Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
DateEvent
Feb. 18, 2019Rubbertown: Film Screening and Director Forum
Monday, Feb. 18th, 7:00-9:30pm, SAC Floyd Theater
UofL Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, Remington Smith, MFA, directed this documentary feature about the struggle for environmental justice in western Louisville, which features research by UofL Urban & Public Affairs professor, Dr. John Gilderbloom. In the film we meet Louisville resident Monika Burkhead as she struggles to move her entire house to another county to escape the hazards of living near chemical manufacturing plants, a coal burning power plant and a toxic landfill site. Learn more about the injustice done to local communities by joining us for a screening of the movie followed with a live question forum with the director and activists featured in the film. Enjoy vegetarian refreshments before and after the film as well. Watch Film Trailer here. Rubbertown Film Website. Brought to you by the Engage. Lead. Serve. Board's Green Initiatives.
Feb. 1 - Mar. 30, 2019

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2019
February 1st to March 30th

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

Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable to win a restored vintage Peugeot road bike, gift cards to Comfy Cow and Heine Bros. coffee, and other fabulous prizes!

RecycleMania! - February 3 to March 30, 2019
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 RecycleMania website.

  • RecycleMania 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 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 (next to the greenhouse behind the Cultural Center) and the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone. Please no animal/dairy products or liquids, but otherwise, if it came from a plant, we want to compost it: fruit & vegetable wastes/peels/rinds/seeds, bread, pasta, rice, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, even paper products (tissues, towels, napkins, plates, cups, newspaper, etc.).
  • RECYCLE E-WASTE!
    We will be offering a collection of electronic wastes for recycling at both the Kick-Off event and in every residence hall's lobby throughout Ecolympics 2019! You can recycle any electronic consumer items, including: 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. Please make sure your data has been wiped from your device before recycling. We will also have collections for recycling any type of battery, lamps, and ink/toner cartridges.

Campus Conservation Nationals - February 1-21, 2019
Live on campus? Win with conservation! UofL residence halls will compete among each other and battle together against campuses across the country 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! Use the Dashboard below to see how much electricity your hall is using and learn how you can conserve! Halls in the competition include:
  1. Win this bike in Ecolympics 2019!Bettie Johnson Hall
  2. Community Park (real-time data!)
  3. Kurz Hall (real-time data!)
  4. Louisville Hall (real-time data!)
  5. Miller Hall
  6. Threlkeld Hall
  7. Unitas Hall (real-time data!)
  8. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

Prizes:

    • In addition to a Green Renovation prize for the winning hall, one resident who takes the most steps during Ecolympics 2019 will win a restored vintage Peugeot road bike!
    • Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable throughout February & March to be entered into the competition!

