Past Events

A log of sustainability events at UofL which have already taken place.
Date Event
June 25 & 26, 2024 Juneteenth Cookout: Red & Black on the Green
HSC: Tuesday, June 25 at 11:00am - 1:00pm, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library, HSC Courtyard
Belknap: Wednesday, June 26 at 11:00am - 1:00pm, University Club
Come out and enjoy a Juneteenth celebratory lunch as we recognize and celebrate Juneteenth! We will have a voter registration table and vendors on hand to educate our faculty, staff, & students and to promote and bring awareness to the many outstanding products and services offered by our community's Black business owners and allies. RSVP here.
June 20, 2024 Juneteenth Lecture Series: Where We Were (Our Past)
Thursday, June 20th, 12:00-2:30pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium, Add to your Calendar
Join us and the Coalition on the History of the Enslaved as we take a journey.... Where We Were. The Coalition on the History of Enslavement is a partnership between four Louisville historic houses and former sites of enslavement: Farmington, Historic Locust Grove, Oxmoor Farm Foundation, and the Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing. Presenters: Dr. John Chenault, Associate Professor & Director of Anti-Racism Initiatives, UME, School of Medicine; Shirley Harmon, Curator-Oxmoor Farm. RSVP here.
June 18, 2024 “Gully of the Drums” in Jefferson County
Tuesday, June 18th, 7pm, online or in-person at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State St. - register online here, Add to your Calendar
Sam Satterly investigated a hazardous waste dump known as the “Gully of the Drums” in Jefferson Memorial Forest, a Louisville public park, while she was a graduate student at the University of Louisville. Credit: Courtesy of Sam SatterlyThe Greater Louisville Sierra Club invites you to hear from one of UofL’s recent Masters in Sustainability graduates, Sam Satterly, who will present her research into Jefferson County’s “Gully of the Drums” and its historical connection to the Superfund site, “Valley of the Drums.” The “Valley of the Drums” is one of the most infamous Superfund sites in EPA history. At this site Arthur L. Taylor operated an uncontrolled and unregulated industrial chemical waste dump, where over 17,000 steel drums and 142 chemical compounds were inventoried. Just beyond the Valley of the Drums site boundary lies a lesser-known contaminated area that has been neglected, overlooked, and ignored by local, state, and federal officials. The site, informally dubbed the “Gully of the Drums,” is located in municipally owned Jefferson Memorial Forest, and was also used as a location for Mr. Taylor’s dumping operation. Sam Satterly is a recent graduate from the University of Louisville Master’s program in Sustainability. Satterley’s interest in the Jefferson Memorial Forest goes beyond her love for it as a place of personal refuge and renewal. She also works for Louisville Metro Parks as the Forest’s guest services supervisor. Since 2021, Sam has been conducting research into the history of CERCLA legislation, legal liability, and the potentially responsible party for the Gully of the Drums. Learn more and register online here.
June 18, 2024 Juneteenth Lecture Series: Where we are Going (Our Future)
Tuesday, June 18th, noon, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium, Add to your Calendar
Join us as we help the most overlooked among us embrace their superpowers and achieve psychological and financial freedom. Presenter: John Mays, The I Believe I Can Man. RSVP here.
June 13, 2024
SummerFest 2024

Thursday, June 13th, 11:00am to 1:00pm, HSC Courtyard, Add to your Calendar
Stop by the UofL Sustainability Council / HSC Green Team's booth at the 4th annual S.M.A.R.T. (School of Medicine Advancement, Retention, and Training) SummerFest and earn your way toward a free ice cream cone! Bring your bike for a free tune-up at our booth! SummerFest is designed to be an engaging and informative experience for School of Medicine staff and everyone at HSC is welcome! In addition to a resource fair, attendees can enjoy music, a dessert social, door prize giveaways, and interactive activities provided by UofL Campus Recreation. It's a fantastic opportunity for networking, learning, and community-building!
May 28, 2024 Serviceberry Foraging Workshop
Tuesday, May 28th, noon, Garden Commons (NE corner of Baptist Center) (Add to your Calendar)
Serviceberry ForagingBring 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 48 states!). 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.

See also:
June brings juneberries: Picking your own sustainable treat this summer (Spectrum News 1, May 28, 2024)
May 21, 2024

Walkable Louisville: a conversation with urban planner and author Jeff Speck
Tuesday, May 21st, 6pm, Main Public Library (301 York St.), Add to your Calendar

UofL's Urban Design Studio Sustainable City Series presents renowned urban planner and author Jeff Speck as he shares his insights on reimagining downtown Louisville through the lens of walkability and why fostering a pedestrian-friendly environment is imperative for a flourishing city. Jeff Speck is a city planner and author who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates — now Speck Dempsey —an award-winning urban planning firm serving public and private clients around the world. With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mr. Speck is the co-author of Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” His 2012 book Walkable City was the best selling city planning title of the past decade and has been translated into eight languages. He is also the principal author of The Smart Growth Manual and Walkable City Rules. Jeff Speck has been named a fellow of both the American Institute of Certified Planners and theCongress for New Urbanism. In a recent Planetizen poll, he was voted one of the ten “most influential urbanists of all time.” Mr. Speck was the 2022 recipient of the Seaside Prize, whose former awardees include Jane Jacobs and Christopher Alexander. His TED talks and YouTube videos have been viewed more than six million times. A book signing will follow the talk, which is FREE, but registration is requested here.
May 20, 2024 Bike To Work Day!
POSTPONED TO Monday, May 20th
Bike to Work Day 2024
The UofL Sustainability Council urges everyone to celebrate Bike to Work Day with Bike Louisville on Monday, May 20th! Grab your bike and join in the fun at any of our meet & ride locations where seasoned ride captains will lead group rides downtown, finishing at Fourth Street Live! for coffee, donuts, and raffle prizes. Rides headed to downtown will depart at 7:30am from:
  • Seneca Park
  • Iroquois Park
  • Shawnee Park
  • George Rogers Clark Park
Meet back at Fourth Street Live! at 5:30pm for return rides. More information here. Register here.
May 11, 2024 Pop-Up Drop-Off Community Recycling Event
Saturday, May 11th, 10am-2pm, UofL Shelby Campus (440 N Whittington Pkwy), Add to your Calendar

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 9, 2024 Public Meeting: 3rd Street Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Project
Thursday, May 9th, 5:30-7:30pm, SAC W118, Add to your Calendar
3rd Street
The University of Louisville, in coordination with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Louisville Metro, and with financial assistance from the Federal Highway Administration, is designing a project that would improve vehicular safety and traffic operations and improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and connectivity on the northwest side of Belknap Campus, primarily along 3rd Street (and the connector to 2nd Street) from Eastern Parkway to W. Cardinal Boulevard. The current road design is a four-lane highway that encourages speeding and offers no accommodations for bicyclists, transit users, or pedestrians wishing to cross this busy road. A public meeting about the project will take place Thursday, May 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Student Activities Center, room W118. See the project website for details and to ask questions.
May 9, 2024

Professor Benne HolwerdaHRtalks Wellness Workshop: Healthier Transportation
Thursday, May 9th, 2pm, Microsoft Teams - Register Here.
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Get Healthy Now is teaming up with the UofL Sustainability Council on May 9th 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 stories from your colleagues at UofL ditching the car, details on Bike To Work Day coming up on May 17th, and how you can get involved and win prizes through the Bike Month Challenge! Join us for this fun virtual learning workshop that will support your overall wellbeing and give you the opportunity to earn 100 points toward your 2025 $40 GHN monthly incentive. All faculty and staff are welcome. Register here.

