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Past sustainability events at UofL.

Date Event
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 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! 
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 502-852-2247 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
RecycleMania 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
  • dod20131 NOV. 10 - Day of Dignity 2013
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.
Louisville Solar Tour 2013UofL 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.
UofL's Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club will host a guest presentation by the Louisville Biodiesel Cooperative. The Co-op turns waste vegetable cooking oil into renewable fuels. Join us for a roughly 30-45 min presentation followed by an open Q&A and discussion.
April 20, 2012 GREEN THREADS: A Conversation about Implementing Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Dine and Discover: Teaching Strategies
Friday, April 20th Noon - 2:00 pm, Delphi Lab - Ekstrom 244
Register here

This interactive panel discussion will allow faculty to learn about the Green Threads program which provides faculty development and resources to incorporate sustainability issues into their courses. The workshop will have three parts. In Part One, session conveners Joy Hart, Russ Barnett, and Barbara Burns will describe the history of the Green Threads program and its relation to Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) initiatives across the country. In Part Two, a panel of faculty will describe how they implemented sustainability into their coursework, focusing on specific exercises and pedagogy. Part Three will focus on the logistics and practical solutions to engaging students in our community to further learn about sustainability. Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives, will talk about opportunities that are available on- and off-campus for students to get more involved in sustainability.
The goals of the Green Threads Dine and Discover workshop will be to:
  • Share best practices and emerging scholarship in teaching and learning related to sustainability;
  • Provide an interactive and collaborative learning experience for UofL faculty;
  • Offer participants concrete teaching strategies and "take-aways" for immediate implementation as it relates to sustainability; and
  • Disseminate relevant resources and scholarship for further exploration and learning related to sustainability
Presenter Bios:
  • Sarah Emery, PhD, from the biology department, will talk about how she connected plant taxonomy to sustainability issues in her class "Plant Taxonomy and Ecology BIOL 391."
  • Sharon Kerrick, PhD, from the College of Business will talk about how her students created business plans as part of "Sustainability/ Green initiatives" business plan track in "Entrepreneurship II ENTR."
  • Kristi King, PhD, from the department of health and sports sciences, will talk about her course "Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention" HSS 676 in which students work with community groups to establish interventions that support health, social and environmental issues that links health, well being, exercise and sustainability.
Register here for this unique opportunity.

April 20, 2012 Shelby Campus participates in clean-up at E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park
Friday, April 20th 9:30am-11:30am
Faculty, staff and students from UofL’s Shelby Campus will help naturalists at E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park near Louisville’s Freys Hill area remove invasive bush honeysuckle plants from the park. Community volunteers are invited to join in the 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. clean-up, which is part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s “Give A Day” week.

April 17, 2012

Climate Change Teach-In
Tuesday, April 17th
Outdoor Fair: 11am - 2pm between Shumaker Research Building & Lutz Hall (Rain Location: Lutz Hall atrium)
Speakers & Film Carbon Nation: 5-7pm Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

UofL’s Sustainability Council brings you the fourth annual Climate Change Teach-In, an exciting opportunity to learn more about global climate change and what you can do to address the issue. A variety of UofL departments will be invited to share their perspectives on climate change and help students understand their options for studying the issue and for making positive life changes! Booths include:

  • Cards Go Green! Pledge – earn a reusable shoulder bag and water bottle (Sustainability Council)
  • Tree Campus USA and Belknap campus Tree Tour (Sustainability Council)
  • Learn to fix your bike! and pick up a Louisville Bike Map (Sustainability Council)
  • Bicycling for Louisville – Get involved in your local bike advocacy and education organization
  • GRASS – Green tip fortune cookies, sign-up to get involved in UofL’s student environmental group
  • Office of Health Promotion – Learn about the connections between a healthy body and a healthy planet
  • UofL Dept. of Geography & Geosciences – Learn about opportunities to study climate change
  • Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District – Replace your lawn! Take home a wildflower seedball and learn about rebates for giving up your gas-powered lawnmower
  • KAIRE – Learn about the Idle-Free Louisville campaign
  • Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club - Demos of various solar powered technologies
  • Garden Commons – Showcasing the new mural on UofL’s compost van
  • Louisville Water Company – Free reusable water bottles to fill up on Louisville Tap

There will also be an evening program (5-7pm) in the Chao Auditorium with speakers and a screening of Carbon Nation - a climate change solutions movie by local filmmaker, Peter Byck. Pre-screening speakers include Dr. John Cumbler, UofL Professor of Environmental History and Dr. Keith Mountain, UofL Professor of Geography & Geoscience, an expert in the science of global climate change.

This year's Climate Change Teach-In will be held in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium (which will be held the same day 12:30-4pm in Shumaker Research Building's atrium and room 139). The Symposium is a chance for undergraduates to share with the university community how faculty, staff, and students are applying teaching/learning, research, and service to address community needs. Those doing sustainability-related work are encouraged to submit abstracts (due April 9, 2012) as described here.

Learn more and let us know you're coming on Facebook!

See photos from the 2011 Climate Change Teach-In here.

April 17, 2012 Equal Pay Day!
Tuesday, April 17th 10am outside of the Administrative Annex Building
This date symbolizes how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011. Wear RED on Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay. Stop by the Women’s Center table and pick up “Equal Pay” buttons, pay equity information and free PayDay candy bars. (If it rains, come inside building to the Women’s Center, lower level). Additional Information: Call 852-8976.
April 15-22, 2012
UofL participates in the Mayor’s Give a Day of Service campaign
April 15-22, 2012
UofL wants to help make Louisville the most compassionate city in the world! Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get involved in the Mayor’s Give a Day of Service campaign in one of several ways during the week of April 15-22:
1. Go to the Give a Day of Service website and sign-up to help with any of the projects that are listed through the Metro United Way.
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.
3. Participate in any of the events UofL is already organizing, such as the Relay for Life, the April 14th Ali Shuffle, or the April 20th clean-up at E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park (see below)
4. Simply report service work that’s already planned/being done (as an individual or a group) that happens during that week (or just before/after). Simply send an email with your name, status (student, faculty or staff), department, and brief description of your activity, who or what organization it benefited and when you did it to Sarah Humphrey.
April 14, 2012

Ali Shuffle 10k Run/Walk: "Connecting Communities One Step at a Time"
Saturday, April 14th 8am
Begins at West End School, 3628 Virginia Avenue

Ali Shuffle FlyerThis 10K will follow the life steps of Muhammad Ali, starting at his boyhood home and weaving its way through sites that were important to his life and then ending at the Muhammad Ali Center. This is a great fundraising opportunity for student groups or other organizations. The entrance fees will support UofL's Ali Scholars but any dollars groups raise in sponsorship will go to the organization of their choice.

Register online here. Online registration runs through April 9th. $20 registration fee includes t-shirt. Late Registration is available April 10-13 in person at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth Street.

Mail-in registration form here

Fundraising Opportunity (click for fundraising information)

Fundraiser Application here

Want to volunteer? Contact alishuffle.service (at) gmail.com

This event is brought to you by UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice. For more information, call 502-852-6372.

April 13, 2012 Mickey R. Wilhelm Solar Flight Competition
Friday, April 13th 10:30am - Noon. Papa John Cardinal Stadium (access via north gate)
Student teams from UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Engineering Fundamentals will compete to determine which team has built the best solar powered aircraft. Come to the stadium and cheer on the flying Cards! Contact Andrew Marsh for more information: 852-8597, andrew.marsh (at) louisville.edu. Learn about the 2011 competition here.
April 12, 2012 Documentary Film Screening: The Truth That Wasn't There
Thursday, April 12th at 5 p.m. in the SAC Floyd Theatre
Director Guy Gunaratne and Producer Heidi Lindvall will speak following a screening of their award-winning documentary which follows three student filmmakers who visit Sri Lanka in the wake of its civil war. Refreshments will be provided after the screening. Amnesty International is sponsoring Gunaratne's and Lindvall's tour of cities and campuses across the country. At UofL, the screening is sponsored by the Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation program, The Floyd Theatre, the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, and the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice.
April 12, 2012 2012 Grawemeyer Talk: Severine Autesserre
Thursday, April 12th at 1 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Recipients of the 2012 Grawemeyer Awards will discuss their winning works and ideas at the University of Louisville! Barnard College political scientist Severine Autesserre will speak April 12th. She won the world order award for her book, “The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding.” No reservations or tickets are needed for the free, public talks.
April 11, 2012 Let's Talk Lunch: Energy Use & Appalachian Justice
Wednesday, April 11th, noon-1pm at the Cultural Center
*Free Lunch Provided!*
To wrap-up UofL's participation in the Campus Conservation Nationals and lay the groundwork for UofL's fourth annual Climate Change Teach-In on April 17th, the Sustainability Council and Kentuckians For The Commonwealth will host a discussion around making the connections between personal/institutional energy use and Appalachian justice. Join the conversation with KFTC's long-time campaigner for Appalachian justice, Mary Love, and leave with not only greater awareness of the issues in Appalachia around coal and mountain-top removal, but a feeling of empowerment that you can make a difference through personal choices and advocacy! More on Facebook.
Free lunch will be provided - please bring a cup, plate, utensils, and cloth napkin to reduce waste!
April 11, 2012

4th Annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Sign-up Fair
Wednesday, April 11th, 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! All UofL staff, faculty, students, and the public are welcome to attend and participate. Direct questions to Mitchell Payne, 852-5155, mitchell.payne (at) louisville.edu. Participating CSA farms this year include:

Get full details about all of the CSA options for 2012 here.

Connect with other subscribers and find more information at the UofL CSA Facebook Page!

April 9-12, 2012 Delta Zeta's Pink Goes Green Week
April 9-12, 2012
The purpose of Pink Goes Green is to inform others about things they can do to save energy and protect the environment. We will be promoting tips to each of the fraternity and sorority chapters on campus about how they can help. A different theme will be promoted each day:
  • Monday, April 9th Energy Efficiency: We will give each fraternity and sorority house/suite on campus two packs of energy efficient light bulbs along with tips on other ways to save energy.
  • Tuesday, April 10th Save Water: We will give each chapter a few water bottles full of tips on how to save water and encouraging everyone to use less water!
  • Wednesday, April 11th Walk More Drive Less: We will be encouraging students to ride their bikes or walk as opposed to driving everywhere. We will also encourage carpooling and riding the bus.
  • Thursday, April 12th Recycling: We will host a competition at 7:30pm in the courtyard between Greek Row and Community Park. For this competition each fraternity and sorority chapter will have to build something out of recyclable items such as plastic bottles and cans. One award will be given to the team that creates the most creative recyclable structure and another award will be given to the team that collected the most plastic bottles and cans throughout the week. We will be donating the cans to the Red Barn for a program funding scholarships for students. A final award will go to the team that collects the most plastic bags. We will be encouraging people to recycle everything they can, to use products that were made out of recyclables, and to reduce and reuse things as well!
Direct questions to Lauren Nehus: 859-394-4270, lenehu01 (at) louisville.edu. Get excited about being more environmentally friendly!!
April 9-12, 2012 Inclusion & Equity Week (April 9-12, 2012)
  • Monday, April 9th 5-7pm at the Cultural Center: “White Women, Sexism and Superiority” with Jill Sadowski
  • Tuesday, April 10th 5:30-7:30pm in 139 Shumaker Research Bldg. “If These Halls Could Talk” film viewing and discussion with Lauren Taylor & Grace Howard
  • Wednesday, April 11th Noon-2pm at the Cultural Center “I’m Not a Racist, But…..” with Jessica Ronald & Natalie Topp
  • Thursday, April 12th 2:30-4:30pm  in 139 Shumaker Research Bldg. “Inclusion & Equity Intern Showcase” Join us for food, fun, and fellowship. We will also share information on 2011 - 2012 initiatives and programs.
All programs will be led and facilitated by the Arts & Sciences Inclusion & Equity Interns. Light refreshments will be served. All events are open and attendance is free. More info about the Arts & Sciences Inclusion & Equity Program is here, or contact Marian R. Vasser at 502-852-2252 or mrvass01 (at) louisville.edu.
April 6, 2012
Green Economics Lecture Series Concludes with Frank Goetzke
“The Long Shadow of the Future: Environmental Policies and Intergenerational Justice”
Friday, April 6th 1:00-2:15pm in Ekstrom Library, Room W104
Join us for the last program in our Spring 2012 Green Economics Lecture Series! The speaker for April 6th will be UofL's own Urban & Public Affairs Professor Frank Goetzke, an expert in Urban and Regional Economics, Applied Microeconomics and Econometrics, Spatial Econometrics, Transportation Planning and Environmental Policy.
For more details, contact: Avery Kolers <ahkole01 (at) louisville.edu>
April 6, 2012 BlueSky Foundation - Bringing Renewable Energy to the Poor
Friday, April 6th, 11-12pm in 212 Ernst Hall
The BlueSky Foundation will be giving a presentation to UofL's Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club and other interested students on April 6th form 11-12pm before that Friday's build sessions. The Foundation is doing some interesting projects to bring sustainability and renewable energy to the Third World. Don't miss it!
April 5, 2012 Reproductive Health Fair
Thursday, April 5th, 6-8 pm, West Lawn (next to Red Barn)
This free event will allow you to play fun games, celebrate spring, win prizes, eat good food, and learn all about local organizations in Louisville that deal with Reproductive Education! The Feminist Alliance of the University of Louisville (FAUL) is hosting this spring event featuring activities, games, info tables, three pro-choice speakers, and FAUL's new all-options reproductive health booklet! More info on Facebook.
April 5, 2012 Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center Info Session:
Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice for UofL students and alums

Thursday, April 5th at 6pm in Career Development Center (Houchens Bldg, Lower Level)
The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be on the UofL campus on April 5th to discuss careers in the field of community organizing with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change. DART is now accepting applications for the 2012 DART Organizers Institute, a paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. The DART Center has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including: Education reform in low-performing public schools; Job Training; Drugs and Violence; Criminal Recidivism; Living Wage; Neighborhood Revitalization; Predatory Lending; Affordable Housing, etc.
  • The DART Organizers Institute combines a classroom orientation with on the ground infield training at a local grassroots organization and in-field training site.
  • Organizers are provided with a cost of living stipend and travel. After successful completion of the program, DART will place graduates into permanent full-time salaried positions earning $32,500/year + benefits.
  • The DART Organizers Institute will begin July 9, 2012. Training locations and permanent placements sites include cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia and Florida.
  • Please RSVP by contacting Hannah Wittmer at hannah@thedartcenter.org or calling 785.506.8915 with your name, phone #, email address and year in school.
April 4, 2012 Garden Commons Workshop: Spring Planting
Wednesday, April 4th, 7pm at the Cultural Center
UofL's Garden Commons Spring Organic Gardening Workshop Series wraps up with a chance to get your hands dirty by helping plant in the garden for the spring! Reap the rewards of your work by joining us for a Slow Food Harvest Party on May 2nd. For more info join the Garden Commons Facebook group or contact Lindsey Samotis at lesamo01 (at) louisville.edu
April 4, 2012 The New Wilderness Project
Wednesday, April 4th, Humanities Room 100, with repeat performances at noon–2pm or 6–8pm
The A&S Office for International, Diversity and Outreach Programs invites all to participate in a performance of “The New Wilderness Project.” The project is co-directed by Maketa Wilborn and Benjie Howard, and is a partnership of educators and artists that focuses on social justice, stewardship for the environment and community development.  Through multimedia performance art and an experientially delivered, integrated curriculum, their work builds awareness of diversity, develops cultural competence and leadership skills, supports equity in teaching and achievement, encourages stewardship for nature, and provides a framework for participants to take creative action.
Free and open to all without registration. Refreshments will be served at both events. For more information call David Owen, 852-0458, or Marian Vasser, 852-2252.
April 4-7, 2012 "Think Pink, Go Green" Mini-Week
Sponsored by The B.E.autiful Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. More info on Twitter #ThinkPinkGoGreen
  • Wednesday, April 4th: B.E.autify Campus at 5-6:30pm at the Cultural Center!!!
  • Thursday, April 5th: Vote for a B.E.tter AmeriKa - 11am-1pm in the SAC - Join the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity as we support President Obama's Green Initiatives and help people register to Vote!
  • Friday, April 6th:Living Green: Pledge to Go Green! Stop by the Student Activities Center 11:30a - 1:30p to receive tips for eco-friendly living and pick up a delicious PEARLfect green treat!
  • Sat., April 7th: Park Clean Up! 9:00-12:00pm at Seneca Park. Need a ride? BE at the Cultural Center at 8:30 for Carpool!
April 3 - Sept. 6, 2012

Get Healthy Now - Safe Cycling Classes
Location: Crawford Gym, Lower Level, Room 17. Enroll here
April 3 - May 8: Tuesdays
, 11:00 a.m.
July 13 - August 24: Fridays
, 2:00 p.m.
August 2 - September 6: Thursdays
, 12:00 p.m.

Stay active this summer  and throughout the year with Get Healthy Now’s FREE 6-week Safe Cycling class open to all UofL employees! Safe Cycling will help you to become a cyclist who rides with greater safety and confidence. Designed as a guide to the basic elements of bicycling safety and equipment, and based on the League of American Bicyclists' national BikeEd program, this class will cover basic bike maintenance, riding skills, rules of the road, and more. This central idea of this class is "Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles." Get Healthy Now encourages participants to ride bicycles for fun, fitness and transportation, leading to a happier and healthier person, planet and safer environment for all. Enroll here

Additional Information: Julia Mackenzie-Rollinson by email, or phone: 852-7755.
April 2 2012 Free Screening: Vegucated
Monday, April 2nd, 6pm in the Floyd Theater 
The Louisville Vegetarian Club will be hosting a free screening and discussion of the documentary Vegucated at UofL! This fantastic documentary follows three meat- and cheese-loving omnivores as they agree to try a vegan diet for six weeks. Join us as we follow them on their journey to better health, and more kind, compassionate, and sustainable eating! More on Facebook.
March 31 to April 6, 2012 UofL Athletics Green Week!
March 31 to April 6, 2012
UofL Athletics is planning a "Green Week" during the first week of April! UofL has several FREE home events during that week at which we will promote and raise awareness about sustainability, and encourage people to live a more green lifestyle through announcements, demonstrations, and informational booths! More details to come, but featured events will include:
  • Baseball: March 31 vs. Villanova  - Jim Patterson Stadium 1:00 p.m.
    THEME: Sustainable Transportation - Bike To The Game!
  • Softball: April 4 vs. Kentucky - Ulmer Stadium 6:00 p.m.;
    April 6 - vs. Rutgers - Ulmer Stadium 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
    THEME: Recycling - Get free reusable water bottles!
  • Men's Tennis: April 5 vs. Eastern Kentucky - Bass-Rudd Tennis Center 12:00 p.m.; vs. Wright State - Bass-Rudd Tennis Center 5:00 p.m.
    THEME: Sustainable Energy - Get free compact fluorescent light bulbs!
  • Women's Lacrosse: April 5 - vs. Loyola - UofL Lacrosse Stadium 5:00 p.m.
    THEME: Sustainable Energy - Get free compact fluorescent light bulbs!
  • Women's Tennis: April 6 - vs. Marshall - Bass-Rudd Tennis Center 2:00 p.m.
    THEME: Recycling - Get free reusable water bottles!
March 31, 2012

TEDxUofL: A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE FUTURE
Saturday, March 31st 9am-5pm, Ekstrom Library Chao AuditoriumTEDxUofL logo

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share ideas worth spreading. UofL’s first TEDx conference will address the “3Es for the Future: Education, Entrepreneurship & Environment," highlighting the skills needed in a global economy (Education), the habitat of tomorrow (Environment), and the enterprising spirit to make it all happen (Entrepreneurship). Come join the discussion with leading thinkers, researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs. TEDxUofL will feature a diverse group of live speakers from the Louisville area on the following themes:

  • Session 1: What is the big question? (9:00am-10:00am)
  • Session 2: Educational Challenge (10:30am-12:00pm)
  • Session 3: Environmental Balance (1:00pm-2:45pm)
  • Session 4: Entrepreneurial Spirit (3:15pm-5:00pm)

Free registration is available now for all! Seats are limited so register early.
For more information, email info@tedxuofl.com, visit the TEDxUofL website, or follow us at Facebook and Twitter.

March 30, 2012 "Trash the System or Crash the Planet"
Green Economics Lecture Series with
David Ruccio
RESCHEDULED FOR: Friday, March 30th 1:00-2:15pm
NEW LOCATION: Davidson Hall, Room 301
Join us for an engaging talk by Notre Dame Economics professor and author of Rethinking Planning, Development, and Globalization, David Ruccio. Check out his blog for World Economics Review. More info and RSVP at the Facebook page for the event. David posted a reading that you may like to do in advance.

This Friday afternoon Green Economics Lecture Series continues:
  • The speaker for April 6th will be UofL's own Urban & Public Affairs Professor Frank Goetzke, an expert in Urban and Regional Economics, Applied Microeconomics and Econometrics, Spatial Econometrics, Transportation Planning and Environmental Policy. (1:00-2:15pm in Ekstrom W104)
For more details, contact: Avery Kolers <ahkole01 (at) louisville.edu>
March 29, 2012 Double-Feature Movie Night: Campus Conservation Nationals Kick-Off!
Thursday, March 29th 7:30-10pm in Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
UofL's student environmental group, GRASS, in partnership with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, invites you to a special film event to kick-off UofL's first-ever energy conservation competition! Join us for a screening of two excellent documentaries about the highly unsustainable nature of our current energy use, the effects of our wasteful energy use on the people of Appalachia, and smart solutions for getting us out of this crisis:
  • 7:30pm - 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.
  • 8:30pm - Mary Love from KFTC will speak briefly about her personal experiences fighting mountain-top-removal in Appalachia.
  • 8:45pm - Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America (56 min.) - A timely, solutions-oriented look at one of America’s most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers hope as he turns the camera on himself and asks, “How can I make a difference?” In his journey Barrie explores the source of our electricity and the problems caused by energy production including mountain top removal, childhood asthma and global warming. Along the way he encounters individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities who are leading the way, using energy conservation, efficiency and renewable, green power all while saving money and the environment.
March 27, 2012 Judi Jennings on "Civil Rights, Women's Rights and Economic Justice in Appalachia: The Helen Matthews Lewis Story"
Thursday, March 27, noon-1pm,
Filson Historical Society, 1310 South Third Street.
Dr. Helen Matthews Lewis does not just talk and write about social change, she makes social change happen.  At age 87, Lewis is a proponent for racial justice, advocate for women, pioneer of Appalachian studies, scholar, participatory researcher, poet, preacher and outstanding cook and bartender. Social justice supporters, history lovers and those who want to know more about Appalachia are invited to participate in a free program on the life and impact of Lewis presented by historian Dr. Judi Jennings. “Helen Lewis is a contemporary s-hero,” says Jennings, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Jennings co-edited a new book entitled Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia, recently published by the University Press of Kentucky. The book is based on oral history interviews with Lewis and selections from a wide range of her writings, including essays, talks, poems and sermons, interspersed with recipes, her signature cocktail specialty and gardening tips.
Sponsored and hosted by the Filson Historical Society, 1310 South Third Street. Co-sponsored by the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, The Women’s Center and the Social Change Program at UofL. Register at 502-635-5083.
March 27, 2012 UofL Students - Tree Campus USASpring meeting of UofL's Campus Tree Advisory Committee
Tuesday, March 27th at 10am
Ekstrom Library, Room W210
Interested in the future of our trees on campus? The mission of the Campus Tree Advisory Committee is to promote, enhance, and protect the urban forest on University of Louisville property. The committee seeks to engage students, faculty, staff and community members in pursuing this mission in line with the UofL’s commitment to climate neutrality and sustainability. The work of this committee has helped UofL achieve Tree Campus USA recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation two years running! More on Facebook.
March 26 to April 15, 2012

UofL CCN Poster


Campus Conservation Nationals - Bluegrass UnpluggedBluegrass Unplugged logo
March 26th to April 15th

UofL is competing nationally and locally against the University of Kentucky in the "Bluegrass Unplugged" competition to reduce electricity use on campus! Campus Conservation Nationals is the first nationwide electricity reduction competition on university campuses, with over 150 campuses and 250,000 students across North America participating. It is designed to empower the future generation of energy and environmental leaders, and to foster a culture of conservation.
For the current three week period from March 26th to April 15th, 2012, 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:
  1. Bettie Johnson HallCCN flyer - Flip Me Off

  2. Community Park (real-time!)

  3. Kurz Hall (real-time!)

  4. West Hall

  5. Center Hall

  6. Wellness Hall

  7. Threlkeld Hall

  8. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

  9. Miller Hall

  10. Louisville Hall (real-time!)

  11. Unitas Hall (real-time!)

  12. Cardinal Towne

March 23, 2012
"Green Investing: Can Our Money Make a Difference?"
Green Economics Lecture Series with
Susan Taylor of Just Money Advisors
Friday, March 23rd 1:00-2:15pm in Davidson 301
Join us for an engaging talk by Susan Taylor, PhD from Louisville's own Just Money Advisors on the role of large and small investors in environmental justice!

