brings together students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners from around Kentucky and the region to network, celebrate our achievements, and exchange ideas and best practices in sustainability. Field trips, panels, and presentations will touch on sustainable solutions around food, transportation, buildings, energy, climate action planning, social justice, waste management, stormwater management, academic programs in sustainability, ecological conservation, community partnerships, awareness-raising, and more! Get all the details here. Follow CCPS 2012 on Facebook.
  • Interdisciplinary Sustainability Symposium: Cross-Pollinating for Resilience
    (Nov. 1 at JCTC and Nov. 2 at UofL Strickler Hall Room 101)
    Chris MartensonUofL's Sustainability Council, with vital sponsorship from the Liberal Studies Project and Dept. of Biology, is proud to present an unforgettable day-long symposium bridging these two gatherings with international, national, and UofL experts in sustainability. Please register here if you plan to attend. Speakers include:
    7:30pm Nov. 1 - Chris Martenson, co-founder of Peak Prosperity. Speaking on "The Crash Course: Essential Insights For Prospering In Our Increasingly Uncertain Future" (Local Harvest Dinner & Keynote Address, Nov. 1 6:30-9pm, $25 or free with CCPS registration.)
    Maria Koetter9am - Maria Koetter, CHMM, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Sustainability, Louisville Metro Government. Speaking on "City-wide Sustainability"
    Llewellyn Wells9:45am - Llewellyn Wells, former VP at Rocky Mountain Institute, and founder of Living City Block. Speaking on: "Urban Regeneration at the Right Scale"
    Lisa Markowitz11am - Lisa Markowitz, UofL Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology. Speaking on "Fresh Food Initiatives in the Americas"
    Irma Ramos1:15pm - Irma Ramos, MD, UofL Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Speaking on: "Challenges Posed by Climate Change Among Disadvantaged Populations"
    2pm - Open World Delegation from Russia. Speaking on: "Russian Perspectives on Sustainability"
    3:15pm - Joe Gorman - National Council Coordinator, Student Environmental Action Coalition. Speaking on: "New Organizing and Coalition-building Strategies in the Coalfields"
    Margaret Carreiro4pm - Margaret Carreiro, UofL Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Environmental Science. Speaking on: "Urban Park Woodlands and Managing for Climate Change"
    Guy McPherson5pm - Guy McPherson, University of Arizona professor emeritus of natural resources & environment, and author of the blog Nature Bats Last and the new book Walking Away from Empire. Speaking on: "The Good, the Bad, and the Astonishing" - Watch the Raw Video. Listen to the Edited Audio.
  • Bluegrass Bioneers
    (Nov. 2-4, 2012 at UofL Strickler & Davidson Halls)Bluegrass Bioneers logo
    Plenary speakers will include Bill McKibben of 350.org, Michael Brune of the Sierra Club, and many others. Now in its 4th year, Bluegrass Bioneers continues to innovate and inspire, from their first year spawning of 15Thousand Farmers (a city-wide sustainable local gardening support system) to this year's Urban Homesteading Bicycle Tour, “Pimp Our Garden” (a guerrilla gardening event), a Waterway Pollution Art Contest for K-12 area schools, and Kenny Stanfield, of Sherman-Carter-Barnhart Architects, highlighting the nation's first Net Zero School, Richardsville Elementary School in KY. Plug into the buzz now on Facebook and Twitter. Bluegrass Bioneers has a year-round presence and continues to be FREE because of the outpouring of community and university in-kind and financial support. Please register here if you plan to attend.
Nov. 1, 2012 Engineers Without Borders and Water Professionals Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 1st at 6:30pm in Vogt Hall 314
The UofL chapter of Engineers Without Borders and Water Professionals is meeting on Thursday, November 1st for a biweekly General Body Meeting. Free pizza and drinks will be provided! The chapter will be discussing our next steps in applying for a program from EWB-USA, in which we will design and implement a sustainable solution to a problem in an international country. Please join us in this endeavor, no matter your major! 
Nov. 1, 2012 A&S Meet The Professor: Carol Hanchette, Medical Geography: Exploring Health, Disease and Environment through a Geographic Lens
Thursday, Nov. 1st, noon at University Club
$14 regular, $ 7 students RSVP required: Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu
The College of Arts and Sciences presents a monthly lunch and lecture series titled “Meet the Professor.” This month Carol Hanchette, geography and geosciences professor, speaks on "Medical Geography: Exploring Health, Disease and Environment through a Geographic Lens.” She will explain the role of mapping and spatial analysis in her research, using prostate and ovarian cancers, lead poisoning and asthma as examples, and will draw from historical study of infectious diseases such as cholera.
Oct. 30, 2012 Sustainability 101 - Professional Development Training open to all UofL Employees
Tuesday, Oct. 30th 2:00-3:30pm
Human Resources Training Room 103A
Sustainability 101 will provide you with an introduction to the basic principles of sustainability and how to apply them in your professional and personal decision-making at work, school and home. This professional development session will provide faculty and staff with a wide variety of practical tips that you can use to become a better steward of the environment while saving money and helping build a brighter tomorrow for society. Attendees will better understand the University of Louisville's commitment to sustainability and learn that each step we take adds up to big results for us individually, for the university, and for the broader community. Please register for this free training here.
Oct. 25, 2012 Rethinking the Trail of Tears: Liberty, Constitutionalism & the Cherokee Perspective
Thursday, Oct. 25th 6-7pm, Chao Auditorium Ekstrom Library
McConnell Center 2012 Public Lecture Series: Amy Sturgis is the author of several books on U.S. presidential history and Native American studies, including The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal and Tecumseh: A Biography. The Trail of Tears shouldn't have happened. People at the time knew that it was wrong, that it was illegal, and that it was unconstitutional, but they did it anyway. The forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to "Indian Territory" (modern-day Oklahoma) was wrong on both moral and legal grounds. How can the Trail of Tears provide lessons to us today? We can't look aside and ignore the Trail of Tears as an example of something that was just part of the mid-19th century mindset. It is a story about how a group that had power gained at the expense of a minority unable to defend itself. The Trail of Tears set precedents we can only hope to avoid repeating.
Oct. 25, 2012

Mary Berry will speak on "The Berry Center and Cultural Change"
Mary BerryThursday, Oct. 25th 2:30pm with local harvest reception to follow
Shumaker Research Building Room 139
In 2011 Mary Berry established The Berry Center in New Castle, KY to focus on issues confronting small farm families in Kentucky and around the country. One of the goals of The Berry Center is to bring focus, knowledge and cohesiveness to the work of changing our ruinous industrial agriculture system into a culture that uses nature as the standard, that accepts no permanent damage to the ecosphere, and takes into consideration human health in local communities."
Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences Committee on Food Justice, and the Sustainability Council.
This event is in celebration of Food Day, a national campaign for healthy, sustainable, affordable, and fairly produced food, which is a project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Find Food Day on Facebook and Twitter (@FoodDay2012).

