Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2017Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, textNational Bike Challenge!
May 1st to September 30th, 2017
Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2017 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 cycled will count towards the University of Louisville total, as well as 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.
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, May-Aug., 2017Garden Commons 2011 ExpansionGarden Commons Workdays
Mondays, May-Aug., Noon-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden 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 Monday throughout the summer from noon to 1pm 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.
ThursdaysGray Street Farmers’ MarketGray St Farmers Mrkt Logo
Thursdays, 10:30am‒1:30pm (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.
Aug. 16, 2017Faculty Workshop: Green Threads – Sustainability across the curriculum
RESCHEDULED FOR: Wednesday, Aug. 16th, 8:30am-4:30pm, 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 <>.
Aug. 16-20, 2017

Sustainability in Welcome Week 2017
Aug. 16th - 20th, 2017
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion!

  • Thursday, Aug. 17th - S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    8am-1pm, various sites.The Sustainability Council will be organizing on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, in addition to the many off-campus community service projects! Get to know fellow students and UofL faculty and staff while exploring diversity on campus and in the Louisville community. Discover how to make the most of UofL service and leadership opportunities, then work alongside those you met to learn first-hand about the many facets of our “Possibility City.”
  • Thursday, Aug. 17th - Gray Street Farmers' Market
    Every Thursday 10:30am-1:30pm (through Oct. 27)
    Health Sciences Center, 485 E Gray St.

    Enjoy lunch from area food trucks & stock up on the finest local products: produce, pasture-raised meat & eggs, popcorn, honey, jam, granola, baked goods, flowers, plants, etc.
  • Saturday, Aug. 19th - Image may contain: 3 people, people eating, people sitting, child, table, outdoor and foodGarden Commons Salsa Party & Harvest Fest!
    2:00 - 3:00pm outside the Cultural Center
    Stop by UofL's organic, student-run Garden Commons to sample some of the delicious fresh produce we've grown together over the summer and learn how you can get involved and learn how to grow your own food right here on campus! Sponsored by the UofL Sustainability Council and Health Promotion Wellbeing Central. See 2016 Photos.
  • Saturday, Aug. 19th - Louisville Sustainability Bike Tour
    3:30pm meet up outside the SRC
    Take a fun afternoon bike ride with the Student Cycling Coalition and UofL Sustainability Council! Explore your new community through the lens of environmental stewardship and social justice. Don’t have a bike? Check one out from the SRC through UofL’s Bikeshare ProgramCheck out our route here.  See 2016 Photos.
  • Sunday, Aug. 20th - UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    Every Sunday noon-1pm (200 block of E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets)

    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!
  • Tuesday, Aug. 22nd - Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) Involvement Fair
    11:30am-1pm, Red Barn plaza.
    Free food! Come learn about the many sustainability-related student groups on campus and sign-up to get involved!
  • Wednesday, Aug. 23rd - Student Involvement Fair
    Noon-1pm, Red Barn plaza.
    Free food! Stop by the UofL Sustainability table to find out how you can make a difference, take the Cards Go Green! Pledge and grab some green goodies, or get a free bike tune-up!
Oct. 23-29, 2017I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 23-29, 2017
A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! More events and details TBA, but events will include:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 11am-1pm – Local Food Showcase - UofL Dining will be highlighting one menu item per station that was locally sourced or Kentucky Proud (The Ville Grill)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 10am-2pm – Campus Sustainability Day Fair (Humanities Quad)
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 10:30am–1:30pm – Join us for the final Gray Street Farmers’ Market of the season (HSC)
  • Sunday, Oct. 23, Noon-2pm – UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day (200 block of E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets - map here)
If you would like to organize or cross-promote an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact
Fall 20173rd Annual UofL Day of Service
RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2017 Date TBA, 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.
  • 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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