This Friday afternoon Green Economics Lecture Series continues:
  • On March 30th, we'll hear from Notre Dame Economics professor and author of Rethinking Planning, Development, and Globalization, David Ruccio, speaking on "Trash the System or Crash the Planet" (1:00-2:15pm in Davidson 301).
  • The speaker for April 6th will be UofL's own Urban & Public Affairs Professor Frank Goetzke, an expert in Urban and Regional Economics, Applied Microeconomics and Econometrics, Spatial Econometrics, Transportation Planning and Environmental Policy. (1:00-2:15pm in Ekstrom W104)
For more details, contact: Avery Kolers <ahkole01 (at) louisville.edu>
March 22, 2012 Eco-feminist Norma Ramos speaks on "Trafficking in Women"

Thursday, March 22nd at 6 pm, Speed Art Museum Auditorium
The 2012 Minx Auerbach Annual Lecture in Women's & Gender Studies features eco-feminist, public interest attorney and social justice activist, Norma Ramos. Ramos links the worldwide inequality and destruction of women to the destruction of the environment. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, which is the first organization to fight against human trafficking internationally, now in its twenty-first year. She writes and speaks extensively about the sexual exploitation of women and girls as a core global injustice.
As an early environmental justice activist, Ramos works to build an environmental movement that addresses inequalities based on race, gender and class. She is the former executive director of the Rainforest Foundation and serves on the board of the National Hispanic Environmental Council. She is the recipient of the Women's Committee Award and the Flor De Maga Award, both from the Puerto Rican Bar Association. She was recently awarded the Humanist Heroine Award 2009 from the American Humanist Association.
Free and open to the public. Reception follows lecture.

March 21, 2012 Garden Commons Workshop: Herbalism
Wednesday, March 21st at 7pm in the Cultural Center
UofL's Garden Commons Spring Organic Gardening Workshop Series rolls on with this opportunity to learn about herbal medicine! Myron Hardesty, a local herbalist, will speak with us about medicinal plants. The Series continues with Wednesday 7pm workshops on: Spring Planting (April 4) and a Slow Food Harvest Party (May 2). For more info join the Garden Commons Facebook group or contact Lindsey Samotis at lesamo01 (at) louisville.edu. RSVP to the Facebook event.
March 20, 2012
Spring Cooking Workshop
Tuesday, March 20, 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Office of Health Promotion Activity Room.
Sign up at the Office of Health Promotion (502-852-5429) and learn to cook a delicious meal for $3. Chef Jim Whaley will lead a cooking workshop featuring fresh vegetables to celebrate spring. Make sure to join us.
March 13, 2012 20th Sustainable City Series Forum: CREATING A HEALTHY, VIBRANT LOUISVILLE
Tuesday, March 13th 6pm at Glassworks (815 W Market Street, Louisville, KY)
(Additional professional workshop 8:30am - 12:30pm at the Urban Design Studio)

Creating a healthy, vibrant city is the key to improving our quality of life, one of the most important elements that will attract and retain the most creative and best educated people in the world. In order for our city to rise to the lofty expectations of our community, we need to not only plan for a vibrant city, but we must act with bold intention and go beyond the benchmarkings of our peer cities, and put into action a series of initiatives that will make our city an active and attractive place for everyone. Please join us on March 13th for an engaging and inspirational discussion with internationally renowned liveable city advisor Gil Peñalosa as we not only hear about what a healthy, vibrant city is, but what we can do to make it happen today!

Space is limited so please RSVP by Sunday, March 11th 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 or visit the Urban Design Studio website.

Along with the public event at Glassworks, we will also be offering a workshop at the Urban Design Studio from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on March 13th geared towards professionals in city planning, transportation planners, development, public health, economics, architecture, landscape architecture and other related fields. If you are interested in attending Gil's workshop, please email Patrick Piuma <patrick.piuma (at) louisville.edu to learn more about it and reserve a space. This workshop will be limited to 40 people, coffee will be provided by Heine Brothers Coffee.
March 11-16, 2012

Alternative Service Breaks

Use your spring break to build friendships, develop leadership skills and learn about real world issues with community-based solutions while having fun and helping others!! The Engage.Lead.Serve Office is offering three alternative service breaks to Hazard, KY, Chicago, IL and Black Mountain, NC. Each trip addresses a different issue and provides students opportunities for leisure and service. Visit here  to learn more! Sign up soon if you’re interested!

Trip:  Affordable Housing Development     Register here!
Trip Location:  Hazard, KY
# of participants:  12
Dates: March 11 - 15
This year we are teaming up with the Housing Development Alliance to learn about housing needs in rural Kentucky.  Come work side by side with lcoal carpenters to help provide Appalachian families with warm, safe and affordable homes through the "Hammerin' in the Hills" program.  Working with a diverse group as this, you will not only take away practical skills you can use daily, but gain an understanding of the issues surrounding affordable housing.

Trip:  Non-Profit Agencies       Register here!
Trip Location: Chicago, IL
# of participants:  18
Dates:  March 12 - 16
The theme for the trip is the study of non-profit organizations and their development.  Students will have the opportunity to visit non-profits like the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory and provide serve for one of the many Chicago-based non-profits.  The hope is you will get the opportunity to speak with a development officer and CEOs of some of the many non-profits being visited in the Windy City.

Trip:  Healthy Food Access and Living       Register here!
Trip Location:  Black Mtn, NC
# of participants:  12
Dates:  March 11 - 15
In its fourth year, this partnership with Asheville, NC (Black Mt. Community Garden) will examine community initiatives focusing on healthy food access for low income populations and healthy living by:

  • assisting local elementary schools with their  environmental programming
  • serving at the Community Garden and The Welcome Table
  • discussing sustainable agriculture with community farmers, leaders and activists
  • exploring downtown Asheville
  • learning about local art, music initiatives and line dancing at the weekly Farmer's Ball
  • exploring BookWorks, a community resource for print and book arts located in West Asheville
March 8, 2012 International Women’s Day Dinner & Celebration
Thursday, March 8th 6-8 pm, Red Barn
International Women’s Day is "a global day of recognition and celebration... honoring women's advancement while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women's equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life." Join us for an evening of celebration as we share stories of "Women's Work". Come enjoy a free dinner, music, and good conversation! We'll hear from a panel comprised of women from a variety of fields and roles including Luz Rivera (a visiting labor activist from Mexico), Tina Riddle (a woman in the military), Dr. Diane Pecknold (a mother and professor), and Elmer Lucille Allen (a retired chemist and social activist). The event will feature the piece "Revisiting the Dinner Party: A Place at the Table" created by students from the Hite Art Institute. There will also be multiple opportunities presented to give back to women in our local community and across the world. More info and RSVP on Facebook, or contact Sharon LaRue <peacc (at) louisville.edu> or Alisha West <adwest03 (at) louisville.edu>.
Sponsored by:  Commission on the Status of Women, Anne Braden Institute, PEACC, The Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, The Women's Center, and the Red Barn.
March 8, 2012 Sowing Struggle: Urban and Rural Social Movements in Tlaxcala, Mexico
with Luz Rivera Martínez, lead organizer of Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC)
Thursday, March 8th 1pm, Room 100 Bingham Humanities Building
As co-founder and lead organizer of CNUC, Luz has worked tirelessly over 20 years to protect peasantsʼ rights and build inspiring,community-based autonomous projects. Luz and CNUC also accompany the Apizaco merchantʼs union, a bus-drivers' cooperative, and the National Assembly of Braceros in their struggles against corrupt governance, police repression, and neoliberalism. Her talk will cover important lessons for anyone interested in womenʼs, peasant, and labor movements. Presented by the Mexico Solidarity Network.
Sponsored by the A&S Office of International, Diversity and Outreach, the History Department, the Braden Institute, the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and the Department of Anthropology.
March 8, 2012 New Employee Housing Close To Campus: Tours & Ribbon-Cutting for The Edge at Liberty Green
Thursday, March 8th at 10:30am
At the corner pocket park at Hancock and Marshall Streets, just a block north of HSC
Join Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Councilman David Tandy for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and unit tours for the latest housing project suitable for UofL employees looking to live within walking distance of HSC, or easy biking distance from Belknap campus! The Edge at Liberty Green is a green-designed mix of housing types and sizes for both purchase or rent. The Sustainability Council invites everyone in the UofL community to come explore this exciting, new option in low-impact, healthy, urban living!
March 7, 2012

Theatre Arts Repertory Company: “Whose Habitat Is It Anyway”
Wednesday, March 7th at 7 p.m. at the Thrust Theatre

After performing for more than 30 years and for as many as 150,000 theater-goers, the University of Louisville Department of Theatre Arts Repertory Company will make its first public appearance March 7 when the group performs two UofL faculty-written plays to raise money for the theater program. The group will stage, “Whose Habitat Is It Anyway,” by Nefertiti Burton, a play teaching respect for the environment and how all living things are connected, as well as the comedy “Seven Labors of Arlecchino,” by James Tompkins. Both are suitable for young children and serve as teaching tools. The event is a fund raiser through the university’s Charting Our Course campaign to benefit theater arts. The performances are free but $15 is a suggested donation. For tickets and information, call C.F. Callihan, director of development for humanities, at 852-1541 or visit UofLalumni.org/rep-mar-2012.

March 7, 2012 Garden Commons Workshop: Container Gardening
RESCHEDULED: Wednesday, March 7th, 7pm at the Cultural Center
UofL's Garden Commons Spring Organic Gardening Workshop Series continues! Container gardens are perfect for apartments, dorms, or anyone else without access to land. Come out and learn the ins-and-outs of container gardening and how to start your own!  The Series continues with Wednesday 7pm workshops on: Herbology (March 21), Spring Planting (April 4) and a Slow Food Harvest Party (May 2). For more info join the Garden Commons Facebook group or contact Lindsey Samotis at lesamo01 (at) louisville.edu
March 7, 2012 Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club - Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 7th 12:15pm in Ernst Hall room 212
The Club will discuss a few organizational matters, progress on our project to build solar panels to power the ventilation system for the greenhouse at UofL's Garden Commons, and future build sessions. THERE WILL BE FREE PIZZA!
March 6, 2012 SunGas: Renewable Thermochemical Fuels
Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research Seminar
Tuesday, March 6th 2-3:15pm, Ernst Hall Auditorium, Room 103
Jane Davidson, professor of mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, will present “SunGas: Renewable Thermochemical Fuels”. Her exciting talk will address reducing greenhouse gas emission AND meeting booming global energy demands. For more information, contact Andrew Marsh, 852-8597, andrew.marsh (at) louisville.edu
March 3, 2012 UofL Volunteer Workday for Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Saturday, March 3, 2012 9am-Noon
Seneca Park (3151 Pee Wee Reese Road Louisville, KY 40207)
UofL students will be meeting at the parking lot by the Seneca Park basketball courts at 9am. Or, if you'd like a ride from campus, we will be meeting in the Threlkeld Hall lobby at 8:30am to carpool. This service event is organized by UofL's Biology Undergraduate Society. More details at their Facebook page.
March 2-3, 2012 Power Shift: Real Skills for Social Change, a community organizing workshop led by Rev. Alvin Herring
Friday, March 2nd from 2-6pm and Saturday March 3rd from 9am-4pm
Muhammad Ali Center (144 N. 6th Street)

Desiring to make real change in your community? Struggling to truly be effective? Learn how to organize to WIN! The Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville invites you to join us for skills-based workshop that will be valuable to both novice and seasoned community organizers.
Please plan to attend both sessions. Lunch will be provided on Saturday. $10 is the suggested donation, but no one will be turned away. Please RSVP by February 24th to Mikal Forbush, Ali Institute Program Coordinator, at 502-852-1493 or maforb01 (at) louisville.edu.
March 1, 2012 BABA Week Keynote Event featuring Eco-Chef Bryant Terry
Thursday, March 1st, 5:15 – 8:15 pm SAC Multipurpose Room
Join eco-chef, food justice activist and cookbook author Bryant Terry for a cooking demonstration and talk…followed by food sampling! In his most recent book, The Inspired Vegan, Terry shares his favorite preparation and cooking techniques, as well as simple recipes that will help you build the foundation for a healthy kitchen! In this engaging and informative evening with Terry, he will focus on food justice issues and the imperative for individuals to learn how to get local food that is budget friendly. Learn how to prepare foods that you want to eat! Terry will be available for a book signing, Q&A session, and reception following his presentation. The reception will feature great music and more cooking demos by Sodexo and Sullivan chefs.
  • Schedule: 5:15 – 6:00pm     Local Food Resource Tables and Music
    6:00 – 7:15pm     Chef Terry’s cooking demonstration, talk and Q&A
    7:15 – 8:15pm      Reception, book signing, food sampling and more cooking demonstrations
  • All recipes prepared with local foods provided by Creations Gardens and ValuMarket.
  • Taste samples of Chef Terry's food!
  • 6 attendees will be selected to be sous chefs for the evening and cook side-by-side with guest chefs!
  • We will have a drawing for cookbooks!
  • Resource tables will be available with food samples from local vendors including; Creations Gardens, Grasshoppers Distribution, EarthSave, and ValuMarket.
FREE to students (and faculty/staff who bring at least 5 students with them)! $10 for faculty, staff and public. Get tickets and more details at louisville.edu/healthpromotion.
February 29, 2012 Geography Club Movie Night: Gasland
Wednesday, Feb. 29th at 5:30pm in Lutz Hall Room 225
Join the Geography Club for a free screening of Gasland - a Sundance Film Festival winning documentary about the controversial issues surrounding hydraulic fracture drilling for natural gas. Free snacks will be provided!
February 29, 2012 Let's Talk Lunch: Women's Work, Let's Work Together
Wednesday, Feb. 29th, 11:30 a.m., Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
UofL's Anne Braden Institute and the PEACC program would like to invite you to join us at our upcoming "Let's Talk Lunch." The theme of this year's International Women's Day Celebration (March 8th - see below) is "Stories of Women's Work" so the purpose of the lunch is to gather all of the women from around campus (students, faculty, and staff) to talk about the work we do to make our campus better, discuss challenges we face as women, and build community with one another. Free lunch will be provided - please bring a cup, plate, utensils, and cloth napkin to reduce waste!
February 28, 2012 Shelby Campus: Partnering for Sustainability
Tuesday, Feb 28th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Burhans Hall Room 208. 
Come learn about ongoing sustainability initiatives at UofL’s Shelby Campus and surrounding businesses; the importance of partnerships in sustainable development; and how to get involved in making the Shelby Campus community and neighboring areas more sustainable! Join us for an exciting panel of experts in sustainability:
  • Larry Owsley, UofL V-P for Business Affairs, campus sustainability initiatives
  • Stephanie Weldy, UofL Get Healthy Now Program, achieving the health benefits of physical activity in a sustainable way
  • Maria Koetter, City of Louisville Sustainability Director, city sustainability initiatives
  • Mitch Brooks, Northeast YMCA, incorporating sustainability into business practices
  • Matt Ricketts, NTS Development, sustainability features of the new LEED-Certified building on Shelby Campus
Lunch will be provided starting at 11:15 a.m.! Please register here for this free event by February 23rd!
February 27, 2012 UofL USGBC Student Chapter Event: Green Architects Tour
Monday, February 27th 5:30pm
The Whitestone Building, 607 West Main St., Louisville, KY 40202
Come tour Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan Inc. (AJRC, Inc.) Architecture firm downtown! AJRC is an architecture group based in downtown Louisville which has worked on several different large projects, including UofL's LEED Gold Clinical and Translational Research building. Arne Judd LEED AP, Tim Doelling LEED AP, and John Chovan will be leading the tour. Open to the general public. Free pizza and rinks will be provided. For information or to RSVP, email usgbc00 (at) gmail.com.
Feb. 27 to March 2, 2012 Body Awareness Body Appreciation (BABA) Week
Monday, Feb 27 – Friday, March 2 (Full schedule here)
BABA Week 2012 features a wide variety of events to help you on the road to health, happiness, and feeling good in your skin! Join us for free yoga and zumba classes, massage, cooking demonstrations, discussions, and talks. Full schedule here. Our keynote speaker on Thursday, March 1st 6pm will be Bryant Terry, a chef, food justice activist, and author of three books. His latest project is The Inspired Vegan. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen cookbook and co-author of Grub. Full details below or from Campus Health Promotion, organizers of BABA Week!
February 21, 2012

Conversation on Community Engagement: Barbara Burns
Tuesday, February 21, at noon in room 210 of Ekstrom Library
Barbara Burns from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will speak on the topic “Learning about Peace in the Real World: Teaching, Research & Community Engagement”. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear how Barbara is connecting community engagement to her teaching and research.

February 20, 2012 World Social Justice Day
Monday, February 20th 2:30pm-4:00pm
Ekstrom Library, Room W103

Commemorate World Social Justice Day with Angene & Jack Wilson, authors of Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers! Angene Wilson is professor emeritus of education at the University of Kentucky, where she was chair of the secondary social studies program from 1975 to 2004. Jack Wilson spent more than thirty-five years in public service, beginning as a Peace Corps administrator in Sierra Leone, Washington, DC, and Fiji, and continuing as an administrator of environmental protection programs in Ohio and Kentucky.

This program is co-sponsored by the UN Association – USA Louisville Chapter and the Department of Political Science and funded in part by the KY Humanities Council, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
February 17, 2012 Faculty Research Forum presents the 2010 recipients of the Anne Braden Institute Faculty Research Fund Awards
Friday, February 17, 2012, 3:30-5:30pm in Humanities, Room 300
The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society Faculty Research Forum presents the 2010 recipients of the Anne Braden Institute Faculty Research Fund Awards:
  • Dr. Glenn Crothers (UofL Assoc. Professor of History, Co-Editor Ohio Valley History and Director of Research at The Filson Historical Society). Dr. Crothers will discuss his project, "Samuel M. Janney and Benjamin Hallowell: Quakers Reformers of the 19th Century U.S. South." His study examines, in part, how Janney and Hallowell pursued a social justice agenda while living in a slave society whose white members had little patience for Quaker efforts.
  • Dr. Jennie E. Burnet (UofL Asst. Professor of Anthropology). Dr. Burnet will present, "Why did they NOT kill?  Rwandan Muslims and Resistance to Genocide."  Her project shines the light on the unexamined area of the motivations of "rescuers" or "resisters" to communal violence.
  • Dr. Nicole E. Seymour (UofL Visiting Asst. Professor of English). Dr. Seymour will provide an update on her project titled, "Down with People: Anti-Natalism as Queer Environmentalism?" Her research draws from environmental justice and queer studies to examine areas where environmental concerns overlap with the concerns of sexual minorities such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
The Faculty Research Forum is free and open to the public. Refreshments Served!
February 17, 2012

Dine & Discover: Challenges of Using Community as Classroom: Supporting Student Success Beyond the "Campus Bubble"
Friday, Feb. 17th from noon-2 p.m. at the Delphi Center
The Office of Community Engagement in partnership with the Delphi Center will offer an interactive panel discussion with four UofL faculty who are heeding the call to teach community-based learning courses. Panelists will share their stories of how they got started with this important work, and offer practical strategies for others who are looking to get involved. Lunch is served but pre-registration is required. Register or learn more here.

February 15, 2012 Let's Talk Lunch: White Allies for Racial Justice
Wednesday, Feb. 15th noon-1pm
Cultural Center
At this Let's Talk lunch, a panel of white staff and faculty will discuss why white people have a stake in the struggle for racial justice and what being a white ally means. They will also discuss the vision and goals of a new group on campus called the White Allies for Racial Justice. Free lunch provided.
February 14, 2012 Cook with Your Best Friend!
Come out to the Office of Health Promotion at 5:45pm on February 14th to cook (and eat!) a wonderful meal! Join Chef Jim Whaley and create a delicious menu of blackened tofu slabs with corn salsa, and a chocolate dessert fit for Valentine's Day! Bring a date, bring your best friend, or come on your own and meet new people! Sign up at the Office of Health Promotion. $3 for the entire meal! Location: Health Promotion Activity Room  http://louisville.edu/campushealth/services/promotion/health-promotion-1/ 
February 14, 2012 Get on the FREE UofL Bus to I Love Mountains Day in Frankfort!
Tuesday, 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!
  • More information about I Love Mountains Day 2012 is here.
  • Email Troy Tucker <canvas.87 (at) gmail.com> to reserve a spot on the bus.
  • UofL's participation is being organized by the student environmental group, GRASS.
  • You can support the cause every time you purchase Henie Brothers' Mountain Dream coffee at the Tulip Tree Cafe in Ekstrom Library throughout February!
  • 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 8, 2012 Garden Commons Workshop: Seed Starting
Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 7pm at the Cultural Center
UofL's Garden Commons Spring Organic Gardening Workshop Series kicks off with this opportunity to learn about indoor seed starting and to start some seeds of your own! The Series continues with Wednesday 7pm workshops on: Container Gardening (Feb. 29), Herbology (March 21), Spring Planting (April 4) and a Slow Food Harvest Party (May 2). For more info join the Garden Commons Facebook group or contact Lindsey Samotis at lesamo01 (at) louisville.edu
February 7, 2012 Meeting of Student Environmental Group, GRASS
Tuesday, February 7th · 4:00pm
Strickler Hall Room 310G
Join UofL's only campus-wide student environmental organization, GRASS (Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions) as we organize to make things happen in 2012! We will be finalizing plans for our participation in I Love Mountains Day 2012 and moving forward on our other initiatives: Green Fund, bottled water ban and lights out for the vending machines. We need your help, energy and input!
Feb. 5 to April 6, 2012

RecycleMania 2012 LogoUofL Competes in RecycleMania!
February 5th to April 6th

RecycleMania is a friendly annual competition among university recycling programs in North America. During this 8 week period, UofL will be 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; and the new Waste Minimization competition!
February 3, 2012 Kick-off Event: Green Economics Lecture Series with Juliet Schor
Friday, February 3rd 1:00-2:15pm in Davidson 301
UofL is organizing an exciting Lecture Series on Green Economics to be held four Fridays at 1pm throughout Spring 2012! Join us for the first lecture featuring co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream and Professor of Sociology at Boston College, Juliet Schor! Her most recent book is Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (The Penguin Press 2010). She is also author of the national best-seller, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (Basic Books, 1992) and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need (Basic Books, 1998). She is one of the Guardian’s “sustainable business” bloggers, and her recent post, “Occupy Sustainability”, is here. Schor will be speaking on “How and why millions of Americans are creating a time-rich, ecologically-light, small-scale, high-satisfaction economy.” For more details, contact: Avery Kolers <ahkole01 (at) louisville.edu>
February 2, 2012 Help GRASS make an installation for I Love Mountains Day!
Thursday, Feb. 2nd · 6:00pm
Humanities courtyard
Join UofL's only campus-wide student environmental organization, GRASS (Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions) as we organize for I Love Mountains Day! We'll be converting old yard signs into mountains for an outdoor installation on Belknap campus to raise awareness about mountain-top removal and to encourage others to get on the bus to Frankfort with us on Feb. 14th!
February 1, 2012

Mark Winne: Good Food for All: Food Democracy or Food Tyranny?
Wednesday, February 1st at 6pm in Shumaker Research Building Room 139

Nine billion humans on the planet by 2050; 50 million food insecure Americans today; climate change altering our capacity to produce food. These realities must be addressed if we're going to ensure an affordable and healthy food supply for all throughout the 21st century. Mark Winne, long-time food system activist and author, will consider the approaches of both the dominant industrial food system and smaller, more community-based food system, and what they mean for health and democracy.

