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A log of past Green Tips published weekly in UofL Today.

12/15/14 Green Tip: Santa will thank you for saving energy this holiday season
Santa's North Pole is melting, but you can help by taking a few simple steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When you leave for the holidays: turn thermostats down to 55, close windows tight, and unplug chargers, printers & non-essential equipment. Get in the habit by switching everything off on a powerstrip. Always shut off computers & lights when vacating a room. Make a New Year’s resolution to carpool, bus, or bike more and to trade that space heater for a sweater. Santa thanks you. More tips for a greener holiday here.
12/9/14 Green Tip: Faculty resources for weaving sustainability into spring courses
As you develop and revise spring syllabi, the Sustainability Council encourages faculty from all disciplines to integrate themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into your courses, research & service learning projects. In addition to our Green Threads Faculty Workshop, we offer: guest speakers, discussion guides, online learning tools, info on research grants, engaging events for your syllabi, and an EcoReps program offering service learning, educational videos & certification.
11/25/14 Green Tip: Put more green in your holidays!
The holidays can be hard on the budget & the planet. Save money, resources, & the environment this season with a few simple steps. Don’t make your office or lab work when you leave for the holidays: turn down thermostats, power down computers & equipment, and unplug chargers, printers & appliances. Serve local, seasonal foods & less meat. Consider low-impact, non-material gifts like memberships; tickets to local performing arts; or skill-building classes like UofL’s Lifelong Learning offerings. More “green” holiday tips here.
11/19/14 Green Tip: EcoReps Lunch & Learn: The Creative Art of Waste Minimization
Sustainability requires creative thought & action. True recycling isn’t just a matter of putting your waste in a different bin, but of thinking differently about stuff in the first place. Join us Friday for a discussion about waste minimization and creative reuse with Charles Nasby who has been leading the charge to green the Dept. of Theater Arts! The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move all of us beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! Free vegetarian lunch.
11/13/14 Green Tip: UofL Free Store open today noon-2pm
UofL’s Free Store is open today, with revised hours: Thursdays Noon-2pm in the Unitas Tower basement (enter from driveway off Cardinal Blvd). At the Free Store any student or employee can donate or "shop" for free clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, etc. The Free Store keeps useful items out of the landfill while helping those in need. It’s a volunteer-powered initiative of UofL's Sustainability Council & the RSO GRASS.
10/23/14 Green Tip: Sustainability Week wraps up in style!
Sustainability Week rolls on today with the Gray St. Farmers’ Market 10:30-2 & the UofL Free Store in Unitas 11-3. Things wrap-up Friday with the Dialogue on Diversity Conference (8am-3pm Shelby Campus); EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Sustainable Events Planning (Noon Ekstrom W210); Bluegrass Bioneers (5-11pm Humanities 100); Farm to Table Dinner (7pm Ville Grill); & Braden Sedition Trial Reenactment (7pm Law School). And don’t miss Ying Kit Chan’s Deep Ecology art exhibit (11-6 daily Cressman Center). Full schedule for Sustainability Week here.
10/22/14 Green Tip: It’s Campus Sustainability Day!
Learn more, get involved & live green at the Campus Sustainability Day fair on the Quad today 10am-2pm! Bring old cell phones & mobile devices for recycling. Donate shoes to WaterStep. Recycle documents, diskettes & videotapes at the Shred-It truck outside College of Business. Sustainability Week continues tomorrow with the Gray St. Farmers’ Market 10:30-2 & the UofL Free Store open in Unitas 11-3. Check out Ying Kit Chan’s Deep Ecology exhibit 11-6 daily @UofL’s Cressman Center (100 E Main). Full schedule for Sustainability Week here.
10/21/14 Green Tip: Sustainability Week continues with Tree Celebration!
UofL Sustainability Week continues today with a Campus Arbor Day celebration! Join us 11am-2pm at the SAC Ramp to plant a tree, sample UofL-grown apple pie & bike blender smoothies, or take a guided tree tour at noon. Then watch UofL’s first carbon-neutral Athletics event at 7:30pm at Lynn Soccer Stadium! At tomorrow’s Campus Sustainability Day fair on the Quad 10am-2pm, learn how to get involved and recycle: cell phones & mobile devices, shoes, documents, diskettes & videotapes. Full schedule for Sustainability Week here.
10/20/14 Green Tip: Sustainability Week is Here!
UofL Sustainability Week begins with Weigh the Waste today over lunch at The Ville Grill, then discover hidden green gems on a Campus Sustainability Tour leaving the Cultural Center at 2pm, and celebrate the Community Engagement Awards at 6pm in Ekstrom. Tomorrow 11am-2pm at the SAC Ramp you can plant a tree, sample UofL-grown apple pie & bike blender smoothies, or experience a guided tree tour at noon. Then watch UofL’s first carbon-neutral Athletics event at 7pm at Lynn Soccer Stadium! Full schedule for Sustainability Week here.
10/17/14 Green Tip: Sustainability Week starts Monday with Campus Sustainability Tour!
Engage in planetary & social justice during UofL’s 5th annual Sustainability Week! It kicks off Monday with Weigh the Waste 11-2 at The Ville Grill, a 2pm Campus Sustainability Tour leaving the Cultural Center, & the 6pm Community Engagement Awards in Ekstrom. Tuesday features a Tree Planting & Tour plus a carbon-neutral soccer match! The Campus Sustainability Day fair will be on the Quad Wednesday 10-2 with free document, disk & video recycling at the Shred-It truck at College of Business. Full schedule for Sustainability Week here. Sustainability Discussion Guides here. Sustainability Learning Resources here.
10/10/14 Green Tip: UofL’s Solar Homeowners Welcome You This Saturday!
UofL employees & students who live in solar-powered homes will be opening their doors to give you a glimpse of our renewable energy future during the Louisville Solar Tour on Saturday 10am-3pm. Throughout the day, you can tour 35 different homes, churches & institutions featuring a variety of solar technologies, including UofL’s Beargrass Falls solar-powered water quality improvement project. The tour can be self-guided or join bus or bike tours leaving at noon from Barrett & Breckinridge. Facebook Event page.
10/2/14 Green Tip: Campus Tree-Huggers Wanted!
Every year since 2010, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized UofL as a Tree Campus USA. With over 2500 trees representing dozens of species, UofL has developed a Belknap Tree Tour & Tree Inventory to help you use our campus as an educational tool and a Campus Tree Care Plan to ensure responsible management. All of this was developed by the Sustainability Council’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee which welcomes you to participate in our fall meeting on Friday 10/3 at 9am in Ekstrom W210. Campus Tree Advisory Committee Meeting details here. More about UofL Trees and Sustainable Grounds Management here.
9/26/14 Green Tip: Help with Lawn Removal Today 2-4pm
As part of the national Green Apple Day of Service, UofL students, faculty & staff will help replace some of our unsustainable, unused, fossil-fueled lawn with a lower-maintenance, native wildflower garden that will beautify campus and support pollinators. Lawns may look nice to some, but they are ecologically dead and require lots of chemicals, water, labor, and gas to maintain. Join us for the fun 2-4pm today outside Davidson Hall. Organized by UofL's Sustainability Council & the RSO GRASS.
9/17/14 Green Tip: UofL Free Store open Thursdays 11am-3pm
UofL’s Free Store is open with expanded hours: Thursdays 11am-3pm in the Unitas Tower basement (enter from driveway off Cardinal Blvd). At the Free Store any student or employee can donate or "shop" for free clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, etc. The Free Store keeps useful items out of the landfill while helping those in need. It’s a volunteer-powered initiative of UofL's Sustainability Council & the RSO GRASS.
9/10/14 Green Tip: Give Yourself a Raise with Zimride!
Did you know that UofL has a private rideshare network for faculty & staff?  Zimride is an easy way to set up carpools using social networks that help UofL community members find & offer rides to common destinations – whether it’s your daily commute, a conference, or any other event. Ridesharing saves both you & UofL money while cutting pollution by reducing the number of cars on campus. Take money out of your gas tank & give yourself a raise! Great minds ride together at zimride.com/louisville
Full details on all your UofL Transportation Alternatives here.
9/4/14 Green Tip: Garden Commons as a Teaching Tool
At UofL's organic Garden Commons at the Cultural Center, anyone can gain hands-on experience with sustainable living practices: growing food, composting, solar power, rain harvesting, etc. Faculty can use the space to teach about science, art, health, engineering, etc. Integrate the Garden into your courses & informal learning this year! Get involved on your own or join our group workdays from 5-6pm (with meetings to precede on Fridays at 4pm inside): Sept. 5, 16, 26; Oct. 14, 24; Nov. 4, 21. Event page here.
8/26/14 Green Tip: Pedal with the President Thursday morning
August 26th 7:30am leaves from Amelia Place (2515 Longest Avenue)
Join President Ramsey and your colleagues for a fun 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. By cycling to UofL, President Ramsey seeks to set a powerful example for the community, highlighting his support for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Sponsored by UofL’s Sustainability Council, Get Healthy Now & Office of the President.
8/21/14 Green Tip: Swap Your Parking Permit for A New Bike! 8/28 Application Deadline
Frustrated by fees & traffic? Ready to give up your parking permit? Save money and burn calories instead of gas with these cool options for getting around: 1. Earn-A-Bike: Forgo a permit for 2 years to earn a $400 bike shop voucher. Apply by 8/28. 2. Ride the entire TARC bus system free with UofL ID! 3. UofL Carpooling: Zimride is a free, secure way to find & offer rides. 4. Get around with UofL Bike-Share (free daily check-outs). 5. Borrow a fuel-efficient car from UofL Car-Share ($10 to join). Full details on all your UofL Transportation Alternatives here.
8/18/14 Green Tip: Special Promo: Join UofL CarShare for just $10 before Sept. 30th!
One thing you won’t need to bring to campus anymore is your car. UofL CarShare is a cheaper option for out-of-town meetings & can make it easier to carpool, bus, bike, or walk to work. Join before 9/30 for just $10 to access fuel-efficient cars at UofL for just $5/hr (including gas & insurance)! Imagine how much money, time & hassle you could save by not bringing your own car to campus. No parking permits, tickets, or hunting for a spot! No car maintenance, insurance, cleaning, or fueling! Learn more and join with promo code “FALL2014” at http://www.enterprisecarshare.com/louisville
8/13/14 Green Tip: Catering with Concern
In charge of providing food for a meeting or campus event? Consider the effects of your choices on people’s health, the environment, and the local economy. Some things you can do: Seek healthier, fresher options and minimize environmental impact by serving less meat. Strive to purchase as much local, seasonal food as possible – there are area caterers which specialize in this. Avoid excessively-packaged and individually-wrapped foods. Provide a pitcher of tap water instead of bottled water.
Sustainable catering options and contacts for local food caterers available here.
8/5/14 Green Tip: Water Conservation Saves Money, Energy & the Environment
In this time of summer heat and drought, we are reminded of the importance of conserving water on campus and at home. Your efforts can also help reduce utility bills and the use of energy needed to pump and treat water. Simple steps to help conserve water include: taking shorter showers; not watering lawns and gardens in the middle of the day; shutting the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing dishes; and immediately reporting leaky valves and pipes to Physical Plant for repair.
Report Leaks to Physical Plant at 852-6241 or using the online form. More ways to save here.
7/28/14 Green Tip: Weave Sustainability into Your Fall Courses
As you finalize fall syllabi, the Sustainability Council encourages faculty from all disciplines to integrate themes of environmental, social and economic stewardship into your courses, research, and service learning projects. To help get you started, we have class discussion guides, online learning resources to go deeper, info on grants, community groups & campus sustainability efforts that need your help, and engaging events throughout the year like UofL Sustainability Week, October 20-26.
7/23/14 Green Tip: Air Quality Alert – No More Idle Threats!
Tuesday’s first Air Quality Alert Day of 2014 was a stark reminder that with summer heat comes even greater need to reduce smog-forming pollution. You can help by not using motorized lawn equipment, driving less, and not letting your car idle while waiting for trains or pick-ups. An idling engine produces more emissions than a moving car, & restarting your car uses as much fuel as idling 20-60 seconds. Idling longer is a waste of gas & money. Summer’s a great time to walk, bike, bus, or carpool! Read UofL’s No Idling Policy here.
7/18/14 Green Tip: Tired of paying for parking & gas? Try something different!
Instead of renewing a parking permit, why not save money, burn calories & protect the planet on your commute? Try these better options: 1. Earn-A-Bike: Forgo a permit for 2 years to earn a $400 bike shop voucher. Apply by 8/28. 2. Ride the entire TARC bus system free with UofL ID! 3. UofL Carpooling: Zimride is a free, secure way to find & offer rides. 4. Once on campus, get around with UofL Bike-Share (free daily check-outs) or borrow a fuel-efficient vehicle from UofL Car-Share ($10 to join).
7/9/14 Green Tip: Ride with Team UofL in the National Bike Challenge
63 UofL employees & students have collectively pedaled over 17,500 miles in the first 2 months of the National Bike Challenge! Together, we’ve burned nearly a million calories, saved $10,000 on gas & kept 16,000 lbs of pollution out of the air. All one ride at a time! The Challenge runs through Sept., so it’s not too late to join the fun, get fit, save money & cut emissions. Join Thursday’s group ride to campus from Seneca Park & register now to qualify for prizes like a $400 bike shop voucher! UofL Bike Commuter Resources here.
7/1/14 Green Tip: UofL’s Green Purchasing Policy Provides Helpful Guidance
Your purchasing decisions are key to helping UofL reduce our environmental impact & save money! With the start of a new fiscal year, please take a moment to review UofL’s Green Purchasing Policy for helpful guidance on everything from efficient Energy Star equipment to nontoxic Green Seal cleaning products to Forest Stewardship Council certified paper products. And remember: The greenest products are the ones you don’t buy! (See UofL Surplus.) Reducing waste & consumption is our top priority.
6/26/14 Green Tip: Travel Smart, Fly Less!
Summer travel season is here, but there are ways to get there without destroying our planet. Flying causes 5-10 times more pollution per passenger-mile than ground-based options. It accounts for 8% of UofL’s total carbon footprint. Consider greener, less sardine-like options: video- or teleconference; carpool; take the train (Book Trains through PanAm here) or bus (Megabus, Miller & Greyhound all serve Louisville). If you must fly, offset your emissions by investing in local forests through the Appalachian Carbon Partnership. Details on Alternatives to Flying here.
6/19/14 Green Tip: Tap into the power of the summer solstice
As we approach the longest day of the year, take stock of what truly sustains us. Tap into the sun’s power with a solar-heated shower at the Student Rec Center or fresh, local produce photosynthesized right here in Kentucky. It’s available for sale today at the Gray St. or Belknap Farmers’ Markets, or free for the picking in our very own Garden Commons. Then give something back to nature during Saturday’s solstice by helping with UofL’s annual Horner Wildlife Sanctuary butterfly count.
6/13/14 Green Tip: Pedal for fitness, money, and clean air
Join your colleagues at UofL as we discover the pure pleasures, health benefits & money-saving secrets of getting around Louisville on two wheels. Just by biking to work, the store, or around the park, Team UofL has already logged over 11,000 miles since May 1st in the National Bike Challenge. That’s a lot of gas money saved, calories burned & pollution reduced. Get in on the fun any time through Sept. 30th. All miles cycled will count toward the UofL total & qualify you for individual & team prizes. UofL Bike Commuter Resources here. Register for the National Bike Challenge here.
6/6/14 Green Tip: Want free local produce? Come help our garden grow!
Please join us as we plant, weed & harvest from UofL's organic Garden Commons at the Cultural Center. On Friday 4-6pm we'll be installing several new plants, including perennial berry bushes, herbs and annual vegetables. No prior experience necessary. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to get dirty. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year from students, staff, faculty and community members. Workers are welcome to fresh-picked strawberries, lettuce, peas, spinach, mint & herbs.
5/27/14 Green Tip: Friday is Bike to Work Day – Ride with UofL & register to win a bike
Join UofL & Metro Louisville in celebrating Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 30. UofL participants will be meeting up at Tyler Park at 7:30am, with groups leaving for both Belknap & HSC. You can also join group rides to downtown from Shawnee, Seneca, Iroquois, or S. Indiana (across the newly opened Big 4 Bridge). Come early for ride support, mingling & refreshments. A noon-time celebration will also be held at 4th St. Live. Join us rain or shine to celebrate healthy, sustainable transportation. Register for Bike to Work Day and enter raffle for a new bicycle here. Louisville Bike to Work Day full details here.
5/22/14 Green Tip: Get gardening and get free strawberries
Interested in health, sustainability, good food & growing things?! UofL’s Garden Commons at the Cultural Center is a space for staff, faculty, students & community members who are ready to get their hands dirty or to integrate the garden into their coursework & research.  Join us as we make plans, discuss needs & possibilities, and divide tasks & responsibilities for the summer management of UofL's organic urban farm. Come & enjoy fresh-picked strawberries, lettuce, spinach, mint & herbs. Details and RSVP here.
5/12/14 Green Tip: Proper inflation saves
Whether you’re driving a car or riding a bike, one simple step can save a bunch of energy: keep your tires properly inflated. Efficiency is reduced 1% for every 3 PSI that tires are under-inflated. The Department of Energy estimates that drivers waste about 1.2 billion gallons of fuel each year simply due to under-inflation. Investing a few bucks in a tire gauge could save drivers hundreds in gas. Check your tire pressure at least monthly. Sometimes it’s that easy being green! More Green Tips here.
5/6/14 Green Tip: Pedal for Team UofL in the National Bike Challenge