May 2 - Aug. 15, 2024 Summer Garden Gatherings
Tuesdays, noon at the Garden Commons (northeast of the Baptist Center)
Thursdays, noon at the Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom St., behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
Garden GatheringUofL’s organic campus gardens are great places to relax, reconnect, learn, and savor the sweet taste of sustainability! Students, faculty, staff, and the public are all welcome to come experience the thrill of turning tiny seeds into an abundance of hyper-local veggies, herbs, fruit & flowers. Stop by anytime to sample the goodness and help us keep things watered and weeded. We will gather weekly at both of our campus food gardens throughout the summer to harvest, weed, water & plant. Tools and gloves provided, but bring bags to harvest into! 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 1-31, 2024 Bike Month ChallengeBike Month Challenge
May 1st – 31st, 2024

May is perfect for pedaling! Saddle up and ride for Team UofL in the Bike Month Challenge! Reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle, show your support for sustainable transportation, and help improve cycling in your community. Register for the Bike Month Challenge as an individual to be entered to win fabulous national prizes like:
  • $1000 Early Bird Prize for registering before April 30th
  • $50, $250, $500 Encourager Prizes for encouraging others to ride
  • $2500 Grand Prize!

graphic of a $2,500 gift cardJoin Team UofL on Strava to log your rides and encourage/compete against your peers. Simply log your trips by bicycle for fun, fitness, or transportation. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free!

Get Healthy Now monthly premium incentive program participants can earn 200 points toward their 2025 $40 GHN monthly incentive for participating in the Bike Month Challenge!

April 30, 2024 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 4:30-6:30pm, Red Barn (Add to your Calendar)

These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store,
Free Sales Flyerlocated in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the year from 4:30-6:30pm 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, cleaning, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, and more. Donations of stuff will be accepted and can be made any time in the small bin outside the Free Store or in the large red bins at the Garden Commons, next to the Baptist Center. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
April 23, 2024 Sustainability on Tap 4-23-24Sustainability on Tap
Tuesday, April 23rd, 5:30pm, Pivot Brewing (1753 Bardstown Rd), Add to your Calendar
Come tap into our green network! The UofL Student Sustainability Coalition invites you to an informal gathering aimed at fostering meaningful connections with UofL faculty, staff, students, and anyone passionate about sustainability! If you are interested in connecting with like minded folks this is the perfect place for you. We believe that by bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, we can collectively work towards a more sustainable future!
April 23, 2024 Sustainability Roundtable: Community Gardens: Finding Common Ground in Food Insecurity
Tuesday, April 23rd, 4pm, Microsoft Teams
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Garden GatheringJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/23). We conclude our spring series on April 23rd with a presentation by Morgan Early, a UofL Sustainability Masters student, presenting on Community Gardens: Finding Common Ground in Food Insecurity. Join us for a comprehensive overview of community gardens, including the history of the movement, the benefits, the drawbacks, and the obstacles that these spaces face. This includes a case study of UofL's Garden Commons, the unique qualities that help this garden thrive, and visions of potential garden expansions. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 15-20 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.

April 23, 2024 Mental Health Walk 4-23-24Mental Health Walk & Yoga Class
Tuesday, April 23rd, 1pm, SRC, Add to your Calendar
Finals can be a stressful time, so join us on Reading Day to get outside and clear your head! We'll meet at the SRC at 1 pm for a 45-minute walk around campus, and then we will be having a free yoga class at the SRC starting at 2 pm. Anyone affiliated with UofL is welcome! Sponsored by the Student Sustainability Coalition and Campus Recreation. RSVP on Engage.
April 22, 2024 Earth Day Celebration 2024Earth Day Paint, Picnic & Potluck
Monday, April 22nd, 5:30pm, Stansbury Park
UofL's Sustainability Council invites everyone outside for an Earth Day Celebration in Stansbury Park immediately adjacent campus, south of University Pointe. We'll supply the art supplies, and you are invited to bring snacks for yourself or to share, and you might want to bring a towel or blanket to sit on.
April 19, 2024 Earth Day of Service 2024Earth Day of Service
Friday, April 19th, 2-5pm, Alberta O. Jones Park (23rd & Maple St.), Add to your Calendar
In advance of Earth Day 2024, UofL is organizing an Earth Day of Service at Louisville's newest park, Alberta O. Jones Park in the California neighborhood with the Metro Office of Sustainability, the Louisville Parks Alliance, Beargrass Thunder, and YouthBuild! Everyone is encouraged to spend a few hours giving back to the community and the planet by participating in a pollinator planting, litter pick-up, and a sustainability resource fair! Sign-up to volunteer on Helper Helper or Engage.
April 19, 2024 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: UofL Maple Syrup & Honey Pancake Party!
Friday, April 19th, Noon-2:00pm, Cultural & Equity Center MPR (Add to your Calendar)
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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 with our annual celebration of our sweet sustainability harvests on campus, as we sample some of this year's maple syrup and honey harvests! Come enjoy some pancakes with our very own local sweetness. All are welcome. You'll also learn about tapping UofL maple trees to make syrup and raising honeybees on campus! In a special extended session, we'll also hear presentations from students in the spring Urban Agriculture class about:
1.    Escargot (snails) with vertical farming in a warehouse;
2.    Aquaponics; and
3.    Mushrooms