Mark Winne has worked for 40 years as a community food activist, writer, and trainer. From organizing breakfast programs for low-income children in Maine to developing innovative national food policies in Washington, DC, Winne has dedicated his professional life and writing to enabling people to find solutions to their own food problems as well as those that face their communities and the world. Of his first book, Closing the Food Gap, Dr. Jane Goodall said, “It is heartening to find a book that successfully blends a passion for sustainable living with compassion for the poor.”
Mark Winne’s second book, Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture takes on the universal struggle between human freedom and authority in its relationship to food. From urban gardening heroes in Cleveland, to feisty farmers in New England, to lower income mothers in Texas, Winne shows how people are reclaiming their connection to their food, health, land, and governments. Along the way he finds people of every stripe whose refusal to accept their fate harkens back to a classic form of American individualism, one that has proven itself able to fight back against systems that not only want to conquer our wallets, but also hope to control our minds. Food Rebels challenges us to go beyond eating local food to become part of a larger solution that demands a system that sustains not just our bodies, but also our souls. Watch the video. Learn More.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Sustainability Council, Urban & Public Affairs, and the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development.

January 30, 2012 Meeting of Student Environmental Group, GRASS
Monday, January 30th · 4:00pm
Strickler Hall Room 307 (or thereabouts)
UofL's only campus-wide student environmental organization, GRASS (Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions) is organizing to make things happen in 2012! Join us! We will be moving forward on our first four initiatives: Green Fund, I Love Mountains, bottled water ban and lights out for the vending machines. We need your help and input please try to attend.
Jan. 27 - Feb. 25, 2012 “Consumed” [sculptures constructed from discarded inner tubes] by Alysia Fischer
Exhibit runs January 27 - February 25, 2012
Gallery Talk: Friday, February 3rd, 6pm
Cressman Center for Visual Arts (100 E. Main St.)

“Consumed,” an installation of sculptural work by Miami University professor, artist and anthropologist Alysia Fischer, opens Jan. 27 at the University of Louisville Cressman Center for Visual Arts.

Artist turns old inner tubes into sculpture; exhibit opens Jan. 27

“Imminent,” inner tube, by Alysia Fischer

The artist will talk about her work Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at the gallery. A reception will follow the lecture.

The exhibit showcases Fischer’s innovative use and manipulation of recycled inner tubes to create tactile objects that come alive with light and shadow.

“Denying the discard cycle so prevalent in American culture, I work with used inner tubes destined for the landfill. The resulting objects reflect my engagement with the local waste cycle. I work with locally sourced discarded materials in order to demonstrate their further potential. As hybrid forms retaining their industrial history, while simultaneously denying a continuation of those uses, the use of the material is extended indefinitely,” Fischer wrote of her work.

Fischer is a native of Louisville, Ky., and a graduate of Centre College. She has studied glassblowing, religion, Near Eastern studies and archaeology. She has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art from Miami University. She is a professor for the Center for American and World Cultures at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

“Consumed” will run through Feb. 25. The Cressman Center is at 100 E. Main St.

Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; and First Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. All Cressman Center events are free and open to the public.

January 25, 2012

Garden Commons General Information Meeting
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00pm, Cultural Center
Interested in Garden Commons? Ready to get your hands dirty? Then come to our general information session to learn about how you can get involved and grab a schedule of our events for the semester! For more info contact Lindsey Samotis at lesamo01 (at) louisville.edu

January 24, 2012

Conversation on Community Engagement with Brian Barnes
Tuesday, January 24 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in room 210 of Ekstrom Library
Brian Barnes from the Department of Philosophy will present on how he incorporates service into his teaching through the use of composting in the community. He will talk about how natural processes, like composting, can become the foundation of community engagement for very diverse populations. Building strong community relationships necessitates finding common ground; composting as a sustainable system sends the right message to many groups from across the ideological and cultural spectrum. Pizza will be served.

January 24, 2012

Free screening: ‘Miss Representation’
Tuesday, Jan. 24th noon-2 p.m. in the Law School Room 275
The Brandeis School of Law presents the documentary “MISS REPRESENTATION,” followed by a discussion. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and explores media misrepresentations of women, which have led to underrepresentation of women in positions of power. Co-sponsors: Black Law Students Association; Diversity Committee; Lambda Law Caucus; Women’s Law Caucus. Free pizza lunch available while supplies last. Open to everyone.

January 24, 2012

Louisville Metro Energy Assurance Planning Summit
Tuesday, January 24th 7:30am - 4:30pm
Founder's Hall - University of Louisville - Shelby Campus

Please join Director Doug Hamilton of the Louisville Metro Emergency Management Agency (EMA) at the Louisville Metro Energy Assurance Planning Summit, an all-day workshop that will be held Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, at University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus. The Summit is being held in conjunction with a Local Energy Assurance Plan (LEAP) development effort currently underway.

The purpose of the Summit is to engage public and private stakeholders to discuss issues and best practices for Energy Assurance Planning for the Metro region. The primary goal of Energy Assurance Planning is to reduce the impacts of power outages or other energy emergencies on our community during natural or caused disasters through long-term planning to improve the reliability and redundancy of energy delivery systems. The Summit will include presentations from subject matter experts on topics such as critical infrastructure energy reliability and interdependencies, cyber security, energy efficiency, renewable energy and backup power considerations, as well as an interactive panel discussion on energy resiliency strategies to engage participants to help formulate the Louisville Metro Energy Assurance Plan. 

Registration is free and includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. To register and get more information on the Summit, please contact David Zopff of AMEC at (502) 267-0700 (david.zopff@amec.com) or Jim McKinney of EMA at (502) 572-3458 (jim.mckinney@louisvilleky.gov).

January 20, 2012

Farm to Campus Workshop: Bringing local food to your college campus
Friday, January 20, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Floyd Theater in the Student Activities Center (including a free locavore lunch at the Red Barn)

A free workshop for college and university administrators and sustainability coordinators, food service vendors, food service operators, wellness coordinators, interested faculty, staff, students, and anyone interested in bringing local food to their campuses and institutions of higher education. The agenda will include panel discussions of national and Kentucky-based speakers with experience in the field, including Mark Bomford, director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project. Colleges and universities that connect food services with local agriculture demonstrate a commitment to sustainability that is attractive to prospective and current students in addition to staff, faculty and alumni. Food services buying local food contribute to the economic stability of their region and their neighbors.

Admission to the event is free, but attendees must register online by Wednesday January 11, 2012 at http://farmtocampus.eventbrite.com or by calling Leellen Starrett at (502) 852-5155.

For more information contact: Mitchell Payne at (502) 852-5155 or mhpayn01 (at) louisville.edu

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Sponsored by: University of Louisville and Louisville Farm to Table

January 19, 2012

Human Trafficking Conference
Thursday, Jan. 19th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Red Barn

The Women 4 Women Student Chapter wants to raise awareness about modern-day slavery and encourage students and the public to become involved in efforts to make other people aware of the problem and to help stop it. Admission is free and open to the public. Speakers include:

  • Anthony Talbott, co-founder of Abolition Ohio and a member of the Ohio Attorney General's Trafficking in Persons Study Commission. Talbott has discussed human trafficking in the media and has given many presentations on human trafficking to students in the Ohio area. He will talk about domestic trafficking in the region. 
  • Robin Malony, president of UofL’s Cards 4 Freedom, will discuss domestic trafficking of minors and trafficking in the Louisville area.
  • Gabrielle Maxedon, former president of the Women 4 Women Student Chapter, will discuss how students and the general public can get involved to end human trafficking.
January 18, 2012

Spring Kick-off Meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Club
Wednesday, January 18th at 12pm in Ernst Hall room 212
Interested in renewable energy related concepts, challenges, and innovations? Check out the first in this series of lectures and workshops, brought to you by the RE3 (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) Club! Held the 1st Wednesday of the month, each session will include FREE food and may include lab tours, videos, and hands-on activities. This will be a general meeting. Come out and see what we are all about and get involved in sustainable solutions right in your own backyard!

January 16, 2012

2012 Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service (SOUL)
Monday, January 16th 10:00am-3:00pm
Sign-in at Bigelow Hall in the Miller Information Technology Center (MITC)
Register here!

Americans across the country will celebrate the national holiday honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As they have since 1994, thousands of Americans will remember Dr. King by serving in their communities and making it "a day ON," not "a day off". The Engage.Lead.Serve Office in partnership with the Cultural Center and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research will provide multiple service opportunities at a number of different organizations across the city.
The kick-off event will include a guest speaker and free brunch for those who attend. Transportation to and from the service sites will be provided. Walk-ins may be accommodated depending on site availability. If you’d like more information, please contact Toni Solis at 852.3436 or tjsoli01 (at) louisville.edu or stop by the Cultural Center! Register here!

January 13, 2012 Shoe Drive Kickoff
Friday, January 13th 11:30am - 1:30pm, Speed Building
Join the UofL chapter of Engineers Without Borders as they collect shoes for EDGE Outreach, an organization in Louisville that donates shoes to third world countries in need. FREE hot cocoa and cider! Help a great cause and donate your old shoes!
January 11, 2012

FREE Webinar: Student Engagement in Sustainability Initiatives

Wednesday, January 11, 2011 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ET

Representatives from KEEPS and Kentucky school districts will discuss the benefits of student involvement in district-wide energy efficiency and environmental sustainability initiatives. Webinar attendees will learn about KEEPS and partner organization resources available to encourage students to be proactive in their school's sustainability efforts.

See webinar details and register online. For questions, call (800) 334-8635 ext. 8520965, or visit us at KEEPS

January 11, 2012

Conversation Café/Let's Talk Lunch on Community Service
Wednesday, January 11th Noon to 1pm - Cultural Center

The author Wes Moore calls his book, The Other Wes Moore, a “call to action.” UofL is answering that call! Join First Year Initiatives and student leaders from the Engage Lead Serve Office in discussing the importance of serving your community, and find out more about how to get involved in the Book-in-Common Service Initiative and other campus and community projects. FREE lunch!

January 10, 2012 Meeting of Student Environmental Group, GRASS
Tuesday, January 10th · 4:00pm
Strickler Hall Room 310G
UofL's only campus-wide student environmental organization, GRASS (Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions) is organizing to make things happen in 2012! Join us! We will be moving forward on our first four initiatives: Green Fund, I Love Mountains, bottled water ban and lights out for the vending machines. We need your help and input please try to attend.
December 9, 2011 Holiday Cards Buy Local Shopping Tour
Friday, December 9, 2011 8am-6pm.
UofL faculty, staff, alumni and friends will board a bus Dec. 9 to experience some of Louisville’s most popular and interesting local businesses. Led by Jane Ramsey and sponsored by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance, the Holiday Cards Buy Local Shopping Tour will include stops at NULU, Frankfort Avenue and Westport Village. Cost is $30 and includes continental breakfast, refreshments, prize drawings and receptions at the University Club. Space is limited. RSVP deadline is Nov. 30:
Alice Wissel, 502.852.3533. More information here.
December 6, 2011

UofL-Old Louisville Bike Boulevard community design charrette (part 4)
Tuesday, December 6th 7-8:30pm at the Central Park Info Center
In line with our Bicycle Master Plan, UofL is working with Bike Louisville and area neighborhood groups to create a safe network of on-street bike facilities to campus. We especially need a northbound route from Cardinal Blvd that provides safe, (s)low-traffic connectivity with our Health Sciences Center and downtown. We think this is an ideal test-case for Louisville's first dedicated Bike Boulevard with limited, local-access-only auto traffic (learn about Portland, Oregon's bike boulevards with this great video). The draft plan for Old Louisville bike corridors is available for review here. Come share your thoughts about this plan and your ideas for a more bike-friendly environment around UofL!

December 3, 2011

Saturday Academy: "Occupy Louisville--Back to Black"
Featuring Khalilah Collins, Jaison Gardner, Mikal Forbush and Dr. Kaila Story, UofL. Moderated by Philip M. Bailey.
Saturday, December 3rd from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
DuValle Education Center Cafeteria, 3610 Bohne Avenue

The Saturday Academy is an outreach initiative of the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Science in collaboration with Jefferson County Public Schools, the UofL Pan-African Studies Department, Louisville Urban League, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

Weather or emergency cancellations can be checked by calling 852-1397. For more information contact LyShanna Cunningham, Saturday Academy Program Assistant @852-2658 or email at lkcunn01@louisville.edu, or visit http://louisville.edu/saturdayacademy or our Facebook page.

December 2, 2011
Friday, December 2 at 7:00pm in SAC Room W303
Mother: Caring for 7 Billion is an independent documentary that connects the often-neglected topic of of overpopulation to issues like overconsumption, climate change, and social justice. A sobering yet hope-inspiring film, "[Mother] strives not to blame but to educate, to highlight a different path for humanity." The screening is free and open to all, and begins at 7:00 PM on December 2. It will be preceded by a short original film on community supported agriculture. Afterward, there will be an opportunity for interested attendees to get connected with groups directly involved in addressing problems like overpopulation and social injustice. For more information, please visit http://www.motherthefilm.com/
December 2, 2011 U of L Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club Meeting
Friday, Dec. 2nd at noon in the 3rd floor classroom of Ernst Hall
The U of L Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Club will be meeting on Friday at noon in the 3rd floor classroom of Ernst Hall to discuss the groups solar energy project. Anyone interested in learning about renewable energy technologies or working on a project to see them adopted in the greater community is invited and encouraged to attend!! Questions can be directed to Ezra Clark, ezra.lee.clark (at) gmail.com.
December 2, 2011

SOUL Volunteer Opportunity: Mentor potential college students
Friday, December 2nd, 10am-Noon
Interested in talking with high school students about the importance of pursuing a college education?  If you are available from 10 AM - 12 PM on Friday, December 2nd to participate in a "Close the Deal" program at Jeffersonville High School, then be sure to complete the volunteer form.  You would be asked to speak to a table of 8-10 students about the college experience (class schedules, how to get involved in campus life, residence life/food plans, buying text books, etc.) and answer students' questions.

November 30, 2011

Meeting to Revive Student Environmental Group, GRASS
Wednesday, November 30 · 4:00pm
Strickler Hall Room 307
Bring your ideas and dreams for UofL's only campus-wide student environmental organization, GRASS (Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions). Let's start making them happen!

November 21, 2011

Meeting to Revive Student Environmental Group, GRASS
Monday, November 21 · 4:00pm
Strickler Hall Room 307
Bring your ideas and dreams for UofL's only campus-wide student environmental organization, GRASS (Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions). Let's start making them happen!

November 20, 2011

Sunday Thanksgiving Workday at Garden Commons!
Sunday, November 20 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Thanksgiving at Garden Commons! Come on out this Sunday and help us beautify the garden! We will be cleaning up the space and the greenhouse, discussing operational issues such as planting and greenhouse space usage and just generally beautifying everything!

November 17, 2011

Ellen Arnold to lecture: ‘Imagining the Wilderness’
Thursday, Nov 17th 4:30 p.m. Shumaker Research Building 339
Ellen Arnold will lecture on Medieval hagiography including many exciting, humorous and even tragic stories of the human encounter with nature. This talk will use stories from the medieval Ardennes to explore the many ways that monks thought about the wilderness and about the proper balance between wild nature and human civilization. In the hands of medieval writers, bears, boars, lions and even fish become indicators of sin and sanctity, power and weakness, and even nobility and monastic humility. Info: John Cumbler, department of history, 852-6817.

November 12, 2011 SOUL Volunteer Opportunity: Project Warm
Participate in Project Warm this year on November 12th to help local needy families winterize their homes. Be a team leader, form a team or join one by registering here.

November 10, 2011

5th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture: Dr. Michelle Alexander
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 6pm (doors open at 5:30)
The Speed Art Museum Auditorium (2035 S. Third St.)

In this free, public talk, civil rights lawyer, professor and author Michelle Alexander will speak about what she describes as the “mass incarceration” of African Americans during the fifth annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture Nov. 10 at the University of Louisville.

Civil rights lawyer-author to discuss race, prisons

Michelle Alexander

Author of the 2010 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics. Read more.

Nov. 8, 2011

Cooking Workshop!
Tuesday, November 8th from 5:30-7:00pm in the Office of Health Promotion Activities Room.
Join professional Chef Mary Wheatley for a hands-on workshop in making a delicious menu including smoothies, breakfast paninis, and veggie frittata! Have breakfast for dinner! The cost is $3 per class and includes dinner. Stop by the Office of Health Promotion to sign up.

Nov. 3, 2011
Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy

Audrey McFarlane on Rebuilding the Public Private City: Insights for Redevelopment from Regulatory Takings and Critical Race Theory.

Thursday, November 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. in the Law School Room 275.
Audrey McFarlane is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore Law School and a Visiting Professor at Northeastern University School of Law. Her scholarly work focuses on the intersection of race and class in local government law specifically in the areas of land use and economic development. She has written on empowerment zones, the racial geography of economic development, community participation in economic development, the impact of globalization on business incentives, and business improvement districts. Her current work is on eminent domain, regulatory takings and gentrification. The lecture is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Nov. 2-7, 2011

“Sacred Air: Breath of Life” Festival of Faiths (Henry Clay Building, 604 S. 3rd St.)

Check out the UofL Sustainability booth and learn how our campus trees and sustainability initiatives are helping protect our sacred air! UofL tree experts will be on hand at the booth to answer questions Thursday, Nov. 3rd from 6-8pm during the Night of a Thousand Stars event. UofL will also be represented on the student panel at the Youth Breakfast with Bill McKibben on Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 7:30am – 9:00am.

Oct. 31 - Nov. 16, 2011
Peace & Justice Weeks: A New Conversation on Equality (Oct. 31 - Nov. 16)
Organized by the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice at UofL, a variety of events on campus will focus attention on this year's theme to move the discussion around equality beyond a historical perspective to a conversation about how to create a more equitable future. More details at http://louisville.edu/aliinstitute

Monday, October, 31st 12-2 p.m. Ekstrom Library, Rm. 280

Muhammad Ali Institute Open House

Tuesday, November 1st 12:30 p.m. Ali Institute, Ekstrom Library, Rm. 280
Brown Bag Lunch: Resilient Families Project at Wayside Christian Mission

Thursday, November 3rd 12 p.m. Ali Institute, Ekstrom Library, Rm. 280
Brown Bag Lunch: Playing for Peace: Sports as a Tool for Conflict Transformation in Cyprus

Thursday, November 3rd 5 p.m. Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Harry Belafonte’s daughter, Gina, speaks at a screening the documentary “Sing Your Song” about his activism in the civil rights movement and his work for social justice. Details.

Monday, November 7th 6 p.m. Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
What is Occupy Louisville?

Tuesday, November 8th 12 p.m. Ali Institute, Ekstrom, Library, Rm. 280
Brown Bag Lunch: Waving the White Flag: The Politics of Race & Identity in the Peace Movement

Wednesday, November 9th 5 p.m. Schumaker Research Building, Rm, 139
KDC Presents: Expressions of the Dreamers

Thursday, November 10th 12 p.m. Ali Institute, Ekstrom Library, Rm. 280
Brown Bag Lunch: Standing as One Community (Ummah Wahida): Rwandan Muslims and Resistance to Genocide

Tuesday, November 15th 7 p.m. Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Reclaiming Our Dream: Youth Presentation

Wednesday, November 16th 6 p.m. Shumaker Research Building
A New Conversation on Equality - Bridging the Generations

October 28, 2011 Grocery Store Tour
Friday, Oct. 28th 12:30pm-3:00pm
Take a tour of the local ValuMarket with a registered dietician and learn how to shop smart! Participants will receive: re-usable shopping bags, coupons for items on the Basic Pantry Shopping List, recipes and incentives. Tour led by a Registered Dietitian. Either ride TARC (free with UofL ID!) or join the bike tour. Sponsored by Office of Health Promotion, Sustainability Council and ValuMarket. Group size is limited to 15. Stop by the Office of Health Promotion to sign up. Details here. Read about it here!
October 28, 2011

National Arbor Day Event - Tree Planting on Belknap Campus
Friday, Oct. 28th, 10:30am-1pm. College of Education main entrance (facing the University Club).
Join Provost Willihnganz and the National Arbor Day Foundation for a very special event to honor UofL's commitment to campus trees! After a ceremonial tree planting with speakers and students, Limbwalker Tree Service will provide a planting demonstration for attendees. We will then spread out across campus to plant the remaining trees. The first 100 volunteers will get to help plant the trees, and receive a free T-shirt and lunch! Come and help us kick-off what will be a busy tree planting season for the University of Louisville!

Thursdays May through October 27, 2011 Gray Street Farmers’ Market
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. every Thursday, May 19 - October 27, 2011
Located on the 400 block of E. Gray Street, between S. Preston and S. Jackson streets. Click here to get directions.
Eat well! Reduce your environmental footprint! Support your local economy! Meet your farmer! A farmers' market is where all facets of sustainability come together. The Gray Street Farmers' Market features a wide variety of local vendors, offering lunch items, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, cheese, honey, bakery goods, canned goods, crafts and flowers. Each week you can enter to win a $20 farmers market gift certificate to be raffled monthly.
More information about the farmers’ market here.
October 26, 2011

Living Simply & Sustainably
Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 7pm, Floyds Fork Park building (4002 S. Pope Lick Rd.)
UofL's sustainability coordinator, Justin Mog, will be speaking to the Floyds Fork Environmental Organization about ways that all of us can revolutionize our daily lives for greater personal and planetary health and wealth!

October 25, 2011

Student Sustainability Network Meet & Greet
Tuesday, October 25th 7 p.m., Ekstrom Library room W210
The SGA, SAB, and RSOs related to sustainability will unite with members from UofL’s Sustainability Council to meet, mingle, and discuss this year’s plans related to sustainability. Benefit from sharing your ideas and discover what others are doing to promote sustainability on campus. Save room for dessert, as cupcakes and pie will be served!

Oct. 25, 2011
School of Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series Presents:
Dr. Melissa Merry: "Framing Disaster: Environmental Groups' Response to the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010"
Tuesday October 25th at Noon in Rm 200 Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom St.)
Melissa K Merry is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Louisville.
October 24, 2011

Julia Butterfly Hill Web Banner

When Spirit Meets Action: Working Together In Response to Climate Change
with special guest, author and activist, Julia Butterfly Hill

Monday, October 24th 7pm at Bellarmine University (Brown Activities Center, Frazier Hall)
6:30pm Car-Free groups will depart from UofL. Cyclists gather at the Red Barn for a 5 mile ride. Others gather at the TARC #29 eastbound stop on Eastern Pkwy in front of the Speed School of Engineering (bring UofL ID for free bus fare, and walking shoes for the 10 block walk down Norris Place from Eastern Pkwy).  