Spring is the perfect time to rediscover the health-promoting, money-saving and planet-protecting joys of getting around on two wheels. May is Bike Month, so saddle up, Cards. Join the National Bike Challenge from May 1 to September 30 and be a part of something big. All miles cycled will count toward the University of Louisville total, and qualify you for great individual and team prizes. Our grand prize: a $400 bike shop voucher courtesy of Get Healthy Now & the Sustainability Council. UofL Bike Commuter Resources & Events here.
4/29/14 Green Tip: Give Your Lab or Office a Summer Break, too
Headed off for a summer break, vacation, or research trip? Don’t leave a huge carbon footprint in your wake! Take a few moments before you go to make sure your office or lab won’t be wasting energy while you’re away. Help us reduce our $1,000,000 monthly utility bill by turning off all lights, computers and equipment, setting thermostats warmer, shutting all windows tightly, and unplugging everything possible: empty refrigerators, chargers, coffee makers, and other non-essential equipment. More Green Tips here.
4/22/14 Earth Day Green Tip: Give Up Driving & Earn-A-Bike
Save money. Get fit. Reduce stress. Make friends. Stop polluting. Why drive when you can:
1. Earn-A-Bike: Forgo a parking permit for 2 years & earn a $400 bike shop voucher. 2014 applications open til August 28.
2. Ride the entire TARC bus system free with UofL ID.
3. UofL Carpool Matching: Use our free, secure system to find/offer rides.
4. BikeShare: Free daily bike check-out from 5 campus locations.
5. UofL CarShare: If you need a car for errands or meetings, rent hourly from campus.
4/16/14 Green Tip: Share the ride in April to win prizes
Carpool during April and you could win prizes from UofL’s private rideshare community, Zimride. Either register for a new, free account or sign in to your existing Zimride profile, then just log your sustainable commutes on the Commute Calendar between April 1-30, 2014 and you will be entered to win a Kindle Fire HD, Amazon Gift Cards, or Starbucks Gift Cards. Use Zimride to find or offer rides for your daily commute or just for one-time needs like conferences, meetings, or university events.
4/14/14 Green Tip: Offset budget cuts by eliminating waste
Eliminating waste & inefficiency not only reduces UofL’s environmental impact, but can help save us from a budget shortfall. Consider these eco-friendly ways to cut costs: Print on both sides of a page. Serve tap water instead of bottled water & replace disposables with reusable mugs, utensils, plates, etc. Reduce our utility bill by shutting off faucets, lights, computers, & equipment when not in use. Consolidate refrigerators. Buy only efficient, Energy Star electronics & appliances. More green tips here.
4/3/14 Green Tip: Campus Sustainability Tour on Tuesday
Curious about what UofL is doing to enhance stewardship? Want to learn how you can contribute to the effort? Join us Tuesday at 2pm (rain date: April 9th) for a Campus Sustainability Tour leaving from the Garden Commons at the Cultural Center. The Tour will be hosted by the Sustainability Council as a part of UofL’s Human Resources professional development program. Participants will learn about UofL’s urban agriculture, stormwater, transportation, renewable energy & efficiency programs.
Preview the Belknap Campus Sustainability Walking Tour here. Please register for the Tour here.
3/31/14 Green Tip: A Week for Sustainable Living
It’s Spring Sustainability Week at UofL. We’ve pulled together a week of activities to get you motivated for conscious, green living. Join us today 11am-1pm at the Red Barn Plaza for free food & info about the many ways to get around without a car of your own: bikes, bus, UofL CarShare, & ride-sharing. Bring your bike for a free tune-up. Then, at 4pm, learn about Justice for Chiapas! in Ekstrom 117A. Wednesday features the Cardinal Sustainability Market from 11am-2pm on the Red Barn Plaza. Spring Sustainability Week details here.
3/17/14 Green Tip: Gear up for better bicycling weather
Get fit. Save money. Reduce stress. Cut your carbon footprint. Have fun. Spring is almost here and it’s time to get ready to get around by bike. Free spring bike tune-ups will be available Monday-Tuesday, March 17-18, 10am-4pm at the SAC Ramp. Get Healthy Now is also organizing monthly group bike rides to campus from various neighborhoods. All experience levels welcome & all will receive orientation & a bike map. First ride is Thursday 3/20 7:30am from near the zoo to Belknap (4mi, 20min). Info on Bike Tune-ups & Group Rides here.
3/14/14 Green Tip: Spring Cleaning Reuse & Recycling
Need to get rid of spring cleaning junk? Don’t trash it. Use UofL’s recycling & reuse options. Departmental furniture, equipment, & electronics should go to UofL Surplus. Personal clothing, office & household supplies, media, electronics, etc. can be donated to the UofL Free Store in Unitas on Fridays 1-3pm. We recycle all kinds of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal & glass in our single-stream bins, and have collections for recycling batteries, e-waste, lighting, printer cartridges & chemicals. Recycling & Reuse details here.
2/28/14 Green Tip: We save with your help
In solidarity with UofL residents taking steps to save electricity during the Campus Conservation Nationals, the Sustainability Council urges you to help reduce UofL’s $1,000,000/mo utility bill.  Turn off lights, computers & electronics when done; set computers to sleep when idle; unplug anything not actively in use; skip the elevator for the stairs; dress for the weather, turn down thermostats & close windows tightly; wash in cold water & air dry laundry; shower with solar power at the SRC. More ways to save here. Check our standings in the Campus Conservation Nationals here.
2/19/14 Green Tip: Water, climate & wonder, oh my
Sustainable solutions are the topic of campus conversation this week. Today 2/19 at 3pm in Law School Room 171, UofL’s Sustainability Scholars Roundtable discusses interdisciplinary research in water resources. Also today at 3pm in Ekstrom's Chao Auditorium, Congressman John Yarmuth speaks on the politics surrounding global climate change. Tomorrow 2/20 at 5:30pm in Ekstrom's Chao Auditorium, GRASS screens the documentary “Wonder” about Harlan & Ann Hubbard’s off-grid sustainable lifestyle. UofL Sustainability Events here.
2/11/14 Green Tip: UofL Loves Mountains workshop & bus to Frankfort Wednesday
Whether rallying in Frankfort or enjoying a free luncheon workshop on campus, Wednesday is your day to love mountains! UofL students will be rallying in Frankfort for I Love Mountains Day (bus from Planetarium leaves 10:30am, back 3pm) & the Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program will continue its series of monthly workshops with free lunch at noon in SAC W312: Feb. 12 - Mountain-Top Removal Mining with Professor Keith Mountain, Mar. 19 - Organic Gardening, Apr. 9 – Transportation Bicycling.
Register for the bus to I Love Mountains Day here.
2/4/14 Green Tip: Catch RecycleMania!
UofL is competing against schools across the country to see who can reduce waste and recycle the most throughout February & March! You can help the Cards to victory by: 1. Avoiding disposable items as much as possible – bring your own mug, bottle, bag, etc.; and 2. Making sure you always recycle - which is amazingly easy at UofL! All types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, & glass go into the same single-stream recycling bins all over campus. Don’t worry how clean it is, just recycle it! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here. RecycleMania standings here.
1/27/14 Green tip: New option for southern Indiana commuters
Hoosiers have a new way to avoid the expense, hassle & pollution of driving to campus. TARC launches a new express route from Sellersburg today. Instead of wasting time & money stuck in traffic, commuters can take Route 65X free with UofL ID from a park & ride lot at Ivy Tech Community College (I-65 Exit 9) and enjoy TARC's efficient new coaches with free wi-fi, outlets, & overhead storage. The service stops at HSC (Chestnut & Jackson) & connects to other TARC routes downtown (including Route 18 to Belknap).
Full details on TARC’s new Route 65X – Sellersberg Express.
1/16/14 Green tip: Green Threads faculty workshop now open beyond tenure-track
Interested in integrating themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into your courses? The Sustainability Council invites full- & part-time faculty from all disciplines to participate in the 2014 Green Threads workshop on Earth Day, April 22. We’ll explore ways to embed sustainability in your curriculum. You’ll receive a $500 honorarium, resources for course development, info on local sustainability issues, & a new network of faculty from across UofL. Applications due March 19.
Green Threads Application & Full Details.
1/13/14 Green Tip: Get your “Ticket to Ride” with newly forming UofL vanpools
Tuesday, Jan. 14th 11:30am-1pm at the University Club
Enjoy a free lunch & learn how to save money, build community & reduce pollution by joining a UofL vanpool. Vanpools are 7-15 commuters who live in the same area & ride to/from work together in a fully equipped passenger van. Each person pays a low monthly fare & the more you have in your vanpool, the less you pay. Volunteer drivers ride free. Ticket to Ride is helping us establish vanpools from specific areas including S. Indiana, E. Jefferson Co., and Shelby, Hardin, Oldham & Bullitt Counties.
RSVP to: Elizabeth Bowling, ELIZABETH.BOWLING@KY.GOV or 502.267.5400, 101
Ticket to Ride Vanpool Program.
1/8/14 Green Tip: UofL EcoReps Luncheon Workshop Series Kick-Off Today: Recycling
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move us all beyond talk to action for a sustainable UofL. We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, & certification as a point-person and advocate for sustainability. Today we begin a series of 2nd Wednesday Workshops with free lunch at noon in SAC W312. Spring luncheons: Jan. 8 – Single-stream Recycling, Feb. 12 - Mountain-Top Removal Mining, Mar. 19 - Organic Gardening, Apr. 9 – Transportation Bicycling.
UofL EcoReps Program Info & Sign-Up.
12/19/13 Green Tip: Santa will thank you for saving energy this holiday season
Santa's North Pole is melting, but you can help by taking a few simple steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When you leave for the holidays, turn down thermostats, securely close windows, and unplug chargers, printers & non-essential equipment. Get in the habit by switching everything off with one power strip. Always power down computers & turn off lights when vacating a room. Make a New Year’s resolution to replace incandescent & halogen lamps with CFLs or LED bulbs. Santa thanks you.
Additional tips for a greener holiday here.
12/11/13 Green Tip: Get help weaving sustainability into spring courses
As you develop and revise spring syllabi, the Sustainability Council encourages faculty from all disciplines to integrate themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into your courses, research, & service learning projects. In addition to our Green Threads Faculty Workshop, we offer discussion guides, online learning resources, info on sustainability research grants & needs, engaging events for your syllabus, & an EcoReps program offering service learning, short educational videos & certification.
12/4/13 Green Tip: Got permaculture? Get some with UofL EcoReps
Join us for free food & a hands-on permaculture workshop designed to incorporate the efficiency & balance of natural systems into UofL’s Garden Commons on Thursday, Dec. 5th at 2pm in the Cultural Center. The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program aims to move faculty, staff & students from talk to action for a more sustainable UofL. Get trained, help out, & even get certified as a point-person for sustainability. Whether you’re a recycler, gardener, bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate, we want to help you to BE the change.
11/26/13 Green Tip: Put more green in your holidays
The holidays can be hard on your wallet & our planet. Save money, resources, and the environment this season with a few simple steps. Don’t make your office or lab work when you leave for the holidays: turn down thermostats, power down computers, and unplug chargers, printers & equipment. Serve local, seasonal foods and consider low-impact, non-material gifts like memberships; tickets to local performing arts; CSA subscriptions; or skill-building classes like UofL’s Lifelong Learning offerings. More “green” holiday tips here.
11/18/13 Green Tip: Sustainable engineering solutions on display this week
Come explore how UofL engineers are researching applied sustainable solutions. Tour the Conn Center’s Biodigestor Lab, today at 4pm in Lutz Hall 022 to learn about testing feedstocks from area industries in an anaerobic biodigestor that UofL could use as a source of renewable energy. On Wednesday at noon, the next Sustainability Scholars Roundtable in the Law School's Cox Lounge features Venkata Gullapali’s research using solar UV radiation to disinfect polluted waterways like Beargrass Creek. UofL Sustainability Events listed here.
11/12/13 Green Tip: Free registrations for NCSE Conference: “Building Climate Solutions” Jan. 28-30 in DC
To help bolster our sustainability curriculum, the Provost sponsors UofL membership in the National Council for Science & the Environment (NCSE). If you’d like one of UofL’s free registrations to the annual conference, email justin.mog (at) louisville.edu. NCSE also provides access to: environment & energy news services (free campus-wide); Representation on NCSE's Council of Environmental Deans & Directors; funding for multi-institutional collaborations; and an Environmental Internship Clearinghouse.
11/5/13 Green Tip: Fair Trade promotes peace and justice
Celebrate UofL’s Peace & Justice Weeks by minimizing abuse to people & planet. First look for products made locally, or at least in the USA. Buying local reduces pollution, strengthens our economy, & minimizes worker exploitation. But what about my coffee & chocolate? When buying from overseas, seek fair trade products which ensure just conditions for workers & farmers. Learn more & sample fair trade coffee at a talk on ethical food systems today at 4:30pm in Shumaker Research Building 139.
UofL Sustainability events herePeace & Justice Weeks schedule here. Fair Trade at UofL details here.
11/1/13 Green Tip: New UofL Space Heater Policy: Stay Warm Without One
Space heaters are dangerous, expensive energy hogs. UofL strongly discourages their use. If your room is cold, please contact Work Control to request an audit & adjustment. You can expect temperatures to be kept between 66 - 72 degrees F throughout the winter. Temporary use of an approved space heater may be allowed only if sub-66 F temperatures persist following a Physical Plant audit & adjustment. After November 1st, space heaters not approved by the University Fire Marshal must be removed. Read the full UofL Space Heater Policy. Request a room temperature adjustment online here, or call 852-6245.
10/21/13 Green Tip: Sustainability Week begins today with model green room open houses
UofL’s 4th annual Sustainability Week kicks off today with Open Houses of our Model Green Office (Urban & Public Affairs Room 100, 10am-4pm) & Dorm Room (Louisville Hall lobby, 3-5pm). Stop in to see the future of green living. Other events include a Sustainability Scholars Roundtable (10/21 noon), Tree Planting & Pruning Workshop (10/22 noon), Campus Sustainability Day fair (10/23 10am-2pm), Farmers’ Market (10/24), Farm-to-Table Dinner (10/25), Bluegrass Bioneers conference (10/24-26) & more. Full schedule for UofL Sustainability Week here.
10/11/13 Green Tip: Two Local Food Events This Weekend
Celebrate harvest time with the UofL Environmental Law & Land Use Society’s annual 100-mile lunch Sunday, Oct. 13th 11:30am-3:30pm in the Law School courtyard. Meals are $5, with donations going to the courtyard rain garden & outdoor classroom project. On Saturday, Oct. 12th, UofL experts & learning stations will be part of the Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference: “Food Sustainability & Justice” at Kentucky Country Day School (4100 Springdale Rd). Registration is $35, scholarships available.
9/25/13 Green Tip: Put your passion for sustainability into action with UofL EcoReps
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. Join us whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate. Fall gatherings (Thursdays at 2pm): Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Dec. 5. More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
9/13/13 Green Tip: Make Plans for UofL Sustainability Week Oct. 21-29
Sustainability Week is the perfect opportunity to get engaged in social & planetary justice. Any related events (lectures, films, tours, service projects, etc.) can be added to the calendar and all are welcome to host a booth at Campus Sustainability Day on the Quad 10/23. Faculty are encouraged to integrate themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into courses, service learning & research. Send students to sustainability events, or use our discussion guides & online resources. To get on the calendar or reserve a Campus Sustainability Day booth, contact: Justin Mog, justin.mog (at) louisville.edu
9/6/13 Green Tip: Diana Wall 9/12 Lecture Inspires Composting!
On Thursday Sept. 12th at 4pm in the Rauch Planetarium, the Biology Dept. hosts a lecture by prize-winning ecologist Diana Wall on “Soils, Soil Biodiversity & Sustainability.” To honor her work, the Sustainability Council reminds you that UofL is composting yard wastes, animal bedding & dining hall food wastes, but you can help us go further to ensure ALL of our organic wastes benefit soil health rather than going to landfills. Set up a compost collection in your break room, volunteer with UofL’s composting program, and compost at home. Full details on Composting at UofL here. Info on Diana Wall Lecture here.
8/28/13 Green Tip: Pedal with the President Thursday morning
August 29th 7:30am leaves from Amelia Place (2515 Longest Avenue)
Join President Ramsey, Darrell Griffith & others for a fun 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. By cycling to UofL, President Ramsey seeks to set a powerful example for the community, highlighting his support for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Sponsored by UofL’s Sustainability Council, Get Healthy Now & Office of the President.
8/22/13 Green Tip: Tired of paying for gas & parking? Ready to try something different?
This year, try these fun transport options that’ll save money, burn calories & protect the planet: 1. Earn-A-Bike: Forgo a parking permit for 2+ years to earn a $400 bike shop voucher. Apply by 8/30. 2. Ride the entire TARC bus system free with UofL ID. 3. UofL Ride-Share & Carpool Matching: Zimride is a free, secure way to find & offer rides. 4. Once on campus, get around using UofL Bike-Share (free daily check-outs) or reserve a fuel-efficient campus vehicle from UofL Car-Share ($10 to join). Full details on all your UofL Transportation Alternatives here.
8/9/13 Green Tip: Take Advantage of UofL’s Membership in the National Council for Science & the Environment (NCSE)
In support of efforts to bolster UofL's sustainability curriculum, the Provost’s Office proudly announces renewed UofL membership in the NCSE. Membership includes: Free campus-wide access to environment & energy news services; Representation on NCSE's Council of Environmental Deans and Directors; help funding for multi-institutional collaborations; an Environmental Internship Clearinghouse; and five free registrations to NCSE’s 2014 Conference “Building Climate Solutions” Jan.28-30 in DC. Full details on NCSE University Affiliate program here. Questions or 2014 Conference Registrations: justin.mog (at) louisville.edu
7/31/13 Green Tip: Local Food/Local Fuel This Thursday!
Heard of Slow Food? What about Slow Money?! Join us for Local Food/Local Fuel: A discussion about how entrepreneurship and local investing contribute to thriving local food & green economies with Carol Hewitt, co-founder of Slow Money NC and Lyle Estill, founder of Piedmont Biofuel. Hosted in partnership with Slow Money KY & Kelley Green Biofuel by UofL's Sustainability Council, working to cement local partnerships to supply more local food, while supporting area farmers & biodiesel producers.