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. Facebook Event.
April 18, 2024 Gender, Equity & Climate Justice Conference
Thursday, April 18th, 10am-2:30pm, Microsoft Teams - Register here.
 Join us for the inaugural Gender, Equity, & Climate Justice Conference, taking place virtually on Microsoft Teams. Topics include: gender equity leadership in Louisville, climate justice, menstrual equity, human trafficking in the Latinx community, disability justice, and reproductive justice. View conference sessions here. This is in partnership with Louisville Metro Office for Women, UofL Sustainability, Sister Song of Kentucky and United Nations Association – Women at UofL. Register here.
April 18, 2024 Kentuckiana Meeting for Advancing Participatory Sciences: Integrating Health, Environment, and Community Resilience
Thursday, April 18th, 9am-4pm, at the Urban Design Studio (427 W Muhammad Ali Blvd) - Registration Required
As the intersection of environmental sustainability, health, and community development gains significance, it is imperative to foster collaboration among organizations leading efforts in these domains. Recognizing the shared commitment to fostering resilient communities, this meeting aims to explore synergies between climate change, health, outdoor recreation, and community resilience, fostering a holistic approach to address common challenges through a New Vision of Health. Join for a day of recognizing opportunities, showcasing excellence and envisioning new partnerships in support of high-impact participatory sciences—variously called citizen science, community science, volunteer monitoring, and other things—in the Kentuckiana region. Through plenaries, posters, and facilitated discussions participants will work towards developing actionable strategies that address climate change, health, and community resilience in an integrated manner. Registration fees are being sponsored by the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville, which is organizing the event. Registration includes seats for the morning plenary session, lunch, seats for facilitated, themed breakout discussions, and light refreshments during an afternoon networking hour. Please register by April 7, 2024 to ensure we have sufficient food. A small surcharge will be added for registrations received after April 1st.Learn more and register here.
April 16, 2024 Seriously Tracking Litter in Beargrass Creek
Tuesday, April 16th, 7pm, United Crescent Hill Ministries (150 State Street), or join virtually (register here) - Add to Calendar
Litter impairs Beargrass CreekThe Greater Louisville Sierra Club, invites you to join them as we hear from UofL Sustainability graduate student, Ella Swigler, and learn about her research around local streams using the National Geographic Marine Debris Tracker app. Ella’s work examined the anthropogenic litter trends in Beargrass Creek. This research began as a part of the CEEEM Program (Community-engaged Educational Ecosystem Model) through the Aqlan Lab at UofL. It is an 8-week project founded by the National Science Foundation. The team explored the land use/land cover surrounding each of the three forks, as well as the habitat health and human awareness at various sites along the creek. Each of these variables were analyzed in relationship to the amount of litter observed within the selected sites using the National Geographic Marine Debris Tracker app. To expand the work, Ella explored how this data could be integrated into a hydrologic model to study the litter patterns further. She also examined how the Marine Debris Tracker could support more citizen science projects and sought to find the trends behind anthropogenic litter accumulation that would inform meaningful action steps to reduce the pollution, not only in Beargrass Creek, but for all the critical urban waterways that can be easily overlooked in cities. The importance of connecting citizens to local tributaries and advocating for the conservation of these urban waterways cannot be emphasized enough as crucial components for ultimately healthy rivers and clean oceans. Ella Swigler is pursuing her masters in the Sustainability program at U of L. She completed her undergraduate work at Florida State, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. Ella had the opportunity to work at the Coastal Plains Institute during her undergraduate studies where she studied the biotic diversity of the coastal plain of the southeastern United States and the water quality of ephemeral wetlands. It was there that she was introduced to citizen science through the institute’s amazing community outreach and environmental education programs. In Louisville, she has continued to gain experience in the field of water quality and watershed conservation, working at the U of L Stream Institute and conducting her thesis research in Beargrass Creek. She enjoys being a part of the clean water efforts through organizations like the Kentucky Watershed Watch and the Ohio River Way. Studying Earth and its beauty is one of her greatest passions. Ella loves learning how communities can restore the environment and improve the quality of life for those who have been impacted by its degradation. In these times of climate change and growing uncertainty for what the future will bring, it is important to hold onto hope and that’s the driving goal of her research. She hopes to always be able to give the data back to the citizens so that, as a community, we can all make informed decisions and work together to create a solution. There is always hope to be found in a group of committed individuals working towards change! Free warm pizza will be served for all attendees, starting at 6:30pm. Learn more and register to attend virtually here.
April 16, 2024 Sustainability Roundtable: Social Impact of Louisville's Newest Park
Tuesday, April 16th, 4pm, Microsoft Teams
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Alberta O. Jones Park opens | LouisvilleKY.govJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/23). We continue the spring series with Quincy Langford, UofL Sustainability Masters student, sharing his research on Surveying Resident Experience and Mapping Block Conditions near Alberta Jones Park. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 15-20 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.
April 15, 2024 Dying of Whiteness - A Conversation with Jonathan Metzl
Monday, April 15th, noon, HSC Kornhauser Library auditorium, Add to your Calendar
The University of Louisville Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and our supportive UofL communities, cordially welcome you to join a conversation with psychiatrist and award-winning author Jonathan Metzl. Dr. Metzl is the author of the groundbreaking book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. His recently released book, What We’ve Become: Living and Dying in a Country of Arms, looks at a racially charged mass shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, and reexamines how we as a nation should address gun violence. Being a gun violence expert, professor, and psychiatrist is a unique combination that allows Dr. Metzl to speak and write about gun violence in America, and in particular to address stereotypes that link guns with race or mental illness, or that blame mental illness for mass shootings and other gun crimes. Dr. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the director of the Department of Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his MD from the University of Missouri, MA in humanities/poetics and psychiatric internship/residency from Stanford University, and PhD in American culture from University of Michigan. If you cannot join us in person, there is also an option to attend virtually. Light snacks and refreshments will be available on a first come, first served basis for in-person attendees. For virtual guests, the link will be shared via email closer to the event date. Carmichael's Bookstore has partnered with us to sell copies of Dr. Metzl's books during the event, and Dr. Metzl will be available for a short time to sign books at the conclusion of the event. This is a FREE event, open to all. ASL interpreting provided. Contact hscodi@louisville.edu with questions.
April 15, 2024

Earth Week Day of Service 2024Earth Week Day of Service on Campus
Monday, April 15th, 11am - 6pm, various locations
SAB Engaging Issues and the Student Sustainability Coalition are collaborating to offer four fun service activities across campus to honor the Earth! Join us for this Sustainability Day of Service featuring four different service sites:

  • 11am – Composting: Join us at 240 E. Bloom St. (block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets, map), to help turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Boots recommended. Tools provided.
  • 1pm Clean4Cards cleanup: Meetup outside the Red Barn for a campus litter cleanup!
  • 4pm – UPA Garden: Join us at the Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom St., behind Bettie Johnson Hall) to help us get ready for spring growing!
  • 5pm – Garden Commons: Join us at the Garden Commons (northeast of the Baptist Center) to help us get ready for spring growing!
Learn more and sign-up to volunteer on Helper Helper.
April 15 - May 1, 2024

Trash to Treasure Moveout Banner
UofL Free Store Trash to Treasure Move-Out!

April 15 - May 1, 2024
Why throw out stuff you no longer want, when you can give it to other students?! For this year's Move-Out, UofL urges you to skip the landfill dumpster and fill up the UofL Free Store!

