Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
Aug. 16-19, 2018

Sustainability in Welcome Week 2018
Aug. 16th - 19th, 2018
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion! Upcoming events include:

  • Saturday, Aug. 18 - S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    11:00am - 3:30pm, various sites (meetup at SAC Ballroom).
    Salsa Party at Garden Commons
    The Sustainability Council is offering on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, including the Garden Commons, UofL Community Composting project, and UofL Free Store, 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.” Register here.
  • Saturday, Aug. 18 - Garden Commons Salsa Party Harvest Fest
    4:00 - 5:00pm 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.
  • Sunday, Aug. 19 – Louisville Sustainability Bike TourWelcome Week Sustainability Bike Tour
    3:00 – 5:00pm 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 Program! Check out our route here.
  • Sunday, Aug. 19 - UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    Every Sunday noon-2pm (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!
Aug. 21, 2018Take the Cards Go Green Pledge!Student Involvement Fair
Tuesday, Aug. 21st, 11:30am-1pm, Red Barn plaza
Free food! Sustainability only happens when students GET INVOLVED! So come explore the many sustainability-related student organizations and campus groups at UofL. 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 learn how to get a free ride on the new LouVelo citywide bikeshare system!
Thursdays through Oct. 25, 2018Gray Street Farmers’ MarketGray Street Farmers Market
Thursdays, 10:30am‒1:30pm (May 17 to Oct. 25, 2018)
Health Sciences Center, 400 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. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website, contact Market Manager, Sara Frazier at farmersmarket@louisville.edu or 502-852-6655, or follow on Facebook.
Fridays through Nov. 30, 2018Sweet Potato Harvest 2017 at Garden CommonsGarden Commons Fall Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, 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 fall (Aug. 24 - Nov. 30) from 12pm to 1pm to harvest, plant, weed, and water. 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.
Aug. 27, 2018Women's Equality Day Celebration
Monday, August 27th, 11am-1pm, Red Barn
Join the U of L Women's Center in celebration of Women's Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women in the United States on August 26, 1920. The will be voter registration, vendors and informational booths.
Aug. 30, 2018Student Meet & GreetSocial Justice Research Student Meet & Greet
Thursday, August 30th, 5:30-7pm, Shumaker Research Building room 139

UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research is hosting a welcome back event for all students interested in social justice research. Join us to learn more about the Consortium and other social justice organizations on campus. Students and faculty will be in attendance, and free food will be provided. Please RSVP for the event here.
Sept. 4, 2018Big Hunger BookBig Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups
Tuesday, Sept. 4th, 4-5:15pm, Shumaker Research Building room 139
A special lecture by Andy Fisher, author of Big Hunger, which argues that many key anti-hunger advocates are missing an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. Food banks and food pantries were meant to be a stopgap measure, but manufacturing jobs never came back, recession followed, and the “emergency food system” became an industry. Fisher's research finds that efforts to end hunger, reduce obesity, and reform farm subsidies are compromised by corporate interests. Encouragingly, Big Hunger sets forth a vision for what we can do to put food banks out of business and solve hunger.  This event is co-sponsored by UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research, and the Departments of Anthropology and Urban & Public Affairs.
Sept. 17, 2018Student Meet & GreetPresenting Professionally: Social Justice Research Presentations and Posters
Monday, Sept. 17th, 3:30-5pm, Ekstrom Library room 117A/CLC