7/9/13 Green Tip: Breaking Down Recycling at UofL
All recycling bins at UofL are part of the same single-stream system that accepts any kind of plastic, paper, metal, glass, or cardboard. Items need not be fully ‘clean’ or empty, but since we pay for recycling by volume, not weight, you can help save UofL money & reduce the number of truck pick-ups by taking a few seconds to break down your cardboard boxes. Special collections are also available for recycling batteries, printer cartridges, electronics, chemicals, lighting, cell phones, etc. Full Recycling Details here.
7/1/13 Green Tip: UofL’s Green Purchasing Policy Provides Helpful Guidance
Your purchasing decisions are vital to helping UofL reduce our environmental impact & save money! With the start of a new fiscal year, please take a moment to review UofL’s Green Purchasing Policy for helpful guidance on everything from efficient Energy Star equipment to nontoxic Green Seal cleaning products to Forest Stewardship Council certified paper products. And remember: The greenest products are the ones you don’t buy! (See UofL Surplus.) Reducing waste & consumption is our top priority.
6/19/13 Green Tip: UofL Car-share Saves You & UofL Money (Get $35 in Free Driving Credits!)
Why drive your own car to campus or meetings when you can borrow ours? With UofL’s new Car-share program, you can reserve one of our fuel-efficient vehicles parked on campus online and use it for just $8/hour, including gas & insurance. UofL Car-share is a cheaper way to go to most one-day meetings and can also help make it easier to carpool, bus, bike, or walk to campus. Join now for personal or professional use for only $10 (a one-time application fee) and receive $35 in free driving credits!
UofL Car-share details and sign-up here.
6/5/13 Green Tip: Fly Less, Travel Smart!
Summer travel season is upon us, but there are ways to get there without destroying our planet. Flying causes 5-10 times more pollution per passenger-mile than ground-based options, and it accounts for 6% of UofL’s total carbon emissions. Consider greener, less sardine-like options: video- or teleconference; carpool with Zimride; take the train or bus (Megabus, Miller & Greyhound all serve Louisville). If you must fly, offset your emissions through a service like Carbonfund.org or TerraPass.Book Trains and Offset Carbon through Egencia.
Details on Alternatives to Flying here.
5/31/13 Green Tip: U OF L’S AASHE Membership Grants You Access to Sustainable Inspiration
Interested in the nexus of environmental, social & economic responsibility? UofL recently renewed its membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), giving YOU access to a world of benefits! To access member discounts and an online Resource Center containing how-to guides, best practices, assessment tools, policy and program databases, discussion forums, and more, go to www.aashe.org/user/register and register using your @louisville.edu address. Full details here.
5/22/13 Green Tip: Tis The Season for Eating Local
Eating local is one of the best things you can do to lower your environmental impact, strengthen our regional economy and improve your health! The Gray St. Farmers' Market at HSC is now open for the season. Load up on local fare every Thursday 10:30am - 2pm. Local food is also available on Belknap campus through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program (subscriptions still available!), The Root Cellar at 3rd & Hill, UofL Dining Services, and the grow-your-own Garden Commons! More information on Local Food at UofL here.
5/17/13 Green Tip: Celebrate Bike to Work Day!
Join the Sustainability Council & Get Healthy Now in celebrating Bike To Work Day today with a 7am ride to campus from Tyler Park or a guided group ride from Belknap Campus to Louisville’s Bike To Work Day Celebration at 4th Street Live! Gather at the North Info Center (1st & Brandeis) for an 11:30am departure. Discover the health-promoting, money-saving and planet-protecting joys of getting around on two wheels! If you need a bike, check one out free any day from Humana Gym or the SAC gym.
UofL Bike Commuter Resources here.
5/6/13 Green Tip: Don’t Make Your Lab or Office Work While You’re Away This Summer
Headed off for a summer break, vacation, or research trip? Don’t leave a huge carbon footprint in your wake! Take a few moments before you go to make sure your office or lab won’t be wasting energy while you’re away. Help us reduce our $1,000,000 monthly utility bill by turning off all lights, computers and equipment, setting thermostats warmer, shutting all windows tightly, and unplugging everything possible: chargers, coffee makers, empty refrigerators, and other non-essential equipment. More Green Tips here.
4/30/13 Green Tip: Saddle Up for Bike Month!
Spring is the perfect time to rediscover the health-promoting, money-saving and planet-protecting joys of getting around on two wheels. May is Bike Month, so saddle up, Cards! Join or form a UofL team for Louisville’s Bike Month Challenge May 1-16. Log your trips by bike to grab prizes and the coveted golden handlebars at the Bike To Work Day celebration at noon on Friday, May 17th at 4th Street Live! Need a bike? Register to win one, or check one out free any day from Humana Gym or the SAC gym.
UofL Bike Commuter Resources here.
Register here for Louisville’s Bike Month Challenge.
Register here to win a new bike on Bike To Work Day (May 17, 2013)!
4/22/13 Green Tip: Celebrate Earth Day with a Commitment to Eat Local!
Food travels an average of 1500 miles to reach your plate. That’s not healthy for you or the planet! There’s still time to vote with your fork to support a vibrant local food economy with fresher, more nutritious food by participating in UofL’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Weekly deliveries of farm-fresh produce, meats, dairy, eggs, and more begin mid-May and subscription deadlines are fast approaching! Half-shares are only about $12/week, Full-shares just over $20/week. Explore your options here. Connect with other subscribers on Facebook.
4/12/13 Green Tip: Spring Sustainability Week Starts Saturday!
Kick-off your weekend with service (Ali Shuffle, 4/13 8am, SOUL’s Waterfront Park clean-up 4/14 noon, and a Tree Canopy Inventory Study 4/14 1pm), plus a Falls of the Ohio Hydropower Station Tour (4/13 1pm). On Monday join us for the Sustainability Scholars Roundtable at 10:30am and the CSA Fair 11-2. Get certified as a UofL EcoRep on Tuesday 9am-noon, then check out the Undergrad Research & Community Engagement Symposium 12:30-4. Wednesday enjoy the Sustainability Fair & Local Lunch 11-1!
Full Details for Spring Sustainability Week here.
4/11/13 Green Tip: Support a Farmer by Eating Local, Fresh & Healthy This Season
Monday, April 15th 11-2 in the Red Barn
Want to eat right, support local farms and maximize sustainability? Come explore your options and sign-up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share to have farm-fresh food delivered to you weekly! With several participating farms, UofL’s CSA program provides affordable flexibility. Half-shares start at $12.50/wk, or split a share with friends! Along with fresh produce, shares are available for local eggs, dairy, cheeses, meats, bread, etc. Vote with your fork for a sustainable economy!
Explore your options here. Connect with other subscribers here.
4/9/13 Green Tip: Sustainability Researchers Vote Monday on Transdisciplinary Topics
10:30am Apr. 15, Cox Lounge, Wyatt Hall (2nd floor, center) Brandeis School of Law
All faculty, staff and grad students engaged in research on issues of sustainability are invited to Monday’s Sustainability Scholars Roundtable! We'll be planning for next year's colloquium on sustainability and resilience and organizing work groups to explore potential collaboration, exchange of research ideas, and/or grant funding proposals around transdisciplinary topics to be voted on Monday. Open to researchers from any discipline or unit. Sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council. Additional Information on Sustainability Scholars webpage.
4/1/13 Green Tip: Get Certified April 16th to become an Eco-Rep for your Department!
Tired of waste & injustice? Do something! UofL’s new Eco-Reps Program wants you to become a knowledgeable peer mentor for sustainability! We offer a series of simple online trainings covering the basics –food, transportation, waste, energy, and water – plus joint service opportunities, advanced trainings, and peer support. Start watching the short videos now and plan to take the certification exam April 16th any time 9am-noon in Humanities 300. Open to staff, faculty & students who give a damn. UofL Eco-Reps Videos and Registration here.
3/19/13 Green Tip: Taking the Bus – It’s Even Better Than The ‘Popemobile’!
The new Pope is humbly showing the way to sustainability by demonstrating that no one is above taking the bus. The same applies here, and the entire TARC system is completely free with UofL ID! Use it for your daily commute, your trips between campuses, or for errands, meetings, and lunch breaks. TARC has proposed changes to increase service to Belknap with a direct connection to the airport and downtown on a revised Route 2. UofL is collecting public comments on these changes through March 21.
Plan your bus trip & read about proposed TARC changes here. Send comments to Mitchell Payne: mhpayn01@louisville.edu.
3/12/13 Green Tip: Green Threads Faculty Workshop Applications Due March 29th
Interested in integrating themes of environmental, social and economic stewardship into your courses? The Sustainability Council invites faculty from all disciplines to participate in this year’s Green Threads: Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop on Reading Day (April 23). You’ll network with faculty from across UofL and receive a $500 honorarium, resource materials for course development, and info on campus, local, & regional sustainability issues. Applications due March 29th. Full Details and Green Threads Application here.
3/5/13 Green Tip: Got Snow?!
When things turn white, you can avoid the danger of slippery roads and the hassle of scraping the windshield by leaving your car at home and leaving the driving to TARC. The entire bus system is completely free with UofL ID! If you need a car later in the day, check one out from UofL’s new WeCar car-share program. And when clearing snow, use a shovel instead of gas-guzzling blowers or salt – you’ll get some exercise while preventing corrosion and damage to plants and aquatic ecosystems.
Plan your bus trip here. Learn about UofL’s WeCar car-sharing here.
2/28/13 Green Tip: Leap into a Sustainable Spring with Organic Gardening!
The days are getting longer. Have you started your seeds yet?! Now’s the time to start planning your garden to ensure you’ll have the most local, nutritious food possible! The Garden Commons at the Cultural Center is the best place to get your hands dirty learning how to grow organic food with others from the UofL community. No experience necessary. Get access to ideas, support, and even dirt to grow in. It all starts Friday at 4pm with a hands-on workshop in planting delicious spring greens! Details here.
2/20/13 Green Tip: A Simple Way to Cut Paper Use in Half
The best way to reduce our environmental impact and save money isn’t by changing what we consume, but reducing how much we waste. If you must print, remember that a blank side of paper is a waste. Cut paper use in half by printing or copying on both sides. This option is available on many campus machines and can be setup as the default or selected for individual print jobs. A manual option is printing odd pages and then using the bypass feeder for even pages (or for single-sided scrap paper). More Green Tips here.
2/11/13 Green Tip: Sustainability Researchers Unite!
2:30pm Feb. 12, Cox Lounge, Wyatt Hall (2nd floor, center) Brandeis School of Law
All faculty, staff and grad students engaged in research on issues of sustainability or resilience are invited to Tuesday’s Sustainability Scholars Roundtable! We’ll be discussing the concept of resilience and meeting other sustainability researchers as UofL seeks to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and grant funding potential in sustainability-related research. Open to researchers from any discipline or unit. Sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council. Additional Information: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/education-research/research.html
2/4/13 Green Tip: Catch RecycleMania!
UofL is competing against schools across the country to see which campus can reduce waste and recycle the most throughout February and March! You can help the Cards to victory by: 1. Avoiding disposable items as much as possible; and 2. Making sure you always recycle, which is amazingly easy at UofL! All types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass go into the same single-stream recycling bins all over campus. Don’t worry about how ‘clean’ your item is, just recycle it!
Details on what you can recycle at UofLRecycleMania standings.
1/28/13 Green Tip: Become an Eco-Rep for your Department!
UofL has launched a new program to empower you to become a knowledgeable point of contact about sustainability in your department, unit, or building! The Eco-Reps Program provides a series of simple online trainings covering the basics – including food, transportation, waste, energy, and water – plus joint service opportunities, advanced trainings, and peer support. Learn more and sign-up now to help create real and lasting change amongst your peers and colleagues. We can’t do it without you!
UofL Eco-Reps Program: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/eco-reps/eco-reps.html
1/17/13 Green Tip: Stay Warm this Winter without a Space Heater
Feeling cold? Space heaters are expensive energy hogs and can be dangerous. UofL strongly discourages their use. If your work space is cold or drafty, please contact Work Control to report the problem and a room temperature adjustment will be conducted. You can expect occupied room temperatures to be maintained between 66 and 72 degrees F throughout the heating season. Everyone is encouraged to dress for those temperatures. Cozy sweaters are the winter’s "greenest" fashion statement!
Contact Work Control at 852-6245 or http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/forms/non_chargeable_request
1/7/13 Green Tip: New Year’s Resolution to Eat Less Meat 
Did you know that in today’s industrial food system, supplying a meat-centered diet requires 19 times as much land and 13 times as much water as a plant-based diet? Or that vegetarian men on average have only a 4% risk of death from heart attack vs. 50% risk for those on a meat-centered diet? When catering or dining this year, choose meatless options that are easier on you and the planet. The Ville Grill offers hearty meatless meals at the Wild Mushroom station and Bluegrass Greens salad bar!
12/19/12 GREEN TIP: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF E-MAILING LARGE FILES
We assume that e-communications are eco-friendly – no paper, no ink, no shipping supplies, no gas for transportation, etc. But it takes energy to move digital data, too. It’s estimated that emailing a 1.2-megabyte attachment such as a large photo can use enough energy to boil 4 kettles of water! The information industry’s global carbon footprint now matches the airline industry’s. Rather than e-mailing large attachments, use file-sharing sites such as Blackboard, Flickr, DropBox, or SharePoint.
12/12/12 Green Tip: Save Santa by Saving Energy this Holiday Season
Santa's North Pole home is melting, but you can help by taking a few simple steps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. When you leave for the holidays, turn down thermostats, securely close windows, and unplug chargers, printers & non-essential equipment. Switching everything off with a power strip is the easiest way to get in the habit. Always turn off lights and computers when vacating a room. Make a New Year’s resolution to replace all incandescent bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs. Additional tips for a greener holiday here.
12/6/12 Green Tip: Weave Sustainability into Spring Courses
As you develop and revise your spring syllabi, the Sustainability Council encourages faculty from all disciplines to integrate themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into your courses, research, and service learning projects. We have discussion guides to help get you started, online learning resources to go deeper, info on research grants and campus sustainability efforts that need your help, a new EcoReps program offering service learning, and engaging events for your syllabus.
11/30/12 Green Tip: Sample from Local Food Caterers Monday!
Ordering food for a meeting or event? That’s a great opportunity to advance sustainability! Support area farmers, get fresher, healthier food, and reduce fuel use and emissions by requesting food grown locally! Come meet caterers and sample their local menu items at Monday’s Local Food Caterers’ Fair at noon in the Red Barn! The Sustainability Council encourages all business managers and others involved in ordering food for UofL to attend. RSVP: alstar01@louisville.edu or 852-5155.
11/21/12 Green Tip: Low-waste, high-joy holidays
The holidays can be hard on your wallet, and our planet. Save money, resources, and the environment this season with a few simple steps. When you leave for the holidays, turn down thermostats, power down computers, and unplug chargers, printers & equipment. Serve local, seasonal foods and consider low-impact, non-material gifts like memberships to fitness clubs; tickets to  local performing arts; subscriptions to a CSA; or skill-building classes like UofL’s Lifelong Learning offerings. More “green” holiday tips here.
11/15/12 Green Tip: Don’t miss today’s Sustainability Scholars Roundtable!
10 a.m. Nov. 15, Cox Lounge, Wyatt Hall (2nd floor, center) Brandeis School of Law
All faculty, researchers and grad students engaged in sustainability-related research are invited to share their research interests and meet other sustainability researchers as UofL seeks to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and grant funding potential in sustainability-related research. This will be the first in a series of roundtable discussions. Refreshments will be served. Open to researchers from any discipline or unit. Sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council. Additional Information: Contact Tony Arnold.
11/12/12 Green Tip: Tour campus trees and sustainability initiatives Wednesday!
As a part of Wednesday’s GIS Day, organized by UofL’s Center for GIS, you can learn about campus trees and other sustainability efforts via talks (1:30-2pm) followed by walking tours (2-3pm). Join Dr. Tommy Parker (Biology) in Shumaker Research Building 139 for a Tree Campus USA tour in honor of Arbor Day, or Dr. Justin Mog (Sustainability Coordinator) in Lutz Hall 225 to learn what UofL is doing to conserve energy, reduce waste, promote local food, get people out of their cars, and more!
Details and Registration here. View the Campus Sustainability Tour here.
10/31/12 Green Tip: Sustainability Week Concludes Thursday-Sunday
Don’t miss the biggest event the Sustainability Council has ever hosted! Thursday’s Campus Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference will be the greatest gathering of campus sustainability leaders from across KY. Friday’s free Sustainability Symposium features the brightest minds in environmental, social & economic responsibility (Strickler 101, sponsored by Liberal Studies Project & Biology). And Bluegrass Bioneers will be packed with revolutionary ideas (free, Nov. 2-4, Strickler). Full schedule for Sustainability Week.
10/26/12 Green Tip: Register for Up-coming Sustainability Week Events!

