Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
March 28, 2017Green Landscape Management Equipment Expo
Tuesday, March 28th, 12:30-2:00pm, UofL Grounds Shop (1820 Arthur St, enter lot from Floyd St at black screened fence)
Come see green-powered (non-gasoline/diesel) equipment and see how advanced “clean” has become. Feel it, use it, drive it and talk with representatives.
12:30-1pm Meet and Greet
1-2pm Presentations and Roundtable Discussion
Sponsored by the Green Grounds/Spaces and Maintenance Equipment Team of the Partnership for a Green City.
Wednesdays Jan. 25 - Apr. 19, 2017UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Wednesdays, 11am-2pm, Unitas Tower basement
The UofL Free Store will be open Wednesdays from 11am-2pm throughout Spring 2017 (1/25 to 4/19 except Spring Break 3/15). 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 and can now be dropped off any time in the red bins outside the Store! 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 the student environmental organization, Group Recycling And Sustainable Solutions (GRASS), with the support of UofL's Sustainability Council. UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. We need your help to keep the store open! To volunteer, email
March 30, 2017Hill Street Blues?! Public Meetings on Redesign
Thursday, March 30th, 11:30am-1:30pm & 5-7pm, Ekstrom Library Room W210 (directions)
Members of the university community and the public are encouraged to join us for this discussion with Metro Public Works about plans to repave and reconfigure an important corridor on the edge of Belknap Campus: Hill Street from 1st St to Meriwether Ave. The city is seeking input on how this corridor could be reconfigured to make it safer for all road users, including drivers, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. Bring your ideas and come prepared to comment on the options that will be presented. You are also encouraged to participate in Bicycling For Louisville's advocacy survey to gauge public opinion about this and other potential projects in the coming months and years.
March 30, 2017Image may contain: stripes and text13th Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, March 30th, 5:30pm, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
Join us for a free screening of Ava Duvurnay’s 13th, an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary featuring scholars, activists and politicians analyzing the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. The film offers a thought-provoking look at the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States, and will be followed by a panel discussion. This program is co-sponsored by the UofL Department of Philosophy, Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society, and Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium.
March 31, 2017Sustainability Roundtable: Metro Office of Sustainability
Friday, March 31st, 11am-noon,
Life Sciences Room 135
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am January 20th through April 14th! On March 31st, we'll hear from Maria Koetter, Director of the Office of Sustainability (Louisville Metro Government), providing a Program Overview and Q&A. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability (or social-ecological resilience) 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 Daniel DeCaro.
Through Apr. 1, 2017Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2017
Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet!

RecycleMania! - February 5th to April 1st, 2017
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL will compete to reduce waste, increase recycling & composting, and raise conservation awareness across all three campuses! Keep up with the Cards progress at the RecycleMania website.

  • RecycleMania!Help the Cards to victory by avoiding disposables (bring your own mug, bottle, plate, etc.) and fully utilizing UofL’s amazingly easy, single-stream recycling system that lets you recycle everything in the same bin, everywhere on campus: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.
  • New for 2017: We're now collecting food wastes for composting from all Campus Housing locations and adding those numbers to UofL's organics recycling totals! Look for a compost collection bin in your residence hall's common kitchen or trash room, and add your organic wastes to our totals! Please no animal/dairy products or liquids, but otherwise, if it came from a plant, we want to compost it: fruit & vegetable wastes/peels/rinds/seeds, bread, pasta, rice, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, even paper products (tissues, towels, napkins, plates, cups, newspaper, etc.).
    >> To raise awareness about food waste and composting, UofL Dining will host Weigh The Waste events during lunch at the Ville Grill on February 16th, March 23rd, and April 13th.
  • New for 2017: We'll be competing in the E-waste Recycling category, and offering a collection of electronic wastes for recycling Feb. 13th 8:30am-3pm at the SAC Multipurpose Room. We can recycle any electronic consumer items, including: all computers, monitors, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, servers, networking equipment, fax machines, telephones and cellphones, RAM/memory, hard drives, battery backups, and peripherals such as keyboards, mice, speakers, AC adapters, and mixed computer cables/wires. Please make sure your data has been wiped from your device before recycling.
