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Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL!

Date Event
Thursdays, Spring 2015
UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store Open!
Thursdays 1-3pm in Unitas Tower basement
Beginning March 12th, the UofL Free Store will be open every Thursday 1-3pm throughout Spring 2015. All students, faculty & staff are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Clean donated items of all kinds are always welcome! The Free Store is intended to keep useful items out of the landfill and to aid the needy. It is a volunteer-powered initiative of UofL's Sustainability Council and the student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS).
April 2, 2015 "Ecochella" - Sustainability Fair, Speakers & Music Fest
Thursday, April 2nd, Fair: 3pm,
West Lawn. Music: 6pm, Red Barn
EcochellaThe Engage.Lead.Serve Board's Green Initiatives and Student Activities Board present an unforgettable day of performers and action for sustainability! This is a YES! Fest event! 2015 is Louisville's Year of Environment & SustainabilityA sustainability fair will be held on the SAC West Lawn during the afternoon, followed by an evening of speakers and music featuring The Louisville Crashers, The Deloreans, and Appalatin. Our speakers, who will be shedding light on the idea that "sustainability is more than recycling" include:

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

Whether you have to remind yourself to recycle, or you've fully adopted the free-range tofu and organic bicycling lifestyle, come out and enjoy an afternoon and evening of consciousness-raising with live, local bands and speakers,free food, and a whole host of activities! Free and open to the public. This is a YES! Fest event! Connect at Facebook Event Page.
April 2, 2015 LALS Tranquility Garden Dedication & Planting
Wednesday, April 2nd, 4pm, west side of Stevenson Hall

Join us as the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Dept. officially unveils The Latin American and Latino Studies Tranquility Garden. The goal of this space is to allow students, faculty, and staff a beautiful place to sit down, have lunch, conduct meetings, or simply study. One of the wonderful elements of the garden is how it “grew” from donations from UofL faculty and staff and members of the local community. Many of the beautiful plants that will be making their spring debut are donations from the gardens of Rhonda Buchanan, Richard Tabb, and Kevin D. Kouba. On April 2nd, we will open the garden and acknowledge the donors and students that have helped make this project happen. One of the highlights of this day will be a community planting in which attendees will be invited to plant annual flower seeds into a new plot that will be prepared in the early spring.
April 2, 2015 Equitable Louisville: From the Ground Up
Thursday, April 2nd, 4pm in Humanities 300
UofL's Social Change Program present a panel discussion featuring Lauren Heberle (Sociology Department), Valerie Magnuson (Louisville Grows), and Alicia Hurle (Kentuckians For The Commonwealth). This panel is part of the Spring 2015 lecture series on Building the Equitable City. It is free & open to the public. For more information, contact Avery Kolers, 852-0453, or check us out on Facebook.
April 6, 2015 Taste of Diversity
Monday, April 6th, 11am - 1pm in Strickler Hall lobby

Taste of Diversity is designed to introduce and educate students, staff and faculty to the wealth of cultural richness and ethnic diversity that exists at UofL and in our community. Representatives from a wide variety of community organizations will be on hand to communicate more about their work through displays of traditional arts, crafts, clothing, flags, events, etc. that reflect various cultures represented in our community. This is a great event to find information and resources on ways to get involved. Undergraduate Affairs will provide a tasting menu of food items from various cultures around the world.
April 10, 2015 Farmers Market Sampling and Promotion Workshop
Friday, April 10th 1-4 pm, School of Public Health & Information Sciences

The UofL Belknap Farmers Market & Gray Street Farmers Market have partnered with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to offer this FREE workshop in two parts: GAP Training for Sampling (1-3 p.m.) and Marketing and Promotion (3-4 p.m.). During GAP Training, attendees learn the best practices that will reduce the risk of their product becoming contaminated. Upon completion, you receive a GAP Training Certificate issued by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). The certificate is a component of the requirements to allow raw product samples at Kentucky Farmers' Markets. Sharon Spencer, KDA Farmers Market Marketing Specialist, will also present on farmers market displays, marketing, customer service, and highlight KDA resources. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are requested by April 6 to Darlene Shircliff at or 502-852-5143. In your message, please provide your name and farmers market.
April 13 - May 11, 2015 Give & Go! Move-Out Waste Reduction
April 13th through May 11th, 2015
Moving out? Don't throw it out!
During the spring move out, special collection bins will be set up in the lobbies of all UofL residence halls for the donation of any unwanted items: clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, appliances, lamps, electronics, decor, rugs, bags, school supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, batteries, and anything else you'd rather not keep. Two sets of bins will be available in each lobby - one for Goodwill items and another for items Goodwill cannot accept. All will be collected and repurposed or recycled with a goal of Zero Waste for Move-Out 2015! The Give and Go program is a partnership between Keep America Beautiful® and Goodwill Industries with support from the College & University Recycling Coalition. Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is proud to partner with UofL Housing & Residence Life and the Sustainability Council's Solid Waste Reduction Committee for this initiative! For more information: Heather Hise, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, 502-553-6893; or Bryan Mathis, UofL, 502-641-7286.
  • A special "Lighten Your Load" free swap will be set up during early afternoon on Friday, April 24th in Miller Hall's First-Year Resource Center - all are welcome to come take or donate items.
April 17, 2015 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop
Friday, April 17th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! The Sustainability Council’s
EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and certification as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we'll continue our series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch each month. Please join us to learn more about sustainability and each other, whether you’re a recycler, avid bike commuter, local foodie, or social justice advocate! More info and sign-up form on EcoReps website.
April 21, 2015 Peace CorpsPeace Corps at UofL - Two Opportunities on 4/21/15

