Past Events

A log of sustainability events at UofL which have already taken place.
Date Event
Nov. 29, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn (Add to your Calendar)

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 small bin outside the door of SAC W303C or in the big red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook. Facebook Event.
Nov. 28, 2022 Holiday Bazaar 2023Buy Local Holiday Bazaar
Monday, Nov. 28th, 10am-2pm, SAC Ballroom (Add to Calendar)

Come load up on locally-grown and handmade holiday gifts from our UofL Farmers' Market vendors and other local artisans! Our annual Holiday Bazaar is making a grand return this year, in a new location, the SAC Ballroom. The Bazaar features over 25 different local artisans and food producers coming together in one location for holiday shopping, local style! You'll find unique holiday gifts and treats available only here, such as locally-made canned goods, sweets, baked goods, teas, holiday décor, home goods, jewelry, ceramics, hand-crafted items, personal care items, personalized goods, art, and even international fair trade items! There will be door prizes and complimentary cookies, fair trade hot chocolate, and hot apple cider. Make your list. Check it twice. And don't miss it! This event is brought to you by UofL Dining! Facebook Event. Photos.
Nov. 18, 2022

Bird-building collisions: documenting fatalities and seeking solutions
Friday Nov. 18th, Noon-1pm, Shumaker Research Building 139 or Join via Zoom (Add to your Calendar)
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Sarah WanamakerAs part of our efforts to raise awareness and address the issue of bird-strikes into windows on campus, Dr. Sarah Wanamaker, Indiana University-Bloomington, will be speaking about her research on bird-building collisions on college campuses. Sarah Wanamaker is a Research Associate in the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University, where she leads a cross-departmental team of scientists studying bird window collisions. Sarah also leads community initiatives to educate public on strategies to reduce bird window strikes. We now know that North America is home to 3 billion fewer birds than it was 50 years ago. Collisions with buildings are a primary cause of bird mortality; by some estimates, window strikes kill over 100 million birds per year in the U.S. alone. Dr. Wanamaker's team researches the prevalence of fatal bird-building collisions on Indiana University’s campus during spring and fall migration. They are also developing a novel sensor to passively detect window strikes. A goal of this study is to generate data that will be used to lobby for Indiana University to retrofit high-risk windows with mitigate avian fatalities by retrofitting high-risk windows with visible patterns that allow birds to see glass, thereby mitigating avian fatalities.
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Nov. 18, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Health Impacts of Particulate Contaminants and Microplastics
Friday, Nov. 18th, Noon-1:00pm, Cultural & Equity Center (Belknap Residence Hall) room 176 (Add to your Calendar)
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 Breathing in Microplastic: The Newest Form of Air Pollution Destroying Our  Lungs - Live Love FruitJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We conclude our fall series with a close look at the connection between human health and planetary health! Idoia Isusi from UofL's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology will present to us her research about Particulate Contaminants and Microplastics that cause pulmonary health problems in the lungs.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This fall, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Nov. 17, 2022 What is Health Equity-Social Justice Research?
Thursday, Nov. 17th, 12:15–1:45pm, Shumaker Research Building Room 139 OR Join virtually on MS Teams
Join us to consider how different kinds of research advance social and health equity in our community. Speakers will address how different disciplines, such as art, law, STEM, and education, are integral to health and social equity research. Those interested in Health Equity Innovation Hub funding will gain insights on how to craft a strong proposal for the upcoming 2023 funding cycle. Panelists include:
· Toya Northington, Speed Art Museum
· Monica Wendel, Health Equity Innovation Hub
· Meera Alagaraja, College of Education and Human Development
· Shavonnie Carthens, Brandeis School of Law
· Morshedul Alam, Department of Industrial Engineering
· Ruby Young, School of Public Health and Information Sciences
This event is organized by the Consortium, established as UofL’s Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research, which has joined forces with the newly established Health Equity Innovation Hub. Our work is focused on building and sustaining a community of transdisciplinary social justice researchers. Free lunch will be provided!
Nov. 16, 2022 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/0b07f702-f2c0-466f-89e4-5c4a53cd6c37bbff53d1-8fae-4f5d-96f8-9d7fd0fddefd.png?preset=large-wTote-ally Sustainable
Wednesday, Nov. 16th, Noon-2pm, Red Barn (Add to your Calendar)
ELSB Green Initiatives is partnering with the UofL Sustainability Council and others to host a fun event with hands-on sustainability booths, including an opportunity to paint your own reusable totebag to take home and reuse, reuse, reuse; plant giveaways; learn about what can and cannot be composted in the SAC; and much more! Also: FREE COOKIES! RSVP on Engage.
Nov. 16, 2022 GIS Day 2022: Inspiring Spatial Citizens
Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 9:30am - 4pm, SAC Ballroom (Add to your Calendar)
Come and celebrate the power of Geographic Information Systems and spatial thinking with the UofL Center for GIS and the Department of Geographic and Environmental Sciences!

GIS Day is an “international forum for users of GIS technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.” UofL hosts GIS Day to build knowledge of GIS in our community and develop an understanding of our world. The theme of GIS Day 2022: Inspiring Spatial Citizens is intended to empower a wide demographic to engage their spatial awareness as a powerful tool in the growth and betterment of our communities. Inspiring Spatial Citizens requires exposure across the many sectors of GIS and mapping work - from entrepreneurs to city data technicians to creative young people. Because we are all citizens of this world, and within smaller communities, we hope GIS Day inspires innovation, belonging, imagination, and revelation in each of our attendees.

Program

9 AM – 12:30 PM, Welcome and Symposium

  • 9:30-10 AM Andrew McKinney, ’08, Data Officer, Louisville Metro Government 
  • 10 AM- 10:30 AM Ashley Hitt, GISP, Vice President, GeoAnalytics, and Ashley Patterson, ’19, Senior Geospatial Technician at Connected Nation 
  • Break 
  • 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM Panel Discussion moderated by Shannon Bartlett of National Geographic, featuring 2892 Project Storytellers from across the U.S. 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

  • Lunch and networking!
  • Map gallery showcasing recent student, faculty, and staff applications of GIS and spatial analysis.
  • Tabling opportunities for local businesses in GIS, contact Laura if you are interested in having a table! (laura.krauser@louisville.edu)

1:30 PM – 4 PM

  • Louisville Educator Institute Student Showcase
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Nov. 15, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Matt Dwyer, Sustainability in Higher Education
Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 4pm, virtual (Add to your Calendar)
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Sustainable campus indexJoin 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 continue the fall series November 15th, with our special guest, Matt Dwyer, a UofL Masters in Sustainability student. Matt will discuss his thesis work exploring Sustainability in Higher Education and how it is assessed. 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.
Nov. 9, 2022 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/95a01d86-f266-4407-aebd-efde4f24923f56132a0a-8baf-4eb6-ab02-0271e79e4b5e.png?preset=large-w
Dismantling Disparities: Communities Deserted

Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 6pm, SAC W117
Join ELSB's Equality and Justice committee for a roundtable discussion on Food Insecurity in our Louisville community! Hear directly from community members who do work combating this growing issue and learn how you can contribute to decreasing food insecurity. We will also have free food and some big giveaway prizes!RSVP on Engage.
Nov. 8, 2022 "Classroom + Community: UofL Students Serve as 'Air Justice' Change Agents"
Photowith Megan Poole, UofL English professor
Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 2:30pm, BAB 130 (Add to your Calendar)
The Department of Geographic And Environmental Sciences Seminar Series will feature Dr. Megan Poole, UofL assistant professor of English. Dr. Poole's interdisciplinary research and teaching centers on rhetorical theory, science studies, and technical writing, particularly focusing on how the biology of sensation informs and shapes theories of rhetoric. Dr. Poole is also part of the Public Health Literacy Group, a coalition of community leaders, grassroots activists, and academic scholars focused on making the science of air pollution more accessible for constituents in District 3, an area that borders Rubbertown. In 2021, the Public Health Literacy Group was awarded a $250,000 Community Partners Program grant from The Humana Foundation.
Nov. 8, 2022 Pumpkin Smash 2018Election Day PUMPKIN SMASH!!
Tuesday, Nov. 8th, noon, SAC Ramp (Add to your Calendar)
Don’t know what to do with your old pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns from Halloween? Don’t trash them! Turn them into stress-relief, worm food, and organic fertilizer! UofL is here to help you compost! Drop off your old pumpkins (and other plant-based fall decorations) in front of the Red Barn by the pumpkin composting sign any time from October 28th through noon on November 8th. At that time, all are invited to our annual Pumpkin Smash! See video of last year's Smash! Join us for composting fun and Election Day stress relief! Facebook Event. Photos.
Nov. 4, 2022

Re-imagining Infrastructure for a Biodiverse Future
Friday, Nov. 4th, noon, Shumaker Research Building room 139 (Add to your Calendar)
grass in the middle of a salt marsh The Biology Department Seminar Series presents Dr. Seth Wenger, Associate Professor & Director of Science, University of Georgia's River Basin Center. Existing approaches to conservation have failed to stem the global decline in biodiversity. However, large governmental investments in nature-based infrastructure and fundamental shifts within infrastructure agencies offer the promise of a new paradigm in which civil infrastructure becomes a vehicle for biodiversity enhancement rather than degradation. In this talk I'll discuss how the rapidly expanding Network for Engineering with Nature (N-EWN) is working to bring about this transition to a more sustainable, biodiverse future.

Nov. 4, 2022 Fireside Chat: Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awardees
Friday, Nov. 4th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Cardinal Stadium, TACE Auditorium (Thornton's Academic Center for Excellence) (Add to your Calendar)
Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awardees Fireside ChatIn collaboration with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, UofL’s Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice will host the Six Core Principle winners for a morning of inspiration through Fireside Chats. The Six Core Principle Winners are individuals under the age of 30 from across the globe who are continuing Muhammad’s legacy. Led by Muhammad Ali Scholars, these conversations will explore the transformative social change that these young leaders are having in their communities. RSVP REQUIRED HERE. There is limited seating so RSVP today!
Nov. 3, 2022
Imani Perry - South to America
Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6pm, Middleton Auditorium (101 Strickler Hall) (Add to your Calendar)
South to AmericaThe 16th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and a faculty associate with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Jazz Studies. Dr. Perry's lecture will be based upon her most recent book, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation. Learn more about Professor Perry and read her latest articles here. As Perry demonstrates in South to America, the foundations, changes, and tensions of the United States can be found when traveling to the American South. In her travels, including a stop in Derby City, Louisville, Kentucky, Perry confronts history in the present through connections with human beings and their stories, inviting Southern identity as a tool of her own self-discovery and in overall reflections on its importance to the formation of America. Free and open to the public with a book sale and signing to follow! Please register to attend. Questions? Contact us at bradeninstitutesocialjustice@gmail.com
Nov. 2, 2022 Beer with a Scientist: Nothing lasts forever....except PFAS! What are "forever" chemicals and can we avoid them?
Wednesday Nov. 2nd, 7pm, Holsopple Brewery (8023 Catherine Ln.)
Jamie YoungJamie Young Wise, UofL assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, will be discussing the effects of “forever chemicals,” per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS that break down very slowly in the environment. These life threatening chemicals are appearing everywhere and have been the subject of many news articles, documentaries and even recent movies (see "dark waters" with Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway).  This topic hits close to home and has become a huge issue here in Kentucky.Organized by UofL cancer researcher Levi Beverly, Beer with a Scientist gives the public a chance to hear about research directly from scientists. The 30-minute talk is free and open to the public. Facebook Event.
Nov. 1, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Claude Stephens, Bernheim
Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 4pm, virtual (Add to your Calendar)
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Join 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 continue the fall series on November 1st, with our special guest, Claude Stephens, Director of Outreach & Regenerative Design at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, just south of Louisville in Clermont, KY. Claude is an evolutionary ecologist who is adept at seeing the relationships that exist and the structural patterns in a system. Learn more about Claude and his work. 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.
Oct. 28, 2022 Aquaponics System at Garden CommonsGarden Commons Workshop: Aquaponics
Friday, Oct. 28th, 1pm, Garden Commons
(SW corner of Strickler Hall)
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Join us in UofL's student-run, organic Garden for a workshop lead by EcoReps Intern, Chelsea Erbacher, on aquaponics, a food production system that couples aquaculture with hydroponics whereby the nutrient-rich aquaculture water is fed to hydroponically grown plants, where nitrifying bacteria convert ammonia into nitrates. It's a means of using fish waste to grow fresh vegetables in tanks. The Garden Commons has experimented with aquaponics in our greenhouse in the past, and Chelsea is helping construct a new aquaponics system at UofL's Community Composting Project, which we will walk over to, if time allows. Facebook Event.
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Oct. 28, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Solar Power
Friday, Oct. 28th, Noon-1:00pm, Davidson Hall 101
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Solar Pancake PartyJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We continue our fall series during UofL Sustainability Week with an exciting workshop lead by our partners at the Ohio Valley Creative Energy about DIY solar systems and how we can all get off the fossil-fueled grid!
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This fall, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
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Oct. 27, 2022 University of Louisville's 2nd Annual Supplier Diversity Vendor Show imageUofL Supplier Diversity Vendor Show
Thursday, Oct. 27th, 1:30-5pm, SAC Ballroom
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 1:30-3:30pm. Additionally, we will host a social cocktail hour in conclusion of the event from 3:30-5pm.  The goal is to increase awareness and support efforts geared toward campus procurement with local Black, other minority and women-owned businesses. Please RSVP here.
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Oct. 26 & 27, 2022 Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there)
Special Pre-Premiere Screening,
Directed by Peter Byck
Episodes One and Two: Wednesday, October 26, 6 pm Cinema + 
Episodes Three and Four: Thursday, October 27, 6 pm  Cinema + 
https://s6ipu273fot45vwmj44vfylu-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Roots-So-Deep-PRENTISS_MARGO_FERGUSON.jpgSpeed Cinema, $12 / $8 Speed members
“This is, hands-down, the best agriculture filmmaking I’ve ever seen. The characters are all so likable and captivating, the graphics are stunning, and I learned a ton about ecology… but none of that would matter without Peter Byck’s soul and empathy as storyteller.”  Bill Weir, CNN.Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there) is a 4-part documentary series all about inventive farmers and maverick scientists building a path to solving climate change with hooves, hearts, and soil. Can a novel way to graze cattle, that mimics the way bison once roamed the land, help get farmers out of debt, restore our depleted soils, rebuild wildlife habitats, and draw down huge amounts of carbon? Cattle have been seen as eco-villains for a long time. What if they can help save us from catastrophic climate change and get people from all political stripes to come together? “I am always looking for common ground,” says director Peter Byck, “and what I’ve realized is the common ground is the actual ground.” Roots So Deep is guided by Byck, (also a wrangler of scientists) as he builds relationships with farmers on both sides of the fence–the folks practicing a new way to graze, and their neighbors set in their family’s old style of doing things. Byck’s team of outcast scientists have all put their careers on the line to even explore this new kind of grazing–they’ve been taking arrows for decades. One question looms over the whole series: even if the science shows that the new way to graze is better for the land and the farmers’ pocketbooks, will the old school farmers change, or will they adopt the new methods? Will they evolve into climate heroes?  Stick around for episode 4 for the answer. 2022, U.S., DCP. Program length with discussion: approximately 2 ½ hours. Recommended for all ages. Cinema +  Each evening’s screenings are followed by a post-screening discussion with director Peter Byck. Louisville-born director Peter Byck is a Professor of Practice in the School of Sustainability and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Byck was also the writer, director, and producer of Carbon Nation and Garbage.
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Oct. 26, 2022 Emily Bingham, My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song
Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 6:00-8:00pm, Strickler Hall, 101, Middleton Theater

Historian Emily Bingham traces the origins and permutations of the state song, from its performances across the continent beginning in the 1850s, through its widespread international renown as the state's "brand," to its 21st-century reassessment--a resonant changing emblem of America's original sin whose blood-drenched shadow haunts us still. Introduced by Dean David Owen, Q&S moderated by Brandon McCormack, followed by a booksigning.
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Oct. 26, 2022 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/76f0daba-80b3-4a1e-b3d4-3e839ea7330c9bc52bee-3235-404d-8a91-76ab09ba691d.png?preset=large-wRadical Reptiles
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 4-5pm, Red Barn
The ELSB Animal Welfare Committee is partnering with Arrowhead's Reptile rescue to give an informative talk about reptile rehabilitation and to destigmatize reptiles. They will be sharing interesting facts about reptiles, which ones make good pets and how to care for one, and how you can help injured reptiles! They will be bringing some reptiles to see in person, to show the types of problems they encounter with rescues. Join us on October 26th from 4-5pm in the Red Barn to learn about reptiles through this fun, informative presentation! RSVP on Engage. Facebook Event.
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Oct. 26, 2022 15th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 26th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
Campus Sustainability Day 2018Stop by the Humanities Quad for the 15th 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!
  • Fill up your reusable mug with Fair Trade Hot Chocolate or Hot Local Apple Cider and grab a local donut from UofL Dining!
  • Bring your bike for a free tune-up! Learn about all of UofL's Transportation Alternatives, and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's Bike Fix-It Stations!
  • Shop and donate clothing, housewares, and all kinds of free stuff at our Pop-up UofL Free Store!
  • Get plants! UofL Botanical Society will be offering a plant and terrarium sale!
  • 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.

If you'd like to host a sustainability-related booth or activity at the Campus Sustainability Day Fair, please contact Kylie Shoemaker (502-851-5031). Facebook Event.
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Oct. 25, 2022 Urban Ag ExpoUPA Garden - Oct2013 Sweet Potato Harvest
Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 5pm, Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom St.)
Join us in the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone for a fall celebration and work party with our special guest, Peter Byck, Director of the new film screening on Wednesday and Thursday, Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there). Hear Peter's stories of investigating the problems with conventional agriculture and the sustainable solutions he's uncovered as we all harvest and enjoy native passion fruit ("maypops"), fresh figs, herbs and produce! Those who want to get their hands dirty are welcome to join us for a sweet potato dig, planting of winter cover crops, and some garden winterization clean-up. Facebook Event.
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Oct. 25, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Regenerative Agriculture with Filmmaker Peter Byck
Tuesday, Oct. 25th 4pm, virtual

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Peter ByckJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for a special Sustainability Week addition to our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our special guest on October 25th will be Peter Byck, Director of the new film screening on Wednesday and Thursday, Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there). CNN's Bill Weir says “This is, hands-down, the best agriculture filmmaking I’ve ever seen. The characters are all so likable and captivating, the graphics are stunning, and I learned a ton about ecology… but none of that would matter without Peter Byck's soul and empathy as storyteller." Peter Byck is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism, where he teaches students to make short documentary films about sustainability solutions. He is the director, producer and writer of Carbon Nation, a 2011 film about climate change solutions. In 2020, Byck completed Carbon Cowboys, a 10-part documentary short film series, focused on regenerative grazing. His current production is an episodic documentary series in 4 parts, Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there). The series follows Byck as he works with a group of farmers and scientists participating in a large research project to examine whether cattle grazing can be a benefit to the environment, if done differently from the modern-day, harmful, conventional agriculture practices. The science team compares conventional grazing and adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing to see if the latter turns farming into a benefit for the land, the animals, and the farmers, and a carbon mitigation tool for climate change. The core of the series are the endearing, engaging and stereotype-breaking profiles of American farmers from Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Peter will share experiences from Roots So Deep and research findings from the AMP Research Project. 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. Facebook Event.
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Oct. 25, 2022 "Zoogeochemistry and the Effect of Waterbirds and Invertebrates on Wetland Greenhouse Gas Emissions"
with Andrew Mehring, UofL Biology professor
Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 2:30pm, BAB 130
The Department of Geographic And Environmental Sciences Seminar Series will feature UofL assistant professor of Biology, Dr. Andrew Mehring. Through his Ecosystem Ecology Lab at UofL, Dr. Mehring studies animal effects on greenhouse gas flux; urban ecology; limnology; biogeochemistry; green infrastructure; stream restoration; stormwater management; and global change. Facebook Event.
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Andrew Mehring, blackwater swamp
Oct. 25, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn

A pop-up Free Sale are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, now located in SAC W303C. This month's Free Sale is in partnership with the Engage.Lead.Serve.Board's Green Initiatives who will be offering free snacks and an upcycling station! Free Sales are 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 small bin outside the door of SAC W303C or in the big red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or FacebookFacebook Event.
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Oct. 24, 2022 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Ecofriendly Crafts for Earth Day ...Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Craft Night!
Monday, Oct. 24th, 5:00-7:30pm, Humanities Quad
Sustainability Interns Chelsea & Anna will lead a fun, stress-relieving craft night out on the Quad to tap into your creativity and make things out of the detritus of modern America! Bring your favorite scraps of stuff, or just come and use the stuff we've collected. Maybe that bottle cap was meant for a second life?! Facebook Event.
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Oct. 22, 2022

Saturday of Service
Saturday, Oct. 22nd
To kick-off UofL Sustainability Week, the UofL Sustainability Council invites everyone to join us in giving back to the community during a Saturday of Service. Pick an opportunity, or join them all!