Oct. 24, 2012 Campus Sustainability DayCampus Sustainability Day 2012 logo
Wednesday, October 24th 10am-2pm Humanities Quad
  • Join us for the fifth annual celebration of all things sustainable at UofL and in our community! Learn about what various campus and community groups are doing to create a sustainable revolution. Sign-up to get involved. Leave with some green freebies, great information, and a smile on your face!
  • Learn about all of UofL's new Transportation Alternatives and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's new Bike Fix-It Stations! Bring your bike for a tune-up!
  • Shred-It will offer free shredding and recycling of documents, video tapes, and computer diskettes from their truck in the circle in front of the College of Business 10am - 2pm.
  • The Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative will be collecting waste cooking oil for recycling at their booth on the Quad!
  • In celebration of national Food Day, we'll have several booths focused on food issues and fair trade coffee and tea available.
  • UofL's event will be part of the national celebration of the 10th anniversary of Campus Sustainability Day.
Oct. 24 to Nov. 4, 2012 UofL Sustainability Week! - over a full week of events to celebrate and raise awareness! Events include:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10am-2pm – Campus Sustainability Day (Quad)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, Lunch – Food Day with Nutrition Navigators (Ville Grill).
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, Noon – Let’s Talk Lunch: “Neo What?!” Neoliberalism and a more perfect democracy (Cultural Center).
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 10:30am–2pm – Gray Street Farmers’ Market. Last of the season! Special Guest vendor: Gelato Gilberto!
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 2:30pm – Mary Berry on "The Berry Center and Cultural Change" for Food Day  (Shumaker 139)
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 6pm – Amy Sturgis on Rethinking the Trail of Tears: Liberty, Constitutionalism & the Cherokee Perspective (Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library)
  • Friday, Oct. 26, 3pm – Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Fall Meeting with National Arbor Day Foundation (Life Sciences Room 137)
  • Friday & Saturday, Oct. 26-27Power Shift: Real Skills for Social Change (Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.)
  • Sunday, Oct. 28, 10am - 3pm – Garden Commons Volunteer Work Day! (10am - Composting at the lot on Bloom St. between Brook & Floyd. 1pm - Gardening next to the Cultural Center, rain or shine!)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 11am-1pm – Learn to Use UofL's New Bike Fix-It Stations! (Humanities Quad)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2-3:30pm – Sustainability 101 - Professional Development Training open to all UofL Employees (Human Resources Room 103A)
  • Thursday, Nov. 1, Noon – A&S Meet The Professor: Carol Hanchette, Medical Geography: Exploring Health, Disease and Environment through a Geographic Lens (University Club)
Oct. 22 to Nov. 10, 2012 Peace & Justice Weeks
An annual series of events brought to you by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice. Schedule and details to be announced soon here.
  • October 1 – November 10 Operation Dignity – Collecting “Boxes of Hope”
    Join the Muhammad Ali Scholars to help ease our newest neighbors’ transition from refugee to resident. Your donations of new and gently used household items will help Kentucky Refugee Ministries set up apartments for refugees resettling in Louisville. Full details about what and where to donate available online here, or contact us at 502-852-6372 or erika.stith (at) louisville.edu.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5-7pm – One Million Bones (Ekstrom Library Quad)
    One Million Bones is a social art project that uses education, hands-on art-making, and large scale public art installations to raise awareness of mass atrocities and conflict related crises happening today in Congo, Sudan, Burma and Somalia. This event will generate bones to be used in the large scale installation on the National Mall in D.C. in spring 2013. Every bone made will raise a dollar towards the efforts made by Care International to assist in these disastrous times.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7pm – Fleeing Home, Finding Home (Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library)
    Join the Ali Institute and guests for an exploration of the experiences of refugees. You won’t want to miss the personal stories that share why people were forced to leave their homes, chronicle their long journeys to Louisville, and celebrate their outstanding contributions to this city.  Special guests include Laine Lopez, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Movement for Justice and Equality in Mauritania, and others.
  • Friday & Saturday, Oct. 26-27Power Shift: Real Skills for Social Change (Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.)
    Tired of all the talk about violence in our community? Are you ready to act powerfully on behalf of yourself and your neighbors? You are invited to join us for a community organizing workshop lead by Rev. Alvin Herring. This skill building workshop, for both novices and seasoned community organizers, will provide you with the tools needed to define your own issues and interests, organize others, and act to win. October 25th 9am-7pm and October 27th 9am-4pm.  Food will be provided for all participants. Sponsored by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, and Councilwoman Attica Scott. RSVP to Mikal Forbush, Ali Institute Program Coordinator, at 852-1493 or maforb01@louisville.edu.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 11am-6pm – Hello Neighbor! Day of Dignity/Day of Compassion (Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St.)
    Join UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute and the Muhammad Ali Center for a grand community celebration of our diversity and the people-to-people connections that make our city a welcoming place. The event will feature great food, community resources for new and long-time residents, health services, live entertainment and a tour of the Muhammad Ali Center exhibits - complimentary to all attendees! Sponsored by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice, the Muhammad Ali Center, Islamic Relief USA, Kentucky Refugee Ministries and the Office for Globalization.
Oct. 22, 2012 Canning & Food Preservation Workshop
Monday, Oct 22nd 6:00-7:30pm at the Cultural Center
Garden Commons is hosting workshops throughout the year to educate students and community members about different aspects of growing your own food. This workshop will be about canning and other methods of food preservation so you can save the food from your garden and eat it year-round. A Master Gardener from the Jefferson County Coop Extension office will be here to teach the workshop and provide a demonstration on canning. Every attendee will have the opportunity to can apples to take home. If possible, bring with you a mason jar with fitting lid to the workshop! Full details & RSVP here.
Oct. 22, 2012 Sustainable Closet: Clothes, Books, and Things Drive
Monday, Oct. 22th 6:00-9:00pm
West Lawn (Red Barn if there's rain)
UofL's environmental group G.R.A.S.S. is holding a drive during the Panhellenic Fall Festival to collect used clothing, shoes, books, electronics, and other things to support the reuse and repurposing of clothes and other household objects! One of the most environmentally friendly things we can do is reduce the demand for clothing that is in abundance in our world! Please donate all types of clothes (except undergarments), as well as any dishes, cds, books, binders, bags, We will have boxes at our G.R.A.S.S. table for the collection and will have a Goodwill-style sale later during UofL Sustainability Week! Good donations mean good pickin's for all! Details and RSVP here.
Oct. 22, 2012 Film Screening of Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
Monday, October 22nd 5:30pm
Floyd Theatre, Student Activities Center
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006) is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden--a native of Louisville-- was hailed as a white southerner who was “eloquent and prophetic” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail. Ostracized as a “red,” she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice activists. Free & Open to the Public. This screening will be the kickoff event for Peace & Justice Weeks 2012 by the Muhammad Ali Institute (Oct. 22-Nov. 10). This event is co-sponsored by the Anne Braden Institute, the Ali Institute, and the A&S International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs.
Oct. 19, 2012 Homecoming Farm-to-Table Dinner
Friday, Oct. 19th 7pm on The Ville Grill patio
Cost: two meal plan swipes or $20 (for which you can use meal plan flex points). Reservations required.