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

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

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

Facebook Event Page.
April 22, 2015 Earth Day Workshop: Get Back To The Land with Sustainable Gardening!
Wednesday, April 22nd, 3-4pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Earth Day is the perfect time to get back to the land! Justin Mog, PhD (UofL's Asst. to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives) has been an organic gardener for decades and will share some of the basics about how to start and maintain a sustainable garden so that you can grow your own fresh, local food – whether it’s in pots on your porch, in your backyard, or in a community garden. Justin has extensive experience with all those methods of growing in Louisville and has worked as a crop extensionist with farmers around the world. This session will be a hands-on workshop using the many resources available at UofL’s own organic Garden Commons which is a space open to all UofL staff, faculty, and students to learn about and grow food year-round. Garden Commons features 10 raised-beds, in-ground beds, a small orchard and berry bushes, an herb spiral, a permaculture hugelkulture mound, a greenhouse, compost bins, and rain barrels. All elements of this sustainable urban agriculture project will be explored during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to dress for outdoor garden work with closed shoes, but everyone will be accommodated. Gloves and tools will be provided. Facebook Event page.
Staff & Faculty please register here.
April 23, 2015 Faculty Workshop: Green Threads – Sustainability across the curriculum
TENTATIVELY: Reading Day, Thursday, April 23d, 9am - 4:15pm, Urban Studies Institute Room 117
Interested in integrating themes of environmental, social & economic stewardship into your courses?
The Sustainability Council invites full- & part-time faculty as well as GTA Academy participants from all disciplines to participate in the 2015 Green Threads workshop. We’ll explore ways to embed sustainability into your curriculum. UofL faculty will receive a $500 honorarium, resources for course development, info on local sustainability issues, & a new network of faculty from across UofL. Applications (download) must be submitted to Margaret Carrerio by March 25, 2015. Full details on Green Threads here.
May 6, 2015 Engineers Without Borders professional development conference on sustainability
Wednesday, May 6th 9am - 5pm

UofL's Engineers Without Borders USA chapter will be hosting a professional development conference on the theme of sustainability. The theme was inspired by the Back to the Tap initiative and the UofL Sustainability Council's work with the Louisville Water Company. More details to come...
May 14 to Oct. 29, 2015 Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒2pm (May 14th to Oct. 29th)
Health Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.

With many different vendors at this year's market, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including prepared lunches and food trucks, plant-based prepared meals, fruits, vegetables, baked & canned goods, granola, popcorn, honey, maple syrup, and more. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Debit cards and SNAP benefits accepted. Special events for 2015: Cooking demonstrations with Chef Mat Shalenko 11am-1pm on June 11, August 27, and Oct. 8.
Easily accessible from Belknap Campus on TARC Route 18 (free with UofL ID) or via a pleasant 15 minute bike ride. Open weekly rain or shine. Watch Vendor Spotlights and recordings of our Monthly 20/20 Talks (a short seminar series on food and sustainability) on the GSFM YouTube Channel! Full details here, contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, or follow on Facebook.
May 28 to Oct. 15, 2015 Belknap Farmers Market, Thursdays 3:30-6pm May-Oct.UofL Belknap Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:30-6:00pm (May 28th to Oct. 15th)
At 3rd St & Brandeis Ave in front of The Ville Grill

UofL Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns for its second year! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, baked goods, honey, popcorn, canned goods, crafts, bottled teas, and more. The Office of Health Promotion will also be on hand some weeks to provide healthy local food samples and cooking demos. Open weekly, rain or shine! Email comments/questions. Follow us on Facebook
Oct. 8-10, 2015 New Paths in the Environmental History of North America and the Ohio Valley
October 8-10, 2015 at UofL and The Filson Historical Society
UofL’s Arts and Culture Partnership and The Filson Institute for the Advanced Study of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South will host a three-day academic conference to explore the environmental history of North America. The conference will explore the history of interactions between humans and the physical environment, with a particular focus on issues most relevant to the environmental history of the Ohio Valley from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. The conference seeks to understand the changing nature of the landscape, the built environment, and the political and cultural debates over how to protect and exploit the physical environment.
2015 YES! Fest: Year of Environment & Sustainability
The conference will begin Thursday evening with a keynote address by Professor Uwe Lübken, Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. On Friday and Saturday, the conference will meet in consecutive plenary sessions, with three sessions each day.

For questions concerning the conference, please contact Dr. A. Glenn Crothers, or consult the UofL History Department website; and The Filson website. This is a YES! Fest event!
2015 2015 YES! Fest: Year of Environment & Sustainability YES! Fest 2015 - A Year of Environment and Sustainability
A year-long festival of our region's dynamic arts & cultural organizations united by the power of YES! In 2015, UofL's Center for Arts & Culture Partnerships along with over 100 member organizations of the Arts & Cultural Attractions Council of Louisville & Southern Indiana are uniting to connect the arts, culture and the environment. YES! Fest unites organizations throughout the community who have rarely worked together and will provide art and culture where no one has ever expected to see it – perhaps at a recycling center or a landfill – and will engage dialogue and thoughtful conversation about sustainability throughout our community. Don't miss out! Get in on the fun at our Events Calendar and Facebook Page.

  • Meeting times for the Sustainability Council and its Committees are available here:
  • The Sustainability Council's anchor event each fall is Campus Sustainability Day in mid-October:





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