Nov 20, 2020
12:00 PM to
Ekstrom W210 or online
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Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability - now available virtually or in-person for up to 10 attendees (seats are first-come, first-served)!
At our final fall workshop, we will learn about the Louisville Community Grocery and the ongoing movement for food justice in Louisville! Come learn how you can get involved as a member or volunteer to help open the first cooperatively-owned community grocery in Louisville in one of our urban core neighborhoods that has long-suffered from food apartheid and the lack of a full-service grocery store.
This project nails all the key pillars of sustainability, with a plan to:
- Improve wellness and social justice through fresh, healthy food access for neglected urban core communities;
- Reduce the environmental impact of conventional, industrial food system by shortening the supply chain and bringing more organic, non-toxic, and environmentally responsible goods to Louisville consumers; and
- Lay the foundations for a more sustainable, locally-controlled economy through cooperatives which build community wealth rather than extract it.
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Thomas Wayne Edison, an Associate Professor of Spanish in UofL's Department of Classical and Modern Languages. Thomas has lived in Mexico, Spain, and spent a great deal of time traveling and studying in Central and Latin America. He is an avid gardener and has been working on converting his childhood home, at 32nd and Garland in West Louisville, into a community garden to grow produce to reduce the level of hunger in the city. One of his passions is establishing a way for small scale farmers in West Louisville to be able to sell their produce at the Louisville Community Grocery. Dr. T. has been involved with LCG for a year and was recently nominated to be the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Louisville Community Grocery.
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. This fall, we continue our series of in-person and virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website.
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