Register now to be inspired: Oct. 26-27 Power Shift: Real Skills for Social Change (KY Center for African-Am. Heritage). Oct. 30 Sustainability 101 Professional Development (HR). Nov. 1 Meet The Professor: Carol Hanchette, Medical Geography (U. Club). Nov. 1 Campus Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference (JCTC). Nov. 1-2 Sustainability Symposium: Cross-Pollinating for Resilience (Strickler 101, sponsored by Liberal Studies Project & Biology). Nov. 2-4 Bluegrass Bioneers (Strickler). Full schedule for Sustainability Week.

10/25/12 Green Tip: Sustainability Week continues!
Today’s events include: The last Gray Street Farmers Market of the year (10:30am–2pm at HSC between Preston & Jackson); Mary Berry on "The Berry Center & Cultural Change" with local harvest reception (2:30pm Shumaker Research Building 139); and Amy Sturgis on “Rethinking the Trail of Tears” (6pm Chao Auditorium). Like trees?! Join us Friday at 3pm in Life Sciences 137 for the fall meeting of the Campus Tree Advisory Committee with a representative from the National Arbor Day Foundation!
Full schedule for Sustainability Week.
10/23/12 Green Tip: Sustainability Week begins Wednesday with Campus Sustainability Day!
UofL’s 3rd annual Sustainability Week, kicks off with a Campus Sustainability Day fair 10am-2pm Wednesday on the Quad! Stop by to learn more about the struggle for social & planetary justice at UofL and beyond. Sign-up to get involved. Leave with freebies & a smile! Bring your waste cooking oil for recycling at the Louisville Biodiesel Co-op booth. Free shredding/recycling of personal documents & diskettes available in front of the College of Business. And don’t miss Thursday’s speaker line-up!
Full schedule for Sustainability Week.
10/16/12 Green Tip: Socially-Responsible Retirement Funds
Open Enrollment is a great time to consider your investments. Did you know that UofL offers employees socially-responsible investment options for retirement plans? These provide income for a secure retirement while supporting companies you can feel good about. Options include: 1. Fidelity Select Environmental Portfolio; and 2. CREF Social Choice Account - favoring ethically managed companies that serve local communities, and are strong environmental stewards committed to higher labor standards.
Details here.
10/4/12 Green Tip: Get An Inside Look At Solar Power This Saturday!
UofL is one of the stops on this year’s Louisville Solar Tour on Saturday, October 6th Noon-4pm. UofL will host two tour sites on Belknap campus (Sackett Hall & Garden Commons) along with UofL employees and students who live in solar-powered homes! We'll open our doors to give you a glimpse of the renewable energy future! Throughout the afternoon, you can tour dozens of different solar systems on your own or as part of group bus or bike tours leaving at noon from Barrett Ave. & Breckinridge St. Get a Tour Map, Guide and all the Details here.
9/24/12 Green Tip: Learn From Others - Fall Gardening & Bike Fix-it Stations
Sustainability emerges from community and requires learning from one another. This week offers two great opportunities to do just that! Today at 6 p.m., the Garden Commons hosts a hands-on organic fall planting workshop on greens, roots & cover crops. Tomorrow (9/25) and every first & last Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Humanities Quad, there will be a helpful mechanic staffing one of UofL's five new, red DIY Bike Fix-It stations. Come learn how to use the stations to keep you rolling! Details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html
9/19/12 GREEN TIP: HELP PREVENT FLOODING AND KEEP RIVERS CLEAN
Last week’s workshop on Advancing Green Infrastructure in Louisville highlighted the many ways we can redesign stormwater management to minimize our contribution to flooding and pollution of waterways. You can see examples at UofL of vegetated roofs, rain gardens, infiltration pits, pervious paving, and rain barrels which may be applicable at your home or any location with roofs or pavement. You can also help by not showering or washing clothes or dishes during rainstorms.
More Info on Stormwater.
9/6/12 GREEN TIP: SET COMPUTERS TO AUTOMATICALLY SLEEP/HIBERNATE
Computers consume 20% of UofL’s polluting, costly electricity. Much of this is unnecessary when computers are left on while we’re away from our desks. Help save money and reduce energy waste by taking a few seconds to set your computer to automatically Sleep/Hibernate when idle. For PCs: Under Control Panel, click Power Options, then under the Power Scheme tab, set System Hibernates to whatever time delay works for you. Adjust Macs with Energy Saver preferences. Data is saved until you return. More tips.

8/21/12 GREEN TIP: FREE DAILY BIKE CHECK-OUT FROM SAC!
The Sustainability Council has launched a new bike-share program in partnership with Intramural & Recreational Sports! Anyone with a UofL ID can now check out a bike, helmet, and lock for free from the SAC gym equipment desk. Stop in and take one of our bikes for a spin! Participants must sign a damage waiver and return the bike by the time the gym closes at the end of each day. Bikes may also be checked out on Fridays for weekend use and returned on Monday. All bikes have fenders & baskets.
Details: http://louisville.edu/intramurals/bikeshare-program.html

8/14/12 GREEN TIP: WHY LANDFILL IT WHEN YOU CAN RECYCLE IT ALL?
Welcome Week is a great time to remind students & colleagues that we can recycle just about everything at UofL! All recycling bins at UofL are part of the same single-stream system that accepts all kinds of paper, plastics, metals, glass, and cardboard. Items need not be totally clean or empty. Special collections are also available for recycling batteries, printer cartridges, electronics, chemicals, lighting, and cell phones. Together we can raise UofL’s recycling rate above the current 40%!
Full details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/recycling.html

8/3/12 GREEN TIP: WEAVE SUSTAINABILITY INTO YOUR FALL COURSES!
As you finalize fall syllabi, the Sustainability Council encourages faculty from all disciplines to integrate themes of environmental, social and economic stewardship into your courses, research, and service learning projects. To help get you started, we have class discussion guides, online learning resources to go deeper, info on grants, community groups & campus sustainability efforts that need your help, and engaging events throughout the year like Campus Sustainability Day on October 24th.
Discussion guides: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/education-research/green-threads.html
Online Resources: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/links.html
Research Grants/Ideas: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/education-research/research.html
Events: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html

7/26/12 Green Tip: Sign-up for Car-share by Aug. 1st for $30 driving credits
Why bring your car to campus when you can borrow ours? This fall, you’ll be able to reserve online one of our fuel-efficient vehicles at HSC or Belknap and pay a low hourly rate that includes gas and insurance. UofL Car-share is intended to make it easier to carpool, bus, bike, or walk to campus. UofL faculty and staff with valid driver’s license can set up a personal or professional profile for just $10 (a one-time application fee). Sign-up by August 1st to receive $30 in driving credits! Learn more and sign-up here

7/19/12 GREEN TIP: PROPER INFLATION SAVES!
Whether you’re driving a car or riding a bike, one simple step can save a bunch of energy: keep your tires properly inflated. Efficiency is reduced 1% for every 3 PSI that tires are under-inflated. The Department of Energy estimates that drivers waste about 1.2 billion gallons of fuel each year simply due to under-inflation. Investing a few bucks in a tire gauge could save drivers hundreds in gas. Check your tire pressure at least monthly. Sometimes it’s that easy being green! More Green Tips.