Students, employees, and alumni are invited to join us for a one-of-a-kind family-style dinner on the patio of the campus dining hall, where you will be served a four-course menu of local foods featuring:
Kale and Potato Soup
Winter Salad with Black Radish and Apple Escarole
Apricot and Pinot Grigio Smoked Cornish Hens with Winter Medley Vegetables
Pumpkin Crème Brule with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Bourbon Smoked Sugar
We look forward to this time to slow down and enjoy the company of our neighbors and the bounty of our region! Make reservations online here. Non meal plan members should provide your phone number online and we will call to confirm the reservation of anyone wishing to pay by credit. Advance cash payment for reservations can be made at The Ville Grill on the corner of Third Street and Brandeis Avenue. Questions? Contact: Charlie Clabaugh, 502-852-7261, charlie.clabaugh@sodexo.com
Oct. 19, 2012 How to Fall from Trees: Gliding Ants and Other Discoveries from the Rainforest Canopy
Friday, Oct. 19th 5:30-7:30pm in 101 Life Sciences
A homecoming lecture by Dr. Steve Yanoviak, Biology’s Newest Faculty Member & the Wallace Chair of Conservation in Biology. Light Refreshments & Alumni Mixer following the Lecture in Life Sciences Room 137. For More Information: 502.852.5051 or elea.fox@louisville.edu
Oct. 19, 2012 Itzel Polo Mendieta: The Other Dreamers
Friday, October 19th 12:00-1:30pm
Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
Please join us for conversation & light refreshments! Itzel Polo Mendieta was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Francisco Tetlanohcan, a small rural community with a high rate of citizens journeying to the United States, a process known as “out migration.” Itzel has worked as a volunteer for an organization that seeks to decrease the negative impacts of migration by working with the relatives of those who have migrated, especially women, to offer support, services and resources as needed. Currently, Itzel is working as a community organizer in Mexico City with The Other Dreamers, a group comprised of young returned migrants – some who were deported, others who returned voluntarily – who do not have the necessary support to re-integrate into Mexican society and the Mexican labor force. The Other Dreamers seek to increase access to education and create better job opportunities for their constituency, since under Mexican law the process to validate educational studies from the United States can be lengthy and expensive.  The Other Dreamers organize for better job opportunities and access to education in Mexico. 
Co-Sponsored by the A&S Office of International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs, LALS, POLS, and UNA-Louisville Chapter, KITLAC. Contact Person: Dr. Tricia Gray, tjgray01@louisville.edu
Oct. 18, 2012 Occupy Israel: Notes from a Year of Social Protest
Thursday, Oct. 18th 7:00-8:30pm
Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Noah Efron, senior fellow of Shaharit -- A Think Tank for New Israeli Politics, will discuss the ongoing tent city movement in Tel Aviv. Efron is a professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Bar Ilan University and formerly served on the Tel Aviv-Jaffa City Council. He is the author of Real Jews: Secular, Ultra-Orthodox, and the Struggle for Jewish Identity in Israel, as well as numerous scholarly and popular publications. He also hosts The Promised Podcast. Free & open to the public. Refreshments provided. Details and RSVP here.
Oct. 18, 2012 Nature: They Ain't Making it Like They Used To
Thursday, October 18th 1:00-2:30pm
Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Dr. Noah Efron, the founding chairperson of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel, will speak on the way that our expanding capacity to alter nature is changing our understanding of what "nature" is. Prof. Efron is the author of two books and numerous essays on the complicated intertwine of knowledge, religion, and politics. He has served as president of the Israeli Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and is a standing member of the Ministry of Agriculture's Committee on Genetically Modified Organisms. He has held fellowships at Princeton, Harvard, and MIT. Details and RSVP here.
Oct. 17, 2012 Free Professional Development Workshop: Welcoming Diversity
Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 2pm
Human Resources Room 103A
Did you know that the concept of diversity is more than just respecting different groups of people? Really understanding diversity is to learn that every individual is unique. Do you have questions about diversity or are you curious about how UofL is committed to welcoming all types of individuals? Please attend this free workshop. Michael Anthony and Brian Buford offer a fun and knowledgeable approach to learning more about diversity. Additional Information: Registration. More information (Opens as a PDF). Email Staff Development.
Oct. 15, 2012 Debate: Should UofL Buy from Sweatshops?
Monday, Oct. 15th 1pm
Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Join us for a discussion between Professor Avery Kolers (philosophy department, University of Louisville) and Professor Benjamin Powell (economics department, Suffolk University) as they examine the economic and philosophical arguments for and against purchasing goods made in sweatshops.
Oct. 13, 2012 How Can We Best Serve? Conference
Saturday, October 13th 10am - 2pm, Ekstrom Library
You are invited to join dynamic discussions about the issues facing our community. Service veterans and novices alike will gain awareness and valuable networking opportunities through breakout sessions, a keynote address and lunch. Details and Registration here.
Oct. 13, 2012 Homecoming S.O.U.L. Service Projects
Saturday, October 13th, Sites and start times vary.
Details and registration here.
Oct. 13, 2012 Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference: “No Water; No Food”
Saturday, October 13th, 9am-5:30pm, $40
Location: Kentucky Country Day School, 4100 Springdale Road, Louisville, KY 40241
The 13th annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference is for people and organizations who care about where their food comes from....and that their daily repast is ethically and sustainably raised / grown and harvested. In observance of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, this year's conference will focus on the topic of water and water quality. Tickets are $30 before September 15, $40 after that date. Registration cost covers: meals, snacks and conference materials. Contact Aloma Dew at (270) 316-0334 or by email at aloma.dew@sierraclub.org to inquire about scholarships.
Supported by UofL's Sustainability Council and featuring UofL glaciologist Keith Mountain as a speaker and a variety of UofL students and faculty at Learning Stations on: Composting and vermiculture; Permaculture: Catching and storing water; The incredible journey of water; and Healthy oceans. Full details and registration here.
Oct. 12, 2012 UofL Reconsidered: Your Roles as a Faculty in Engaged Scholarship
Friday, Oct. 12th 8:30-10:45am, MITC Room 201
Barbara Holland, an internationally known scholar on community engagement will offer a free workshop for faculty to address the question: What is the Scholarship of Engagement and how can teaching, research, and service be re-cast in this frame of reference? Emphasis will be placed on seeing teaching, research, and service through the community engagement lens and its implication on faculty professional life. Faculty will:
a) Gain an overview of how to connect engagement to promotion and tenure;
b) Explore ways of documenting engagement work; and
c) Be introduced to strategies for infusing engagement into their course/teaching, classroom/course development and design, and the writing of Student Learning Outcomes.
Register here. Additional Information: nisha.gupta (at) louisville.edu
Oct. 11, 2012 Community Engagement Awards
Thursday, Oct. 11th 6:00-7:30pm
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
RSVP 502-852-2148 (Business attire)
President James R. Ramsey and the Office of Community Engagement cordially invites you to attend a ceremony and reception celebrating UofL's annual Community Engagement Awards. The 2012 Honorees are:
Faculty: International Service Learning Program Faculty Team
Student: Morgan Forrester
Community Partner: Wayside Christian Mission
Oct. 11, 2012 Conversation on Community Engagement: Q&A with Barbara Holland
Thursday, Oct. 11th 4:30-5:30pm
Humanities Room 300
Faculty and staff are invited to meet Barbara Holland, an internationally known scholar on community engagement during her visit to UofL.campus at the “Conversation on Community Engagement.” Bring questions, concerns and ideas about building community engagement into your work at UofL. Additional Information: nisha.gupta (at) louisville.edu. Register here.
Oct. 6, 2012 Louisville Solar Tour
Saturday, October 6th Noon-4pm. Various sites.