Julia Butterfly Hill is the young woman who lived 160 feet up in an ancient redwood tree in a world-changing effort to protect old growth forests. She is the author of the best-seller The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods and the subject of the PBS Documentary Butterfly both of which chronicle her amazing story. Click here to see her biography.

We can’t all live in a redwood tree for two years to make a better world - but we all have something we can do. Please join us. Hosted by Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light.

October 24, 2011

Documentary Film: SAK VID PA KAMPE: An Empty Sack Does Not Stand Up (Haitian Proverb)
Monday, Oct. 24th 6pm SAC Floyd Theater
Light Refreshments will be served. Admission is Free.
Sponsored by the Debate Society and the Garden Commons

This 29-minute documentary produced by Agricultural Missions, Inc chronicles the struggle for food sovereignty in Haiti since the 2010 Earthquake. SAK VID PA KAMPE focuses on the solutions to the impoverishment and vulnerability of the Haitian populace, as being implemented by organized rural Haitians. It shows how international solidarity can successfully help Haitians transform the structural roots of their impoverishment and exploitation, and confront the ecological challenge we all face.. Check out the trailer.

The screening will be followed by Q & A with Education and Advocacy Coordinator, Stephen Bartlett, Film Director and UofL graduate, Stephon Barbour, and Anthropology/PAS Professor Dr Yvonne Jones, as well as local solidarity leaders

For more information, contact Stephen Bartlett, sbartlett (at) ag-missions.org, 502-896-9171.

Oct. 17-23, 2011

UofL Sustainability Week - a full week of events to celebrate and raise awareness:

  • Monday, Oct. 17, 3pm – Colombian activist John Henry González on agrarian reform and the protection of workers’ rights (407 Ford Hall)
  • Monday, Oct. 17, 4:30pm –"Fighting Sexual Exploitation in the Community," with Rachel Durschlag. Sponsored by Cards 4 Freedom (Students Against Human Trafficking). (Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom)
  • Monday, Oct. 17, 5pm – Tour  UofL’s LEED Gold certified CTR Building (CTR 503, 505 South Hancock St.)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 4pm – Architect Gary Kleier on "Green Renovation, Restoration and Reuse in Historic Buildings" (Chao Auditorium)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6pm – Book-in-Common Keynote with author Wes Moore (SAC Multipurpose Room)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10am-2pm – Campus Sustainability Day (Quad) - An annual showcase of campus and community sustainability initiatives! Shred-it will be offering free shredding and recycling of personal papers & floppy disks 10am-2pm at the College of Business circle.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, Noon-1pm – Let's Talk Lunch: "Why Going Green Ain't Gonna Cut It. Sustainability's foundations in social & economic justice" (Cultural Center)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5:30 pm – Sustainability in Peace Corps – Impacting Communities at Home and Abroad (Ekstrom Library, Room W104). Highlighting the work of returned Environment and Agriculture volunteers and related initiatives of other volunteers (such as Youth development volunteer, Laura Kutner’s recycled bottle project), and the work local Peace Corps offices are doing.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6-8 pm Biology Undergraduate Society event featuring Dr. Eason discussing biology internships, and two undergraduates discussing their experience in undergraduate research and an overseas medical mission. Free Food! (Life Sciences Room 137)
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 10:30am-2pm Gray Street Farmers’ Market at HSC (Directions). Eat well! Reduce your environmental footprint! Support your local economy! Meet your farmer! Market vendors offer lunch items, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, cheese, honey, bakery goods, canned goods, crafts and flowers.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, noon – Shelby Campus Green Team Brown Bag Session with Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Louisville Climate Action Network (Burhans Hall room 207)
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 5pm & 7pm – Farm to Table dinner (Ville Grill). A special four-course family-style served dinner featuring local foods. Make your reservations now at Ville Grill, located on 3rd St. and Brandeis Ave.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 6-7:30pm – Outstanding Community Engagement Awards & Reception. Free Food! (Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library)
  • Friday, Oct. 21, 4-5:30pm – Campus Sustainability Walking Tour (Leaves from: Strickler Hall)
  • Friday, Oct. 21,  before 8pm – Sigma Pi sponsors Game Day Recycling at State Fairgrounds tailgating before UofL home football game vs. Rutgers
  • Friday-Sunday, Oct. 21-23Bluegrass Bioneers Conference at UofL. Latest details on Facebook!
  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 8:30am-Noon – Volunteer Opportunity: Central Park Clean-up! Be a part of the Mayor’s Week of Service! Team up with the Old Louisville Neighborhood Association and Operation Brightside to help keep Central Park looking great. Pizza for lunch!
  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 10am-2pm – How Can We Best Serve Conference (SAC, Floyd Theater)

  • All week: Fall Harvest week at The Ville Grill, featuring fresh, seasonal foods from our local area! Does it taste better if it’s from your own backyard? Find out! Each day we’ll feature a dish from a local farm—and you can even meet the farmer! We'll also be highlighting vegetarian options at Wild Mushroom and other campus venues for the fact that reducing consumption of animal protein reduces your carbon footprint.
  • All week: Sign up for the city of Louisville's Give a Day of Service!
October 22, 2011

How Can We Best Serve Conference
Saturday, October 22, 2011   10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Student Activities Center, Floyd Theater
Hungry for social justice? Don't miss the 3rd Annual How Can We Best Serve Conference on October 22! This student-run event brings leaders from the front lines of social change in Louisville to campus for solutions-based conversation about challenges facing our community. Through the conference, the UofL AmeriCorps Bonner Leaders connect the student body, faculty and community members with nonprofits in Louisville. The conference consists of 6 workshops that provide students information about social justice issues and help them understand their role in building a better future for our community. This year, the workshops will integrate themes addressed in the Book-in-Common, The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore.

Until Then: Look for the Bonner Leaders fundraiser table each Wednesday (9/14-10/19) from 12-2 in the SAC - 2nd floor, by the Multi Purpose Room, where you can learn about a social justice issue and support the conference by buying goodies from ice cream to coffee to Rice Krispie treats!

Oct. 21-23, 2011
Bluegrass Bioneers Conference at UofL

Breakthrough Solutions for People and Planet
Free and Open to the Public
Friday, October 21, 9am-10pm
Saturday, October 22,  9am-11pm
Sunday, October 23, 10am-6:30pm
Strickler Hall, University of Louisville 

bluegrassbioneers

The Bioneers Conference is the leading sustainability and social solutions conference in the country. It brings together, in 21 U.S. cities, more than 10,000 social, scientific, and environmental innovators, visionaries, and citizens from all walks of life working to create a more just and sustainable world for humanity.

Bluegrass Bioneers is the southeast region's incarnation of the national Bioneers conference combining world-renowned pre-recorded plenary talks from the conference in California with live regional environmental visionaries to create a one-of-a-kind sustainable solutions event.

Inspirational talks and life stories from California include Amory Lovins (green energy guru & Chairman of Rocky Mountain Institute), Gloria Steinem (renowned author and feminist icon), Paul Stamets (world's leading "myco-technologist"), Phillippe Cousteau (ocean explorer, author, activist) and many others.

They will be joined by live regional leaders and visionaries like author Chad Montrie, professor Barbara Burns, Kimberly Frieder (children's author & environmentalist), Christian Thalacker (biodiesel entrepreneur), Keith Mountain (glaciologist & state geographer), Justin Mog (UofL sustainability director), Brian Barnes (UofL & Bellarmine philosophy professor), Mark Steiner (Cultivating Connections), Teddie Phillipson-Mower (environmental educator), Tom FitzGerald (Kentucky Resources Council), Joe Franzen & Claude Stephens (urban homesteaders), Sean Patrick Hill (author), Open Ground, 350 Louisville and many more.

Entertainment this year includes Harry Pickens, Andrea Davidson, River City Drum Corps, and the Troubadours of Divine Bliss...plus screenings of the feature films "YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip" and "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time." There will also be a Family Day, a Re-skilling Fair, a Peace Mini-Fair, and a local/sustainable Iron Chef Dinner sponsored by Whole Foods and 15Thousand Farmers.

The University of Louisville will host the Annual Bluegrass Bioneers Conference which is presented by BEcreative and the UofL Sustainability Council and sponsored by Organic Valley. 

Learn more at the Bluegrass Bioneers website and check out the Facebook page!

Oct. 21, 2011

UofL Campus Sustainability Walking Tour (map)
Friday, Oct. 21st, 2011 4:00-5:30pm
Leaves from: Strickler Hall lobby
Lead by: Justin Mog (UofL assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives) & Russ Barnett (Director, Kentucky Institute for the Environment & Sustainable Development)

Since 2008, the University of Louisville's Sustainability Council has worked to reshape our campus community and operations around the principles of sustainability. Join us for a guided walking tour (map) of UofL's efforts to reshape our campus community and operations around the principles of sustainability. Highlights will include:

  • Cultural Center: Organic Garden Commons, composting & rain barrels
  • SAC: Bike racks; BigBelly solar trash compactors; Kentucky Proud section of bookstore
  • Threlkeld: Single-stream recycling; energy-efficiency retrofits
  • Lutz Circle: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pickups; No-Idling Policy
  • Steam & Chilled Water Plant: Coal-free campus
  • Ernst: Biodiesel program & Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
  • Eastern Parkway: Road diet - bike lanes & bus shelters
  • Duthie: LEED Gold renovation
  • Sackett: Dual-tracking solar panels
  • Gardiner: Green conference room; A&S Green Team office audits; Campus Tree Tour
  • Ekstrom: Heine Brothers fair trade, locally-roasted coffee; Bike-share program; Rain Gardens
  • Ville Grill: Trayless dining; vegetarian/local/organic/fair-trade foods & food waste composting
  • Louisville Hall: Green Dorm Room; Basic Pantry (Cardinal's Nest); TARC HSC-Belknap shuttle stop
  • College of Business: Water bottle filing station to eliminate bottled water; Green Roof
Oct. 21, 2011

Chad Montrie:  ‘Confronting Environmental Mythology, Making a New Environmental Movement’

Chad Montrie, University of Massachusetts Lowell history professor and UofL alumnus, will speak Friday, Oct. 21, 1:30 p.m., Middleton Auditorium, Strickler Hall. He examines common notions about the origins and development of environmentalism in the United States. His most recent book is “A People’s History of Environmentalism in the United States.” Call John Cumbler at 852-6817 for more information.

Oct. 20, 2011

Farm to Table Dinner at the Ville Grill
Thursday, Oct. 20. Two seatings of 100 at 5:00pm and 7:00pm
Enjoy a four-course meal of exclusively local dishes served family style on the adjacent patio of Ville Grill. Even the local dishes will be served in “local dishes” made by the UofL Ceramic Art Organization. Discover more about this four-course family-style served dinner. Make your reservations now at Ville Grill, located on 3rd St. and Brandeis Ave.Purchase your tickets at Ville Grill. Meal plans are accepted! Cost: two meal swipes, or $15.50 flex, cash or credit.

Oct. 20, 2011

Shelby Campus Green Team Brown Bag Session
Thursday, October 20 at Noon in room 207 of Burhans Hall
Bring your lunch and join us for the next Brown Bag session! Sarah Lynn Cunningham, from the Louisville Climate Action Network (CAN) will speak about climate change and what actions we can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Light snacks will be provided.

Oct. 19, 2011 Let's Talk Lunch: "Why Going Green Ain't Gonna Cut It. Sustainability's foundations in social & economic justice" facilitated by Justin Mog, UofL's assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives, and Robin Valenzuela, president of the student anti- human trafficking group, Cards 4 Freedom.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, Noon-1pm – Cultural Center
Join us for a provocative discussion about why environmentalists and social justice advocates need to work together if we hope to make any progress towards a better tomorrow. Many people mistakenly equate the idea of sustainability with “greening,” but this discussion will help you understand that it’s much, much more than that. We’ll also talk about how UofL’s commitment to sustainability can be a leverage point for those interested in moving our university towards greater social responsibility.
Oct. 19, 2011

Campus Sustainability Day
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 10am-2pm Humanities Quad
Join us for the fourth 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! Photos.

Oct. 18, 2011

Green Buildings Talk by Gary Kleier
Interested in green buildings? Come and listen to the talk given by preservation Architect Gary Kleier on "Green Renovation, Restoration and Reuse in Historic Buildings." The talk will be on October 18th (Tuesday) from 4 to 5 PM at the Chao Auditorium. This event is being hosted by the USGBC UofL student chapter. Everyone is invited.

Oct. 17, 2011

Tour UofL's LEED Gold certified CTR Building
Come tour the LEED GOLD certified Clinical and Translational Research building, downtown. This is one of University of Louisville's "green" buildings. You are welcome to bring friends and family, as this event is open to everyone. Free food will be provided. This is part of the Sustainability Week and it is being hosted by the USGBC UofL Students Chapter. The tour is on the 17th of  October (Monday) at 5pm. The Address is CTR 503, 505 South Hancock Street, Louisville, Ky-40202.

Oct. 17, 2011 Fighting Sexual Exploitation in the Community
Monday, Oct. 17th 4:30-6:30pm (Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library). UofL Sustainability Week kick-off event featuring special guest speaker  Rachel Durschlag, from the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, sponsored by Cards 4 Freedom (Students Against Human Trafficking). Panel Speakers: Dr. Theresa Hayden (JA faculty), Dr. Geetha Suresh (JA faculty), Rus Funk (MensWork), Jeannette Westbrook (community advocate), Marissa Castellanos (Catholic Charities).
Oct. 17, 2011 Witness for Peace speaker
Colombian activist John Henry González, co-founder of the Small Farmer’s Movement of Cajibío (MCC), will speak about the situation in Colombia and about forms of nonviolent resistance to attain agrarian reform and the protection of workers’ rights. Oct. 17, 3 p.m., Room 407, Ford Hall.
Oct. 16, 2011

Garden Commons Work Day - In-Ground Beds Preparation
Sunday, Oct. 16th, 1pm to 5pm at Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Now that the greenhouse is nearing completion, it is time to move onto the next phase of our expansion project, in-ground beds! Please join us on Sunday, Oct. 16th, from 1pm to 5pm to help us create our in-ground beds at Garden Commons at the Cultural Center. We have some tools, but more shovels, hoes, and tools are always welcome!

Oct. 15, 2011

UofL Saturday Academy: “Foodwise/Food Warriors: Food Justice in the West End,” Karyn Moscowitz, Blain Snipstal, Portia White, Nathaniel Spencer and Myrna Brame with chef Derrick Jackson

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 11:00am - 2:00pm
DuValle Education Center cafeteria, 3610 Bohne Ave.

The UofL Saturday Academy community enrichment program resumes October through May. The weekly western Louisville program focuses on black history, issues and culture. Sessions begin with an 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. seminar about African world and black history and continue with a 12:45 p.m.-2 p.m. discussion of designated topics. UofL faculty and community representatives are the speakers, and the sessions are open to adults and high school students. The free, public sessions will run on Saturdays from Oct. 1 through May 2012 at DuValle Education Center cafeteria, 3610 Bohne Ave., near Interstate 264-W and Algonquin Parkway in the Park DuValle community. More info.

Oct. 15, 2011 Invasive Species Removal Workparty with Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Saturday, October 15 · 9:00am - 12:00pm, Shawnee Park
UofL's Biology Undergraduate Society is organizing this volunteer workparty. Spend the day outdoors while helping natural species flourish! Come out and volunteer with Olmsted Parks and BUS! Details here.
Oct. 15, 2011

12th annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference: Cultivating Change - Harvesting Health
Saturday,October 15, 2011 9am to 5:30 pm
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t the Kentucky Country Day School.
Student scholarships are available and carpools will be organized from UofL. If you are interested in getting in on the scholarships or carpool, please contact Lauren Hendricks at 502-744-7679 or lauren.hendricks (at) louisville.edu.
Featured Speaker – Colin Beaven, author of the best-selling book & film No Impact Man
Registration Cost = $55 (
Scholarships available). Includes meals, snacks and conference materials. All food will be locally and sustainably grown, antibiotic and hormone free.
More details available on Facebook.

Oct. 11, 2011

Kentucky Energy Alliance Facility Tour & Roundtable
Tuesday, October 11, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Louisville
Join KPPC for a tour of the Republic Conduit facility in Louisville and see energy savings at work. The tour and roundtable are presented as part of KPPC's environmental sustainability training series. There is no fee to attend this event, and lunch will be provided. Register online.

Oct. 8, 2011

Invasive Species Removal Workparty with Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Saturday, October 8 · 9:00am - 12:00pm
Iroquois Park
UofL's Biology Undergraduate Society is organizing this volunteer workparty. Spend the day outdoors while helping natural species flourish! Come out and volunteer with Olmsted Parks and BUS! Details here.

Oct. 6, 2011 Engineers Without Borders Chapter Meeting
The UofL Engineers Without Borders student chapter will being having one of their regular bi-weekly meetings on October 6th, 2011 at 7pm in the Vogt Building, Room 311.  Be sure to come if you're interested in learning more about this organization, which combines engineering innovation and initiative with a humanitarian mission to meet the basic needs of communities around the world (food, water, shelter, etc.)!  Please note, you DO NOT have to be an engineering student to get involved with EWB!  Free pizza and drinks will be provided!
Oct. 5, 2011 Cards 4 Freedom Meeting
Interested in stopping human trafficking? Cards 4 Freedom, an anti-human trafficking organization, will be having a meeting on October 5th at noon in the Faculty conference room in Brigham Hall. We will be electing officers for the 2011-2012 school year. Come and help us plan our upcoming events. All majors welcome.
Oct. 4, 2011
Fiesta! Mexican-Inspired Cooking Workshop!
Tuesday, October 4th from 5:30-7:00pm in the Office of Health Promotion Activities Room.
Join Chef Mary Wheatley and the Office of Health Promotion as we prepare a Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito, and Cheese Quesadillas with fresh salsa! The cost is $3 per class and includes dinner. Stop by the Office of Health Promotion to sign up. More info.
Oct. 3, 2011

Misconceptions of Biology in Movies with Dr. Perlin
Monday, October 3 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm in Life Science LL25.
Have you ever seen a film and and wonder, "How can that be biologically correct?" Well, come on the 3rd and listen to Dr. Perlin explain how the science is just wrong! Hope to see you all there. Details here. Sponsored by the U of L Biology Undergraduate Society.

Oct. 2, 2011 commonGround's Yard Sale
Sunday, Oct. 2nd from 11-5pm in the Red Barn
Do you have extra junk lying around your house that you are trying to get rid of? Then donate it to commonGround's Yard sale! We are asking community member and students to donate. Fifty percent of the profits will go to PFLAG's scholarship (Parents, Friends, and Family of Lesbians and Gays). If you are interested in helping out, please drop off any donations to the Red Barn between 9:30am -11am on Sunday Oct. 2nd or contact Natalie Topp at natopp01@louisville.edu
Oct. 1, 2011 Homecoming SOUL Saturday Service Project      
Whether you are competing with your group for Homecoming points or looking for a great way to spend a Saturday, sign up for SOUL. It is happening in various locations all over town on Saturday Oct. 1. Register at http://louisville.edu/leadership/service-opportunities/soul/soul  today!  Registration closes on Thursday, 9/29.
Featured Volunteer Project: Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Cherokee Park.
Project:  invasive plant removal and park restoration.  Wear long pants, socks and old shoes.  Gloves and tools will be provided at the site. Time: 9am - Noon. Needed:  25 volunteers
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2011

PRIDE Week
University of Louisville's Pride Week is September 30 through October 6th. The Office for LGBT Services, as well as other sponsors will be bringing the campus a week of events to show your pride. Highlights throughout the week include the Pride Week Cookout, Interfaith Prayer Service, and this year's Keynote Speaker, Anthony Rapp, who starred in both the original Broadway musical and movie musical RENT! Full schedule here.

Sept. 30, 2011 Louisville's Fall Bike to Work DayFall2011BikeToWorkDay
Friday, September 30, 2011
After Mayor Fischer rode his bike to work on May 20th for National Bike to Work Day and arrived downtown at 4th Street Live, he immediately said, "This is great, we have to do this more often." So, we are. Sept. 30th will be our first ever fall bike to work day! Dust off that bike in the garage and get ready to ride! Register to win a new commuter bike and check out full event details, including Meet & Ride locations here.

Sept. 16-29, 2011

Join a UofL Team in the Bike Commuter Challenge September 16-29, 2011
Form/join a team with your friends or co-workers. Ride your bicycle new places! Win fame, glory, and prizes (including the coveted "Golden Handlebars" trophy, helmet mirrors, locally hand-crafted by Bud's Helmet Mirrors, cargo panniers, locally hand-crafted by Agent Ümlaut Designs, and bike lights). How the Challenge Works:

  1. First form or join a team of about five co-workers, friends, neighbors, or whoever you know that is interested in bicycling more.

  2. No more than two team members 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 through the GreenLightRide website and log each one-way transportation trip you make by bicycle (each trip is worth one point in the competition, whether it’s riding to work, to the store, to appointments, to a friend’s house, etc.).
  4. At the Fall 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!, around noon on September 30th.

Check the the scoreboard to see standings and record your individual trips!

Sept. 28, 2011 Cards 4 Freedom Meeting
Cards 4 Freedom, an anti-human trafficking student organization, will be having its first meeting at 1:00pm in the Justice Administration building (Brigham Hall), in the faculty conference room on Wednesday, Sept. 28th. We will be nominating officers and planning events. All majors are welcome.
Sept. 19-27, 2011

WEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE September 19-27, 2011
This worldwide campaign encourages communities to think and act towards a world without violence. Activities focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals and organizations to begin positive actions towards ending violence in their communities. Read the story.