7/12/12 GREEN TIP: STAYING SAFE ON TWO WHEELS
Get Healthy Now offers free bike classes, Fridays at 2pm all summer long, covering bike maintenance, road riding skills, and more. You can also help make our streets safer for everyone by participating in a bike transportation focus group at UofL’s Urban Design Studio (507 S. 3rd St.) on July 23rd at 6pm. For its Connecting Kentuckiana transportation plan update, the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency wants input on problem spots for connectivity, safety and access for cyclists.

7/2/12 GREEN TIP: RESPONSBILE PURCHASING

Your purchasing decisions can help UofL reduce our environmental impact & save money! With the start of a new fiscal year, please take a moment to review UofL’s Green Purchasing Policy for guidance on everything from efficient Energy Star® equipment to less toxic Green Seal cleaning products to Forest Stewardship Council certified paper products. And remember: The greenest products are the ones you don’t have to buy! See UofL Surplus. Reducing waste and consumption must be our top priority.

6/19/12 GREEN TIP: WATER CONSERVATION SAVES MONEY, ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

The summer heat and drought is a great reminder of the importance of conserving water on campus and at home. Your efforts can also help minimize utility bills and the use of energy to pump and treat water. Not only can you help conserve by taking shorter showers and watering lawns and gardens during cooler hours, but by stopping the water flow while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing dishes, and by reporting leaky plumbing to Physical Plant for repair at http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/forms/non_chargeable_request.

6/13/12 Green Tip: Campus Sustainability Tour (Weds) & New Professional Development (Thurs)

Join us this afternoon (6/13) for a Belknap Campus Sustainability Tour led by UofL sustainability coordinator, Dr. Justin Mog. Leaves from the Garden Commons at the Cultural Center at 3:30. Tomorrow (6/14), UofL launches a new professional development training called Sustainability 101. This training, 2-3pm in Human Resources 103A, provides an introduction to the basic principles of sustainability and how to apply them in professional & personal decision-making. Register for this free training.

5/22/12 GREEN TIP: U OF L’S AASHE MEMBERSHIP PROVIDES YOU ACCESS TO SUSTAINABILITY IDEAS & INFO

Interested in the nexus between environmental, social and economic responsibility? UofL recently renewed its membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), giving YOU access to a world of benefits! To access member discounts and an online Resource Center containing how-to guides, best practices, assessment tools, policy and program databases, reports, and more, go to www.aashe.org/user/register and register using your @louisville.edu address. Full details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/sustainability-council/memberships-and-organizational-affiliations.html

5/17/12 GREEN TIP: EATING LOCAL IS GOOD FOR YOU AND THE PLANET

Buying local is one of the best things you can do to lower your environmental impact, strengthen our regional economy and eat better! The Gray St. Farmers' Market at HSC opens for the season today! Load up on local fair every Thursday 10:30am - 2pm! Local food is also available close to Belknap campus at the Old Louisville farmers’ market (Wednesdays 3-6pm at 3rd & St. Catherine), The Root Cellar (3rd & Hill), and through UofL Dining Services and our CSA program. More information: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/food.html

5/9/12 Green Tip: Pedal with the President Thursday morning!

As Bike Month rolls on, there’s still time to join the fun, save some money, get fit, and reduce pollution through biking to work! President Ramsey leads the annual ride to UofL on Thursday, May 10th, leaving at 7:30am from Amelia Place, 2515 Longest Ave. Easy, low-traffic routes will go to Belknap & HSC. Through May 17th, join one of the UofL teams competing for the “golden handlebars” in Louisville’s Bicycle Challenge. Register to win a new ride on Bike To Work Day, May 18th! Details here.

5/2/12 Green Tip: Last chance for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions

Food travels an average of roughly 1500 miles to reach your plate in America. That’s not healthy for you or the planet! Vote with your fork to support a vibrant local food economy with fresher, more delicious and nutritious food by participating in UofL’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Weekly deliveries of farm-fresh produce, meats, dairy, eggs, and more begin mid-May! Half-shares start at $12.50/wk! Explore your options. Connect with other subscribers on Facebook.

4/26/12 Green Tip: Gear Up for Bike Month, Beginning Tuesday!

Did you know that a 4-mi trip by bicycle prevents 15 lbs of air pollution and that the average person loses 13 lbs during their 1st year of bike commuting? This May, the Sustainability Council invites you to try a healthier, greener way of getting around! Join a UofL team for Louisville’s Bicycle Challenge May 1-17. Pedal with the President to UofL on May 10th. Participate in Get Healthy Now’s new bike safety classes. Register to win a bike! Details at the resource page for UofL bike commuters.

4/19/12 GREEN TIP: DINE & DISCOVER WITH GREEN THREADS ON FRIDAY
Join us Friday in the Delphi Center for lunch and conversation about Green Threads, the Sustainability Council’s program for helping faculty weave sustainability issues into their courses and to get students more engaged in problem-solving, research, and critical thinking about sustainability on campus and in our community. Meet key leaders in campus sustainability and hear from a panel of faculty describing how they incorporated sustainability into their coursework. Details and registration.

4/12/12 GREEN TIP: EAT LOCAL, FRESH & HEALTHY THIS SEASON

Miss yesterday’s Local Food Fair? You can still sign-up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share & have farm-fresh food delivered to you weekly! With 5 participating farms, UofL’s CSA program provides affordable flexibility. Half-shares start at $12.50/wk, or split a share with friends! Along with fresh produce, shares are available for local eggs, dairy, cheeses, meats, bread, etc. Vote with your fork for a sustainable economy! Explore your options. Connect with other subscribers.

4/5/12 GREEN TIP: GET IN GEAR FOR BIKE MONTH!
Spring is the perfect time to dust off that bike and rediscover the health-inducing, money-saving and planet-protecting joys of getting to campus on two wheels! May is Bike Month nationwide and now’s the time to get in gear! Why not join or form a UofL team for Louisville’s Bicycle Challenge May 1-17? Participate in one of Get Healthy Now’s bike safety classes on Tuesdays at 11am! Learn more at the resource page for UofL bike commuters.
3/29/12 GREEN TIP: ENERGY MOVIE NIGHT: DEEP DOWN & KILLOWATT OURS
Get informed and powered-up for the start of UofL's first energy conservation competition (the Campus Conservation Nationals now through April 15th). The Sustainability Council invites you to a double-feature tonight at 7:30pm in Ekstrom’s Chao Auditorium featuring 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. Join us for Deep Down: A Story from the Heart of Coal Country and Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America. Details.
3/22/12 GREEN TIP: ECO-FEMINIST NORMA RAMOS SPEAKS TONIGHT!
Tonight’s Minx Auerbach Annual Lecture at 6 pm in the Speed Art Museum Auditorium 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 works to build an environmental movement that addresses inequalities based on race, gender and class. Ramos is the former executive director of the Rainforest Foundation and serves on the board of the National Hispanic Environmental Council.
3/14/12 GREEN TIP: IDLE THREATS
Stuck waiting for someone in your car, or for the train to pass? Don’t leave your car idling while you wait. Save yourself some money and gas while saving us all from unnecessary pollution. Shut off the engine…and take a deep breath. The amount of fuel consumed to restart a vehicle is the equivalent of idling 20-60 seconds. Idling longer is a waste and an idling engine produces more emissions than a moving car. Learn more and read UofL’s No Idling Policy.

3/7/12 GREEN TIP: WEAVE SUSTAINABILITY INTO YOUR COURSES WITH GREEN THREADS!
Interested in sustainability, but not sure how to integrate themes of environmental, social and economic stewardship into your courses? The Sustainability Council invites faculty from all disciplines to participate in an April 24th workshop called Green Threads: Sustainability Across the Curriculum. You’ll receive an honorarium of $500, information on local, campus and regional sustainability issues, and resource materials for course development…all while networking with other faculty from across UofL. A brief application is due March 26th to Barbara Burns <bburns (at) louisville.edu>. Download the application.

2/28/12 GREEN TIP: LEAP INTO SPRING WITH ORGANIC GARDENING WORKSHOPS
Started your seeds yet? Now’s the time to start planning your garden to ensure you’ll have the most local, nutritious, sustainable food possible. The Garden Commons’ Organic Gardening Workshop Series will help bring you up to speed. The series continues Wednesday (2/29) at 7pm in the Cultural Center with a workshop on container gardening - perfect for apartments, decks, patios, or wherever land is scarce. The Workshop Series continues with: Herbology (March 21), Spring Planting (April 4) and a Harvest Party (May 2). Details at: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html

2/21/12 GREEN TIP: OFFSET BUDGET CUTS BY ELIMINATING WASTE

Eliminating waste and inefficiency not only reduces UofL’s environmental impact, but can help save us from a budget shortfall. Consider these eco-friendly ways to cut costs: Serve tap water instead of bottled water and replace disposable, single-use items with reusable mugs, utensils, plates, etc. Conserve water and energy by shutting off faucets, lights, computers, and equipment when not in use. Consolidate refrigerators. Avoid space heaters. Turn down thermostats when leaving. Buy only efficient, Energy Star electronics and appliances. Print on both sides of a page. More ideas: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/green-tips.html.

2/14/12 GREEN TIP: U OF L LOVES MOUNTAINS

In solidarity with UofL students rallying today in Frankfort for I Love Mountains Day (bus leaves the Planetarium at 10:30am), the Sustainability Council invites everyone at UofL to consider ways to waste less energy and send the Earth a valentine! When leaving a room, shut off lights, turn down thermostats, and power down computers, projectors, and equipment. Unplug chargers, printers & non-essential equipment when not in use. Set computers to automatically hibernate or sleep when idle (under Control Panel > Power Options). More ideas: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/green-tips.html.

2/6/12 GREEN TIP: RECYCLEMANIA STARTS THIS WEEK!
Now through April 6th, UofL is competing against schools across Kentucky and around the country to see which campus can reduce waste and recycle the most! 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. Updates on UofL's standing are available at the RecycleMania website.
1/27/12 GREEN TIP: CONNECT WITH YOUR FOOD SYSTEM
The Sustainability Council is co-sponsoring the Wednesday, February 1st lecture by long-time community food activist and author Mark Winne on “Good Food for All: Food Democracy or Food Tyranny?” (6pm in 139 Shumaker Research Building). We also encourage faculty, staff and students to engage with the type of smaller, more community-based food systems Winne promotes by getting involved with Garden Commons at the Cultural Center, which will hold a garden work day this and every Sunday at 1pm, and will offer organic workshops starting February 8th. Details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html.

1/20/12 GREEN TIP: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF E-MAILING LARGE FILES

Most of us take for granted that e-communications are eco-friendly – paperless, ink-free, no shipping supplies, no gas for transportation, etc. But stockpiles of digital data waste energy, too. It’s estimated that emailing a 1.2-megabyte attachment — the equivalent of a large digital photo — can use as much energy as it takes to boil about 4 kettles of water! The information industry’s global carbon footprint now matches the airline industry’s. So, rather than e-mailing large attachments, use file-sharing sites such as Blackboard, Flickr, DropBox, MediaFire or SharePoint (http://sharepoint.louisville.edu/).

1/9/12 GREEN TIP: PLAN TO PARTICIPATE THIS SPRING!

As you’re making Spring plans, don’t forget to encourage your students and colleagues to participate in the bevy of sustainability-related events on campus (include them in your syllabi!)! Events are listed and updated at http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html. Spring highlights include: a lecture on Industrial Agriculture by Mark Winne (February 1st); a Green Economics Lecture Series (Feb. 3rd, March 2nd, March 23rd, April 6th); Body Awareness Body Appreciation Week (Feb 27 - March 2); the Campus Conservation Nationals March 26th - April 15th); and the Climate Change Teach-In (April 17th).

1/4/12 GREEN TIP: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: EAT WELL AND SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY!

Eat well this year with UofL Dining Services’ Go Green Meal Plan! With this new 10-meal plan, faculty and staff can directly support UofL sustainability initiatives while feasting in our greenest dining facility, The Ville Grill, where kitchen waste is composted, 25% of food is sourced locally, vegetarian options abound, and nothing is disposable! Blocks of 10 meals (which can be used for guests, too) cost just $7.73 per meal, with a percentage of the revenue going to fund sustainability. Full details at: http://www.uofldiningservices.com/gogreen.html

12/15/11 GREEN TIP: SAVE SANTA BY SAVING ENERGY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Burning all this coal is melting Santa's North Pole home! You can help. When you leave for the holidays, turn down thermostats and unplug chargers, printers & non-essential equipment. Always turn off lights and power-down equipment when vacating a room. Get more great ideas for a greener holiday at: http://www.sierraclub.org/tips/holidays.aspx.

12/9/11 EMPHASIZE GREEN IN YOUR HOLIDAY THIS YEAR!
Which option is more environmentally friendly: Live tree, cut tree or artificial tree? Find out and get more “green” holiday tips at http://uofl.me/ultgrnhldy

12/7/11 GREEN TIP: WEAVE SUSTAINABILITY INTO YOUR SPRING COURSES!

As you develop and revise your spring syllabi, the Sustainability Council encourages faculty from all disciplines to consider integrating themes of environmental, social and economic stewardship into your courses, research, and service learning projects. We have discussion guides on a variety of topics available to help get you started (http://louisville.edu/sustainability/education-research/green-threads.html), online learning resources to go deeper (http://louisville.edu/sustainability/links.html), info on grants and campus sustainability efforts that need your help (http://louisville.edu/sustainability/education-research/research.html), and engaging events throughout the year like the Climate Change Teach-In on April 17, 2012 (http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html).

12/2/11 GREEN TIP: STAY WARM THIS WINTER WITHOUT A SPACE HEATER
Feeling cold? Space heaters are an inefficient, costly and dangerous way to warm up - UofL strongly discourages their use. Instead, if your work space is cold or drafty, please contact Work Control at 852-6245 or http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/forms/non_chargeable_request and a room temperature adjustment will be conducted. You can expect occupied room temperatures to be maintained between 66 and 72 degrees F throughout the heating season. Everyone is encouraged to dress for those temperatures. No matter what their color, cozy sweaters are a "green" alternative this winter.

11/20/11 GREEN TIP: MAKE THE HOLIDAYS GREENER

The holidays can be hard on your wallet, and the planet. Consider ways to save money, resources, and the environment this season. When you leave for the holidays, turn down thermostats, shut off lights & computers, and unplug chargers, printers & non-essential equipment. Serve Kentucky Proud meals with local, seasonal foods and consider low-impact, non-material gifts like memberships to a fitness club; tickets to a local performing arts company; subscriptions to a CSA (http://www.grasshoppersdistribution.com/); or registrations for skill-building classes like UofL’s Lifelong Learning offerings: http://louisville.edu/lifelonglearning/.

