Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
DateEvent
Through Feb. 24, 2017Unseen: Visualizing Ecological SystemsUnseen: Visualizing Ecological Systems
Jan. 12th - Feb. 24th, 9am-4:30pm weekdays / 1-5pm weekends
Schneider Hall, Belknap Gallery
UofL's Hite Art Institute presents an exhibition curated by critical and curatorial studies master’s candidate Madison Sevilla. “Unseen” features sculptures and drawings by Stephen Cartwright and Shohei Katayama that explore the intersections between art and ecology. Cartwright’s data visualization sculptures function as self-portraits created through detailed documentation of his life and routines. Katayama’s work is ecologically aware, and he utilizes his drawings and sculptures as a catalyst for environmental conversations. His work examines the underlying patterns and forces of nature by showcasing unseen relationships in ecology. The exhibit provides viewers with the groundwork to contemplate the impact on and interactions between the various systems that surround us. Cartwright and Katayama offer up visualizations of the infinite and continuous ecologies that constitute our routines.
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.
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 austin.putty@louisville.edu.
March 3, 2017Sustainability Roundtable: Jordan Basham, Metropolitan Sewer District
Friday, March 3rd, 11am-noon, Life Sciences Room 135
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am this spring! On March 3rd, we'll hear from Jordan Basham, MS4 Environmental Programs Engineer for Louisville's Metropolitan Sewer District. 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.
March 6, 2017Collective Courage: Diversity, Collaborative Economics and the Law
Monday, March 6th, Noon-1:30pm, Law School 275. Free Registration Required.
Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective CourageThe Law School Diversity Committee will be hosting a visit to Louisville by Cooperative Hall-of-Famer, Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.” The groundbreaking work chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality. Through her research, Gordon Nembhard finds that African Americans, as well as other people of color and low-income people, have benefited greatly from cooperative ownership and democratic economic participation throughout the nation’s history. Dr. Nembhard is Associate Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York. Join her for a discussion of the history of African American cooperative economics and what role the cooperative model can play today. She will be joined in a panel discussion with Sadiqa Reynolds, President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League, and UofL Law professor Ariana Levinson. Lunch will be provided. Free and open to the public, but registration is required for the March 6th event at the Law School.
Co-sponsors include: UofL's Brandeis School of Law, Louisville Free Public Library, UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Louisville Food Co-op, Louisville Urban League, Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace & Justice, Sowers of Justice Network, and UofL's Office of the VP for Diversity & International Affairs.
March 7, 2017Engaged Scholarship Symposium: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: Expanding the Signature Partnership Initiative
Tuesday, March 7th, 11:30am-1:30pm, MITC Bigelow Hall
UofL's Office of Community Engagement will host this symposium focused on interdisciplinary/interprofessional engagement, bringing the different schools and colleges together to explore how engaged teaching, research, and service can expand on the great work of the Signature Partnership Initiative. Come hear faculty panelists and their community partners share how they are engaged in interdisciplinary/interprofessional work. An update on progress made on community engagement based on recommendations from last year’s symposium will be provided. Contact: Henry Cunningham, 502-852-6026. Light lunch will be served. Event is free, but registration is required.
March 7, 2017An Evening with David Grossman
Tuesday, March 7th, 7:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
Born in Jerusalem in 1954, David Grossman has been hailed as a “secular prophet” and his fiction and journalism have been translated into over thirty-five languages. He is the author of eight novels and two journalistic books addressing the lives of Israel’s Arab minority and that of Palestinians in the West Bank. His gripping epic To the End of the Land was proclaimed one of the most searing antiwar novels ever written, appearing on over a dozen Top 10 Books of 2010. During a time of growing unease and uncertainty, both here and in Israel, David Grossman’s humanity and penetrating thoughtfulness will be especially appreciated. David Grossman’s visit to Louisville is supported by the JHFE, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society, University of Louisville Office of Diversity and International Affairs, International Students and Scholars Services, Department of Comparative Humanities, Creative Writing & the Department of English. This evening with internationally acclaimed novelist, journalist and peace activist David Grossman is the third annual Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence presentation. It is free and open to the public and includes a book signing after the Q & A.
March 7, 2017Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Spring 2017 Meeting
Thursday, March 9th, 1:00-2:30pm, Ekstrom Library W210

