Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
Date Event
Sept. 26 & Oct. 10, 2020 https://se-infra-imageserver2.azureedge.net/clink/images/4e5ce5be-2d80-4b81-afe7-a65dcc07f680622321b5-24b2-45a9-9acf-db05c65cb3b0.png?preset=large-wPollinator Garden Workdays
Saturdays, Sept. 26th & Oct. 10th, 8am-10am, Korfhage Native Plant Garden (west of Life Sciences)
The UofL Botanical Society invites you to join us for a workday at the Pollinator Garden next to the Life Sciences building! It's in need of some love. We will be following all COVID-19 guidelines as outlined by UofL and the CDC. Masks will be required. If you do not have one, one will be provided for you. Social distancing also required. Please bring plenty of water and gardening gloves. We also recommend a hat, light snack, long pants, and sunscreen. We will not have workdays if it is raining, above 90 degrees, less than 40 degrees, or under otherwise hazardous conditions. This event will take place every other Saturday from September 12 - October 10.
Every Sunday UofL Community CompostingUofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm
250 E. Bloom St. (one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map here)

Come help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep! All participants will be welcome to haul back home some rich UofL compost for their own gardening projects in whatever containers/vehicles they bring. This is a weekly service opportunity throughout the year. Contact: Brian Barnes, 502-338-1338.
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2020 2020 National Bike Challenge
May 1st to September 30th, 2020

Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2020 National Bike Challenge! Show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register for the National Bike Challenge and Join Team UofL as an individual to compete against your peers. Your miles and days cycled will qualify employees for great prizes through Get Healthy Now, including the grand prize of a $400 voucher to a local bike shop, co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council! The National Bike Challenge is open to everyone, however the Get Healthy Now competition is restricted to UofL employees, retirees, and their spouses/qualifying adults. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free!Love To Ride banner
Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2020 Fishing in Ohio River: photo by John NationOhio River Basin 2020 Summit
Wednesday, September 30th - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
The Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education (ORBCRE) and the Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) Present: "Bridging Visions to Protect Our Health, Economy and Environment in the Ohio River Basin." Conference Topics Include: Invasive species, HABS, Land Use, Populations, Ecosystem Services and Economics, Nutrients, Policy, Citizen Science, Contaminants of Emerging Concerns, Connectance between Streams and Rivers, Anthropological and Archaeological Research, Outdoor Recreation and Therapeutic Effects, Scientific Communications, Ecosystem Restoration, Abandoned Mine Impacts, Ecological Economics, Invasive Species, Aquatic Biology, ArcGIS Applications, Drought Management, Environmental Policy, Flood Management, Food, Energy and Water Nexus, Geological Science, Hydrological Modeling, Social Hydrology, Stormwater Nutrient Removal and Mitigation, Stormwater BMPs, Watershed Management, Water Quality Impairment Studies, Water Resource Engineering and Management, Story-telling and Ethnography.
The Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) will be hosting a series of implementation workshops for the Ohio River Basin Plan 2020 on Wednesday September 30th. The six workshops are based on the goals of the Ohio River Basin Plan:
•    Reliable Flood Control and Risk Reduction
•    River Transportation Corridor
•    Healthy, Productive Ecosystems
•    World-Class Recreation Opportunities
•    Abundant Clean Water
•    Knowledge-Informed Decisions
Full details and registration on conference website here.
Oct. 2, 2020 Sustainability Roundtable: Seizing the Day for Ohio River Restoration
Friday, Oct. 2nd, 10am-noon, online (pre-registration required by Sept. 30th)

Kayaking in the Ohio River: photo by John NationIn collaboration with the Ohio River Basin 2020 Summit and Symposium, UofL's Sustainability Roundtable invites you to this very special online conversation to conclude the Summit, which is free and open to the public. Join staff from the National Wildlife Federation in an interactive discussion about a proposed science-based framework for ecosystem restoration that considers threats – including habitat loss, climate change, and others – to the Ohio River and its tributaries, impacts from those threats, and potential approaches to restoring the aquatic environment in the basin. We believe we have a historic opportunity to engage many diverse stakeholders in crafting a visionary ecosystem restoration plan for the Ohio River that leads to a strong restoration economy, supports people who have historically borne the brunt of pollution and environmental degradation – people of color, rural and low-income communities, and tribal nations – and benefits fish, wildlife, and many other species in the basin. Come prepared to offer ideas, energy, and insight. It’s going to take all of us to restore the Ohio River and the rivers, wetlands, and habitats in the 15-state region that contribute to a healthy and productive ecosystem. Working together, we can make a difference. So please join in the discussion and participate in the crafting of a visionary ecosystem restoration plan from Day 1. Register here by Sept. 30, 2020.
Fridays, through Nov. 20, 2020 Garden Commons workdayGarden Commons Fall Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
All are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons in its new location at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from  the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden! Join us to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday at noon throughout the fall (Aug. 28 - Nov. 20) to harvest, weed, water, and plant. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Please bring drinking water & bags to harvest into! Wear a mask and practice physical distancing to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. The Garden Commons is open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on Facebook or Instagram.
Oct. 2, 2020  Breonna Taylor Memorial Walk, Tree Plantings & Voter Registration
Friday, Oct. 2nd, 3:15pm-5pm
Departs from: University Pointe (Belknap) or HSC 620 Garage (Clay & Muhammad Ali)
UofL's Commission on Diversity and Racial Equity (CODRE) is organizing a peaceful walk to honor a life cut too short and to promote voter registration (and voting) before voter registration closes on October 5th. The schedule will be:

3:15 p.m. Gathering
3:30 p.m. Departure from both Belknap and HSC campuses  
and walking to join together at Spaulding’s green space at W. Kentucky St. and S. 2nd St.
Planned activities to include:     

  • Planting of two trees one on each campus
  • Voter registration tables
  • Speakers at the green space at Spaulding

MAP of Walk Route

Voter Registration form

Oct. 7, 2020


You Can't Be Neutral: White Anti-Racism Past & Present

Wednesday, Oct. 7th, noon-1pm, online - register here.
This special online program is in partnership with the University of Louisville, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research (ABI), Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, & The Carl Braden Memorial Center. From the abolitionists to the Civil Rights Movement to so-called “color-blindness" to today's uprisings, a few whites have always joined Black and brown people in the struggle for racial justice. Too few, often marginalized or drowned out by white supremacist voices, white anti-racists are increasing in number in 2020. Through this timely and important discussion, our panelists will explore: What does it mean to choose sides in the battle for racial equity historically and today? What kind of culture and values will help white anti-racist spaces and numbers grow? And how is liberation for all of us tied to Black Liberation? Panelists include:

  • Carla Wallace: ABI Community Council Co-chair, LSURJ Co-founder, and Fairness Campaign Co-founder
  • Shameka Parrish-Wright: ABI Community Council co-chair and Director of Bail Project Louisville
  • Hannah White: University of Louisville Senior History and Spanish major whose research focuses on southern anti-racist organizing of the 1970s
  • Dr. Cate Fosl: ABI Director and Historian, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Author of 'Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South'
Register here.
2020-2021 UofL Theatre Arts 2020-2021 Season: Sustaining a Future: A Season of Sustainability
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021, The Playhouse
Join us for a special season of plays focused on sustainability! The season will begin with a production of The Birds by Conor McPherson. Other plays that were planned include: Jacked by Idris Goodwin, Ruined by Lynn Nottage, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, Revelations by Ed Bullins & Suzan-Lori Parks, and Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine. Full details and ticket info TBA here.
Oct. 23-30, 2020 UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 23-30, 2020
I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! More events TBA, but the week will include:
If you are interested in hosting an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact .
Oct. 23, 2020

UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2020
8:30am-10:30am, HSC Kornhauser plaza
11am-2pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
3pm, HSC Clinical & Translational Research Bldg. (CTR)

Come help us restore Louisville's shrinking tree canopy. Join us for a celebration of UofL’s on-going commitment to trees and our status as a Tree Campus USA (for 10 years running!).

  • Students taking home free trees at UofL Arbor Day 2018Help us plant new trees on campus! Three opportunities:
    9:30am at Abraham Flexner Way & Preston
    Noon meet at the Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
    3pm at HSC Clinical & Translational Research Bldg. (CTR)
  • Take home free native tree saplings to plant in your yard or neighborhood! You will be able to take your pick of roughleaf and silky dogwoods, black walnuts, and Shumard oaks (bright red fall foliage, full sun, tolerates pollution and drought).
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • Enjoy tree smoothies made entirely with tree fruits and nuts, including native pawpaws from a Louisville community garden, and peaches and native serviceberries harvested right here on campus!
  • At HSC, you'll also be able to sample another delicious treat from trees: coffee! And we'll be giving away reusable utensils.
  • At 11am, join us online for a tree-themed Sustainability Roundtable: Green Forests Work

Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, HSC Green Team, UofL Dining, and UofL Office of Health Promotion. RSVP on Facebook. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!

