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UofL collaborates with other institutions to promote sustainability beyond UofL.

UofL recognizes that at the heart of sustainability is a recognition of our interdependence and common future. Sustainability is not created in a vacuum and goes well beyond the borders of our own campuses. In seeking to promote sustainability we collaborate with other individuals and institutions at the local, state, national, and global levels.

Memberships

One such avenue for mutual support is through UofL's membership in the following organizations:

“The University of Louisville has taken giant strides toward becoming more sustainable, and the Partnership for a Green City has helped make that happen. As we continue to work closely in partnership, we remain committed to being more sustainable in everything we do. Together, we can make our community a greener and healthier place for our children, our grandchildren and all the generations to come.” - President James Ramsey
  • Louisville's Partnership for a Green City between UofL, Metro government, Jefferson County Public Schools, and Jefferson Community & Technical College. Follow the Partnership on Facebook or Twitter.
  • The Louisville Sustainability Council - a public-private partnership that works to engage and collaborate with the community, and facilitate the achievement of Louisville’s sustainability goals.
  • U.S. Green Building Council
    The USGBC is a diverse group of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofits, teachers and students, lawmakers and citizens that share the same vision of a sustainable built Kentucky USGBC - Greening the Bluegrassenvironment for all within the next generation.
  • UofL is a founding member of the Kentucky Green Schools Coalition (established January 2016), a new strategic alliance leading educational, environmental and health organizations to advance the vision that all children will attend a green school within a generation. The mission of the coalition is to bring together the Commonwealth’s strongest supporters of creating a statewide infrastructure of green schools that are healthy, high performance educational institutions (pre-K through postsecondary). The coalition is committed to inspiring the next generation to establish sustainable, resilient communities and educational institutions while saving energy, resources, and money. A green school is resource efficient, reducing negative environmental impacts and costs while improving the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff. It engages students of all ages in sustainability and environmental education. Student engagement occurs via a multi-disciplinary and hands-on learning approach, using the entire building and grounds as a living laboratory to complement curricula that facilitates civic engagement, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. Green schools also develop and provide a solid foundation in STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts, agriculture, Mathematics) and green career pathways. Our efforts as a coalition align around the globally accepted three pillars of a green school: 1) reducing environmental impact and cost, 2) improving occupant health and wellness and 3) providing effective environmental education. By working together to encourage the design, construction and operation of healthier educational facilities, we seek to make an immediate impact on student health and productivity, school budgets, retention and the environment. In that regard, the Kentucky Green Schools Coalition promotes conversations about healthy, high performance educational institutions by:
       •  Supporting the establishment of a green school in every county by 2030.
       •  Connecting organizations and establishing synergy around collaborative opportunities to reduce silo, competitive, or duplicative programming; sharing best practices; and leveraging resources.
       •  Enhancing communication regarding public policy of interest to each organization; educating members regarding legislation, policies, procedures, and their potential impact on each organization.
       •  Educating local, state, and national leaders – elected and non-elected – about green schools, sustainability, and environmental education.
  • UofL was a charter member in the effort to establish a Kentucky College & University Carbon Consortium. This consortium, which was piloted via statewide meetings throughout 2014 in partnership with the Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise and the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), is focused on mitigating climate impacts through regional forest management. With other Kentucky schools, UofL has been involved in collaboratively designing and launching the Consortium which is envisioned to: 1. Serve as a regularly scheduled gathering of institutional and regional stakeholders to allow its participants to discuss sustainability challenges and opportunities and share best practices; and 2. Act as a climate clearing house for university-organized resource exchanges, campus tours, speakers, and the purchase of local carbon offsets and services through MACED.
  • The Worker Rights Consortium and its Designated Suppliers Program help to ensure that UofL trademark apparel is not produced under abusive, dangerous sweatshop conditions. (Previously, UofL was also affiliated with the Fair Labor Association to advocate for an end to abusive practices and injustices in the supply chain).
  • The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) which serves as the Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration, including the University of Louisville.
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
    AASHE Member LogoAll who care about environmental, social and economic responsibility should get connected with AASHE! UofL's membership gives all faculty, staff and students access to a world of benefits, including member discounts and online resources. To get started, create a user profile using your @louisville.edu address.
    AASHE member benefits, services and programs include:

    Individual Member Accounts
    Anyone at UofL can create their own account to access member-only pages on AASHE’s website and receive member discounts. Create your member account and complete the user profile using your campus email address. Email webmaster@aashe.org if you have any difficulty with this process.

