Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!

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Date Event
Every Sunday UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm
240 E. Bloom St. (one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map here)

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.
April 13, 2021
Grawemeyer Award Lecture: Global Environmental Governance
Tuesday, April 13th 1:00-2:30pm, Online - Register here.
The 2021 Grawemeyer Award winner for Ideas Improving World Order - Ken Conca, will give a talk on his award winning idea "An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance." The UN must rethink its approach to environmental problems The United Nations can tackle global environmental challenges far more effectively by incorporating two overlooked parts of its mandate—human rights and peace—into its efforts. So says Ken Conca, an American University international relations professor who has won the 2021 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for the ideas set forth his book “An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance.” The U.N. has addressed environmental issues using legal and sustainable development approaches but also needs to pursue strategies linked to its role as a protector of human rights and peace, Conca says. The organization should declare a safe and healthy environment to be a basic human right, give its Security Council a well-defined role in safeguarding the environment, make sure its environmental initiatives are conflict-sensitive and seek environmental peacebuilding opportunities, he argues. “His book is a crucial first step in a conversation about how the U.N. can better address global environmental threats,” said Charles Ziegler, world order director. “He identifies a critical failure of a vital institution grappling with one of the most important issues facing humanity and suggests ways to overcome it.” Conca is a member of the U.N. Environment Programme’s Expert Advisory Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding and founded the Environmental Peacebuilding Working Group in Washington. He was a reviewer for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and served on a scientific steering committee for the International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change. He has twice won the International Studies Association’s award for best international environmental affairs book. The U.N., formed in 1945 after the devastation of World War II, works to maintain international peace and security, prevent conflict, promote peace and create conditions in which peace can flourish. There will also be a Q&A with the winner after the talk. Register here.
April 16, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Emergency Food Assistance Centers
Brighton Center | A Community of Support | Emergency AssistanceFriday, April 16th, 11am, online
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 442 798 161#)
Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. To conclude our spring series, on April 16th, we will be in conversation with UofL Masters in Sustainability student, Sarah Becknell. Sarah will be completing her degree this year and she will be sharing with us her research on "Emergency Food Assistance Centers in Rural and Urban Communities in Kentucky." Sarah is a REACH Graduate Student Assistant at UofL and received her Bachelors' degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from Berea College in 2018. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about efforts to address food insecurity throughout the Commonwealth.
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.
April 16, 2021 UofL Maple SyrupEcoReps Workshop: Maple Tapping Pancake Party!
Friday, April 16th, Noon-1:00pm, Under tent on Humanities Quad
You can also join us virtually for the presentation: 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! We'll wrap up the year on April 16th, 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.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepsEco-Reps logo 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 live workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Fridays, Jan. 15 - Apr. 23, 2021 Garden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, 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 noon throughout the spring (Jan. 15 - Apr. 23) to plant, weed, water, and harvest. Special hands-on workshops will be held monthly: Maple Tapping (1/15); Seed Starting (2/12); Beekeeping (3/12); Rain Barrel Making (4/9); and Serviceberry Foraging (6/4). No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Face masks and physical distancing required 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 Facebook or Instagram. Facebook Event.
April 17, 2021 UofL students, faculty & staff participated in the Old Louisville Tree Planting 12-5-20Old Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, April 17th (Rain Date: April 24th), 9am-noon
Meet up at field west of Cochran Elementary School (1601 S 6th St)

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the UofL Sustainability Council invite volunteers to help restore the urban canopy in our tree-borhood just north of Belknap Campus. We'll be planting 50-60 street trees (2" dbh) with our neighbors at locations scattered throughout the neighborhood. Planting sites: Gaulbert @6th, Hill @3rd, 6th @Magnolia, 6th @Park, Ormsby @2nd, Brook @Oak, Brook @Magnolia, andBurnett @Floyd.
Volunteers should report to the central check-in site on the field west of Cochran Elementary School to be assigned to small, physically distanced tree-planting teams. Donuts, coffee and light breakfast items will be available prior to 9am, when work will begin. A pizza lunch will be served for all volunteers after the trees are planted. All are welcome. Tools will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own shovels and gloves. Masks and physical distancing required. In the case of rain, this event will be held on April 24th. Questions should be directed to Herb Fink 502-552-0399. Facebook Event.
April 22, 2021 Employee Success Center Learning Café: Five Ways You Can Live Green While Working Remote
Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd, 11am, virtual - Register here.
GO Self Assessment Tool - Facilities & ServicesThe Sustainability Council is partnering with the Employee Success Center to offer a free Learning Cafe training for all UofL staff who are interested in exploring how to "green" their work environments through sustainability practices that can save money, minimize our environmental footprint, empower people to take ownership of space, and build community. If you've always wondered what you can do to live more lightly on the Earth and to center social, economic, and environmental stewardship in your day-to-day work, then this is for you! Join us on Earth Day 2021 to support sustainability and explore “living green” in these 5 domains: food, transportation, conservation, zero waste, and closing the loop. Bring your burning questions! This training will be facilitated by UofL's Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Dr. Justin Mog, UofL EcoReps Director, Dr. Brian Barnes, and Delphi Center Sr. Associate Director, Dr. Patty Payette. Register here.
June 4, 2021 Serviceberry Foraging Workshop
Friday, June 4th, noon, Garden Commons (SW of Strickler Hall)
Serviceberry ForagingBring a pail or Tupperware and get ready to load up on the sweetest "secret" right under our noses! Serviceberries (aka Juneberries) are native to Kentucky and they are planted all over the city as a common, low-maintenance street tree. The fruits are ripe for only two weeks around June 1st. They are similar to blueberries but a little bit nutty (the trees are in the almond family!). UofL's campus boasts many loaded serviceberries and during this special workshop, we will walk around to visit them all! Pick and take home as many as you can. Enjoy them fresh or freeze them for pies and smoothies year-round! Meetup at the Garden Commons and we'll go from there. Masks will be required and we’ll practice physical distancing to keep everyone safe. Facebook Event.

For inspiration, read Robin Wall Kimmerer's deeply insightful essay, The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance.

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