|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!
|Thursdays, July 16 - Aug. 13, 2020
||Garden Commons Summer Workdays
Thursdays, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
We are relaunching our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons in its new location at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden! Join us to 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 Thursday at noon throughout the remainder of the summer (July 16 - Aug. 13) to harvest, weed, water, and plant. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Please bring drinking water & bags to harvest into! Wear a mask and practice physical distancing to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. 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.
UofL 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. 12-16, 2020
Sustainability in Welcome Week 2020
Aug. 12th - 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:
Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Friday, Aug. 14
Garden Commons Salsa Harvest
3:00 - 3:45pm
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.
- Thursday, Aug. 15
Garden Commons Workday
Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us for our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons in its new location at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden! Come 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 weekly to harvest, weed, water, and plant. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Please bring drinking water & bags to harvest into! Wear a mask and practice physical distancing to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. 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.
Saturday, Aug. 15
Cardinal Clues Scavenger Hunt
3:30 - 6pm
Come find the UofL Sustainability booth at the Garden Commons and you could win some fabulous prizes, including an ethically-sourced reusable UofL Sustainability mug!
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 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.
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.
|Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2020
Ohio River Basin 2020 Summit
Wednesday, September 30th - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
The Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education (ORBCRE) and the Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) Present: "Bridging Visions to Protect Our Health, Economy and Environment in the Ohio River Basin." Conference Topics Include: Invasive species, HABS, Land Use, Populations, Ecosystem Services and Economics, Nutrients, Policy, Citizen Science, Contaminants of Emerging Concerns, Connectance between Streams and Rivers, Anthropological and Archaeological Research, Outdoor Recreation and Therapeutic Effects, Scientific Communications, Ecosystem Restoration, Abandoned Mine Impacts, Ecological Economics, Invasive Species, Aquatic Biology, ArcGIS Applications, Drought Management, Environmental Policy, Flood Management, Food, Energy and Water Nexus, Geological Science, Hydrological Modeling, Social Hydrology, Stormwater Nutrient Removal and Mitigation, Stormwater BMPs, Watershed Management, Water Quality Impairment Studies, Water Resource Engineering and Management, Story-telling and Ethnography.
The Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) will be hosting a series of implementation workshops for the Ohio River Basin Plan 2020 on Wednesday September 30th. The six workshops are based on the goals of the Ohio River Basin Plan:
• Reliable Flood Control and Risk Reduction
• River Transportation Corridor
• Healthy, Productive Ecosystems
• World-Class Recreation Opportunities
• Abundant Clean Water
• Knowledge-Informed Decisions
Full details and registration on conference website here.
|Oct. 23-30, 2020
UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 23-30, 2020
A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! More events TBA, but the week will include:
If you are interested in hosting an event during UofL Sustainability Week, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Oct. 23, 2020
UofL 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. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
|Oct. 28, 2020
13th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 28th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
If you'd like to host a sustainability-related booth or activity at the Campus Sustainability Day fair, please contact Henny Ransdell. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Join us for the 13th annual celebration of all things sustainable at UofL and in our community! Learn what campus and community groups are doing to create a sustainable revolution. Sign-up to get involved and leave with some green freebies, great information, and a smile on your face!
- Take the Cards Go Green Pledge and earn an ethically-sourced reusable mug!
- Learn about all of UofL's Transportation Alternatives, and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's Bike Fix-It Stations! Bring your bike for a tune-up!
- TENTATIVE: UofL Environmental Health & Safety will be collecting all kinds of lamps & batteries for recycling, including: Alkaline (A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt); Button-cell; Lithium; Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad); Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH); Lead and Lead-acid; Carbon-zinc; and Mercury batteries.
- TENTATIVE: Shred-It will offer free shredding and recycling of documents, videotapes, and computer diskettes from their truck in the circle in front of the College of Business 10am - 2pm.