  • Sunday & Monday, Sept. 18-19 Mentors In Violence Prevention, Athletics
    MVP will lead athletic teams in an innovative "bystander" model that empowers each student to take an active role in promoting a positive school climate and build their personal resolve to act. Contact Amy Seng.
  • Monday, Sept. 19 DPS Cookout, 1st Floor Parking Garage
    11am-1pm Want to find out more about Campus Police and how to be safe on campus? Come over to DPS for safety information, music, raffles, and FREE FOOD!!! Contact Wayne Hall, 852-6111.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 Prayers for Peace, Interfaith Center
    Noon. The Interfaith Center will lead participants in a prayer and meditation session as well as profile leaders in the faith community that are working for peace. Just Peace!
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 International Day of Peace, Ekstrom Library (Chao Auditorium) and Quad
    Launch of new program in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation. Learn about opportunities to study peace, justice, social change, sustainability and connections to your major. Events include documentary on the UN International Day of Peace (Sept. 21st), guest speakers, representatives of student and community organizations, and films. Details below.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 Holocaust Exhibit, Ekstrom Library
    7:00 pm Opening reception: Stories and historical photographs of those persecuted during the holocaust for their sexual orientation at the " Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945" exhibit. More info. Contact: Brian Buford, 852-0696
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 World Car-Free Day, Red Barn 10am-2pm
    - Fair with free bike tune-ups, bike-blender smoothies and more!;
    - "Biking For Health & Wealth" Lunch-and-Learn at Noon inside Red Barn;
    - Car-Free Trip to Gray St. Farmers' Market! 12:30pm meet up in front of the Red Barn. Bring your bike for a 20 minute ride downtown or your UofL ID for a free trip on TARC Route #18 to the market. All attendees will receive a reusable UofL Sustainability shopping bag made in the USA of 100% recycled materials!
    Hundreds of people are killed and injured by cars on Louisville’s streets each year. Nationally, 32,708 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 and is taking part in an international day to celebrate the possibility of a world without cars! Bring your bicycle, walking shoes, and free bus pass (your UofL ID!) and join us for some fun, healthy, community-building car-free activities on and around campus! This event is affiliated with 350.org's worldwide initiative: "Moving Planet" - a single day to move away from fossil fuels. More info & RSVP on Facebook.
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 PostCard Project, Cultural Center
    Using recycled greeting cards we will make our own postcards with messages of empowerment and display the postcards together as a community building art project at TBTN. Show some love! Contact Leondra Gully 852-0231
  • September 22-27 Green Dot Pledge Week!, campus-wide
    A green dot is any behavior, choice, word, or attitude that promotes safety for everyone and communicates intolerance for rape, domestic violence and stalking. Sponsored by Men of PEACC!
  • September 23-27 The Pinwheel Project, SAC West Lawn
    11am-1pm Place a Pinwheel on the west lawn in honor of a survivor of domestic or sexual violence as a powerful visual reminder of the number of men and women affected by violence in our community.
  • Monday, Sept. 26 Queen of Sheba, Kurz Hall
    7:00 pm "Why Haven't You Arrested Him?" From the award winning Queen of Sheba Series - The Alissa Blanton case left several domestic violence advocates questioning the legal system that failed to protect her. Where would you turn if you or a friend were being stalked and harassed on campus?
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27 ** TAKE BACK THE NIGHT**, Red Barn
    5:30-7:30 pm This annual rally and speak out raises public awareness about inter-personal violence. Come out and show your support. Music, Art, Drama, Speakers….
Sept. 26, 2011 Shelby Campus Green Team Meeting
Meetings are regularly held on the last Monday of every month at 1:00pm in Burhans Room 157. Joining us in greening Shelby Campus!
Sept. 25, 2011

Garden Commons Workday: Greenhouse Work & Garden Clean-up
Sunday, September 25th · 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Impromptu greenhouse work day and garden cleanup. We'll be siliconeing things and ripping up things and harvesting things and planting things. Come as long as you can. Apple cider and baked goods provided. Details here.

Sept. 24, 2011

Moving Planet: Moving Louisville beyond Fossil Fuels
UofL students, staff, and faculty will be meeting at the west entrance to Ekstrom Library at 3pm on Saturday, September 24th. We will walk downtown together to show our support for 350.org's worldwide initiative, Moving Planet. The rally will be held at Jefferson Square Park (6th and Jefferson streets) from 4 to 5:30 pm. Please do not drive to this event, but rather, come show your support for initiatives aimed at reducing Louisville's carbon footprint. More info here, or email tlrapp01@louisville.edu.

Sept. 24, 2011

Making More Black Students College-Ready and College Graduates

In 2009-2010, 27.9 percent of the adults (33.0 percent of white adults and only 14.1 percent of black adults) in Metro Louisville had completed at least four years of college, roughly equal to the national average but far below our leading peer cities. The 55K Initiative was organized in 2010 to address this problem by adding 55,000 new degree holders to our community by 2020 - with a corresponding 15K Initiative to eliminate the racial attainment gap by insuring that 15,000 of those new graduates are African Americans.

To help craft solutions to this community-wide problem, the University of Louisville's Saturday Academy will inaugurate the 2011-2012 academic year with two special sessions on education attainment:  “Making More Black Students College-Ready and College Graduates.”  The sessions will be led by Dr. Blaine Hudson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Saturday Academy. Session I was held on Saturday, August 27, at the NIA Center.

Session II will be held from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 24 at the DuValle Education Center Cafeteria, 3610 Bohne Avenue.  The purpose of this session is two-fold:

  • to share session I input with 55K/15K leaders and partner institutions; and
  •  to assist in formulating specific strategies to move 55K/15K forward, i.e., to graduate more college-ready students from high school and . 

Both education sessions are being organized by Bani Hines-Hudson, Saturday Academy Program Consultant.  To share ideas about how to make more black students college-ready and college graduates contact her at bhineshudson@yahoo.com.  To RSVP for the sessions please contact LyShanna Cunningham, Saturday Academy Program Assistant at 852-2658 or l.cunningham@louisville.edu.   For more information about the Saturday Academy go to http://louisville.edu/saturdayacademy.

Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Sept. 23, 2011 Grocery Store Tour
Friday, September 23rd, 10:00am-1:30pm
Feeling lost when it comes to purchasing food at the grocery store? Learn how to buy fresh, affordable, healthy food! Join the Office of Health Promotion’s Registered Dietitian on a trip to ValuMarket. Participants will receive reusable shopping bags (from the UofL Sustainability Council and made in the USA of 100% recycled fibers), coupons for items on the Basic Pantry Shopping List, recipes and incentives. Group size is limited to 15, so come by the Office of Health Promotion and sign up fast! More information here.
Sept. 22, 2011

Tim Wise on Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash
Thursday, September 22 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Spalding University Auditorium, 824 South Forth Street

Join us as we welcome Tim Wise, a prominent anti-racist writer and educator, to a public lecture at Spalding University. Called "one of the most brilliant, articulate, and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation" by Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, Wise has spoken in 49 states and to over 600 college audiences and community groups. His critically-acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (2007), is taught at hundreds of colleges and high schools across the United States. His other books include Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White (2005); Speaking Treason Fluently; Anti-Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male (2008); Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama(2009); and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity (forthcoming).   www.timwise.org
Free for Spalding students, staff, and faculty with valid ID. A suggested donation of $10 for all others.
This event is organized by Spalding University's Diversity Consciousness Action Group and is sponsored by Spalding's School of Pscyhology, School of Social Work, School of Liberal Studies, School of Education, the University of Louisville Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, and the Kentucky Psycological Association.
CEs will be available for social workers and psychologists. $30 for 2 hours. Please contact Jennfer R. Jewell at jjewell@spalding.edu

Sept. 22, 2011 World Car-Free Day
Thursday, Sept. 22nd Red Barn 10am-2pm
  • Car-Free Fair with free bike tune-ups, bike-blender smoothies and more!
  • "Biking For Health & Wealth" Lunch-and-Learn at Noon inside Red Barn  (co-sponsored by Get Healthy Now!)
  • Car-Free Trip to Gray St. Farmers' Market! 12:30pm meet up in front of the Red Barn. Bring your bike for a 20 minute ride downtown or your UofL ID for a free trip on TARC Route #18 to the market. All attendees will receive a reusable UofL Sustainability shopping bag made in the USA of 100% recycled materials!
Hundreds of people are killed and injured by cars on Louisville’s streets each year. Nationally, 32,708 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 and is taking part in an international day to celebrate the possibility of a world without cars! Bring your bicycle, walking shoes, and free bus pass (your UofL ID!) and join us for some fun, healthy, community-building car-free activities on and around campus! This event is affiliated with 350.org's worldwide initiative: "Moving Planet" - a single day to move away from fossil fuels.
More info & RSVP on Facebook.
Sept. 21, 2011

International Day of Peace Celebration at UofL

  • On-going: Exhibit of Peace Postcards in Ekstrom Library and opportunity for students to create their own
  • 10am-2pm Tabling by peace & justice RSOs and community groups on quad in front of Ekstrom
  • 10:45am Drum Circle by Percussive Arts Club (RSO)
  • 10am-2pm Documentary film by Collin Sage, Peace Cam, featuring interviews with students about peace, justice, violence, etc.
  • 11am-1pm Presentations in Chao Auditorium (Ekstrom), featuring:
    - Trailer for film Peace One Day
    - Welcome by UofL officials
    - Goals of new Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Program at UofL
    - Brief presentations about curricular opportunities at UofL (including the Liberal Studies concentration in Peace Studies; the Social Change minor; the proposed certificate in Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation; Sports for Development/Olympism, Peace & Development; and other departments offering relevant courses)
    - Entertainment: Gary Brice, spoken word
    - Brief presentations about co-curricular opportunities (including the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice; the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; UofL’s Ombuds program; the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order; the PEACC Program; the Office for LGBT Services; and UofL’s Sustainability Council)
  • 1-2pm Advisors and light refreshments available in Chao Auditorium lobby
  • Display of Melinda Leonard's students International Service Learning and Research: Fostering Peace In Northern Ireland
  • 1:30pm "Peace and Violence in Guatemala," panel organized by Manolo Medina in concert with 18th Latin American Film Festival
  • 3:00pm "Peace Postcards: A Public Art Project," co-sponsored by Fine Arts
  • 4:00pm Film: La Otra Casa (The Other House) at Cultural Center
  • 7:00pm Film: Peace One Day, Ali Center.  Panel discussion to follow.
Contact: Russell Vandenbroucke, Director, UofL Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation program. 502-852-8448
Sept. 20, 2011 Cooking Workshop!
Tuesday, September 20th from 5:30-7:00pm in the Office of Health Promotion Activities Room.
Mary Wheatley will lead students in cooking demonstrations that will teach basic food preparation skills. The cost is $3 per class and includes dinner. Stop by the Office of Health Promotion to sign up.

Sept. 20, 2011

The Kentucky Labor Institute and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research present
Arts on the Line:  A celebration of working people and the arts
Tuesday, September 20
4:00pm panel discussion featuring scholars and labor leaders, Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
6:00pm art opening and reception, with refreshments, Anne Braden Institute, Ekstrom Library Room 258
The Kentucky Labor Institute (KLI) is a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to educate workers and the public about the history of working people’s movements, to assess the current conditions of workers in Kentucky, and to offer recommendations for improving those conditions.

Sept. 19, 2011

Free Webinar: Champions of Energy Star – Profiles in Leadership

Monday, September 19th, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

KPPC Executive Director Cam Metcalf will be among the featured speakers in this local and state networking webcast that will highlight 2011 Energy Star award winners and discuss opportunities for recognition with Energy Star. Attendees will hear from 2011 Partner of the Year award winners on using Portfolio Manager as a reporting tool, specifically for ARRA grantees, and how the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center is helping clients across their state build self-sustaining energy management programs using Energy Star tools and resources.
Visit the Energy Star Training Center for more information and to register.

Sept. 19, 2011

"'I am not a Thug or a Terrorist, I am an Egyptian Woman!': Woman's Activism and the Egyptian Uprising of 2011"

A Talk by Sherine Hafez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies at the University of California Riverside and author of "An Islam of Her Own, Reconsidering Religion and Secularism in Women's Islamic Movements."
Monday, September 19, 2:00 p.m., Chao Auditorium (Ekstrom Library)
Sponsored by: Middle East and Islamic Studies, Anthropology, Women's and Gender Studies, Sociology, and A&S Dean's Office.

Sept. 16, 2011

A Celebration of African Americans in Social Justice: Success Stories in the Fight Towards Educational Equity
Friday, September 16th 6:30-8:00PM
UofL Student Activities Center Multi-Purpose Room
RSVP by Friday, September 9th to Colleen Crawford at colleen.crawford@teachforamerica.org to secure your seat at dinner, amongst Kentucky leaders of our generation!

Sept. 16, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011
UofL's Urban Design Studio will, again this year, be participating in Park(ing) Day along with several other groups to transform parking spaces downtown into parks and other parklets to draw attention to how we use our public space. Along with participating in Park(ing) Day by converting a space in front of the UDS, we will host an interactive exhibit at the Urban Design Studio entitled Occupied: The Space Between Buildings.
For more information about the seven Park(ing) Day sites that will spring up around town on September 16th, check out the in-depth coverage and suggested bike route to see them all at Broken Sidewalk, which is also sponsoring the event.

Sept. 15, 2011

Fall Greens Workshop
Thurs, Sept. 15th at 7pm at the Garden Commons at the Cultural Center.
Ever wondered what to plant when the weather gets nippy? Or how to use that kale, turnip green or cabbage in a recipe? Join Garden Commons on Thursday, September 15th at 7pm for a Fall Greens Workshop! We will be planting Fall Greens and discussing the gardening cycle. We will cover starting greens out as seeds, common problems when growing greens, and recipes for using your harvested greens! More on Facebook.

Sept. 15, 2011 UofL U.S. Green Building Council Student Chapter Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 from 4:30-5:30pm in Schneider Hall room 27
First meeting of year, featuring Sarah Easton, the national student chair of the USGBC, as a guest speaker....and some free food for everybody!
Sept. 15, 2011 Law School Sustainability Committee Meeting
Thursday September 15th 1-2pm in The Law School, Room LL80
The Committee is having its first meeting of the year! We'll use this time to brief incoming 1Ls on our mission and update everyone on the current Rain Garden project. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at jennifer.ewa@gmail.com or jacob.giesecke@gmail.com.

Sept. 14, 2011
Peace Corps Information Session & Office Hours
Wednesday, September 14th
Info Session: 5:30 pm Ekstrom Library, Room W104
Office Hours with Peace Corps Recruiter: 1 pm – 3 pm Houchens Building, Career Services LL03
Sept. 13, 2011 Meeting of the Garden Commons RSO
Tues, Sept. 13th at 7pm in the garden next to the Cultural Center.
Meetings are held in the garden every other Tuesday at 7pm! Join us and learn to grow!
Sept. 13, 2011

Community Service Fair
Tuesday, September 13, 11:30 am – 1 pm at the Red Barn
About 50 agencies serving the Louisville community are looking for volunteers. Get involved! Find the perfect community service project during lunch! (sponsored by Engage Lead Serve, Cultural Center, and Student Activities Board)

Sept. 3, 2011

Beargrass Creek Clean Up and Critical Mass Bike Ride
Saturday, September 3rd · 9:00am - 12:00pm
Daniel Boone statue on Eastern Parkway
UofL's Environmental Law & Land Use Society extend an invitation to join them on a group ride and clean up along the Beargrass Creek waterway. The goal is to raise awareness about the deplorable state of Beargrass Creek all while having a good time riding bikes! For all who are interested, the ride will meet at the Daniel Boone statue on Eastern Parkway, following the Beargrass Creek Corridor down to the river.

Sept. 1, 2011
Thailand’s Tropical Forests: Eight Years of Experiences and Field Research
David Reed, biology professor and Wallace chair of conservation.
Thursday, Sept. 1st at noon in the University Club
As part of this year's Meet the Professors series sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor Reed will discuss efforts to save forests and animals of Southeast Asia, where 40 percent of animal and plant species face extinction this century. Reservations are required, with $14 payment in cash or check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu no later than August 29, 2011.
August 30, 2011
Meeting of the Garden Commons RSO
Tues, Aug 30th at 7pm in the garden next to the Cultural Center.
Our first meeting of the semester will be held in the garden for about an hour to discuss our goals for the garden and for ourselves, how we want this year to look as far as events, meetings, outreach etc, and how we can get everyone involved in helping us grow.
Through Aug. 25, 2011

Louisville & the Peace Corps Exhibit at Ekstrom Library
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Peace Corps, UofL is playing host to an exhibit in Ekstrom Library about Louisvillians who have served in the Corps and the wide variety of sustainable development work done by volunteers around the world. Since 1961, 188 UofL grads have served as Peace Corps volunteers. The exhibit, which features information panels and memorabilia from local volunteers is on the first floor of Ekstrom Library in the media resources section and in the display cases across from the circulation desk. Read more.

Aug. 17-27, 2011

Sustainability is being woven into Welcome Week events, including:

  • Thursday, Aug. 18 - Morning Walk: Discover Old Louisville!
    Highlighting local businesses and healthy local food options! 10 – 11 a.m., meet at the bottom of the Student Activities Center ramp

  • Thursday, Aug. 18 - 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. 20 - Cardinal Quest
    Sign-up at Red Barn any time between 9:45am and Noon. Begin your UofL adventure on Health Promotion’s Cardinal Quest Treasure Hunt. Come solo or bring your friends and complete the hunt by noon for a chance to win one of 2 bikes! Keep your eyes on the course for hidden treasure! Sponsored by Campus Health Services and Health Advocates, and featuring UofL Sustainability initiatives!
  • Saturday, Aug. 20 - SOUL volunteer projects 2-6pm. For SOUL Welcome Week 2011, UofL's 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."
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23 - Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) Fair & SAB Cook-Out, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza.Come learn about the many sustainability-related student groups on campus and sign-up to get involved!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 24 - UofL Involvement Fair, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza. Stop by the UofL Sustainability table to find out how you can get involved, grab some green goodies, and get a free bike tune-up!
  • Davidson Room 105 - Check out the UofL Sustainability Transportation Alternatives info table for maps and resources about taking the bus and biking in the Commuter Student Lounge during Welcome Week.
August 16, 2011
Sierra Club meeting featuring UofL Sustainability Initiatives
Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 7 p.m. at the Clifton Center
Dr. Justin Mog, UofL’s Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, will be the featured speaker at the Greater Louisville Sierra Club’s August general meeting. The public is welcome to come hear about the Sustainability Council’s work at UofL and see slides highlighting UofL's current and future plans for reducing our environmental footprint in a socially-equitable and fiscally-responsible manner!
August 13, 2011

"People Not Poisons" Environmental Justice Event
Saturday, August 13, 2011 1-5:30pm in Chickasaw Park

This awareness-building event is free and open to the public and will include:
- Information on how to advocate for your community
- History Tour with shuttle to & from Carl & Anne Braden Memorial Center
- Free snacks & drinks!
- Poster contest, youth & adult activities…and much more!!

Join us for a day of good food, good conversation and good information about what you can do to make your family and community safer!

This event will begin with a press conference at Chickasaw Lake to bring attention to not only the Dioxin that pollutes that lake but to the many environmental causes of illness in our community. We will then convene in and around the lodge for a workshop that ...will provide information to you on what is in the community and how we can advocate on behalf of our community.

We are bringing Michele Roberts, a phenomenal advocate for human rights to provide us with the tools we need to continue the struggle for environmental justice the community has been involved in for decades. There will be a poster contest that you can enter on the spot. We will have all of the supplies you need. There will also be a history tour to and from the Carl Braden Memorial Center. We will show you how to take ACTION to improve your situation.

For more information contact REACT at: rubbertownstinks@gmail.com

Co-sponsored by REACT (Rubbertown Emergency Action), UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, and the Carl Braden Memorial Center

August 8, 2011
UofL-Old Louisville Bike Boulevard community design charrette (part 3)
Monday, August 8th 7-8:30pm at the Central Park Info Center
UofL is working with Bike Louisville and area neighborhood groups to create an on-street bike facility northbound from Cardinal Blvd providing safe, (s)low-traffic connectivity with our Health Sciences Center downtown. We think this is an ideal test-case for Louisville's first dedicated Bike Boulevard with limited, local-access-only auto traffic. Come share your ideas about how this could work!
August 3, 2011

FREE Webinar: Best Energy Management Practices for Facility Operating Systems
August 3, 2011
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET

Webinar Presenters:

Dr. Mark McGinley, Endowed Chair in Civil Infrastructure at the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering, will discuss his research findings for cost-effective, energy-efficient school design. His research specifically focuses on energy and cost savings realized through new technologies in building envelope systems, day-lighting, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Scott Caslow, Energy Manager for Russell County, Wayne County, McCreary County, Somerset Independent, Science Hill Independent and Monticello Independent school districts, will share his strategies for managing his school districts’ facility controls to reduce operating costs and improve energy performance.

KEEPS Energy Manager Micah Johnson will discuss energy performance issues and trends detected in more than 100 on-site energy efficiency assessments conducted by KEEPS in school districts across Kentucky.

Who should attend?
School district energy managers, energy team members, facilities personnel and financial officers are encouraged to attend.

See webinar details and register online. For questions, call (800) 334-8635 ext. 8520965. Brought to you by KEEPS

June 28 through July 26, 2011

UofL is pleased to announce a free training for educators (formal or non-formal):

Bike Safety and Confident Cycling Train-the-Trainers Program

Four Tuesdays 1:30-4:30pm June 28, July 5, July 19, and July 26, 2011

Location: UofL's Belknap campus, Campus Health Services multi-purpose room (& outdoors), 2206 S. Brook St. Louisville, KY 40292 (map).

Register Here

Registrants must agree to take the full course and to replicate the training later for students or community members. All curriculum materials will be provided for registrants and their future students, but participants must provide their own bicycle.

More info about the training is below. Any questions should be addressed to:
Andy Dyson, Executive Director of Bicycling for Louisville
(502) 424-9583 Cell, (502) 438-9245 Office

Educators:

  • Do you want to introduce bicycling to your school, summer camp, recreation or physical education programs for people of various ages?
  • Do you want to know tricks and tips for trouble-free handling of groups of cyclists of varying experience?
  • Do you worry about your students being unsafe on the city streets?
  • Do you wonder about the best places to take people on rides?
  • Perhaps you have tried a bicycling group with your students before but ran into problems with bike maintenance, insurance for rides, insufficient help for rides on the streets, or students with a wide range of abilities.

In four three-hour sessions you will:

  • Receive the League of American Bicyclists Traffic Skills 101 training (Usually nine hour class)
  • Learn a repertoire of activities for student groups
  • Discuss local and national resources that can help you and your students
  • Learn how to recruit skilled volunteers to help with your rides
  • Learn basic bike maintenance and fitting skills that can help your group ride safely and comfortably.
  • Participants scoring over 85% on the test will be eligible for further training as League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors, the only national standard for bicycle education.

Bicycling is a lifelong form of exercise and transportation that many people are denied in conventional physical education programs.  This course will put you on the road to being an agent of change.

You must attend all four days to qualify for the Traffic Skills 101 Certificate.

Call with any questions, (502) 438-9245, or info@bicyclingforlouisville.org

Register Here

This training is made possible by a Paula Nye Memorial Education Grant from the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission with funds generated by the purchase of "Share the Road" license plates by Kentucky motorists. Read more about UofL's program here.

July 20, 2011

KEEPS Webinar: ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager: Benchmarking for Kentucky's K-12 Schools

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn how to use this popular energy management tool to track, verify, benchmark, report and target improvements for facility energy usage across your school district's entire portfolio in a secure online environment. Webinar presenters are T.J. Poliskie, energy manager for Marion, Mercer and Washington County Public Schools as well as Burgin and Danville Independent Schools, and Hanna Grene, Cadmus Group K-12 representative for ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.See KPPC's Calendar of Events for more information and to register.

July 19, 2011

Sustainable City Series: AGRARIAN URBANISMsc19

Tuesday, July 19th 2011 6:00 - 7:30 pm
The Henry Clay, 604 S Third Street, Louisville, KY

The 19th Sustainable City Series forum, AGRARIAN URBANISM, will look at how we can integrate agricultural elements and systems into our new developments and existing neighborhoods. Andrés Duany, Principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) will explore the idea of developing a society involved with the growing of food and how new models of integrating agriculture into residential environments go beyond retrofitting communities or simply building new ones.

When considering the sustainability of a region, food systems must be an integral part of the equation. Through the 20th Century and the age of cheap fuel, we as a society became ever more separated from agriculture and food activities. In order to reduce our dependence on national and international food systems, we need to develop local agriculture into the very fabric of our neighborhoods and create better relationships with growers and providers.

Continuing with the theme of local agriculture, after the event several restaurants will be offering attendees discounts on menu items that utilize locally grown ingredients including Bistro 301, The Bristol Bar & Grille's Main Street and Highlands locations, Harvest, Mayan Café, and Ramsi's Café on the World. More details about the discounts will be available here on our website prior to the event as well as during the event itself.

The event is free to the public, but due to the popularity of the event already, we ask that you RSVP HERE early to reserve your seat. For those who have attended previous Sustainable City Series events, please note that this event will be held at The Henry Clay downtown at 604 South Third Street in Louisville, KY. If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact Patrick Piuma at the Urban Design Studio.

