Events

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Date Event
Every Sunday UofL Community Composting Volunteer Days
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm (Add to your Calendar)
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.
Dec. 6, 2022 Learn about the HFC phase down | 2015 EU F-gas regulation | Danfoss
Sustainability Roundtable: Pat Digangi on Refrigerant Regulation

Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 4pm, virtual (Add to your Calendar)

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. We conclude the fall series December 6th, with our special guest, Pat Digangi, a UofL Masters in Sustainability student, sharing his research on "HFC Phasedown: Environmental and Economic Impacts of Refrigerant Regulation." 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.
Dec.11-14, 2022 Winter Alternative Service Break: Flood Relief in Hazard, KY
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Our 2022 Winter ASB Trip will be to Hazard, KY to repair/rebuild the homes of people affected by the global climate crisis during the unprecedented summer floods. ASB is partnering with the Housing Development Alliance to identify those in need. The cost is free for students. Overnight lodging at a local church, all meals, transportation, and service experience/materials included. Participants will receive 16 service hours and we will devote 1 day to hiking in Red River Gorge. Apply by November 28th on Engage. Email katie.facciolo@louisville.edu with any questions!
Dec. 17, 2022 Tree Planting in Toonerville Neighborhood of Old Louisville
Saturday, December 17th, 9am-noon, Meet-up location: Chapel of St. Philip Neri (236 Woodbine St.)
Old Louisville Tree Planting (March 2021)The UofL Sustainability Council and the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council invite the entire campus community out to help us plant 37 street trees in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of South Brook Street and adjacent areas. The Chapel doors (on the right side of the chapel facing Woodbine Street) open at 8:30 am for sign-in, and you can grab a name tag, coffee & donuts, and instructions. Work will begin at 9 am, with 14 neighborhood supervisors directing all work. Tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome. For additional information contact the Old Louisville Visitors Center at 502- 635-5244. Facebook Event.
Jan. 16, 2023 Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Make it a day on, not a day off
MLK Day of Service

Monday, Jan. 16th, 8:30am-12:30pm, Meetup in SAC Multipurpose Room
Honor the legacy of MLK by making it a day ON instead of a day off! Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join the Engaged Lead Serve Board for an amazing day of service honoring the great Martin Luther King, Jr., The day will begin in the SAC Multipurpose room with a free breakfast and a short program, after which volunteers will be disbursed to various off-campus and on-campus service sites. Transportation to and from sites will be provided. Volunteers just need to show up ready to serve. For more information, email Susan Jenkins.
Jan. 19, 2023 UofL Women's Basketball TeamSustainability-themed UofL Women's Basketball Game
Thursday, Jan. 19th, 7pm, Yum! Center - Get tickets here.
Join us for a special night of greener sports, brought to you by Canon, as the Cards host ACC rivals Boston College. Details TBA.
Jan. 29 - March 25, 2023

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2023
January 29th to March 25th

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

Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable  or submit them through our online form to win the Grand Prize, or one of eight fabulous weekly prize baskets!

Campus Race To Zero Waste! - January 29 - March 25, 2023
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, REUSE & RECYCLE! Help the Cards to victory by avoiding disposables (bring your own mug, bottle, plate, etc.), donating useful stuff to the UofL Free Store instead of throwing it away, 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 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! We will have special collection points set up in the following locations:
         Ekstrom Library
    (1st floor entryway next to Starbucks, small items only)
         SAC
    (3rd Floor, beside W310 Student Affairs Office)
         Duthie Center at Speed School of Engineering
    (1st Floor Student Study Area, SE corner)
         HSC Kornhauser Library
    (1st floor lobby behind elevators)
         Urban & Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St., 1st floor central hall by vending).
    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 6-26, 2023
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. The winning hall will earn a pizza party, sponsored by RHA! 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. Bettie Johnson Hall
  2. Billy Minardi Hall
  3. Community Park (real-time data!)
  4. Kurz Hall (real-time data!)
  5. Louisville Hall (real-time data!)
  6. Unitas Hall (real-time data!)
  7. University Tower Apartments (UTA)
  8. Belknap Village North
  9. Belknap Village South

Prizes:

  • Weekly prizes: At the end of each of the eight weeks of Ecolympics 2023, one person who has shared their sustainable action(s) will receive a themed gift basket!
  • Grand Prize: One impressive Cardinal who takes the most sustainable actions during Ecolympics 2023 will take home our grand prize!
  • 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!
Jan. 31, 2023 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 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 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 small bin outside the door of SAC W303C or in the big red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook. Facebook Event.
Feb. 17, 2022 Winter Orchard Care Workshop
Friday, Feb. 17th, 2:00-5:00pm, Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom, on brick alley behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
Orchard Pruning WorkshopCome 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. 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!
Feb. 28, 2023 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 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 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 small bin outside the door of SAC W303C or in the big red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook. Facebook Event.
March 28, 2023 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 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 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 small bin outside the door of SAC W303C or in the big red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook. Facebook Event.
March 31-April 2, 2023
Midwestern Ecology and Evolution Conference: “Crossing Divides”
Friday-Sunday, March 31-April 2, Belknap Academic Building. Register by 2/28/23.
UofL is excited to host the 2023 Midwestern Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC) on the theme of “Crossing Divides.” This annual regional conference is hosted by a different Midwestern institution each year and is organized and directed entirely by graduate students. The conference is graduate and undergraduate student-focused, providing a professional atmosphere for students of all levels to interact with and learn from their peers. Previous conferences have drawn between 250 and 300 attendees from universities around the Midwest. Attendees are typically composed of 45% graduate students, 45% undergraduate students, and 10% faculty members. Friday will feature a Field Trip and Meet & Greet. Saturday and Sunday will feature a variety of Workshops & Panels, Posters & Presentations, and Plenary Speakers. Full details and registration here.
April 25, 2023 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 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 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 small bin outside the door of SAC W303C or in the big red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook. Facebook Event.

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