  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 9am-noon – Earth WalkLouisville Earth Walk (Hogan's Fountain, Cherokee Park)
    Join us for the 6th annual Louisville Earth Walk at Hogan's Fountain in Cherokee Park. We will be celebrating our beautiful planet while raising both awareness and funds for the organizations in our city that work to protect and improve the quality of life for all. We look forward to seeing everyone in Cherokee Park!

  • UofL Citizen ForestersSaturday, Oct. 22, 9am-1pm – Jeffersonville/Clarksville Tree Planting (Lansden Park, 201 E 15th St., Jeffersonville, IN)
    Louisville Grows needs YOU to join our tree planting team! Help us dig toward our goal of planting 1000 trees this Fall season. Trained Citizen Foresters will lead groups of volunteers to properly plant trees on residential properties. No experience is necessary, everyone is welcome to come play in the dirt with us! Registration will take place in Lansden Park, 201 E 15th St., Jeffersonville, IN from 8:30am to 8:50am. Planting groups will depart at 9am. Dress appropriately for the weather.
    You'll be digging in dirt and handling mulch, so wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. Waterproof outerwear is recommended if rain is forecast. We will plant trees come rain or shine. If severe weather is expected, you will be notified about an alternate event date. Questions? Contact the Louisville Grows Urban Forestry Manager, Matt, at trees@louisvillegrows.org or 502-509-5404.Please fill out our online waiver and sign-up online here.

  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 1-4pm – Metro Louisville Volunteer Tree Planting - Phoenix Hill Neighborhood (next to UofL's Health Sciences Center)

    Join Louisville Metro Parks for a fun afternoon of tree planting! We will be planting 50 trees to make Louisville's streets a little greener. 

    • Old Louisville Tree Planting (March 2022)Meeting Location: 833 E Madison St, Louisville, KY 40204 (corner of E Madison St. and S. Campbell St.)
    • Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Rain Plan: In the event of rain, the project will take place on Sunday from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. All signed up volunteer will be notified of any changes in advance. 
    • Tools and guidance provided by the Urban Forestry Team
    • Groups and families are welcome. We do advise that kids be able to lift a full-sized shovel to get the most out of the planting.
    • Sign up to volunteer here.

  • SLouisville Ky Imageaturday, Oct. 22Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup

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This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!

Oct. 22-28, 2022 UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 22-28, 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 include:
Facebook Event. UofL Sustainability Week is "crowd-sourced"! If you'd like to add an event to the calendar, please contact Justin Mog!
Oct. 18-19, 2022 Raise Some L - Support UofL's Sustainability Initiatives!
Tuesday, Oct. 18th 6:02pm - Wednesday, Oct. 19th 11:59pm
A lot has changed in 200 years—our commitment hasn't. Since 1798, the Cardinal family has dreamed big, worked hard and made a lasting impact on our community, commonwealth, and beyond.

Beginning at 6:02 p.m. on Oct. 18th, for 1,798 minutes, Cardinals everywhere will come together to celebrate who we are and Raise Some L. This is a Cardinal call to action to all students, alumni, faculty, staff, and fans to do two simple things:

  1. Make a gift to the Green Fund for UofL and support our sustainability initiatives! Donate here. Use your smart phone or computer to make a gift of ANY amount.
  2. Spread the word. Share your good deed with friends that day on social media using #RaiseSomeL.

Raise Some LYour donations can help us realize this vision by supporting initiatives such as:

We invite you to learn more about our on-going UofL sustainability initiatives and to explore the many ways you can get involved and help us create a better world right here, right now.

Oct. 18, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Solar Fuels
Tuesday, Oct. 18th 4pm, virtual
Watch Video Recording

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
 Join 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 continue the fall series Oct. 18th, with our special guest, Matt Mulvehill, a UofL PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering who has worked with the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research to study solar water splitting with semiconductor microwire slurries for high efficiency, low cost hydrogen. Come learn about the future of renewable energy storage - solar fuels! 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.
Oct. 15, 2022 Trail Maintenance Volunteer Day at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Saturday, Oct. 15th, 9am - 1pm, Scott's Gap trailhead (13473 Scotts Gap Rd.)
Orange Trail Horine Reservation Jefferson Memorial ForestJoin the Botanical Society to work on a trail re-route project on the Scott's Gap Loop Trail, which is about a 20 minute drive south of campus. Louisville Metro Parks staff will provide training and all gear needed (including gloves, hand tools, and water bottles). After completing the work effort, we'll grab a free lunch at the Dairy Queen in Fairdale - a free combo meal of your choice! Volunteers should dress accordingly - especially wearing a pair of sturdy, close-toed shoes or boots, socks, long pants, layered clothing up top, and maybe even a hat or cap. If you've never done anything like this, you can be assured of a really a good time doing this type of outdoors sustainability work - it's also a great way to deal with stress that all of us feel at times. Once everyone arrives at the Scott's Gap trailhead on the west side of JMF, we'll do a briefing about the activity including work area, tools use, and game plan for the trail re-route.
Oct. 14-16, 2022 Cardinal Impact Weekend imageCardinal Impact Innovation Weekend
Friday, Oct. 14th, 5pm - Sunday, Oct. 16th, 7pm, Belknap Academic Building, Register here.
What if you had the chance to solve the community problems that mean the most to you. Would you do it? Where would you start? You're invited to come together for a fun weekend focused on making a difference in the world. Students, faculty, researchers, community members, and mentors will rally around identifying problems in five key health equity areas in Louisville, brainstorm together on how to solve them, and you'll meet amazing people along the way while we create a solution and launch your ideas. Problems can range from Housing and urban revitalization, Environmental challenges, Food accessibility, Maternal and children challenges, mental health addressing poverty, racial issues, and more.

This event is open to UofL student, faculty, researchers, employees or community members looking to make a difference or starting companies with social impact.And did we mention you'll earn a certificate of completion? This can definitely help you in building out your personal brand, impact, and awareness!

Schedule:

Friday (5:00 - 10:00 PM): Come with your ideas to tackle one of the 5 key focus areas. Everyone will have the opportunity to pitch their idea. We will form teams based on the to-rated ideas to move forward through the weekend. We'll provide dinner and snacks to keep you fueled.

Saturday (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM) Curated workshops help you through the problem-solving process, including coaching with community & industry experts. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening snacks will be provided.

Sunday (9:00 AM - 7:00 PM): Wrap up your prototyping, and prepare your presentations. We’ll conclude the day with a showcase and next steps to prepare you to move forward with your ideas. We'll provide breakfast, lunch, and an evening celebration.

Overview:

The event will kick off Friday night, Students, faculty, researchers, and community members of all backgrounds who are eager to make an impact will rally around addressing Health Equity problems in our community.

After time to brainstorm + pitch, together we will identify crowd favorites and form teams around them. Participants will then spend the weekend mentored by top social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, venture capitalists, and prominent business professionals as they vet their ideas and build them into real products – physical products, apps, websites and anything else that will innovate on the issues we face in the community.

Sunday, we will showcase our progress, and ask the community for the tools you need to move forward. There will be a follow-up event in the Spring with grant funding available for teams moving forward out of this event.

Why should you attend?
    - You'll make an impact on the community and the world by working to solve top health equity issues we face through innovation and entrepreneurship.
    - You'll learn a lot about specific issues in the Louisville community, how to bring an idea into a well-vetted reality and how to physically build something amazing.
    - You have the ability to launch a real social enterprise and qualify for up to grant funding in Fall'22.
    - You'll meet an awesome community of motivated people – people who will work with you and change the world. It will range from peers to researchers, faculty and mentors across the Kentuckiana business community and beyond.
    - Most importantly, you'll walk away with skills and experience that can be added to your resume such as teamwork, collaboration, business problem solving, public speaking, pitching your idea, working across diversity, and many more traits. You'll also get a certificate of completion.
    - Not to mention, we will feed you 6 meals, swag, and friends for a lifetime.
Register here.
Oct. 14, 2022 Garden Commons Tree Week Workshop: Tree-RingsPhoto
Friday, Oct. 14th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
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Dr. Maegen Rochner of Geographic and Environmental Sciences will discuss tree-ring science, or dendrochronology, and its various applications to understand climate, environment, and human-environment interactions. This workshop will include a hands-on demonstration of tree coring for sample collection and examples of tree rings collected from both forest and archaeological sites across Kentucky. Facebook Event.
This event is part of Louisville's very first Tree WeekLouisville Tree Week 2022 (Oct. 8-16, 2022).
Oct. 13, 2022 Farm-To-Table Dinner 2021Farm-To-Table: A Bluegrass Harvest
Thursday, Oct. 13th, 6-8pm, Gottschalk Circle (near Humanities & BAB)
Tickets: $15 or one meal swipe ($20 with cocktails)

UofL Dining's farm-to-table event is back with locally sourced, chef-inspired dishes. There will be seven courses to try for $15. An alcohol beverage ticket will be available for purchase at the door for $5. Pre-orders are available until Oct.12. Call 852-5211 to purchase your tickets. This is an exclusive event and tickets will be limited to 350, so call today! For more information, contact Kris Cowan or visit the Dining Services webpage.
Oct. 13, 2022 UofL Community Engagement Fair
Thursday, Oct. 13th, 9am-noon, 2020 Quad (between Lutz Hall, Shumaker and BAB)
Join the UofL Office of Community Engagement and some of our community partner organizations in exploring ways to connect for impact in Louisville, across the Commonwealth, and beyond. Representatives from nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations will be on hand to discuss ways that UofL faculty, staff, and students can collaborate on opportunities for partnership, service, and outreach.
Oct. 12, 2022 Community Conversation: Why Trees Matter to All of Us
Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 6pm, Zoom - Join here.
UofL's Green Heart Louisville project presents a community conversation about Why Trees Matter to All of Us, featuring David Phemister, Kentucky State Director of The Nature Conservancy. For information, contact greenheartlouisville@gmail.com. Join here.
This event is part of Louisville's very first Tree Week (Oct. 8-16, 2022).
Oct. 11, 2022 "Using Geospatial Technologies to Inform Management Decisions"
with Matt Spalding & Liz Winlock, Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 2:30pm, BAB 130
The Department of Geographic And Environmental Sciences Seminar Series will feature two guests from the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Matt Spalding (Director of Stewardship) and Liz Winlock (Project Manager). The Olmsted Parks Conservancy collects and relies on data to meet management goals in Louisville’s Olmsted Parks. Examples include using: (1) spatial data on invasive plant locations to prioritize treatment; (2) studies done by local researchers to compare conditions, treatment tools, and patterns between and within parks; (3) ongoing record-keeping and data collection to follow up on treatment and adjust management plans; and (4) connections with other organizations to adapt to changing community needs. Much of this work happens in the larger context of collaboration with the University of Louisville where parks are living laboratory spaces that help us to learn, teach, and grow.https://www.olmstedparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Give-for-Good-1274x349.png
Oct. 7, 2022 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Fall 2022 Meeting
Friday, Oct. 7th, 4pm, online
Join the meeting on Microsoft Teams
Or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 310 085 573#)
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:
  • UofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree PlantingUpdates: recent/impending tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour:
    - Digital Tour: Branch Out Story Map and interactive map
    - Physical Tour: Tree Tour pamphlet and plaque replacements
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
  • Louisville Tree Week (Oct. 8-16, 2022)
    Garden Commons Tree Week Workshop: Tree-Rings
    Friday, Oct. 14th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
  • Tree-related Service Learning Projects
    - 2022-23 classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning
    - Upcoming tree-planting volunteer opportunities on or off campus to promote/attend
        Sat., Oct. 15th, 1-3pm: Tree Week Community Tree Planting in Smoketown, Meyzeek Middle School, 828 S. Jackson St.
        Sat., Oct, 22: Louisville Grows Jeffersonville/ Clarksville Tree Planting
        Louisville Metro Parks Phoenix Hill Neighborhood Tree Plantings on Saturdays 1-4pm: 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17
    - Planning: 2023 Maple-Tapping season
  • Planning for 2023 UofL Arbor Day Celebration
    - Review of our 2022 Arbor Day Celebration on April 1st
    - Ideas for timing/activities for 2023
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
Oct. 6 & 7, 2022 Get Healthy and Learn: Belknap Campus Historical Walking Tours
Thursday, Oct. 6th and Friday, Oct. 7th, noon, starts on the Ekstrom Library porch (Quad side)

Tom Owen Campus Walking TourEver breeze by some of the older buildings on Belknap campus and wonder what their stories are? Now is your chance to hear them! Get Healthy Now is sponsoring this tour led by Dr. Tom Owen, veteran walking tour raconteur and local historian, who has been an archivist at UofL’s Archives and Special Collections for over 40 years. As Tom describes it, “This is a 55-minute opportunity for people to learn something new, appreciate campus and get a little exercise. I am always struck by the university as a destination — the water features, the pendulum, the plantings, the flower beds, there’s just so much to see and enjoy.” Tom Owen has been UofL’s archivist for regional history since 1975. In 2017, he co-authored with Sheri Pawson, “University of Louisville Belknap Campus: A Photographic History.”  Join us to learn about our campus over the centuries.

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. 5, 2022 Peace Corps overhauls logo as part of “mission-driven ...Lunch & Learn — Peace Corps
Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 12–1 p.m., SPHIS 103
Learn about what Peace Corps does and how to get involved. Pizza and beverages provided. For more information, email Bryan.Mathis@louisville.edu.
Oct. 3-4, 2022 ASB - Fall 2022Alternative Service Break Fall Break Trip
Monday, Oct. 3rd 9am - Tuesday, Oct. 4th 1:30pm
This year for the fall Alternative Service break trip, participants will be focusing on service related to the housing crisis in Louisville. ASB is partnering with Hand in Hand Ministries, as well other local organizations. The cost is free with overnight lodging at a local nonprofit, all meals, transportation, and service experience/materials included. Participants will also receive 10 service hours. Applications are available on Engage.
Oct. 1, 2022 Environmental Justice Conference 2022: Climate Change and Health - People, Principles, Priorities and Policy Making
Saturday, Oct. 1st, 10am - 3pm, Zoom - Register here.
The West Jefferson County Community Task Force, NAACP, and UofL's Envirome Institute are proud to present our 6th annual Environmental Justice Conference. The conference will feature presentations on Health, Climate change, EPA and state new environmental policies, alternative energy, what we can do to improve the environment, odors, biomarker studies, Park Hill neighborhood activities, and more. Register here.
For more info: Follow @WJCCTF on Facebook or email wjcctf.lou@gmail.com
Sept. 30, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Climate Change Communication
Friday, Sept. 30th, Noon-1:00pm, Cultural & Equity Center (Belknap Residence Hall) room 176
WATCH RECORDING
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)

Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We continue our fall series on September 30th with an exciting panel of experts on how we can best communicate about the climate crisis. The panel will feature Claude Stephens, Director of Outreach & Regenerative Design at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest, along with UofL English professors, Megan Poole & Cooper Day. They will be sharing with us the Yale Climate Communication Tool.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This fall, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Sept. 29, 2022 Learn about Toxic plants with the Botanical Society
Thursday, Sept. 29th, 6:30pm, Belknap Academic Building Rm 325
The Botanical SocietyAll are invited to the Botanical Society's first meeting of this semester! This meeting will start with a few introductions of the officers and who we are and then will continue with a presentation about Toxic Plants and what to look out for with Dr. Jeffrey Masters. He is a well-known and beloved professor from the Biology Department with specific interests in pollination ecology, and the biology of both invasive and threatened plant species. He has teaching experiences in human anatomy and physiology, general biology, ecology, and botany. We will also talk about our future events for this semester! RSVP on Engage here.
Sept. 28, 2022 Environmental Justice Bus Tour
Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 1:45pm - 5pm, Departs from Urban & Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St.)
Environmental Justice Tour of West Louisville with John GilderbloomUofL students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the Department of Urban & Public Affairs for a unique bus tour of Louisville on September 28th, loading at 1:45pm and returning no later than 5pm. The bus will leave promptly at 2pm. Its a intense program. Please bring masks, water, notebooks and a strong stomach (you will see things that might upset you). UPA professor, John Gilderbloom will act as your tour guide, highlighting the work of UofL's Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods. You will explore their partnerships with renewal of the once boarded up Village West into City View Park; 553 brand new apartments that bring pride, respect, and joy; 200 newly built home ownership opportunities by Louisville Central Community Centers; Kentucky African American Museum; and then a drive down Portland Avenue to see the newly developed "rainbow corridor" and signs of renewal with Chromatic Homes and the work of Gill Holland. We will then shift our focus to Rubbertown sites and industries that make the air, water, and soil unsafe and unlivable: coal ash, chemical factories emitting toxins and distilleries causing black mold on nearby homes. There are fifteen extra seats available or UofL faculty, staff, and students. Please make a reservation by contacting Dr. Gilderbloom at John.Gilderbloom@louisville.edu.
This bus tour coincides with the Cards Commuter Challenge, so be sure to record your trip on Cardinal Directions and through September 30th, you'll have the chance to win one of the $50 weekly prizes or the $250 Grand Prize! One student and one faculty/staff member will win each week! Any trip by means other than driving alone increases your chances of winning! View Leaderboard.
Sept. 28, 2022 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/2621d9a1-ea16-4135-bfff-c391020d5e58aaa606ab-ed1b-4106-ab86-47ef1add68c8.png?preset=large-wGrandmother Power!! panel discussion
Wednesday, Sept. 28th, noon-1pm, Cultural and Equity Center, MPR
Join the University of Louisville Women's Center for a panel discussion providing insights from grandmothers on the social justice issues of the day. What are we telling our grandchildren and future generations when it comes to social justice? How does it affect you as a parent, grandparent? Come out and learn more at this interactive panel discussion - from the serious to the lighthearted - from some of today’s active grandmothers. RSVP by September 20th to get a lunch.
Sept. 28, 2022 Nonprofit Fairhttps://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/f359a1a5-1156-4f32-bd19-4c8670dcc6395aa4e309-5d8b-42ab-86ad-12c780bedc33.png?preset=large-w
Wednesday, September 28th, from 11am-2pm, Red Barn
Come learn how to get involved in making positive change in your community! Fifty Louisville-area nonprofit organizations, including several sustainability-focused groups such as TreesLouisville, will be on hand with lots of information about how you can help! Talk to nonprofits about their volunteer and internship opportunities and find a cause you’re passionate about! Free food and drinks!! Free stickers for the first 100 attendants! Brought to you by the Honors Student Council. RSVP on Engage.
Sept. 27, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Gina Bergner on Ocean Pollution
Tuesday, Sept. 27th 4pm, virtual
Watch Recording

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Ocean Trash: 5.25 Trillion Pieces and Counting, but Big Questions Remain |  National Geographic SocietyJoin 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 continue the fall series Sept. 27th, with our special guest, Gina Bergner,
Environmental Protection Specialist and Program Manager at US Coast Guard Headquarters (retired). While working for the US Coast Guard, Gina served as an R&D Program Manager, and a subject matter expert on US delegations to technical meetings of the Arctic Council, the UN International Maritime Organization (MO), and the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP). Her areas of expertise include: (1) invasive species; (2) graywater and sewage from ships; (3) international and domestic marine garbage regulations; (4) marine debris, including abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) and derelict fish aggregating devices (FAD); (5) international and domestic policy on marine plastic litter; and (6) closed loop/circular economy for plastics. 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. 27, 2022 Urban Forestry Webinar: Building a Resilient Canopy
Tuesday, Sept. 27th, 2:00-3:15pm, virtual - Register here.
Watch Recording.

UofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree PlantingUofL Grounds Superintendent, Greg Schetler, and Sustainability Coordinator, Justin Mog, will be featured co-presenters in this Arbor Day Foundation urban forestry webinar. Building a resilient community requires planning and partnership. By committing to preserve tree canopy in light of forces like development and climate change, municipalities and higher education institutions can protect one of their most valuable assets. Learn what “no net loss” really means, how and why communities in California are creating roadmaps for "no net loss" of tree canopy, how UofL as a Tree Campus has set and achieved their own no net loss goal, and how campuses and communities can coordinate for resilience planning. ISA CEU's will be available for attending this webinar live. The webinar will be 1 hour and 15 minutes long and will be recorded and shared with registrants following the event. Register here.
Sept. 27, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, Sept. - March, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn

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, and more. Donations can be made any time in the small bin outside the door of SAC W303C or in the big red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook. Facebook Event.
Sept. 22, 2022 Lunch & Learn - Supplies Over Seas, SPHIS
Thursday, Sept. 22nd, 12–1pm, SPHIS 103
Learn about what Supplies Over Seas (SOS) does to gather surplus medical supplies and ship them to countries in need around the world! We'll also share some ideas for how to get involved. Pizza and beverages provided. Sponsored by the School of Public Health and Info Sciences.
Sept. 21, 2022 Why Environmental Health Needs Coalition
Wednesday, Sept. 21st, 12-1pm, Join on Microsoft Teams
We are delighted to invite you to the first lecture in the Health Care Ethics Fall Virtual Speaker Series. The topic of the series is Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Care Ethics. No registration is required. The first speakers are Dr. Megan Poole (UofL Dept. of English) & Professor Shavonnie Carthens, J.D. (UofL Brandeis School of Law), speaking on “Why Environmental Health Needs Coalition.”
Sept. 20, 2022 Human Trafficking 101 WorkshopHuman Trafficking 101 Workshop
Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 3-5pm, Cultural and Equity Center, MPR
Join the University of Louisville Women's Center and People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Coalition of KY for an interactive workshop on human trafficking and prevention.RSVP (Limited spots available.)
Sept. 20, 2022 "Public Sustainability Partnerships: Collaboration Or Collective Impact" With Brent Fryrear
PFGC_green&blk.jpgTuesday, Sept. 20th, 2:30pm, BAB 130
The Department of Geographic And Environmental Sciences Seminar Series will feature Brent Fryrear speaking on Public Sustainability Partnerships. Brent is the Director of the Partnership for a Green City and will present on the work his organization has been doing to advance sustainability initiatives across the largest public institutions in Louisville.
Sept. 20, 2022 Economic Equity Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 20th, noon-2pm, SAC West Plaza
ELSB's Equality and Justice Committee will be showcasing local businesses and nonprofits owned by people of underrepresented communities. Students can talk with local nonprofits and businesses about what they offer the community and further understand the need to equitably support small businesses. Enjoy free food and giveaway prizes, too! RSVP on Engage.
Sept. 20, 2022 Cards On Guard: Free Bike Locks, Registration & Tune-ups
Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 11am-2pm, Humanities Quad

Cards on Guard (SGA+ULPD) flyer 9-20-22Keep your bike safe, secure, and rolling! In support of Cycle September and the Cards Commuter Challenge, SGA, ULPD, and the UofL Sustainability Council invite all Cardinals with bikes to stop by the Humanities Quad on September 20th from 11am-2pm to take advantage of three free services:
  1. Register your bicycle to increase the likelihood of recovery in the event of impoundment or theft;
  2. Learn about SGA’s new program to provide free bike lock rentals for students; and
  3. Get a free bike tune-up!

ULPD will provide free swag and information on campus safety and you can use this opportunity to voice concerns directly to ULPD. Roll up on your two wheels and be sure to log your trip on Cardinal Directions and with Team UofL on Strava to be entered to win fabulous prizes!

Sept.19-25, 2022 Carpooling - Cards Commuter Challenge 2021Carpool Week!
September 19-25, 2022
We challenge you to find a carpool…to school, work, restaurants, movies, etc....throughout the week, September 19-25! Make a group grocery run to the store to stock up for tailgating at UofL's home football game on Saturday, Sept. 24th! Share the ride with the Cardinal Directions carpool-matching platform! Be sure to log your carpool trips on Cardinal Directions to be entered to win prizes! Use hashtag #CardsCommuterChallenge to share your Carpool Karaoke moments! Facebook Event.
Sept. 18, 2022 Dark Waters Film Screening & Panel
Sunday, September 18th, 3pm, Speed Cinema
Dark Waters is inspired by the true story of a decades-long battle against big chemical companies that dumped PFAS into a landfill, poisoning crops and cattle. The film screening will be followed by an informative panel featuring local PFAS experts, and a book signing by the author and attorney who inspired the film. PFAS chemicals are linked to serious illnesses and several types of cancers. This film is based on a real case and the events that occurred in a West Virginia rural community. After the film, stay for a panel discussion with Rob Bilott, Esq., (the attorney in the film), who is a Partner in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offices of the law firm Stettinius & Hollister LLP; also Elijah Yetter-Bowman, Ethereal Films, Director; Samantha Bauer, Ethereal Films, Producer; Jamie Lynn Young, Ph.D UofL School of Medicine; and District 40 Kentucky State Representative Nima Kulkarni, Esq. as Moderator for the Discussion. Bilott will be signing copies of his book Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyers’ Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont for sale in the Speed Cinema lobby before and after the event. Seating is free and on a first-come-first-served basis. Co-presented with UofL Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, UofL Center for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, UNA-USA Kentucky Division, Floyds Fork Environmental Association, and Rotary Club of Louisville. Additional Supporters: UNA-USA Louisville Chapter, American Association of University Women Louisville Branch, Teena Halbig and Frances Aprile.
Sept. 16, 2022 Garden Commons Herb & Tea WorkshopGarden Commons Herb & Tea Workshop
Friday, Sept. 16th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
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Think herbs are just tasteless, dry flakes from a jar?! You don't know what you've been missing! Join us in UofL's organic garden for a workshop about how to use & dry the fresh herbs we'll harvest from the garden. We'll discuss some of the medicinal properties of herbs and there will be ample sampling opportunities with a fresh herbal iced tea bar!
Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday at 1pm throughout the fall 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.
Sept. 15, 2022 Campus History Walking Tour with Tom Owen
Thursday, Sept. 15th, 5:15pm, starts on Ekstrom Library's Quad porch
Tom Owen Campus Walking TourEver breeze by some of the older buildings on Belknap campus and wonder what their stories are? Now is your chance to hear them! As a part of the Cards Commuter Challenge, the UofL Sustainability Council is hosting this fun, educational walk. Be sure to log your walk on Cardinal Directions to be entered to win prizes! Those interested in participating just need to meet up at the Ekstrom Library Porch (interior of campus side, across from Humanities Building). The tour will be led by Dr. Tom Owen, veteran walking tour raconteur and local historian, who has been an archivist at UofL’s Archives and Special Collections for over 40 years. As Tom describes it, “This is a 75-minute opportunity for people to learn something new, appreciate campus and get a little exercise. I am always struck by the university as a destination — the water features, the pendulum, the plantings, the flower beds, there’s just so much to see and enjoy.” Facebook Event.
Sept. 14, 2022
Voices for Reproductive Freedom panel
 
Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 5pm, Cultural and Equity Center
Join us and hear from local voices who are fighting for reproductive freedom. This will also serve as an open house for the Reproductive Justice Community Altar. This is in partnership with the Women's Center, Health Promotion, GenAction UofL, and School of Public Health & Information Sciences.
Sept. 13, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: People, Power, and Place: Constructing urban environmental ethnographies from Louisville to Cape Town
Tuesday, Sept. 13th 4pm, virtual
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PhotoJoin 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 continue the fall series Sept. 13th, with our special guest, Dr. Angela Storey, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Chair of the UofL Sustainability Council. Her research examines the politics of the natural and built environment, with a focus on community activism and participatory processes of urban governance. Since 2010, Dr. Storey has been conducting research in Cape Town, South Africa that explores the politics of water, sanitation, and electricity infrastructures in informal settlements. Dr. Storey will discuss ethnographic work on environmental topics, research methods and her own varied research projects. 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. 12, 2022 Peace, justice, and advocacy panel
Monday, Sept. 12th, 6pm, SAC W118
Peace, Justice, and Advocacy PanelJoin the UNA Women at UofL to learn how we can become better advocates for the issues we are passionate about. Hear from local leaders on their advice on achieving peace, justice, and reform through advocacy. We hope to answer what advocacy is and how we can work to become better advocates from the advice of leaders in our community. Food provided. Register here.
Sept. 10, 2022 Maker Faire Badge 2022.9Louisville Maker Faire
Saturday, Sept. 10th, 10am - 6pm, SAC
Recording: Live Broadcast from Louisville Maker Faire (Forward Radio 106.5fm, 9-10-22)
Sidelined for two years by the global pandemic, Louisville Maker Faire will return this fall! Equal parts street festival, science fair and business networking event, the Louisville Maker Faire is “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.” Come learn how to make and fix stuff with makers ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers, all sharing the Louisville Maker Faire purpose – to entertain, inform, connect and grow the maker community. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these makers to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and more. It's a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!
Sept. 8, 2022 Hunter TurnbullSkate Night
Thursday, Sept. 8th, 5pm, Meet at Humanities Quad
As a part of the Cards Commuter Challenge, the UofL Sustainability Council is hosting this fun roll for skaters of all types. Just skateboard, rollerblade, or roller skate on over to the Quad for a fun night of skating together! Be sure to log your skate on Cardinal Directions to be entered to win prizes! The Skate Night will be lead by EcoReps Intern, Chelsea Erbacher. Facebook Event.
Sept. 7, 2022 Palmer Stroup, Bike Mechanic InternFree Bike Tune-ups!
Wednesday, Sept. 7h, 11am-1pm, Humanities Quad
As a part of Cycle September - The Global Bike Challenge, and the Cards Commuter Challenge, the UofL Sustainability Council is hosting a free pop-up bike shop in the Humanities Quad. Just roll your ride over the Quad for a free tune-up! Be sure to log your bike trips on Cardinal Directions to be entered to win prizes! Free bike tune-ups will be offered by UofL's Bike Mechanic Intern, Jonah Hermes. Facebook Event.
Sept. 6, 2022 What's The Buzz?What’s the Buzz?!
Tuesday, Sept. 6th, Noon – 2pm, Davidson Quad
UofL Dining Services invites you to join us for a showcase of local honey and the UofL Sustainability Council invites you to meet our bees (in an observation hive) and our new Campus Apiarist, Shelby Robinson! Bring your reusable mug and enjoy some delicious free beverages with local honey! Facebook event.
Sept. 2 - Dec. 2, 2022 Garden Commons Fall 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! 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 fall 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.
Sept. 1, 2022 Pot a Plant with ELSB Green Initiatives Committee
Thursday, Sept. 1st, 6pm, SAC W107
Pot a plant for your dorm room! Join Green Initiatives for their first meeting of the semester! Everyone is welcome! The goal of the Green Initiatives Committee is to engage students in sustainable initiatives on campus and in the Louisville community through meaningful service and fun events. Plants are first come, first served!

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Sept. 1, 2022

Bike or Bus Trip to UofL Day at the Gray Street Farmer's Market
Thursday, Sept. 1st, 12:30-2pm, Leaves from Belknap Campus
We are kicking off Cycle September and the 2022 Cards Commuter ChallengeCards Commuter Challenge 2022 with a fun, car-free trip from Belknap Campus to UofL Day at the Gray Street Farmer's Market! Join us on bicycle, or hop on the bus with us for a quick 15-minute ride to UofL's Health Sciences Center. Log your trip on Cardinal Directions to be entered to win prizes! All UofL students, faculty, and staff who bring their valid UofL ID can pick up complementary $5 tokens from the market's information booth to redeem at any market vendors. Everyone can enter the free raffle for great door prizes and all are encouraged to show your UofL spirit by wearing red or your favorite cards gear. Attendees can listen to music, purchase local products, enjoy samples, and grab lunch. Facebook Event.

Bike Trip:
Bike at Gray Street Farmers MarketCyclists will leave from the North Info Center at 12:30pm for a flat, easy ride on bike lanes. Bring your own bike, or borrow one from UofL Bikeshare at the SRC, or from LouVelo. Justin Mog will be leading the bike ride.

Bus Trip:
Bus riders should gather at 12:30pm at the north-bound bus stop on Floyd Street across from the SAC at Ulmer Stadium for a quick ride on TARC Route 28. Swipe your UofL ID as you board the bus for a free trip! Rachel Mudd will be leading the bus trip.

Sept. 1, 2022 UofL Day at the Gray Street Farmers MarketUofL Day at that Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursday, Sept. 1st, 10am‒2pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

As a fun way to kick-off the fall semester, we’ll be hosting UofL Day at the market on September 1st. All UofL students, faculty, and staff who bring their valid UofL ID to the Information Booth can pick up complementary $5 tokens to redeem at any market vendors. Everyone can enter the free raffle for great door prizes and all are encouraged to show your UofL spirit by wearing red or your favorite cards gear. Attendees can listen to music, purchase local products, enjoy samples, and grab lunch.
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.
Sept. 1-30, 2022 Cycle September
Cycle September

September 1-30, 2022
UofL’s Sustainability Council and Get Healthy Now encourage you to saddle up and ride for Team UofL during Cycle September - The Global Bike Challenge! Reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle and show your support for sustainable transportation. Register for Cycle September as an individual to be entered to win fabulous national prizes like a $1000 bicycle, $4000 dream vacation, or over 200 other prizes! 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 from September 1-30, 2022. 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.
Aug. 31, 2022 Film Screening & Keynote Lecture in honor of the International Day for people of African descent
Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 5:30-7:30pm, SAC Ballroom
Reena Evers-EveretteJoin us for a free film screening and keynote discussion with Reena Evers, daughter of Medgar and Myrlie Evers. This will be the first in a UofL series of events leading up to Juneteenth 2023 highlights the journey to freedom for African American descendants of enslaved persons. Aug. 31st is the International Day for People of African Descent. Growing in understanding about diverse perspectives, members of the UofL and local community will have an opportunity to view the film, The Evers, and participate in a campus conversation with Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers-Williams. As a young girl, Evers-Everette moved from Bayou to Jackson, Mississippi, as her father’s work expanded in the fight for equality. Then, at age 8, Evers-Everette witnessed her father’s assassination in front of their family home. Picking up the pieces of their life, her mother relocated the family to California. Evers-Everette went on to graduate from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in business merchandising. Following a successful career in communications for domestic and international businesses, she returned to Mississippi in 2012 to continue her father’s labor and legacy at the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute. As the institute’s executive director, Evers-Everette has lectured on the subjects of youth awareness and involvement, consulted with organizations on training youth activists and coordinated with the U.S. Department of the Interior on establishing the Medgar and Myrlie Evers House as a National Monument. Inspired by her father’s courageous leadership and integrity, she works to advance the mission of cultivating positive social change, intergenerational civic engagement, social and economic justice and research on equity and social justice.
Aug. 31, 2022 HRtalks Wellness Workshop: Active Transportation
Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 2pm, online - Register here
2022 Cards Commuter ChallengeGet Healthy Now is teaming up with the UofL Sustainability Council on Aug. 31st to discuss the health benefits of active transportation and help you learn techniques that will transform your daily commute from a polluting, unhealthy, expensive, frustrating part of your day into a clean, satisfying workout! Get fit just by getting around! We'll share the details on some fun upcoming group events and how you can get involved and win prizes through Cycle September and the Cards Commuter Challenge! Join us for this fun virtual learning workshop that will support your overall wellbeing and give you the opportunity to earn 200 points toward your 2022 $40 GHN monthly incentive. All faculty and staff are welcome. Register here.
Aug. 30, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Laura Grabowski, Housing and Community Development
Tuesday, August 30th, 4pm, virtual
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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.
Aug. 30, 2022 Let’s rap: Examining the reproductive pipeline to public health (in)justice
Tuesday, August 30th, noon-2pm, Zoom - Register
The University of Louisville (UofL) School of Public Health and Information Sciences’ Office for Culture and Liberation has teamed up with UofL’s Women’s Center to engage you in a critical conversation about reproductive justice. Topics include race, gender, poverty, and criminal legal aspects of human reproduction and public health. Participants will also discuss Kentucky Constitutional Amendment 2, and they include the ACLU of Kentucky, the Kentucky Health Justice Network, a state legislator, a public health professor, and a person serving as an activist, mental health therapist, and minister within the Louisville community. Register
Aug. 30, 2022 Women's Equality Day
Tuesday August 30th, 11am-1pm, Red Barn

August 26th is the Anniversary of Women Winning the Vote! Are you ready to celebrate? Join the UofL Women’s Center in the celebration! Women’s Equality Day is celebrated in the U.S. on August 26 in recognition of women winning the right to vote. In addition, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be celebrated. There will be voter registration, informational booths, a speaker, and refreshments in the Red Barn. Come out and learn more about Women’s Equality Day!
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.
Aug. 29 - Sept. 30, 2022 2022 Cards Commuter ChallengeCards Commuter Challenge 2022
August 29 - September 30, 2022. 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 on Cardinal Directions throughout the Cards Commuter Challenge (August 29 - September 30) and each week you'll have the chance to win one of the $50 weekly prizes or the $250 Grand Prize! One student and one faculty/staff member will win each week! Any trip by means other than driving alone increases your chances of winning! View Leaderboard.

