Events

Sustainability events are happening year-round at UofL! Don't miss out!

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Date Event
June 15, 2021 Learning Cafe: Juneteenth - The Cost of Independence. The history of what it really means to be free.
Tuesday, June 15th, noon-1pm, virtual - Register here.
Join us to learn the importance of Juneteenth and why we recognize it. Lamont Collins, founder of the Roots 101 African American History Museum located in downtown Louisville, will discuss Juneteenth, including its history and why it matters today.Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity and the Black Faculty/Staff Association. Register here.
Fridays, Apr. 30 - Aug. 20, 2021 Garden Commons Summer Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, 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 noon throughout the summer (Apr. 30 - Aug. 20) 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. (one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map here)

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.
June 21, 2021 The Taboo of Race: Color-blind Racism and the Violent BrainThe Taboo of Race: Color-blind Racism and the Violent Brain
Monday, June 21st, noon, online
Dr. Oliver Rollins is a sociologist who explores the ways race, racism, and other social processes of inequality impact the making and use of neuroscience. His book, Conviction: The Making and Unmaking of The Violent Brain (Stanford University Press, July 2021), traces the development of neuroimaging research on criminal behaviors, with special attention to the limits of this controversial brain model when dealing with aspects of social difference, power, and inequality. Currently, he is working on two new projects, one that examines the challenges, consequences, and promises of the neuroscience of implicit racial bias, and another that focuses on the politics of and potentials for social justice orientated mind and brain sciences.  Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Equity and the Black Faculty/Staff Association. For more information and to register, RSVP to Diane Whitlock at dlwhit01@louisville.edu.
June 21, 2021 Join the Conversation: Becoming Antiracist - Failure, Success & Survival
Monday, June 21st, 5-7pm, online
Moving beyond Conversations about racism and into antiracist action by building a shared understanding of what it means to be an antiracist and how to take appropriate action as individuals and collectively to foster a more equitable and inclusive community. Conversation topics are based on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's Bestselling text, "How To Be an Antiracist". Reading is not required for participation. Panelists: President Neeli Bendapudi, Shauntrice Martin, Representative Attica Scott, Shameka L. Parrish-Wright. Sponsored the Office of Diversity Education & Inclusive Excellence, Office of the President, Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity & Equity, and Louisville Alumni. Register here.
June 26, 2021 https://se-infra-imageserver2.azureedge.net/clink/images/771b468c-f187-4782-af3d-7007511a5ec15659ba49-f9a0-4679-b0de-1803644b33a1.png?preset=large-wScott's Gap Hike and Trash Cleanup
Saturday, June 26, from 10:00am–1:00pm
Jefferson Memorial Forest, Scotts Gap Trailhead, 13473 Scotts Gap Rd, Louisville
Join the UofL Botanical Society for a fantastic summer hike and trash cleanup! We will be tackling the Scotts Gap Shortcut Trail. Come prepared! You should bring: Plenty of water, hiking shoes/boots, bug spray, long pants, a hat, a snack or two, a camera, and field guides. We will be meeting in the parking lot by the trailhead marker at 10 o'clock. If you need a ride/carpool, email mrmcco07@louisville.edu. BoSo will provide you with bags and gloves for trash cleanup as we hike. RSVP on Engage.
May 1 - Sept. 30, 2021 Emily Coleman + new bike (2019 NBC winner)2021 National Bike Challenge
May 1st to September 30th, 2021

Saddle up and ride for Team UofL in the 2021 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. Simply log your trips by bicycle for fun, fitness, or transportation. Your miles and days cycled will qualify you 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!Love To Ride banner
Aug. 19-22, 2021

Sustainability in Welcome Week 2021
Aug. 19th - 22nd, 2021
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion! Events will include:

  • Salsa PartyThursday, Aug. 19
    Garden Commons Salsa Party
    3:00 - 4:00pm
    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 and the Office of Health Promotion.
  • Thursday, Aug. 19
    Cardinal Frenzy
    7:30 - 11:00pm
    BAB Quad

    Stop by the UofL Sustainability Council booth for some fun, engaging activities designed to inform and inspire your green living on campus!
  • Garden Commons raised bedFriday, Aug. 20
    Garden Commons Workday
    12pm-1pm
    Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)

    All are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons! 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 gather weekly to plant, weed, water, and harvest together. 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.
  • Lighten Your Load Free Stuff SwapFriday, Aug. 20
    Free Store Friday
    5:00 - 7:00pm on the SAC South Plaza
    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.
  • Saturday, Aug. 21 - S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    10:00am - 1:00pm, various sites

    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.” Register to volunteer here.
  • Saturday, Aug. 21
    Louisville Sustainability Bike Tour
    Welcome Week Sustainability Bike Tour
    2:00 – 4:00pm 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.
  • Sunday, Aug. 22
    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!
Aug. 30 - Sept. 30, 2021

Cardinal Directions is UofL's free trip-planning and carpool-matching service!Cards Commuter Challenge 2021
August 30 - September 30, 2021. 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 26 - September 30) and each week you'll have the chance to win 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 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 BAB Station
  • VANPOOL: Employees can get in on a vanpool, get your ride home guaranteed, or enter to win additional monthly prizes with Every Commute Counts.
  • SKIP THE COMMUTE: Work or study from home for maximum convenience, savings, and safety!

* 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.

Connect with us, trash-talk, and post about your commute on Facebook (event link to come).

 

Join us for a workday at the Pollinator Garden next to the Life Sciences building! We will be following all COVID-19 guidelines as outlined by UofL and the CDC. Masks will be required. If you do not have one, one will be provided for you. Social distancing also required. 

Please bring:

  • plenty of water
  • a light snack
  • gardening gloves
  • a hat (optional)
  • long pants (recommended)
  • bug spray (recommended)
  • sunscreen

*We will not have workdays if it is raining, above 90 degrees F, less than 40 degrees F, or is otherwise hazardous conditions.

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