Requested by our students but open to everyone, UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research will offer a professional development workshop that covers tips and suggestions for professional presentations. This workshop will be especially useful for students and junior faculty. Please RSVP for the event here.
Sept. 20, 2018Peace Day 2016PeaceDay 2018
Thursday, Sept. 20th
What does peace mean to you? Each year, UofL's Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation certificate program sponsors a series of events across campus to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace. This is our 8th annual celebration of PeaceDay. This year's activities will be planned by the new student organization, Student Advocates for Peace and Justice. Students will offer several ways for the campus community and general public to express their desire for peace and learn more about peace-building. Details TBA.
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.
Through Sept. 30, 2018National Bike ChallengeNational Bike Challenge!
May 1st to September 30th, 2018
Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2018 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 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.
Oct. 18-26, 2018I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 18-26, 2018
A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! Full details TBA, but events will include:
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 5-8pm Farm-To-Table Dinner & Josh Smith Memorial Sustainability Award Ceremony (Red Barn)
  • Friday, Oct. 19, 8am-5pm 2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit: "Learning Together: Fostering a Culture of Sustainability" (SAC Ballroom)
  • Sunday, Oct. 29, 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)
  • Monday, Oct. 22 – Mindful, Meatless Monday - highlighting the links between sustainability, health and mindfulness practices
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10am-2pm – 11th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair (Humanities Quad)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 11am-2pm – LAST UofL Belknap Farmers Market (Red Barn)
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 10:30am–1:30pm – LAST Gray Street Farmers’ Market (HSC)
  • Friday, Oct. 26, 6pm – March with the UofL Sustainability Float in the Homecoming Parade! Help us defend our winning streak for best campus organization!
  • ALL WEEK, Hours TBA – UofL Free Store open for free "shopping" (Unitas Hall).
...And more events TBA. If you are interested in hosting an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact .
Oct. 19, 2018Summit Save The Date2018 Louisville Sustainability Summit
"Learning Together: Fostering a Culture of Sustainability"
Friday, Oct. 19th, 8am-5pm, Student Activities Center Ballroom

Each year the Louisville Sustainability Summit brings together the community, its leaders, and local and national experts to engage and collaborate towards a sustainable Louisville. This year the UofL Sustainability Council, the Louisville Sustainability Council, and the Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability will host the 5th annual Louisville Sustainability Summit on Friday, October 19th at UofL's newly renovated and expanded LEED Silver Student Activities Center. The theme for 2018 is "Learning Together: Fostering a Culture of Sustainability." The Summit will feature:
  • David W. OrrA morning keynote and book signing by sustainability and environmental pedagogy expert, Dr. David W. Orr
  • Tours of sustainability on campus, including LEED buildings, urban agriculture projects, and the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
  • Addresses by Mayor Fischer, UofL President Bendapudi, and Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, director of UofL's Envirome Institute
  • A performance by Hite Elementary School's Junkyard Hawks
  • Updates from Metro Louisville's Office of Sustainability
  • Community sustainability awards
  • Networking and a local organization showcase
  • Roundtable discussions during a community forum on how to create the future we want through a culture of sustainability.
Registration and early-bird discounts will be available at the Summit's website.
The Summit will kick off a series of engaging activities on campus during UofL Sustainability Week. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 24, 2018Campus Sustainability Day Fair11th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 24th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
  • Join us for the 11th 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 that you can fill with Fair Trade, shade-grown coffee provided by UofL Dining, award-winning tap water from the Louisville Water Company, or a bike blender smoothie from the Office of Health Promotion!
  • 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!
  • UofL Environmental Health & Safety will be collecting all kinds of 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.
  • 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 UofL Sustainability Coordinator, Justin Mog. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Nov. 1, 2018Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor12th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Thursday, November 1st, details TBA
UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research presents the 12th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University, speaking on her latest book project: How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016), an examination of the history and politics of Black America and the development of the social movement Black Lives Matter in response to police violence in the United States. She has received the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book. Taylor’s research examines race and public policy including American housing policies. Dr. Taylor is currently working on a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which looks at the federal government's promotion of single-family home-ownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s. Taylor looks at how the federal government's turn to market-based solutions in its low-income housing programs in the 1970s impacted Black neighborhoods, Black women on welfare, and emergent discourses on the urban “underclass”. Taylor is interested in the role of private sector forces, typically hidden in public policy making and execution, in the “urban crisis” of the 1970s.
Nov. 2, 2018Student Meet & GreetSocial Justice ResearchSymposium
Friday, Nov. 2nd, 9am-5:30pm, Law School
UofL's Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research will host this 2nd annual symposium featuring a breakfast with Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor, professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University and author of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, a lunch, concurrent sessions, poster presentations, a community partner expo, and an afternoon keynote speaker. The symposium is open to the public and faculty, staff, and students interested in social justice are encouraged to attend. Full details coming soon.
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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