Campus Conservation Nationals - Feb. 13 to March 5, 2017

 Live on campus? Win with conservation! UofL residence halls will compete amongst each other and battle together against campuses across the country to see who can reduce electricity use the most over three weeks. All you have to do is stop wasting energy! Turn off lights/TVs/computers; unplug anything you're not actively using; skip the elevator for the stairs; close windows tightly; dry clothes on a rack/line; take quick showers or shower with solar power at the SRC; etc.

  • Make a personal commitment to reduce and keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard! Click on the links below to see how much electricity your hall is using and to make a commitment to conserve!

  1. Bettie Johnson HallJoin The National Day Of Unplugging – March 3-4 2017
  2. Community Park (real-time!)
  3. Kurz Hall (real-time!)
  4. Louisville Hall (real-time!)
  5. Miller Hall
  6. Threlkeld Hall
  7. Unitas Hall (real-time!)
  8. University Tower Apartments (UTA)
  • The UofL residence hall which cuts electricity use the most will win a specially catered dinner and a Green Renovation project for the hall!
  • Get in the running to win a bicycle (or $400 bike shop voucher) for Ecolympics 2017! Through the end of RecycleMania on April 1st, post photos of yourself taking green actions on social media using the hashtag #ULecolympics2017 and tag @uoflsustainable. The person posting the most green actions will win! Any sustainable action counts: recycling, composting, donating reusable items, riding a bike or bus, carpooling, buying local, taking the stairs, unplugging, turning off lights, TVs & devices, air-drying laundry & choosing the cold setting, taking shorter showers, etc.
SundaysUofL 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.
Mondays through Apr. 24, 2017Garden Commons 2011 ExpansionGarden Commons Workdays
Mondays, Jan. 16th - Apr. 24th, 1-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden for our group workdays! Learn (by doing) how to grow vegetables all year-round in our greenhouse, aquaponics system, and outdoor beds! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Monday at 1pm from Jan. 16th to Apr. 24th. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. 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.
April 4, 2017Anne Braden Institute 10th Anniversary and “Beyond Vietnam” read-in
Tuesday, April 4th. 11:30am-1:30pm Ekstrom Quad & SAC Ramp. 4:30-6pm Ekstrom 258.
On April 4, 2007, Julian Bond cut the ceremonial ribbon at Room 258 of Ekstrom Library, marking the official opening of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. April 4, 2017, marks the 10th anniversary of that occasion, as well as the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King delivering his powerful “Beyond Vietnam” speech.
To commemorate both of these events, the ABI will be sponsoring a “Beyond Vietnam” read-in on the Ekstrom Library quad and the Student Activites Center bridge of the UofL Belknap campus, from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.
From 4:30-6 PM, we will host a 10th Anniversary Open House in the ABI to celebrate 10 years of bridging the gap between academic research and community activism. Join us for food, drinks, and community. All are welcome.
April 5, 2017Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy: Communities & Ecosystems
Wednesday, April 5th, 6pm, Law School room 275
Image may contain: 1 person, suitKeith Hirokawa is a national expert in environmental, natural resources, land use, and property law. His research focuses on local environmental law, ecosystem services policy, watershed management, and environmental impact analysis. He is co-editor of Greening Local Government (ABA, 2012). Professor Hirokawa is Associate Professor of Law at Albany Law School, and previously taught at law schools at Texas Wesleyan University and University of Oregon. He practiced land use and environmental law in Oregon and Washington, was heavily involved with community groups and nonprofit organizations., and has spoken with U.S. EPA staff about sustaining ecosystem services through local environmental law. Professor Hirokawa was named Distinguished Environmental Scholar by Vermont Law School for Summer 2017. He earned his JD and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut, and his LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School. The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund, the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund, and the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility.
