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Date Event
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 from 11am-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 more. Reuse, 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.
Fridays, Through Aug. 19, 2022 Garden Commons Summer Workdays
Fridays, 1pm-2pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Garden Commons raised bedAll are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons 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 Friday at 1pm throughout the summer to plant, weed, water, and harvest. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. 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 Facebook or Instagram. 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.
July 7, 2022 Gray Street Farmers Market 2022Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursday, July 7th, 10am‒2pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

UofL's farmers' market is back after two years of pandemic shutdown! With many unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, bread, granola, jams, desserts, and more. A rotating group of lunch vendors and food trucks will be back to serve you again this year. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open rain or shine, 10am-2pm on first Thursdays, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website; contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, 502-852-8781, farmersmarket@louisville.edu; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
July 22, 2022 Dr. Douglas Tallamy - Nature’s Best Hope
Friday, July 22nd, 6-7:30pm, Humanities 100
Doug TallamyTickets will be available here from June 20th
General public: $25
Bernheim members: $20
University faculty/staff with valid ID: $10
Students with valid ID: free, but must register for the event

Presented by Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in partnership with the UofL's Sustainability Council. Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Dr. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can - and must - take to reverse declining biodiversity, why we must change our adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one, and why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.
Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 106 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 41 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home was published by Timber Press in 2007, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014; Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, was released in February 2020, and his latest book The Nature of Oaks was released by Timber press in March 2021.  In 2021 he cofounded Homegrown National Park with Michelle Alfandari. His awards include recognition from The Garden Writers Association, Audubon, The National Wildlife Federation, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural Association.
A spread of healthy farm-to-table appetizers from Bernheim’s Edible Garden and Isaac’s Cafe will be available after the event, and attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase Bernheim memberships.
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.
Aug. 4, 2022 Gray Street Farmers Market 2022Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursday, Aug. 4th, 10am‒2pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

UofL's farmers' market is back after two years of pandemic shutdown! With many unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, bread, granola, jams, desserts, and more. A rotating group of lunch vendors and food trucks will be back to serve you again this year. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open rain or shine, 10am-2pm on first Thursdays, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website; contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, 502-852-8781, farmersmarket@louisville.edu; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Aug. 18-21, 2022

Sustainability in Welcome Week 2022
Aug. 18th - 21st, 2022
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion! Events include:

  • Friday, Aug. 19
    S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    9:30am - 1:00pm, Meetup SAC Ballroom

    By volunteering at SOUL, you’ll have the opportunity to help local community organizations that benefit the environment, nature, houseless populations, youth, and many more groups and communities. 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 other 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. 20Salsa Party
    Garden Commons Salsa Party
    1:00 - 2:00pm
    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 discover how you can get involved and learn how to grow your own food right here on campus! Sponsored by the UofL Sustainability Council.
  • Saturday, Aug. 20
    Sustainable Louisville Bike Tour
    Welcome Week Sustainability Bike Tour
    4:00 – 6:00pm meet up outside the SRC.
    Take a fun afternoon bike ride with the 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 LouVelo bike for the day. Check out our route here.
  • Sunday, Aug. 21
    UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    Every Sunday noon-2pm (250 E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets)UofL Community Composting

    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!
  • Lighten Your Load Free Stuff SwapSunday, Aug. 21
    Sustainability Shopping Spree!
    1:30-3:30pm, Hallway next to SAC 116- 118
    The UofL Free Store and Cardinal Cupboard will be holding a pop-up shop where everything is FREE. These student-run services are available year-round to help keep useful stuff out of the landfill while lowering your bills. The Free Store is a place for free exchange of clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, kitchen & housewares, cleaning & school supplies, and much more. The Cardinal Cupboard is our on-campus food pantry offering both fresh and packaged foods whenever you need.
Aug. 30, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn plaza

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 red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
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.
Sept. 1, 2022 Gray Street Farmers Market 2022Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursday, Sept. 1st, 10am‒2pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

UofL's farmers' market is back after two years of pandemic shutdown! With many unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, bread, granola, jams, desserts, and more. A rotating group of lunch vendors and food trucks will be back to serve you again this year. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open rain or shine, 10am-2pm on first Thursdays, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website; contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, 502-852-8781, farmersmarket@louisville.edu; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Oct. 6, 2022 Gray Street Farmers Market 2022FINAL 2022 Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursday, Oct. 6th, 10am‒2pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

UofL's farmers' market is back after two years of pandemic shutdown! With many unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, bread, granola, jams, desserts, and more. A rotating group of lunch vendors and food trucks will be back to serve you again this year. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open rain or shine, 10am-2pm on first Thursdays, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website; contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, 502-852-8781, farmersmarket@louisville.edu; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Oct. 24-30, 2022 UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 24-30, 2022
I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! Events will include the following, plus more TBA:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10am-2pm – 15th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair (Humanities Quad)
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, 1-5pm – UofL Supplier Diversity Vendor Show (Location TBA)
  • Friday, Oct. 28, Noon – EcoReps Lunch & Learn (Ekstrom 254 or online)
  • Sunday, Oct. 30, Noon-2pm – UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day (200 block of E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets - map here)
UofL Sustainability Week is "crowd-sourced"! If you'd like to add an event to the calendar, please contact Justin Mog!
Oct. 27, 2022 University of Louisville's 2nd Annual Supplier Diversity Vendor Show imageUofL Supplier Diversity Vendor Show
Thursday, Oct. 27th, 1-5pm, Location TBA
The University of Louisville seeks feedback on how we may best remove barriers into doing business with local, minority, small and women owned businesses. This event, hosted by Contract Administration and Procurement Services, will showcase local, minority, small and women owned businesses to the various departments at UofL from 1-3:30pm. Additionally, we will host a social cocktail hour in conclusion of the event from 3:30-5pm. Please RSVP here. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
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 olivia.richardson@louisville.edu as soon as possible. More information on our website.

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