  • Monday, April 15th - Thursday, April 18th: Bring items directly to the UofL Free Store in SAC W303C M-Th 10am-5pm to donate and you’ll be entered to win fabulous prizes from SAB! Free “shoppers” welcome, too!
  • Friday, April 19th - Wednesday, May 1st: As you move-out, look for donation bins in the lobby of your residence hall to donate useful, clean, unbroken/ripped/stained clothes, shoes, accessories, household items, office/cleaning/art/bath & beauty supplies, books, small appliances, lamps, rugs, furniture, storage bins, etc. UofL will store all unclaimed items over the summer and make it all available to students moving back onto campus at a Free Sale in August! Collection bins will be available in nine residence halls:
    •    Belknap Village North
    •    Belknap Village South
    •    Bettie Johnson Hall
    •    Community Park
    •    Denny Crum Hall
    •    Kurz Hall
    •    Louisville Hall
    •    Unitas Tower
    •    University Tower Apartments
  • Tuesday, April 30th, 4:30 - 6:30pm, Red Barn: Everyone is welcome to come "shop" the UofL Free Store's final monthly Free Sale. Donations will also be welcome at this event!
Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping your fellow students! 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!
April 11, 2024 UofL Grawemeyer Award 2024 World Order lecture by Neta Crawford
Thursday April 11th, 1:00-2:30pm, Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium, Add to your Calendar
The Pentagon, Climate Change & War – Interfaith Creation Care of the  TriangleDr. Crawford is Montague Burton Chair in International Relations, Professorial Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University, and she will be discussing her book The Pentagon, Climate Change, and War (MIT Press, 2022). In this book she explains how the U.S. military’s dependence on fossil fuels and consequent need to defend the sources of those fuels leads to a cycle of demand, consumption, militarization and conflict. She also explains how the Pentagon has reduced substantially its dependence on fossil fuels, but can do more to make life on our planet sustainable. She will take questions from the audience following her presentation. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more about Dr. Crawford and the Grawemeyer Awards online here
April 10, 2024 Save the date: Breonna Taylor Lecture on Structural Inequality set for April 10Breonna Taylor Lecture on Structural Inequality
Wednesday, April 10th, 6pm, Speed Art Museum
Damon Hewitt, president/executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will deliver the 2024 Breonna Taylor Lecture on Structural Inequality. He will present "Democracy Forward: Advocacy, Empowerment and Inclusion.” The recipients of the Darryl T. Owens Community Service Award and Breonna Taylor Legacy Fellowships will be announced. The event is sponsored by the UofL Brandeis School of Law. For questions, contact Jill Scoggins, 852-6374.
April 9, 2024 Guerrilla Gardening Workshop
RESCHEDULED FOR: Tuesday, April 9th, 4pm, Garden Commons, Add to your Calendar
Guerrilla GardeningJoin us in UofL's sustainable Garden Commons next to the Baptist Center to learn some successful strategies for beautifying and feeding the world in abandoned and ignored urban spaces! If you're like us and have walked by an ugly vacant lot and thought "Farm It!", then this is the workshop for you! We'll talk seed-bombs and etiquette and anything else you need to be empowered to make this city grow! 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! Facebook Event.
April 8, 2024 Sustainability Pop-up Fair
Monday, April 8th, Noon-2:30pm, Strickler Quad
The Honors Student Council and Student Sustainability Council will host a pop-up sustainability fair with campus and student organizations sharing what they do with you, as we all enjoy the total solar eclipse! There will be eclipse glasses and many other freebies!
April 6, 2024 Lucky Horseshoe Neighborhood Tree Planting
Saturday, April 6th, 10am-2pm, Wellman Memorial Wesleyan Church (3220 Bohannon Ave) - Register here.
Community Tree PlantingThe UofL Sustainability Council invites everyone out to join us at this neighborhood tree planting sponsored by Louisville Grows on the southern edge of our Belknap campus! We seek your volunteer support to help restore the tree canopy in the Lucky Horseshoe neighborhood just south of campus in the area around Churchill Downs. Join us to help us improve the health of the residents in the Lucky Horseshoe neighborhood through urban forestry. Trained Citizen Foresters will lead groups of volunteers to properly plant trees on residential and business properties, and in the right-of-ways along the streets. No experience is necessary, everyone is welcome to come play in the dirt with us! This planting is sponsored by MSD in partnership with Louisville Metro District 15's inaugural Building Our Blocks (BOB) program. Building Our Blocks is an event that seeks to transform a single neighborhood in one day through projects such as tree plantings, home repair, street safety improvements, beautification, and more. The goal is to be proactive in solving issues our community members face daily by bringing city services to their doorstep. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Planting groups depart at 10:00 am. Snacks, coffee and water will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and for getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. We will plant trees come rain or shine. Register here.
April 5, 2024

The Untold History of the Valley of the Drums EPA Superfund Site
Friday, April 5th, 11am-1pm, Ekstrom Library E254
Join UofL Masters in Sustainability graduate, Sam Satterly, for a community knowledge exchange session at which she will share her research uncovering, "a comedy of errors by federal, state and local agencies that has allowed hazardous wastes to pollute the ground and, possibly, a nearby waterway" in Jefferson Memorial Forest on the southern edge of Louisville. Food will be provided. For more information about her research, see:

Sam Satterly investigated a hazardous waste dump known as the “Gully of the Drums” in Jefferson Memorial Forest, a Louisville public park, while she was a graduate student at the University of Louisville. Credit: Courtesy of Sam SatterlyThe EPA Cleaned Up the ‘Valley of the Drums’ Outside Louisville 45 Years Ago. Why Did it Leave the ‘Gully of the Drums’ Behind? (Inside Climate News, April 3, 2024)

April 4, 2024 Inaugural Baldwin-King Memorial Lecture with Harmony Holiday
Thursday, April 4th, 5pm Reception, 6pm Lecture, Roots 101: African American Museum (124 N 1st St), Add to your Calendar
The Baldwin-King Project logoUofL's Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute’s Baldwin-King Project invites everyone to join us for the inaugural Baldwin-King Memorial Lecture. On the anniversary of the assassination of our dear brother Martin Luther King, Jr., we welcome Sister Harmony Holiday to deliver the inaugural Baldwin-King Memorial Lecture. Read Harmony Holiday's article, "The day Martin Luther King and James Baldwin came to Beverly Hills" (Los Angeles Times, May 2023). Meet the speaker and enjoy light refreshments starting at 5pm. Program begins at 6pm. This gathering will be built around a lecture and audience conversation on, “What would James Baldwin and Martin Luther King, Jr. think of America today?” It is FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required.