April 6, 2017Dorothy RobertsKilling the Black Body Redux: 20 Years of Reproductive Violence & Justice
Thursday, April 6th, 5:30pm, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
Dr. Dorothy Roberts will be speaking for the Minx Auerbach Lecture in Women's & Gender Studies. Dr. Roberts is an American scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate. She writes and lectures on gender, race and class in legal issues. Her concerns include changing thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare and bioethics. Roberts is the author of Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the 21st Century; Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare; and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. She has published more than 50 articles and essays in books, journals, newspapers, and magazines as well as co-authored casebooks on constitutional law and women and the law. The lecture is free and open to the public; reception to follow.
April 7, 2017UofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree PlantingUofL Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 7th, 11am-1pm, between Louisville Hall & UTA (4th & Brandeis)

April 7th is Arbor Day 2017 in Kentucky! 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 7 years running!).
  • At noon, you can help us plant a tree outside of Louisville Hall!
  • Take home a free native tree sapling to plant in your yard or neighborhood! We'll be giving away 100 Eastern Redbuds and 100 Roughleaf Dogwoods (provided by the Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District).
  • Come on out and enjoy music played on wooden instruments!
  • Tree-themed activities, pie and giveaways!
  • Bike-blender smoothies made entirely with tree fruits and nuts!
Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, Campus Housing, and Office of Health Promotion.
April 7, 2017TEDxUofL 2017: Growth
Friday, April 7th, 10am-4pm, Red Barn. Free Registration(s) Required.
The Dept. of Urban and Public Affair’s Planning Student Organization is hosting the third installment of TEDxUofL, this time on the theme of Growth. Speakers
from many different fields will discuss ways in which creative ideas and a strong sense of community can be utilized to grow a better world where every culture is accepted for who they are. The day will be divided into three sections, each requiring separate registration via the links below:
Session 1: Cultural Competency | 10-11:30am
   Dr. Aaron Rollins - Professor of Public Administration, University of Louisville
   Tony Belak, JD - Associate Director, International Center for Compassionate Organizations
   Dr. Pradeep Deshpand e- CEO, Six Sigma and Advanced Control
   Dr. Brandy Kelly Pryor - Director, Center For Health Equity
Session 2: Community | 12-1:30pm
   John Hopkins - Senior Program Coordinator, Center For Neighborhoods
   Eric Blair - Job Developer, Kentucky Refugee Ministries
   Jessica Pendergrass - Director, Louisville Grows
   Lynn Rippy - Director, YouthBuild
Session 3: Creation | 2-3:30pm
   Mark Hogg - Founder and CEO, Waterstep
   Josh Miller - COO and Co-Founder/Partner, IDEAS xLAB
   Dr. Nat Irvin, II - Professor of Business, University of Louisville
   Ehren Reed - Outreach Program Manager, Louisville Visual Art
Due to the venue capacity, restriction by TED, and our interest in allowing as many people as possible to attend this event, you must pre-register for each session individually. Further information at or email
April 7, 2017Panel: Women Faculty of Color
Friday, April 7th, 2-4pm Shumaker Research Building room 139
Join us to hear graduate students and faculty of color share their own stories of success and struggle and discuss tools and strategies for building lasting relationships and staying motivated and energized as academics. As a member of the ACC, UofL has been able to sponsor several graduate students & faculty to attend the Women Faculty of Color conference which aims to help current faculty and emerging scholars of color “gain lessons, ideas, tools, and strategies to bring back to their institutions, organizations, and communities; make new contacts and build lasting relationships; [and become more] inspired, motivated, energized, and empowered.” The women who have been sponsored to attend the conference will serve as panelists for our annual Women’s Panel. The panelists will share some of the tools and strategies they learn at the conference and share their own stories, including their struggles and successes, as women faculty of color. Panelists include: Khirsten Echols, PhD Student, Department of English - Rhetoric and Composition; Sara Alvarez, PhD Student, Department of English - Rhetoric and Composition; Jelisa Clark, PhD Student, Department of Sociology; Ashanka Kumari, PhD Student, Department of English - Rhetoric and Composition; Dr. J’Amie Jennings, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences; Dr. Detra Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development; and moderator Dr. Latonia Craig, Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Recruitment, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Please register for this event here.
