UofL's ongoing peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program for students, faculty, and staff.

UofL Eco-Reps Program

Interested in learning more?
Contact EcoReps Director, Brian Barnes at or 502-338-1338 (call/text).

Do you care about sustainability and want to make a difference?
Welcome to the University of Louisville Eco-Reps program. UofL's Sustainability Council launched this ongoing peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program in 2012 for all students, faculty, and staff who give a damn! Eco-Reps is designed to move the campus community beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL. We provide basic training and resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person and peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. Sign-up here to become an Eco-Rep. Follow on Facebook.

Eco-Reps YouTube Channel

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Our on-going workshop series during the regular academic year provides opportunities for getting together to learn more about specific topics in sustainability and to meet people actively working to advance sustainability in Louisville. In 2021-22, we are continuing our monthly series of EcoReps Workshops featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability at noon on last Fridays in Ekstrom W210, or you can join us virtually via Microsoft Teams Meeting, or dial in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
2021-22 EcoReps Workshop Series
Aug. 27Student Leadership for Sustainability
Sept. 24 - Topic TBA
Oct. 29 (Sustainability Week & UofL Arbor Day!) - Trees
Nov. 19 - Topic TBA
Jan. 28 - Topic TBA
Feb. 25 - Topic TBA
Mar. 25 - Topic TBA
Apr. 22 (Earth Day!!) - Topic TBA

Take a virtual Belknap Campus Sustainability Tour to learn about some of our efforts!

Want to be a University of Louisville EcoRep?
I don’t know! What’s an EcoRep?
An EcoRep is a sustainability point person and educator on campus. They help others learn about sustainability practices and they share ideas about sustainability through workshops or informal conversations.
Interesting! Who can be an EcoRep?
EcoReps can be students, staff, or faculty.
Okay! What else do EcoReps do?
EcoReps are invited to come to the monthly workshops and to participate in any and all UofL Sustainability events.
I’d like to be an EcoRep, but I don’t know much about sustainability.
That’s ok! You don’t have to start with anything except your willingness to learn and a place to practice your learning. EcoReps start off with a list of best practices, and you’ll receive more direction as an EcoRep if you’ll send the following in an email to the EcoReps Director:

  1. Your name
  2. You status (student/staff/faculty)?
  3. Your year in school?
  4. Which building(s) would you like to be an EcoRep in? [EcoReps will “represent” one or more buildings on campus where they live, work, or play. An EcoRep’s building affiliation can change semester to semester.]
  5. Your t-shirt size?

I was an EcoRep in an earlier program? Am I still an EcoRep?
Thanks for all you’re doing for sustainability, but older EcoReps programs on campus are being replaced with this one. Please sign up again. Any earlier EcoReps should contact Dr. Barnes to associate themselves with one or more buildings on campus. We still need you!
Where can EcoReps report their service activities or get more information?
Any EcoReps reporting or questions should be sent to the EcoReps Director, Dr. Brian Barnes. Dr. Barnes can be reached at 502-338-1338 by phone or text, and he can be emailed at Dr. Barnes has a campus mailbox in the Philosophy Department, HUM 312F, and his physical office is Stevenson Hall, room 421.

At the core of the Eco-Reps program is an online training series (below) focused on topics in sustainability, particularly as they apply at UofL. The series is not intended to be exhaustive concerning sustainability as a whole, nor any individual topic, but the intent is to empower and educate you about the different ways UofL is addressing sustainability and what we, the UofL community, must do to move forward.

As an Eco-Rep, you’ll be expected to serve as a resource person for sustainability in your sub-community at UofL, whether it’s your immediate peers and colleagues, your department, your building, your club, your residence hall, or any other realm where you live, work, and play. We encourage you to become conscious of the specific physical and social systems in your particular spaces. Help your peers understand the options and advantages of more sustainable solutions during planning meetings or when designing systems.

Training Video #1 - What is Sustainability?