Oct. 23, 2020 Green Forests WorkSustainability Roundtable: Green Forests Work
Friday, Oct. 23rd, 11am-noon, online
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 430 698 464#)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtables on alternate Fridays throughout the fall. Our speaker on October 23rd will be Michael French, Director of Operations for Green Forests Work, a non-profit whose mission is to re-establish healthy and productive forests on formerly mined lands in Appalachia and beyond. GFW’s vision is to create a renewable and sustainable multi-use resource that will provide economic opportunities while enhancing the local and global environment. By converting reclaimed, non-native grasslands and shrublands into healthy, productive forestland, GFW is effectively addressing two needs of the region. Their reforestation projects provide jobs for equipment operators, nursery workers, and tree planters, and improve the environment by eradicating non-native species and restoring ecosystem services. With the help of partners and volunteers, this vision is quickly becoming a reality. Since 2009, they have planted more than 2.8 million trees on nearly 4,500 acres. Michael's talk is titled "Green Forests Work: Restoring Ecosystem Service and Creating Economic Opportunities on Surface Mined Lands across Appalachia."
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 28, 2020 13th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 28th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
  • Campus Sustainability Day FairJoin us for the 13th annual celebration of all things sustainable at UofL and in our community! Learn what campus and community groups are doing to create a sustainable revolution. Sign-up to get involved and leave with some green freebies, great information, and a smile on your face!
  • Take the Cards Go Green Pledge and earn an ethically-sourced reusable mug!
  • Learn about all of UofL's Transportation Alternatives, and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's Bike Fix-It Stations! Bring your bike for a tune-up!
  • TENTATIVE: UofL Environmental Health & Safety will be collecting all kinds of lamps & batteries for recycling, including: Alkaline (A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt); Button-cell; Lithium; Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad); Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH); Lead and Lead-acid; Carbon-zinc; and Mercury batteries.
  • TENTATIVE: Shred-It will offer free shredding and recycling of documents, videotapes, and computer diskettes from their truck in the circle in front of the College of Business 10am - 2pm.
If you'd like to host a sustainability-related booth or activity at the Campus Sustainability Day fair, please contact Henny Ransdell. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 28, 2020 Post-Landfill Action Network Movie Night: Plastic Wars
Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 6pm, online - register here
UofL is a proud member of the student-led Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN). This Fall, PLAN is hosting free Monthly Movement Movie Nights! PLAN will live-stream for you a different documentary each month, highlighting certain areas of environmental and social injustice. Afterwards, there will be a discussion led by a PLAN staff member and all of YOU! The October film is "Plastic Wars." Less than 10% of plastics produced have been recycled. The remaining 90+% ends up in landfills, incinerators, or worse of all as pollution in our environment. The Plastic Industry has faced serious scrutiny and now wants us to believe that they are working to fix the problem, but what are they really doing? Are plastic producing companies really trying to fix this problem they have created, or are they just trying to continue to tell us the same old story. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 30, 2020 EcoReps Workshop: Topic/Guest TBA
Friday, Oct. 30th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210
Virtual & In-Person for up to 10 attendees (seats are first-come, first-served)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! The Sustainability Council’s Eco-Reps logoEcoReps 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 leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This fall, we continue our series of in-person and virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210 and online. All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
Nov. 6, 2020 LaneBoldmanKCC.jpgSustainability Roundtable: Environmental Priorities affecting State Government
Friday, Nov. 6th, 11am, online
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 430 698 464#)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. Our speaker on November 6th will be Lane Boldman, Executive Director of the Kentucky Conservation Committee, on the topic of "Environmental Priorities affecting State Government." Lane has been working on environmental advocacy issues in Kentucky and nationally since 1992 and has been with the Kentucky Conservation Committee since 2014. Lane is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter of the US Green Building Council and the Lexington Corridors Commission (since 2016). Her background includes working as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator for the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, and as a leader in multiple positions for the Sierra Club. Lane has previously chaired the Cumberland (Kentucky) Chapter of the Sierra Club and held leadership roles in the areas of mining, forestry, wild lands, energy and communications for more than two decades. Lane has also served on the Sierra Club’s national Board of Directors, holding positions as Secretary, Vice President for Volunteer Leadership and Vice President for Visibility and Outreach. In addition Lane has led policy teams for the Sierra Club on Natural Gas Fracking, and as Chair for the Sierra Club’s Council of Sierra Club Leaders. Lane has also previously served on the board of Citizens Coal Council, working to empower citizens affected by the impacts of mining and coal,  the board of the US Green Building Council/Kentucky Market Leadership, and the board of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Nov. 11, 2020 Calling In The Call Out Culture
Wednesday, Nov. 11th at 5:30pm, online
The 14th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture will feature Loretta Ross, a Visiting Associate Professor at Smith College in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. She started her career in activism and social change in the 1970s, working at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Black Women’s Health Project, the Center for Democratic Renewal (National Anti-Klan Network), and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, among others. Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction co-written with Rickie Solinger, and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique, both published in 2017. Her forthcoming book is Calling In the Calling Out Culture: Detoxing Our Movement, due out soon. This will be the first-ever virtual Anne Braden Lecture.
Nov. 13, 2020 Garden Commons Workshop: Wreath Making
Friday, Nov. 13th, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)Garden Interns: Avalon Gupta VerWiebe & Ellie Miller
Get in the holiday spirit! Come learn how to make your own beautiful wreath using a variety of plant materials from campus and herbs from our garden. It's easier than you might think and you'll take home something beautiful and unique. This is the last in our fall series of Garden Workshops on Fridays at noon. The Garden Commons is open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.
Nov. 20, 2020 EcoReps Workshop: Topic/Guest TBA
Friday, Nov. 20th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210
Virtual & In-Person for up to 10 attendees (seats are first-come, first-served)

Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! The Sustainability Council’s
Eco-Reps logoEcoReps 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 leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This fall, we continue our series of in-person and virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.

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