11/15/11 GREEN TIP: AMERICA RECYCLES DAY

November 15th is America Recycles Day (http://www.americarecyclesday.org)! Take the pledge at http://americarecyclesday.org/pledge/ and encourage your students and colleagues to recycle all they can…which is just about everything at UofL! All UofL recycling bins accept any type and color of paper, plastics, metals, glass, and cardboard. In addition, special collections are available for recycling less-common items such as batteries, chemicals, e-scrap, lighting, and cell phones. Full details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/recycling.html

11/3/11 GREEN TIP: U OF L TO BE REPRESENTED AT THE FESTIVAL OF FAITHS (NOV. 2-7)

UofL is participating in the Festival of Faiths (http://www.festivaloffaiths.org/) through November 7th at the Henry Clay Building (604 S. 3rd St.) to highlight our efforts to protect “Sacred Air.” UofL’s Sustainability Council and Photo Archives collaborated on a booth featuring campus trees and energy efficiency measures. UofL tree experts will be on hand at the booth tonight from 6-8pm. UofL will also be represented on the student panel at the Youth Breakfast with Bill McKibben this morning from 7:30–9:00am. Details at: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html.

10/28/11 GREEN TIP: SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE RETIREMENT FUNDS

The Open Enrollment period is a great time to consider your investments. Did you know that UofL offers employees socially responsible investment options for retirement plans? These options are designed to give you investment income for a secure retirement while putting money behind companies you can feel good about. Options include: 1. CREF Social Choice Account favoring companies that are: strong stewards of the environment, devoted to serving local communities, committed to higher labor standards, and managed ethically (https://www.mysavingsatwork.com/taxexempt/assets/tiaacref_io_uofl.pdf); and 2. Fidelity Select Environment and Alternative Energy Portfolio (http://louisville.edu/hr/benefits/retirement/Fidelity%20Brochure.pdf).

10/21/11 GREEN TIP: WRAP UP SUSTAINABILITY WEEK WITH BIONEERS & SERVICE!

Bluegrass Bioneers 2011 starts today at UofL! Check out this morning’s Mini-Peace Fair outside Strickler Hall, then join us for an inspiring 3-day gathering of social, scientific, and environmental Bluegrass innovators all working to create a more just and sustainable world. The Sustainability Council hosts a Campus Sustainability Tour leaving Strickler at 4pm today. Full Bioneers schedule: http://www.bluegrassbioneers.org/. Saturday features a Central Park clean-up volunteer opportunity (8:30am-noon) and the How Can We Best Serve Conference (10am-2pm in the SAC Floyd Theater)! Schedule: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html.

10/20/11 GREEN TIP: SUSTAINABILITY WEEK EVENTS ON ALL THREE CAMPUSES TODAY!
Experience great local food and community over lunch (10:30am-2pm) at HSC’s Gray Street Farmers’ Market or at The Ville Grill’s Farm to Table dinner (5pm & 7pm). At noon, the Shelby Campus Green Team hosts a Brown Bag Session with the Louisville Climate Action Network in Burhans Hall room 207. And at 6pm in Ekstrom’s Chao Auditorium you can meet Outstanding Community Engagement heroes at the annual Awards Reception! Bluegrass Bioneers starts tomorrow with the Campus Sustainability Walking Tour leaving Strickler at 4pm! Schedule: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html.

10/19/11 GREEN TIP: IT’S CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DAY!

Celebrate stewardship at UofL’s 4th annual Campus Sustainability Day under the big tent on the Humanities Quad from 10am-2pm. Pick up free green goodies, pledge to make a difference, and learn what campus and community groups are up to. At noon the Cultural Center hosts a sustainability-focused Let's Talk Lunch, and this evening there’ll be two green career events! Sustainability Week continues tomorrow with a Shelby Campus Green Team Brown Bag Session, a Farm to Table dinner, and the Outstanding Community Engagement Awards! Schedule: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html.

10/18/11 GREEN TIP: SUSTAINABILITY WEEK CONTINUES!

Get a taste of both the environmental and social issues pivotal to sustainability with today’s Sustainability Week events! At noon Dr. Melissa Merry will speak on "Framing Disaster: Environmental Groups' Response to the Gulf Oil Spill" in the Urban Studies Institute, Room 200. Then the Book-in-Common Keynote with author Wes Moore is at 6pm in the SAC Multipurpose Room. Tomorrow features Campus Sustainability Day, a special Let's Talk Lunch, and evening green career events! Schedule: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html.

10/17/11 GREEN TIP: SUSTAINABILITY WEEK KICKS OFF TODAY WITH FOCUS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE

UofL’s second annual Sustainability Week, highlighting the links between social, economic and environmental stewardship, kicks off today at 4:30pm with "Fighting Sexual Exploitation in the Community," featuring special guest speaker Rachel Durschlag, from the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, at Ekstrom’s Chao Auditorium. This event is sponsored by Cards 4 Freedom. Details: http://www.facebook.com/Cards4Freedom?sk=wall. Don’t miss tomorrow’s lectures on the Gulf oil spill and The Other Wes Moore! Check out the full schedule for Sustainability Week at http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html.

10/11/11 GREEN TIP: SUSTAINABILITY WEEK IS COMING! (OCT. 17-23)

The Sustainability Council is proud to announce the second annual UofL Sustainability Week, October 17-23! This year’s Week features a campus sustainability tour, fairs, lectures, conference, community conversation, and local food tastings every day of the week. Don’t miss the Campus Sustainability Day fair on Humanities Quad, Wednesday 10am-2pm, and the third annual Bluegrass Bioneers events Friday to Sunday (http://www.bluegrassbioneers.org/)! Bring your colleagues and students to learn, engage and be transformed! Schedule: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html

10/6/11 GREEN TIP: ONLINE SWAP FOR REUSABLE ITEMS & PACKING MATERIAL

Got stuff? Need stuff? You may not have to throw it out or buy it new! UofL’s online Property Exchange is here to help. The system lets departments easily swap useful surplus items – everything from equipment to furniture to office supplies to boxes and bubble wrap from shipments. Just log in and post your needs or your surplus stuff at: https://louisville.edu/surplus/tracker/surplusfolder_view. Remember: First reduce. Then reuse. Then recycle! Learn more: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/solid-waste-management.html

9/29/11 GREEN TIP: FRIDAY IS BIKE TO WORK DAY – WIN A NEW BIKE!

Friday, Sept. 30th is Louisville’s first-ever Fall Bike To Work Day. Join the fun and try a healthier, greener, money-saving way of getting to campus! Ride in with others from three Meet & Ride locations and register today to win a new commuter bike at the noon celebration at 4th Street Live! Event details and UofL bike commuter tips at: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/bicycling-for-transportation.html

9/21/11 GREEN TIP: THURSDAY IS WORLD CAR-FREE DAY!

The Sustainability Council encourages you to leave the car at home on Sept. 22nd for World Car-Free Day! Walk, bike or bus (always free with UofL ID!) to campus & check out the Car-Free Fair at the Red Barn 10am-2pm featuring free bike tune-ups, bus schedules, bike maps, and bike-blender smoothies! Meet experienced bike commuters at the noon "Biking for Health & Wealth" Lunch-and-Learn. At 12:30pm enjoy a car-free trip to Gray St. Farmers' Market! http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html

9/14/11 GREEN TIP: NEW FALL BIKE COMMUTER CHALLENGE SEPT. 16-29

Mayor Fischer has decreed Sept. 30th to be Louisville’s first-ever Fall Bike To Work Day, and teams are forming now for a Bike Commuter Challenge Sept. 16-29! Join the fun and try a healthier, greener way of getting to campus. A 4-mile bike trip prevents 15 lbs of air pollution and the average person loses 13 lbs during their first year of bike commuting! Form/join a team and log your trips to win fabulous prizes! Details and tips: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/bicycling-for-transportation.html

9/9/11 GREEN TIP: SET COMPUTERS TO HIBERNATE
Computers consume 20% of UofL’s polluting electricity, yet much of this is unnecessary when desktop models are left on while we’re away from our desks. Reduce this waste by taking a few seconds to set your computer to Hibernate (or Sleep) when idle. Under Control Panel, click Power Options, then under the Power Scheme tab, set System Hibernates to whatever time delay works for you. Data will be saved and windows will reopen when you return. More tips: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/green-tips.html/

9/2/10 GREEN TIP: DON’T BE TRASHY! RECYCLE IT ALL AT U OF L!

The beginning of a new semester is a great time to remind your colleagues and students that we can recycle just about everything at UofL! All recycling bins on all campuses are part of the same single-stream system that accepts any kind and color of plastics, paper, metal, glass, and cardboard. In addition, special collections are available for reusing durable goods and recycling less-common items such as batteries, chemicals, e-scrap, lighting, and cell phones. Full details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/recycling.html

8/24/11 GREEN TIP: NEW GO GREEN MEAL PLAN LETS YOU SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY!

UofL Dining Services’ new Go Green Meal Plan allows faculty and staff to directly support UofL sustainability initiatives while eating in our greenest dining facility, The Ville Grill, where kitchen waste is composted, 25% of food is sourced locally, vegetarian options abound, and nothing is disposable! This semesterly plan allows you to purchase blocks of 10 meals (can be used for guests, too) for just $7.73 each, with a percentage going to fund sustainability. Details: http://www.uofldiningservices.com/gogreen.html

8/19/11 GREEN TIP: U OF L MEMBERSHIP IN THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SCIENCE & THE ENVIRONMENT

In support of efforts to bolster UofL's environmental and sustainability curriculum, the Provost’s Office proudly announces renewed UofL membership in the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) University Affiliate program (http://ncseonline.org/02education/Affiliates/). Membership includes: Free campus-wide access to environment and energy news services (http://www.eenews.net); Representation on NCSE's Council of Environmental Deans and Directors; potential funding for multi-institutional collaborations; Paid environmental internships through NCSE's Campus to Careers Program; and free registrations (three remaining) to NCSE’s 2012 Conference on Environment & Security (http://www.environmentandsecurity.org/) January 18-20 in DC. Questions: justin.mog (at) louisville.edu; or shelley (at) ncseonline.org. Details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/sustainability-council/memberships-and-organizational-affiliations.html

8/11/11 GREEN TIP: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LOCAL BOUNTY!

Late summer is a time of tremendous bounty for area farmers. Support them while reducing your environmental footprint and improving your personal health just by eating fresh, local food! Ask for locally-grown fruit, vegetables, eggs, dairy, meats, and other treats at your grocer, restaurant, or market. And don’t miss out on all the goodies available at the Gray Street Farmers' Market every Thursday from 10:30am - 2:00pm through October 27th at the Health Sciences Center. More info: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/food.html.

8/4/11 GREEN TIP: WATER CONSERVATION IS A WIN, WIN, WIN

The summer heat and drought is a great reminder of the importance of conserving water on campus and at home. Your efforts can also help minimize utility bills and the use of energy to pump and treat water. Not only can you help reduce water use by taking shorter showers and watering lawns and gardens during cooler hours, but by stopping the water flow while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing dishes, and by reporting leaky plumbing to Physical Plant for repair at http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/forms/non_chargeable_request.

7/28/11 GREEN TIP: NEW TOOL FOR REPORTING CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

UofL encourages biking and walking to campus and wants to help create a culture of mutual respect for all road users. To help, Louisville Metro has unveiled a new “Close Call” reporting system that allows pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to notify authorities about near-misses with those who are not sharing the road safely. Reporting the time and place of your close call will help the city collect data about the frequency of near-misses and the places that merit some safety improvements or monitoring: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/BikeLouisville/close_call_form.htm.

7/14/11 GREEN TIP: DON’T MAKE YOUR OFFICE WORK WHILE YOU’RE ON VACATION

Headed off for a summer vacation? Don’t leave a huge carbon footprint in your wake! Take a few moments before you leave to make sure your office won’t be wasting energy while you’re away. Obviously, you’ll want to turn off lights and equipment before you go, but it’s also smart to turn up thermostats and to unplug chargers, coffee makers, empty refrigerators, and any other non-essential equipment. The greenest energy is power not wasted!

7/6/11 GREEN TIP: PUMP IT UP AND SAVE!

Whether you’re riding a bike or driving a car, one simple step can save a bunch of energy: keep your tires properly inflated. Efficiency is reduced 1% for every 3 PSI that tires are under-inflated. The Department of Energy estimates that drivers waste about 1.2 billion gallons of fuel each year simply due to under-inflation. Investing a few bucks in a tire gauge could save drivers hundreds in gas. Check your tire pressure at least monthly.

6/30/11 GREEN TIP: PURCHASING FOR U OF L? CONSULT OUR GREEN PURCHASING POLICY FIRST

Your purchasing decisions can help us reduce our environmental impact and save us money! The start of a new fiscal year is a great time to review UofL’s Green Purchasing Policy (http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/green-purchasing.html). The policy provides helpful guidance on everything from efficient Energy Star® equipment to less toxic Green Seal cleaning products to Forest Stewardship Council certified paper and wood products. And remember: The greenest products are the ones you don’t have to buy! Reducing waste and consumption must be our top priority.

6/23/11 GREEN TIP: WANT AN EXTRA $9000 THIS YEAR? THINK OUTSIDE THE CAR!

We all know gas prices are high, but consider all the other costs associated with driving. The American Automobile Association recently summed it all up and found that the average U.S. car owner shells out nearly $9,000/year on everything from insurance to parking (http://www.aaaexchange.com/main/Default.asp?CategoryID=16&SubCategoryID=76&ContentID=353). If you’d like to keep that money in your pocket this year, consider the many fun, healthy, free ways of getting to campus and get moving at: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/transportation.html.

6/15/11 GREEN TIP: SUMMER AIR QUALITY IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS

Recent Air Quality Alert days in Louisville are a stark reminder that with summer heat comes even greater responsibility to keep smog-forming pollutants out of our air. You can help by driving less (learn how: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/transportation.html), and not letting your car idle when waiting at train crossings or pick-up points. An idling engine produces more emissions than a moving car, and restarting your vehicle uses as much fuel as idling 20-60 seconds. Idling longer is a waste of gas and money.

6/2/11 GREEN TIP: INTERESTED IN SUSTAINABILITY? ACCESS GREAT IDEAS AND INFO WITH U OF L’S AASHE MEMBERSHIP!

All who care about environmental, social and economic responsibility should get connected with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). UofL recently renewed its AASHE membership, giving YOU access to a world of benefits, including conference discounts and an online Resource Center containing how-to guides, best practices, campus profiles, assessment tools, policy and program databases, reports, and more. For access, go to www.aashe.org/user/register and complete a user profile using your @louisville.edu address.

5/24/11 GREEN TIP: BIKE TO WORK MONTH ROLLS ON!

Even if you missed out on Friday’s Pedal with the President (http://uofl.me/ultkZeHpC), there’s still plenty of time to discover the healthy, money-saving and planet-protecting joys of biking to work! Check out our resource page for new UofL bike commuters to bring yourself up to speed and to learn about opportunities like the free clinic for adult cyclists coming up this Saturday, May 28th: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/bicycling-for-transportation.html

5/12/11 GREEN TIP: WHAT EVERY U OF L BIKE COMMUTER NEEDS TO KNOW

If you missed the HSC or Belknap Bike To Work Fairs this week, check out the Sustainability Council’s new webpage to learn how to ride the city safely and easily and to connect with all of May’s Bike To Work Month events and get involved in the Commuter Challenge: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/bicycling-for-transportation.html

4/27/11 GREEN TIP: TURN TRASH INTO TREASURE AT THE SWAP SHOP!