UofL will host tour sites (Sackett Hall & Garden Commons at the Cultural Center) along with UofL employees and students who live in solar-powered homes. We'll open our doors to give you a glimpse of our renewable energy future! Throughout the afternoon, you can tour dozens of different homes and institutions on your own or as part of group bus or bike tours. The bus costs $15 per person, but is FREE for students who email timdarst (at) aye.net by October 3rd. Full details here.
Oct. 3, 2012 Louisville Sustainability Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 3rd Noon - 1:45 pm
Passionist Earth & Spirit Center (behind St Agnes Church at 1920 Newburg Road))    
Featured Presentation: "Engaging People in Environmental Issues" by Melissa K. Merry, UofL Assistant Professor of Political Science.
Dr. Merry will discuss the micro-blogging and social networking website, Twitter and its potential for engaging and mobilizing citizens on environmental issues. She will offer a brief background on the site and describe how environmental organizations' used Twitter to convey information in the aftermath of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. She will offer a set of practical recommendations for anyone seeking to maximize their outreach by this increasingly popular website. Melissa's research deals with environmental organizations and the ways that they frame problems for public debate. 
5 minute presentations:
  • "Mining the Waste Stream" by David Coyte
  • Heating Water with Solar Energy by Leah Dienes, Owner/Partner/Head Brewer, Apocalypse Brew Works
Food & drink:
Heine Bros. provides us with Heine Bros. coffee. Feel free to bring a bag lunch. If you'd like to prepare extra food or drink to share with others, that is always welcome!
Sept. 30 - Oct. 5, 2012 UofL Pride Week
A celebration of justice, dignity, and respect for all! See the full schedule here. Highlights include:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2nd 2pm - Learning to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress. Presented by Dr. Stephanie Budge and the Counseling Psychology Trans*LGBQ Lab (CEHD Room 371)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3rd 7pm - Keynote Speaker Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, openly gay man, founder of Define American.com and immigration reform advocate.  He was recently featured in a TIME cover story about the challenges undocumented people in America face. (SAC Multipurpose Room)
  • Thursday, Oct. 4th Noon - Let's Talk Lunch: The Revolutionary Principles of Nonviolence - Learn more about the life of Civil Rights pioneer Bayard Rustin in this informal session co-hosted by the Black Faculty & Staff Association and the Cultural Center. Featuring Mandy Carter, National Black Justice Coalition and Walter Naegle. (Cultural Center)
  • Thursday, Oct. 4th 7pm - Bayard Rustin Centennial Celebration - Mandy Carter and Walter Naegle will lead a discussion and viewing of the film, Brother Outsider, that tells the story of Bayard Rustin's lifetime of activism and how he organized the March on Washington from the shadows as an openly gay man. (SAC Multipurpose Room)
Sept. 28, 2012 Sustainability 101 - Professional Development Training open to all UofL Employees
Friday, Sept. 28th 1:30-3:00pm
Human Resources Training Room 103A
Sustainability 101 will provide you with an introduction to the basic principles of sustainability and how to apply them in your professional and personal decision-making at work, school and home. This professional development session will provide faculty and staff with a wide variety of practical tips that you can use to become a better steward of the environment while saving money and helping build a brighter tomorrow for society. Attendees will better understand the University of Louisville's commitment to sustainability and learn that each step we take adds up to big results for us individually, for the university, and for the broader community. Please register for this free training here.
Sept. 28, 2012 Climate Change and Soil Biology: Dr. Wim van der Putten, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
Friday, Sept. 28th
  • Noon (Shumaker Research Building 139) "Climate warming, range shifts and aboveground-belowground interactions"
  • 4pm (Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium) "Soil biodiversity in a changing world: should we worry about the underworld?"
Sept. 28, 2012 Basic Pantry: Grocery Store Tour
Feeling Lost? Learn how to buy LOCAL, FRESH, AFFORDABLE, HEALTHY food at your local grocery store!
Friday, Sept. 28th 11:50am – 2:30pm
Meet tour guide at TARC stop on Eastern Parkway in front of Speed School. Bus departs at noon.
OR meet at ValuMarket in MidCity Mall at 12:30 pm.
Tour Highlights:
  • Participants receive: $10 gift card to shop at ValuMarket, UofL Sustainability re-usable shopping bags (made in the USA of 100% recycled fibers), coupons for items on the Basic Pantry Shopping List, recipes, shopping tips and snacks.
  • Reserve and pay $5 registration fee online OR in person at the Health Promotion Reception in Student Services Annex. Group size limited to 12...register now!
  • Tour led by a Registered Dietitian and a student Nutrition Navigator with time to shop at end of tour.
Brought to you by UofL Health Promotion, Student Services Annex between SAC & Houchens. 502-852-5429.
Sept. 27, 2012 Info Session: Interfaith Power & Light
Thursday, Sept. 27th 11am-1pm
Ernst Hall, Room 212
Come for free pizza and learn about social entrepreneurship in sustainable energy! Interfaith Power & Light is a  non-profit which promotes sustainable energy awareness within faith communities and puts solar panels on houses of worship. Sponsored by UofL's Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club (RE3). Details and RSVP here.
Sept. 25, 2012 Film Screening: Bag It
Tuesday, Sept. 25th 7:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
Bag It has been garnering awards at film festivals across the nation. What started as a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Join the Bag It movement and decide for yourself how plastic your life will be. Co-sponsored by GRASS, Louisville Plastic Bag Ban, and OurEarthNow. Details and RSVP here.
Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 30, Nov. 27, Dec. 4
Bike Fix-It Station at Humanities QuadLearn to Use UofL's New Bike Fix-It Stations!
First & last Tuesdays of each month, 11am-1pm
Humanities Quad
What are those strange new red things and how do I use them?! Five new Bike Fix-It Stations with basic tools and a pump have been installed on campus (at Humanities, SAC/Red Barn Plaza, SAC Floyd St. entrance, University Tower Apartments and HSC Kornhauser plaza)! For help with repairs, scan the QR code on the Fixit to view detailed instructions. The Fix-It Station at the Humanities building will be staffed in Fall 2012 from 11am-1pm on the first and last Tuesdays of each month!
Sept. 25, 2012 Network Luncheon: Anne Braden - Southern Patriot
Tuesday, September 25th Noon
Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
Tickets: $7.00 per person. Reservations required. Free admission for pre-registered students. Deadline to reserve is September 20, 2012
Join us as we review film clips from the new documentary film on one woman’s historic role in the civil rights movement earning her the label “race traitor” and participate in a discussion with activists Carla Wallace, Bob Cunningham and Dr. Cate Fosl as they share information about their personal encounters with Anne Braden. Register online here. For additional information, please contact Clest Lanier, 852-3042, cvlani01@louisville.edu or Marian Vasser, 852-2252, mrvass01@louisville.edu. Sponsored by the A&S Office for International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs.
Sept. 24, 2012 Fall Planting Workshop
Monday, Sept. 24th 6-8pm
Garden Commons @ The Cultural Center
Come out to the garden and help with fall planting. Even though the weather is winding down, there are still plenty of crops to grow. We will be planting potatoes onions, garlic, greens, kale, and cover crops. There will also be a demonstration on growing potatoes in five gallon buckets. Come on out, enjoy the weather and see what Garden Commons is all about!
Sept. 24, 2012 “Ain't I A Person?" Poverty & Public Policy Film Screening & Lecture
Monday, Sept. 24th 5:00-7:30pm
Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
Dr. Keith Kilty's documentary, "Ain't I a Person," puts a human face on poverty in the U.S. Poverty is a critical problem in the United States and has been throughout our history, one that generally does not receive a great deal of attention by policy makers. Retired Ohio State University professor and Journal of Poverty founder Dr. Keith Kilty will screen his documentary and discuss putting poverty back on the public policy table. See the trailer.
Sept. 20-21, 2012 "Where Do We Go from Here: From Conflict to Peace or Violence?"
International Day of Peace Commemoration Peace Studies Symposium