April 4, 2024 Environmental Health Sciences Seminar: The Work of Air Justice
Thursday, April 4th, 11am-noon, room 124 Clinical & Translational Research Building, or Microsoft Teams
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Join UofL’s Center for Integrative Environmental Health Sciences and the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology for the next EHS seminar with Megan Poole, assistant professor of English, and Eboni Neal Cochran, co-director of Rubbertown Emergency Action (REACT), a grassroots organization of residents living near or at the fence-line of a cluster of chemical facilities commonly referred to as “Rubbertown.” Her work helps residents fight for strong laws to stop toxic air pollution at local, state, and federal levels and full disclosure of chemical exposures.Megan Poole (Ph.D., Penn State University) is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisville where she specializes in rhetoric, feminist science studies, and science and technical writing. Her research considers how rhetoric can bring the sciences to value non-traditional ways of knowing, such as embodied knowledge that comes through lived experience. Eboni received the UofL Sustainability Council's 2023 Josh Smith Sustainability Award for her work with Dr. Poole, who is an alum of the Council's Green Threads Program. Register here for online attendance.
April 3, 2024 UNA Women Earth Day WorkshopUNA Women Earth Day Workshop
Wednesday, April 3rd, 6-7pm, SAC W107, Add to your Calendar
UofL's chapter of UNA Women invites you to an early Earth Day workshop on April 3rd. Join us in making sustainability more accessible! Together, we will design a personalized tote bag that you can use in your everyday to reduce single-use plastic waste!
April 3, 2024 Ali Bantu Ashanti Meet and Greet
Wednesday, April 3rd, 9:30-11:30am, Ekstrom Library 258, Add to your Calendar
De Negrx a Negrx: Ali Bantú Ashanti. — NGRXSMGZPlease join us at the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research in Ekstrom Library for a meet and greet with Colombian Civil Rights and Environmental lawyer Alí Bantu Ashanti from the Racial Justice Collective. Bantu directs Colombia's Racial Justice Collective and serves as an Expert Commissioner for Justice Reform. Meet him on his international tour stop in Louisville! Ali works with a collective of Afro-Colombian lawyers who joined to defend young people facing police and army repression during massive anti-racist street protests of recent years. Whether in Kentucky or Colombia, all our struggles for liberation are connected. Learn more about Ali here. Alí and the Racial Justice Collective’s work addresses both civil rights and the rights of nature, and his visit to Louisville is part of their efforts to create international networks on shared efforts. Enjoy a light breakfast and the chance to talk with Alí about his work and with staff from VOCAL-Kentucky, who are coordinating his visit to Louisville. VOCAL-KY, the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Louisville-Showing Up for Racial Justice, and Anne Braden Institute are hosting events throughout the day on- and off-campus.
As the Racial Justice Collective writes of Alí’s international tour: “We look to deepen our dialogue and consolidate working alliances with Black organizations and  leaders; civil society organizations, universities and thought leaders; lawyers and especially collegial networks of lawyers. We want to exchange ideas and experiences with people who are working to strengthen democracy and defend the environment; who are leading the fights against police violence and militarization; those who are organizing for safe communities with less guns and drug policies that actually help people."
Full Itinerary
9:30 AM- Meet & Greet: Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, 2215 S 3rd St Louisville, KY 40208, Rm 258
2:00 PM- Civil Rights History Tour: Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N 6th St Louisville, KY 40202
4:00 PM Community Discussion: Carl & Anne Braden Memorial Center 3208 W Broadway Louisville. KY 40211
6:00 PM Documentary Screening: VOCAL-KY, 723 S Brook St Louisville, KY 40203
Questions?  Email: shameka@vocal-ky.org
March 29, 2024 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: TimeBanking
Friday, March 29th, Noon-1:00pm, Cultural & Equity Center MPR (Add to your Calendar)
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Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We continue our spring series with Linda Erzinger, Chair of the https://www.louisvilletimebank.orgLouisville TimeBank, discussing how we build authentic, resilient, cooperative community right here in Louisville with the skills, knowledge, and time that we already possess. With over 600 members and over 28,000 hours exchanged, the Louisville TimeBank seeks to create a network of individuals and organizations that support and empower each other, which builds a social safety net that moves us towards being a more interdependent and resilient community. It is a place where everyone’s work is of equal value and we can all support each other in community. This time and talent exchange system is community-based, wherein members trade services according to the time invested rather than conventional currency. The overarching goal is to cultivate community building, reciprocity, and the sharing of skills.  All are welcome. Facebook Event.
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.
March 29, 2024 Envirome TourEnvirome Institute Tour
Friday, March 29th, 10-11:30am, Cardiovascular Innovation Building (302 E Muhammad Ali Blvd) - Register here
Join Connor Morozumi (Biology post-doc) and Emma Throneburg (Biology PhD Student) on a tour of UofL's Envirome Institute. We will begin our tour at the Cardiovascular Innovation Building at 302 E Muhammad Ali Blvd, where we will learn about the goals of the Envirome Institute with Dr. Ray Yeager, and tour a Mass spectrometry & bioanalytics lab with Dr. Pawel Lorkiewics & David Hoetker. Next, we will take a short walk to the Envirome Institute's Center for Cardiometabolic Science at 580 South Preston St, where we will tour a biomedical research lab with Dr. Brad Hill. We will dismiss around 11:30am. We have a limited amount of space, so we encourage you to sign up soon to avoid being waitlisted! More details will be sent in a follow-up email to all who register! Questions? Email emma.throneburg@louisville.edu and connor.morozumi@louisville.eduRegister here!
March 26, 2024 The Story of Anne Braden and Why It (Still) Matters
Tuesday, March 26th, 6:30-8pm, Main Public Library (301 York St.), Add to your Calendar

Dr. Cate FoslThe Louisville Free Public Library's Fast Classes are one-time educational events taught by local experts. Some explore current events, literature, and science; others teach practical skills and history. A Louisville native born in 1924 who grew up in Alabama, Anne McCarty Braden turned her back on a promising career as a newspaperwoman to dedicate herself for almost half a century to fierce advocacy for racial and social justice. Charged twice with sedition and arrested multiple times, Braden remained an outspoken writer and organizer locally until her death in 2006. Dr. Catherine Fosl, Co-Founder of University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, will examine how Braden’s message has helped to shape our community and still resonates today. Catherine Fosl, PhD, is professor emerita at the University of Louisville, where she co-founded the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and directed it for 15 years. Fosl is the author of three books of history, including the award-winning Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South. This program is presented by MyLibraryU and is free and open to the public. Registration is requested online or by calling (502) 574-1623.

March 26, 2024 Zero Waste Repair Fair & FREE SALE!
Tuesday, March 26th, 4:30-6:30pm, Red Barn (Add to your Calendar)

