Events

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Date Event
Fridays, Through Aug. 19, 2022 Garden Commons Summer Workdays
Fridays, 1pm-2pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Garden Commons raised bedAll are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons 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 Friday at 1pm throughout the summer 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 Facebook or Instagram. Facebook Event.
Every Sunday UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm
240 E. Bloom St. (a block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map)

UofL Community CompostingCome 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 are welcome to haul home some rich UofL compost for gardening projects in your own containers/vehicle. This is a weekly service opportunity throughout the year. Contact: Brian Barnes, 502-338-1338.
Aug. 18-21, 2022

Sustainability in Welcome Week 2022
Aug. 18th - 21st, 2022
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion! Events include:

  • Friday, Aug. 19
    S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    Registration 9-10am. 10am - 1pm, Meetup SAC Ballroom

    By volunteering at SOUL, you’ll have the opportunity to help local community organizations that benefit the environment, nature, houseless populations, youth, and many more groups and communities. The Sustainability Council is offering on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, including the Garden Commons and UofL Community Composting project, in addition to the many other community service projects! Get to know fellow students and UofL faculty and staff while exploring diversity on campus and in the Louisville community. Registration runs from 9-10am and the program starts at 10am. Breakfast is included. Come and serve the Louisville community and learn about all the great organizations the city has to offer.
  • Saturday, Aug. 20Salsa Party
    Garden Commons Salsa Party
    1:30 - 2:30pm
    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 discover how you can get involved and learn how to grow your own food right here on campus! Sponsored by the UofL Sustainability Council.
  • Saturday, Aug. 20
    Sustainable Louisville Bike Tour
    Welcome Week Sustainability Bike Tour
    4:00 – 6:00pm meet up outside the SRC.
    Take a fun afternoon bike ride with the 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 LouVelo bike for the day. Check out our route here.
  • Sunday, Aug. 21
    UofL Community CompostingUofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    Every Sunday noon-2pm (250 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!
  • Lighten Your Load Free Stuff SwapSunday, Aug. 21
    Sustainability Shopping Spree!
    1:30-3:30pm, Hallway next to SAC 116- 118
    The UofL Free Store and Cardinal Cupboard will be holding a pop-up shop where everything is FREE. These student-run services are available year-round to help keep useful stuff out of the landfill while lowering your bills. The Free Store is a place for free exchange of clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, kitchen & housewares, cleaning & school supplies, and much more. The Cardinal Cupboard is our on-campus food pantry offering both fresh and packaged foods whenever you need.
Aug. 24-25, 2021

Take the Cards Go Green Pledge!Student Involvement Fairs
Wednesday & Thursday, Aug. 24th-25th, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza
Sustainability only happens when students GET INVOLVED! So come explore the many sustainability-related student organizations and campus groups at UofL while enjoying some free food! Stop by the UofL Sustainability table on Thursday to find out how you can make a difference!

  • Take the Cards Go Green! Pledge and earn some green goodies!
  • Explore your sustainable transportation options and learn how you can win big in the Cards Commuter Challenge 2022!
  • Bring your bike for a free bike tune-up and learn how to use UofL's bike fixit stations!
More about the Fairs is available on Engage.
Aug. 29 - Sept. 30, 2022 2022 Cards Commuter ChallengeCards Commuter Challenge 2022
August 29 - September 30, 2022. 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 on Cardinal Directions throughout the Cards Commuter Challenge (August 29 - September 30) and each week you'll have the chance to win one of the $50 weekly prizes or the $250 Grand Prize! One student and one faculty/staff member will win each week! Any trip by means other than driving alone increases your chances of winning!

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.
  • 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 just $15/mo with your @louisville.edu address (membership gets you unlimited trips of up to one hour without any additional charges). Be sure to also log your bike trips during Cycle September as an individual to be entered to win fabulous national prizes like a $1000 bicycle, $4000 dream vacation, or over 200 other prizes! And join Team UofL on Strava to log your rides and encourage/compete against your peers for the UofL Grand Prize. Simply log your trips by bicycle for fun, fitness, or transportation from September 1-30, 2022. Your miles and days cycled will qualify you for the grand prize of a $200 voucher to a local bike shop!LouVelo BAB Station
  • VANPOOL: Employees can get in on a vanpool, get your ride home guaranteed, or enter to win additional monthly prizes with Every Commute Counts.
  • SKIP THE COMMUTE: Work or study from home for maximum convenience, savings, and safety!

* 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 your commute trips online with Cardinal Directions.