SPEAKER:
Andrés Duany - Principal, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

SUSTAINABLE CITY SERIES 19 PREMIER SPONSOR:
Norton Commons

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS:
University of Louisville's Department of Urban & Public Affairs
CITY Properties Group
Louisville Metro
Oldham County
Brownsboro Alliance
Oldham Ahead
Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association
University of Louisville's Center for Environmental Policy and Management

RESTAURANTS OFFERING DISCOUNTS TO ATTENDEES AFTER THE EVENT:
Bistro 301
Bristol Bar & Grille (Main Street and Highlands Locations)
Harvest
Mayan Café
Ramsi's Café on the World

July 13, 2011

KEEPS Webinar: Using School Energy Competitions to Drive Energy Savings

Wednesday, July 13 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET

Get students, teachers, administrators and the community excited about your district's energy program initiatives through school energy competitions. Also, learn how to use the KEEPS Energy Report Card and the KEEPS Energy Checklist Tools to keep track of school energy savings.

See KPPC's Calendar of Events for more information and to register.

July 9, 2011 Butterfly Count at UofL's Horner Wildlife Sanctuary, Oldham County
Saturday, July 9, 2011 10am-3pm

Children and adults are welcome to join in a free science project in the Great Outdoors July 9 as they help with the national butterfly census.

University of Louisville biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists will lead the butterfly count expedition at UofL’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County. The group started the survey in 1976.

The count is in a defined area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., although volunteers do not have to stay the entire time. Covell suggests that people wear hats, hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts and bring insect repellent, water and lunch. The count leaders will teach people how to identify the butterflies they see.

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 10, if that day’s weather is clear.

Covell will supply nets 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.

Although Covell retired from UofL in 2004, he continues to lead the annual local effort. He now works as a curator for the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity in Gainesville, Fla.

He organized the Society of Kentucky Lepidopterists for the study of butterflies and moths in 1974. He wrote “Butterflies and Moths of Kentucky” and the 1984 Peterson “Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America.”

For more information, contact Covell at covell (at) louisville.edu, 502-639-2691 or 352-273-2023.

July 6, 2011

Louisville Sustainability Forum

Noon, Wednesday, July 6, 2011
At the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center
The Barn behind St. Agnes • 1924 Newburg Road • Louisville, KY 40205

Featured Presentation: Competing Conceptions of Natural Resources and Ecospace Egalitarianism
Avery Kolers, Professor of Philosophy, University of Louisville

According to mainstream economics, natural resources are inexhaustible; the only scarce resource is human beings. Most people would intuitively reject this and yet this conception of natural resources is at the heart of contemporary political thinking about economic justice and even some optimistic versions of environmentalism. Dr. Kolers argues that this conception of natural resources is fundamentally flawed and needs to be replaced, and will outline an attractive alternative to it, one which is closely linked to the view that each person has a right to an equal share of the earth's ecospace. He suggest, though, that this view is not quite right because it cannot factor in the attachments that particular people have to particular places and forms of life. The question then becomes whether the moral force of ecospace egalitarianism can be preserved even as we respect particular attachments. Dr. Kolers is a native of Toronto, Canada and an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Louisville. He is the author of . His primary areas of research are ethics and social/political philosophy.

June 30, 2011
Group Bike Ride from UofL to...
Car-Free Happy Hour
Thursday June 30th 6-8:30pm
Annie Cafe, 308 W. Woodlawn in Beechmont

It's HOT HOT HOT! Come CHILL with some COOL folx, have a COOL beverage or two and share ideas for keeping our city COOLER!

There will be a Happy Hour bound bike caravan leaving at 5:30pm from the University of Louisville campus. We will meet at the Grawemeyer Oval off Third Street near Eastern Parkway.

For questions, or to share your tips on staying cool, call 345-6834
June 29, 2011

FREE Webinar from KEEPS - Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools

Managing a School's Outside Air Exchange for Indoor Air Quality:
Real World Observations and Latest Technologies

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET

Barren County Public Schools Energy Manager Keith Harlow will share actual field experiences regarding indoor air quality problems and solutions from the perspective of an HVAC contractor as well as his role as a school district energy manager. CMTA Engineering Consultants Vice President Jeremy Smith will address indoor air quality regulations, proper design and retrofit considerations, field experiences and current technologies to address indoor air quality concerns.

School district energy managers, energy team members, facilities personnel and financial officers are encouraged to attend.

See webinar details and register online.
For questions, call (800) 334-8635 ext. 8520965. Learn more about KEEPS

June 29, 2011

Kentucky Renewable Energy Consortium (KREC) Grant Wrap-up Meeting and Poster Session
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 |  11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
PNC Club Suite in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

KREC's year-end quarterly meeting will feature presentations from KREC researchers on their project summary and findings. Research posters will be on display during the meeting. 2008 - 2011 KREC researchers and their projects include:

  • M. Keith Sharp - Investigation of Cooling Season Performance of a Solar Heat Pipe System
  • Mark McGinley - Cost Effective Energy Efficient School Design-Applied Research-Energy Efficiency
  • Mahendra Sunkara - Large Size, Lithium Ion Batteries for HEV Applications
  • Eric Berson and Keith Davis - Production of High Value Cellulase Enzymes from Tobacco Biomass
  • Don Colliver - Optimal Energy Usage Control for Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems
  • Mahendra Sunkara & Paul Ratnasamy - Development of a Solid Catalyst-Based Technology for Production of Biodiesel from Waste Vegetable Oils
  • Vijay Singh - Nanostructured Device Designs for Enhancing the Performance of Thin Film CdTe/CdS and CIS/CdS Solar Cell Devices

A special buffet-style lunch will be provided and will feature a keynote luncheon speaker. All attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the research projects and ask questions of researchers about their work and the future of renewable energy research.

Registration is required and can be completed online. If you are unable to register online, you may call (502) 852-0965 or e-mail KREC.

June 25, 2011
Work-party: Garden Commons Expansion!
Join us on Saturday, June 25th between 8:30am-2:30pm at UofL's Garden Commons at the Cultural Center to get your hands dirty helping with a significant expansion of the garden with our partners from Akzo Nobel. Tasks will include installing new raised beds, in-ground planting areas, a mini orchard, composting facilities, and a new greenhouse!
June 23, 2011

Sustainable City Series: IDEAS ABOUT CITIES AND HOW TO SHAPE THEM

sc18Thursday, June 23rd 2011
5:30 - 6:00 pm - Reception
6:00 - 7:00 pm - Program
Glassworks, 815 West Market

The eighteenth forum of the Sustainable City Series held by the Urban Design Studio in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. will be a bit different than our previous events in that this will be a moderated panel discussion focused on how cities are shaped.

For the first time in history the majority of humans now live in cities. Around the world there are more than a dozen megacities with populations larger than most countries, such as Tokyo. U.S. cities are experiencing general growth as well, though a wide variety of urban forms exist. A number of older industrial cities are losing populations, like Detroit, while sunbelt cities - such as Phoenix, continue to grow at astonishing rates. And there is an interesting third group which led the editors of the Wilson Quarterly magazine to devote a recent issue to a cluster of articles entitled: "The City Bounces Back." These older cities - primarily along the coasts - which had been losing population steadily for a half century and are now experiencing modest population growth or, at least, population stability; cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Cities are more fundamental to our economies, societies, and future than ever before. How can we relate these trends to specific cities, such as Louisville?

As with previous forums, this event is free to the public. Space is limited so please RSVP HERE to reserve your seat.

MODERATOR:
Blair Ruble - Director, Comparative Urban Studies Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

PANEL PARTICIPANTS:
Sarah Courteau - Editor, Wilson Quarterly
Witold Rybczynski - Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Roger Lewis - Author of the "Shaping of City" column in the Washington Post
Dan Jones - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, 21st Century Parks

SUSTAINABLE CITY SERIES 18 PARTNER:
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

SUSTAINABLE CITY SERIES 18 SPONSORS:
Ramsi's Cafe on the World
Heine Brother's Coffee
University of Louisville's School of Urban & Public Affairs (SUPA)
University of Louisville Information Technology
Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM)
Region 4 Environmental Finance Center (EFC4)

Please contact Patrick Piuma , Director of the Urban Design Studio for more information.

June 22, 2011

An invitation to participate in an...

Action Plan for Louisville’s Urban Forest

Community of Trees, an association of agencies, organizations, and individuals concerned about the maintenance of Louisville’s urban tree canopy, is meeting to prepare an action plan for the next three years at:

10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, 2011
415 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard (Center for Interfaith Relations)

A report titled “Urban Tree Canopy Plan” was prepared for the community by graduate students in law and urban planning at the University of Louisville. The plan contains recommendations for action. Our goal June 22 is to select recommendations to work on in the near future. The report can be found on the website of the city/university/school district Partnership For A Green City. Feel free to bring your own ideas for action or bring back unmet goals from our last action plan.

June 14, 2011

UofL's Climate Action Plan to be presented at Green Convene

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 6:30pm at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, Louisville. (Google Map)

UofL's Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Justin Mog, will be the guest speaker at the June 14, 2011 Green Convene community meeting from 6:30 to 7:30pm at the Clifton Center.  Focus of the presentation will be on UofL's Climate Action Plan. Brent Fryrear spoke at the May meeting about the Partnership for a Green City’s Climate Action Report and the successes of the partner entities. June’s topic will present a specific plan for UofL as the follow-on topic.

June 13, 2011

Webinar: “Farm to Campus: The Successes and Challenges of Sourcing Local and Sustainable Food” (featuring UofL representative)

Watch the webinar here.

June 13, 2011 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (Eastern)

Presented by ACUPCC - the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment

With the interest and demand for local and sustainable food sourcing on the rise at colleges and universities, what are the key issues campuses should know about? Sodexo, in partnership with colleges, universities and vendors, is committed to offering locally, seasonal and sustainably grown produce. In this webinar, Sodexo will share the current local and sustainable food trends on campuses throughout the country, how Sodexo measures success in the area of local and sustainable sourcing, and issues of food safety and quality when sourcing food from local farms and campus gardens. Kegel's Produce based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania will present their experience as a vendor and distributor including their approach to local food sourcing. The University of Louisville has a variety of local food initiatives on campus and will share their experience rolling out these programs and working with Sodexo and the campus community to accomplish their local food goals. Panelists will include: Kristi Theisen, Senior Manager of Sustainability & Wellness at Sodexo, Margaret Henry, Director of Performance at Sodexo, Mike Dunne, Director of Product Quality Assurance at Sodexo, Dave McNaughton, Business Development at Kegel's Produce, and Mitchell Payne, Associate VP for Business Affairs at University of Louisville. Registration Fee: Free for all ACUPCC Signatory Schools (including UofL) and Sponsors, $25 - $50 for other Institutions. For additional information, please contact Barbara Koneval, ACUPCC Program Associate, Training & Education at 617-722-0036 x207, bkoneval@secondnature.org.

June 10, 2011
Sustainable City Series: Active Design Workshop
Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design
Friday, June 10th, 8:30 am - Noon
Glassworks, 815 W Market St, Louisville

The way a community is designed can affect the health of its residents by encouraging walking, bicycling and other forms of physical activity. Everything from the location of stairways in buildings to the layout of streets can influence our ability to lead active, healthy lives.

This Sustainable City Series workshop will provide hands-on demonstration of how Active Design Guidelines and other design techniques can be used to increase regular physical activity and healthy eating. Participants will be introduced to tools and techniques that help incorporate physical activity into the built environment. It will provide a new perspective on the design of buildings and transportation infrastructure and show how area plans can provide opportunities for healthier living.

GUEST SPEAKERS:
Jim Mims, Director, Louisville Metro Codes and Regulations
Dr. Matt Zahn, Acting Director, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness
Dr. Karen Lee, Director, Built Environment Dept. of New York City
Patrick D. Nall, Principal, TBD+ Architects
Bill and Kent Weyland, City Properties Group

This workshop is free to the public, but space is limited so please go to http://www.udstudio.org to RSVP by Wednesday, June 8th to reserve your seat. Heine Brother’s will be providing coffee. For more information please call 502.587.7015 or visit http://www.udstudio.org.
May 2011

May is Bike to Work Month!

May is the perfect time to replace your car with your bike, especially with gas prices rising! The Sustainability Council and Get Healthy Now are joining forces to inspire you to join your colleagues at UofL in dusting off your ride and giving bike commuting a try.

  1. Giving bike commuting a try is easy with all the bike commuting tips, maps and resources available here. Map a safer, (s)lower-traffic route using the online trip planner at Ride The City. Ride into work with an experienced bike commuting escort from several locations around town.

  2.  FREE New Rider Clinic: Bicycling for Louisville's Bicycle Superhero Adult bike safety class:
    Saturday, May 28, 12p-3:15p - includes light food - reserve your free spot!
    Workshop held at the Hotel Louisville Boardroom, 120 West Broadway.

  3. Three UofL teams finished in the top half of the 2011 Louisville Bike to Work Challenge! From May 1-19th, UofL employees logged a total of 292 transportation trips by bike, for a total of 831 miles, keeping some 666 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution out of our atmosphere! Check out the full results at the Bike to Work Challenge website.
  4. On Bike To Work Day, Friday, May 20, 2011, 17 UofL employees gathered for a "Pedal with the President" at 7:00am at the official President's residence, Amelia Place (2515 Longest Avenue) for a fun, easy 30-minute ride to campus. Riders split into two groups - one headed to Belknap campus and another to HSC. See photos of this year's ride. Watch the video for 2011 and the 2010 UofL Bike To Work Day video.

May 24, 2011
Sustainable City Series Forum 16: GET INVOLVED!
Tuesday, May 24th, 6:00 pm
Glassworks, 815 W Market St, Louisville

It’s time to get your hands dirty! We have covered a wide array of topics over the past 15 Sustainable City Series
events. For our 16th installment, we are focusing on how you can get directly involved in sustainability. There are a
host of local organizations and initiatives focused on providing the tools and networks to successfully transition to a
more sustainable lifestyle. From utilizing tools to help track measurable and meaningful results of your sustainability
efforts to learning to become a flourishing backyard farmer to working together with your neighbors to create a
green neighborhood, many opportunities exist to get involved.

Learn how you can get involved and get connected with local organizations and initiatives that are moving Louisville
and the region towards sustainability. Join us as we hear specifically about 15Thousand Farmers, the Green Triangle,
and Do Something Green. There will also be opportunities to sign up and learn about other organizations, initiatives
and programs at this exciting event.

GUEST SPEAKERS:
Tina Ward-Pugh, Councilwoman, Louisville Metro’s 9th District
Katie Greene, Corporate Responsibility Specialist, LG&E and KU Energy LLC
Rob Kaplan, Manager of Corporate Responsibility, Brown-Forman Corporation
Gary Heine, Co-founder, 15Thousand Farmers

Space is limited so please go to http://www.udstudio.org to RSVP by Wednesday, May 23rd 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 or visit http://www.udstudio.org.
May 20, 2011

Pedal with the President - Bike To Work Day!

Friday, May 20th 7:00am gather at Amelia Place (2515 Longest Avenue)

Join President Ramsey for a fun, easy 30-minute ride to campus to celebrate Bike To Work Day! 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 2011 and the 2010 UofL Bike To Work Day video. See photos of the 2011 Pedal with the President ride for Bike To Work Day!

May 19, 2011
Gray Street Farmers’ Market opens for the season!
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. every Thursday from May 19 through October 27, 2011
Located on the 400 block of E. Gray Street, between S. Preston and S. Jackson streets. Click here to get directions.
Featuring a wide variety of local vendors, offering lunch items, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, cheese, honey, bakery items, canned goods, crafts and flowers.
On opening day, stop by the information booth and enter to win one of our great prizes, including a $20 farmers market gift certificate.
More information about the farmers’ market here.
May 16, 2011
UofL-Old Louisville Bike Boulevard community design charrette (part 2)
Monday, May 16th 7-8:30pm at the Central Park Info Center
UofL is working with Bike Louisville and area neighborhood groups to create an on-street bike facility northbound from Cardinal Blvd providing safe, (s)low-traffic connectivity with our Health Sciences Center downtown. We think this is an ideal test-case for Louisville's first dedicated Bike Boulevard with limited, local-access-only auto traffic. Come share your ideas about how this could work!
May 11, 2011
Belknap Bike To Work Fair!
Wednesday, May 11th 11:30am - 5:30pm, Humanities Quad
Come get everything you need to get you on two wheels for Bike to Work Month! Free bike tune-ups and maintenance tips, free city bike maps, and representatives will be on hand from area bike shops to help orient you to the best bikes and gear to get around town!
May 10, 2011
HSC Bike To Work Fair!
Tuesday, May 10th 11:30am - 5:30pm, Kornhauser Plaza
Come get everything you need to get you on two wheels for Bike to Work Month! Free bike tune-ups and maintenance tips, free city bike maps, and representatives will be on hand from area bike shops to help orient you to the best bikes and gear to get around town!
May 3, 2011
Garden Commons Garden Party
Tuesday, May 3rd 6-7pm Cultural Center
You're invited to GardenCommons end-of-semester garden social. This is your chance to relax, eat good food, mingle, and learn about GardenCommons! We hope you can join us. T-shirt and sweatshirts will be raffled.
Link to Facebook event!
Join the mailing list (gardencommons@listserv.louisville.edu) or join the Facebook group to get the most accurate event details.
April 27 - May 3, 2011

Swap Shop!
April 27-May 3 in the Red Barn

Reduce landfill waste!
Extend the life of gently-used items! 
Find something you could use!

To you, it's trash. To someone else, it might be treasure. That’s the idea behind UofL’s Swap Shop, an annual effort to reuse old clothing, school and office supplies, decorations, books, DVDs, electronics and more. UofL students, faculty and staff are invited to participate by dropping off clean items or searching the Swap Shop for free items you might want. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life and Student Activities Board. More info on Facebook.

April 29, 2011

Tree tour set for Friday and raising of UofL's Tree Campus USA flag
You won't see all 1,100 of the trees on Belknap Campus if you come out for Friday's Tree Campus USA celebration, but you will see some of the most interesting of them. It will start with the raising of the Tree Campus USA flag at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Third Street. From there, experts will lead a public tour of campus trees. Can't come out? Don't worry. A self-guided tour map (pdf format) is online at http://uoflblog.com/tree-tour/ Read more about being a Tree Campus USA: http://uofl.me/ultlhxPMt

April 29, 2011

1st annual Mickey R. Wilhelm Solar Flight Competition

Friday April 29 from 11am - 2 pm, to be held in CARDINAL STADIUM

The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research is pleased to present the 1st annual Mickey R. Wilhelm Solar Flight Competition!  Student teams and mentors from all areas of the Speed School of Engineering have embraced the challenge of designing, building, and flying solar-powered scale aircraft for the inaugural competition.

Access to Cardinal Stadium is through the north side maintenance entrance near Gate 11.  Rain, clouds, and/or high winds will cancel these flight attempts.  Go/No-go determinations will be made on these Friday mornings by 10am.  Subscribe to Conn Center on Facebook to receive notifications and updates.

April 21, 2011
April 21st UofL-Old Louisville Bike Boulevard community design charrette
**UofL Earth Week 2011 Event!**
Thursday, April 21st 7-8:30pm in the Central Park Info Center
UofL is working with Bike Louisville and area neighborhood groups to create an on-street bike facility northbound from Cardinal Blvd providing safe, (s)low-traffic connectivity with our Health Sciences Center downtown. We think this is an ideal test-case for Louisville's first dedicated Bike Boulevard with limited, local-access-only auto traffic. Come share your ideas about how this could work!
April 21, 2011

EarthFest!

**UofL Earth Week 2011 Event!**

Red Barn plaza from 11am-1pm on Thursday, April 21st.
Free Food! Free Bike Tune-ups! EarthFest! is an annual event organized by the Student Activities Board to celebrate Earth Day and increase environmental/sustainability/green cause awareness on campus. Free native tree seedlings will be distributed to all those interested in greening up Louisville!

April 20, 2011
Fair Trade Fair
**UofL Earth Week 2011 Event!**
Wednesday, April 20th 11am-2pm in the Red Barn
Organized by Cards4Freedom (formerly Students Against Human Trafficking), the UofL's first-ever Fair Trade Fair will inform you about the power of buying Fair Trade products to directly support the world's most marginalized producers.
Come learn about the movement to make UofL a Fair Trade University and sign-up to join the campaign!
April 20, 2011 Cooking Workshop
**UofL Earth Week 2011 Event!**
Tues, April 19th 12-1:15pm
Located in the Health Promotion Multipurpose Room.
A delicious lunch of Lime Shrimp Fettuccine and Caprese Salad!
Chef Jim Whaley will take you through the steps of making a delicious meal easy! There are only 12 spots so hurry to Health Promotion to register. The entire meal is only $3, so sign up and get cooking!
April 18-19, 2011

Whole Foods Do Something Reel Film Festival
**UofL Earth Week 2011 Event!**

Screenings at 4pm, 6pm & 7:30pm Monday-Tuesday, April 18-19th
SAC Floyd Theater

The Student Activities Board and Whole Foods Market are partnering to showcase how people are making a difference in the world. Whole Foods' Do Something Reel™ Film Festival, will play in Floyd Theater, Swain Student Activities Center, April 18 and 19. The films, which explore environmental and food issues, are: "Bag It!" "PLANEAT," "Urban Roots," "Lunch Line," "On Coal River" and "Vanishing of the Bees."

Schedule:

4 p.m. Monday, April 18, “Bag It!” – In this highly entertaining and eye-opening film, filmmaker Suzan Beraza follows Jeb Berrier as he navigates the plastic-reliant world. Berrier is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at the cultural love affair with plastics.

6 p.m. Monday, April 18, “PLANEAT” – This visually stunning film from filmmakers Shelley Lee Davis and Or Shlomi tells the story of the scientists, farmers and chefs tackling one of the greatest problems of our age: Western culture’s love affair with meat and dairy. Through an extraordinary personal and mouthwatering culinary journey the audience discovers the wide range of medical and environmental benefits of eating veggies.

7:30 p.m. Monday April 18, “Urban Roots” – Filmmaker Mark MacInnis tells the story of a group of dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally grown, sustainably farmed food in a city cut off from real food and limited to processed fast food. This group has taken on the enormous task of changing this reality.

4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, “Lunch Line” – Filmmakers Mike Graziano and Ernie Park follow six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch and wind up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program.

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, “On Coal River” – A narrative on the human costs of coal and strip-mining, this film from Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Woods follows the journey of a former coal miner and his neighbors, residents of Coal River Valley in West Virginia, as they transform from so-called victims to fearless and informed experts on mountaintop removal.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, “Vanishing of the Bees” – Narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page, this cautionary tale from filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Heinen reveals the mystery of the disappearing bees, and the links to industrial farming and our attitude toward the natural world. Starring in this real-life drama is a commercial bee farmer who sounded the alarm when his bee colonies collapsed and his business was decimated.

Admission is free. Whole Foods will provide refreshments.

Advance tickets are available to each film by sending an e-mail that includes your name, the film(s) you’d like to attend and the number of tickets needed for each one to Floyd Theater. If tickets remain, they will be available at the door before each film showing.

April 18, 2011

Thoroughbred Rail Link: A presentation on passenger rail between Louisville & Lexington coming Fall 2012!

**UofL Earth Week 2011 Event!**

Monday, April 18th at 6:00pm
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library (TARC Routes 2, 4, 29, and 94)

Wonder if Louisville could ever get passenger rail service?! Well wonder no more! Ralph Tharp, executive director of Kentucky Capital Development Corporation, is championing a new Thoroughbred Rail Link service linking Louisville, Lexington, and nine other stops. Trains would run at commute hours, and combine the speed of driving with the superior comfort, safety and economy of rail. He'll be sharing his vision at UofL April 18th. This program is free and open to the public. Brought to you by the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation and UofL's Sustainability Council.