April 11, 2017Nuts and Bolts of Community-Engaged Research
Tuesday, April 11th, noon-1pm, Ekstrom Library, 3rd Floor
Community-engaged research is an emerging area in many academic disciplines. Engaged research has some unique characteristics and should be tailored to be venue- and discipline-specific. This Dine & Discover session will explore how faculty can generate scholarly (research and theoretical) products from their engaged work focused on community and student impact. More info and registration here.
April 11, 2017Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement Symposium
Tuesday, April 11th, 12:30 - 4:00pm, Shumaker Research Building 1st Floor
Community engagement and community-based learning such as service learning projects are all part of undergraduate research.  Faculty and students are encouraged to submit abstracts about their community engagement work inside or outside of the classroom (especially joint projects between faculty and students). This Symposium is a chance for undergraduates to share with the university community how faculty, staff and students are applying teaching/learning, research and service to address community needs. It provides a forum where students can showcase projects that build on and enrich community engagement across the disciplines. It is an opportunity for students, faculty and the community to come together to celebrate the learning happening through service and community engagement.  It is a place for students to learn about research and other community outreach activities at UofL. Full details and abstract submission information here.
April 13, 2017From People to Pixels: Mapping Global Population Patterns with the WorldPop Project
Thursday, April 13th, noon, University Club, $15 Lunch Reservations Required
From People to Pixels: Mapping Global Population Patterns with the WorldPop ProjectThe College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college’s research and cultural offerings. On April 13th, we'll hear from Geography and Geosciences professors Andrea Gaughan and Forrest Stevens. They received a Gates Foundation grant to work on their WorldPop project that generates open source human population maps. Contemporary, fine spatial scale, gridded population data is a crucial component for research across disciplines. Such data is necessary for understanding the ‘now’ of hazard risk and mitigation management, health and disease modelling, economic, environmental, and sustainability related work. The maps have been broadly adopted by international and government agencies for effective policy, planning, and interventions where a strong foundation of evidence is needed. Reservations are required for each Meet the Professor, with $15 payment by check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 852-2247 or via email no later than April 10th.
April 14, 2017Sustainability Roundtable
Friday, April 14th, 11am-noon, Life Sciences Room 135
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am this spring! The format is a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! Anyone with an interest in sustainability (or social-ecological resilience) 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 Daniel DeCaro.
April 15, 2017Louisville Urban Tree Symposium
Saturday, April 15th, 8:30am – 4:00pm, Ernst Hall Room 103
Registration Required ($0-$25)
With the growing discussion of concerns related to the urban tree canopy of Louisville, it's not always easy to see that most of us love trees! On April 15th, we are bringing people together to learn about the many aspects of trees during a community oriented tree symposium that will educate us about trees in Kentuckiana and inform us of the actions we can take to secure their success for years to come. Whatever your interest in trees, we encourage you to join us in what will be an inspiring and motivational forum of experts from both near and far. The Partnership for a Green City is collaborating with TreesLouisville, Louisville Grows and the Louisville Metro Division of Forestry for this special event. Please bring your tree questions and creative energy to this extremely important topic.
Tickets cover lunch and some expenses of the event. Scholarships are available by contacting Brent at 852-8854. The agenda is listed below:
8:30—Welcome & Keynote Address: Jill Jonnes—Author of Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape (Baltimore, MD)
9:50—Arbor Day Presentation to Louisville Metro Government - a Kentucky Division of Forestry will present the City with the Tree City USA Award for the 17th year!