Thursday & Friday, Sept. 20-21st
Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

Thursday, Sept. 20th, 5:30pm – Keynote, Dr. Vincent Harding

Towards the end of his life, Martin Luther King, Jr. often declared with loving insistence, "America, you must be born again." What does that mean for us in the 21st century? Dr. Vincent Harding, an associate of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who now serves as Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He has written numerous books, including Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero, and will be conducting a "democratic conversation" on "The Last Years of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Future of America." Plus: Presentation of student research and peacemaking projects, including: Post-conflict Reconciliation in Northern Ireland; Student Understanding and Attitudes about Nuclear Weapons; Health Care and Homelessness; Diminishing Machismo among Boys in Honduras; Oral history interviews with service veterans. Tabling by Louisville peace and justice organizations. Reception to follow. The event is free, open to the public, and is followed by a reception. Seating is limited so please register in advance by contacting Janna Tajibaeva at janna@louisville.edu or phone 502-852-2247.

Friday Sept. 21st, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Featured speakers include:
  • Russell Vandenbroucke, Director of UofL's new Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation program: “Peace Studies’ Window on the World”
  • Susan Duncan, Dean, UofL's Brandeis School of Law: “Restorative Justice and Juvenile Court: Reforming the Experience One Child at a Time”
  • C. Anneta Arno, Director of Louisville's Center for Health Equity: “Injury and Violence through a Public Health Prevention Lens”
  • Lunch (University Club) Keynote: John Mueller, Ohio State University: “The Demise of War?”
  • Melinda A. Leonard, UofL Professor of Psychology: “Combining Peace Studies and Social-Cognitive Research to Enhance Personal, Family, and Community Relationships.”
  • Michael Moryc, professional photographer and Vietnam veteran, addresses his return pilgrimage to Southeast Asia and opens the Ekstrom exhibit of "Return to the Land of Dragons: Photographic Impressions of Vietnam" on
    his return to Vietnam 40 years after serving there (with David Horvath). Reception to follow.
The day-long symposium also features student peacemaking projects, art installations, and meals. Registration is $25 (includes breakfast and lunch) for the general public and encouraged by September 1st as sitting is limited. University students may attend for free if they register by September 15th. Full details and registration here.
Sept. 19, 2012 Book-in-Common S.O.U.L Service Project & Keynote with author Wes Moore of The Other Wes Moore
Wednesday, September 19th
2-6pm Service Project with Wes Moore. Check in at SAC Floyd Theatre
UofL students, faculty and staff will join Louisville youth and community leaders in the historic Parkland neighborhood for service alongside author Wes Moore. Registrants will go to West End School for an introduction and brief training. Teams will then canvass the neighborhood on the way to Parkland Boys & Girls Club for dinner and concluding activities. Participants receive a T-shirt, light dinner and reserved seat at the keynote talk. Space is limited, so sign up now! Details and registration here. Watch video of service project.
6:30pm Wes Moore Keynote, SAC Multi-purpose Room.
Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, will share insight into his book and explore how the themes in his book can be applied to action in our community. Get your free ticket here.
Sept. 19, 2012 Ice Cream Social with GRASS - Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions
Wednesday, Sept. 19th 2-4pm, Humanities Quad
Come enjoy some great locally-sourced ice cream sundaes and meet others at UofL who give a damn about sustainability! Meet other GRASS members and eat Comfy Cow ice cream (or sorbet). Sodexo will also provide some local food to sample. YOU MUST RESERVE A SPOT USING THIS LINK SO WE KNOW HOW MUCH FOOD TO ORDER!
Sept. 18-26, 2012 WEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE September 18 – 26, 2012
This worldwide campaign encourages communities to think and act towards a world without violence. Activities at UofL will focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals and organizations to begin positive actions towards ending violence in their communities. See full calendar here. Select events include:
  • UofL Celebrates International Day of Peace - Thursday, Sept. 20th (Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library)
    5:30pm: Dr. Vincent Harding, historian, scholar of religion and society, civil rights leader, and Martin Luther King Jr. biographer, conducts a "democratic conversation" on "The Last Years of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Future of America." Plus: Presentation of student research and peacemaking projects, including: Post-conflict Reconciliation in Northern Ireland; Student Understanding and Attitudes about Nuclear Weapons; Health Care and Homelessness; Diminishing Machismo among Boys in Honduras; Oral history interviews with service veterans. Tabling by Louisville peace and justice organizations. Reception to follow. The event is free, open to the public, and is followed by a reception. Seating is limited so please register in advance by contacting Janna Tajibaeva at janna@louisville.edu or phone 502-852-2247.
  • Peace Studies symposium - Friday, Sept. 21st 8:30am‐4pm (Chao Auditorium,Ekstrom Library)
    A speaker symposium in partnership with Liberal Studies for International Day of Peace. Full details below.
  • PARK(ing) Day - Friday, Sept. 21st 10am-6pm, in front of Cardinal Towne
    ParkingDay2012SlideUofL's mini-park will be on Cardinal Blvd. between 3rd & 4th St.
    An annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Check out last year's photos! Again this year, UofL will be collaborating with several other groups to transform Louisville parking spaces into parklets to draw attention to how we use our public space and the importance of ending the violence on our streets caused by motor vehicles. Hundreds of people are killed and injured by cars on Louisville’s streets each year. Nationally, 32,310 people were killed on our roadways last year. It doesn't have to be this way. UofL's Sustainability Council wants to help stop by the violence on our streets by raising awareness about safer streets with fewer cars and slower traffic! More details to come.
  • The Line Campaign - Tuesday, Sept. 25th 2:30-4pm (SAC Floyd Theater)
    The Line Campaign is a non‐profit organization and movement that is committed to empowering young leaders to create a world without sexual violence. We create critical dialogues and original media to inspire action. Join the director, Nancy Schwartzman, for a film and discussion!
  • Take Back the Night - Tuesday, Sept. 25th 5:30‐7:30pm (Red Barn plaza)
    This year's featured speaker will be Nancy Schwartzman, a filmmaker, media strategist, and catalyst for social change. Named one of the "10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2011" by Independent Magazine, Nancy Schwartzman's work explores the intersection of sexuality, new media, and the complexities of modern relationships. Nancy is the Founder and Executive Director of The Line Campaign, a non-profit using media and action to end sexual violence. With the creation of 'Circle of 6' iPhone app, Nancy's team won the highly competitive White House Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge. 'Circle of 6' will help friends stay close and prevent violence before it happens.
  • Citizen Lobbyist Workshop - Wednesday, Sept. 26th 5pm (Brandeis School of Law, Room 275)
    Learn how to effectively use your voice to impact social policy and advocate for legislative change in Kentucky. MensWork and ACLU will review key legislation to be filed in 2013.
Sept. 17-21, 2012 Local Foods Week at Global Market
Sept. 17-21, 2012 SAC 2nd Floor
If you’re looking for local, the search just got a whole lot easier! Visit Global Market on the second level of the Student Activities Center for a wide array of local dishes each day this week. View the menu here. Look for the "L" for local icon...and don't miss the from-scratch homemade pumpkin pie on Wednesday!
Sept. 14, 2012 Professor Cate Fosl delivers Daughters of Greatness breakfast talk
Friday, September 14th 8:30-10:30am
Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th Street
Tickets: $15 Students, $20 Ali Center Members, $25 Non-Members
(RSVP to reserve tickets by Sept. 7: Erin Herbert at eherbert(at)alicenter.org or 502-992-5341)

Throughout the year, the "Daughters of Greatness" breakfast series at the Muhammad Ali Center invites prominent women engaged in social justice, activism, philanthropy, and social change to share their stories with the Louisville community. These women have followed in the footsteps of great traditions of social activism and continued the work of those who have influenced them in their own lives. The "Daughters of Greatness" series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of community engagement, social movements, and how to make the world a better place. On Sept. 14, Dr. Cate Fosl, founding director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and Braden's biographer, will discuss the evolution of her friendship with Braden, the challenges of interviewing and writing about a passionate, charismatic activist who was also a compelling writer in her own right, and the process of building a research institute dedicated to advancing public understanding of the U.S. civil rights movement, both its powerful history and its unfinished agenda of racial and social justice.
Sept. 13, 2012 Solar Cook Out!
Thursday, Sept. 13th 11am-1pm
Outside Ernst Hall, Speed School of Engineering
Learn about Solar Cooking and build a burger or hot dog! Sponsored by UofL's Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club (RE3). Details and RSVP here.
Sept. 13, 2012 Advancing Green Infrastructure in Louisville
Thursday, September 13th 9am - 4pm
Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium Register online.

Louisville’s combined sewer system discharges raw sewage directly into Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River when there are heavy rainstorms, on average 30 times a year. Join us as we bring together diverse stakeholders from the public and private sectors to collaborate and explore new opportunities for expanding the use of green infrastructure in Louisville. These green techniques can be used to address the city’s wet weather pollution problems while beautifying our communities and saving money. Panel discussions will evaluate Louisville’s progress with green infrastructure to date, provide a national context for this progress, identify technical and policy barriers to the use of green infrastructure in Louisville, discuss “lessons learned” from a design and engineering perspective, and explore opportunities for future collaboration and coordination.

Speakers will include: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Gordon Garner, CH2M Hill; Representatives from Ford Motor Co., Brown-Forman Corp., Kentucky Life & Accidental Insurance, University of Louisville, Louisville local government agencies, and private residential green infrastructure projects. Complete schedule here.