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.
  • 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 just $15/mo with your @louisville.edu address (membership gets you unlimited trips of up to one hour without any additional charges). Be sure to also log your bike trips during Cycle September as an individual to be entered to win fabulous national prizes like a $1000 bicycle, $4000 dream vacation, or over 200 other prizes! And 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 from September 1-30, 2022. Your miles and days cycled will qualify you for the grand prize of a $200 voucher to a local bike shop!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 your commute trips online with Cardinal Directions. View Leaderboard.

Connect with us, trash-talk, and post about your commute on Facebook here.

And be sure to join us for our weekly themed events to get you engaged in the Challenge! The schedule includes:

Aug. 26 - Sept. 24, 2022 Trap 36x40.jpg"Not In My Backyard" Environmental Justice Art Show by Ying Kit Chan
Opening Friday, Aug. 26th 5-8pm
On View through September 24th at Moremen Gallery (710 W. Main, Suite 201)
Regular Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday Noon - 4pm.
Scheduled times at your convenience by calling 502-727-3909 or sending your request to moremengallery710@gmail.com
UofL Professor of Art and Director of Graduate Studies in Studio Art, Ying Kit Chan, is an alum of the UofL Sustainability Council's Green Threads: Sustainability Across the Curriculum program. The phrase "Not In My Backyard" is a common expression with complex meanings. It implicates environmental injustices and identifies environmental concerns as social justice issues. "Not In My Backyard" is a body of new work that follows the recent series of Deep Ecology and GeoEthics. This series further examines the interplay of environmental concerns with social, economic and political concerns. It also explores the recommendation by a group of international scientists who used the Trinity test, the world’s first nuclear explosion, to mark the start of the Anthropocene.
PhotoFor over three decades, Professor Chan has been exhibiting his art work in over 200 exhibitions in the United States as well as in Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Germany, Korea, Japan, England, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Taiwan and Portugal. Professor Chan has received several public awards and fellowships including two Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Visual Arts Fellowships (1994 and 2002), a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Visual Arts Fellowship (1992), two Great Meadows Foundation Artist Development Travel Grants, and an Urban Council Fine Arts Award at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial (1977).
Aug. 26, 2022 May be an image of nature and treeGray Street Clean Up
Friday, Aug. 26th, 1pm, 485 E Gray St.
Public Health Professor, Brian Schaefer, is leading a “street clean-up” with the support of the Dean’s Office. We’ll meet in front of the SPHIS building at 1pm and go from there. Our goal is to make E. Gray Street more walkable for our students and employees. Many people park and walk along Gray Street and the sidewalk is nearly impassable in sections because of overgrowth, litter, and debris. While this clearly falls outside of formal faculty/staff service assignments, this seems like a good way to push for a little bit of neighborhood clean-up in a timely manner. We will have water available for volunteers along with garbage bags. UofL physical plant has agreed to help out by providing waste removal. The following tools will be provided: Weed eater, Hedge trimmers, Tree pruner, Shovels, Rake, Broom, Garden hoe. Others can bring their own tools as well. It’s recommended that folks bring gloves and safety glasses if they plan to use power tools.
Aug. 26, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Animal Policy
Friday, August 26th, Noon-1:00pm, Cultural & Equity Center (Belknap Residence Hall) room 176
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Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Factory farming divestment: what you need to know | Guardian sustainable  business | The GuardianJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We'll kick off our fall series on August 26th with UofL's own Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies professor, Dr. Tami Harbolt, speaking on policies in factory farming and the effect on the climate. Dr. Harbolt is a certified humane educator and started a non-profit in humane education. She has also served as a member of WAGS Pet Therapy of Kentucky since 2008.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This fall, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Aug. 24-25, 2022

Take the Cards Go Green Pledge!Student Involvement Fairs
Wednesday & Thursday, Aug. 24th-25th, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza
Sustainability only happens when students GET INVOLVED! So come explore the many sustainability-related student organizations and campus groups at UofL while enjoying some free food! Stop by the UofL Sustainability table on Thursday to find out how you can make a difference!

  • Take the Cards Go Green! Pledge and earn some green goodies!
  • Explore your sustainable transportation options and learn how you can win big in the Cards Commuter Challenge 2022!
  • Bring your bike for a free bike tune-up and learn how to use UofL's bike fixit stations!
More about the Fairs is available on Engage.
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
    Registration 9-10am. 10am - 1pm, Meetup SAC Ballroom

    By volunteering at SOUL, you’ll be helping 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. Registration runs from 9-10am and the program starts at 10am. Breakfast is included and all participants will receive a FREE t-shirt! Come and serve the Louisville community and learn about all the great organizations the city has to offer.
  • Saturday, Aug. 20Salsa Party
    Garden Commons Salsa Party
    1:30 - 2:30pm
    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 free Bikeshare Program or take a free spin on a LouVelo bike for the day. Check out our route here.
  • Sunday, Aug. 21
    UofL Community CompostingUofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    Every Sunday noon-2pm (250 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!
  • 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. 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.
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.
July 22, 2022 Dr. Douglas Tallamy - Nature’s Best Hope
Friday, July 22nd, 6-7:30pm, Humanities 100 or join virtually
Doug TallamyTickets available here
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. Purchase tickets here.
July 16, 2022 Gathering Data on Environmental Concerns
Saturday, July 16th, 10am, free virtual workshop - register here.
Gathering Data on Environmental ConcernsThe second session of the Kentucky Resources Council’s Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institute for 2022 will feature Lauren Heberle & Larry Taylor. Dr. Heberle is the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Management and Associate Professor of Sociology. She is also the lead investigator for the Community Engagement Core of the UofL Superfund Research Center. She teaches environmental and social policy courses and urban sociology. Dr. Heberle will discuss the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool created by the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality under President Biden's Executive Order to be an accountability tool for federal agencies now required to prioritize 40% of investments in climate change, clean energy/energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, training and workforce development, the remediation of legacy pollution, and the development of critical clean water infrastructure to areas defined in the tool as 'disadvantaged'. Larry Taylor is the Executive Advisor in the Energy and Environment Cabinet's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Larry served as Toxic Release Inventory coordinator, environmental justice coordinator, Quality Assurance Manager, and departmental legislative contact. Larry will profile the Toxic Release Inventory, a helpful tool for identifying the chemicals and amounts found at facilities across the U.S. They will review using the database to learn about facilities and trends in Kentucky. Register here.
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.
June 18, 2022 Central Park Improvement DayCentral Park Improvement Day
Saturday, June 18th, 8:30am-noon, Central Park
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and UofL Sustainability Council invite everyone to volunteer at the spring 2022 Central Park Improvement Day. Consider volunteering a few hours of your time to do light chores like weeding, trimming, and painting to tidy up this historic Olmsted Park near campus and get ready for a variety of free summer events. Meet at the Old Louisville Neighborhood Center at 8:30 am for coffee and donuts and check-in. A free lunch will be provided for all volunteers at noon. Many thanks to our community partners Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
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. See photos.
June 13-19, 2022

UofL Juneteenth Week of CelebrationCommemorating a day of freedom | UofL News
June 13-19, 2022
The University welcomes you to join us for a series of Juneteenth events! The Black Faculty/Staff Association along with the Office of the President, Office of Community Engagement, UofL Standing Up for Racial Justice (UofL SURJ), the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equity (CODRE), the Cultural Center, Office of Diversity and Equity and various university sponsors present the second annual Juneteenth Week of Power and Policy. Join us for this exciting week of events focused on the education and celebration commemorating the delayed emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. on June 19, 1865. The schedule includes:

  • Juneteenth Lecture Series: June 13, 12-1:30 p.m. Keynote: Mary Frances Berry, renowned historian, writer, lawyer, activist and professor who focuses on U.S. constitutional law and African American history.
  • Juneteenth and Cash Bail: Fighting for Freedom: June 14, 12-1 p.m. A panel discussion focused on Juneteenth, cash bail and racial justice work.
  • Power to the People: June 15, 6-8 p.m. A catered meet-and-greet with the opportunity to engage with political leaders who identify as Black/African American, both currently sitting and running for election.
  • Red and Black on the Green: June 16, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebratory luncheon and Black business owners vendor fair.
  • Tom Owen's historical Black UofL walking tour: June 17, 12-1:15 p.m. A tour on Belknap Campus designed to highlight historical points around UofL relative to Blacks/African Americans.
  • Back to our Roots: June 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Roots 101 African American Museum free tour.
  • Power of Prayer: June 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Virtual church service at Burnett Avenue Church.

Please visit the Juneteenth Events Channel and be sure to register for each event.

June 9, 10, 22, 23 Journeys to Freedom: (Un)known Project River Cruise
June 9th, 10th, 22nd, & 23rd, 7-9pm, Belle of Louisville, $45 - Purchase Tickets

Journeys to Freedom: (Un)Known Project River Cruise is an immersive river excursion commissioned by IDEAS xLab and written and directed by UofL assistant professor of theatre Sidney Monroe Williams (they/them). The event will take place aboard the Belle of Louisville. While floating along the Ohio River between Kentucky, formerly a slave state and Indiana, a free state, you will be immersed in the stories of two families seeking to escape enslavement by boat. Performances are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on June 9, 10, 22, & 23. Details and reservations here.
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Kentucky Solar Energy Society Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 4th 10:30am-2:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
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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 2, 2022 Gray Street Farmers Market 2022Gray Street Farmers’ Market Grand Reopening
Thursday, June 2nd, 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.
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.

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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 20, 2022

HRtalks Wellness: Transportation Cycling for Personal & Planetary Health
RESCHEDULED FOR: Friday, May 20th, 2pm, Microsoft Teams - Register here.

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Betsy Ruhe 2016 (UofL's 1st Masters in Sustainability student)Warm weather has returned and Bike Month is here! Bicycling is a very low-cost, pollution-free way to get around that offers so many benefits to your health and wellness…but are you mentally prepared for bike commuting? Are you excited to dust off your bicycle, but have some questions and concerns? Intimidated by traffic? Scared to ride on Louisville's streets? Uncertain about how to carry things, lock your bike properly, or keep your bike maintained? And what about those green LouVelo bikeshare bikes? Join us for this workshop to boost your confidence and get your questions answered! In this hour led by experienced Louisville bike commuters, we’ll help you learn to ride safely and confidently around town in all kinds of weather while getting exercise, having fun, and slashing your carbon emissions. We’ll also share how you can win fabulous prizes by riding with Team UofL in the Bike Month Challenge! Get Healthy Now program participants will earn 200 points toward your 2023 premium incentive for attending. Facebook EventRegister here.
May 20, 2022 Cards Come Together Day of Service: Old Louisville Clean-up
Friday, May 20th, 9am-noon, Meetup at 4th & Oak
Louisville Ky ImageJoin us as we partner with District 6 Metro Councilman David James and Brightside for an Old Louisville neighborhood cleanup. Starting at 4th and Oak Streets, we will clean-up streets and alleyways from 1st Street to St. Catherine. Garbage bags, gloves and lunch will be provided. Registration required. Participation in Cards Come Together is entirely voluntary. Staff can use Community Service Leave (CSL) but should obtain supervisor approval before registering to participate. Register here.
May 9-13, 2022 Environmental Conservation Service Trip
May 9-13, 2022
Get lost in nature and service with us on the Appalachian Trail! This year's Alternative Break Service trip will be taking place May 9-13 in North Carolina and Gatlinburg with a focus on environmental conservation! The cost for the trip is $125 with meals and housing included in the cost, you can contact kathy.meyer@louisville.edu or elsbserv@louisville.edu for more information. Fill out this form if you're interested, thank you!
May 6 to 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.
May 6, 2022 The Electric Economy and Climate Change: The Critical Role of Energy Storage
Friday, May 6th, 1pm, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
2019 Nobel Laureate Dr. M. Stanley Wittingham to speak at UofLM. Stanley Wittingham, a recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the design and development of lithium-ion batteries, will present two lectures on his life work as part of the Chemistry Graduate Student Association Derby Lecture series. Wittingham will give a technical lecture, "The Lithium Battery: From a Dream to Domination of Energy Storage - Future Chemistry and Materials Challenges," May 5, 11 a.m. He will give a general audience lecture, "The Electric Economy and Climate Change: The Critical Role of Energy Storage," May 6, 1 p.m. Both lectures will be at UofL Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. Dr. Whittingham's visit and lectures are organized by the UofL Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA) who is sponsoring the event. Co-sponsers include Clariant Corporation, the National Science Foundation, and the University of Louisville College of Art and Sciences. CGSA is excited to announce the return of the Derby Lecture Series for the 2022 year! Since 1978, graduate students at the University of Louisville have hosted numerous Nobel Laureates as the Derby Lecturer for the Derby Lecture Series. We consider this event to be our proudest achievement, and it is our honor to continue this long-standing annual tradition. The Derby Lecture Series is among the most unique university events organized by graduate students. It is planned around our city’s biggest day, the Kentucky Derby at the world-famous Churchill Downs, which is just five minutes from our department!
April 28, 2022 UofL Little Free Library Grand Opening
Thursday, April 28th, 11am, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Little Free Library Grand Opening 4-28-22UofL's first Little Free Library is being installed at the Garden Commons, thanks to our friends at UofL's Resilient Families Project! Come on out to celebrate this milestone with us. Bring a book. Take a book.
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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.
April 26, 2022 Move-Out Lighten Your Load FREE SALE!Free Sales
Tuesday, April 26th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn plaza

Lighten Your Load as you move off campus for the summer! Don't landfill the stuff you don't want to take home - share it! These pop-up outdoor Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, now located in SAC W303C. 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.
April 23, 2022 Old Louisville Earth Day Tree Planting
Saturday, April 23rd, 9am-noon, Meet at Central Park Info Center
Old Louisville Tree Planting (March 2022)The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the UofL Sustainability Council invite volunteers to help restore the urban canopy on the northern edge of UofL's Belknap Campus. We'll be planting 36 deciduous shade street trees (2" dbh) with our neighbors at various locations between the curb and the sidewalk where trees are missing. The focus areas for this final spring planting will be:
• St. Catherine Street (800 Block)
• West Magnolia Ave. (200 Block), including Brook and Floyd Streets
• 3rd and Lee Street Area
• West Lee Street (400 Block)
• Central Park
Volunteers should gather outside the Information Center in the middle of Central Park to be assigned to small tree-planting teams. Donuts and coffee will be available 8:30-9am, when work will begin. A pizza and chili lunch will be served for all volunteers at noon after the trees are planted. Co-sponsors include Metro Council President David James, MSD, Metro Division of Community Forestry, and Metro Public Works. All are welcome and no pre-registration is necessary. Tools will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own shovels and gloves. Questions should be directed to Herb Fink 502-552-0399. Facebook Event.
Earth Day, April 22, 2022 Earth Day Learning Café: Yes in my Backyard! Awesome ideas from Bernheim for you to try at home!
Friday, April 22nd, 3pm, Microsoft Teams
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While it may be true that Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest’s 16,000 acres are bigger than the average backyard, this beautiful place is full of inspiring ideas to help the average homeowner make their own habitat more sustainable. Join Bernheim’s Director of Education, Kristin Faurest, and UofL Assistant Director of Composition, Cooper Day, for an Earth Day workshop featuring an enjoyable slideshow of some of the amazing ways Bernheim is pioneering sustainable choices. The slideshow will be followed by a lively and thought-provoking discussion of how our humble and everyday choices can add up to big differences. Register here.
Earth Day, April 22, 2022 EcoReps Earth Day Lunch & Learn: UofL Maple Syrup Pancake Party & Climate Strike
Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, Noon-1:00pm, Humanities Quad
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
UofL Maple SyrupJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We'll wrap up the year and celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, with the return of our annual maple syrup harvest celebration after a winter of tapping UofL trees! Come enjoy some pancakes with our very own, hyper-local maple syrup while we talk trees and local sweetness with our community partner, Dave Barker. These delicious pancakes will be served up with a little Climate Strike on the side!! Come for the pancakes and stay for the politics!
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event. See photos.
April 20, 2022 Divestment Rally
RESCHEDULED FOR: Wednesday, April 20th, noon-2pm, SAC Plaza
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Hosted by Student Sustainability Coalition, which urges the university to divest funds from fossil fuels, policing, private prisons, and more. Read/sign our petition here! Speakers:
1. Shameka Parrish-Wright - Mayoral candidate and activist
2. Betsy Ruhe - Metro candidate and founder of Orchards of Beechmont and Sustainable South Louisville
3. U.S. House of Representatives candidate, Attica Scott
We will have art supplies and signs on hand, and anyone is welcome to bring their own signage! RSVP on Engage.

