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Date Event
May 21, 2022 Pop-Up Drop-Off Community Recycling Event
Saturday, May 21st, 10am-2pm, UofL Shelby Campus (440 N Whittington Pkwy)

Pop-Up Drop-Offs are free recycling and large item disposal events for residents of Jefferson County.

Pop-Up Drop-OffAccepted Items: 

  • Up to 3 electronic items (recycled)
  • Metal & appliances, no refrigerators or any items containing coolant (recycled) 
  • Up to 4 passenger tires (recycled)
  • Household recyclables, follow curbside rules (recycled)
  • Yard waste, follow curbside rules, wooden pallets (composted)
  • Large household items (landfilled) 
  • Documents for shredding (recycled)
  • Prescription medication (disposed properly)

Items must already be separated into categories for easy off-loading so as much can be recycled as possible.

Not Accepted:

  • Garbage, loose debris (use curbside garbage collection or take to landfill)
  • Concrete, bricks, rocks
  • Construction materials (take to Waste Reduction Center, fees apply)
  • Refrigerators or items containing coolant (take to Waste Reduction Center, or metal recycling facility)
  • Latex paint (disposal information)
  • Batteries, light bulbs, oil-based paint, varnishes, stains, and other household hazardous waste (take to Haz Bin)
  • Tree trunks  
  • Boats, hot tubs
  • Items from businesses
  • Trailers greater than 10 feet in length (larger loads can be taken to the Waste Reduction Center)
This event sponsored by: Department of Public Works and Assets (Louisville/Jefferson County Waste Management District in partnership with Solid Waste Management Services Division) and Metro Council. More info.
May 1-31, 2022 2022 Bike Month ChallengeBike Month Challenge
May 1st – 31st, 2022

UofL’s Sustainability Council and Get Healthy Now encourage you to saddle up and ride for Team UofL in the Bike Month Challenge! Reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle and show your support for sustainable transportation. Register for the Bike Month Challenge as an individual to be entered to win fabulous national prizes like a $1500 bicycle, Love To Ride t-shirts, and durable waterproof bags from UPSO made from recycled truck tarpaulins! Join Team UofL on Strava to log your rides and encourage/compete against your peers for the UofL Grand Prize. Simply log your trips by bicycle for fun, fitness, or transportation. Your miles and days cycled will qualify you for the grand prize of a $200 voucher to a local bike shop! Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to compete. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free! Facebook Event.
Every Sunday UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm
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.
May 26 - Aug. 5 Free Store logoUofL Free Store Summer Orientation Hours
Summer Orientation Dates, 11am-1pm, SAC W303C
UofL’s Free Store, now more conveniently located in SAC W303C, just down the hall from the Cardinal Cupboard on the 3rd floor of SAC West, will be open to welcome new students and their families this summer! The Free Store will be open from11am-1pm every day of Summer Orientation: May 26-27, May 31-June 1, June 2-3, June 6-7, June 9-10, June 13-14, June 16-17, June 21-22, June 23-24, June 27-28, June 30-July 1, July 5-6, and Aug. 4-5.
All students, families & employees are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books & media, school & art supplies, and moreReuse, reuse, reuse! Donations are accepted any time we are open or 24/7 in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd.
Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping those in need! Volunteers are always welcome to keep the store open and tidy while sorting 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 the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook. Facebook Event.
May 27, 2022 Serviceberry ForagingServiceberry Foraging Party
Friday, May 27th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Bring 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 many of them! 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. For inspiration, read Robin Wall Kimmerer's deeply insightful essay, The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance. Facebook Event.
June 4, 2022 Kentucky Solar Energy Society Annual Meeting image
Kentucky Solar Energy Society Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 4th 10:30am-2:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
Register Here.

UofL's Sustainability Council is proud to host the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society, whose mission is to promote the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation in Kentucky through education, advocacy, networking, and demonstration of practical applications. This meeting is free and open to all KySES members, subscribers, students, guests and the general public interested in learning more about solar power in Kentucky. Expect an interactive day with participation from attendees and presenters on the state of solar generation and updates from KySES board members on efforts such as solar legislation and Solar Over Louisville. Meeting topics will include:
  • Address from Louisville Mayor
  • New tech in solar; overview of solar industry in Kentucky
  • Mega trends nationally in pricing & impact on Kentucky
  • Louisville’s highly successful Solar Program: a) successes b) what can happen elsewhere
  • Kentucky legislature vs. Solar; also Large Solar Installations
  • Presentation on batteries for solar applications, (details one should know)
  • Update on Scam Artists
  • Solar 101 - Before you buy info
The meeting will also feature a free catered lunch and plenty of time to network with fellow solar and renewable energy supporters. For more information, please contact KySES Board Chair, Wallace McMullen. Register Here.
June 15, 2022 UofL Community Composting & Louisville Compost Co-op Host Green Drinks Louisville
Wednesday, June 15th, 6pm,
240 E. Bloom St. (a block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map)
UofL Community CompostingLouisville Sustainability CouncilThe Louisville Sustainability Council’s Green Drinks is a casual bi-monthly meet-up of community members and organizations, featuring different speakers from across the city to educate and inform the community on local happenings, projects, and initiatives. Each presentation is followed by Q&A, discussion, and networking. On June 15th, they will be visiting UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting project! Green Drinks takes place on the third Wednesday of every other month at 6pm at rotating venues around town. Full details.

July 25-29, 2022
UofL Social Justice Youth Summer CampUofL Social Justice Youth Summer Camp
Monday-Friday, July 25th-29th
Consider registering your young leaders in grades 4-12 in the Social Justice Youth Summer Camp presented by UofL's Cultural and Equity Centers. The camp runs from July 25-29 for one week of exploring truth as participants develop into social justice warriors for self and society! This year’s theme is "America's Pathology: Education, Liberation & Action." The camp will explore topics of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice all while engaging with community peers and staff from the University of Louisville. We hope to build a community of youth who are students for activism, striving for advocacy, screaming for action. Applications are due April 29th and there will be a virtual parent interest meeting on March 7 at 6pm (Parent Interest Meeting RSVP here.). More information on Facebook and online.
August 30, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Laura Grabowski, Housing and Community Development
Tuesday, August 30th, 4pm, virtual
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Laura GrabowskiJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (8/30, 9/13, 9/27, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29). We kick-off the fall series August 30th, with our special guest, Laura Grabowski, the Director of the Office of Housing and Community Development at Louisville Metro Government. Laura's office is responsible for increasing the quantity and improving the quality of affordable housing choices as well as addressing vacant and abandoned properties. Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Indiana University Southeast and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
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.
Fall 2022 TEDxUofL: Finding Balance in a Post-COVID World
FALL 2022, details TBA
The Urban & Public Affairs Student Association (UPASA) is sponsoring a TEDx event in Fall 2022. Registered student organizations (including Mortar Board) are co-sponsoring. The topic is, "Finding Balance in a Post-COVID World," and will cover many aspects of how we, as individuals, and our community are dealing with the "new normal," with a focus on non-medical issues. We invite faculty, staff and students interested in applying to be a TEDx speaker to send an email to as soon as possible. More information on our website.

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