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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.


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

Partnership for a Green City - Celebrating Ten Years in Louisville
“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 with Louisville Government and Jefferson County Public Schools in this 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.
  • UofL is a charter member in the newly forming Kentucky College & University Carbon Consortium. This new consortium, which is being organized 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 is 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.
  • Kentucky USGBC - Greening the BluegrassU.S. Green Building Council
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • UofL students are active in the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (KSEC), a network of young people  and student groups from across the commonwealth who are united in their concerns about environmental injustice and the impacts that climate change will have (and is already having) on our lives.
  • UofL's Socially Responsible Investment Committee exchanges ideas and information with other schools through the Responsible Endowments Coalition.
  • Check out the virtual stands at Expo 21XX for info on several sustainability initiatives at UofL:
    - Sustainability Council
    - Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
    - Renewable Energy Applications Laboratory
    - Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
    - Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs
  • UofL regularly shares ideas, learns from, and organizes for sustainability with other institutions of higher education throughout the region. Examples have included:
    - Eight UofL staff, faculty, and students participated in ten different presentations at the 2014 Campus Community Partnerships for Sustainability conference, November 14-16 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
    - UofL was a lead organizer of the Car-Free Kentucky Caravan networking journey to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2013 Conference (Oct. 6-9, 2013 in Nashville). Students, faculty and staff from three Kentucky schools bicycled 200 miles together to Nashville! Read the Blog: The Adventures of the Car-Free Kentucky Caravan to AASHE 2013 (October 3-5, 2013).
    - UofL was a lead organizer of the 2012 Campus Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference, the Interdisciplinary Sustainability Symposium: Cross-Pollinating for Resilience, and Bluegrass Bioneers (November 1-4, 2012).
    - UofL shares ideas through the Kentucky Campus Sustainability Leaders Workshops. UofL sends representatives to each workshop, and on October 22nd, 2010, UofL hosted the second workshop in this on-going collaboration, with representatives from: Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Transylvania University, Murray State University, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and Jefferson Community and Technical College.
    - UofL's advocacy for responsible energy policy in the Commonwealth of Kentucky dates back to 2008, when UofL's President Ramsey joined in a statewide initiative called Energizing Kentucky which was launched with this joint statement from the presidents of Berea College, Centre College, University of Kentucky, and University of Louisville:
    "We believe higher education has an important role to play in the work ahead: framing issues, seeking solutions, providing basic and applied research, and educating the next generation. We know that this work requires a partnership across the Commonwealth that includes business and public policy leaders, as well as those involved in education. We four presidents, representing both public and private institutions, propose a public policy focus on energy for the Commonwealth of Kentucky that we call 'Energizing Kentucky.'" As the brainchild of Berea College President Larry D. Shinn, Centre College President John A. Roush, University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. and University of Louisville President James Ramsey, Energizing Kentucky encourages Kentucky to focus on a coherent and integrated energy policy and will assist this policy formation by bringing together state and national energy experts to discuss the economic, educational, and environmental opportunities and challenges presented by the world's current energy situation.

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