Campus Housing promotes sustainability and green initiatives within our residence halls. A few examples are recycling bins located in each hall, ongoing collaborations with campus and community partners in facilitating sustainability programming, and the promotion of a green lifestyle among residents.

Bike Sharephoto of student on bicycle

Another way to be sustainable is to take advantage of the Bike Share Program. This program is offered to all UofL students, and it is entirely free.

The bikes are reclaimed and repaired, keeping them out of landfills. UofL students can check out a bike from any residence hall or the Student Recreation Center on a daily basis. Students are welcome to utilize the bikes on or around campus, and they may check out a bike as frequently as they would like. 

Students who would like to own a bike are encouraged to participate in the Earn-A-Bike Program (opens in a new window)

Sustainability Living-Learning Community

This community provides students interested in sustainability and sustainable living with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the principles and practice of sustainability, while developing skills, leadership, and a community of support. Participants in this immersive LLC will live together, take classes together, and take action together. They will participate in campus sustainability programming and service projects. As sustainability is an inherently transdisciplinary pursuit, participants from any major are welcome. You do not have to be pursuing a degree in Sustainability to live in this community, but participants will be exposed to this new major as an option. 

Cardinal Cupboard Food Pantry

The Cardinal Cupboard's goal is to reduce food waste on campus by allowing students, faculty,and staff to donate unwanted food items and offer it to those in need.Located on the Swain Student Activities Center W314 (Third Floor).

GREEN ROOM, its one-of-a-kind!

The Green Room gives students who have a passion for sustainability an opportunity to experience and facilitate sustainable living practices on campus. The students who reside in the Green Room for the 2017 - 2018 academic year will assume the leadership position, Co-Undergraduate Coordinator for Sustainability. It is a double occupancy room, renovated in 2009 using green design principles, featuring several innovative amenities such as bamboo flooring, low-flow bathroom fixtures, a self-healing clay wall, ceiling fan, and large windows. These unique features not only make the Green Room unlike any other on campus, but they help reduce costs by minimizing energy and water usage.

For more information about the Green Room (as well as a video about the room), follow the links below:

University of Louisville Model Green Rooms
Green Room featured in U of L Today!

Ecolympics is a university wide program that incorporates two national programs, Recycle Mania and Campus Conservation Nationals. The goal of Ecolympics is to reduce trash, waste, and energy consumption across campus and to make our university greener and more sustainable. Prizes are award to those individuals who go above and beyond with implementing green initiatives in their everyday routine. A portion of Ecolympics also involves a hall verses hall competition with campus housing. The hall who reduces the most energy usage over the course of 3 weeks wins a hall prize. Last year's winner was Threlkeld hall who won a Marks Feed Store catered party for all their residents!

Lighten Your Load

Also, we would like to invite you all the attend the signature event, Lighten Your Load, that will be held on April 22, 2020 between 11am-2pm under the SAC ramp (if inclement weather it will be moved to the Miller FYRC). Students will have the opportunity to peruse the collected donated items. All items are free and we welcome anyone to drop off any donated items as well at the event! Last year, the University of Louisville donated over 8,800 pounds of donated items to the local Goodwill! Let's beat this record!April 1, 2020 is the official kick off of the Lighten Your Load event within the residence halls on campus! A giant blue container will be been placed in each of the residence halls to serve as collection points for the residents. This program is an opportunity for residents to donate any unwanted items instead of throwing them away at the end of the year. Items that can be donated include the following:

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Small electronics and appliances
  • Miscellaneous household goods
  • Towels
  • Books and school supplies
  • Backpacks and purses