Reduce landfill waste! Extend the life of gently-used items! Find something you could use! It all happens at the Swap Shop, an annual effort to reuse old office supplies, decorations, books, DVDs, electronics, clothing and more. Faculty, staff and students are invited to drop off clean items or search for free items at the Swap Shop in the Red Barn today through May 3rd! Details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/U-of-L-Housing-Green-Comittee/134079509393.

4/18/11 GREEN TIP: ALL ABOARD! THOROUGHBRED RAIL LINK PRESENTATION TONIGHT 6PM!

Could Louisville could ever get passenger train service?!...How about Fall 2012?! Ralph Tharp, executive director of Kentucky Capital Development Corporation, is championing a commuter train service linking Louisville, Lexington, and nine other stops, including UofL! He'll be sharing his vision tonight (April 18th) at 6:00pm in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom. Brought to you by UofL's Sustainability Council and the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation.  Details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html

4/12/11 GREEN TIP: SPRING INTO COMPOSTING! 6PM TONIGHT

Do you know how to make your own organic fertilizer? Does the start of the growing season make you curious about composting? Join us after work today (April 12th) from 6-7pm when the Garden Commons hosts a free Composting Workshop in the Cultural Center conference room. You’ll leave inspired and you might even walk away with a free Garden Commons shirt! Details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html

4/8/11 GREEN TIP: GOT OLD DRUGS? DISPOSE OF THEM PROPERLY TOMORROW!

Medication residues have been found contaminating our water systems as a result of dumping waste drugs into sewers and landfills. This pollution poses serious threats to drinking water and to wildlife. You can help by participating in Saturday’s Drug Toss, April 9th from 10am-2 pm at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and two other Louisville sites. All substances (except the containers, which will be recycled) will be incinerated in an environmentally responsible manner used to create energy.  Details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html

3/31/11 GREEN TIP: Learn about the oldest tree on campus at today’s Climate Change Teach-in!

Which is the oldest tree at UofL? How much carbon does it sequester out of the atmosphere? Climate Justice Super Heros know the answers and will be sharing their knowledge and providing a sneak preview of the new Campus Tree Tour today from 11am-2pm behind Grawemeyer Hall! What’s your super-power? http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172463962804311

3/30/11 GREEN TIP: calculate your carbon footprint at tomorrow’s Climate Change Teach-in!

Ever wonder what a ton of coal looks like? And how long you can power UofL with it? Climate Justice Super Heros will be on-hand around Belknap campus tomorrow 11am-2pm to answer these questions and help you calculate your own personal carbon footprint! What’s your super-power? http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172463962804311

3/29/11 GREEN TIP: Learn to love tap water at Thursday’s Climate Change Teach-in!

Put your Climate Justice Super Hero taste-buds to the test with the Tap Water Challenge! Think you can pick Louisville’s award-winning tap water out from the crowd of bottled waters? Well grab your refillable bottle and come on down to the Garden Commons next to the Cultural Center Thursday 11am-2pm! What’s your super-power? http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172463962804311

3/28/11 GREEN TIP: Learn how to tune-up your bike at Thursday’s Climate Change Teach-in!

Climate Justice Super Heros know that spring is the perfect time to get back on your bicycle and rediscover the amazing ability to get places under your own power! Free bike maintenance workshops and tons of info about how to use the TARC bus system for free will be provided Thursday 11am-2pm by Strickler Hall! What’s your super-power? http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172463962804311

3/25/11 GREEN TIP: Learn to cook (with the sun!) at Thursday’s Climate Change Teach-in!

Climate Justice Super Heros will invade Belknap campus on Thursday, March 31st! Look for them from 11am-2pm at five outdoor stations around campus designed to motivate, inspire and give you the skills and information you need to jump into action!  What’s your super-power? http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=172463962804311

3/23/11 GREEN TIP: Green Careers Speaker Series wraps up Thursday with Tom Fitzgerald

The Green Careers Speaker Series concludes Thursday with Tom Fitzgerald, a prominent environmental lawyer from the Kentucky Resources Council. He’ll be speaking about his experiences working around the state on thorny environmental policy and law issues such as mountaintop removal. Join us in the Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library on March 24th from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., and look for our Green Careers Fair coming up in April! More: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/events.html

3/11/11 GREEN TIP: REGISTER FOR GREEN THREADS FACULTY WORKSHOP BY MARCH 21st
Thinking of creating or adapting a course to incorporate issues of sustainability? The Sustainability Council invites faculty from all disciplines to participate in the third annual "Green Threads: Sustainability Across the Curriculum" workshop. Participants receive resource materials, mutual support, local food meals, and a $500 honorarium. Green Threads will take place over Reading Day April 26th, with a kickoff dinner with previous participants on April 25th. Applications due March 21st to Barbara Burns <bburns(at)louisville.edu>. Details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/education-research/green-threads.html.

3/7/11 GREEN TIP: STILL TIME TO SIGN-UP FOR LOCAL FOOD DELIVERIES – MANY OPTIONS!
It's not too late to sign-up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share and have farm-fresh local food delivered to you each week! Deadlines range from March 11th to May 11, 2011. UofL’s CSA program has never provided more flexibility! In addition to produce, specialty shares are now available for local eggs, milk, cheeses, meats, mushrooms, bread, farm staples, etc. Full, half, or bi-weekly shares available from $4-$26/week. Explore your options: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/UofL%20CSA%20Program%202011%20Options.pdf

3/1/11 GREEN TIP: SIGN-UP FOR LOCAL FOOD DELIVERIES TO CAMPUS AT WEDNESDAY’S FAIR!

Eating more fresh, local food is one of the best things you can do to reduce your environmental impact, support your local economy, and improve your health. But it can be hard to find local food in stores. Make it easy on yourself. Have farmers deliver to you at UofL every week! Sign-up at the 3rd annual Community Supported Agriculture Fair tomorrow, March 2nd, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Red Barn. A shuttle will run from HSC. http://uofl.me/ultfm0g2G

2/23/11 GREEN TIP: NEW HSC-BELKNAP SHUTTLE SERVICE SAVES YOU TIME, MONEY & POLLUTION!

Need to get between HSC and Belknap? Get there in 10 minutes without spending a cent, hunting for parking, or polluting the air! TARC’s new “Campus Connector” service provides frequent, direct buses between campuses via 4th Street (on Route #4) or Floyd Street (on Route #18). And it’s FREE with UofL ID. Use this service daily for a year and you’ll save $185 in gas and prevent over 1000 lbs. of air pollution! Details: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/operations/transportation.html

2/18/11 GREEN TIP: RECYCLING IS SEXY!

RecycleManiacs know the truth: Landfills are ugly and recycling is sexy! Check out UofL’s hilarious new RecycleMania video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuAsHBam1dA&) and get busy with single-stream! Our secret weapon against UK is that here it all goes in the same bin: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass. Boycott styrofoam and you’ll never have to look for a trash can again! Details: http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/files/QRS.pdf. RecycleMania standings: http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/university_detail08.asp?ID=1261.

2/7/11 GREEN TIP: RECYCLEMANIA STARTS THIS WEEK!

Help UofL beat UK a whole new way: Recycling! Starting this week 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 new 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 colleagues and students recycle everything they possibly can anywhere on campus!

Details on what you can recycle at UofL are available at http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/files/QRS.pdf

Updates on UofL's standing are available at the Recyclemania website: http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/university_detail08.asp?ID=1261

1/31/11 GREEN TIP: SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE RETIREMENT FUNDS

Did you know that UofL offers employees socially responsible investment options for retirement plans? These options are designed to give you investment income for a secure retirement while putting money behind companies you can feel good about. Options include: 1. CREF Social Choice Account favoring companies that are: strong stewards of the environment, devoted to serving local communities, committed to higher labor standards, and managed ethically (https://www.mysavingsatwork.com/taxexempt/assets/tiaacref_io_uofl.pdf); and 2. Fidelity Select Environment and Alternative Energy Portfolio (http://louisville.edu/hr/benefits/retirement/Fidelity%20Brochure.pdf).

1/21/11 GREEN TIP: EATING LESS MEAT IS BETTER FOR EVERYONE

Did you know that in today’s industrial agriculture system, supplying a meat-centered diet requires 19 times as much land and 13 times as much water as a plant-based diet? Or that vegetarian men on average have only a 4% risk of death from heart attack vs. 50% risk for those on a meat-centered diet? UofL’s West Side Dining facility provides numerous healthy options that are easier on you and the planet, including a salad bar and the Wild Mushroom vegetarian station! More at: http://uofldiningservices.com/WestSide.html

1/14/11 GREEN TIP: VOLUNTEERING CAN HELP YOU (AND THE PLANET!) LIVE LONGER

Did you know that volunteering can help you (and the planet!) live longer?! It’s true: http://tinyurl.com/4cgh7au. Kick-start a year of giving back to your community on Monday by participating in UofL’s MLK Day of Service, starting at 10:30 a.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center. Three of the many volunteer worksites are in Louisville’s precious Olmstead Parks! Learn more at http://louisville.edu//leadership/service-opportunities/mlk-day. Walk-ins will also be accepted on Monday if space allows. Get more green ideas at: http://louisville.edu/sustainability/

12/20/10 GREEN TIP: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF E-MAILING LARGE FILES

Most of us take for granted that e-communications are eco-friendly – paperless, ink-free, no shipping supplies, no gas for transportation, etc. But stockpiles of digital data waste energy, too. It’s estimated that emailing a 1.2-megabyte attachment — the equivalent of a large digital photo — can use as much energy as it takes to boil about 4 kettles of water! The information industry’s global carbon footprint now matches the airline industry’s. So rather than e-mailing large attachments, use file-sharing sites such as Blackboard, Flickr, DropBox, MediaFire or SharePoint (http://sharepoint.louisville.edu/).

12/10/10 GREEN TIP: GOT SNOW?!

With snow in the forecast, you can avoid the danger of slippery roads and the hassle of scraping the windshield by leaving your car at home. Winter’s the perfect time to leave the driving to TARC! And the entire bus system is completely free with UofL ID! Plan your trip at http://www.ridetarc.org/tripplan/. If you do have to clear some snow this winter, consider using a shovel instead of gas-guzzling blowers or salt – you’ll get some exercise while preventing corrosion and damage to plants, wildlife and aquatic ecosystems.

12/1/10 GREEN TIP: STAY WARM THIS WINTER WITHOUT A SPACE HEATER

Feeling cold? Space heaters are an inefficient, costly and dangerous way to get warm - UofL strongly discourages their use. Instead, if your work space is cold or you feel a draft, please contact Work Control at 852-6245 or http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/forms/non_chargeable_request and a room temperature adjustment will be conducted. You can expect occupied room temperatures to be maintained between 66 and 72 degrees F throughout the heating season. Everyone is encouraged to dress for those temperatures. No matter what their color, cozy sweaters are a "greener" alternative.

11/23/10 GREEN TIP: GREENER HOLIDAYS

The holidays can be hard on our wallets…and the planet. This year, consider ways to save money, resources, and the environment. When you leave for the holidays, turn down thermostats and unplug chargers, printers & non-essential equipment. Always turn off lights and power-down equipment when vacating a room. Serve Kentucky Proud meals with local, seasonal foods. Instead of the latest gadget, consider low-impact, non-material gifts that keep on giving, such as: memberships to a fitness club or yoga studio; tickets to a local performing arts company; subscriptions to a CSA (http://www.grasshoppersdistribution.com/); or registrations for skill-building classes such as UofL’s Lifelong Learning offerings: https://louisville.edu/lifelonglearning/environmental-sustainability.html.

11/15/10 GREEN TIP: AMERICA RECYCLES DAY

November 15th is America Recycles Day (http://www.americarecyclesday.org)! Take the challenge at http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ARD_Challenge and encourage your students and colleagues to recycle all they can…which is just about everything at UofL! All UofL recycling bins accept any type and color of paper, plastics, metals, glass, and cardboard. In addition, special collections are available for recycling less-common items such as batteries, chemicals, e-scrap, lighting, and cell phones. Full details: http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/recycling

11/3/10 GREEN TIP: LEARN MORE ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY AND ENGAGE STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES
UofL will play host to two events in this year's Festival of Faiths: Sacred Soil (http://www.festivaloffaiths.org/): Thursday, Nov. 4, noon-1:30 p.m., "Earth Jurisprudence: Awakening to Earth's Rights," by Patricia Siemen, Room 275, Brandeis School of Law; Monday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., "Industrialized Farming Policies and Practices," by Wes Jackson. A "Slow Food on Campus" local food tasting follows in the Student Activities Center. Nov. 12-13, UofL faculty and staff will participate in the 2010 Green Convene (http://www.greenconvene.org/gc2010.html) at Bellarmine University.

10/22/10 GREEN TIP: WRAP UP SUSTAINABILITY WEEK WITH BIONEERS!

Bluegrass Bioneers 2010 starts at UofL today! Join us for an inspired and inspiring annual 3-day gathering of social, scientific, and environmental innovators from the region working to create a more just and sustainable world. Today the Sustainability Council will be leading a campus sustainability tour starting at 2:30p.m. in the Strickler lobby and a panel on the new UofL Climate Action Plan at 4:30p.m. Full Bioneers schedule: http://www.bluegrassbioneers.org/

10/19/10 GREEN TIP: CHANCE TO COMMENT ON PLANS FOR NEW CAMPUS SHUTTLE SERVICES DURING U OF L SUSTAINABILITY WEEK

UofL has negotiated with TARC to provide a free Belknap-HSC shuttle service with wait-times of 15 minutes or less through revisions of two existing TARC routes (#4 and #18) to better serve our campuses. These changes will take place in January if there is sufficient public support. TARC is accepting public comment about the proposed changes through October 27th: http://www.ridetarc.org/news.asp?ArticleID=439. TARC is also finalizing plans for shuttle service between Belknap & the new arena for basketball games. You can learn more about the plans and make comments at two of this week’s Sustainability Week events on the Humanities Quad: the Transportation Alternatives Fair (Tuesday, 11am-1pm) and Campus Sustainability Day (Wednesday, 11am-2pm).

10/11/10 GREEN TIP: PLAN TO PARTICIPATE – SUSTAINABILITY WEEK OCT. 18-24TH

The Sustainability Council is proud to announce the first UofL Sustainability Week to take place October 18-24! It all starts next Monday with fairs, tours, lectures, conferences, local and vegetarian food tastings, and volunteer opportunities every day of the week. Events represent the full spectrum of issues relevant to sustainability – from Monday’s Campus Clean-up, to Tuesday’s Transportation Alternatives Fair, to Wednesday’s Campus Sustainability Day, to Thursday’s Breaking Bread Progressive Dinner, to Bluegrass Bioneers events Friday to Sunday! Bring your colleagues and students to learn, engage and be transformed! The full schedule is available at: https://louisville.edu/campushealth/services/promotion/special-events/sustainability-week-schedule-10-18-10-24-2010.ics.

