Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
Date Event
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2020 2020 National Bike Challenge
May 1st to September 30th, 2020

Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2020 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 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. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free!#ChooseCycling
Thursdays, July 16 - Aug. 13, 2020 Garden Commons Herb SpiralGarden Commons Summer Workdays
Thursdays, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
We are relaunching our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons in its new location at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from  the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden! Join us to 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 Thursday at noon throughout the remainder of the summer (July 16 - Aug. 13) to harvest, weed, water, and plant. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Please bring drinking water & bags to harvest into! Wear a mask and practice physical distancing to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. 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 Sunday UofL 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. 12-16, 2020

Sustainability in Welcome Week 2020
Aug. 12th - 16th, 2020
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion! Events will include:

  • Salsa PartyWednesday, Aug. 12 – Friday, Aug. 14
    Garden Commons Salsa Harvest
    Time TBD.
    Garden Commons (southwest corner of Strickler Hall)

    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 the Office of Health Promotion.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15
    S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    10:00am - 12:30pm
    various sites (meetup at SAC Ballroom)

    The Sustainability Council is offering on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, including the Garden Commons, and UofL Community Composting project! 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.”
  • Sunday, Aug. 16
    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!
  • Sunday, Aug. 16
    Louisville Sustainability Bike Tour
    Welcome 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 or take a spin on a free LouVelo bike for the day. Check out our route here.
Aug. 24 - Sept. 27, 2020

Cardinal Directions is UofL's free trip-planning and carpool-matching service!Cards Commuter Challenge
August 24 - September 27, 2020. University-wide
UofL wants you to save money, burn calories, put an end to pollution, and win prizes…all by simply choosing to get to campus in a new way! Record your trips throughout the Cards Commuter Challenge (August 24 - September 27) and each week you'll have the chance to win $250 worth of fabulous weekly prizes or be the Grand Prize Winner who takes the most trips by means other than driving alone and you'll receive the $250 grand prize!

Step 1: Join the Challenge online!

Step 2: Challenge yourself (and your friends!) to get to campus differently!
Try these life-affirming alternatives to the expense, road-rage, pollution, and parking hassles of driving alone:

  • BUS: Ride any TARC Airport RouteTARC route free with UofL ID (just swipe your card as you board - any time, anywhere).
  • CARDpool: Organize your own carpool with friends, family, colleagues, or classmates; or find rides & offer rides online through Cardinal Directions or Every Commute Counts.
  • WALK, SKATE, or BIKE: Get your workout just by getting where you need to go under your own power! If you don't have your own bike, borrow one free from UofL Bikeshare or join LouVelo citywide bikeshare for half-price with your address ($7.50/month gets you unlimited trips of up to one hour without any additional charges).LouVelo ClockTower
  • VANPOOL: Employees can get in on a vanpool, get your ride home guaranteed, or enter to win additional monthly prizes with Every Commute Counts.

* NOTE: Though certainly better than driving, getting around via lazy, coal-powered electric scooters does not qualify for this Challenge. Skip the dirty electricity and use your muscles to qualify!

Explore all of UofL's Sustainable Transportation Options.

Step 3: Log your trips to win!

The only way to be in the running for prizes is to log all of your commute trips online with Cardinal Directions or Every Commute Counts.

2020-2021 UofL Theatre Arts 2020-2021 Season: Sustaining a Future: A Season of Sustainability
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021, The Playhouse & Thrust Theatre
Join us for a special season of plays focused on sustainability! Plays include: The Birds by Conor McPherson, Jacked by Idris Goodwin, Ruined by Lynn Nottage, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, Revelations by Ed Bullins & Suzan-Lori Parks, and Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine. Full details and ticket info TBA here.
Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2020 Fishing in Ohio River: photo by John NationOhio River Basin 2020 Summit
Wednesday, September 30th - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
The Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education (ORBCRE) and the Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) Present: "Bridging Visions to Protect Our Health, Economy and Environment in the Ohio River Basin." Conference Topics Include: Invasive species, HABS, Land Use, Populations, Ecosystem Services and Economics, Nutrients, Policy, Citizen Science, Contaminants of Emerging Concerns, Connectance between Streams and Rivers, Anthropological and Archaeological Research, Outdoor Recreation and Therapeutic Effects, Scientific Communications, Ecosystem Restoration, Abandoned Mine Impacts, Ecological Economics, Invasive Species, Aquatic Biology, ArcGIS Applications, Drought Management, Environmental Policy, Flood Management, Food, Energy and Water Nexus, Geological Science, Hydrological Modeling, Social Hydrology, Stormwater Nutrient Removal and Mitigation, Stormwater BMPs, Watershed Management, Water Quality Impairment Studies, Water Resource Engineering and Management, Story-telling and Ethnography.
The Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) will be hosting a series of implementation workshops for the Ohio River Basin Plan 2020 on Wednesday September 30th. The six workshops are based on the goals of the Ohio River Basin Plan:
•    Reliable Flood Control and Risk Reduction
•    River Transportation Corridor
•    Healthy, Productive Ecosystems
•    World-Class Recreation Opportunities
•    Abundant Clean Water
•    Knowledge-Informed Decisions
Full details and registration on conference website here.
Oct. 23, 2020

Students taking home free trees at UofL Arbor Day 2018UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2020
Friday, October 23rd
8:30am-10:30am, HSC Kornhauser plaza
11am-2pm, Belknap Academic Building Quad
3pm, HSC Clinical & Translational Research Bldg. (CTR)

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 (for 10 years running!).

  • Help us plant new trees on campus! Three opportunities:
    9:30am at Abraham Flexner Way & Preston
    Noon at the LALS Tranquility Garden, SW corner of Stevenson Hall
    3pm at HSC Clinical & Translational Research Bldg. (CTR)
  • Take home free native tree saplings to plant in your yard or neighborhood! You will be able to take your pick of roughleaf and silky dogwoods, black walnuts, and Shumard oaks (bright red fall foliage, full sun, tolerates pollution and drought).
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • Enjoy bike-blender tree smoothies made entirely with tree fruits and nuts, including native pawpaws from a Louisville community garden, and peaches and native serviceberries harvested right here on campus!
  • At HSC, you'll also be able to sample another delicious treat from trees: coffee! And we'll be giving away reusable utensils.

Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, HSC Green Team, UofL Dining, and UofL Office of Health Promotion. RSVP on Facebook.

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