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April 20, 2022 Preventing Human Extinction as a Public Health Priority
Wednesday, April 20th, 12-1pm, online - Pre-registration is required.
Steve LubyThe UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences is hosting a virtual event Wednesday, April 20, featuring Steven Luby, professor and James H. Steele D.V.M. Professorship, UTHealth School of Public Health. He’ll discuss, "Preventing Human Extinction as a Public Health Priority." Learn how multiple threats, including armed conflict, synthetic pathogens and artificial superintelligence, could lead to human extinction by the end of the century. The global public health community should take these threats seriously and work to prevent them. Register here.
April 18, 2022 Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura lecture on LED technology
Monday, April 18th, 4-5pm, Rauch Planetarium (reception in Gheens Science Hall, 3:30-4pm)
Shuji NakamuraShuji Nakamura, winner of UofL’s Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy for 2019, will give a public lecture on Monday, April 18tj./ A world-leading pioneer in sustainable energy technology, Nakamura is recognized for his solid-state light-emitting diodes (LED) technology. His LEDs have 10 times the efficiency of incandescent lighting, twice the efficiency of fluorescent bulbs and last 30 to 40 years. Read more about Nakamura in UofL News.
April 13, 2022 Bee Green
RESCHEUDLED FOR: Wednesday, April 13th, 4-5pm, Davidson 109
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April 10, 2022 Truth Tellers Film Screening
Sunday, April 10th, 3-5pm, Speed Cinema at the Speed Art Museum
UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Speed Art Museum are hosting a screening and talkback of the new documentary Truth Tellers. This Richard Kane film chronicles the lives of courageous past and present activists fighting for racial equity, environmental justice, and indigenous rights through the eyes of beloved Maine artist Robert Shetterly. Shetterly has painted over 250 portraits of truth-tellers including the Institute's namesake, Anne Braden. He calls his project Americans Who Tell the Truth. During the talkback, Rob Shetterly will be joined by activists Bree Newsome-Bass and Maulian Dana, both of whom are featured in the film. Bree Newsome-Bass, an artist and activist, is well-known for her act of resistance in her removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State Capitol in 2015. Maulian Dana, also an artist and activist, is the first individual to hold the position of the Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador. Proof of vaccination is required and masks are recommended, but not required. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
April 9, 2022 Old Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, April 9th, 9am-noon, Meet at Central Park Info Center
Old Louisville Tree Planting (March 2022)The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the UofL Sustainability Council invite volunteers to help restore the urban canopy on the northern edge of UofL's Belknap Campus. We'll be planting 50 deciduous shade street trees (2" dbh) with our neighbors at various neighborhood locations between the curb and the sidewalk where trees are missing. The focus will be along 2nd St., 7th St., and Ormsby Ave. Volunteers should gather outside the Information Center in the middle of Central Park to be assigned to small tree-planting teams. Donuts and coffee will be available 8:30-9am, when work will begin. A pizza and chili lunch will be served for all volunteers at noon after the trees are planted. Co-sponsors include Metro Council President David James, MSD, Metro Division of Community Forestry, and Metro Public Works. All are welcome and no pre-registration is necessary. Tools will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own shovels and gloves. Questions should be directed to Herb Fink 502-552-0399. Facebook Event.
April 8, 2022 Garden Commons workdayGender and Gardening Workshop
Friday, April 8th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us in the Garden Commons for a workshop in which we explore the connections between food and gender justice and the importance of women and LGBTQ+ people in food justice movements. This is part of the spring series of Garden Workshops hosted by the Garden Commons, a shared, collectively-managed space, 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.
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April 7, 2022 Movie Night: YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip)
Thursday, April 7th, 5:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
YERTThe UofL Sustainability Council and Student Sustainability Coalition invite you to join us for a special movie viewing of YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip)! This hilarious and engaging eco-documentary was made by local filmmaker, Ben Evans, and tells the story of a journey across 50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road—traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage—to explore every state in America (the good, the bad, and the weird) in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises. As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their year-long quest, an unexpected turn of events pushes them to the brink in this award-winning docu-comedy. Featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and others. Facebook Event.
April 7, 2022 Kentucky Refugee Ministries PanelKRM beneficiaries
Thursday, April 7th, 5-7pm, Strickler & Davidson Courtyard
The Honors Student Council is hosting a service event and panel for Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) on April 7th from 5-7:30 in the Strickler Courtyard. Come paint mugs to donate to the apartments provided by KRM for families seeking refuge in Louisville. Then, stick around to hear from those who have gone through the refugee experience and learn how you can get involved with KRM's mission of helping our new neighbors. Tea from Sis Got Tea will be provided! RSVP here: 2022 HSC Spring Conference Sign Up.
April 7, 2022 Low carbon smoothies!
Thursday, April 7th, 12-2 pm, Marketplace Food Court in the Student Activities Center
Join us for low carbon dining smoothies. Sustainable dining intern Katie Hite will be making smoothies made with some locally sourced ingredients. We will have sustainable dining trivia, with a chance to win prizes. Come learn about how you can improve your carbon footprint by dining locally and plant based.
April 6, 2022 Climate Change, Social Capital and Sustainable Livelihoods in Conservation Landscapes
Wednesday, April 6th, 3:30pm, Virtual via MS Teams.
Karen_Bailey.CC2.JPGUniversity of Colorado Boulder's Dr. Karen Bailey will discuss her ongoing work to understand human-environment interactions for the intersecting goals of wellbeing of vulnerable populations, equity, and conservation. She will share findings from research across Sub-Saharan Africa with smallholder farming communities living in conservation landscapes. She will focus on case studies from Southern and East Africa to highlight the importance of social capital and local organizations to support sustainable rural livelihoods and conservation goals under changing climatic conditions. She will also briefly describe her work to supporting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM. This is part of the Geographic and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series. Contact mlroch01@louisville.edu
April 1, 2022 Sustainable Tote-bag Making Night
Friday, April 1st, 5-7pm, Strickler Hall room 208
Join Honors Student Council and Student Sustainability Coalition in making yourself a nice tote bag! Bags and paints will be provided; all you need to bring is yourself. There will be free food, so bring a friend! RSVP on Engage.
April 1, 2022 Tax The Rich! Save America.
Friday, April 1st, noon-1:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
Tax The Rich! Save America. - University of LouisvilleJoin a fiery group of “class traitors" for an insiders’ look at how “the rich” - and the politicians they control - rigged the economy to guarantee the rich get richer and everyone else is left holding the bag. Blunt and irreverent, these “Patriotic Millionaires” expose the scam to help everyday Americans reclaim their country before it’s too late. Complimentary (very delicious!) lunch will be served. Hosted by Patriotic Millionaires and Young Democrats at UofL Facebook Event. RSVP here.
April 1, 2022 UofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree PlantingUofL Arbor Day Celebration 2022
Friday, April 1st
10:30am at Schneider Hall (northwest side); and
1:30pm at HSC Abell Administration (Chestnut Street side)

Come help us celebrate Arbor Day in Kentucky by taking another step to restore Louisville's shrinking tree canopy! Join us for a celebration of UofL’s on-going commitment to trees and our status (for 12 years running!) as a Tree Campus Higher Education.
  • Help us plant new trees on campus, including a memorial tree at Schneider Hall at 10:30am in honor of the 75th anniversary UofL's Hite Institute of Art & Design, and in memory of two supporters of the Hite's graphic design program — Mike Power (1943-2015) and his son David Power (1971-2021). Both have been significant contributors to the program and both are also UofL alumni!
  • A limited number (40) of free native pawpaw fruit tree saplings will be available to take home and plant in your yard or neighborhood!
  • At 1:30pm, join us at the Health Sciences Center to plant trees on the Chestnut Street side of the Abell Administration building!
Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, UofL's Hite Institute of Art & Design, HSC Green Team, and Physical Plant's Grounds Crew. Facebook Event. See photos.
March 31, 2022 Muhammad Ali: A Transcendent Life-Standing Up for Peace Symposium
Thursday, March 31st, 9am-6pm, online and SAC Ballroom, Registration required for in-person.
Join virtually here. Meeting ID: 831 3417 5642. Passcode: 557029


		Muhammad Ali: A Transcendent Life-Standing Up for Peace Symposium image
UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice’s annual symposium, co-sponsored by CODRE, University Libraries, and the Anne Braden Institute, addresses the question: “What can we learn from Muhammad Ali about standing up for peace today?” Plenary Sessions in the morning address how Ali inspires young people and how artists are standing up for peace and are inspired by Muhammad Ali. Dr. Raymond Green will speak about the Muhammad Ali social justice magnet at Central High School. Hannah Drake will speak about how Ali inspires her as an artist. The keynote speaker is Ambassador Shabazz (Malcolm X’s eldest daughter).
Symposium Schedule:
9:00 A.M. Conference Check-In – Exhibits Display/Student Poster & Art Presentations
9:30 A.M. Welcome & Conference Overview - “Standing Up for Peace”
10:00 A.M. How does Muhammad Ali inspire young people today to be agents of change in their communities? (Dr. Raymond Green, former principal and alum of Central H.S., UofL College of Business)
11:00 A.M. How does Muhammad Ali inspire artists to stand up for peace today? (Hannah L. Drake, poet and author )
12:00 P.M. Luncheon—Standing Up for Peace Today – How Can Muhammad Ali’s Legacy Inspire Us? (Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, Ambassador-at-large of Belize )
1:30 P.M. Breakout Sessions:
     Student Voices – Middle School & High School Students
     Arts & Humanities Advancing Social Change
     Honoring Muhammad Ali’s Community Connections
3:00 P.M. Breakout Sessions:
     Muhammad Ali’s Global Impact
     Student Voices & Advocating for Peace Today - UofL students – Muhammad Ali Scholars
4:30 P.M. Conference Concluding Remarks and Networking
6:00 P.M. End of conference
The symposium is part of an MAI and UofL Libraries commemoration of Muhammad Ali - Muhammad Ali: A Transcendent Life with exhibits across all of UofL Libraries, and new digital resources unveiled in January 2021. Another community engagement opportunity seeks participation in the audio and video tribute to how Ali inspires each of us. The link to contribute is here: “Standing Up for Peace: How does Muhammad Ali Inspire Us Today?” For additional information please contact Sherry Durham at sherry.durham@louisville.edu.
March 31, 2022 Vegan Menu Takeover
Thursday, March 31st, 11am-8pm, The Ville Grill
Thinking about exploring a plant-based diet? Already into it? Either way, you'll findplenty of options to enjoy a meal without any animals having to die or suffer! And you'll discover how healthy and delicious vegan dining can be! Just stop in at UofL Dining's zero-waste, 30% locally-sourced, all-you-care-to-eat dining hall at 3rd & Brandeis to sample the goodness during lunch and dinner. All are welcome. You don't need to be on a meal plan or have flex points.https://louisville.campusdish.com/-/media/Global/Higher-Education/Images/Health-And-Wellness/PageBanners/PlantForward.ashx?mh=1280&mw=1920&hash=7122DD84DE4A3AA35C109B4EB7A10D2DE1A18163
March 29, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Habitat for Humanity
Tuesday, March 29th, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). Our featured speakers on March 29th will be Leslie Woods & Bolaji Ogbulu from Louisville Habitat for Humanity. 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.
March 29, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, March 29th & April 26th, 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 spring 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.
March 28, 2022 Urban & Public Affairs Garden Spring Workday
Monday, March 28th, 2-4pm, UPA Garden (426 W. Bloom St., behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
UPA Garden - Oct2013 Sweet Potato HarvestThe Student Sustainability Coalition invite you to discover the wonders of UofL's OTHER garden, behind the Urban & Public Affairs Building, along the brick alley behind Bettie Johnson Hall. The student-designed UPA Horticulture Zone has been growing food & community since the Urban & Public Affairs Student Organization broke ground in May 2013! What had once been an uninviting patch of grass that had to be mowed regularly with fossil fuels was transitioned into an inviting outdoor gathering space beside our historic apple tree. The space is used to grow fresh, delicious produce available to the community in our mini orchard (peach, apple, fig, and native serviceberry, pawpaw, hazelnuts, and maypops) and in four raised beds filled with rich, organic compost made by volunteers on campus from food waste collected both on and off campus. We'll be spreading wood chips on our paths, mulching our pawpaw patch, cleaning up after the winter, and digging out and potting-up pawpaw saplings for distribution at UofL Arbor Day (April 1). Dress to get dirty. Tools and gloves provided. Facebook Event.
March 26, 2022 Invasive Plant Removal at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Saturday, March 26, 10am-2pm, Jefferson Memorial Forest
The UofL Bontanical Society invites you out to the largest urban forests in the country to help knock back invasive plant species in Jefferson Memorial Forest with Steve Kendra. Training, including plant identification, as well as gear (gloves, hand tools, water bottles) will be provided on-site! Please dress accordingly for this work, meaning long pants, layered shirts or thick top, and sturdy close-toed shoes. Everyone involved will be given a coupon for a free combo meal of your choice at the Dairy Queen down the road, which we'll meet up at afterwards! These type of volunteer activities look really great on a resume and provide an opportunity to network with people throughout our local community. Plus, some of you may need service hours for various campus organizations and this definitely meets the criteria. Jefferson Memorial Forest is the largest metropolitan area forest in the United States at well over 7,000 acres. It's located about 20-25 minutes south of campus and is a great place for hiking, fishing, bird-watching, flora and fauna, and even camping. RSVP on Engage for full details.
March 25, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District
Friday, March 25th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Jefferson County Conservation DistrictJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! Our March workshop will put you in touch with the work of the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District. With conservation as their passion, the District's mission is to conserve Jefferson County’s natural resources by coordinating financial, technical and educational assistance that helps both rural and urban communities implement sustainable solutions. The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
March 25, 2022 7th Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium
Friday, March 25th, 9am-Noon, Ekstrom Library
Register here.

UofL's annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium is an opportunity to network and share current research and teaching activities involving community partners and service to the community. The theme for the 2022 Engaged Scholarship Symposium is Community Engagement in the Era of COVID. Many of us were forced to change the way we teach and conduct research because of the pandemic and community engagement is no exception. This Symposium will explore how we are engaging with our community during the pandemic, how we are collaborating with community partners, the effect of the changes on our work, challenges encountered, and lessons learned to name a few areas.

Plenary Session (9:00am-10:10am, Chao Auditorium)

Opening Panel – Community Engagement in the Era of Covid (9:10am - 10:10am)
Faculty Fellows in The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society will reflect on what engaged scholarship means to them and what it looks like in their work, particularly during the time of Covid-19, which greatly impacted the way we engaged with community partners. The Fellows will also share their vision for engaged scholarship at UofL.

Presenters

  • Mary P. SheridanProfessor of English & Director, The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society
  • Megan PooleAssistant Professor, English
  • Sidney Monroe WilliamsAssistant Professor, Theatre Arts
  • Carrie MottAssistant Professor, Geographic & Environmental Sciences
  • Cara SnyderAssistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Lucian Rothe Assistant Professor, Classical and Modern Languages

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1 (10:20am-11:10am)

Concurrent Session 1: Panel Presentations - Room W104 (10:20am-11:10am) Concurrent Session 1: Lightning Talks - Room E 117A (10:20am-11:10am) Concurrent Session 1: Roundtable Presentations - Room 210 (10:20am-11:10am)

Nutrition Literacy promotion via Student Community Engagement in Rural Appalachia

  • Frances Hardin Fanning - School of Nursing

Engaging Adolescents to Cultivate Environmental Health Literacy

  • Luz Huntington-Moskos - School of Nursing

Engaging K‐12 Community Literacy with the Revived Cotter Cup Poetry Contest

  • Cassandra Book & Liz Soule - University Writing Center, Department of English

 

Addressing COVID‐19 Concerns & Vaccination Hesitancy Among Latinx Population via a Social Media Platform

  • Dedra Hayden & Krista Roach - School of Nursing

Transformations in Community Literacy: University Writing Center and Family Scholar House

  • Morgan Blair & Liz Soule - Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences

The Melanated Healthcare App: Increasing Healthcare Access for Persons of Color

  • Mollie Aleshire - School of Nursing

La Casita Center: Virtual Accompaniment

  • Ben Harlan - Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences

Compassion Clinic 2021

  • Karen Krigger - School of Medicine

“The Promise:” of Arts‐Based Socially Engaged Research Exploring the Impact of Race‐Based Trauma and Gun Violence in Louisville

  • Emma Sterrett‐Hong, Toya Northington, Lesley Harris - Kent School of Social Work and Family Sciences

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2 (11:20am - noon)

Concurrent Session 2: Panel Presentations - Room W104 (11:20am - noon) Concurrent Session 2: Panel Presentation - Room E117 (11:20am - noon) Concurrent Session 2: Roundtable Presentations - Room W210 (11:20am - noon)

Global and Community Health Practicum Experiences Addressing Health Disparities in our Communities during a Pandemic

  • Diane Riff & Sarah McCLure - School of Nursing

Compassion Clinic 2020

  • Karen Krigger - School of Medicine

Translating primary research directly to the Community: City on Science journal club approach and results

  • Scott LaJoie, Ted Smith, Lauren Anderson, Lauren Heberle, Lauren Clark, and Aruni Bhatnagar - School of Public Health and Information Sciences Department of Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences Envirome Institute

The Digital Divide, Citizen Science, & Air Quality in Trigg County, KY

  • Josephine Willis - UofL Center for Integrative Environmental Health Sciences

Certificates and Digital Badges: Pathways Toward Student Success in a COVID World

  • LIAM (Leadership and Innovation in Academic Medicine) - College of Arts and Sciences



March 24, 2022 Seminar: Anti-Racism in Language
HSC SPRING CONFERENCEThursday, March 24th, 5-7pm, Strickler Hall 102
The Honors Student Council presents a free seminar on Anti-Racist Language that will be the second of a 3-day speaker series around antiracism in Louisville. UofL professors and Louisville community leaders will discuss the ways that our language impacts Black and Indigenous communities. Free boxed meals from The Common Table will be provided.
March 24, 2022 Lectures in Social Change: Intersectional Environmental Justice
Lauren Heberle: Finding Our Paths: Towards Intersectional Environmental Justice in Scholarship & Practice
Thursday, March 24th, 4pm-5:15pm, Zoom (register here)
PhotoThis year’s topic for UofL's Lectures in Social Change is: Intersectional Environmental Justice. Join us for the second of three lectures covering various issues related to how we include BIPOC voices and concerns in the sustainability movement. Dr. Lauren Heberle is the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Management and Associate Professor of Sociology. Dr. Heberle is also the lead investigator for the Community Engagement Core of the UofL Superfund Research Center. She teaches environmental and social policy courses and urban sociology. Her expertise is in community participation in environmental decision making.  Her areas of research include urban redevelopment, environmental policy, environmental justice, community engagement, and sustainable development. She serves as a member of or expert witness to a variety of local and federal task forces and committees.
March 24, 2022 It's Time to Reconcile, Focus and Direct
It's Time to Reconcile, Focus and Direct