    AASHE Newsletters
    You can subscribe to any AASHE newsletters. AASHE Bulletin is a weekly e-newsletter with the latest campus sustainability news, resources, opportunities, and events. AASHE Events notifies you about AASHE’s annual conference, workshop, webinars and other AASHE-hosted events. AASHE Announcements contains updates on important organizational news. STARS Update keeps you current on activities related to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System program.

    Online Resources
    AASHE’s online Campus Sustainability Hub and Resource Center include best practices, case studies, campus profiles, assessment tools, policy and program databases, how-to guides, reports, and other resources organized by theme. Much of this content is for members only so you’ll need to create a free individual member account.

    Professional Development
    AASHE holds or co-sponsors workshops and webinars throughout the year, plus an annual conference that brings together every sector of higher education as well as business, government, and non-profit participants. These events offer opportunities to connect with colleagues at regional, national, and international levels to share resources. As members, UofL students and employees receive discounts on all AASHE events. Check the AASHE calendar for upcoming events. Also see AASHE Conference Papers & Presentations Database.

    Product and Service Discounts
    AASHE business and non-profit members offer occasional product and service discounts for AASHE members.

    Publicity and Recognition
    You can submit campus sustainability news, jobs, resources, events, and opportunities to the AASHE Bulletin. The Bulletin informs over 11,000 subscribers about campus sustainability news, resources, and opportunities.

    Professional Awards
    Submit applications for any of AASHE’s awards, including the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award, Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and Student Sustainability Research Award.

    Sustainability Officers Directory
    AASHE maintains an online directory of campus sustainability/environmental officers to enable us to find and reach out to colleagues doing similar work at other institutions.

    Discussion Forums
    Participate in AASHE’s Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums, which provide a central place for sharing ideas and best practices and for finding answers to questions on topics related to sustainability and higher education.

    AASHE Blog
    AASHE’s “Campus Sustainability Perspectives” blog features opinions and reports by staff and guests related to campus sustainability. Rad the blog, comment on posts, and request to submit your own items as a guest blogger. There is also a chronological archive page and a comprehensive list of blogs that are related to campus sustainability.

    Governance, Councils, Committees
    Anyone from UofL can participate on AASHE’s committees, councils, working groups, and board.

    Direct questions about AASHE or member benefits to info@aashe.org
  • The Climate Leadership Network (formerly ACUPCC)Carbon Commitment Logo
    In 2008, the University of Louisville signed on to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, now known simply as the Carbon Commitment. As a signatory in good standing, UofL is a part of the Climate Leadership Network, committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. As a Climate Leader, UofL is part of a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. The mission is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society. The Climate Commitment provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and universities to implement comprehensive plans in pursuit of climate neutrality. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in educating the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming and help create a thriving, civil and sustainable society.
    >> The Climate Leadership Network publicly hosts UofL's Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories and UofL's Climate Action Plan!
  • From 2010-2014, UofL was a dues-paying member of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), University Affiliate Program and the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). Benefits included:

    1. Representation on NCSE's Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD)
    2. Participation in multi-institutional collaborations to secure funding
    3. Exclusive access to information on federal funding for environmental R&D and education
    4. Complimentary registrations for faculty and students to NCSE's National Conference
    5. Free campus-wide access to environment and energy news through E&E Publishing
    6. Access to the Campus to Careers Environmental Internship Clearinghouse and preferential treatment for applicants.
    7. Discounted strategic assessment services for Interdisciplinary Environmental Programs
  • In 2014, UofL joined the Universities Council of Water Resources, an association of institutions and individuals representing various fields of natural and social sciences who are at the forefront of education, research, and public service around water resources. Membership provides reduced registration fees to UCOWR conferences for all UofL employees and students, as well as electronic subscriptions to the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, participation in UCOWR governance, networking with other water scholars, and increased visibility as among the leading universities in water-related research across disciplines. Law Professor Tony Arnold (502-852-6388) serves as UofL's lead delegate to UCOWR.

Other Collaborations for Sustainability

UofL also collaborates with groups and institutions focused on sustainability through a variety of other channels, such as:

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