10:00—10:15 Break and Book Signing
10:15—Pathological Threats to the Urban Forest—Nicole Ward Gauthier (University of Kentucky)
10:45—Pest Threats to the Urban Forest—Joe Boggs (The Ohio State University)
11:15—The Public’s Myths & Fears of Trees in the Built Environment—Bill Fountain (University of Kentucky)
12:00 Lunch—Farm to Fork Catering
1:00—Venerable Trees—Tom Kimmerer - Author of Venerable Trees: History, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass (Lexington, KY)
2:00—Green Careers and Tree Pruning Presentation - Limbwalker owners, Chris O’Bryan and Cory Petry (Louisville, KY). The discussion will focus on how Chris and Cory became passionate about arboriculture, their business ethics, and how they are making a positive impact in protecting the Louisville tree canopy. The presentation will conclude with Chris and Cory providing attendees with hand on pruning basics and demonstrating their daily work with tree climbing and arboriculture best management practices.
4:00—Tree Give Away sponsored by Louisville Metro's Division of Community Forestry (Jefferson County residents that are non-attendees are welcome to be present at this time to receive up to 3 free trees).
We are hosting the event at the University of Louisville, which for the seventh consecutive year has won the designation of “Tree Campus USA” from the Arbor Day Foundation, similar to the Tree CIty USA designation mentioned previously. The designation recognizes UofL’s dedication to and investment in outstanding management of campus trees. At a later date, The Partnership will plant a tree on the UofL campus in honor of our speakers as an enduring gesture of thanks!
April 18, 2017Farm To Table Dinner
Tuesday, April 18th, Doors open at 5pm, Red Barn
Tickets: 2 Meal Swipes or $20
In advance of Earth Day 2017, UofL Dining will host our annual celebration of local food and farmers. Come join us for this first-class culinary experience - a unique feast of seasonally-appropriate, locally-sourced deliciousness! Dinner will consist of a unique four-course menu, made from scratch by expert chefs using local, farm-fresh ingredients. This will be a filling treat for vegetarians and carnivores alike.
April 20, 2017Lighten Your Load (on the Earth!)
Thursday, April 20th, 11am-2pm, Red Barn plaza
In advance of Earth Day 2017, a special "Lighten Your Load" free swap will be set up from 11am - 2pm outside the Red Barn - all are welcome to come take or donate items. There will also be free food, a DJ, and booths from student groups and local environmental organizations offering activities and information about how to lighten your load on Planet Earth!
April 21, 20173rd Annual UofL Day of Service
Friday, April 21st (rain date is April 28th), 8:30am-4pm
As part of our commitment to community engagement, UofL allows staff to take one day off a year to volunteer in the community. While employees are allowed to take any day of their choosing, the Office of Community Engagement organizes this campus-wide UofL Day of Service each year. Staff are especially encouraged to participate, but faculty and students are also welcome. This year, the UofL Sustainability Council has organized two on-campus volunteer sites for the Day of Service at UofL's Campus Gardens and the UofL Free Store. Participants must register for the 2017 UofL Day of Service (subject to supervisor approval), and will have the opportunity to choose from 4 sites (2 on campus, 2 off-campus). Participants must also fill out the Community Service Leave Request Form. Transportation, food, and materials will be provided.
April 21, 2017Faculty Workshop: Green Threads – Sustainability across the curriculum
Friday, April 21st, 9:15am-5pm, University Club
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 2017 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. Full details on Green Threads here.
Please submit an application with your department Chair’s approval that includes a description of how you’re considering changing an existing course or the new course you’d like to develop by Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 to Daniel DeCaro <>.
April 21, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Eco-RepsMaking Maple Syrup from UofL Trees (Pancake Party!)
Friday, April 21st at Noon, Ekstrom Library 3rd Floor Delphi Lab
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! This month, we'll enjoy a Pancake Party as we hear from those who have been tapping maple trees on campus as part of BIOL 104-15 - Laboratory for Introduction to Biological Systems. Professors Linda Fuselier and Grace Freundlich will be discussing the sap collection season and the process of making UofL maple syrup as we all enjoy the delicious fruits of their labor!