Thursday, March 24th, 12-1pm, Zoom (join here)
Join us for the UofL Kent School's Social Work Month Keynote Address, presented by the Kent School Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Hear from artists Hannah L. Drake and Josh Miller of IDEAS xLab about the role of culturally-responsive and community-based efforts for sustaining anti-racism work. Their talk will challenge us to reconcile the past, focus on the present, and direct our efforts to creating change for future generations. We'll hear how artists and leaders can work together to improve health and wellbeing while changing our relationship to one another, and our understanding of what it takes to be anti-racist. Hannah Drake (she/her) is a blogger, activist, public speaker, poet, author of 11 books, and the Chief Creative Officer at IDEAS xLab. She writes commentary on politics, feminism, and race and her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Her work has been recognized by Colin Kaepernick, Ava DuVernay and The New York Times, and she was selected as a Muhammad Ali Daughter of Greatness.Website: Instagram/Twitter - @hannahdrake628. Josh Miller (he/him) is the co-founder + CEO of IDEAS xLab and the artist-owner of Josh Miller Ventures. He is an explorer, two-time TEDx speaker, a Leadership Arts Fellow and a CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion signatory. Josh was selected for Business Equality Magazine’s Forty LGBTQ+ Leaders under 40 (2020) and Louisville Business First's Forty under 40 (2018). His work has been featured by The New York Times, the Aspen Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Queer Kentucky.Website: Twitter: @j_jmiller IG: @joshmillerventures. Register here.
March 23, 2022 Skillshare & Repair FairSkillshare and Repair Fair
Wednesday, March 23rd, 11am - 3pm, Humanities Quad
The Student Sustainability CoalitionStudent Sustainability Coalition invites you to stop in and learn new skills for sustainable living! This free fair will feature music, food, and a variety of local experts who will share their green skills and their wares, and will help you learn how to fix the stuff that's broken in your life (literally and figuratively)! Stop by to participate in interactive mini-workshops hosted by community experts. Woodworking, mushroom identification, clothing repair, and so much more! Don't miss it! RSVP on Engage. Photos.
March 15, 2022 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Spring Meeting
Tuesday, March 15th, 10:30am-noon, virtual
Click here to join the meeting, or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 522 511 887#)
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:
March 13, 2022 Green Heart Project Volunteer Tree Planting
RESCHEDULED: Sunday, March 13th, 12:30pm-4pm. Meetup at: Wyandotte Park (1104 Beecher St.)
Trees are planted in South Louisville for the UofL Green Heart Project, an ongoing assessment of the effects of neighborhood greenness on individual healthUofL's Green Heart Project and Louisville Grows need YOU to join our tree planting team! Dig in and help us restore the urban tree canopy in our neighborhoods. No experience is necessary, everyone is welcome to come play in the dirt with us. Trained Citizen Foresters will be there to lead you in proper tree planting! All volunteers must be fully vaccinated and wearing a mask is mandatory. Any person 12 years of age or younger must be accompanied at a 1:1 ratio by a parent or guardian. Lunch will not be served, but snacks will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather.  You'll be digging in dirt and handling mulch, so wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required and long sleeve shirts are recommended for handling evergreen trees. Waterproof outerwear is suggested if rain is forecast. We will plant trees come rain or shine.  If severe weather is expected, you will be notified about an alternate event date. This planting is in partnership with Green Heart Louisville, a research study being conducted by UofL's Envirome Institute. The project is the first controlled experiment to test if increasing green space and infrastructure in a neighborhood improves air quality and human health with the goal of developing a “greenprint” for creating healthier neighborhoods. Signup to volunteer online here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Charlie at volunteer@louisvillegrows.org or 502-655-9830. Facebook Event.
March 11, 2022 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/51ee5ea6-0a17-4373-b31c-6f1e41ee121d11b09c40-22a2-4f6e-a458-16ba89d64818.png?preset=large-wPapermaking Workshop
Friday, March 11th, noon-3pm, Schneider Hall room 23
Join the Student Sustainability Coalition for a workshop about how to make handmade paper out of invasive plants, with the help of Fine Arts Professor Rachel Singel! It will take a couple days for the paper to dry after we form them, but anyone that participates is welcome to come pick up their paper!
March 10, 2022 HSC SPRING CONFERENCEEnvironmental Justice Seminar
Thursday, March 10th, 5-7pm, Strickler Hall 102
The Honors Student Council presents a free Environmental Justice Seminar that will be the first of a 3-day speaker series around antiracism in Louisville. UofL professors and Louisville community leaders will explain Louisville's environmental impact on Black and Indigenous communities. Topics will include discriminatory pollution, West End environmental issues, and the Indigenous history of areas around Louisville. Free boxed meals from The Common Table will be provided.
March 10, 2022 Lectures in Social Change: Intersectional Environmental Justice
Lecture in Social Change - Cassia HerronCassia Herron, The Path to Achieving Justice40
Thursday, March 10th, 4pm-5:15pm, Register here to access Zoom.
This year’s topic for UofL's Lectures in Social Change is: Intersectional Environmental Justice. The series will feature three lecturers (or panels) covering various issues related to how we include BIPOC voices and concerns in the sustainability movement. Our first lecture this year features Cassia Herron who will speak about “The Path to Achieving Justice40.”
March 9, 2022 HSC Green Team Ecolympics Learning Event: Recycling at UofL
Wednesday, March 9th, 11:30am-12:30pm, HSC Kornhauser Auditorium (room 103)
Or join virtually on Microsoft Teams or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Phone Conference ID: 610 529 675#)

HSC Green Team Ecolympics Recycling Learning Event Flyer 3-9-22The HSC Green Team invites you to come learn about the many recycling programs available at UofL, how to utilize them properly, and how you can win with green action during Ecolympics 2022! A panel of speakers including Cathy Price from UofL Environmental Health & Safety, and Laura Veldman from WestRock (our single-stream recycler), will share tips and valuable information about how you can go Zero Waste on campus. They will also field your recycling questions during a Q&A. Bring your E-waste along with you and drop it off for recycling in the big bin in the Kornhauser lobby. All types of types of electronics are being accepted for recycling through March 16th: all computers, monitors, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, servers, networking equipment, fax machines, telephones and cellphones, RAM/memory, hard drives, battery backups, and peripherals such as keyboards, mice, speakers, AC adapters, and mixed computer cables/wires.Facebook Event.
March 8, 2022 Dear White Feminists with Rafia Zakaria
Tuesday, March 8th, 5:30pm, Rauch Planetarium (or livestreamed online here)
Join us for the 2022 Minx Auerbach Lecture in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, featuring Rafia Zakaria! Rafia is a lawyer, writer, and former board member of Amnesty International USA and a columnist for The Baffler and the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, whose writing also regularly appears in outlets such as The Guardian and The New York Times Book Review. She is the author of Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, an audacious examination of how white privilege and white supremacy have led to an American feminist movement dominated by white women, and what needs to happen now to change the future of feminism for the better.
March 5, 2022 Old Louisville Tree Planting (March 2021)Old Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, March 5th, 9am-noon, Meet at 3rd Avenue Baptist Church (1726 S. 3rd St.)
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the UofL Sustainability Council invite volunteers to help restore the urban canopy on the northern edge of UofL's Belknap Campus. We'll be planting 50 deciduous shade street trees (2" dbh) with our neighbors at various locations between the curb and the sidewalk where trees are missing between Cardinal Blvd. and Hill St. along 3rd, 4th, Lee, and Bloom Streets. Volunteers should gather outside the 3rd Avenue Baptist Church (at 3rd & Bloom St.) to be assigned to small tree-planting teams. Donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and light breakfast items will be available prior to 9am, when work will begin. A pizza & chili lunch will be served for all volunteers at noon after the trees are planted. All are welcome and no pre-registration is necessary. Tools will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own shovels and gloves. Sponsors include the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, Councilman David James, MSD, Metro Parks Forestry, Metro Public Works, Neon Pizza, and Heine Bros Coffee. In the event of rain, snow, or frozen ground, the alternate tree planting day will be Saturday, March 12th. Questions should be directed to Herb Fink 502-552-0399. Facebook Event.
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March 4, 2022 Seed Starting Workshop
Friday, March 4th, 1-2pm, Urban & Public Affairs Greenhouse (426 W. Bloom St.)
Seed Starting Workshop 2020Get a jump-start on your food garden this year! Join us in the greenhouse at the garden behind Urban & Public Affairs, 426 W. Bloom St. (west of Bettie Johnson Hall) to learn about starting seeds to save money, get better results, and make the most of the growing season. Learn how and why to start seeds early with this hands-on workshop. Feel free to bring your own seeds to start and take home to your windowsill, or help us start some seeds to be planted out in our Campus Gardens. This workshop will be led by Bethany Pratt, Horticulture Education Agent for Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, and the Urban Agriculture Coalition.Facebook Event.
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March 2, 2022 Racialized Burdens: Applying Racialized Organization Theory to the Administrative State
Wednesday, March 2nd, 6:00pm, Belknap Academic Building 218 or via Zoom
 The Department of Sociology's 2022 John H. Rieger Speaker Series will host Dr. Victor Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology and African American Studies at the University of Iowa and a nonresident Fellow at The Brookings Institute. His research applies critical race theory to classic sociological questions. In his talk, Dr. Ray will develop the concept of racialized burdens as a means of examining the role of race in administrative practice. Racialized burdens are the experience of learning, compliance and psychological costs, which serve as inequality reproducing mechanisms. To develop this concept, he examines the role of administrative burdens in the US state from the theoretical perspective of racialized organizations. Using examples from attempts to access citizenship rights – via immigration, voting and the social safety net – he illustrates some key points. First, racialized burdens combine access to resources and ideas about racial groups in ways that typically disadvantage racially marginalized groups. Second, while still promising fair and equal treatment, racially disproportionate burdens can be laundered through facially neutral rules and via claims that burdens are necessary for unrelated reasons. Third, racialized burdens emerge when more explicit forms of racial bias in policies or administrative practices become illegal, politically untenable or culturally unacceptable. Racialized burdens neatly carry out the “how” in the production of racial inequality while concealing, or providing an alibi for, the “why.” This event is free and open to the University community, but registration is required. For those wishing to attend via Zoom, please register here. If you wish to attend in person, please email Nancy Price to register. More information online here, or contact Dr. Karen Christopher, 852-8022.
March 1, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Lauren Anderson, Green Heart Project
Tuesday, March 1st, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Lauren AndersonJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). Our featured speaker on March 1st will be Lauren Anderson, Research Manager at UofL's Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil in the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute at the School of Medicine. Lauren holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the UofL and is a Research Management Professional. As a Program Manager for the Envirome Institute and Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil, Lauren specializes in leading collaborative teams through community-facing projects and clinical trials. She has a particular interest in project communication and research translation with a focus on environmental and wellbeing research. Lauren has managed portfolios for the Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil, a Louisville-based environmental nonprofit, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Prior to joining Public Health, Lauren worked for Louisville Metro Community Services and received her Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University in Lexington. She will be speaking about Green Heart Louisville, a project of UofL's Envirome Institute that is using south-side neighborhoods of Louisville as a living laboratory to explore if planting trees and increasing green space in a neighborhood improves air quality and human health with the goal of developing a “greenprint” for creating healthier neighborhoods. 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. Facebook Event.
Feb. 25, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Humane Education
Friday, Feb. 25th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
Watch Video Recording.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! Our February workshop features UofL's own Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies professor, Dr. Tami Harbolt. Dr. Harbolt is a certified humane educator and started a non-profit in humane education. She has also served as a member of WAGS Pet Therapy of Kentucky since 2008. She will talk about the efficacy of humane education as a "gateway" to an environmental ethic in education. She will also give a breakdown of the difference between service, therapy, and emotional support animals and their presence in the workplace.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Feb. 22, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, Feb. 22nd, March 29th & April 24th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn

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 spring 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.
Feb. 15, 2022 Magan LewisSustainability Roundtable: Dr. Magan Lewis, Corteva Agriscience
Tuesday, Feb. 15th, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). Our special guest on February 15th will be Magan Lewis, Ph.D., who serves as the Corteva Global Technology Adoption Lead for the Crop Protection Discovery and Development group. In her role, she oversees the development, implementation, and compliance of new technology across the globe to enhance product development and agriculture research. From working with UAVs during the day to STEM outreach at night, Magan’s award winning leadership and outreach passion has allowed her to launch “You Be The Chemist” quiz bowls and mentor young scientists globally through Science and Engineering Fairs. Magan is an active member of the Food Security Global Steering Team, recently co-founded a STEM Camp with her husband, and is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassador. Magan is a STEM education outreach fanatic, ID&E advocate, and active participant in non-profit Boards. Magan holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from North Dakota State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota. She resides in the Des Moines, Iowa-area with her husband and two daughters. The Lewis family enjoys camping, catching frogs, identifying insects, tumbling rocks, traveling, hiking, playing piano, and NDSU Football.
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. Facebook Event.
Feb. 11, 2022 Winter Orchard Care Workshop
Friday, Feb. 11th, 1:00-3:30pm, Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom, on brick alley behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
Come learn some simple tricks for taking advantage of the dormancy period to improve the health and productivity of fruit trees! Winter is the perfect time for pruning orchard trees to reduce disease and increase fruit production. Our friends from the Urban Agriculture Coalition will be joining us to offer guidance as we all learn together in this hands-on workshop designed to improve the health of our mini-orchard at the Urban & Public Affairs Garden, which features cherry, apple, peach, fig, and native pawpaw, serviceberry, and hazelnut trees! Drop-in any time, or sign-up to volunteer here. This is part of the spring series of Garden Workshops hosted by the Garden Commons, a shared, collectively-managed space, 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. Photos. Video.
Feb. 9, 2022 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/7965880e-d7df-4ac6-8be3-d785c50bf9cfd0cdc572-0ece-46bc-acaf-d5c6755ce81c.png?preset=large-wWhat We Mean When We Say "Divest"
Wednesday, Feb. 9th, 5:30-6:30pm, Join Event Online
Divestment is a key initiative for the Student Sustainability Coalition; specifically, we urge the university to divest from fossil fuels, militarism, policing, and many more problematic investments. However, what does it really mean to divest? What does it look like? Is it feasible? In this session we'd like to delve into what we mean when we say "divest", and answer any questions you have.
Feb. 1, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Julie Donna on Sustainable Transportation
Tuesday, Feb. 1st, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Regional Success Stories - Bluegrass GreensourceWatch Recording
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). On February 1st, we'll feature Julie Donna, who has been serving with Louisville Metro Government since February 2019 and is currently the Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of Advanced Planning & Sustainability. She's focused on building a low-emission and climate-resilient Louisville through collaborative and equitable solutions. Her previous experience includes leading projects for the City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability and Green Umbrella, the regional sustainability alliance of Greater Cincinnati. A proud graduate of the Neighborhood Institute and the Public Allies leadership development programs, she holds degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from Miami University in Ohio.
Transportation accounts for 18.7% of Louisville’s greenhouse gas emissions, or the equivalent of 2,992,100 tons of carbon dioxide each year. Louisville has a goal of achieving 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040, which requires de-carbonizing our transportation systems. To reach this goal, our community will need to use a multitude of strategies which include encouraging active transportation (biking and walking), improving our public transit systems, increasing the density of development, and switching to low-emission vehicles. Everyone has a role to play in choosing how they travel every day! These strategies will not only slow the impacts of climate change, but also reduce other air pollutants (including ozone precursors), improve public health and safety, and enhance the quality of life for all residents. Learn more about Louisville’s climate action online here.
No 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. Facebook Event.
View Slides here.
Jan. 31 - March 26, 2022

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2022
January 31st to March 26th

Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet! Facebook Event.

Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable  or submit them through our online form to win a Green Raleigh M-20 Mountain Bike, or one of eight fabulous weekly prize baskets!

Campus Race To Zero Waste! - January 31 - March 26, 2022
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL will compete to reduce waste, increase recycling & composting, and raise conservation awareness across all three campuses! Keep up with the Cards progress at the Campus Race website.

  • Campus Race to Zero Waste logoREDUCE & RECYCLE! Help the Cards to victory by avoiding disposables (bring your own mug, bottle, plate, etc.) and fully utilizing UofL’s amazingly easy, single-stream recycling system that lets you recycle everything in the same bin, everywhere on campus: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.
  • COMPOST! We will be collecting food wastes for composting from The Ville Grill, SAC Marketplace, and other campus dining locations and adding those numbers to UofL's organics recycling totals! You can also compost your food scraps and soiled paper products in the compost bins at the Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall) and the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone. If it came from a plant, we want to compost it: fruit & vegetable wastes/peels/rinds/seeds, baked goods, grains, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, and all kinds of soiled paper products (tissues, towels, napkins, plates, cups, etc.).
  • eWaste RecyclingRECYCLE E-WASTE! Don't send your old electronics to the landfill! From Feb. 16th - March 16th, we will have special collection points set up in the following locations:
         Ekstrom Library
    (1st floor entryway next to Starbucks, small items only)
         SAC
    (3rd Floor, beside W310 Student Affairs Office)
         Duthie Center at Speed School of Engineering
    (1st Floor Student Study Area, SE corner)
         HSC Kornhauser Library
    (1st floor lobby behind elevators)
         Urban & Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St., 1st floor central hall by vending).
    Stop by any time to drop off any of the following types of electronics for recycling: all computers, monitors, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, servers, networking equipment, fax machines, telephones and cellphones, RAM/memory, hard drives, battery backups, and peripherals such as keyboards, mice, speakers, AC adapters, and mixed computer cables/wires. We are partnering with UofL's eSports Club to help you Trash the competition, not the planet!

Dorm Drawdown! - February 7-27, 2022
Live on campus? Win with conservation! Inspired by Project Drawdown, UofL residence halls will compete among each other to see who can reduce electricity use the most over three weeks. The winning hall will earn a pizza party, sponsored by RHA! All you have to do is stop wasting energy! Turn off lights/TVs/computers; unplug anything you're not actively using; skip the elevator for the stairs; close windows tightly; dry clothes on a rack/line; take quick showers or shower with solar power at the SRC; etc.

  • Keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard, where you can see how much electricity your hall is using and learn how you can conserve! Halls in the competition include:
  1. Bettie Johnson HallEcolympics 2022 Grand Prize Bike
  2. Billy Minardi Hall
  3. Community Park (real-time data!)
  4. Kurz Hall (real-time data!)
  5. Louisville Hall (real-time data!)
  6. Unitas Hall (real-time data!)
  7. University Tower Apartments (UTA)

Prizes:

  • Weekly prizes: At the end of each of the eight weeks of Ecolympics 2022, one person who has shared their sustainable action(s) will receive a themed gift basket (Gardening, Wellness, Local Coffee/Tea, Entertainment, Kitchen, Books, Outdoor, & Travel)!
  • Grand Prize: One impressive Cardinal who takes the most sustainable actions during Ecolympics 2022 will ride home on a Green Raleigh M-20 Mountain Bike (or another bike of your preference)!
  • Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable or submit them through our online form throughout February & March to be entered into the competition! New winners will be picked each week! Enter as often as you can!Ecolympics 2022 Prize Baskets
Jan. 28, 2022

EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Kentucky Youth Climate Strike
Friday, Jan. 28th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
WATCH RECORDING
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
https://static.wixstatic.com/media/bb1fef_f71faec0ac1a453aa5fec2a6b327db96~mv2.png/v1/fill/w_150,h_152,al_c,q_85,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/instalogo%20copy.webpJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We'll kick off our spring series by highlighting the work of Kentucky Youth Climate Strike, a statewide movement of middle school, high school, and college-aged students fighting for bold climate action across our state. They are defending our right to a safe, livable future with true liberation for everyone. Through direct actions/climate strikes, advocacy, and community building, we empower each other to take on the corrupt individuals and groups that have created the climate crisis and fail to act on it here in Kentucky.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.

Jan. 26, 2022 Citizen-led Science/Science-led Citizens: Building Public Response to Climate Change through Participatory Action Research
Wednesday, Jan. 26th, 3:30pm, Join on Microsoft Teams
Network for Educational Action Research Ireland | Notes from Winter  NEARIMeet 23 January 2021The first in our lineup of great speakers for the Geographic and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series this semester will be Dr. Mary Brydon-Miller of the UofL College of Education and Human Development, and Extraordinary Professor, North-West University, South Africa. Mary will present on "Citizen-led Science/Science-led Citizens: Building Public Response to Climate Change through Participatory Action Research." Action to address the global climate crisis requires broad community engagement as both consumers and as citizens. As researchers and educators, it’s our responsibility to insure that this kind of participation is informed by robust scholarship, but we must also seek to address the questions and issues of greatest concern to our communities. This kind of citizen-led science will only be effective in creating positive change, however, if we have science-led citizens. Unfortunately, recent experience with the pandemic, as with the climate crisis, has made it clear that there are significant barriers in achieving this goal. Participatory Action Research can be used to involve community members as active and informed partners by combining popular education, community-based research, and activism. This presentation will provide an overview of PAR and discuss specific examples of how this approach is being used to address the climate crisis locally and globally.
Jan. 18, 2022 Marlena WolfSustainability Roundtable: Marlena Wolf, Guidance for Growers
Tuesday, Jan. 18th, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Watch Recording.
Join the UofL Sustainability Council on January 18th as we kick-off our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). Our first Roundtable of 2022 will feature Marlena Wolf, a UofL graduate, farmer, garden coach, and entrepreneur.  She fled Corporate America in 2009, took an apprenticeship on an organic vegetable farm, and has never looked back. She has grown over 30 varieties of fresh produce on several acres. The love, challenge, and practice of growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and pollinators is her craft. She shares that craft through Guidance for Growers Consulting LLC, which brings her expertise to the table while designing and building high-end raised bed gardens to Louisville homes and businesses.
No 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. Facebook Event.
Jan. 17, 2022 MLK Day of Service 2022MLK Day of Service 2022
Monday, Jan. 17th,

8:30am-12:30pm, Meetup at SAC MPR, RSVP on Engage

MLK Day of Service is a day in which participants will intentionally serve the Louisville community to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Students will learn about the legacy of MLK, engage in discussions with community members to understand the importance of MLK’s work, and celebrate his legacy through volunteer service within the Louisville community. The Engage Lead Serve Board would like to invite you to MLK Day of Service 2022. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Space may be limited so we highly encourage you to RSVP on Engage. We would love for you to join us on MLK Day to give back to the Louisville Community.


