Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
DateEvent
Aug. 16-20, 2017Sustainability in Welcome Week 2017
Aug. 16th - 20th, 2017
The UofL Sustainability Council is welcoming new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion! Upcoming events include:
  • Saturday, Aug. 19th - Garden Commons Salsa Party & Harvest Fest!Salsa Party at Garden Commons
    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 Program., or take a free spin on one of the new LouVelo citywide bikeshare bikes! Check 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!
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.
Aug. 23, 2017Take the Cards Go Green Pledge!UofL Involvement Fair
Wednesday, Aug. 23rd, 11:30am-1pm, Red Barn plaza
Learn about all of the sustainability-related student and departmental groups that you can get involved with on campus! Stop by the UofL Sustainability Council table, take the Cards Go Green Pledge and earn a reusable mug! We'll have information about the new LouVelo city-wide bikeshare system, as well as how to get involved with the Garden Commons and UofL EcoReps. 
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. 24, 2017Cards SPEAK presents The PreFest Music Festival and LiftUp FairCards SPEAK presents The PreFest Music Festival and LiftUp Fair
Thursday, Aug. 24th, 6-7pm, Red Barn plaza
Come to the Red Barn to sample the music and fun of the first PeteFest Music festival, to be held September 8-10, at Jones Fields 8401 Dawson Hill Road Louisville. KY 40299. Featured bands will be The Last Origin and The Prodepressants. Doors open at 7:00PM. If you’re feeling lucky there will be a raffle with prizes awarded later on the evening! Recipient must be present to win. Learn about your UofL wellbeing resources at the LiftUp Fair from 6:00PM-7:00PM in the courtyard. Grab a freshly grilled hot dog, play some corn hole, participate in the Kognito Challenge, take the pledge to #helpsomeone, utilize the #CardsFightSuicide photo booth and share in some social media fun. UofL Sustainabiltiy Council and LouVelo will be on-hand to promote wellness, especially through sustainable food, gardening, and active transportation. The PeteFest is sponsored by The Pete Foundation, a local charity that seeks to instill a culture in which dialogue surrounding depression and anxiety is met with understanding and acceptance by providing services and experiences for young people.
Sept. 1, 2017Sustainability RoundtablesUStain stacked icon
Friday, Sept. 1st, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am Sept. 1st through Nov. 10th! 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 (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.
Fridays,
Fall 2017
Garden Commons WorkdayGarden Commons Fall Workdays
Fridays, 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 Friday throughout the fall semester (Aug. 25 - Dec. 8) 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.
Sept. 15, 2017Sustainability RoundtablesUStain stacked icon
Friday, Sept. 15th, 11am-noon
, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am Sept. 1st through Nov. 10th! 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 (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.
Sept. 15, 2017Garden Commons Herb & Tea WorkshopHerb & Tea Workshop
Friday, Sept. 15th, 12-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Think herbs are just tasteless, dry flakes from a jar?! You don't know what you've been missing! Join us in UofL's organic garden for a workshop about how to use & dry the herbs we'll harvest from the garden. There'll be ample sampling opportunities with a fresh herbal tea bar!
Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday 12-1pm throughout Fall 2017. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. The Garden Commons is open to participation throughout the year 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.
Sept. 22, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn WorkshopEco-Reps logo
Friday, Sept. 22nd at Noon, Location TBA
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! 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 fall, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon at rotating locations around campus. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website
Sept. 26, 2017The Un-Natural World: The Race to Remake Civilization
Tuesday, Sept. 26th, 5:30-7pm at the University Club
Public $20, Students $10 (*scholarships available), WAC Members Free. Register here.
We now live in a world in which every year is the hottest year on record, in which ocean levels are rising, species are dying, and pollution is growing. With the regularity of grim forecasts about the future of the planet it is easy to despair about the impact of human progress. Imagine, however, drones that can count trees, a stove fueled by human and animal waste, extinct animals brought back to life, and rocks that can absorb greenhouse gas. If human beings are capable of destroying the environment, then we should also be capable of saving it.
Join us for the World Affairs Council's "World at Home" speaker series in September, as David Biello, the Science Curator for TED, looks at the more hopeful side of environmental change. With electric cars, artificial rocks, and resurrecting extinct species no longer the stuff of science fiction, Biello will give an overview of the ways humans are trying to engineer the world for the better, where we're succeeding and where we've failed before.
*Thanks to a generous donation by the William E. Barth Foundation, a limited number of complimentary tickets are available for students who wish to attend. If you are an educator or student and would like to request tickets, please complete this form.
Sept. 29, 2017Sustainability RoundtablesUStain stacked icon
Friday, Sept. 29th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am Sept. 1st through Nov. 10th! 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 (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.
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2017National Bike ChallengeNational 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.
Oct. 13, 2017Sustainability RoundtablesUStain stacked icon
Friday, Oct. 13th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am Sept. 1st through Nov. 10th! 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 (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.
Oct. 20, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn WorkshopEco-Reps logo
Friday, Oct. 20th at Noon, Location TBA
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! 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 fall, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon at rotating locations around campus. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
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:
If you would like to organize or cross-promote an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact justin.mog@louisville.edu.
Oct. 25, 2017

10th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 25th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad

  • Join us for the 10th 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!
  • 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!
  • Tentative: 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!
Oct. 27, 2017Louisville Sustainability Summit: Resilience, Equity & Climate Change
Friday, Oct. 27th, 8am-4pm
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd)
Registration details coming soon. Free/Low-cost student registrations will be available.
Join the Louisville Sustainability Council and the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability for the 4th annual Sustainability Summit. More details coming soon - see Sustainability Summit websiteThis is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 27, 2017Sustainability RoundtablesUStain stacked icon
Friday, Oct. 27th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am Sept. 1st through Nov. 10th! 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 (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. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Nov. 10, 2017

Sustainability RoundtablesUStain stacked icon
Friday, Nov. 10th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 123 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am Sept. 1st through Nov. 10th! 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 (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.

Nov. 17, 2017EcoReps Lunch & Learn WorkshopEco-Reps logo
Friday, Nov. 17th at Noon, Location TBA
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! 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 fall, we'll continue our series of in-person workshops each month on third Fridays at noon at rotating locations around campus. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
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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