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 leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
April 21, 2017A Seat at the Table: Self-Positioning in Current Social Movements
Friday, April 21st, 6:30pm, Strickler Room 101
Want to get involved to improve the social climate we are currently living in? Don’t know how or where to position yourself? Join the Minority Association of Graduate Students (M.A.G.S.) as they host Jamilah Lemieux, former Senior Editor at EBONY and current Vice President of News and Men’s Programming at Interactive One, for a discussion on how to position yourself within current social movements. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs, the Commission on Diversity & Racial Equality, the Cultural Center, the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Department of English, Kent School of Social Work, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Email for more information.
April 23, 2017Americana Community Center Garden Project
Sunday, April 23rd, 10am-3pm, Americana World Community Center (4801 Southside Drive). Donate.

Interested in helping the refugees in our community? Americana helps 5,000 individuals yearly. The community garden program supports participants by providing healthy produce for themselves, families, and community while reconnecting with their cultural heritage and identity. You can support Americana's goal of being a beautiful, welcoming, and sustainable community space. With your help, this spring Americana will install a new rain garden and plant pollinator-attracting native perennials around the perimeter of their community garden. UofL students are seeking volunteers and working to raise funds and in-kind donations such as plants, tools, mulch, & seed. Contact: Caroline Miller <> or Erica Gaither <>.
May 18 - Oct. 25, 2017Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒2pm (May 18 to Oct. 25)
Health Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.

With 11 unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, pasture-raised meat & eggs, popcorn, honey & syrup, jams, granola, bread & baked goods, flowers, plants, prepared lunches, food trucks, and more. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open weekly rain or shine. Watch Vendor Spotlights and our 20/20 Talks on food and sustainability at the GSFM YouTube Channel! Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. More info: GSFM website, contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, or follow on Facebook.
May 21-24, 20172017 Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RE3) Workshop: Defining and Refining the Food-Energy-Water Nexus
May 21-24, 2017 at the  Muhammad Ali Center (144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202)
The NSF-funded, biannual Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE3) Workshop is organized by UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. Participation is encouraged from faculty, students, and staff of universities and institutes, business/corporate partners, national laboratories and entrepreneurs across the nation as well as local and regional high schools and junior colleges. The workshop encourages, strengthens, and creates partnerships among stakeholders at the state, region and national arenas, forging connections and fostering innovation and intellectual exchange among academic, small businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups and mature industrial partners.
The 2017 RE3 Workshop features presentations by speakers from universities, businesses, national laboratories, and funding agencies on the latest technical discoveries and thematic priorities for renewable energy and efficiency in the following key areas: Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus, Materials and Process Innovation, and Materials and Energy Entrepreneurship. Plenary lectures will focus on the grand challenges facing the FEW Nexus, with particular emphasis around how clean energy research can link the necessary science to push the scientific boundaries of the nexus further.
The workshop will be divided into three topical tracks that will be the focus of afternoon sessions of invited and submitted talks: clean energy-food, clean energy-water and clean energy-entrepreneurship.
In addition to plenary lectures and presentations, short educational courses for students, faculty, and industry are offered as a prelude to the kickoff for the workshop, including: 1) Materials Discovery and Advanced Materials Characterization; 2) Additive Manufacturing, Biogas production and Combined Heat & Power, 3) The Next Step: Technical Entrepreneurship in the Materials and Energy Sector.
A key outcome is enabling students, and researchers in academia, government and industry in energy-related fields and disciplines to increase national research competitiveness and viable renewable energy technology transfer and commercialization offerings.
The workshop agenda also features a poster session and formal and informal networking opportunities in addition to the short courses, presentations and product demonstrations. Conference talks will be presented as papers as a special online issue of ACS Energy Letters.
  • 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: Watch Video.

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