Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
DateEvent
April 6-22, 2018Arbor Day to Earth Day crowdfunding campaign to create a new Student Sustainability Fund
April 6-22, 2018
HELP US UNLOCK A MATCH: When we raise $5,000 for the Student Sustainability Fund, Just Money Advisors, a Louisville-based company, will give $5,000 towards the fund! Gifts of all sizes will help unlock this matching gift! By supporting the Student Sustainability Fund you are investing in high-value, hands-on education for 21st century social responsibility. The SSF is a unique fund, separate from the rest of the endowment, which uses the fund itself as a pedagogical tool. First, Finance students in the College of Business do some real-world socially responsible investing by selecting funds, investing real dollars, managing the fund, and voting their proxies. All investments and proxy votes will be researched and selected by students, subject to the university’s sustainable investments policy. Then, Social Change students in the College of Arts & Sciences will use the proceeds to fund local nonprofit or philanthropic projects either on or off campus. They research local nonprofits and allocate funds in a way that builds capacity or enhances sustainability. Thus the Student Sustainability Fund puts donors’ resources directly to work for educational enrichment and social change.
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April 23, 2018Social Justice Fair
Monday, April 23rd, 4pm - 7pm, Meyzeek Middle School (828 S Jackson)
This community-building, networking event will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about social justice related organizations, programs and research going on in Louisville. Its family-friendly and food will be served! Organized by UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research. Register here.
April 24, 2018Diversity & Inclusion Dinner
Tuesday, April 24th, 6pm-8pm, Red Barn
Tickets: $8.00 Pre-Paid or $10 at the door

Engage with Empathy. Challenge Your Beliefs. Participate in Peace. Please join Psi Chi: the Psychology Honor Society and UofL's Peace, Justice, & Conflict Transformation Program for a delicious dinner with a diverse menu followed by a program of fun and engaging activities that promote and celebrate the differences we all share, presented by an expert in the field of Diversity and Inclusion. Our special guest will be Marian Vasser, Director of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence at UofL.Proceeds benefit the Ulster Project Louisville: An international community engagement program designed to develop leadership and peace-building skills in Louisville and Northern Irish adolescents between 14 and 16 years old. Donations are tax-deductible. Email bagers02@louisville.edu for additional details.
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, eggs, breads, honey, popcorn, jams, pickles, reusables, clothing, linens, wood crafts, pottery, and more. Some vendors will be offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions with weekly pickups on campus throughout the summer (come to the market in April to sign-up!).
>> Louisville Grows will bring plant starts (veggies, fruits, and flowers) on April 18 & 25!
- Debit & Credit cards will be accepted by most vendors!
- Open weekly, rain or shine (inside the Red Barn in bad weather)!
- Follow us on Facebook or Email comments/questions.
April 25, 2018Visioning a Greenspace Network with Smoketown Youth
Wednesday, April 25th, 6pm, room 123 Urban Studies Institute (426 W. Bloom)
The 2018 Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Capstone Studio project, Visioning a Greenspace Network with Smoketown Youth, builds off the work of the 2017 Neighborhood Planning Studio, which developed A Document to Inform the Smoketown Neighborhood Plan. In the Capstone Studio, students continued working with the Smoketown Neighborhood Association, Louisville Metro Office of Advanced Planning, and Louisville Metro Housing Authority to focus on planning and design for four greenspaces in the Smoketown neighborhood. The MUP students centered the community engagement process for this project on Smoketown youth, which included 100+ sixth grade students from Meyzeek Middle School, and crafted an engagement process that taught them planning and design skills while gathering feedback on the youth’s vision for Smoketown’s greenspaces. The MUP students will present a Story Map of their community engagement process, key findings, and recommendations. Please join us for the presentation, discussion, and light reception!
April 26, 2018Wellarama
Thursday, April 26th, 9am-6pm, Get Healthy Now Wellness Center (601 Presidents Blvd.)
UofL's employee wellness program, Get Healthy Now, is organizing this all day festival of health. The event includes massage therapy, healthy snacks, interactive activities, fitness classes, presentations and more. Organizations that will be on hand include the Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging, LGBT Center, Mealtless Monday, Metro Parks & Recreation, New Roots, Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling, SPHIS, and the Women’s Center. Some sustainability-related highlights from the agenda include:
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: KORU Mindfulness and Meditation session
  • 12-12:45 p.m.: Presentation, “National Minority Health Month: Partnering with for Health Equity”
  • 12-12:45 p.m.: Presentation, “Nutrition”
  • 12-12:45 p.m.: Presentation, “Why Organic Foods?”
  • 4:15-5 p.m.: Gentle chair yoga; “Hula” hooping demo; Moment of Mindfulness
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.
Every SundayUofL 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.
Through May 2, 2018 Lighten Your Load! Move-Out Waste Reduction
April 2nd through May 2nd
Moving out? Don't throw it out!
During the spring move out (April 2nd through May 2nd), special collection bins will be set up in the lobbies of all UofL residence halls and Stevenson Hall for the donation of any unwanted items: clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, appliances, lamps, electronics, decor, rugs, bags, school supplies, non-perishable food items, and anything else you'd rather not keep. Two sets of bins will be available in each lobby - one for Goodwill items and another for donations of non-perishable food items that we will donate to the hungry through Old Louisville's non-profit Cabbage Patch Settlement House. Help us achieve our goal of Zero Waste for Move-Out 2018! Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is proud to partner with UofL Campus Housing and the UofL Sustainability Council for this initiative!
  • In advance of Earth Day 2018, a special "Lighten Your Load (on the Earth)" free swap will be set up on a Wednesday, April 18th, 11am-2pm, Red Barn plaza - all are welcome to come take or donate items.
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.
May 18, 2018

Image may contain: bicycle and textBike Together Day!
Friday, May 18th.
Register Free to be entered into prize drawings!

Maybe you are biking to work, maybe not. Wherever you are going, let's bike together. UofL will be participating in this 13th anniversary of Louisville's Bike to Work Day. Register here. When you select any FREE ticket, you will be entered to win a new commuter bicycle from Parkside Bikes. If you register for the FREE Celebrate Bike Month ticket, you will be entered to win a kid's bike.Stay tuned to the Bike Louisville website, and the Bike Louisville Facebook page for more information.

Sept. 21, 2018EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Global Peace & Prosperity
Friday, Sept. 21st at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! As a part of UofL's celebration of U.N. Peace Day, our presenter will be Michael Kessler, a Louisville native who has been working on sustainable energy solutions for global peace & prosperity since 1977. He has traveled to Russia, Australia, New Zealand, five European countries, and throughout the U.S. He has published two books, three CD's and 50-minute documentary. “Our Global Nation” is based the works of Albert Einstein and Buckminster Fuller and explores the power of this new information to create an advanced, global civilization of peace and prosperity. Fuller’s World Energy Network could be a win-win project for the planet to establish the foundation of this civilization. This energy internet could provide an unending supply of clean power to end hunger, poverty, pollution and war. History is calling for us to create a constitutional, environmentally compatible, advanced, planetary civilization.
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'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.
Oct. 19, 2018Summit Save The Date2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit
Friday, Oct. 19th, Student Activities Center
This year the Louisville Sustainability Council and Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability will host the 5th annual Sustainability Summit on Friday, October 19, 2018at the University of Louisville's newly renovated LEED Silver Student Activities Center. The Summit will kick off UofL Sustainability Week with the University of Louisville Sustainability Council.
March 27, 2019Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy: James Salzman
Wednesday, March 27th, 6pm, Law School Room 275
The Spring 2019 Lecture will be given by James Salzman, who is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the UCLA School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 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:

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