Connect with us, trash-talk, and post about your commute on Facebook here.

And be sure to join us for our weekly themed events to get you engaged in the Challenge! The schedule includes:

Aug. 30, 2022 Women's Equality Day
Tuesday August 30th, 11am-1pm, Red Barn
 August 26th is the Anniversary of Women Winning the Vote! Are you ready to celebrate? Join the UofL Women’s Center in the celebration! Women’s Equality Day is celebrated in the U.S. on August 26 in recognition of women winning the right to vote. In addition, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be celebrated. There will be voter registration, informational booths, a speaker, and refreshments in the Red Barn. Come out and learn more about Women’s Equality Day!
Aug. 30, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn plaza

These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, now located in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the year from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Red Barn (outside in good weather). The space is like a thrift store where no money is exchanged and is run by students who help process donations and keep the store tidy and organized in support of the project to help keep useful items out of the landfill while meeting the needs of their peers. The Free Store is a space for the free exchange of clean, functional, durable items like clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Donations can be made any time in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
Aug. 30, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Laura Grabowski, Housing and Community Development
Tuesday, August 30th, 4pm, virtual
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Laura GrabowskiJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (8/30, 9/13, 9/27, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29). We kick-off the fall series August 30th, with our special guest, Laura Grabowski, the Director of the Office of Housing and Community Development at Louisville Metro Government. Laura's office is responsible for increasing the quantity and improving the quality of affordable housing choices as well as addressing vacant and abandoned properties. Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Indiana University Southeast and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability 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 Tamara Sluss.
Aug. 31, 2022 HRtalks Wellness Workshop: Active Transportation
Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 2pm, online - Register here
2022 Cards Commuter ChallengeGet Healthy Now is teaming up with the UofL Sustainability Council on Aug. 31st to discuss the health benefits of active transportation and help you learn techniques that will transform your daily commute from a polluting, unhealthy, expensive, frustrating part of your day into a clean, satisfying workout! Get fit just by getting around! We'll share the details on some fun upcoming group events and how you can get involved and win prizes through Cycle September and the Cards Commuter Challenge! Join us for this fun virtual learning workshop that will support your overall wellbeing and give you the opportunity to earn 200 points toward your 2022 $40 GHN monthly incentive. All faculty and staff are welcome. Register here.
Sept. 1, 2022 UofL Day at the Gray Street Farmers MarketUofL Day at that Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursday, Sept. 1st, 10am‒2pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

As a fun way to kick-off the fall semester, we’ll be hosting UofL Day at the market on September 1st. All UofL students, faculty, and staff who bring their valid UofL ID to the Information Booth can pick up complementary $5 tokens to redeem at any market vendors. Everyone can enter the free raffle for great door prizes and all are encouraged to show your UofL spirit by wearing red or your favorite cards gear. Attendees can listen to music, purchase local products, enjoy samples, and grab lunch.
With many unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, bread, granola, jams, desserts, and more. A rotating group of lunch vendors and food trucks will be back to serve you again this year. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open rain or shine, 10am-2pm on first Thursdays, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6. 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, Melissa Schreck, 502-852-8781, farmersmarket@louisville.edu; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Sept. 1, 2022

Bike or Bus Trip to UofL Day at the Gray Street Farmer's Market
Thursday, Sept. 1st, 12:30-2pm, Leaves from Belknap Campus
We are kicking off Cycle September and the 2022 Cards Commuter ChallengeCards Commuter Challenge 2022 with a fun, car-free trip from Belknap Campus to UofL Day at the Gray Street Farmer's Market! Join us on bicycle, or hop on the bus with us for a quick 15-minute ride to UofL's Health Sciences Center. Log your trip on Cardinal Directions to be entered to win prizes! All UofL students, faculty, and staff who bring their valid UofL ID can pick up complementary $5 tokens from the market's information booth to redeem at any market vendors. Everyone can enter the free raffle for great door prizes and all are encouraged to show your UofL spirit by wearing red or your favorite cards gear. Attendees can listen to music, purchase local products, enjoy samples, and grab lunch. Facebook Event.

Bike Trip:
Bike at Gray Street Farmers MarketCyclists will leave from the North Info Center at 12:30pm for a flat, easy ride on bike lanes. Bring your own bike, or borrow one from UofL Bikeshare at the SRC, or from LouVelo. Justin Mog will be leading the bike ride.

Bus Trip:
Bus riders should gather at 12:30pm at the north-bound bus stop on Floyd Street across from the SAC at Ulmer Stadium for a quick ride on TARC Route 28. Swipe your UofL ID as you board the bus for a free trip! Rachel Mudd will be leading the bus trip.