Training Video #2 - Eating Sustainably at UofL

Eating Sustainably - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #3 - Sustainable Transportation

Sustainable Transportation - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #4 - Healthy eating

Healthy Eating - Supplementary Reading

Training Video #5 - Energy and Water

Energy & Water - Supplementary Reading

College of Business Vegetated Roof

Depaving Brook Street for Stormwater Infiltration

Training Video #6 - Waste

Waste - Supplementary Reading

Sustainability in the Classroom

Sustainability in the Classroom - Supplementary Resources

Advanced Training #1: Bicycling for Transportation

Part I: Bicycling for Transportation

Part II: Bicycling for Transportation

Bicycling for Transportation - Supplementary Reading

Advanced Training #2: Urban Composting Program

Urban Composting Program - Supplementary Reading

Advanced Community Composting Training Testimonial

...Stay tuned! More trainings are in the works!!

Topical Monthly Workshops

2020-21 EcoReps Workshops
Aug. 28 - Louisville Water Company (video)
Sept. 25 - Citizens Climate Lobby
Oct. 30 - 2020 Josh Smith Sustainability Award Winner: Shane Tedder, University of Kentucky Sustainability Officer
Nov. 20 - Louisville Community Grocery (video)
Jan. 29Feed Louisville (watch video recording)
Feb. 26Urban Orchards & Foraging
Mar. 26Resilience Justice (watch video recording)
Apr. 16 – Maple Tapping Pancake Party! (in-person, Humanities Quad)

2019-20 EcoReps Workshops
August 30 - Native Plants with Margaret Carreiro
September 27 - WaterStep - Safe Water Sustainably Secured
October 25 - Climate Change with Conn Center's Jacek Jasinski
November 22 - Green Careers & Graduate School

Jan. 31 - Brownfield Redevelopment
Feb. 28 - Extinction Rebellion Kentucky
March 27 - Air Pollution Control District (online)
April 17 - Kentucky Health Justice Network (online)
(video - starts at 3:30)

2018-19 EcoReps Workshops
Aug. 31 - Intro to Eco-Representing
Sept. 28
- Why Solar Power Is Important To Louisville Now
Oct. 26 - Sustainability & Cannabis: Navigating an ever growing bureaucracy (joint workshop with Garden Commons)
Nov. 30 - Renewable Energy R&D
Jan. 25 - Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
Feb. 22 - Global Peace & Prosperity with Clean Energy
(Michael Kessler)
March 29 - Hart Hagan on the Green New Deal
April 19 - UofL Maple-Tapping & Pancake Party!

2018-17 EcoReps Workshops
Sept. 22 - EcoReps Lunch & Learn with Brian Barnes (Humanities 300)
Oct. 20 - America's Addiction to Automobiles: Why Cities Need to Kick the Habit and How (Urban Studies Room 123)
Nov. 17 - Tackling Food Waste & Greening Condos, Townhomes & Home Owner Associations (Ekstrom W210)
Jan. 19 - Urban Food Forests
Feb. 16 - Urban Forestry with Erin Thompson
Mar. 23 - Urban Forestry with Greg Schetler. Video.
Apr. 13 - Pancake Party with UofL Maple Syrup! & Dave BarkerVideo.

2016-17 EcoReps Workshops
Sept. 23 - Permaculture
Oct. 21 - Sustainability at UofL
Nov. 18 - LEED accreditation
Jan. 20Food Recovery Networks
Feb. 17
Energy Conservation Strategies
Mar. 24
Butterflies and #take2forlou
Apr. 21
(Ekstrom Library, 2ND FLOOR - DELPHI LAB) Making Maple Syrup from UofL Trees (Pancake Party!)  Photos.

2015-16 EcoReps Workshops
Sept. 18 -  Green Campus Living with Haley Cason (The Province)
Oct. 16 - Opportunities for action within the EcoReps Program
(Brian Barnes)
Nov. 20 - From Permaculture to Industrial Sustainability
(Corinne Greenburg; Vaughn Zeller; & UofL's GREEN Program ambassadors)
Jan. 15Green Careers & Communication
Feb. 19
Food, Glorious Food!
Mar. 25
Apr. 15
Making Maple Syrup from UofL Trees (Pancake Party!)#‎ULmaplemadness‬

2014-15 EcoReps Workshops

Sept. 19 - Cards United Against Sweatshops
Oct. 24 - Tap Water & Sustainable Events Planning