9/27/10 GREEN TIP: ONLINE SWAP FOR REUSABLE PACKING MATERIAL (AND MUCH MORE!)

Need boxes or bubble wrap for shipping or moving? Did you receive a shipment and have perfectly good packing materials to get rid of? Now you can swap these items (and any other surplus stuff – from equipment to furniture to office supplies) using UofL’s online Property Exchange tool! Post your needs or your surplus stuff at: https://louisville.edu/surplus/tracker/surplusfolder_view. Remember that the famous “Three Rs” are in order of priority: Reduce, Reuse…THEN Recycle! Learn why at: http://www.storyofstuff.com/

9/14/10 GREEN TIP: SET COMPUTERS TO HIBERNATE
Computers consume 20% of UofL’s electricity, yet often they are left on while we’re away from our desks. You can help reduce this waste by taking a few seconds to set your computer to Hibernate (or Sleep for Macs) when idle. Under Control Panel, click Power Options, then under the Power Scheme tab, set System Hibernates to whatever time delay works for you. Your data will be saved and your windows will reopen when you return to your computer.

9/2/10 GREEN TIP: RECYCLE IT ALL AT U OF L!

The beginning of a new semester is a great time to remind your colleagues and students that we can recycle just about everything now at UofL! All recycling bins on all campuses are part of the same single-stream system that accepts all kinds and colors of paper, plastics, metals, glass, and cardboard. In addition, special collections are available for recycling less-common items such as batteries, chemicals, e-scrap, lighting, and cell phones. Full details: http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/recycling

8/20/10 GREEN TIP: U OF L COULD BE AN EVEN “COOLER SCHOOL” WITH YOUR HELP

As evidenced by our great leap forward in the recently released 2010 Sierra Club Top 100 “Cool Schools” list – from 92nd to 56th in just one year (http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201009/coolschools/allrankings.aspx), UofL is quickly positioning itself as a green leader. But we still have a long way to go… And we can’t progress without your help! This fall, please consider the environmental impact of your purchases (http://louisville.edu/purchasing/sustainability/greenpolicy.html) and the means by which you commute to campus (http://louisville.edu/parking/commute-green.html).

8/9/10 GREEN TIP: SAVING WATER SAVES MONEY, ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

With the summer heat, it’s a great time to remember the importance of conserving water on campus and at home. You can help reduce water use not only by taking shorter showers and watering lawns and gardens during cooler hours, but by shutting off faucets left on by others and while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing dishes. Report leaky plumbing to Physical Plant for repair (http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/forms/non_chargeable_request). Replace shower heads, faucets and toilets with low-flow fixtures like the new Hydrametrics shower heads recently installed in the Natatorium (http://hydrametrics.com/).

7/20/10 GREEN TIP: INTERESTED IN CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY? GET CONNECTED!

If you care about campus sustainability, you need to get connected with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). UofL recently renewed its AASHE membership, giving YOU access to a world of benefits, including conference discounts and an online Resource Center containing how-to guides, best practices, campus profiles, assessment tools, policy and program databases, reports, and more. To create a personal account, go to www.aashe.org/user/register and complete the user profile using your campus-based email.

7/9/10 GREEN TIP: Keep our campus beautifUL

Building on the success of our April 15th Campus Cleanup with President Ramsey (http://www.flickr.com/photos/uofl/sets/72157623737768943), a new volunteer group is forming to gather monthly and spread out across Belknap to pick up litter and show true Cardinal pride. Learn more at http://campuscleanup.spaces.live.com/ and sign-up before July 16th by contacting Jamie Saunders <jamie.saunders@louisville.edu>, 852-8712.

6/30/10 GREEN TIP: PURCHASING WITH RESPONSIBILITY

The start of a new fiscal year is a great time to consider ways your purchasing decisions can help us reduce our environmental impact. Please review UofL’s Green Purchasing Policy (http://louisville.edu/purchasing/sustainability/greenpolicy.html) for helpful guidance on everything from efficient Energy Star® equipment to less toxic Green Seal cleaning products to Forest Stewardship Council certified paper and wood products. And remember: The greenest products are the ones you don’t have to buy! Reducing waste and consumption must be our top priority.

6/17/10 GREEN TIP: GET LOCAL FOOD DELIVERED TO YOU ON CAMPUS!

Want fresh, healthy food delivered straight to you on campus from local farms each week? It’s still not too late to sign-up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share! Grasshoppers (502-708-1881, Grasshoppers (at) insightbb.com) is accepting applications until August 1st for shares delivered August 25 – November 17th. River Farm Organics (valerie (at) riverfarmorganics.com, 502-681-5106) offers pro-rated shares until November. Summer shares from A Place on Earth (courtney (at) aplaceonearthcsa.com, 502-532-0476) begin next week and they’re still accepting new shareholders.  Details: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68400228840.

6/9/10 GREEN TIP: HOW YOU CAN STOP THE OIL DISASTER

Wondering what to do about the Gulf oil spill? …They were drilling for us! You can use less oil by flying and driving less (http://louisville.edu/parking/commute-green.html) and buying fewer petroleum products. Making the plastic for U.S. bottled water alone requires more than 17 million barrels of oil annually – enough to fuel one million cars for a year. Stay hydrated this summer without contributing to the problem. Use refillable bottles and enjoy Louisville’s award-winning tap water!

5/26/10 GREEN TIP: TAKE RECYCLING TO THE NEXT LEVEL!
UofL’s new single-stream recycling system is helping divert many tons of waste from the landfill by allowing us to recycle all types of paper, cardboard, metal, glass, and plastics in one bin. But did you know you can also recycle batteries, chemicals, e-scrap, lighting, and cell phones at UofL? Learn how at http://louisville.edu/physicalplant/recycling. You can also help us expand the single-stream recycling system faster - those who want to work with Physical Plant to bring the program to their buildings can contact Aaron Boggs at 852-8181 or avbogg01 (at) louisville.edu.

5/20/10 GREEN TIP: EATING LOCAL IS GOOD FOR YOU AND THE PLANET

Buying local is one of the best things you can do to lower your environmental impact, support the local economy and eat better! The Gray Street Farmers' Market opens at the Health Sciences Center in the 400 block of Gray Street today at 11. This is a special start time. Beginning next week, it will be open 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 28 (http://louisville.edu/sphis/gsfm). Starting in June, look for the Old Louisville market Wednesdays 3-6 p.m. at Third Street and St. Catherine. Louisville has two dozen farmers' markets: http://www.louisvillegreenguide.org/directory/farmers.html. Options for campus CSA deliveries remain: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68400228840.

5/7/10 GREEN TIP: IT’S NICE OUT…LEAVE THE CAR AT HOME!

May’s the perfect time to start getting to campus car-free! Learn how your colleagues do it at Monday’s Transportation Alternatives Fair 8-10am next to the Planetarium and 11am-1pm in front of Gottschalk Hall (rain date: May 11). Then at 6pm Monday, learn how Detroit’s doing it – screening of documentary “Beyond the Motor City” (Chao Auditorium). And it’s not too late to join a UofL team in the Bike To Work Month Commuter Challenge (http://greenlightride.com/competition/view_challenge/119/), or to register for a confident cycling class (www.bicyclingforlouisville.org/classes).

4/26/10 GREEN TIP: BIKE TO WORK MONTH COMMUTER CHALLENGE

May is Bike To Work Month nationwide and teams are forming now for Louisville’s Commuter Challenge May 1-20! Join the fun and try a healthier, greener way of getting to campus. A 4-mile trip by bicycle keeps 15 lbs of pollutants out of the air and the average person loses 13 lbs during their first year of commuting by bike! Form a team of five and log your trips to earn points towards fabulous prizes: http://www.bicyclingforlouisville.org/bike_to_work_month.html

4/22/10 GREEN TIP: EARTH DAY – 40 FOR THE 40TH

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day today by changing some of your old habits for the better! If spring cleaning has turned up some useful items you no longer need, don’t trash them…share the wealth! Bring items such as office supplies, clothing, media, electronics, etc. to the UofL Swap Shop in the Red Barn & SAC multipurpose room April 22-28, 10am-5pm (info: 852-5787). For 40 other easy ways to clean up your act check out: http://www.wethechange.com/40-ways-you-can-save-the-environment/

4/12/10 GREEN TIP: GET OUTSIDE!

Outdoor exercise has been demonstrated to dramatically improve your mental and physical health…and this week you have two chances to do some green good in the meantime! At 3pm today (Apr 12) following the Community Engagement Showcase in the Red Barn (11-3) join volunteers to plant UofL’s new Garden Commons: http://louisville.edu/culturalcenter/garden. At 3pm Thursday (Apr 15) following Earth Fest on the West Lawn, join President Ramsey for a Campus Clean-up (volunteers also meeting at HSC’s Abel Building & Shelby’s KPPC).

4/1/10 GREEN TIP: EAT LOCAL, FRESH & HEALTHY THIS SEASON

On average in America, food travels roughly 1500 miles to reach your plate. That’s not healthy for you or the planet! Today you can vote with your fork to support a vibrant local food economy with fresher, more delicious and nutritious food by attending the Local Food CSA Fair from 10-2 at Miller IT Center in Bigelow Hall. Meet area farmers and sign-up for weekly produce baskets to be delivered to you at UofL! https://louisville.edu/uofltoday/campus-news/faculty-staff-students-invited-to-local-food-info-fair

3/25/10 GREEN TIP: MARCH 30TH MAYORAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABILITY

Find out where the candidates stand! UofL will host a Mayoral Candidate Forum on Sustainability & Economic Development at 7pm on Tuesday, March 30th in the Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library. Come early at 6pm for an informal opportunity to personally meet the candidates in the lobby. Then, during the 7pm forum, you’ll be able to ask questions of all the candidates about environmental, social and economic development issues which will shape the future of Louisville!

3/18/10 GREEN TIP: IDLE THREATS

Stuck waiting for the train to pass or construction crews at Warnock? Don’t leave your car idling while you wait. Save yourself some money and gas while saving us all from unnecessary pollution. Shut off the engine…and take a deep breath. The amount of fuel consumed to restart a car is the equivalent of idling 20-60 seconds. Idling longer than this is a waste and an idling engine produces more emissions than a moving car.

3/9/10 GREEN TIP: THINK OUTSIDE THE CAR!

Check your email for a chance to win fabulous prizes from local green businesses by telling us what you think about potential programs to reduce the number of car trips to campus! A random sample of faculty, staff and students are being asked to participate in this brief survey about alternative transportation. Explore greener options for getting to campus: http://louisville.edu/parking/commute-green.html. Start or join a carpool or vanpool: http://www.tickettoride.org/.

3/5/10 GREEN TIP: SPRING IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GET INTO COMPOSTING!

Did you know that UofL composts all of its yard wastes and makes free woodchip mulch available to you anytime (contact: Aaron Boggs 852-8181)? You, too, can turn waste into organic fertilizer! Instead of filling the landfill, why not compost those fruit & vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells and yard wastes? Consider setting up a compost collection in your office (5 gallon buckets with gasket lids work well) and composting at home. More info: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/SolidWaste/IWantTo/Start+Composting.htm.

2/25/10 GREEN TIP: GET READY FOR SPRING WITH ORGANIC GARDENING WORKSHOPS
Now’s the time to start planning an organic garden to ensure you’re getting the most local and nutritious food possible! UofL is doing just that and we invite you to join us for a series of workshops leading up to the installation of a campus-community garden commons at the Cultural Center. The first workshop on garden planning is tonight (Feb. 25) at 6:00pm in Stevenson Hall. Inauguration of the Garden Commons will be Wednesday (March 3rd), 2:00pm at the Cultural Center. http://louisville.edu/culturalcenter/garden.

2/17/10 GREEN TIP: STAYING GREEN WHEN IT’S WHITE OUT

Worried about slippery roads and scraping the windshield? Winter’s the perfect time to try taking the bus to campus! And it’s free with UofL ID! Plan your trip on TARC: http://www.ridetarc.org/tripplan/. …Cold on campus? Donning an extra sweater or thermal underwear is more cozy and energy-efficient than cranking up the thermostat. …Got snow? Use a shovel instead of salt! Get some exercise while preventing corrosion and damage to plants, wildlife and aquatic ecosystems.

2/11/10 GREEN TIP: LEARN HOW TO REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT TODAY!

In doing its business, UofL produces roughly 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent every year. That’s about 7 tons for every employee and student. We can all help reduce those emissions by changing the way we do things. Learn more about our greenhouse gas emissions at http://acupcc.aashe.org/ghg-report.php?id=121. Find out what we can do about it at today’s Teach-In on Climate Change (Feb. 11) in Ekstrom Library 10am-2pm. Free local foods lunch provided!

2/4/10 GREEN TIP: CATERING WITH CONCERN

In charge of providing food for a meeting or campus event? Consider the effects of your choices on people’s health, the environment, and the local economy. Some things you can do: Seek healthier, fresher options. Minimize environmental impact by serving less meat. Strive to purchase as much local, seasonal food as possible – there are Louisville caterers which specialize in this. Avoid excessively-packaged and individually-wrapped foods. Provide a pitcher of tap water instead of bottled water.

1/28/10 GREEN TIP: RIDERS WANTED!

Car commuting generates 9% of UofL’s greenhouse gas pollution. We are committed to going climate neutral and one way you can help (and stay fit) is by bicycling to work! Map a safe bike route here: http://www.ridethecity.com/louisville. The Sustainability Council is exploring ways to reduce car commuting, including a program to provide a free bicycle to anyone willing to forgo obtaining a campus parking permit for at least two years. If you’d like to help test-ride potential bike models, email: justin.mog (at) louisville.edu.

1/22/10 GREEN TIP: A SIMPLE WAY TO CUT PAPER USE IN HALF

Already using recycled-content paper? Great! But the simplest way to reduce our environmental impact isn’t just changing what we consume, but reducing how much we waste. A blank side of paper is a waste! Cut paper use in half by duplexing – printing or copying on both sides whenever possible. This option is available on many campus machines. If not, consider printing odd pages and then using the bypass feeder for even pages.

1/14/10 GREEN TIP: BUY LOCAL, BUY FAIR

Help us celebrate Economic Justice Week at UofL by doing your part to minimize abuse to people and the environment. When shopping, look for products made in the USA or right here in Louisville. Buying local reduces your carbon footprint, keeps our economy strong, and minimizes the exploitation of workers abroad. If you must buy from overseas, look for fair trade products. Learn more about Sweat-Free Communities at http://www.sweatfree.org

12/18/09 GREEN TIP: SAVE SANTA BY SAVING ENERGY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Burning all this coal is melting Santa's North Pole home! You can help. When you leave for the holidays, turn down thermostats and unplug chargers, printers & non-essential equipment. Always turn off lights and power-down equipment when vacating a room. Even Santa's doing his part: http://www.santasenergy.com/

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