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The UofL Free Store is thrilled to announce this collaboration with the Louisville Time Bank, the Louisville Tool Library, and LVL1 Hackerspace to bring you a Zero Waste Repair Fair! Join us to learn new skills from community leaders! This event will have an array of community members who will be sharing skills that can be useful in life, community, and sustainability! We will also be having a free sale at the event! These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, located in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the year from 4:30-6:30pm 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, cleaning, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, and more. Donations of stuff will be accepted and can be made any time in the small bin outside the Free Store or in the large red bins at the Garden Commons, next to the Baptist Center. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
March 26, 2024 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy Laureate Lecture with The “Father of Modern Photovoltaics”
Tuesday, March 26th, 3:30-5pm, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium, Add to your Calendar
UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research invites you to a free public lecture with 2023 Conn Prize Laureate, Dr. Martin Green, Scientia Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia. Professor Green — often described as the “father of modern photovoltaics” — is recognized for his pioneering efforts and groundbreaking achievements in high conversion efficiency of silicon photovoltaic materials as well as leading the invention and development of the passivated emitter and rear contact (PERC) solar cell. The cells account for more than 90% manufactured in the world today at a sales value exceeding $100 billion USD to date. Hear his incredible technology development journey in person or streamed. Reception (Gheens Science Hall) 3:30 - 4:00, Lecture (Rauch Planetarium) 4:00 - 5:00.
March 22, 2024 Weather and Gardening Workshop
Friday, March 22nd, 2:30pm, at the Garden Commons next to the Baptist Center (Add to your Calendar)
The https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/c51289f2-eccd-4c08-bc5e-105dc9e7664614d3007a-03ba-4adb-856c-7c2c14dbd755.png?preset=med-sqUofL student chapter of the American Meteorology Society and the Garden Commons invite you to come learn about how to make our garden more resilient in the face of climate chaos. We'll discuss our changing climate and the El Niño effect; how the USDA hardiness zones that guide our planting have already been changed; what grows as the climate gets worse; and the impacts on precipitation and what we can grow. We'll be installing a rain gauge at the Garden Commons to begin gathering data that will help inform our watering plans in the future. 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! Facebook Event.
March 22, 2024 9th Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium
Friday, March 22nd, 9am-5pm, Founders Union, UofL's Shelby Campus - Registration RequiredAdd to your Calendar
The Office of Community Engagement invites you to the 9th Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium, on the theme of Community-University Collaboration: Working in Partnership with Our Community.
 The Symposium is an opportunity to network and share current research and teaching activities involving community partners and service to the community. Together we will explore the nature of university-community collaborations and the difference they are making. There are many university-community collaborations taking place through engaged-research, engaged-teaching, and outreach activities. These collaborations are making a difference in the lives of community members, our students, and our faculty. The 2024 Engaged Scholarship Symposium seeks to explore the nature of university-community collaborations and how they are helping revitalize our community. In what ways are university and community partners collaborating? What difference are these projects having on others? What lessons about these collaborations can be shared? One of the tracks of this year's symposium is: Sustainability, Justice, Environment, and community engagement – In what kinds of sustainability, justice, and/or environmental initiatives are university and community partners collaborating? How are we helping to promote sustainability in the community? How are UofL staff, faculty, and students engaged in work to promote environmental justice or support local sustainability initiatives? These topics will be explored through a variety of lightning talks, panel presentations, and round tables.
 The keynote speaker for this year’s Engaged Scholarship Symposium is Lorilee Sandman from the University of Georgia. Sandman is an expert on the institutionalization of community engagement and faculty roles and rewards related to community-engaged scholarship. Her keynote address will explore the transformative power of collaboration between universities and communities as both strategy and scholarship.
Join us at 9:10am for the presentation of this year's Community Engagement Awards and UofL's Josh Smith Sustainability Award. Named in honor of a former student who volunteered in support of sustainability at his alma mater and then died unexpectedly, UofL established this annual award to recognize community members or groups whose collaboration advances UofL’s sustainability efforts. Recipients can be mentors, volunteers, collaborators, advocates, etc. This year's recipient will be honored during the kickoff to the Engaged Scholarship Symposium.
See the full schedule here. Registration Required.
March 21, 2024 Ecolympics 2024 logoEcolympics Procrastinators Party!
Thursday, March 21st, 5-8pm, SAC W107, Add to your Calendar
Have you been meaning to participate in Ecolympics 2024 and just haven't gotten around to it yet? Well it's not too late to take green actions and enter to win! The UofL Sustainability Council invites you out for a fun evening of crafting with us while we enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared with ingredients from the Cardinal Cupboard, and watch a sustainability-themed film together. Stick around afterward and post-film trivia contest with prizes. Please bring any donations for the UofL Free Store and the Cardinal Cupboard.
March 20, 2024 Panel: Louisville's Climate - Navigating Local Dynamics & Impacts
Wednesday, March 20th, noon-1:30pm, BAB 218, Add to your Calendar
March 20th Louisville Climate Panel
March 19, 2024 Learning About Belonging Through Black Joy
Tuesday, March 19th, 6pm, Shumaker Research Building room 139, Add to your Calendar
The Department of Sociology's annual Rieger Speaker series, centering on the theme of racial justice, equity, and inclusion in higher education, presents a talk by Dr. Antar Tichavakunda titled 'Learning About Belonging Through Black Joy.' This year's focus aims to explore the imperative of achieving and nurturing a sense of belonging in higher education amidst shifting political landscapes. Drawing from his research on Black student experiences, Tichavakunda will illuminate valuable insights into fostering a sense of belonging within the evolving and often divisive landscape of higher education. Antar A. Tichavakunda, Assistant Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, published Black Campus Life: The Worlds Black Students Make at a Historically White Institution, with SUNY Press. Learn more about Dr. Tichavakunda here. The focus of the 2024 Rieger Speaker series is on racial justice, equity, and inclusion in higher education, under the theme "Achieving and Fostering a Sense of Belonging in Higher Education in a Changing Political World." The co-sponsors are the Liberal Studies Program & the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.
March 19, 2024 Sustainability on Tap 3-19-24Sustainability on Tap
Tuesday, March 19th, 5pm, Pivot Brewing (1753 Bardstown Rd), Add to your Calendar
Come tap into our green network! The UofL Student Sustainability Coalition invites you to an informal gathering aimed at fostering meaningful connections with UofL faculty, staff, students, and anyone passionate about sustainability! If you are interested in connecting with like minded folks this is the perfect place for you. We believe that by bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, we can collectively work towards a more sustainable future! Stop in whenever you can - Trivia starts at 7pm!
March 19, 2024 Sustainability Roundtable: Solar Over Louisville
Tuesday, March 19th, 4pm, Microsoft Teams
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Programs and Initiatives | LouisvilleKY.govJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/23). We continue the series on March 19th with professor David Johnson from UofL Health Management and Systems Sciences, speaking on Community Participation, Experience, and Perceptions of the Solar Over Louisville Solarize Program, 2022-2023. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 15-20 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 18, 2024 Why is clothing upcycling important for the environment?Craft Night: Upcycling
Monday, March 18th, 6pm, SAC W118A, Add to your Calendar
The UofL Sustainability Council invites you out during Ecolympics 2024 for a fun evening of crafting with us! We will be upcycling your own old items to make them new with crafting supplies! Bring any clothing, accessories, or household items that could use a refresh and we'll get creative together!
March 10-15, 2024 Alternative Service Break 2024Alternative Service Break: Sustainability and the Environment
March 10th-15th in Virginia Beach
UofL's Office of Service Learning & Civic Engagement invites students for a 6-day, 5-night trip to Virginia Beach over Spring Break! This year's theme is Sustainability and the Environment, so we will be serving with a composting farm, doing river and trail clean-ups, and exploring Virginia Beach! The cost is only $100 per person, which includes: transportation, accommodations, excursions, most meals, and service materials. Apply now via the Office of Student Involvement page on Engage, and turn in your $100 deposit to SAC W310W.
March 9, 2024 Parkland & California Neighborhood Tree Planting
Saturday, March 9th, 10am-2pm, Parkland Boys & Girls Club (3200 Greenwood Ave.) - Register here.
May be an image of ‎tree and ‎text that says '‎LOUISVILLE grows Parkland & California Neighborhood Tree Planting Saturday, March 9, 2024 10am 2pm Parkland Boys and Girls Club 3200 Greenwood Ave. Help us restore our urban tree canopy in 2023! No experience necessary. Register at tinyurl.com/plantparkland or scan the QR code Supported ت msd fackonweorelys 1‎'‎‎The UofL Sustainability Council and Student Sustainability Coalition invite anyone staying in Louisville over Spring Break (or those not heading out until after Saturday afternoon) to join us at this neighborhood tree planting sponsored by Louisville Grows! If you’d like to hang out with your UofL Sustainability pals, please request to be grouped with the UofL Student Sustainability Coalition in your comment when you register to volunteer here. If you live on campus, let’s ride together to reduce emissions! Savannah Dowell has 4 open seats in her car, so just text her at (270) 315-7884. We seek your volunteer support to help restore the tree canopy in the Parkland and California neighborhoods in the heart of the West End. We will be planting 132 trees at homes and businesses that have requested trees. The Parkland neighborhood began in 1871 as a rural community and in 1894, the City of Louisville annexed the area. The streets of Parkland are lined with nineteenth-century homes, shotgun houses, bungalows, and commercial buildings displaying beautiful examples of architecture. Parkland is home to a section known as Little Africa, the childhood home of Muhammad Ali, the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, and Reynolds Metals, the world's third-largest aluminum and packaging company. Trained Citizen Foresters will lead groups of volunteers to properly plant trees on residential and business properties and in the right-of ways along the streets. No experience is necessary, everyone is welcome to come play in the dirt with us! Snacks, coffee and water will be provided. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Planting groups depart at 10:00 am. Snacks, coffee and water will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and for getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. We will plant trees come rain or shine. Register here.
March 7, 2024  2024 Minx Auerbach Lecture: Legislating Gender
Thursday, March 7th, 5:30-7:00pm, Rauch Planetarium, Add to your Calendar
The legislative assault on transgender people in the United States seems new, but governments have been regulating the lives of transgender people for decades. Outside of trans communities, few were aware of the Kafkaesque web of regulations that trans people find themselves in. Now that policing of the gender binary has been transformed from an unremarkable aspect of bureaucratic policymaking to a weapon in the culture wars, everyone is paying attention. In this talk, Paisley Currah will explore the connections between contemporary conflicts over trans issues and the history and persistence of gender and racial hierarchies in American society.
March 6, 2024 How To Make A No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag In 10 MinutesCraft Night: Making T-Shirt Bags
Wednesday, March 6th, 6pm, SAC W118A, Add to your Calendar
The UofL Sustainability Council invites you out during Ecolympics 2024 for a fun evening of crafting with us! We will be upcycling old t-shirts from the UofL Free Store (or feel free to bring your own) to make shoulder bags using a method that requires no sewing! Then we'll use paints to decorate.
March 2, 2024 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/3cd767e9-856c-4542-ba8a-31b6f36f6b0b1ff19f03-de67-4aaa-8a7b-4b3305093871.png?preset=large-wFirst Hike of The Season: Louisville Overlook Trail!
Saturday, March 2nd, noon-3pm,  Iroquois Park - Louisville Overlook Trail (1501 Rundill Rd), Add to your Calendar
The UofL Botanical Society and SEEDS invite you to join us for our first hike of the season. We will be walking the Louisville Overlook Trace Trail at Iroquois Park. Please bring water and make sure to eat a good breakfast. If you need a ride to the hike location, please feel free to reach out via our GroupMe or botanical.uofl@gmail.com and we will try to work something out. See you all there! RSVP on Engage.
March 1, 2024 Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research Spring Open House
Friday, March 1st, 2-5pm, ABI Reading Room (Ekstrom 258), Add to your Calendar
UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research is hosting a Spring Open House. Under the new direction of Dr. Angela Storey (Anthropology), this is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to meet our new director, network, and learn about upcoming ABI initiatives. RSVP is encouraged - please RSVP here.
March 1, 2024 Seed Starting Workshop
Friday, March 1st, 1pm, Urban & Public Affairs Greenhouse (426 W. Bloom St.)
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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 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! Facebook Event.
Feb. 29, 2024 Serving the People!
Thursday, Feb. 29th, Noon-1pm, Cultural & Equity Center, MPR
Celebrate Black History Month with the Muhammad Ali Institute during this intimate panel discussion, concentrating on social justice careers and shining a spotlight on the experiences of Black professionals across various fields. Guests include Councilman Phillip Baker and LaToya Whitlock of the Decode Project, among others. Free food will be provided. RSVP here.
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Feb. 28, 2024  Stansbury Park Public Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 28th, 6-7pm, Cochran Elementary School (500 W Gaulbert Ave), Add to your Calendar
University Planning, Design and Construction is seeking public input for potential improvements to William B. Stansbury Park located at 2302 S. 3rd Street across from UofL's Belknap Campus. Stansbury Park is a 7-acre Metro Louisville park and also a part of Louisville’s historic Olmsted Park system. Please join us to learn more and to let us know how you currently use Stansbury Park and what improvements or changes to the park you would like to see in the future. And please take a few minutes to fill out our brief Stansbury Park survey.
Feb. 27, 2024 UNA Women Sustainability WorkshopUNA Women Sustainability Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 5:30-7pm, Humanities 114, Add to your Calendar
UofL's chapter of UNA Women invites you to their next general body meeting, which will feature student representatives from UofL's Sustainability Council. They will be there to give sustainability tips. You’ll also have the chance to design a mug or tote bag while learning about ways to be a conscious consumer.
Feb. 27, 2024 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 4:30-6:30pm, Red Barn (Add to your Calendar)