MLK Day Volunteer Street Tree Planting

1-4pm, Corner of E Washington & S Floyd St., RSVP here
Come honor MLK's legacy by spending some time helping to restore the tree canopy in our urban core with Metro Louisville Parks & Recreation. Volunteers with work in small teams to plant new street trees in the area. Experienced tree planting volunteers is a plus, but new volunteers will be partnered with experienced volunteers as needed. Tools and guidance provided. Questions? Contact Sarah Flarsheim-Tyler at sarah.flarsheim@louisvilleky.gov or call/text (502) 901-8191.

Jan. 14, 2022 Maple Tapping Workshop!Maple Tapping 2019
Friday, Jan. 14th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us in UofL's sustainable Garden Commons to learn about the process of tapping maple trees and making maple syrup. Our workshop leader, Dave Barker, has been tapping trees and making his own syrup in Louisville for years. He will give a brief, hands-on workshop on the process and then attendees will get to work with him as we install taps on our own maple trees around campus. Participants will have the opportunity to sign-up to volunteer to empty buckets as they fill throughout the coming weeks. Please dress warmly so we can work outside! Facebook Event.
Jan. 10 - Apr. 25, 2022 Free Store logoUofL Free Store Spring Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 11am-1pm, SAC W303C
UofL’s Free Store is now more conveniently located in SAC W303C, just down the hall from the Cardinal Cupboard on the 3rd floor of SAC West! The Free Store will be open throughout the Spring semester on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 11am-1pm. All students & 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.
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.
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Dec. 4, 2021 Trees are planted in South Louisville for the UofL Green Heart Project, an ongoing assessment of the effects of neighborhood greenness on individual healthGreen Heart South Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, Dec. 4th, 9am-1pm, Meetup at Wyandotte Park (1104 Beecher St.)
Calling all volunteers as we wrap up our fall season of tree plantings after an amazing start with over 100 volunteers helping us plant over 100 trees on October 23rd! We are on track to plant 2000 trees with Louisville Grows by the end of the year! Help us increase the tree canopy in neighborhoods most impacted by the urban heat island effect. This planting will focus on the Taylor-Berry, Jacobs, Hazelwood, Beechmont, Oakdale, and Wilder Park neighborhoods in South Louisville. This tree planting is in partnership with UofL’s Green Heart project, a first of its kind multi-year study. By taking a closer look at the relationship we have with our neighborhood trees and their affect on our mental and physical health, we can continue to grow greener, healthier neighborhoods. Thank you to our sponsors: Louisville Grows, UPS, Arbor Day Foundation, The Nature Conservancy Kentucky and U of L Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute. Please contact Charlie at volunteer@louisvillegrows.org or 502-655-9830 with any questions or concerns. Register here.
Dec. 2, 2021 Buy Local Holiday BazaarUofL Farmers Market Holiday Bazaar 2016
Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 10am-2pm, University Club Ballroom

Come load up on locally-grown and handmade holiday gifts from our UofL Farmers' Market vendors and other local artisans! Our annual Holiday Bazaar is making a grand return this year, in a new location, the University Club Ballroom. The Bazaar features 17 different local artisans and food producers coming together in one location for holiday shopping, local style! You'll find unique holiday gifts and treats available only here, such as local maple syrup, ice cream, baked goods, holiday décor, home goods, jewelry, hand-crafted items, personal care items, charcuterie boards, personalized goods, art, fair trade items, and more! There will be door prizes and lunch available for purchase. Make your list. Check it twice. And don't miss it! Facebook Event.
Nov. 20, 2021 Pop-Up Drop-Off Community Recycling Event
Saturday, Nov. 20th, 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.
Nov. 19, 2021 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Louisville Community Grocery
Friday, Nov. 19th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We conclude our fall series on last Fridays at noon with a workshop led by Arte Chambers, the new Ownership Coordinator for the Louisville Community Grocery. We'll learn about this multi-year grassroots effort to open a cooperative grocery store to fill the void left in our urban core by the epidemic of downtown grocery store closures. Learn more in this video by Cassia Herron about the Louisville Community Grocery’s history.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This fall, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Nov. 19, 2021 Wreath Making Workshop 2020Wreath Making Workshop
Friday, Nov. 19th, 11am-2pm, Garden Commons (SW Corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us in UofL's organic, student-managed garden to get in the holiday spirit! Come learn how to make your own beautiful wreath using a variety of plant materials from campus and herbs from our garden. It's easier than you might think and you'll take home something beautiful and unique. This is the last in our fall series of Garden Workshops The Garden Commons is a shared, collectively-managed space, 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.
Nov. 17, 2021 From Garbage to Garden
Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 11am-2pm, SAC Marketplace
UofL Dining and UofL's Community Composting Project will be hosting this fun Customer Appreciation Event. We will be giving out delicious "Dirt Cups" (chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, gummy worms) and sharing information about the importance of worms and composting to sustaining you through healthy food!
Nov. 17, 2021

GIS Day 2021: A Compass for Change
Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 9:30am - 3pm, various locations

Come and celebrate the power of Geographic Information Sciences and spatial thinking with the UofL Center for GIS and the Department of Geographic and Environmental Sciences! This year's program emphasizes GIS as a tool to address social and environmental racism in our Louisville community.
Program:

9:30 AM – 12 PM, Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library Basement
A symposium of talks from community changemakers who use GIS to better our communities

  • 9:30 AM- 10 AM Welcome and Happy 25th Anniversary to the UofL Center for GIS
  • 10 AM- 10:30 AM- Ashley Lamb-Sinclair & NyRee Clayton-Taylor: 2892 Project
  • 10:30 AM – 11 AM- Marlesha S. Woods Art Embodied, Interdisciplinary Artist, and Teaching Artist
  • 11 AM- 11:30 AM Dr. Lauren Heberle, Christopher Harrell, J.D.: Brownfields Community Benefit Project
  • 11:30 AM – 12 PM Lauren Anderson: Green Heart Project
12 PM – 1 PM, Lutz Hall Atrium
  • Served pizza lunch and map gallery showcasing recent student, faculty and staff applications of GIS and spatial analysis.
1 PM – 3 PM, Lutz Hall, Helton GIS Laboratory, Room 224, and the 2020 Quad, outside of Lutz Hall (weather permitting)
  • Join Good Maps from 1PM to 2PM in the GIS Laboratory for some indoor mapping with Elliott Holmes and GoodMaps. By utilizing LiDAR and image recognition, we provide fast and accurate maps of indoor spaces. Join us at 1 PM or 2 PM to discuss accessibility and the usefulness of indoor mapping, along with an active, hands-on scanning demonstration.
  • Join ULCGIS Staff (weather permitting) from 2PM to 3PM in the 2020 Quad outside of Lutz Hall for a demonstration of the drone and unmanned aerial systems we have housed in the Department of Geographic and Environmental Sciences.
Register Here!
Nov. 16, 2021 Celebrating Indigenous Heritage
Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 6-7:30pm, College of Business room 106
Join the Cultural Center and Bellarmine’s Office of Identity and Inclusion as they host a student panel discussion on celebrating and exploring the current Indigenous experience locally, nationally, and globally. This panel will be moderated by Dr. Selene Phillips, Assistant Professor from UofL Department of Communications.
Nov. 16, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Jann Knappage, Board Chair, Community Farm Alliance
Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council as we continue our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our speaker on November 16th will be Jann Knappage, Board Chair of the Community Farm Alliance. CFA works to organize and encourage cooperation among rural and urban citizens through leadership development and grassroots democratic processes to ensure an essential, prosperous place for family-scale agriculture in our economies and communities. CFA envisions a food and fiber system that provides nutritious food for Kentuckians in a manner that is socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable. We envision a system vital to the state’s economy.
Jann hails from Wolfe County and has dedicated the last decade of her life to food and farming. Jann says, "not many things bring me greater joy than talking about food systems. Since moving to Kentucky in 2014, I have had the privilege to work with several organizations in their efforts to create food access for limited resource Kentuckians. Not just any food, but fresh, local food. Supporting the health of individuals and families, while supporting our Kentucky farmers, is foundational for healthy, thriving communities. In my current position with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, I focus on working with the SNAP and SNAP-eligible audience on local food system projects. I also co-own a small farm outside Winchester, KY. We just completed our first farmers market season this year. We chose this lifestyle because we desire to walk gently on this earth and have a strong need to work in tandem with Mother Nature. All this being said, food and farming are my life’s work."
Facebook Event. We'll gather online: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#). 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.
Nov. 12, 2021 Rally for UofL Divestment 11-12-21Rally for Divestment
Friday, Nov. 12th, noon, SAC Clocktower
Join the Student Sustainability Coalition for a rally calling on the University of Louisville to divest its endowment from fossil fuels, prisons, policing, and militarism. With a $700 million endowment and tremendous influence throughout Louisville and the state of Kentucky, the work of divestment at the University of Louisville is not just necessary; it is urgent. This event, open to everyone, will feature free food and plants, speakers, an art build, and a banner drop! It is part of a global day of action. Can't make it? No worries — sign the petition!
Nov. 11, 2021 The Cardinal Anti-Racism Agenda and Its Intersectional Imperative
Thursday, Nov. 11th, 1-2pm, SAC Multipurpose Room or Microsoft Teams
Join UofL's Commission on Diversity & Racial Equity (CODRE) as it hosts Donald “DJ” Mitchell, Jr. Ph.D., CDE® for a talk “The Cardinal Anti-Racism Agenda and Its Intersectional Imperative”   Donald “DJ” Mitchell Jr., Ph.D., was appointed Bellarmine University’s inaugural chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer in June 2020. Prior to his appointment, he joined Bellarmine University in August 2017 as a full professor of education and chaired the M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice program from 2018 to 2021. DJ holds a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration with a concentration in higher education from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Shaw University. Since January 2019, DJ has co-chaired the President’s Advisory Board on Equity and Inclusion, which develops and reviews Bellarmine’s policies around hiring, training, and bias reporting for students, faculty and staff. As chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, DJ serves as a member of President Susan M. Donovan’s cabinet, advising her and the cabinet on university-wide diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, programs, and policies. Register here.
Nov. 10, 2021 15th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture with Elizabeth Hinton
Wednesday, November 10th, 6:30pm, SAC Ballroom and livestreamed - register to attend
Elizabeth Hinton - Anne Braden Memorial Lecture 2021The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research is thrilled to announce that Elizabeth K. Hinton will present the 15th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture: "The Fire This Time: Police Violence and Urban Uprisings from the 1960s to Breonna Taylor." Dr. Hinton,
Associate Professor of History and of African American Studies and Professor of Law at Yale, is one of the nation’s leading experts on criminalization and policing, Dr.. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty, racial inequality, and urban violence in the 20th century United States.
In her new book, America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s (Liveright, 2021), Hinton offers a sweeping historical account. From May 1968 to December 1972, by her count, some 960 Black communities across the country saw 1,949 separate disturbances, resulting in nearly 40,000 arrests, with more than 10,000 people injured and at least 220 killed. These incidents, which were often violent, were labeled “riots,” a label which has stuck, including in the scholarship. But Hinton argues that they must be understood as “rebellions” — part of a “sustained insurgency” against entrenched inequality and the harsh policing of the escalating war on crime.
As Hinton demonstrates in America on Fire, the massive nationwide movement of 2020 protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police had clear precursors—and any attempt to understand our current crisis requires a reckoning with the recent past. Presenting a new framework for understanding our nation’s enduring strife, America on Fire is also a warning: rebellions will surely continue unless police are no longer called on to manage the consequences of dismal conditions beyond their control, and until an oppressive system is finally remade on the principles of justice and equality.
Hinton’s articles and op-eds can be found in the pages of the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Boston Review, The Nation, and Time. She also co-edited The New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction (Palgrave Macmillan) with the late historian Manning Marable. In her award-winning first book, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America (Harvard University Press, 2016), Hinton examines the implementation of federal law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that laid the groundwork for the mass incarceration of American citizens.
Dr. Hinton’s lecture is free and open to the public and will be livestreamed from the SAC Ballroom..
• Please register to attend in person or virtually by November 8th;
• All attendees are requested to be masked and fully vaccinated.
Nov. 8, 2021 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/ecd9cb9b-9bc4-4c75-9342-b04ea6970152ef49f44f-6222-469d-891b-2dec9f40bfa8.png?preset=large-wAdvancing Social Justice: The Four Roles of Social Change
Monday, November 8th, 6pm-8pm, SAC MPR
Often times when people talk about social justice, people are intimidated about how to get started and in what capacity they can get involved! Join the Muhammad Ali Institute and the LGBT Center as take part in an interactive facilitated workshop learning more about the 4 Roles of Social Change and how you can make an impact on the campus community and community at large. Through this event, we will explore and build appreciation for the various roles we play as change agents. Snacks will be provided! Please RSVP here.
Nov. 4, 2021 Pumpkin Smash 2018PUMPKIN SMASH!!
Thursday, Nov. 4th, noon, SAC Ramp
Don’t know what to do with your old pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns from Halloween? Don’t trash them! Turn them into stress-relief, worm food, and organic fertilizer! UofL is here to help you compost! Drop off your old pumpkins (and other plant-based fall decorations) in front of the Red Barn by the pumpkin composting sign any time from November 1st through noon on November 4th. At that time, all are invited to our annual Pumpkin Smash! Join us for composting fun and stress relief!Facebook Event.

See Official UofL TikTok video.

Nov. 2, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Matt Spalding, Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council as we continue our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our speaker on November 2nd will be What is a healthy forest floor? Ask Matt Spalding of Olmsted Parks  Conservancy - YouTubeMatt Spalding, Education and Volunteer Program Manager for the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The Conservancy’s mission is to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, connecting nature and neighborhood while strengthening the community’s well-being. Keenly focused on their vision that all seventeen parks and six parkways are extraordinary, in every way, for everyone, they execute projects that achieve:
Restoration - They restore the historical elements of the Olmsted Parks and Parkways through capital park investments.
Enhancement - They enhance the parks through ecological restoration and natural areas management. They follow the historic planting plans for each park, plant hundreds of trees and bushes each year, keep invasive species out of the woodlands and maintain the formally planted landscapes.
Community Connection - They deepen connections between neighbors and the parks through hands-on volunteer projects, Friends of Olmsted Parks neighborhood groups and playful educational programming in the parks.
Facebook Event
. We'll gather online: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#). 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.
Oct. 29, 2021 Sustainability Interns 2021The Secret Garden
Friday, Oct. 29th, 5-7pm, Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom St.)
The Student Sustainability Coalition is hosting this event to wrap-up UofL Sustainability Week! Join us for a social to celebrate the "secret" Urban & Public Affairs Garden and hang out with homemade vegan food! This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!Facebook Event.
Oct. 29, 2021 UofL Arbor Day Tree Planting 2020Arbor Day Tree Planting Workshop
Friday, Oct. 29th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW Corner of Strickler Hall)

Join us in UofL's organic, student-managed garden to celebrate UofL Arbor Day with a tree planting and workshop at the Garden Commons! Come on out and learn how to plant and care for our arboreal neighbors while we celebrate all the wonders that they bring us! This workshop is part of our fall Garden Commons Workshops series which concludes next month with Wreath Making (Nov. 19th). The Garden Commons is a shared, collectively-managed space, 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. This is a UofL Sustainability Week 2021 event!
Oct. 29, 2021 Seminar: Organic Vegetable Production Systems
Friday, October 29th, Noon, Shumaker Research Building Room 139
Krista Jacobsen.jpgJoin us for this week's Biology Department Seminar featuring Dr. Krista Jacobsen from the University of Kentucky's Department of Horticulture, speaking on "Nutrient cycling and agroecosystem energetics in organic vegetable production systems." Dr. Jacobsen is an agroecologist whose research focuses on organic agriculture. She is also the Faculty Chair of The Food Connection, a local food systems institute at the University of Kentucky, and directs the University of Kentucky Sustainable Agriculture and Community Food Systems Undergraduate program. Dr. Jacobsen's research interests are in soil health, plant productivity, and ecosystem services in sustainable agricultural systems.  Research in her group is often interdisciplinary, and often embedded in a local food systems context. Current research areas include soil process-related work in high tunnels, integration of cover crops in tunnels, and supporting year-round high tunnel production regions in the Mid-South. Her group primarily works in organic farming systems, and mostly with vegetables, but they occasionally dabble in wheat, flowers, and fruits. This is a UofL Sustainability Week 2021 event!
Oct. 29, 2021 EcoReps Arbor Day Lunch & Learn: Green Heart Project
Friday, Oct. 29th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
Watch Video Recording.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Green HeartJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We continue our fall series on last Fridays at noon with a workshop in honor of UofL Arbor Day, featuring a pancake party in which you can sample some of the maple syrup we made from campus trees last winter!! As we eat, we will learn about Green Heart Louisville, a project of UofL's Envirome Institute that is using south-side neighborhoods of Louisville as a living laboratory to explore if planting trees and increasing green space in a neighborhood improves air quality and human health with the goal of developing a “greenprint” for creating healthier neighborhoods.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This fall, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week 2021 event!
Oct. 29, 2021

UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2021UofL Arbor Day 2017 Tree Planting
Friday, Oct. 29th
10am, HSC at Abraham Flexner Way & Preston
Noon, Ekstrom Library 254 or Microsoft Teams

1pm, Garden Commons
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 11 years running!). See photos. Watch video.

  • Help us plant new trees on campus!
    10am at HSC (Abraham Flexner Way & Preston)
    1pm at Belknap (Garden Commons)
  • At noon, join us in Ekstrom 254 or online for a tree-themed EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Green Heart Project, featuring a pancake party in which you can sample some of the maple syrup we made from campus trees last winter!
  • A limited number of free native tree saplings will be available at the 10am HSC and 1pm Belknap tree-plantings to take home and plant in your yard or neighborhood!
  • At HSC (10am at Abraham Flexner Way & Preston), join us to plant a new tree behind Baxter.
  • At Belknap (1pm at Garden Commons), enjoy a hands-on Arbor Day Tree Planting Workshop, free bike-blender smoothies made entirely of tree fruits and nuts, and the UofL Botanical Society will be hosting a plant swap!
Co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council, HSC Green Team, UofL Botanical Society, and UofL Office of Health Promotion. Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week 2021 event!
Oct. 28, 2021

CANCELED DUE TO RAIN:

Solar-Powered Pancake Party!Solar Pancake Party
Thursday, Oct. 28th, 3:30-5:30pm, Red Barn Plaza
Join us under the sun for a fully solar-powered celebration of all things LOCAL - Local Maple Syrup, Local Solar, and Local Music! UofL's Eco-Reps Program is hosting this event with the power of Ohio Valley Creative Energy, a non-profit organization with whom we have been working to bring more solar power to campus. They'll be tapping into the power of the sun to generate electricity for this event. Come check out the solar system while you enjoy a live band and a pancake supper featuring maple syrup we made last winter from the trees we tapped right here on campus! Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week 2021 event!