Sept. 1-30, 2022 Cycle September
Cycle September

September 1-30, 2022
UofL’s Sustainability Council and Get Healthy Now encourage you to saddle up and ride for Team UofL during Cycle September - The Global Bike Challenge! Reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle and show your support for sustainable transportation. Register for Cycle September as an individual to be entered to win fabulous national prizes like a $1000 bicycle, $4000 dream vacation, or over 200 other prizes! Join Team UofL on Strava to log your rides and encourage/compete against your peers for the UofL Grand Prize. Simply log your trips by bicycle for fun, fitness, or transportation from September 1-30, 2022. Your miles and days cycled will qualify you for the grand prize of a $200 voucher to a local bike shop! Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to compete. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free! Facebook Event.
Sept. 10, 2022 Maker Faire Badge 2022.9Louisville Maker Faire
Saturday, Sept. 10th, 10am - 6pm, SAC
Sidelined for two years by the global pandemic, Louisville Maker Faire will return this fall! Equal parts street festival, science fair and business networking event, the Louisville Maker Faire is “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.” Come learn how to make and fix stuff with makers ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers, all sharing the Louisville Maker Faire purpose – to entertain, inform, connect and grow the maker community. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these makers to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and more. It's a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!
Sept. 15, 2022 Campus History Walking Tour with Tom Owen
Thursday, Sept. 15th, 5:15pm, starts on Ekstrom Library's Quad porch
Tom Owen Campus Walking TourEver breeze by some of the older buildings on Belknap campus and wonder what their stories are? Now is your chance to hear them! As a part of the Cards Commuter Challenge, the UofL Sustainability Council is hosting this fun, educational walk. Be sure to log your walk on Cardinal Directions to be entered to win prizes! Those interested in participating just need to meet up at the Ekstrom Library Porch (interior of campus side, across from Humanities Building). The tour will be lead by Dr. Tom Owen, veteran walking tour raconteur and local historian, who has been an archivist at UofL’s Archives and Special Collections for over 40 years. As Tom describes it, “This is a 75-minute opportunity for people to learn something new, appreciate campus and get a little exercise. I am always struck by the university as a destination — the water features, the pendulum, the plantings, the flower beds, there’s just so much to see and enjoy.” Facebook Event.
Oct. 6, 2022 Gray Street Farmers Market 2022FINAL 2022 Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursday, Oct. 6th, 10am‒2pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

UofL's farmers' market is back after two years of pandemic shutdown! With many unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, bread, granola, jams, desserts, and more. A rotating group of lunch vendors and food trucks will be back to serve you again this year. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open rain or shine, 10am-2pm on first Thursdays, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6. 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, Melissa Schreck, 502-852-8781, farmersmarket@louisville.edu; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Oct. 24-30, 2022 UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 24-30, 2022
I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! Events will include the following, plus more TBA:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10am-2pm – 15th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair (Humanities Quad)
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, 1-5pm – UofL Supplier Diversity Vendor Show (Location TBA)
  • Friday, Oct. 28, Noon – EcoReps Lunch & Learn (Ekstrom 254 or online)
  • Sunday, Oct. 30, 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)
UofL Sustainability Week is "crowd-sourced"! If you'd like to add an event to the calendar, please contact Justin Mog!
Oct. 27, 2022 University of Louisville's 2nd Annual Supplier Diversity Vendor Show imageUofL Supplier Diversity Vendor Show
Thursday, Oct. 27th, 1-5pm, Location TBA
The University of Louisville seeks feedback on how we may best remove barriers into doing business with local, minority, small and women owned businesses. This event, hosted by Contract Administration and Procurement Services, will showcase local, minority, small and women owned businesses to the various departments at UofL from 1-3:30pm. Additionally, we will host a social cocktail hour in conclusion of the event from 3:30-5pm. Please RSVP here. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Fall 2022 TEDxUofL: Finding Balance in a Post-COVID World
FALL 2022, details TBA
The Urban & Public Affairs Student Association (UPASA) is sponsoring a TEDx event in Fall 2022. Registered student organizations (including Mortar Board) are co-sponsoring. The topic is, "Finding Balance in a Post-COVID World," and will cover many aspects of how we, as individuals, and our community are dealing with the "new normal," with a focus on non-medical issues. We invite faculty, staff and students interested in applying to be a TEDx speaker to send an email to olivia.richardson@louisville.edu as soon as possible. More information on our website.

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