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Date Event
Jan. 28, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Kentucky Youth Climate Strike
Friday, Jan. 28th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
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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. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Fridays, Jan. 14 - Apr. 29, 2022 Garden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 1-2pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Spring Garden Commons WorkdayAll are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, near the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage. 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 spring (Jan. 14 - Apr. 29) to harvest, weed, water, and plant. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Select dates will feature a special monthly workshop on various topics: 1/14 Maple Tapping; 2/11 Winter Orchard Care (at Urban & Public Affairs Garden); 3/4 Seed Starting (at Urban & Public Affairs Greenhouse); 4/8 Gender and Gardening. 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.
Jan. 31 - March 26, 2022

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2022
January 31st to March 26th

Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet! Facebook Event.

Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable  or submit them through our online form to win a Green Raleigh M-20 Mountain Bike, or one of eight fabulous weekly prize baskets!

Campus Race To Zero Waste! - January 31 - March 26, 2022
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 Campus Race website.

  • Campus Race to Zero Waste logoREDUCE & RECYCLE! 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.
  • COMPOST! We will be collecting food wastes for composting from The Ville Grill, SAC Marketplace, and other campus dining locations and adding those numbers to UofL's organics recycling totals! You can also compost your food scraps and soiled paper products in the compost bins at the Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall) and the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone. If it came from a plant, we want to compost it: fruit & vegetable wastes/peels/rinds/seeds, baked goods, grains, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, and all kinds of soiled paper products (tissues, towels, napkins, plates, cups, etc.).
  • eWaste RecyclingRECYCLE E-WASTE! Don't send your old electronics to the landfill! From Feb. 9th - March 11th, we will have special collection points set up in the SAC, Ekstrom Library, Duthie Center at Speed School of Engineering, and HSC Kornhauser Library. Stop by any time to drop off any of the following types of electronics for recycling: 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. We are partnering with UofL's eSports Club to help you Trash the competition, not the planet!

Dorm Drawdown! - February 7-27, 2022
Live on campus? Win with conservation! Inspired by Project Drawdown, UofL residence halls will compete among each other 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.

  • Keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard, where you can see how much electricity your hall is using and learn how you can conserve! Halls in the competition include:
  1. Belknap Residence Hall
  2. Bettie Johnson HallEcolympics 2022 Grand Prize Bike
  3. Billy Minardi Hall
  4. Community Park (real-time data!)
  5. Kurz Hall (real-time data!)
  6. Louisville Hall (real-time data!)
  7. Unitas Hall (real-time data!)
  8. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

Prizes:

  • Weekly prizes: At the end of each of the eight weeks of Ecolympics 2022, one person who has shared their sustainable action(s) will receive a themed gift basket (Gardening, Wellness, Local Coffee/Tea, Entertainment, Kitchen, Books, Outdoor, & Travel)!
  • Grand Prize: One impressive Cardinal who takes the most sustainable actions during Ecolympics 2022 will ride home on a Green Raleigh M-20 Mountain Bike (or another bike of your preference)!
  • Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable or submit them through our online form throughout February & March to be entered into the competition! New winners will be picked each week! Enter as often as you can!
Feb. 1, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Julie Donna on Sustainable Transportation
Tuesday, Feb. 1st, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Regional Success Stories - Bluegrass GreensourceJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). On February 1st, we'll feature Julie Donna, who has been serving with Louisville Metro Government since February 2019 and is currently the Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of Advanced Planning & Sustainability. She's focused on building a low-emission and climate-resilient Louisville through collaborative and equitable solutions. Her previous experience includes leading projects for the City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability and Green Umbrella, the regional sustainability alliance of Greater Cincinnati. A proud graduate of the Neighborhood Institute and the Public Allies leadership development programs, she holds degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from Miami University in Ohio.
Transportation accounts for 18.7% of Louisville’s greenhouse gas emissions, or the equivalent of 2,992,100 tons of carbon dioxide each year. Louisville has a goal of achieving 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040, which requires de-carbonizing our transportation systems. To reach this goal, our community will need to use a multitude of strategies which include encouraging active transportation (biking and walking), improving our public transit systems, increasing the density of development, and switching to low-emission vehicles. Everyone has a role to play in choosing how they travel every day! These strategies will not only slow the impacts of climate change, but also reduce other air pollutants (including ozone precursors), improve public health and safety, and enhance the quality of life for all residents. Learn more about Louisville’s climate action online here.
No 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. Facebook Event.
Feb. 11, 2022 Winter Orchard Care Workshop
Friday, Feb. 11th, 1:00-3:30pm, Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom, on brick alley behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
Come learn some simple tricks for taking advantage of the dormancy period to improve the health and productivity of fruit trees! Winter is the perfect time for pruning orchard trees to reduce disease and increase fruit production. Our friends from the Urban Agriculture Coalition will be joining us to offer guidance as we all learn together in this hands-on workshop designed to improve the health of our mini-orchard at the Urban & Public Affairs Garden, which features cherry, apple, peach, fig, and native pawpaw, serviceberry, and hazelnut trees! Drop-in any time, or sign-up to volunteer here. This is part of the spring series of Garden Workshops hosted by the Garden Commons, a shared, collectively-managed space, 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.
Feb. 15, 2022 Magan LewisSustainability Roundtable: Dr. Magan Lewis, Corteva Agriscience
Tuesday, Feb. 15th, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). Our special guest on February 15th will be Magan Lewis, Ph.D., who serves as the Corteva Global Technology Adoption Lead for the Crop Protection Discovery and Development group. In her role, she oversees the development, implementation, and compliance of new technology across the globe to enhance product development and agriculture research. From working with UAVs during the day to STEM outreach at night, Magan’s award winning leadership and outreach passion has allowed her to launch “You Be The Chemist” quiz bowls and mentor young scientists globally through Science and Engineering Fairs. Magan is an active member of the Food Security Global Steering Team, recently co-founded a STEM Camp with her husband, and is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassador. Magan is a STEM education outreach fanatic, ID&E advocate, and active participant in non-profit Boards. Magan holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from North Dakota State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota. She resides in the Des Moines, Iowa-area with her husband and two daughters. The Lewis family enjoys camping, catching frogs, identifying insects, tumbling rocks, traveling, hiking, playing piano, and NDSU Football.
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. Facebook Event.
Feb. 22, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, Feb. 22nd, March 29th & April 24th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn

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 spring 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.
Feb. 25, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Humane Education
Friday, Feb. 25th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! Our February workshop features UofL's own Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies professor, Dr. Tami Harbolt. Dr. Harbolt is a certified humane educator and started a non-profit in humane education. She has also served as a member of WAGS Pet Therapy of Kentucky since 2008. She will talk about the efficacy of humane education as a "gateway" to an environmental ethic in education. She will also give a breakdown of the difference between service, therapy, and emotional support animals and their presence in the workplace.
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. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
March 1, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable
Tuesday, March 1st, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). 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.
March 25, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District
Friday, March 25th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Jefferson County Conservation DistrictJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! Our March workshop will put you in touch with the work of the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District. With conservation as their passion, the District's mission is to conserve Jefferson County’s natural resources by coordinating financial, technical and educational assistance that helps both rural and urban communities implement sustainable solutions. 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. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
March 29, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, March 29th & April 24th, 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 spring 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.
March 29, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable
Tuesday, March 29th, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). 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.
April 8, 2022 Garden Commons workdayGender and Gardening Workshop
Friday, April 8th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us in the Garden Commons for a workshop in which we explore the connections between food and gender justice and the importance of women and LGBTQ+ people in food justice movements. This is part of the spring series of Garden Workshops hosted by the Garden Commons, a shared, collectively-managed space, 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.
Apr. 12, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable
Tuesday, April 12th, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). 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.
Earth Day, April 22, 2022 EcoReps Earth Day Lunch & Learn: UofL Maple Syrup Pancake Party & Climate Strike
Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
UofL Maple SyrupJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We'll wrap up the year and celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, with the return of our annual maple syrup harvest celebration after a winter of tapping UofL trees! Come enjoy some pancakes with our very own, hyper-local maple syrup while we talk trees and local sweetness with our community partner, Dave Barker. These delicious pancakes will be served up with a little Climate Strike on the side!! Come for the pancakes and stay for the politics!
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. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
April 24, 2022 Move-Out Lighten Your Load FREE SALE!Free Sales
Tuesday, April 24th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn plaza

Lighten Your Load as you move off campus for the summer! Don't landfill the stuff you don't want to take home - share it! These pop-up outdoor Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, now located in SAC W303C. 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.
Jan. 10 - Apr. 25, 2022 Free Store logoUofL Free Store Spring Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 11am-1pm, SAC W303C
UofL’s Free Store is now more conveniently located in SAC W303C, just down the hall from the Cardinal Cupboard on the 3rd floor of SAC West! The Free Store will be open throughout the Spring semester on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 11am-1pm. All students & employees are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books & media, school & art supplies, and moreReuse, reuse, reuse! Donations are accepted any time we are open or 24/7 in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd.
Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping those in need! Volunteers are always welcome to keep the store open and tidy while sorting donations. UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. The Free Store is closed whenever the university is not in session. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook. Facebook Event.
July 25-29, 2022
UofL Social Justice Youth Summer CampUofL Social Justice Youth Summer Camp
Monday-Friday, July 25th-29th
Consider registering your young leaders in grades 4-12 in the Social Justice Youth Summer Camp presented by UofL's Cultural and Equity Centers. The camp runs from July 25-29 for one week of exploring truth as participants develop into social justice warriors for self and society! This year’s theme is "America's Pathology: Education, Liberation & Action." The camp will explore topics of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice all while engaging with community peers and staff from the University of Louisville. We hope to build a community of youth who are students for activism, striving for advocacy, screaming for action. Applications are due April 29th and there will be a virtual parent interest meeting on March 7 at 6pm (Parent Interest Meeting RSVP here.). More information on Facebook and online.
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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