Nov. 21 -
The Creative Art of Waste Minimization

Jan. 16 - Sustainability at Blackacre Preserve
Feb. 20 - Theatre Arts Dept. Sustainability Open-House

Mar. 27 - Sustainable Agriculture with Jeneen Wiche

Apr. 17 - EcoReps Workshop

2013-14 EcoReps Workshops
Sept. 26 - EcoReps Program Overiew

Oct. 24 - Sustainable Transportation

Nov. 21 - Building with cob with Vaughn Zeller

Dec. 5 - Permaculture
Jan. 8 - Single-Stream Recycling – Where Does It All Go?
Feb. 12 - Mountain-Top Removal Mining & Energy Conservation with UofL Geoscience Professor, Keith Mountain

Mar. 19 - Starting an Organic Garden

Apr. 9 - Transportation Bicycling & Bike Maintenance


Get your hands dirty with UofL's Community Composting Project!

Volunteer with the UofL Free Store!

Come grow with us in UofL's Gardens!

Eco-Reps stand for sustainable action, so we also encourage you to actively demonstrate your personal commitment in those places where you can have the most impact. Eco-Reps are not “green police.” Eco-Reps are educators and mentors. As an Eco-Rep, you should feel free to politely observe and make note of problem behaviors or unsustainable systems, but you should always be courteous, respectful and supportive rather than punitive. It’s important to remain sensitive to the university's policies and structure. Eco-Reps should also be a voice for sound practices regarding our campus environment, its inhabitants, and the planet at large. Eco-Reps should always strive to “practice what they preach” and to lead by example.

Eco-Reps will be expected to attend monthly meetings to discuss your own sustainability activities in a public forum (with food!), and at least once per year, each Eco-Rep will report on your activities and ideas about Sustainable practices to UofL's Sustainability Council. We’ll also expect you to submit a brief monthly report designed to help everyone brainstorm and document more effective strategies for Eco-Reps representation across campus.

Eco-Reps will engage in an annual project to be decided by the current Eco-Reps at the beginning of each fall semester. The projects should engage the community around UofL in some highly visible and meaningful efforts. Eco-Reps are encouraged to partner with RSOs, Residence Life, the Student, Staff, and Faculty Senates, and other campus organizations to spread the word about sustainability on campus, and to help identify opportunities to engage with sustainability.

The Eco-Reps Advanced training program at UofL offers serious sustainability advocates the opportunity to work with a UofL mentor in a particular sustainability area to develop a focused project that addresses the needs of the university or wider community. The Advanced program begins with video training about a particular topic, such as bicycling for transportation, or urban composting (more advanced trainings in the works). You’ll then explore a set of supplemental materials on the topic and develop a proposal for a community project. Proposals will be reviewed by the Sustainability Council and the Eco-Reps mentor. If approved, the project will be conducted under the supervision of an Eco-Reps mentor and you will be listed on UofL's Sustainability website as being among UofL's advanced community mentors available for consultation.

Interested in learning more? Sign-up here to become an Eco-Rep!
You can also contact EcoReps Director, Brian Barnes at or 502-338-1338 (call/text).
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Special Thanks To:

  • All those who have helped make our EcoReps Workshop Series a resounding success over the years! We appreciate you taking the time to share your expertise and your passions with us!
  • Our stellar 2013-14 EcoReps for all their service: EcoReps: Natalie Middaugh, Delvon Mattingly, Baxter Mcclaves, Edwin Kibichiy, Ibrahim Noor, Alicia McGuire, Ernest Kibet, and Ivonne Rodriquez, Laura Patterson, Maurice Hardy, Sr., Skip Hurley, Chris Sims, and Josh Orr. Advanced EcoReps: Angie Carlson, Russ Barnett, and Brent Fryrear!
  • Chelsea Cook for her service to Eco-Reps and UofL Dining during Fall 2012! Chelsea almost single-handedly operated the post-consumer waste composting station during lunches in the SAC multipurpose room. Chelsea instructed students regarding how to separate compostables from non-compostables, and she also helped them do it! Many thanks to Chelsea for her dozens of hours of sustainability service and education in the SAC during Fall 2012!
  • 2011 alumnus Tyler Gill for researching and compiling the supplementary materials for our online training series.