These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store,
Free Sales Flyerlocated in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the year from 4:30-6:30pm 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, cleaning, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, and more. Donations of stuff will be accepted and can be made any time in the small bin outside the Free Store or in the large red bins at the Garden Commons, next to the Baptist Center. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
Feb. 27, 2024 Sustainability Roundtable: Cultivating Student Engagement in Sustainability
Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 4pm, Microsoft Teams
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Student Sustainability Coalition logoJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/23). We continue the series on February 27th with two UofL Masters of Sustainability students, Morgan Early & Robin Frederick speaking on "SSC: Cultivating Student Engagement in Sustainability." Mo and Robin will give an overview of UofL's Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC) and how student organizations can play a vital role in nurturing sustainability leaders within university communities. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 15-20 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. 23, 2024 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Animals & People
Friday, Feb. 23rd, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom 244
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Tami Harbolt — Women's, Gender and Sexuality StudiesJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We continue our spring series with UofL's own Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies professor, Dr. Tami Harbolt, speaking on the many ways people and animals can better support each other and live in greater harmony. 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 be bringing with her three therapy dogs for participants to meet! All are welcome.
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. Facebook Event.
Feb. 22, 2024 Georgia's Sweet Potato Pie Co.National Sweet Potato Day & Book Drive
Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 12-1:30pm, SAC Marketplace, Add to your Calendar
UofL Dining Services is partnering with Louisville-based Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company to celebrate National Sweet Potato Day on Feb. 22. One of their greatest passions is sharing education with young children, and we would like to help. If you have any children’s or young adult books that you aren’t using anymore, please donate to their cause. Bring any books you’d like to give to the cashier’s station at the Student Activities Center (SAC) first-floor Marketplace for donation. You can also stop by the SAC Marketplace to purchase a sweet potato pie from Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company to take home. Questions can be emailed to Lindsay Klingenschmidt.
Feb. 21, 2024 Sustainability on Tap 2-21-24Sustainability on Tap
Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 5:30pm, Pivot Brewing (1753 Bardstown Rd), Add to your Calendar
Come tap into our green network! The UofL Student Sustainability Coalition invites you to an informal gathering aimed at fostering meaningful connections with UofL faculty, staff, students, and anyone passionate about sustainability! If you are interested in connecting with like minded folks this is the perfect place for you. We believe that by bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, we can collectively work towards a more sustainable future!
Feb. 17 - Apr. 6, 2024 Clean4Cards trash pick up (Oct 2023)Clean4Cards Trash Pickup
Saturday, Feb. 17th, 1-2pm, Red Barn
Tuesday, March 19th, 5:30-6:30pm, Red Barn
Tuesday, April 2nd, 5:30-6:30pm, Red Barn
Saturday, April 6th 1:00-2:00pm, Red Barn
Saturday, April 13th, 9:30am-1pm, Meetup at Red Barn for carpool to cleanup at Falls of the Ohio