Jan. 8 - Apr. 19, 2019UofL Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Tuesday-Thursday 11am-1pm, and Fridays 2-5pm, Unitas Tower basement
UofL’s Free Store is open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-1pm, and Fridays 2-5pm throughout the spring in the Unitas Tower basement (enter from driveway off Cardinal Blvd). All students & employees are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, household items, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, etc. Donations are accepted any time in the red bins outside the Store. Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping those in need – Volunteers are needed each week to open the store and sort 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 on Instagram or
To volunteer, contact UofL's Zero Waste Intern: Razija Mehinović (502-974-1843, razija.mehinovic@louisville.edu).
Feb. 20, 2019UPA Spring 2019 Lecture Series: Layla George, "Louisville's urban parks were designed for democracy"
Wednesday, Feb. 20th at 7pm at Launch Louisville (816 & 822 East Broadway)
UofL's department of Urban & Public Affairs invites you to join us for the spring lecture series, no matter your field or specialty! Urbanism is and has always been a transdisciplinary endeavor, and there is no better space that this in which to begin to engage in these discussions/debates. This series is designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and the public around issues of urbanization, sustainability, the just city, and what it all means for our home city of Louisville. Our guest on February 19th will be Layla George, President and CEO at Olmsted Parks Conservancy. These events are free and open to the public! Upcoming speakers include:
•    Cassia Herron, Community advocate/activist/planner – Mar 20th at 7pm
•    Representative Attica Scott: State Representative Attica Scott serves Kentucky House District 41 – Apr 3rd at 7pm
Feb. 20, 2019Organize Your Own: An Intergenerational Cultural Dialogue
Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 5:30-7pm, Hite Art Gallery in Schneider Hall
Organize Your OwnPlease join us at this cultural program and spoken-word event at and about the very cool exhibit currently showing at UofL’s Hite Art Gallery in Schneider Hall. It is cohosted by UofL’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the Black Scene Millennium (see www.blackscene.org), and Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (L-SURJ). This cultural program focuses on issues of identity in the struggle against racism and in other social justice movements since Stokely Carmichael's 1965 call to "organize your own."  There will be conversation, snacks, and spoken-word, including an open-mic part of the program. In 1965, Stokely Carmichael and SNCC made a historic call for Black Power, as well as a directive to all racial justice supporters to organize in their own communities. Groups like the Panthers, the Young Lords, the Young Patriots, and many others responded. Fifty years later, Louisville native Daniel Tucker invited artists and cultural workers to produce new works reflecting on this call to “organize your own” in the struggle against racism. The resulting "Organize Your Own" exhibition has toured the US and is currently on display at the UofL Hite Art Gallery through February 22. This dialogue will engage both the exhibit and the important histories and currents it raises. Curator Daniel Tucker will join us from Philadelphia to tour and discuss the exhibit, and participants will hear more about the exciting revival of The Black Scene, a local 1970s publication.
Feb. 21, 2019Community-Wide Diversity & Inclusion Dinner
Thursday, February 21st, 6:00-7:30pm, Red Barn
Tax-deductible Donations: $8.00 pre-event (online here) or $10 at the door
Engage with Empathy. Challenge Your Beliefs. Participate in Peace. The Psychology Honor Society (Psi Chi) and UofL's Peace, Justice, & Conflict Transformation Program invite you to join us for our 2nd Annual University of Louisville Community-Wide Diversity & Inclusion Dinner. Enjoy a delicious meal before participating in fun and engaging activities that promote and celebrate the differences we all share! All of this with special guest Ms. Marian Vasser, Director of Diversity Education and Inclusion Excellence at UofL. Proceeds benefit the Ulster Project Louisville: An international community engagement program designed to “transform young Christian teens from Louisville and Northern Ireland into leaders and peacemakers”. Questions? Email Dr. Melinda Leonard at maleono4@louisville.edu or Tesnim Arar at t0arar01@louisville.edu
Thursdays through Feb. 21, 2019Social Just Movements Short Course at the Main Library
Social Justice Movements: Past and Present
Thursdays Jan. 17 - Feb. 21, 6:30 - 8:00pm, Main Library (301 York Street)
This free, six-week short course open to all will offer historical and contemporary perspectives on a variety of social justice movements. Six scholars from the University of Louisville's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice will explore aspects of social movement-building on topics such as racial justice, youth-led immigrant justice, LGBTQ rights, and solidarity, among others. This short course is free, but registration is requested. Call (502) 574-1623 to reserve your spot.
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Student Strike for Climate Justice

Friday, Feb. 22nd,8am - 3pm, at campuses and schools across Louisville, Kentucky, and the Nation!
The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition and Student Strike for Climate Justice invites everyone who cares about a safe climate future to join our Student Strike 4 Climate on February 22nd- students standing up when our politicians won’t.
12 YEARS LEFT. That is the rallying cry beginning to resonate across the world. 12 years until the point of no return. Political leaders are not doing enough to ensure that there will be a future, so our generation is taking a stand to demand that there will be. Join us on University of Louisville's campus (Humanities Quad) to rally for climate justice at 2pm; meet us at Mayor Fischer's office downtown at noon, or spend the day writing to public officials, marching for climate justice, or just sitting outside your local government building demanding change, like 16 year old phenom Greta Thunberg. On February 22nd, school students are striking to tell our politicians to take us seriously and start treating climate change for what it is: a crisis and the biggest threat to our generation and generations to come. Everyone is invited. Tens of thousands of students around the world will join us. If you’re not a student, take the day off and join us in solidarity! #wedemanclimatejustice #12yearsleft #FridaysforFuture
Feb. 22, 2019EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Global Peace & Prosperity with Clean Energy
Friday, Feb. 22nd at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210

Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! Our speaker on February 22nd will be Michael Kessler, a Louisville native who has been working on sustainable energy solutions for global peace & prosperity since 1977. He has traveled to Russia, Australia, New Zealand, five European countries, and throughout the U.S. He has published two books, three CD's and 50-minute documentary. “Our Global Nation” is based on the works of Albert Einstein and Buckminster Fuller and explores the power of this new information to create an advanced, global civilization of peace and prosperity. Fuller’s World Energy Network could be a win-win project for the planet to establish the foundation of this civilization. This energy internet could provide an unending supply of clean power to end hunger, poverty, pollution and war. History is calling for us to create a constitutional, environmentally compatible, advanced, planetary civilization.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepEco-Reps logos 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 spring, we continue our series of in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
This is a satellite event of the Student Strike for Climate Justice! #wedemanclimatejustice#12yearsleft#FridaysforFuture
Fridays, Jan. 11 - Apr. 19, 2019Spring 2019 Garden Workshops+WorkdaysGarden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 2:30-3:30pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic garden and greenhouse 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 spring semester (Jan. 11 - Apr. 19) from 2:30pm to 3:30pm to start and tend seeds in the greenhouse, 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.
Mar. 1, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Venkata Gullapalli (Civil Engineer, Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation)
Friday, March 1st, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our guest on March 1st with be Venkata Gullapalli, an Engineer with Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation who received his doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UofL in 2015 for his dissertation on "Community engagement, environmental education, and public outreach in sustainable engineering: a collaborative demonstration project for water treatment using natural processes and sustainable materials."
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! 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 Daniel DeCaro.
Every SundayUofL 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.
March 7, 2019Engaged Scholarship Symposium
Thursday, March 7th, 11:30am – 1:30pm, Shumaker Research Building
Join us for a series of short talks on engaged research and teaching. Included will be a presentation on the soon to be released Faculty Handbook on Community-Engaged Scholarship: Documentation and Review. Light lunch will be provided. RSVP here.
March 20, 2019UPA Spring 2019 Lecture Series: Cassia Herron, Community advocate/activist/planner
Wednesday, March 20th at 7pm at Launch Louisville (816 & 822 East Broadway)
UofL's department of Urban & Public Affairs invites you to join us for the spring lecture series, no matter your field or specialty! Urbanism is and has always been a transdisciplinary endeavor, and there is no better space that this in which to begin to engage in these discussions/debates. This series is designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and the public around issues of urbanization, sustainability, the just city, and what it all means for our home city of Louisville. Our guest on March 20th will be Cassia Herron, community advocate/activist/planner. These events are free and open to the public! Upcoming speakers include:
•    Representative Attica Scott: State Representative Attica Scott serves Kentucky House District 41 – Apr 3rd at 7pm
March 22, 2019Brian Barnes managing UofL Food Waste Composting Program.Garden Commons Workshop: Composting
Friday, March 22nd, Noon, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL's organic Garden Commons for a special workshop on composting and vermiculture with Dr. Brian Barnes! Brian directs UofL's Community Composting Project (just a couple blocks north of the Garden Commons) with volunteer-power every Sunday noon-2pm. He'll be sharing the basics of why, how, and what to compost and we will be creating DIY composting bins that you can take home with you to start your own compost!
March 27, 2019Who Gets to Drink? The Past and Future of Drinking Water
Wednesday, March 27th, 6pm, Law School Room 275
The Spring 2019 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy will be given by James Salzman, who is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the UCLA School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles. He will present "Who Gets to Drink? The Past and Future of Drinking Water." The Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy is supported by the Herbert Boehl Chair Funds, the Brandeis School of Law and the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility.
March 29, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Jonathan Freedman (Associate Director of UofL's Envirome Institute)
Friday, March 29th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Envirome InstitutePlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our guest on March 29th will be Jonathan Freedman, Director of UofL's Envirome Institute, and a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! 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 Daniel DeCaro.
March 29, 2019EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Hart Hagan on the Green New DealGreen New Deal
Friday, March 29nd at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210

Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! Our topic on March 29th will be the Green New Deal, a proposed economic stimulus program in the United States that aims to address both economic inequality and climate change. Supporters of a Green New Deal, like Hart and the youth-led Sunrise Movement, advocate for a combination of Roosevelt's economic approach with modern ideas such as renewable energy and resource efficiency. Hart Hagan is a long-time activist, organizer, and advocate for sustainable change. He is host of The Climate Report on Louisville's Forward Radio 106.5fm, and director of Wild Ones Louisville.
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. This spring, we continue our series of in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
April 3, 2019UPA Spring 2019 Lecture Series: KY State Representative Attica Scott
Wednesday, April 3rd at 7pm at Launch Louisville (816 & 822 East Broadway)
UofL's department of Urban & Public Affairs invites you to join us for the spring lecture series, no matter your field or specialty! Urbanism is and has always been a transdisciplinary endeavor, and there is no better space that this in which to begin to engage in these discussions/debates. This series is designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and the public around issues of urbanization, sustainability, the just city, and what it all means for our home city of Louisville. Our guest on April 3rd will be State Representative Attica Scott, who serves Kentucky House District 41. These events are free and open to the public!
Apr. 5, 2019UofL Arbor Day 2017UofL Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 5th, 9am at HSC; 11am-2pm, Belknap Campus (specific locations TBA)

April 5th is Arbor Day 2019 in Kentucky! 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 9 years running!).
  • At 9am at HSC and noon at Belknap, you can help us plant a tree on campus!
  • Take home a free native tree sapling to plant in your yard or neighborhood! We'll be giving away 100 native roughleaf dogwoods, 100 native Kentucky coffeetrees, and 20 flowering cherry trees.
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • Bike-blender 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!
Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, Campus Housing, UofL Dining, and UofL Office of Health Promotion.
April 12, 2019Sustainability Roundtable: Mary Ellen Wiederwohl (Chief of Louisville Forward, Metro Government)
Friday, April 12th, 11am-noon, Urban Studies Room 200 (426 W Bloom St)

Mary Ellen Wiederwohl of Louisville Forward spoke to a mentee.Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable series on alternating Fridays at 11am! Our guest on April 12th will be Chief of Louisville Forward for Metro Government,Mary Ellen Wiederwohl. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Please feel free to bring your lunch! 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 Daniel DeCaro.
Apr. 12, 2019Climate Anxiety+Meditation Workshop (Apr 2019)Climate Anxiety and Meditation Workshop
Friday, April 12th, Noon
Garden Commons at the Cultural Center

Join us in UofL's organic Garden Commonsfor a wellness workshop on climate anxiety. Do you feel extreme anxiety in the face of news about climate change and environmental disasters? Come learn tools for resiliency and be guided through a meditation created specifically for this purpose. Co-sponsored by the UofL Sustainability Council, Office of Health Promotion, and Get Healthy Now!
Apr. 19, 2019UofL Maple SyrupEcoReps Lunch & Learn: UofL Maple Tapping & Pancake Party!
Friday, April 19th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210

Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! We'll rap up the year on April 19th, with our annual celebration of making maple syrup by tapping UofL trees! Come enjoy some pancakes with our very own, hyper-local maple syrup while we talk trees.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepEco-Reps logos 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 spring, we continue our series of in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
April 22, 2019Late Night Shred Fest!
Monday, April 22nd, 8pm, SAC Ballroom
Campus Housing will be honoring Earth Day with a fun incentive to recycle after all your spring classes are over! Satisfy your late-night cravings and power up for finals with a free breakfast bar. Bring old papers from the semester to shred and recycle them properly and you'll be entered into a raffle for fabulous prizes! You can earn a second raffle ticket just by coming in your pajamas.
May 16 - Oct. 31, 2019image for 2018Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 10:30am‒1:30pm (May 16 to Oct. 31, 2019)
Health Sciences Center, 400 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. 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, Sara Frazier at farmersmarket@louisville.edu or 502-852-6655, or follow on Facebook.
  • 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:

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