Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
DateEvent
Jan. 20, 2018WOW! Wonders of Water Brownie Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 20th, 10am - noon, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
UofL Employee and Student Rate: $12/scout and $3/adult (public rate is $15/scout/$5/adult)
Brownies get a bird's eye view of the special role water plays on our home planet, Earth and then tour the solar system to explore water (or the lack of) on other planets. Engaging demonstrations and hands-on activities inspire wonder and excitement about the vital role this precious natural resource has in making Earth the "Goldilocks Planet."
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.
Jan. 21, 2018Food Desert: Causes, Consequences and Solutions
Sunday, Jan, 21st, 4-6 p.m., The Yearlings Club (4309 W. Broadway)
The UofL/Yearlings Club Forum Series will host a panel discussion on Food Deserts, the lack of fresh vegetables and food in urban communities across the country. Statistics show that communities of color are more likely to live in “food deserts” — areas where communities lack access to supermarkets and other sources of affordable, nutritious foods necessary for maintaining a healthy diet. Food deserts play a major role in poor health and environmental degradation.
Through Apr. 23, 2018UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-1:30pm, Unitas Tower basement
UofL’s Free Store is open every Monday and Wednesday 11am-1:30pm throughout the Spring in the Unitas Tower basement (enter from driveway off Cardinal Blvd). All students & employees are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, household items, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, etc. Donations are accepted any time in the red bins outside the Store. UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping those in need – Volunteers are needed each week to open the store and sort donations.To volunteer, contact UofL's Zero Waste Intern: Erin Kurtz (erin.kurtz@louisville.edu, 502-298-6673). Follow on
Jan. 24, 2018Unbridled Hunger: Food Insecurity Challenges & Solutions for Kentucky
Wednesday, Jan. 24th at 6pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
The McConnell Center’s spring lecture series kicks-off Jan. 24 with guest speaker Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, on “Unbridled Hunger: Food Insecurity Challenges & Solutions for Kentucky.” Quarles, the youngest statewide elected official in the country, formed the Kentucky Hunger Initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to bring together farmers, charitable organizations, faith groups, community leaders and government entities to help reduce hunger in the state. One out of six Kentuckians is considered food insecure, and Quarles’ talk will cover a range of public policy impacts, including the effects of food insecurity in health care and education in rural and urban parts of Kentucky. The free event is part of the center’s “Taking Kentucky’s Temperature: Future of Health Policy in the Commonwealth” public lecture series.
Fridays through Apr. 27, 2018Garden Commons WorkdayGarden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 1pm-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden and greenhouse for our group workdays! 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 throughout the spring semester (Jan. 12 - Apr. 27) from 1pm to 2pm to plant, weed, water, and harvest. 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.
Feb. 1, 2018Ecolympics LogoEcolympics Kick-off Party!
Thursday, Feb. 1st 11am-2pm in Red Barn
Campus Housing & UofL's Sustainability Council are throwing a party to launch Ecolympics 2018 - Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet! Join us over lunch with a DJ, informational booths, Sustainability Quiz Bowl, prizes & more! Learn what you can do to make a difference, win the grand prize bicycle, and help your residence hall win the competition. #ULEcolympics18
Feb. 1 - Mar. 31, 2018Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2018
Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet!
Post your sustainable actions with #ULEcolympics18 to win a Cardinal-colored Echo by PureFix Cycles.
  • Kick-off Party! Thursday, Feb. 1st 11am-2pm in Red Barn - DJ, prizes, sustainability quiz bowl, informational booths, & more!
RecycleMania! - February 4 to March 31, 2018
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.
  • 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, RecycleMania Logoeverywhere on campus: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.
  • 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.).
Campus Conservation Nationals - February 12 - March 4, 2018
 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.
  • Keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard! Use the Dashboard to see how much electricity your hall is using and learn how you can conserve! Halls in the competition include:
  1. Ecolympics 2018 Prize BikeBettie Johnson Hall 
  2. Community Park (real-time data!)
  3. Kurz Hall (real-time data!)
  4. Louisville Hall (real-time data!)
  5. Miller Hall
  6. Threlkeld Hall
  7. Unitas Hall (real-time data!)
  8. University Tower Apartments (UTA)
Prizes:
  • In addition to a Green Renovation prize for the winning hall, one resident who takes the most steps during Ecolympics 2018 will win a  Echo by PureFix Cycles. The bike has a matte black frame and Cardinal red deep dish wheels. Go Cards!