Oct. 28, 2021 University of Louisville Supplier Diversity Vendor ShowUofL Supplier Diversity Vendor Show
Thursday, Oct. 28th, 1:30-5pm, University Club
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 approximately 40 local, minority, small and women owned businesses to the various departments at UofL. 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!
Oct. 28, 2021 Building a Human-Scale Campus and Streets: Virtual Roundtable on Sustainable Transportation at UofL
Thursday, Oct. 28th, 2:30-3:30pm, Zoom - Registration required here.

Sustainable Transportation Roundtable 10-28-21
This virtual roundtable will bring together planners, advocates, scholars, and community organizers to explore together how we can build sustainable transportation systems and human-scale streets around the UofL campus. Come hear about existing work, help vision for a more sustainable transportation future, ask your questions, and find out how to get involved! Speakers include:

  • Carrie Butler, Executive Director TARC (Transit Authority of River City)
  • Chris Glasser, Director of Streets for People
  • Mike King, Director of Louisville Metro Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability
  • Katie Rowe, Transportation Engineer and Planner at Gresham Smith (author of the new Eastern Pkwy plan)

Moderator:

  • Dr. Kelly Kinahan, Assistant Professor in UofL's Department of Urban & Public Affairs
Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week 2021 event! Registration required here.
Oct. 28, 2021

CANCELED DUE TO RAIN:

Tree Talks: An Eco-Poetry Experiment
Thursday, Oct. 28th, 12:30-2pm, Ekstrom Library West Lawn
Building on poet and translator Wendy Burk's interviews with trees in her book Tree Talks: Southern Arizona, participants will learn about some of the trees on campus via the UofL Tree Tour, discuss an excerpt from Tree Talks, then employ some of Burk's strategies as we interview, transcribe, and craft poems out of our own tree talks, prioritizing listening as a mode of creativity and creative intervention. Facilitator: Dr. Kristi Maxwell. Meet at the Ginkgo Tree (tree #9 on the Belknap Campus Tree Tour) on the Ekstrom Library West Lawn near 3rd St. Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!

Oct. 28, 2021 Emissions by Protein Type (source = Harvard)HRtalks Wellness Workshop: Plant-Based Diets
WATCH VIDEO RECORDING
Thursday, Oct. 28th, 11am, online - register here

Join Get Healthy Now to learn how to vote with your fork for a healthier you and a healthier planet! When done right, plant-based diets are delicious, satisfying, nutritious, and come with a significantly lower environmental footprint. All participants will earn points towards your $40 GHN monthly incentive! All faculty and staff are welcome. Register here. This is a UofL Sustainability Week 2021 event!
Oct. 27, 2021 Women & Climate ChangeWomen and Climate Change Symposium
Wednesday, October 27th, 5pm,
SAC Multipurpose Room (Register here) or live-streamed (Register here)

Join the UofL Women's Center and UNA Women at UofL for their 4th Annual Symposium, exploring the connection between gender and climate change, centering on the experiences of women. Learn about the consequences of climate change and how our communities and institutions respond locally and globally. Hear from experts on the issue and learn what you can do to help! Admission is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 27, 2021 14th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 27th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
Campus Sustainability Day 2018Stop by the Humanities Quad for the 14th 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! Facebook Event.
  • Take the Cards Go Green Pledge and earn an ethically-sourced reusable mug!
  • Bring your bike for a free tune-up from 11am-2pm! Learn about all of UofL's Transportation Alternatives, and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's Bike Fix-It Stations
  • Shop and donate clothing, housewares, and all kinds of free stuff at our Pop-up UofL Free Store!
  • UofL Dining will offer free local hot cider!
  • 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.
If you'd like to host a sustainability-related booth or activity at the Campus Sustainability Day fair, please contact Maria Cora. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event! See photos.
Oct. 26, 2021 Anchor Institutions graphicSustainability Learning Café: Ethical Purchasing
Tuesday, Oct. 26th, 1pm, on Microsoft Teams - Register here
WATCH VIDEO RECORDING.
Put your money where your mouth is! Join us to hear from a team of UofL experts working to advance sustainable purchasing within departments and across the university community as a whole. Learn about UofL’s Anchor Mission Initiative and how the purchases you make (either personal or on behalf of UofL) can help support a vibrant, sustainable local economy that invests in diversity, cooperatives, green businesses, and other values we hold in common. Utilizing our Purchasing Priorities and Planning (P3) Tool, you’ll be able to track your purchasing habits and work towards building wealth in long-neglected communities right here in Louisville. Presenters:
•    Amber Horn, Assistant Director, Contract Administration
•    Henry Cunningham, Director of Community Engagement
•    Tom Walton, Executive In Residence at UofL’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences
•    Ariana Levinson, Professor of Law
•    Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Register here.
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!



Oct. 26, 2021 Free SalesUofL Free Store FREE SALE!
Last Tuesdays, Oct. 26th, Nov. 30th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn plaza

These pop-up outdoor Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, recently relocated to SAC W303C. 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.This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 25, 2021 Urban & Public Affairs Garden & Greenhouse Workday
Monday, Oct. 25th, 5pm, UPA Garden (426 W. Bloom St., behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
UPA Garden - Oct2013 Sweet Potato HarvestThe Student Sustainability Coalition and UofL Botanical Society invite you to discover the wonders of UofL's OTHER garden, behind the Urban & Public Affairs Building, along the brick alley behind Bettie Johnson Hall. The student-designed UPA Horticulture Zone has been growing food & community since the Urban & Public Affairs Student Organization broke ground in May 2013! What had once been an uninviting patch of grass that had to be mowed regularly with fossil fuels was transitioned into an inviting outdoor gathering space beside our historic apple tree. The space is used to grow fresh, delicious produce available to the community in our mini orchard (peach, apple, fig, and native serviceberry, pawpaw, hazelnuts, and maypops) and in four raised beds filled with rich, organic compost made by volunteers on campus from food waste collected both on and off campus. The site includes two compost bins, five rain barrels to capture water from the roof for irrigation, native shade-tolerant plants for areas under the canopy, nitrogen-fixing red clover no-mow areas, and a large, season-extending greenhouse with solar panels to power the ventilation fans. We'll be harvesting maypops (native passion fruits), tidying up the garden after a long growing season, planting cover crops, and getting the greenhouse ready for year-round growing!! Dress to get dirty. Tools and gloves provided. This event is rain or shine - in the event of rain,we will work mostly in the greenhouse. Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 25 - Dec. 10, 2021 Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 11am-1pm, SAC W303C
UofL’s Free Store has finally settled into its new, more conveniently located home, in SAC W303C, just down the hall from the Cardinal Cupboard on the 3rd floor of SAC West! We've hired staff and will be open throughout the Fall semester on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 11am-1pm. All students & 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.
Oct. 23, 2021 Trees are planted in South Louisville for the UofL Green Heart Project, an ongoing assessment of the effects of neighborhood greenness on individual healthGreen Heart South Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 9am-1pm, Meetup at Wyandotte Park (1104 Beecher St.)
Calling all volunteers as we dig into this season of tree plantings starting on Saturday, October 23! Help us increase the tree canopy in neighborhoods most impacted by the urban heat island effect. This planting will focus on the Taylor-Berry, Jacobs, Hazelwood, Beechmont, Oakdale, and Wilder Park neighborhoods in South Louisville. This October tree planting is in partnership with UofL’s Green Heart project, a first of its kind multi-year study. By taking a closer look at the relationship we have with our neighborhood trees and their affect on our mental and physical health, we can continue to grow greener, healthier neighborhoods. If you would like to learn more visit: greenheartlouisville.com. Thank you to our sponsors: Louisville Grows, UPS, Arbor Day Foundation, The Nature Conservancy Kentucky and U of L Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute. Please contact Charlie at volunteer@louisvillegrows.org or 502-655-9830 with any questions or concerns. Register here. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23, 2021 Women's Basketball Team Volunteers at Central Park Improvement Day 6-5-21Central Park Improvement Day
Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 8:30am-noon, Central Park
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and UofL Sustainability Council invite everyone to volunteer at the fall 2021 Central Park Improvement Day. Consider volunteering a few hours of your time to do light chores to spruce up this historic Olmsted Park near campus. Meet at the Visitors Center at 8:30 am for coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts and check-in. Councilman David James is providing a free pizza and chili lunch at noon for all the volunteers. Many thanks to Councilman James and our community partners Brightside, Metro Parks, and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23-29, 2021 UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 23-29, 2021
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 include:
UofL Sustainability Week is "crowd-sourced"! If you'd like to add an event to the calendar, please contact Justin Mog!
Oct. 19-20, 2021 Raise Some L - Support UofL's Sustainability Initiatives!
Tuesday, Oct. 19th 6:02pm - Wednesday, Oct. 20th 11:59pm
A lot has changed in 200 years—our commitment hasn't. Since 1798, the Cardinal family has dreamed big, worked hard and made a lasting impact on our community, commonwealth, and beyond.

Beginning at 6:02 p.m. on Oct. 19th, for 1,798 minutes, Cardinals everywhere will come together to celebrate who we are and Raise Some L. This is a Cardinal call to action to all students, alumni, faculty, staff, and fans to do two simple things:

  1. Make a gift to the Green Fund for UofL and support our sustainability initiatives! Donate here. Use your smart phone or computer to make a gift of ANY amount.
  2. Spread the word. Share your good deed with friends that day on social media using #RaiseSomeL.

Raise Some LYour donations can help us realize this vision by supporting initiatives such as:

We invite you to learn more about our on-going UofL sustainability initiatives and to explore the many ways you can get involved and help us create a better world right here, right now.

Oct. 19, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Lissa McCracken, Louisville Energy Alliance
Tuesday, Oct. 19th 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council as we continue our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our speaker on October 19th will be Lissa McCracken, Executive Director of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and Board member of the Louisville Energy Alliance. The Alliance promotes energy efficiency and conservation through ENERGY STAR programs and certifications. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, they offer educational events and programs to commercial building owners and managers, helping them access resources to improve energy efficiency, benchmark energy consumption, and obtain ENERGY STAR Certification. Lissa
has over 20 years of experience in the environmental field and has been a KPPC team member since 1998, but was appointed Executive Director in 2015. Prior to joining KPPC, Ms. McCracken held positions as an environmental inspector, engineering technologist and enforcement specialist for the Kentucky Division of Waste Management. Facebook Event.http://www.louisvilleenergyalliance.org/uploads/4/4/4/8/44482843/published/homepage-banner-01_1.png?1602772587
We'll gather online: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#). 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.
Oct. 16, 2021 Society of Urban PerambulatorsIrish Hill Adaptive Reuse Walking Tour
Saturday, Oct. 16th, 11 am, WORK Architecture (1122 Rogers St)
The Society of Urban Perambulators, led by Patrick Piuma, Director of UofL’s Urban Design Studio, is hosting a walking loop with our field guide Mitchell Kersting of WORK Architecture + Design and friends around the Irish Hill neighborhood and some forays into adjacent Phoenix Hill. We will see some adaptive reuse, new infill and historic underground structures. We will meet at WORK Architecture at 10:45 am and begin the stroll at 11 am, on Saturday, October 16. From firehouses, cemeteries, alleys, beer caves and modern infill, Irish Hill offers something for everyone. Facebook Event.
Oct. 15 - Nov. 2, 2021 Anti-racism workshops for all staff and faculty
Friday, Oct. 15th - Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, Register here.
The UofL Center for Family and Community Wellbeing is conducting a research study which provides anti-racism workshops for all White and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) staff and faculty. Learn powerful and practical tools to effectively respond to interpersonal and systemic racism in your life, on campus and in the community. Workshops are once per week for 90 minutes each for three consecutive weeks. Register here. IRB # 21.0322
For more information, please visit the webpage. The staff group will meet Fridays, 9-10:30 a.m., Oct. 15, 22 and 29. Faculty groups will meet Tuesdays, 9:30 -11 a.m., Oct. 19, 26 and Nov 2.
Oct. 14, 2021 2021 Farm To Table Dinner posterFarm To Table Dinner
Thursday, Oct. 14th, 5-7pm, BAB Quad - Gottschalk Circle
Standard Ticket: $20 or 2 Meal Swipes
Cocktail Ticket $25 (for guests 21 and up)
Tickets available at any UofL Dining register or call 502-852-5211

Join us for Good Food and Live Music! UofL Dining is hosting this special event to help you reap the bounty of the harvest season and support local farmers! Join us for a celebration of farmers, local food and most of all, our Cardinal community. Each of our executive chefs has carefully crafted a locally sourced dish inspired by quality seasonal ingredients and Kentucky style favorites. At 6pm, we will be presenting the 2021 Josh Smith Memorial Sustainability Award  to a community member or group who has contributed to UofL's Sustainability Initiatives. Tickets are available for $20 (or 2 meal swipes) at any UofL Dining register with cash, card or Flex Points. Phone orders can also be placed at 502-852-5211. For those guests 21 and older, cocktail tickets are available for an additional $5. Support our local Kentucky farms and join us for an evening of flavor, culinary arts and community.
Oct. 1, 2021 Emissions by Protein Type (source = Harvard)Plant Power!
Friday, Oct. 1st, 11am-1pm, Ville Grill
The Office of Health Promotion and UofL Dining invite you to join them at UofL's 30% locally-sourced, zero-waste, all-you-care-to-eat dining hall to discover the power of plants on World Vegetarian Day! Join us to try some plant-forward meals that sideline the death, abuse, and environmental destruction that comes with a meat-based meal in order to center the health and light-living embodied in delicious, protein-rich vegetarian and vegan meals! Vegetarian entrees will be featured throughout the dining hall for lunch. Faculty and staff can get in for the all-you-care-to-eat $7 Meal Deal on World Vegetarian Day.
Oct. 1, 2021 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Fall 2021 Meeting
Friday, Oct. 1st, 10am-11:30am, Microsoft Teams
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 841 628 012#)
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:
  • UofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree PlantingUpdates: recent/impending tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour:
    - Digital Tour: Seeking comments: Branch Out Story Map and interactive map
    - Physical Tour: Tree Tour pamphlet and plaque replacements?
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
  • Planning for UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2021
    - Schedule for Friday, Oct. 29th?
    10am Planting at HSC?
    Noon EcoReps Arbor Day Lunch & Learn: Green Heart Project (Ekstrom 254 or online)
    1pm Arbor Day Tree Planting Workshop (Garden Commons, Strickler Hall)
    - What? Plant trees – what kind/where? Give away saplings? Offer fruit and tree-based smoothies? Other ideas?
    - Where at HSC? Potential planting location?
    - Who? Any volunteers to help out?
  • Tree-related Service Learning Projects
    - Prep: 2022 Maple-Tapping season
    - Any fall tree-planting volunteer opportunities on or off campus?
    - Any 2021-22 classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
Sept. 29, 2021 Race and Place: Understanding Race in Louisville, in Kentucky, and in the U.S. with UofL’s Dr. Kalasia S. Ojeh
Wednesday, Sept. 29th, 6:30pm, LFPL Main Library (301 York St.)
Dr. Kalasia S. OjehWhen was the last time your race played a role in your interactions with your colleagues, neighbors, and people you meet here in Louisville? In this talk, Dr. Kalasia S. Ojeh will give a history, definition, and description of critical race theory, and discuss race relations at the national level relative to our everyday localized experience. Dr. Ojeh is Assistant Professor in the University of Louisville's Department of Pan-African Studies, and a 2020-2021 Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society Faculty. She is editor of the Journal of Social Problems and the Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for the College of Arts & Sciences. Learn more and register for this free fast class here.
Sept. 28, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Jacek Jasinski, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
Tuesday, Sept. 28h 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
https://www.faculty180.com/app_data/louisville/faculty/1616073/photo/photo.jpegJoin the UofL Sustainability Council as we continue our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our speaker on September 28th will be Jacek Jasinski, PhD, a Research Scientist and Materials Characterization Theme Leader focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying physical properties and functionality of technologically important device structures and materials. Dr. Jasinski earned his M.Sc. in Solid State Physics (1992) and doctorate in Physics of Semiconductors from Warsaw University (Poland) in 1997. In 2008, he joined the Institute for Advanced Materials and Renewable Energy at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering as Chief Scientist. In 2009, Jacek was appointed Theme Leader in Materials Characterization at the Conn Center. Jacek is author/co-author of 200 original research papers in refereed journals, over 40 articles in refereed conference proceedings, and is co-author of a book chapter in "Dilute III-V Nitride Semiconductors and Materials Systems." In his current position, Jacek collaborates with UofL and external faculty as well as industrial partners on a number of various materials development projects, mainly in the fields of energy, catalysis, and nanomaterials. In his research, he applies electron microscopy in combination with diffraction and spectroscopic techniques to study the relationship between material structures and their chemistry and physical properties to understand mechanisms underlying physical properties, functionality, and durability of technologically important materials and device structures. Facebook Event.
We'll gather online: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#). 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. 28 - Nov. 30, 2021 Free SalesUofL Free Store FREE SALE!
Last Tuesdays, Sept. 28th, Oct. 26th, Nov. 30th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn plaza

These pop-up outdoor Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, recently relocated to SAC W303C. 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.
Sept. 24, 2021 "Confronting Racism in City Planning and Zoning" by Joel Dock of Louisville Metro Planning and Design
Friday, Sept.24th at 3:30pm, Lutz Hall room 225
Story Mapping the Racism in Planning History | Planetizen NewsThis presentation is part of the Geographic & Environmental Sciences Seminar Series. It is crucial in planning for an equitable future that all citizens have access to fair and affordable housing. To do so, we must confront the past in order to move our land use practices forward for all. The themes presented throughout the interactive exhibit, “Confronting Racism in City Planning and Zoning,” focus on the discriminatory land use practices and ideas that have shaped Louisville, KY for over a century. The exhibit begins with a basic introduction to zoning and land use regulations, and then dives deeper into the specific policies, people, and methods that have shaped patterns of housing segregation in Louisville Metro. The exhibit serves as a historical framework to ongoing efforts to reform the Land Development Code.
Sept. 24, 2021 Squash The State. Hand Printed Patch.Workshop: Gardening as Resistance
RESCHEDULED: Friday, Sept. 24th, 12-1pm, Garden Commons (SW Corner of Strickler Hall)

Join us in UofL's organic, student-managed garden for a conversation about how growing our own food collectively is an act of resistance to the dominate, capitalist, greed-driven culture. This workshop will be facilitated by Garden Intern, Ashton Lange and is part of our fall Garden Commons Workshops series which continues next month with workshops on: Medicinal Plants (Oct. 15th); Trees (Oct. 29th); and Holiday Wreathmaking (Nov. 19th). The Garden Commons is a shared, collectively-managed space, 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.
Sept. 24, 2021

EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Health Equity