Hosted by Watershed Watch in Kentucky, River Network, & Natural Resources Defense Council.
Co-sponsors: Partnership for a Green City, Center for Neighborhoods, EPA Region 4 Environmental Finance Center, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center,  Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Green Building Council, Tetra Tech, and Virginia Environmental Endowment

The workshop cost is $20 per person; early registration through September 10. Retirees and students pay only $10. After September 10, the registration fee for everyone is $25. Fee includes lunch and workshop materials. *If you are interested in attending but need assistance with the fee, please contact hank.graddy@gmail.com for scholarship availability. Register online.
Sept. 12, 2012 GRASS Event: Tire Collecting for PARK(ing) Day (and neighborhood cleanup)
Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 5:00pm
Departing from: Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
We need tires for blocking off the parking spaces for PARK(ing) Day (Sept. 21) and there are tires dumped in alleys in the West End so were going to take care of both. Meet at the planetarium and bring a vehicle if you have one to help transport the tires. Details and RSVP here.
Sept. 6, 2012 What's Next: Climate Change with Dr. Keith Mountain
Thursday, Sept. 6th, 7 p.m.
LFPL Main Library (301 York Street, Louisville, KY 40203) Free Tickets: 574-1644
Dr. Keith Mountain is professor and chair of the department of geography and geosciences at the University of Louisville. From shrinking ice to scorching summers, he has been engaged as a researcher in the science of climate change for over 30 years - his perspective shaped by his research in places as far away as Antarctica, Greenland, China, Africa and South America, and as close as Louisville’s Iroquois Park. Join him for a discussion on global climate change!  The event is free, but tickets are required; call 574-1644.
Sept. 6, 2012 A&S Meet The Professor: Lisa Markowitz: Lost Crops of the Incas Rediscovered
Thursday, Sept. 6th noon at University Club
$14 regular, $ 7 students RSVP required: Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu
The College of Arts and Sciences presents a monthly lunch and lecture series titled “Meet the Professor.” This month Lisa Markowitz, professor and chair of the anthropology department, will talk about her ethnographic field work in the alpaca-raising regions of Peru. In Peru over the past decade, gastronomy has boomed in tandem with the economic growth and recent culinary trends include the celebration of formerly disparaged peasant foodways, especially the native Andean foods developed by the ancient Incas.
Sept. 5, 2012 Peace Corps Session
Wednesday, Sept. 5th, 5–6pm, Career Development Center, Houchens Building, LL03
Peace Corps' UofL Campus Office hosts monthly information sessions for UofL students and alumni. The Peace Corps is currently looking for qualified applicants to work and serve abroad in: agriculture, forestry and environment; education and English/ESL teaching; public health and HIV/AIDS work; youth and community development; and business and IT. Come to September’s information session to learn more!
Office hours will be held on September 14th and September 28th. All office hours are held at Houchens, LL03, from 9-11 AM. Alternative times are available by appointment.
Sept. 5, 2012 Help Launch Food Waste Composting in SAC Multipurpose Room!
Wednesday, Sept. 5th 11am-12:30pm, SAC Multipurpose Room
UofL professor and composting guru, Brian Barnes <brian.barnes@louisville.edu>, will be on hand to provide training to students interested in helping staff some new post-consumer food waste scrape stations in the SAC Multipurpose Room. You can help other students learn how to compost while reducing the amount of waste UofL sends to the landfill! You'll also have the opportunity to learn about future sustainability trainings to become a certified UofL Eco-Rep!
Sept. 4, 2012 Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series: What is Urban Affairs?
Tuesday, September 4th at Noon
Urban & Public Affairs Building Rm 123 (426 W. Bloom St.)
Dr. John Gilderbloom, Professor, Urban and Public Affairs, presents “What is Urban Affairs? The Answer My Friend is the New Urban Sociology with Green as a Topping! Brown Bag Lunch
Aug. 27, 2012 First Garden Commons Meeting
Monday, Aug. 27th 6pm
Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Come join us for our first Garden Commons meeting! We will plan on having meetings every week or bi-weekly. This meeting along with a schedule of all our events is also available at OrgSync.
Aug. 27, 2012 The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research presents
Social Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion:
Identifying opportunities for renewables, energy, health & water and championing socially responsible activity
Monday, Aug. 27th 1-2:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport, 2735 Crittenden Drive
Speakers include:
  • Bryce Butler, Executive Director at the Blue Sky Foundation, a venture philanthropy foundation that deploys creative market solutions to alleviate the effects of poverty around the world.
  • Ted Smith, Director of Innovation for Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government, finding creative ways for local government to better deliver basic services, stimulating economic development through public-private partnerships, and embracing invention and entrepreneurship in the local community.
Students, faculty, & staff welcome to participate! For more information, contact Sam Ellis, President, RE3 Club, srelli02@louisville.edu
Aug. 26, 2012 Louisville Film Premiere: "Anne Braden: Southern Patriot"
Sunday, Aug. 26th 3pm
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
"Anne Braden: Southern Patriot" is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader and Louisville native. When charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a Louisville neighborhood in 1954, Braden used the attach to embrace a lifetime of racial justice organizing matched by few whites in American history. Braden's story explores not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman's life spent in commitment to social justice. Full details.
Sponsors include: UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, UofL College of Arts & Sciences, and many others.
Sundays Fall 2012
Garden Commons Volunteer Work Days! (get your hands dirty!)
Sundays 10am - Help us collect & manage compost on campus! Meet at the lot on Bloom St. between Brook & Floyd.
Sundays 1pm - Help us grow organic produce on campus! Meet in the garden next to the Cultural Center, rain or shine!
Full schedule of all Garden Commons events is available on OrgSync.
Aug. 25, 2012 GRASS Trip to Bernheim Forest for CONNECT
Saturday, Aug. 25th
Meet-up to carpool: 5:30pm at UofL's Planetarium
Join UofL's student environmental group, GRASS as we bus (or possibly carpool, details TBD) down to Bernheim Forest for the awesome CONNECT event. Described as a collision between art, science, and nature, CONNECT is a one-of-a-kind event featuring live music, food, art, and exhibits amongst the natural beauty of Bernheim. The event runs from 6:22 to 10:22 pm (2 hours before and after sunset). Stay tuned at the Facebook Event Page for details about when and where we will be meeting up to head down there. The entrance fee is $5 per person, but we do have some scholarships available, so if the cost is going to keep you from attending, contact Joe LaCasse <j0laca01@louisville.edu> about the possibility of claiming one of those.
Aug. 24, 2012 Kick-Off Meeting: GRASS (Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions)
Friday, August 24th 12:15-1pm
In the Quad outside of Ekstrom Library (in the grass, of course)
Help us start off the semester with exciting ideas for great events! RSVP on Facebook!
Aug. 21, 2012 Wendell Berry on “Specialization or Fragmentation?”
James L. Stambaugh Jr. MD Lecture in Humanities in Medicine

noon–1 p.m. Aug. 21 Kornhauser Library Auditorium, Health Sciences Center
Wendell E. Berry, Kentucky poet, novelist, essayist and activist, will present “Specialization or Fragmentation.” Berry holds numerous honorary degrees and is the recipient of the 2012 Jefferson Lecture in The Humanities Award. The Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine Division of Medical Humanism and Ethics is the event sponsor.
Watch a video of the lecture here.
Aug. 15-22, 2012

Sustainability is being woven into Welcome Week events, including:

  • Thursday, Aug. 16 - Morning Walk: Discover Old Louisville!
    10 – 11 a.m., meet at the bottom of the Student Activities Center ramp
    Take a scenic walk in Old Louisville, highlighting local businesses, neighborhood vitality, and healthy local food options!