  • Post your sustainable actions with #ULEcolympics18 throughout February & March to be entered into the competition!
Feb. 2, 2018Sustainability Roundtable: Pope Francis, Climate Change and US Catholic VoterssUStain stacked icon
Friday, Feb. 2nd, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! We kick off our spring series with Dr. David Buckley (Political Science), speaking onPope Francis, Climate Change and US Catholic Voters. David asks: What impact does leadership from religious elites have on policy attitudes of followers in the general public? This talk utilizes the release of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, to adjudicate among contending claims regarding responsiveness to religious leadership. An original survey experiment, conducted by YouGov on a nationally representative sample of Catholic voters in late 2015, tests the impact of exposure to the Pope’s message about climate change on responses related to climate science and policy. The unique experimental design tests the impact of Francis’ message relative to a similar message from unidentified “environmental experts.” Results show that the impact of religious leadership on this issue is concentrated among those more generally skeptical of climate change and calls to address it through governmental action: Republicans, white Catholics, and regular worship attenders. In addition, beliefs about the appropriate place of religion and politics and approval of Pope Francis’ leadership plays an important part in determining the effect of treatment.  In contrast, the Pope’s message has limited effect among Catholic Democrats, likely because these individuals respond to cues from the unidentified climate experts.  The results indicate that religious leadership could play a role in altering the coalition politics of climate change in the United States, but are unlikely to eliminate the political diversity among Catholic Americans.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! 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 Daniel DeCaro.
Feb. 12, 2018The Color of Law
Monday, Feb. 12th at 3pm, Urban Studies room 123
Richard Rothstein will give a free lecture on his latest book The Color of Law concerning how racial segregation occurs and its negative impacts on housing, income, and education. He is giving three community lectures for black history month but his February 12th lecture will explore social justice research methods and new areas of research.
Feb. 16, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Urban Forestry, Part 2Love Louisville Trees!
Friday, Feb. 16th 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! Our spring 2018 series will focus on urban forestry. From maple-tapping and fruit foraging to shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, and storm water infiltration, the role of trees in livable, vibrant cities cannot be overstated. Louisville's urban canopy has been under assault for decades, but the tide may finally be turning as the city has just passed a new Tree Ordinance and citizens continue to organize to plant, protect, and Love Louisville Trees! Come for an update on the state of Louisville's trees and learn how you can get involved in protecting and expanding our city's vital green infrastructure.
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 spring, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
Mar. 23, 2018

EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Urban Forestry, Part 3Love Louisville Trees!
Friday, March 23rd 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! Our spring 2018 series will focus on urban forestry. From maple-tapping and fruit foraging to shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, and storm water infiltration, the role of trees in livable, vibrant cities cannot be overstated. Louisville's urban canopy has been under assault for decades, but the tide may finally be turning as the city has just passed a new Tree Ordinance and citizens continue to organize to plant, protect, and Love Louisville Trees! Come for an update on the state of Louisville's trees and learn how you can get involved in protecting and expanding our city's vital green infrastructure.
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 spring, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.

Wednesdays, April 2018 & Aug. 15 - Oct. 24, 2018Belknap Farmers Market LogoUofL Belknap Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 11am-2pm (April 2018 & Aug. 15 - Oct. 24, 2018), Red Barn
UofL's Belknap Campus Farmers' Market returns at a new time and place in 2018! Stop by for farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, pasture-raised meats & eggs, breads, baked goods & sweets, tea, honey, popcorn, canned goods, non-toxic home & body care products, prepared meals, and more. Full details TBD.
- Debit & Credit cards will be accepted by most vendors!
- Open weekly, rain or shine (inside the Red Barn in bad weather)!
- Email comments/questions. Follow us on Facebook
Apr. 13, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Urban Forestry, Part 4Love Louisville Trees!
Friday, April 13th 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! Our spring 2018 series will focus on urban forestry. From maple-tapping and fruit foraging to shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, and storm water infiltration, the role of trees in livable, vibrant cities cannot be overstated. Louisville's urban canopy has been under assault for decades, but the tide may finally be turning as the city has just passed a new Tree Ordinance and citizens continue to organize to plant, protect, and Love Louisville Trees! Come for an update on the state of Louisville's trees and learn how you can get involved in protecting and expanding our city's vital green infrastructure.
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 spring, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
May 17 - Oct. 25, 2018Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒1:30pm (May 17 to Oct. 25, 2018)
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.
  • 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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