More information: Facebook, Riding the Train - State-Journal.com

April 18-22, 2011
Earth Week 2011 Poster
April 16, 2011 Free wood chips for mulch
The UofL Grounds Maintenance Department is giving away free wood chips for use as mulch to the UofL community. On April 16, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to come to the Hughes lot on the corner of Bloom and Floyd streets 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for free wood chips. Staff will be present to load your truck or trailer.  If you do not have either of these, feel free to self-load your container of choice. Please contact Aaron Boggs at 852-8181 or avbogg01@louisville.edu with your questions.
April 14, 2011

Poetry reading and book sale/signing to benefit the Anne Braden Memorial Lecture featuring Sonja de Vries
Thursday, April 14th at 4:30pm
Ekstrom Library Room 258
Sonja will read from her newly published book of poetry, Planting a Garden in Baghdad and has generously agreed to donate the proceeds from any sales the night of the event to our effort to endow the Anne Braden Memorial Lecture.  An endowment would ensure the lecture was a permanent, annual campus/community event at the University of Louisville.

April 13, 2011
The Socially Just Parenting Project
“Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power”
Wednesday, April 13, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. UofL Cultural Center.
The Socially Just Parenting Project at UofL is intended to provide resources and forums for parents who want to raise children who will see the world through a social justice lens and who will be committed to promoting social justice. Free and family friendly. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP number of adults and children attending to Marian Vasser at 852-2252 or mrvass01 (at) louisville.edu
April 12, 2011
Garden Commons Composting Workshop
Tuesday, April 12th 6-7pm
Cultural Center, Conference Room
Vaughn Zeller, Executive Composter at Heine Brother's Breaking New Grounds, will give a presentation on the basics of small-scale composting. Compost is the process of turning meal leftovers into nutrient-rich soil for gardening. Vaughn will talk about:
-what can be composted?
-what shouldn't be composted?
-why do plants love it?
-who do you start?
-does it smell?
Free food will be provided by SoupByCycle! And t-shirts and sweatshirts will be raffled.
Please RSVP on the Facebook event!
Join the mailing list (gardencommons@listserv.louisville.edu) or join the Facebook group to get event updates.
April 9, 2011

Drug Toss - Medication Disposal Event
Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
UofL celebrates National Public Health Week with a responsible medication disposal opportunity designed to:
1. Reduce pollution - Medication residues have been found contaminating our water systems as a result of dumping waste drugs into our sewers and landfills. This pollution poses serious threats to people's drinking water and to wildlife. Through this collection, containers will be recycled and all drugs will be incinerated in an environmentally responsible manner, with the waste used to create energy. More information here.
2. Prevent unintentional or accidental poisoning - particularly among children, senior citizens and pets.
3. Prevent drug abuse - If not disposed of or stored properly, these medications can be stolen and re-sold by family members and friends.

Drug-Toss Collection Sites:
1. J.B. Atkinson Elementary Academy
2811 Duncan Street, Louisville, KY 40212

2. University of Louisville
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

3. First Gethsemane Baptist Church
1159 Algonquin Parkway, Louisville, KY 40208

Event Partners:
Building Resiliency In Campus and Community (BRICC) Coalition
First Gethsemane Baptist Church
Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD)
7th Street Corridor PAL Coalition
Portland Now Prevention Partnership

April 9, 2011
SOUL Service Event: Iroquois Park
Saturday, April 9, 2011 9am-Noon
Join us for a morning of invasive plant removal from one of Louisville's amazing Olmstead Parks. Closed toe shoes and long pants are required.
Pre-register here.
April 7, 2011

Director's Showcase w/ Peter Byck and his film "Carbon Nation"
7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, Floyd Theater, Student Activities Center
Director Peter Byck will showcase his documentary, which offers a positive outlook on how — with new ideas about eco-solutions — people might be able to create a greener world. A question and answer session with the director will follow the film. Event is free and is sponsored by the Student Activities Board.

April 7, 2011
Barbara Burns: "Investigating the Roots of Peace and Compassion: Research on Children's Self-regulation"
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
3:00pm, Thursday April 7, 2011
Social Change Lecture Series on Peace Movements & Nonviolence
April 7, 2011
Join the campaign to make UofL a Fair Trade University!
Thursday April 7, 2011 9am, Ekstrom Library Room W210
Inspired by the recent national Fair Trade University convergence at WKU (which just became the 5th school in the country to achieve Fair Trade University status!), UofL students and interested faculty/staff will be gathering April 7th at 9am to begin strategizing for a Fair Trade University campaign at UofL. Learn more about the campaign on Facebook. If you're interested in getting involved, contact Christina Campbell <cecamp06 (at) louisville.edu>.
April 5, 2011 Garden Commons Garden Work Day
Tuesday, April 5th 6-7pm
Cultural Center, Multi-Purpose Room
T-shirt and sweatshirts will be raffled
Join the mailing list (gardencommons@listserv.louisville.edu) or join the Facebook group to get the most accurate event details.
April 5, 2011
Restorative Justice
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Noon
Law School Room 275
Free lunch from Expressions of You available @11:30am
 
Restorative justice is a broad term used to describe a way of thinking, a philosophy or a social movement to institutionalize peaceful approaches to harm, problem-solving and violations of legal and human rights instead of, or in addition to, using retributive models. Restorative justice seeks to repair harm, reduce risk and build communities.

Speakers:
Prof. Susan Duncan
Ms. Monica Ealy
Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell
February 6 to April 2, 2011

UofL Competes in Recyclemania!

Help UofL beat UK in a whole new way! Through April 2nd, UofL is competing against schools around the country to see which university can recycle the most. We've got a great chance to win with our single-stream recycling system that lets you recycle everything in the same bin: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass. Help the Cards to victory by making sure you and all your friends recycle everything they possibly can anywhere on campus! Details on what you can recycle at UofL are available here. Updates on UofL's standing are available at the Recyclemania website.

March 31, 2011
Solidarity From Egypt to Wisconsin
United National Antiwar Committee
Thursday March 31st from 7:30-9:00 PM.
Ekstrom Library room 254
Panel and discussion. SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Sonja DeVries, Filmmaker, Writer, Activist; Amber Duke, ABI; Peter Fosl, Co-Chair F.O.R ; Christian Litsey, So Ind Youth for Socialist Action; LPAC: VietnamVets Against the War, Vets For Peace; Levi Turner, Socialist Action; J. Bronsten, UNAC; Palestinian Support (TBA)
 
Lou /So Ind UNAC: Jim.Bronsten@gmail.com
March 31, 2011 School of Urban & Public Affairs Speaker Series presents:
Rachel Weinberger, University of Pennsylvania
Lecture: Death by a 1,000 Curb-cuts: How residential parking requirements conflict with environmental goals

Thursday, March 31st at Noon
Room 200, Urban Studies Institute, 426 W. Bloom St.
March 31, 2011
Teach-In Poster - Speed
Climate Change Teach-In
Thursday, March 31, 2011
11:00am to 2:00pm
What's your Super Power?!
Tell us on Facebook.
Click for photos from the Teach-In.
At five outdoor stations around Belknap campus focused on different themes:
Station Theme Location
Learning Goals Activities
WATER Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Understand changes in global climatic conditions and how that relates to local weather extremes such as intense storms/flooding.  Observations on changes in Kentucky’s climate. How can we adapt?
* Take the Tap Water Challenge!
* Learn about rain gardens and stormwater management with Louisville's Metropolitan Sewer District                          
* EDGE Outreach & UofL's Soccer Team on water purification projects in Haiti
* Get a reusable mug for sustainable hydration!
FOOD Red Barn Courtyard
Understand how food habits contribute to climate change.
* Cooking demonstrations!
* Free healthy, local, vegetarian food that's easier on you and the planet!
* Information on local food, Farmers' Markets, and Kentucky Proud products
* CSA program sign-ups
TRANSPORTATION Courtyard between Strickler & Davidson
Understand how transportation choices play a significant role in climate change.
* Bicycle repair/maintenance workshop
* Learn to use the TARC bus system for FREE!
* Vehicle emissions simulator
ENERGY Between Lutz Hall & Shumaker Research Building
Understand the relationship between fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Learn about renewable energy alternatives. * Find out what a one-ton pile of coal looks like and guess how many piles it takes to power a house or the University
* Solar cooker demonstrations
AIR Under large oak tree at foot of stairs to Schneider plaza (facing Natural Sciences)
Understand the science behind the global carbon cycle, greenhouse effect, historic climate trends, current CO2 concentrations, and efforts to sequester carbon. * Campus Tree Tour preview with discussion of how trees sequester carbon and reduce energy needs.
* Calculate your own carbon footprint!
March 30, 2011
Kentucky Renewable Energy Consortium (KREC) March Quarterly Meeting

Join us at KREC’s March 30 Quarterly Meeting in Louisville. Come to the meeting to hear from a variety of speakers and join in the discussion about renewable energy initiatives such as biomass, agricultural and commercial economic development, state incentives, renewable energy research and environmental sustainability. KREC's March Quarterly Meeting will feature speakers from the National 25x’25 Alliance, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence and updates from KREC-funded researchers on progress toward their project goals.

The meeting will be held on March 30, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET at the Founders Union Building on the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus.
 
Register for the March 30 Quarterly Meeting or call (502) 852-0965 for more information.
March 30, 2011 The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research welcomes
Actress and activist Vinie Burrows for a performance of her classic one-woman show "Walk Together Children: The Black Scene in Poetry, Prose & Song."
When:  Wednesday March 30, 2011 at 4:30pm
Where:  Brandeis School of Law, Room 275
Free and open to the public. Reception to follow performance. For more information, call 852-6142.

Vinie Burrows, the legendary actor is a cultural ambassador. Born in Harlem Hospital, she was a child actor on radio and then landed seven Broadway shows alongside Helen Hayes, Ossie Davis, Eartha Kitt, and others. Frustrated by the roles available, Vinie created and produced her first one-woman show, Walk Together Children, about the Black experience. Thirteen metropolitan newspapers, gave her critical acclaim, including the New York Times, which called her “a magnificent performer.”  She now has eight solo plays in her repertoire, and has performed over 6,000 times in theaters and college campuses on four continents. Among her honors: Proclamation from the N.Y. State Assembly; Actor’s Equity Association Paul Robeson Award; three Audelco’s for Best Actress; Living Legend Award from the North Carolina Black Theater Festival; M.I.T Award for “major contribution to the arts...” Paine College, an historic Black institution, awarded her an honorary doctorate for her stellar work as actor, activist, and scholar.
Dr. Burrows is a proud member of the Granny Peace Brigade and was arrested with eighteen grandmothers for protesting the Iraq War. In addition to her theater and political involvement, she is also a Permanent Representative at the United Nations for the Women’s International Democratic Federation. www.vinieburrows.com

Her visit is being co-sponsored by A&S International, Diversity and Outreach Programs-The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society-African American Theatre Program-The University of Louisville Women’s Center-Women’s and Gender Studies Department-Social Change Minor-Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
March 29, 2011
Speaker to discuss fire in Boreal Forests of Siberia
Elena A. Kukavskaya, PhD, Russian Academy of Sciences, will present "Fire Emission and the Influence of Fire Severity on the Carbon Balance in the Boreal Forests of Siberia," March 29, 4:30 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. Free. Sponsored by geography and geosciences department.
March 28, 2011

SPECIES COMPOSITION, DEMOGRAPHICS AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES OF THE RESIDENTIAL TREE COMMUNITY IN LOUISVILLE, KY
Shannon Scroggins, UofL Biology Master's Thesis Defense (open to the public)
Monday, March 28, 2011 from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. in Life Sciences room 137.
Focus will be on:
1. Variation in tree species abundance and distribution, and their
 ecosystem services in relation to socio-demographic and housing variables; and
2. Effects of two major storms events on residential trees and their ecosystem services in Louisville (the storms being the remnant of Hurricane Ike and the January 2009 Ice Storm).

 
March 26, 2011 SOUL Service Event: Community Cleanup at Caperton Swamp
Saturday, March 26, 2011 9am-noon
Join us for invasive plant removal from this vital local wetland! Closed toe shoes are required.
Pre-register here.
March 24, 2011
Panel: Building and Sustaining Peace Movements

with Suzy Post, Sam Avery, and Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye

Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
3:00pm, Thursday March 24, 2011

Social Change Lecture Series on Peace Movements & Nonviolence

March 24, 2011

Green Careers Speaker Series 2010-2011 (Thursdays, Chao Auditorium, 12:15-1pm)
Think you might be interested in a green career in the environmental field? Come hear from people who are actually doing it and learn what kind of work is possible and what you should do to prepare yourself.

Thursday, March 24th from 12:15 to 1:00pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

Tom Fitzgerald from the Kentucky Resources Council will be speaking on environmental law and policy. Tom Fitzgerald is a prominent environmental lawyer who has been involved in numerous issues, especially mountaintop coal removal. He is a wonderful speaker and promises to share great insights on his background and the type of work he does! You won't want to miss the last event in the Green Careers Speaker Series!

This is the final speaker in our series which concludes with:

April TBA - Green Careers Fair (likely during April 11-19 Week of Community Engagement at UofL)

March 22, 2011 Garden Commons Presents
DIRT! The movie
"Floods, drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”
Tuesday, March 22nd, 5:30-9pm, Chao Auditorium
FREE food provided!

DIRT! The Movie takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and under appreciated source of fertility-from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. The movie brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.
March 22, 2011

Cooking Workshop
March 22nd, 12-1:15pm, Campus Health Promotion Multipurpose Room
Taught by chef Jim Whaley, these cooking and nutrition workshops will teach you basic cooking skills and great nutritional information. Only $3 per class, including cost of meal! Register at Campus Health Promotion (next to the SAC). Recipe: Polenta with Red Bean Salsa and Greek Surprise Salad!

March 13-17, 2011

3/13-17/11 Alternative Spring Break at Black Mt. Community Garden

This trip will focus on food security issues & green initiatives in the Asheville, NC region--this is our 4th year there because it has been such a successful partnership.  We also work with health initiatives "Eat Smart Black Mt." at the elementary school. To learn about Black Mt. Community Garden in NC go to: http://blkmtncommunitygarden.blogspot.com/.

March 13-15, 2011 2011 Kentucky Statewide Workshop on Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at UofL invites you to gather in beautiful downtown Louisville with top researchers from Kentucky universities and industries to discuss the latest developments and challenges in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Discover current research across the state and discuss a focused technological road map for commercialization of various renewable energy innovations in Kentucky. Excellent networking opportunity!

Workshop Themes
This workshop highlights five themes: Energy storage; Biomass/biofuels; Advanced energy materials; Efficiency and conservation; and Solar. Papers on other aspects, such as policy and other renewable sources, are welcome. Each theme will be organized by leading academic researchers and industry partners. Time will be dedicated for open forums/panels involving speakers and special invitees.

Workshop Agenda
Sunday, March 13
6-8 pm - Welcoming/Registration
Monday, March 14
7-8 am - Registration
8 am-5:30 pm - Presentations: Sessions 1-3
9 am-6 pm - Poster Session
6:30-9:30 pm - Banquet and Poster Awards
Tuesday, March 15
8 am-12 pm - Presentations: Sessions 4&5
12 pm - Adjourn workshop


Speakers
Cyrus Wadia, Senior Policy Advisor on Renewable Energy to the White House;
Gil Sperling, Senior Advisor, EERE;
Erin Wilkerson Webb & Michael Hu, Oak Ridge National Labs;
Massod Hadi, Sandia National Labs;
Rajeev Ram, ARPA-E;
Vladimir Bulovic, MIT;
Andreas Hauser, National Laboratory, Germany; and many more!

Location: Louisville's Kentucky International Convention Center.
More info: Rodica McCoy, rodica (at) louisville.edu, 502-852-6348, http://conncenter.org.

March 13-15, 2011 2011 Kentucky Statewide Workshop on Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at UofL invites you to gather in beautiful downtown Louisville with top researchers from Kentucky universities and industries to discuss the latest developments and challenges in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Discover current research across the state and discuss a focused technological road map for commercialization of various renewable energy innovations in Kentucky. Excellent networking opportunity!

Workshop Themes
This workshop highlights five themes: Energy storage; Biomass/biofuels; Advanced energy materials; Efficiency and conservation; and Solar. Papers on other aspects, such as policy and other renewable sources, are welcome. Each theme will be organized by leading academic researchers and industry partners. Time will be dedicated for open forums/panels involving speakers and special invitees.

Workshop Agenda
Sunday, March 13
6-8 pm - Welcoming/Registration
Monday, March 14
7-8 am - Registration
8 am-5:30 pm - Presentations: Sessions 1-3
9 am-6 pm - Poster Session
6:30-9:30 pm - Banquet and Poster Awards
Tuesday, March 15
8 am-12 pm - Presentations: Sessions 4&5
12 pm - Adjourn workshop


Speakers
Cyrus Wadia, Senior Policy Advisor on Renewable Energy to the White House;
Gil Sperling, Senior Advisor, EERE;
Erin Wilkerson Webb & Michael Hu, Oak Ridge National Labs;
Massod Hadi, Sandia National Labs;
Rajeev Ram, ARPA-E;
Vladimir Bulovic, MIT;
Andreas Hauser, National Laboratory, Germany; and many more!

Location: Louisville's Kentucky International Convention Center.
More info: Rodica McCoy, rodica (at) louisville.edu, 502-852-6348, http://conncenter.org.

March 12, 2011
Kentucky Conservation Committee Annual Conference
Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:00am - 2:30pm
University of Louisville, Belknap Campus, Room 311 Vogt Hall
KCC’s annual meeting offers an opportunity to stay up-to-date on conservation issues in Kentucky and confer with other knowledgeable Kentuckians. Key topics this year: Kentucky’s Land Stewardship Campaign (Terry Cook, KY Nature Conservancy), Sustainable Energy Alliance (Andy McDonald, KY Solar Partnership), KCC Annual Award, Floyds Fork Urban Park (Dan Jones, 21st Century Parks), and a Legislative Panel to discuss Environmental Priorities (Reps. Joni Jenkins, Mary Lou Marzian, and other invited legislators).
- $20 Registration includes lunch of local foods
- Tour UofL Sustainability Initiatives after the meeting
KCC is the state's only organization dedicated solely to providing a non‑partisan voice for Kentucky's environmental community in Frankfort. KCC works to make sound environmental stewardship a priority for elected officials and voters.
Register for the conference here.
March 10, 2011
Salt River Watershed Watch Annual Conference
Thursday, March 10, 2011 5-8:30pm
Rm 310 of Vogt Hall on the University of Louisville's Belknap Campus
Agenda:
5:00-6:00  Registration and dinner
6:00            Welcome and Meeting Overview
                     Russ Barnett, Steering Committee Chair, SRWW

6:10-7:15   Bringing Back an Urban Stream
                     Kate Bowditch, River Watershed Association
The CRWA has been working to clean up Boston's Charles River since 1965.  By looking to the land to find solutions to the river's problems, CRWA has helped bring the Charles back from a "no contact" waterway to one of the cleanest urban rivers in America. CRWA will share their experience on the Charles and show some preliminary results of how their Blue Cities approach might be used in Louisville. Using techniques such as Low Impact Development, green buildings, and green infrastructure restoration, the process works at multiple scales to find the right design approaches.
7:15-7:45    State of the Basin Report
                      Karen Schaffer, SRWW Science Coordinator
Karen will review 2010 data and trends collected by our volunteer associates.
7:45-8:00    Inventory Project of Bernheim Forest. 
                      Andrew Berry, Bernheim Forest
Bullitt County School District will be working with Bernheim Forest to sample water quality weekly in the forest's thirteen streams for several years.  SRWW's potential roles could be training students on sampling methods, sampling, laboratory analyses, logistical support, statistical training, mapping, or other.  The school district has purchased electronic monitors to provide real-time data. Bernheim is interested in partnering with the SRWW.--Andrew Berry, Bernheim Forest.
8:00-8:15     Beargrass Creek Award
                       David Wicks, All-Around Guy
SRWW will host the award of the distinguished Beargrass Creek Award, the bronzed steering wheel of a derelict VW found in the creek, to the person who has done the most to protect Beargrass Creek in the previous year.
8:15                Conclusions
                        Russ Barnett

March 10, 2011
Spring 2011 Celebration of Social Change Internships!
Students who have done internships will discuss them; those who have not (yet), can find out about them. And really, it's just an excuse for a party and to get to know other people in the Social Change program.

When: Thursday, 3/10, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: HUM 122
Light refreshments provided.
March 9, 2011
Cultural Center Faculty Colloquium
The Cultural Center and Garden Commons invite you to our March Faculty Colloquium. Join faculty member Brian Barnes and panelists Chloe Crabtree, Jordan DelaGarza and Justin Mog as we discuss the importance of composting, community gardens, political education about food and American's food culture. Wednesday, March 9, noon-1 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Cultural Center. Free lunch will be provided.
March 8, 2011
100th Anniversary of International Women's Day, Red Barn from 7-9PM.

International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, IWD is a national holiday. The University of Louisville will be holding an IWD celebration with musical performances, inspirational readings from UofL Faculty, news clips from IWD celebrations around the world, an info fair, yummy snacks, and wonderful pampering services! The event will be free and open to the public.

Questions? Please write peacc (at) louisville.edu

March 2, 2011
Want fresh, local food all season long? Join us for the...

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Open House
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
11am - 2pm
Red Barn

Meet local farmers and sign-up for weekly baskets of delicious local produce to be delivered to you at UofL! Subscribe for a weekly selection of fresh, seasonal foods direct from area farmers and complete with a weekly newsletter full of recipes. Costs typically $20-25 per basket, and lower-cost/quantity student shares are available. All UofL students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend and participate.

More information: UofL CSA Facebook Page.

March 2, 2011
"How Can We Raise Our Children to Be Socially Conscious and Committed to Social Justice?"
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Student Activities Center, W314

The Socially Just Parenting Project at the University of Louisville is intended to provide resources and forums for parents who want to raise children who will see the world through a social justice lens and who will be committed to promoting social justice.

Free and Family Friendly! Registration is required. For additional questions and to register, please contact Marian R. Vasser at 852-2252 or mrvass01 (at) louisville.edu. Sponsored by The Socially Just Parenting Project and the A&S Office for International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs http://louisville.edu/artsandsciences/idop.

February 26, 2011
UofL's Anne Braden Institute & Bicycling for Louisville Celebrate Black History Month with a

BICYCLE tour of Louisville's Civil Rights History
Saturday, Feb 26 at 12 noon,
Meet up at Expressions of You, 18th & Muhammad Ali

That's right, we're taking the Anne Braden Institute's wonderful Civil Rights Tour by Bicycle! Join us for a fun, family‑friendly day of fresh air, friendly folks, and inspiration. Dress for the weather and bring water to
drink. We'll have snacks. We'll determine the exact route that day when we get together, depending on
the weather & people's inclinations. If you want to join our group to tell us a story about any of the stops
along the tour, call Amanda Fuller, Bicycling for Louisville board member, at 502-742‑6692.

Here is the Tour in Google Map if you want to check it out!
February 21-25, 2011
4th Annual Body Awareness Body Appreciation (BABA) Week February 21-25, 2011

BABA week coincides with National Eating Disorders week and aims to:
1.Shine light on recovery, health, and self-care
2.Focus on media literacy
3.Foster a campus community in which everyone will become more aware of how they think about their bodies and how media and advertising affect those thoughts
4.Create a campus community that is more appreciative of the bodies they have, and be challenged to think about how they take care of themselves.

See Full Event Listing.

