Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!
Date Event
May 1 to Sept. 30, 2020 2020 National Bike Challenge
May 1st to September 30th, 2020

Saddle up and ride for team UofL in the 2020 National Bike Challenge! Show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register for the National Bike Challenge and Join Team UofL as an individual to compete against your peers. Your miles and days cycled will qualify employees for great prizes through Get Healthy Now, including the grand prize of a $400 voucher to a local bike shop, co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council! The National Bike Challenge is open to everyone, however the Get Healthy Now competition is restricted to UofL employees, retirees, and their spouses/qualifying adults. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free!#ChooseCycling
Every Sunday UofL 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.
Aug. 13-16, 2020

Sustainability in Welcome Week 2020
Aug. 13th - 16th, 2020
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion! Events will include:

  • Thursday, Aug. 13 – Cardinal Nest
    1pm – 3pm, Student Rec Center
    Stop by the UofL Sustainability booth and get connected with sustainable living resources! We’ll have information about how to get around Louisville without owning a car (transit, bikeshare, carpooling), where to eat (and grow!) healthy local food on campus, and how to find the UofL Free Store! Bring your bike for a free bike tune-up!
  • Thursday, Aug. 13 - Cardinal Kick-Off
    4pm – 5:30pm, Ekstrom Library West Lawn
    Stop by the UofL Sustainability booth and get connected with sustainable living resources!
  • Friday, Aug. 14 – Kick Back in the Stacks
    7:30pm - 9:30pm, Ekstrom Library
    The library comes to life with a dramatic mix of student performers, student organizations, campus resources, local food samples, and more. Stop by the UofL Sustainability booth, sample some fresh tea made from herbs grown in our campus gardens and learn how to get involved in campus sustainability!
  • Saturday, Aug. 15 - S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    10:00am - 1:30pm, various sites (meetup at SAC Ballroom).
    Salsa Party at Garden Commons
    The Sustainability Council is offering on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, including the Garden Commons, and UofL Community Composting project, in addition to the many off-campus community service projects! Get to know fellow students and UofL faculty and staff while exploring diversity on campus and in the Louisville community. Discover how to make the most of UofL service and leadership opportunities, then work alongside those you met to learn first-hand about the many facets of our “Possibility City.”
  • Saturday, Aug. 15 - Garden Commons Salsa Party Harvest Fest
    4:00 - 5:00pm Garden Commons (southwest corner of Strickler Hall)
    Stop by UofL's organic, student-run Garden Commons to sample some of the delicious fresh produce we've grown together over the summer and learn how you can get involved and learn how to grow your own food right here on campus! Sponsored by the UofL Sustainability Council and the Office of Health Promotion.
  • Sunday, Aug. 16 - UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    Every Sunday noon-2pm (200 block of E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets)

    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!
  • Sunday, Aug. 16 – Louisville Sustainability Bike TourWelcome Week Sustainability Bike Tour
    3:00 – 5:00pm meet up outside the SRC
    Take a fun afternoon bike ride with the Student Cycling Coalition and UofL Sustainability Council! Explore your new community through the lens of environmental stewardship and social justice. Don’t have a bike? Check one out from the SRC through UofL’s Bikeshare Program or take a spin on a free LouVelo bike for the day. Check out our route here.
Aug. 24 - Sept. 27, 2020

Cardinal Directions is UofL's free trip-planning and carpool-matching service!Cards Commuter Challenge
August 24 - September 27, 2020. University-wide
UofL wants you to save money, burn calories, put an end to pollution, and win prizes…all by simply choosing to get to campus in a new way! Record your trips throughout the Cards Commuter Challenge (August 24 - September 27) and each week you'll have the chance to win $250 worth of fabulous weekly prizes or be the Grand Prize Winner who takes the most trips by means other than driving alone and you'll receive the $250 grand prize!

Step 1: Join the Challenge online!

Step 2: Challenge yourself (and your friends!) to get to campus differently!
Try these life-affirming alternatives to the expense, road-rage, pollution, and parking hassles of driving alone:

  • BUS: Ride any TARC Airport RouteTARC route free with UofL ID (just swipe your card as you board - any time, anywhere).
  • CARDpool: Organize your own carpool with friends, family, colleagues, or classmates; or find rides & offer rides online through Cardinal Directions or Every Commute Counts.
  • WALK, SKATE, or BIKE: Get your workout just by getting where you need to go under your own power! If you don't have your own bike, borrow one free from UofL Bikeshare or join LouVelo citywide bikeshare for half-price with your @louisville.edu address ($7.50/month gets you unlimited trips of up to one hour without any additional charges).LouVelo ClockTower
  • VANPOOL: Employees can get in on a vanpool, get your ride home guaranteed, or enter to win additional monthly prizes with Every Commute Counts.

* NOTE: Though certainly better than driving, getting around via lazy, coal-powered electric scooters does not qualify for this Challenge. Skip the dirty electricity and use your muscles to qualify!

Explore all of UofL's Sustainable Transportation Options.

Step 3: Log your trips to win!

The only way to be in the running for prizes is to log all of your commute trips online with Cardinal Directions or Every Commute Counts.

2020-2021 UofL Theatre Arts 2020-2021 Season: Sustaining a Future: A Season of Sustainability
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021, The Playhouse & Thrust Theatre
Join us for a special season of plays focused on sustainability! Plays include: The Birds by Conor McPherson, Jacked by Idris Goodwin, Ruined by Lynn Nottage, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, Revelations by Ed Bullins & Suzan-Lori Parks, and Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine. Full details and ticket info TBA here.
Oct. 23, 2020

Students taking home free trees at UofL Arbor Day 2018UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2020
Friday, October 23rd
8:30am-10:30am, HSC Kornhauser plaza
11am-2pm, Belknap Academic Building Quad
3pm, HSC Clinical & Translational Research Bldg. (CTR)

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 10 years running!).

  • Help us plant new trees on campus! Three opportunities:
    9:30am at Abraham Flexner Way & Preston
    Noon at the LALS Tranquility Garden, SW corner of Stevenson Hall
    3pm at HSC Clinical & Translational Research Bldg. (CTR)
  • Take home free native tree saplings to plant in your yard or neighborhood! You will be able to take your pick of roughleaf and silky dogwoods, black walnuts, and Shumard oaks (bright red fall foliage, full sun, tolerates pollution and drought).
  • Tree-themed activities with prizes and free apples for everyone!
  • Enjoy bike-blender tree 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!
  • At HSC, you'll also be able to sample another delicious treat from trees: coffee! And we'll be giving away reusable utensils.

Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, HSC Green Team, UofL Dining, and UofL Office of Health Promotion. RSVP on Facebook.

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