  • Thursday, Aug. 16 - Car-Free Lunch Trip to Gray St. Farmers' Market
    11:00 a.m. meet up. Cyclists gather in front of the Red Barn. Bus riders bring UofL ID and meet at the TARC Route #18 stop across from the Floyd St. Garage and the Belknap Bus Station. Bring spending cash/debit card.
    All attendees will receive a reusable UofL Sustainability shopping bag made in the USA of 100% recycled materials!
  • Saturday, Aug. 18th - S.O.U.L. volunteer projects 12-6pm.
    UofL's Garden Commons
    is hosting a volunteer work-day and the Sustainability Council is teaming up with Breaking New Grounds to co-host a volunteer site focused on Sustainable Urban Agriculture. Our goal is to introduce new UofL students to the complex issues of sustainability through the lens of food and compost production in an urban setting. We'll provide the tools and the oversight to put a group of up to 15 volunteers to work managing worm compost operations, community gardens, and hoop-house vegetable production in the middle of one of Louisville's "food deserts." We'll also introduce students to the Louisville TARC bus system and how to use it free with UofL ID. The trip departs from the SAC Multipurpose Room and involves a short walk to and from bus stops. Wear sturdy work shoes and clothes you can get dirty. Register to volunteer here.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 21 - Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) Fair & SAB Cook-Out, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza. Free food! Come learn about the many sustainability-related student groups on campus and sign-up to get involved!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 22 - UofL Involvement Fair, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza. Free food! Stop by the UofL Sustainability table to find out how you can make a difference, grab some green goodies, and get a free bike tune-up!
Aug. 11, 2012 UofL Sustainability presentation at EarthSave
Saturday, August 11th - 6pm Vegan Potluck, 7pm Presentation
United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 State Street (on Frankfort Ave).

Join UofL's sustainability coordinator, Dr. Justin Mog, for a delicious vegan potluck followed by a presentation about UofL's ever-evolving and multifaceted sustainability initiatives, including plenty of food-related efforts!

6 p.m. POTLUCK: Bring a plant-based dish (cooked or raw), your recipe to share, and your own utensils/plates. Make every effort to avoid dairy, eggs and the usual cast of animal-derived foods; replacements/substitutions are easy if one makes the effort. Suggested donation: $3 with a dish to share or $8 without a dish to share. Kids under 5 are free. Bring a complete place-setting with utensils for a price reduction of $1 per person. EVERYTHING ALWAYS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, ABSOLUTELY! If you bring food and this is your first time, please call ahead for a brief orientation and perfunctory but mandatory invitation: Nate at 502-299-9520.

EarthSave Louisville educates people about the extremely powerful and documented effects our food choices have on the environment, our health and all life on Earth, and encourages an ever-transitioning shift toward a healthy, plant-based diet.The monthly Vegetarian Potluck is always held on the 2nd Saturday at 6 p.m. RSVP and more details here.
Aug. 1, 2012 PARK(ing) Day Pre-Planning Event
Wednesday, August 1st 6:00-8:00pm
Eiderdown - 983 Goss Ave.

Interested in building your own pop-up park for PARK(ing) Day this September? Join UofL's Urban Design Studio and PARK(ing) Day 502 for a casual information session and City Suds Urbanism Happy Hour at Eiderdown on Goss Avenue on Wednesday, August 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Patrick Piuma, Director of the Urban Design Studio, and Patrick Smith, Author of MapGrapher, will be on hand to showcase examples of pop-up parks from around the country, answer questions about how to build your own park, and offer pointers on assembling a team and finding materials for your park. Brainstorm with your fellow urbanists on how we can improve public space in Louisville. It’s free to participate and registration forms will be on hand. Whether you’re building a pop-up park during PARK(ing) Day or just planning on taking in a few community built spaces across the city, come be part of the discussion. Together, we can transform Louisville into a city of pop-up parks for a single day and help to make our public spaces better year round!
July 23, 2012 KIPDA bike transportation focus group
Monday, July 23rd, 6-7pm
UofL’s Urban Design Studio (507 S. Third St.)

Tell our area's regional planners what it's like to bicycle on streets in our area. They want to hear where you go, what makes you happy and what aggravates you. This information will be used to create a document that will guide transportation decisions in our region over the next 30 years! As part of the “Connecting Kentuckiana” major transportation plan update being developed by the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, KIPDA wants to hear about problem spots, problems with connectivity, safety, and access for cyclists. Do your homework, mark up a map, tell your friends, and be there. Snacks will be provided!
RSVP on Facebook
July 15, 2012 UofL Professor & Composter Brian Barnes speaks at 15Thousand Farmers' 15th Day Celebration
Sunday, July 15th from 6pm-8pm
Chapel at Dismas Charities St. Ann, 1515 Algonquin Pkwy.
 
Brian Barnes, local sustainability advocate, worm wrangler and lecturer in Philosophy at UofL and Bellarmine Universities, will be speaking about "Composting and Community." Beginning in 2009, Brian Barnes led the effort to build a food waste composting facility at U of L. Since it started operation in July 2010, U of L has diverted more than 65,000 pounds of pre-consumer food waste and coffee grounds from landfills into the production of rich, fertile soil that enhances not only the University's Garden Commons, but many other landscape projects around campus. Barnes also has started similar programs at Bellarmine University, Americana Community Center and The Chance School. Some of these groups also are developing organic, sustainable gardens to use the rich soil they create from the composting process so they can provide healthy foods to the communities they serve.
Barnes uses the composting sites as teaching tools for his business ethics students. On tours of the sites, he emphasizes sustainability and healthy foods, and teaches them how to build composting systems, connect with community organizations, and challenge existing paradigms as they relate to food as a social justice issue. He also takes students to Louisville's "food deserts" so they can see firsthand the lack of healthy food availability that exists in many urban markets. At the same time, he teaches them about sustainable systems and the efforts of the community organizations he works with to address this critical need.
As always, there will be a potluck meal, so bring a healthy dish to share if you can.  Also bring along some seeds to swap, and/or some of your extra plant starts to trade, and bring along some friends as well! Full details here.
July 7, 2012 Butterfly count at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County
Saturday, July 7th 10am-3pm
All are invited to participate in the annual butterfly count at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary near Brownsboro, led by UofL biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists, as part of a national effort to monitor butterfly populations across the country.

 

Volunteer counters of all ages should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot of the now-closed Brownsboro general store and restaurant, one mile northwest of Exit 14 off Interstate 71 and about 20 miles north of Louisville. If it rains heavily, the count will be postponed until the same time Sunday, July 8, if that day's weather is clear. The count will be done in a defined area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., although volunteers do not have to stay the entire time. Participants should wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring insect repellent, water and lunch. Nets will be supplied, but volunteers also can use cameras, binoculars and notebooks to gather information. The data will be reported to the North American Butterfly Association for its published results.Read more.

June 14, 2012 Sustainability 101 - Professional Development Training open to all UofL Employees
Thursday, June 14th 2:00-3:00pm
Human Resources Training Room 103A
Sustainability 101 will provide you with an introduction to the basic principles of sustainability and how to apply them in your professional and personal decision-making at work, school and home. This professional development session will provide faculty and staff with a wide variety of practical tips that you can use to become a better steward of the environment while saving money and helping build a brighter tomorrow for society. Attendees will better understand the University of Louisville's commitment to sustainability and learn that each step we take adds up to big results for us individually, for the university, and for the broader community. Please register for this free training here.
June 13, 2012 Belknap Campus Sustainability Tour
Wednesday, June 13th 3:30-5pm
Leaving from the Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Gain a new perspective on sustainability initiatives at UofL! Join us for a Belknap Campus Sustainability Tour led by UofL sustainability coordinator, Dr. Justin Mog.
June 5, 2012 Sustainable City Series #21: Trees, Cities, and Climate Change: How Louisville Can Cool Itself Down
Tuesday, June 5th 5:30-7pm at the Glassworks Building, 815 W. Market St.
Featuring Dr. Brian Stone, Jr., a Georgia Institute of Technology city and regional planning professor

Dr. Brian Stone, Jr., Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, will discuss the effects of climate change on cities and the role that trees can play in reducing the influence extreme heat events can have on our city. Various characteristics of urban environments contribute to elevated temperatures in our cities as compared to the surrounding countryside, known as the urban heat island effect. The amount of vegetation within a city is one of the leading factors in determining if a city can cool itself.