February 24, 2011
Sustainable City Series: Health & The Built Environment
The fifteenth forum of the Sustainable City Series, HEALTH AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, will be held on Thursday, February 24th beginning at 6:00 pm at Glassworks (815 W Market Street, Louisville, KY). Join us as DPZ Charlotte Director Tom Low and Nashville Health Impact Assessment Coordinator Jimmy Dills explore tools and techniques for examining and creating healthy, sustainable communities through our built environment. For those interested in exploring this subject even further, we will be offering two workshops at the Urban Design Studio geared towards professionals in a variety of fields (see info below)
 
Ramsi's Café on the World will be providing food for the event and coffee will be provided by Heine Brothers Coffee. This event is free to the public, however space is limited, so if you or anyone you know is interested please RSVP HERE and reserve your seat for the February 24th event. Thank you for your commitment to sustainability and I hope to see you there.
 
SCS Supplemental Workshops on the Topic:
• Creating Healthy, Sustainable Communities Through Placemaking - February 25th at Urban Design Studio 9am - 4pm (learn more and register for the workshop here or feel free to call Patrick Piuma for more information)
• Health Impact Assessments Workshop - February 24th at Urban Design Studio 9am - 4pm (more info at udstudio.org in the next day or two, please call Patrick Piuma for more information)

Other Upcoming Events of Interest:
• Pecha Kucha Night Louisville #3 - March 8th, 8:00PM at 21c Museum (more info at udstudio.org)
February 22, 2011

Garden Commons Seed Sprouting Workshop

It's time to start planning your Spring garden and Garden Commons can help!

Tuesday February 22, 2011 6-7pm at the Cultural Center.

We will discuss:
-what plants are best grown in the Spring season
-best soil mix for sprouting
-sprouting containers
-lighting
-and more!
Free vegetarian food will be provided by Smoketown USA.
Raffle for FREE GardenCommons t-shirt and sweatshirt!
RSVP on Facebook.

February 17, 2011

Green Careers Speaker Series 2010-2011 (Thursdays, Chao Auditorium, 12:15-1pm)
Think you might be interested in a green career in the environmental field? Come hear from people who are actually doing it and learn what kind of work is possible and what you should do to prepare yourself.

Thursday, February 17th from 12:15 to 1:00pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium

Environmental educator, David M. Wicks, Ed.D., will share thoughts and insights from a career integrating environmental education in the curriculum from K-12 schools to universities.

David Wicks received his Ed.D. in Educational Supervision from the University of Louisville and his dissertation focused on the development of the foxfire teachers network in the United States. His masters was from Fordham University and it focused on Urban Education his undergraduate degree is in International Environmental Studies from Cook College, Rutgers University. David has served as an adjunct professor in UofL’s School of Education, as the Co-Director of UofL’s Center for Environmental Education, and as the Coordinator of Jefferson County Public Schools Center for Environmental Education, running a 210-year-old, 250-acre working farm and nature preserve, coordinating residential environmental education programs, and supporting environmental education curriculum development in JCPS's 159 schools. His illustrious career also includes serving on the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, on the Kentucky Environmental Education Council, on the National Center for Children's Environmental Literature, on the National Biodiversity Education Task Force, and as president of the North American Association for Environmental Education.

The series continues throughout Spring 2011:

Mar. 24 - Speaker TBA

April TBA - Green Careers Fair (likely during April 11-19 Week of Community Engagement at UofL)
February 17, 2011

The Social Change Program presents:

Russ Vandenbroucke

Chair, Department of Theatre Arts & Incoming Chair, Peace Studies

“Conscientious Objection Beyond War and the Draft”

Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Thursday, 2/17, 3:00 pm
Free & open to the public
For more information, contact Avery Kolers, 852-0453 http://louisville.edu/socialchange/

February 16, 2011

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps, UofL and the World Affairs Council present:

The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love: Three Stories of Peace Corps Service in Afghanistan
Featuring Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Charlene McGrath and Bill & Judie Schiffbauer

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 · 5:30 p.m.
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Free Admission. No reservations necessary.

February 15, 2011
RecycleMania Kick-Off Party - Tuesday, Feb. 15th 7:30-9pm at the Red Barn. Featuring: A recycled costume contest (with prizes!), free food, music, and info about recycling on campus.
February 14-17, 2011 Peace Corps Information Sessions at UofL
February 14, 12 pm. Houchens Building, Career Services LL03
February 15, 5 pm. Ekstrom Library, Room W104
February 15, 11 am – 3 pm. U of L Job Expo. SAC, Multi-Purpose Room
February 17, 8 am – 10 am. Office Hours* Houchens Building, Career Services LL03
*Alternative time available by appointment
“Peace requires the simple but powerful recognition that what we have in common as human beings is more important and crucial than what divides us.” - Sargent Shriver
More info.
February 11, 2011

Chemical Engineering Department seminar series: Sustainability Initiatives at UofL and what you can do!

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Feburary 11, 2011
Ernst Hall, Room 310

Justin Mog, UofL Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives

UofL is addressing sustainability in its operations, administration, research and curriculum. Since 2008, an active university-wide Sustainability Council has been working to make UofL a more environmentally, socially and economically responsible institution. Come find out what we've been up to and learn how you can get involved in UofL Sustainability. Learn more: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/

Dr. Mog came to UofL in August 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Masters (1999) and Ph.D. (2003) from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His graduate research focused on assessing the sustainability of international rural development projects, and his studies took him to Ghana, Costa Rica, and the southern Philippines as a Fulbright scholar in 2001. He continued this work from 2005-2008 when he lived with his wife in Paraguay working on sustainable rural development efforts with the U.S. Peace Corps and Plan Paraguay. He strives to lead by example and minimize his own environmental impact - he is a car-free vegetarian with a fully solar-powered home where he grows the majority of his food. Dr. Mog was profiled by UofL Today (http://php.louisville.edu/news/news.php?news=1553) and was recently featured on the cover of The Courier-Journal with his wife as a "Lean & Green" couple.

February 7, 2011
Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice available to U of L students and alums!

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center
Monday, February 7 at 6:00pm
Student Activities Center, Room W303A

DART will be on the U of L campus to discuss careers in the field of community organizing with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change. After years of research into best practices, experimentation, evaluation, and refinement, the Organizers Institute has become THE elite field school in the training of grassroots community organizers in the country. DART is now accepting applications for the 2011 DART Organizers Institute, the paid, four‑month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field training covering such topics as:

* Entering a community
* Identifying and training local leaders
* Strategic planning and issue cutting
* Relationship and community building
* Direct Action on community issues
* Fundraising

The DART Center, has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:

* Education reform in low‑performing public schools
* Job Training
* Drugs and Violence
* Criminal Recidivism
* Living Wage
* Neighborhood Revitalization
* Predatory Lending
* Affordable Housing, etc.

To find out more about DART or to apply, contact Hannah Wittmer at hannah (at) thedartcenter.org or (785) 841‑2680.
More info at the DART website.   
February 2, 2011

Louisville Sustainability Forum, featuring presentation on UofL Climate Action Plan

Noon, Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Avenue (across from the Louisville Zoo, behind the Tennis Center)

Featured Presentation: University of Louisville Climate Action Plan
Justin Mog, Ph.D., Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives

The University of Louisville has committed to integrating sustainability throughout its operations - from how it manage facilities, finances and people to what it teaches in the classroom and research in the lab. The vision is to create a university that is itself a living laboratory for sustainability and a campus community that leads by example and educates as much by what it do as by what it says. The goal is to make decisions which reflect a balanced consideration for environmental, social and economic responsibility and to continually learn. Creating a more sustainable UofL is a dynamic, multi-faceted, long-term process that Justin Mog leads.

The Louisville Sustainability Forum meets the first Wednesday of each month.

January 27, 2011
The Social Change Program Presents:
“The Power of Nonviolence”
David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Thursday, 1/27 3:00 pm.
Free & open to the public


David Cortright teaches peace studies and nonviolent social change at the University of Notre Dame. He was active in the nuclear freeze movement of the 1980s and in 2002 helped to create Win Without War, a coalition of national organizations opposing the invasion and occupation of Iraq. This event is sponsored by UofL's Social Change Program with special thanks to the A&S Dean's Office. Check out David's blog.

For more information, contact Avery Kolers, 852-0453
http://louisville.edu/socialchange/
January 27, 2011 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy
The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law


Annexation, Urban Boundaries and Land Use Dilemmas:
Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future


Professor Judith Welch Wegner
Burton Craige Professor of Law
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Thursday, January 27, 2011
6:00 p.m.
Room 275, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville
Open to the public; reception to follow (no RSVP needed)

Judith Welch Wegner is the Burton Craige Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Professsor Wegner served as Dean of the University of North Carolina School of Law from 1989 to 1999. She was president of the Association of American Law Schools in 1995, and also served on the national executive committee of The Order of the Coif. She recently served as Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and principal investigator on the Foundation's major study on legal education. Professor Wegner joined the UNC-Chapel Hill law faculty in 1981, teaching and writing in the areas of land use, property law, and state and local government law, among others. One of her many influential scholarly works is Moving Toward the Bargaining Table: Contract Zoning, Development Agreements, and the Theoretical Foundations of Government Land Use Deals, 65 N.C. L REV. 957 (1987). She received her B.A. Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her J.D., Order of the Coif, from UCLA Law School. She was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Warren J. Ferguson, an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel, an appellate attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Lands and Natural Resources Division, and special assistant to United States Secretary of Education Shirley M. Hufstedler. 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.
January 25, 2011 Cooking and Nutrition Workshops Featuring Chef Jim Whaley
Want to learn basic cooking skills, acquire nutrition education, and enjoy a great meal? Campus Health Services is offering 4 cooking workshops featuring Chef Jim Whaley where students have the opportunity to cut, chop, learn and eat! First class is being offered Tuesday, Jan. 25th from 12-1pm. The featured recipe will be: Asian Spring Rolls. Class size is limited to 12 so sign up today. Register and pay $3.00/workshop fee at Campus Health Services Student Health Building. Check and credit cards are accepted. No cash, please! You can sign up for one, two, or all of the workshops for the following dates: January 25, February 15, March 22, and April 19  
January 25, 2011

Activist to speak about fair-pay issues

A Conversation with Lilly Ledbetter
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
 
Ms. Ledbetter will be speaking at UofL in conjunction with her keynote talk at the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission’s Fifteenth Annual Race and Relations Conference. She will be speaking about her experiences championing federal gender equity legislation.
For additional information, please contact Marian R. Vasser at 852-2252 or mrvass01 (at) louisville.edu.
January 20, 2011

Green Careers Speaker Series 2010-2011 (Thursdays, Chao Auditorium, 12:15-1pm)

Jan. 20 - Sarah Lynn Cunningham, PE 
The next event in UofL's Green Careers Speaker Series takes place this Thursday, January 20th from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m.in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium! Environmental Consultant, Professional Engineer & UofL lecturer Sarah Lynn Cunningham will show high-resolution photos of green technologies and designs while explaining what sort of education and training is needed to create, operate and maintain such systems. Spread the word! More info about Sarah Lynn is available here.

January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service

We invite you to participate in the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service on January 17th, 2011! Volunteer as an individual, join the RSO competition, and/or donate to the Dare to Care food drive. A guest speaker, free food, and transportation to and from the service sites will be provided.

UofL's MLK Day of Service is organized by the Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service and kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center, Belknap Campus with check-in, T-shirt handouts and last-minute instructions. About 11:30 a.m. volunteers will go the parking lot behind MITC to board buses to their volunteer destinations. Most volunteers will work from noon to 3 p.m. before heading back to campus.

Anyone interested in volunteering can see a list of participating nonprofit organizations and register at Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the event if sites still have openings for volunteers.

For more information, please contact Toni Solis at 852.3436 or tjsoli01 (at) louisville.edu or stop by the Cultural Center!

Volunteer Opportunities available at:

  • Olmstead Parks: Shawnee Park- Volunteers will be mulching a playground. Please dress for the weather and working outdoors.
  • Olmstead Parks: Shawnee and Chickasaw Park- Volunteers will be assisting with a trash sweep. Please dress for the weather and working outdoors.
  • Highland Care Ministries: Senior Services- Volunteers will interact with elderly dementia and Alzheimers patients, and help facilitate a fun afternoon of Karaoke and Bingo.
  • Highland Care Ministries: Day Care- Volunteers will assist with light cleaning and yard work. Volunteers might also assist a teacher in the classroom conduct a project for the children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana- Be a Big for a Day! Participants will act as a Big Brother or Sister for the Day. Please note a background check is required.
  • Americana- Volunteers will help paint, remove graffiti, and repaint a mural.
  • Brooklawn Child Services- Volunteers will assist with the MLK Day fair featuring educational booths, games, other activities. This fair will promote acceptance and diversity.
  • Portland Promise Center- Volunteers will help paint a warehouse.
  • Presbyterian Community Center- TBA
  • Cochran Elementary School- TBA
  • BRYCC Community Center- TBA

Video: MLK Day of Service 2011
About 200 UofL students signed up to participate in MLK Service Day 2011. Students traveled to 12 locations, including the Americana Center, to "put their hands out there and help somebody else." http://uofl.me/ult-ed979z

Dec. 2, 2010 - Jan. 9, 2011

"Contrast and Context: Imaging Peace and Justice" ceramics art show

Ceramic artist and UofL faculty member John McCarthy opens a new show Dec. 2 at PYRO gallery. His students helped create a relief sculpture that honors Anne Braden. The art exhibit focuses on issues ranging from the environment, consumerism, economic and political ethics, gender equity, to racial and cultural diversity. Opening reception is on December 3rd

Location:
PYRO Gallery
624 West Main St.
Louisville, KY

Hours: Thurs.& Sun., 11-3pm, Fri. & Sat., 11-5pm.

The exhibition  runs from Dec. 2nd thru Jan. 9th

http://uofl.me/ult-fwC56x

Dec. 10, 2010
Film on white privilege and discussion
The film "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible" by Shakti Butler will be the focus of a White Allies for Racial Justice meeting Friday 12/10/10 at 3 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library. The group will watch the film over the next few meetings as part of its goal to help participants develop their identities as allies. For more information, contact David Owen at dsowen04 (at) louisville.edu
Dec. 9, 2010
Mountaintop Removal Guest Speaker: Mary Love is an activist from LaGrange, KY speaking out against the devastating effects of mountaintop removal mining on the communities and land of Appalachia. Ms. Love will be at University of Louisville on December 9th in the Ekstrom Library room W-104 at 6pm. Come learn more about this destructive practice and how you can help end it. Light Refreshments will be served after the presentation. Co-sponsored by the UofL Center for Environmental Policy and Management.
Check out the flyer.
Nov. 18, 2010
Green Careers Speaker Series: Maria Koetter, President of business sustainability consultancy Bgreen2.
Thursday, Nov. 18th, 2010 12:15-1pm
Ekstrom Library, Room W204

The next event in UofL's Green Careers Speaker Series promises to be a great one! Maria Koetter, President and founder of Bgreen2 will be presenting on her experiences starting and running a successful environmental consulting firm. She will speak about the various services Bgreen2 provides to local business and the eco-friendly practices that she helps to implement in fields not often thought of as "green". Bgreen2 introduces a fresh approach to environmental conservation that incorporates the best available science with sustainability or “Green” consulting services. They provide an innovative consulting experience that promotes eco-friendly business practices and assists our clients with achieving their sustainability goals. Bgreen2 practices sustainability and is an industry leader with its “0” carbon footprint mission.

Nov. 8, 2010

Don't miss this year's most exciting and tasty food event on campus...

Monday, November 8, 2010 10am - 1pm, Student Activities Center

Wes Jackson Lecture & "Slow Food" Local Food Tasting

*A Festival of Faiths: Sacred Soil Event*

Join us for a celebration of sacred soils and slow food! From 10-11am in the Floyd Theater, permaculture genius Wes Jackson, Founder and President of The Land Institute in Salinas, Kansas will be speaking on Industrialized Farming Policies and Practices: What is the impact on the future of soil quality both in the U.S. and globally? What role do you as students or the university play in sanctioning these policies? The talk will immediately be followed outside the SAC Multipurpose room by a Slow Food event featuring free local food tastings prepared by some of Louisville's finest chefs!

Wes Jackson is the president and founder of The Land Institute. Jackson earned a B.A. in biology from Kansas Wesleyan, an M.A. in botany from University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in genetics from North Carolina State University. He established and served as chair of on of the country's first environmental studies programs at California State University-Sacramento and then returned to his native Kansas to found The Land Institute in 1976. He is the author of several books including New Roots for Agriculture and Becoming Native to This Place, and is widely recognized as a leader in the international movement for a more sustainable agriculture. He was a 1990 Pew Conservations Scholar, in 1992 he became a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2000 he received the Right Livelihood Award (called the "alternative Novel prize"). Life Magazine named Wes Jackson as on of 18 individuals it predicts will be among the 100 "important Americans of the 20th century". In November 2005, Smithsonian called him one of "35 Who Made a Difference." Visit The Land Institute at http://www.landinstitute.org/

Thanks to our sponsors! Jackson's lecture is co-sponsored by the UofL Center for Environmental Policy and Management and the UofL Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, in connection with the Festival of Faiths. http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/5685. The Slow Food tasting is co-sponsored by Sodexo and the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development.

Nov. 4, 2010
The Brandeis School of Law Diversity Committee presents--
Earth Jurisprudence: Awakening to Earth’s Rights

*A Festival of Faiths: Sacred Soil Event*

Thursday, November 4, 2010 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Room 275 Brandeis School of Law

Earth Jurisprudence comes from a shift in consciousness that recognizes that the Earth has rights. It is an expansion of legal protection of the Earth community (humans and environment) through various laws and legal instruments. It is a way of viewing the world that recognizes the inherent rights of all beings to exist and participate in the predator-prey relationships and fulfill their purpose in the web of life. Ecologian Thomas Berry said that we need a new jurisprudence today to address the unprecedented ecological challenges facing us at the end of an industrial era. 

Presenter: Patricia Siemen is an attorney and member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She is the executive director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence cosponsored by the law schools of Barry and St. Thomas Universities where she teaches law.

Free, light lunch available at 11:30 a.m.

Please bring your own drink.

Free and open to everyone.

For more information, please contact Robin Harris at 852-6083

Nov. 3, 2010
Let's Talk Lunch "Environmental Justice - What's Going On"
Dr. Tommy Parker & REACT
Wednesday, Nov., 3    12 p.m.  Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room
Environmental violence affects everyone and there are many groups nationally who are fighting on a broad scale to work toward ending it.  But do you know what's going on locally?  What are the major issues?  Who is affected the most? These questions and others will be answered by individuals who are currently working in our communities toward environmental justice.
Sponsored by Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Cultural Center
Part of Peace & Justice Week at the University of Louisville-Sponsored by the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice
For a FULL list of P&J Weeks Events visit http://louisville.edu/aliinstitute
Nov. 1, 2010
Green Deen:  What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet
Ibrahim Abdul-Martin
Monday, Nov. 1    5:30 p.m.   Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
For the past ten years, Ibrahim has been a passionate voice for transforming our pollution based way of life to one that prioritizes our planet and its people. Come join us and hear Ibrahim speak about how Islam and environmentalism can work toward making change. http://www.greendeenbook.com
Sponsored by the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice
Part of Peace & Justice Week at the University of Louisville-Sponsored by the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice
For a FULL list of P&J Weeks Events visit http://louisville.edu/aliinstitute
Oct. 28, 2010

UofL Participates in World Paper Free Day

UofL uses 50 million sheets of paper in one year. How much of it is really necessary? Find out by participating in World Paper Free Day on Thursday, Oct. 28. To participate, simply make the commitment to not print or copy for that day. Consider alternative ways to file, share or retain information electronically using SharePoint, print to PDF or scan to email. Learn more about World Paper Free Day. Together we can make a difference.
Oct. 26, 2010

10/26/10 Sustainable City Series: Rediscovering Urban Waterways

The fourteenth forum of the Sustainable City Series, REDISCOVERING URBAN WATERWAYS, will be held on Tuesday, October 26th beginning at 6:00 pm at Glassworks (815 W Market Street, Louisville, KY). Learn about some local research and planning efforts including Jeffersonville’s Canal District, a study investigating ways to revitalize Beargrass Creek, and efforts to bring economic growth and environmental awareness through the development of paddle-sport recreation in the region.

GUEST SPEAKERS:
Tom Galligan - Mayor, City of Jeffersonville, IN
Peggy Hagerty Duffy, P.E. - Canal Project Manager, Construction Solutions
Dr. Thomas Rockaway, P.E. - Director, Center for Infrastructure Research at the University of Louisville
Doug Davis -  Owner, River City Canoe & Kayak

Ramsi's Café on the World will be providing food for the event and coffee will be provided by Heine Brothers Coffee.

This event is free to the public, however space is limited, so if you or anyone you know is interested please RSVP HERE http://udstudio.org/index.php?option=com_dtregister&eventId=2&Itemid=&task=event_register&type=reg_options and reserve your seat for the October 26th event.

Oct. 21, 2010

Farmers Market Customer Appreciation Day

Customers were the focus of attention at the Thursday, Oct. 21, Gray Street Farmers Market, as organizers said "thanks" to folks for supporting the market and vendors each week. Highlights of the day included Adewale Troutman showing off his skills as a DJ, and all customers were invited to sample free apple cider and Chef Jim Whaley's pumpkin cookies. The last day of the market this year will be Thursday, Oct. 28. Photos.

Oct. 20, 2010

Community forum to explore social, environmental determinants of health

The University of Louisville Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology (CEGIB) will be host to a community forum on the social and environmental determinants of health on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 4:30 p.m., at The Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway.

Linda Birnbaum, PhD, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), will lead the discussion. The panel also includes UofL scientists and representatives from Rubbertown Emergency Action network (REACT), West Jefferson County Community Task Force (WJCTF), Rubbertown Community Advisory Council (RCAC) and Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

Oct. 18-24, 2010

UofL Sustainability Week 2010

Mon. 11am, Noon, or 1pm - Campus Clean-up, groups form outside Ekstrom Library

Mon. 6:30pm - Environmental ethics talk: Dr. Cara Nine, 'Ecological Refugee States’, Ekstrom Chao Auditorium - free local food

Tue. 11am-1pm - Transportation Alternatives Fair - Think Outside the Car, Humanities Quad - free bike tune-ups, maps & schedules

Tue. 12:30pm - Campus Tree Tour, leaves from North Information Center

Weds. 10am-2pm - Campus Sustainability Day, Humanities Quad. Photos. Video.

            with Basic Pantry Cookware Sale

Thurs. 10am-2pm - Basic Pantry Cookware Sale, Humanities Quad

Thurs. 12:15-1pm – Green Careers Speaker Series Kick-off with Ben Evans, Chao Auditorium

Thurs. 4-6pm - Breaking Bread Progressive Dinner, starts on Humanities Quad - free local food and bike raffle

Thurs. 7pm - Book-In-Common Keynote: Economist Charlie Wheelan, Strickler Middleton Auditorium - free dessert

Fri.-Sun. - Bluegrass Bioneers Conference, www.bluegrassbioneers.org
            Friday 12:30pm-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 9am-7pm - Strickler

Sat. 9am-Noon - Celebrate Sustainability SOUL- Volunteer Project with Olmsted Parks Conservancy at  Stansbury and Chickasaw Parks. Register at: http://louisville.edu/leadership/service-opportunities/soul/soul

Sun. 2-5pm - United Nations Day, between Davidson and Strickler – mini peace fair

Oct. 18 - Nov. 5, 2010

Ali Institute brings campus together for Peace & Justice Weeks
The Ali Institute and other campus groups want people to be more aware of peace and justice issues and to be able to take action. Event highlights include talks, workshops and two nationally known guests - Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, an author and environmental policy consultant, and Bernice Reagon, a longtime musical and cultural leader in the civil rights movement. Story. Schedule.



   This Past Events Log began October 18, 2010.
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