The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:

  • Updates: recent tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans (Greg & Aaron)
  • Plan for a 2017 UofL Arbor Day Celebration, April 7th, 11am-1pm, Louisville Hall (Justin)
  • Report-back from local mills re: milling UofL wood from campus trees that have to be removed (Russ)
  • Planning for tree-related Service Learning Projects (all)
    - Report from 2017 Maple-Tapping with BIOL labs
    - Any other classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
    - Encouraging UofL folks to get involved in Louisville Grows community planting:
    Saturday, March 18, 2017, 10am - 3pm - California Neighborhood Tree Planting (170 trees)
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour (Niki)
  • Updates on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App?
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
March 11-17, 2017Alternative Spring Break Service Trip: Baltimore - Urban Farming, Food Security & Youth Development
March 11-17, 2017. Cost $225. Apply here.
Why not use your Spring Break to do something fun AND positive? UofL will host this Alternative Service Break trip to Baltimore, Maryland with a focus on advancing food security and youth development through urban agriculture. Apply today!
March 23, 2017Coalition of Immokalee Workers: Return to Human Rights Tour
Thursday, March 23rd, 5pm
A bus of farmworkers from Immokalee and their allies will be stopping in Louisville during a 2,000-mile trek through more than a dozen U.S. cities for the monumental Return to Human Rights Tour. The CIW is ready to share its signature energy and message of hope and resilience with thousands of students, people of faith and community allies who will meet them in unstoppable action to advance the national Wendy's Boycott along every stop of the way. If we are to keep building a broad and inclusive movement to protect the fundamental human rights of farmworkers, and of all people at the center of struggles for justice, this kind of long-lasting vision and persistence will be needed to pull us through this uncertain moment, and to bring Wendy's into the Fair Food Program. More details coming soon! Contact: Shelby Mack, shelby@allianceforfairfood.org or Priscilla Velez, priscilla@allianceforfairfood.org
March 24, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Butterflies & #TAKE2FORLOUEco-Reps
Friday, Mar. 24th 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! On March 24th, we'll hear from several amazing guests:
1. Hart Hagan of Wild Ones discussing his work to protect native biodiversity through enhancing butterfly and moth habitat; and
2. Christy Ray from the Louisville Water Company and Mallory Kramer with @sustainalou on the new #TAKE2FORLOU campaign to help you ditch disposable for durable!
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 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.
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 9th, and April 20th.
  • 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. Billy Minardi Hall
  3. Community Park (real-time!)
  4. Kurz Hall (real-time!)
  5. Louisville Hall (real-time!)
  6. Miller Hall
  7. Threlkeld Hall
  8. Unitas Hall (real-time!)
  9. University Tower Apartments (UTA)
Prizes:
  • The UofL residence hall which cuts electricity use the most will win a specially catered dinner and a Green Renovation project for the hall!
  • Individual prizes will be given out to residents who take steps to reduce their footprint! The greenest resident of 2017 will win a $400 bike shopping spree! To be in the running for prizes, you must post photos of yourself taking action! Simply post your photos to social media using the hashtag #ULecolympics2017 and tag @uoflsustainable
April 7, 2017UofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree PlantingUofL Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 7th, 11am-1pm, NW corner of Louisville Hall (4th & Brandeis)

April 7this 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! At noon, you can help us plant a tree outside of Louisville Hall. Come on out and enjoy a DJ, tree-themed activities and giveaways, as well as 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 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: Engineering sustainability in a climate constrained world
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! On April 14th, we'll hear from Christopher Bird, UofL Brown Fellow Class of 2018, about his research with the U.S. Green Building Council and  the White House Council on Environmental Quality. His work focuses on civil engineering and green building design. 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, 5-8pm, Red Barn
In advance of Earth Day 2017, UofL Dining will host our annual celebration of local food and farmers. Come join us for this unique feast of seasonally-appropriate, locally-sourced deliciousness! Full details and reservation information TBA.
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
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.
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 <daniel.decaro@louisville.edu>.
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.
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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