Recent studies have indicated that Louisville's tree canopy has been in a steady state of decline. This information has come as a great surprise to many as we often consider ourselves a "city of parks" and have not taken note of the overall reduction in trees due to damage and disease. Mayor Fischer has recently formed a Tree Advisory Board to develop policies to better care for and aggressively address the issue. Please join us on June 5th for an engaging and discussion with Dr. Stone, author of the new book The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live, as we learn how Louisville can cool itself down.

Space is limited so PLEASE REGISTER HERE by Monday, June 4th to reserve your seat. This event is free to the public. Food will be provided by Ramsi's Café on the World and Heine Brother's will be providing coffee. For more information please call 502.587.7015.

Learn more about the topic in the recent front-page story in the Courier-Journal. Brought to you by UofL's Urban Design Studio. This event is made possible by the Tree Commission with the generous support of Christina Lee Brown.

Thursdays May 17 - Oct. 25, 2012 Gray Street Farmers’ Market
10:30am – 2pm every Thursday (May 17 - October 25, 2012) rain or shine!
Bike ride to the Farmers' Market leaves Thursdays at 11am from the Red Barn.
At HSC on the 400 block of E. Gray St. (between Preston & Jackson). On TARC Route 18 from Belknap.
Featuring a wide variety of local vendors, offering hot lunch items, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, cheese, honey, bakery items, canned goods, crafts and flowers. More information about the farmers’ market here. Directions here.
May 10, 2012

Pedal with the President to UofL for Bike Month!Bike To Work Day with UofL President Ramsey 5-21-10
Thursday, May 10th 7:30am leaves from Amelia Place (2515 Longest Avenue)
Photos. Coverage on WLKY.

Join President Ramsey and others for a fun, easy 30-minute ride to campus to celebrate Bike Month! Riders will leave together and then split into two groups - one headed to Belknap campus and another to HSC. Both routes will be fairly flat and low-traffic. The route to Belknap is mapped out here. The route to HSC is mapped out here. Watch the video for Bike to Work Month 2011 and the 2010 UofL Bike To Work Day video.

May 2, 2012 Garden Commons Slow Food Harvest Party!
Wednesday, May 2nd, 7pm at the Cultural Center
UofL's Garden Commons hosts an end-of-the-year get-down with a delicious slow food meal shared among friends in the garden! For more info join the Garden Commons Facebook group or contact Lindsey Samotis at lesamo01 (at) louisville.edu
May 2012
BTW Day Poster 5-18-12Bike To Work Day with UofL President Ramsey 5-21-10May is Bike Month!
UofL encourages you to use two wheels for transportation throughout May 2012!
  • May 1-17: UofL has formed teams from around campus for the Louisville Bicycle Challenge – a friendly competition to encourage friends, colleagues, and neighbors to start using bikes to get around regularly! Full details about the Challenge are below and here. Meet other participants on Facebook.

UofL Teams Currently Registered (more welcome):

UofL Sustainability Council Crankers

UofL Bicyclists

Speed School Jeep Dodgers

How the Challenge Works:
  1. First form or join a team of about five co-workers, friends, neighbors, or whoever. Teams can be any size, but only the top 5 scorers will count towards your team’s point total.

  2. No more than one team member can be "experienced" riders - people who have taken more than 365 trips by bicycle in the last 365 days.

  3. All team members will register online at GreenLightRide under a team name you create (please indicate UofL affiliation).

  4. Each one-way trip you make by bicycle is worth one point, whether it’s riding to work, to the store, to appointments, to a friend’s house, or just for fun. Log your trips at GreenLightRide.

  5. At the May 18th Bike to Work Day celebration, the team with the most points wins the golden handlebars and the reputation as being the bestest bikers in Louisville!!! Join the victory party at 4th Street Live!, noon-1pm on March 18th.

Glory! Prizes!
All serious contestants will win a set of emergency bike lights from Bike Louisville. Additionally, the winning team will receive these fabulous prizes:

  • Custody of the coveted "Golden Handlebars" trophy
  • Championship helmet mirrors, locally hand-crafted by Bud's Helmet Mirrors
  • Championship cargo panniers, locally hand-crafted by Agent Ümlaut Designs
  • There may be more prizes materializing, so check back later!

What's the Score?

  • Here is the scoreboard.
  • Feel free to talk smack on the Facebook Event Wall.
  • You and your teammates should log in and record your individual trips every day or so in May. When you log in, you will be able to see how the other teams in the Louisville Commuter Challenge are doing.
  • If you have questions about signing up, contact Dave. Have fun out there on your bikes!
  • Have we enticed you? Are you excited about bicycling? Are you ready to form a team and sign up to win fame, glory, and adoration? Terrific! Here's what to do:

Creating Your Team:

  • Go to GreenLightRide
  • Click register in the upper-right hand corner for a new account
  • Fill in the form (write down your username and password so you don't forget!) and click “submit”
  • Navigate the menus to Teams > Create Team
  • Pick a brilliant name and click “submit”
  • Click on the name of your team to go to your team's page
  • The easiest way to invite friends and co-workers to join your team is to copy & paste the URL address from your team's page and send it to people you are trying to recruit. The top 5 scorers will count towards your point total.
  • Enroll your team in the Louisville Bicycle Challenge! Go to GreenLightRide and click "Join Challenge"!
April 29, 2012 Garden Commons work party
Sunday, April 29th 1-3pm at the Cultural Center

Interested in organic gardening? Ready to get your hands dirty? Then come to the Garden Commons work party Sunday, April 29th! We'll be planting sweet potatoes, okra and other summer crops! For more info contact Lindsey Samotis at lesamo01 (at) louisville.edu
April 24, 2012 RSA Sustainability Day
Tuesday, April 24th 12:30-2pm at the Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Lunch will be served!
Take a study break and join UofL's Resident Student Association for a fun, relaxing celebration of Earth Day! Learn how to make "flower bombs" and mini wind turbines (pinwheels). Come discuss how to incorporate sustainability into your life with UofL's Sustainability Coordinator, Justin Mog. Free lunch will be provided, so bring a plate, utensils and cup to reduce waste! More on Facebook.
April 24, 2012 Green Threads: Sustainability Across the Curriculum (faculty workshop)
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 from 9 am to 3 pm in Shumaker Research Building Room 228

Are you interested in environmental issues and sustainability? Are you thinking of adapting a course or creating a new course to focus on issues of sustainability? If so, please consider this invitation to participate in Green Threads:  Sustainability Across the Curriculum. This faculty development workshop, sponsored by UofL’s Sustainability Council, is in its fourth year, and we are currently recruiting a new group of participants for 2012-2013.   

Green Threads will take place Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 from 9 am to 3 pm. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of ways to embed issues of sustainability into the curriculum and into our classrooms. Participants will receive an honorarium of $500, information on local and regional sustainability issues, and resource materials as well as have opportunities to network with other faculty. Previous participants have evaluated this workshop as intellectually stimulating and exciting!

Workshop Applications: Please submit an application, including a description of how you’re considering changing an existing course or the new course you’d like to develop by Monday March 26th, 2012 to Barbara Burns <bburns@louisville.edu>.

Green Threads participants must agree to:
(1)    Participate in the day-long workshop on April 24th 9 am to 3:00 pm 
(2)    Read materials prior to the workshop
(3)    Submit a syllabus for the revised or new course and a paragraph on the intellectual process involved by August 2012
(4)    Report back to the group in an August field trip and at a Spring 2013 presentation for the university community.

Learn more and download the application at our Green Threads page.
April 20, 2012 RE3 Club Info Session: Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative
Friday April 20th 3-4pm in Ernst Hall 212.
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