Monday, April 15th 1:00-2:00pm, Red Barn
Every two weeks we meet outside the Red Barn to go around campus and clean up litter!  If you have any questions, please reach out to us via Instagram or email ! Hosted by Clean4Cards, an organization designed to help clean-up and beautify our campus while promoting love and respect for it. RSVP on Engage.
Feb. 16, 2024 Winter Orchard Care Workshop
Friday, Feb. 16th, 1pm, Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom, on brick alley behind Bettie Johnson Hall) (Add to your Calendar)
Orchard Pruning WorkshopCome 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! 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! Facebook Event.
Feb. 15, 2024 Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef, on indigenous food systems and restoring food sovereignty
Thursday, February 15th, 8:00 - 9:30pm, Cultural & Equity Center, Conference Room
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The Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman, will deliver a lecture on indigenous food systems and restoring food sovereignty and health. Sherman has won numerous awards (e.g., James Beard Foundation Award 2022, Julia Child Award, Time's 100 Most Influential People 2023) and co-founded the nonprofit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (and its Indigenous Food Lab) and the restaurant Owamni. UofL is a remote viewing site for the lecture, which is hosted at South Dakota State University. We will gather at the Cultural and Equity Center to participate via Zoom.
Feb. 13, 2024 Cupid's WorkshopCupid's Workshop
Tuesday, February 13th, 5pm, SAC W118A
Need to make some last minute Valentines?💌 Don't worry, the UofL Sustainability Council has you covered! Join us for some upcycling crafting as we make valentine's out of old magazines and discarded crafting supplies! Cupid says there might be snacks provided, too!
Feb. 13, 2024 Sustainability Roundtable: Greater Louisville Sierra Club
Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 4pm, Microsoft Teams, Add to your Calendar
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kentucky chapter logoJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16). We continue our spring series on February 13th with two representatives from the Greater Louisville Sierra Club. Ed Jewell and Terrell Holder will join us to discuss some of the Club's goals and advocacy priorities, with a view to how students, faculty, and staff at UofL can get involved in advancing the mission of deepening our connections to the natural world while exploring, enjoying, and protecting wilderness. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 15-20 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. 12, 2024  Stansbury Park Public Meeting
Monday, Feb. 12th, 6-7pm, Old Louisville Neighborhood & Visitors Center in Central Park (1340 S 4th St), Add to your Calendar
University Planning, Design and Construction is seeking public input for potential improvements to William B. Stansbury Park located at 2302 S. 3rd Street across from UofL's Belknap Campus. Stansbury Park is a 7-acre Metro Louisville park and also a part of Louisville’s historic Olmsted Park system. Please join us to learn more and to let us know how you currently use Stansbury Park and what improvements or changes to the park you would like to see in the future. And please take a few minutes to fill out our brief Stansbury Park survey.
Feb. 2, 2024 Maple Tapping Workshop!
RESCHEDULED FOR: Friday, Feb. 2nd, 1pm, Meetup at the Garden Commons (Add to your Calendar)
2023 Maple Tapping WorkshopJoin us in UofL's sustainable Garden Commons next to the Baptist Center 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. 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! Facebook Event.
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Feb. 2, 2024 Lunch and Learn: Intersectional Anti-Racist Practice
Friday, Feb. 2nd, 12-1 p.m. via Zoom
Emma Sterrett-Hong, associate dean of equity and inclusion at UofL's Kent School of Social Work and Family Science, will host this Lunch & Learn. Grab your lunch and join the virtual presentation via Zoom. This program is made possible by a SAMHSA grant. For more information, email Emma Sterrett.
Jan, 30, 2024 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 4:30-6:30pm, Red Barn ( Add to your Calendar)

These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store,
Free Sales Flyerlocated in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the year from 4:30-6:30pm 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, cleaning, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, and more. Donations of stuff will be accepted and can be made any time in the small bin outside the Free Store or in the large red bins at the Garden Commons, next to the Baptist Center. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
Jan. 30, 2024 Sustainability Roundtable: Origin Park: A climate-resilient park emerges on the banks of the Ohio
Tuesday, Jan. 30th, 4pm, Microsoft Teams
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Kristin FaurestJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16). We continue our series on January 30th with Kristin Faurest, Ph.D., a nationally-recognized public garden professional whose career has included time at Portland Japanese Garden and Kew Gardens. She has worked for River Heritage Conservancy on its Origin Park project since 2022. Please join us to be in dialogue with Kristin about Origin Park, a new 430-acre park under development in Clarksville on a site including damaged agricultural lands and brownfields. She'll discuss the site's fascinating history, its context within the metropolitan area, and how it will transform ecology and quality of life for the area when completed. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 15-20 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. 28 - Mar. 23, 2024

Ecolympics 2024 logoEcolympics 2024
January 28th to March 23rd

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 the Grand Prize, or one of eight fabulous weekly prize baskets!

Campus Race To Zero Waste! - January 28 - March 23, 2024
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 websiteCampus Race to Zero Waste logo.

  • REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE! Help the Cards to victory by avoiding disposables (bring your own mug, bottle, plate, etc.), donating useful stuff to the UofL Free Store instead of throwing it away, 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! Turn trash into treasure just by composting your food scraps and soiled paper products in the compost bins at the Garden Commons next to the Baptist Center and the Urban & Public Affairs Garden behind Bettie Johnson Hall. Request a compost caddy for your room through our online request form! 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.). We are always collecting food wastes for composting from The Ville Grill, SAC Marketplace, and other campus dining locations and will be adding those numbers to UofL's organics recycling totals in the Campus Race to Zero Waste.
  • eWaste RecyclingRECYCLE E-WASTE! Don't send your old electronics to the landfill! We will have special collection points set up in the following locations Feb. 14 - March 13:
         BAB
     (1st floor lobby)
         SAC W310

         Duthie Center a
    t Speed School of Engineering (1st floor Study Area, SE corner)
         HSC Kornhauser Library
     (1st floor lobby behind elevators)
         >> There will also be a special Drive-up Drop-off Collection on Monday 3/4 from 8am-11am on the south side of the Clinical & Translational Research Building at HSC (505 S Hancock St.), by the elevators for the 620 Garage. The contact for the Drive-up Drop-off is Skip Hurley (502) 599-6228.
    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! Full details here.

Residence Hall Drawdown! - February 5-25, 2024
Residence Hall Drawdown 2024 ResultsLive 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, fans, space heaters, TVs, game consoles, etc.; unplug anything you're not actively using (especially empty refrigerators); skip the elevator for the stairs; close windows tightly; wait until you have a full load to do laundry & wash with cold water; dry clothes on a rack/line; take shorter showers or shower with solar power at the SRC; etc.

Congratulations to residents of Unitas Tower for winning the Ecolympics Drawdown competition for the second year in a row!! Unitas residents reduced electricity use 6.4%. Second place goes to Belknap Village North (3.8% reduction) and 3rd to Louisville Hall (0.6% reduction). Across all nine residence halls, students saved 2,939 kWh (1.1%) of electricity, or the carbon emissions from 1,665 average U.S. homes each year, according to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator! Ride the wave of conservation – continue to unplug, turn off, take stairs, line dry clothes, do laundry in cold water, etc. Anything you do to conserve can help you win weekly Ecolympics prize packs through March 23rd! Explore the full results on UofL's Building Dashboard.


Ecolympics 2024 Grand Prize PackPrizes:

  • Weekly prizes: At the end of each of the eight weeks of Ecolympics 2024, one person who has shared their sustainable action(s) will receive a themed gift basket!
  • Grand Prize: One impressive Cardinal who takes the most sustainable actions during Ecolympics 2024 will take home our grand prize basket! This year's grand prize is provided by our zero-waste friends at Peace of the Earth Refillery on Bardstown Rd. The Grand Prize basket contains a bunch of sustainable, green goodies and refillable containers, as well as a gift card.
  • 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!
Jan. 26, 2024 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Green Burial
Friday, Jan. 26th, Noon-1:00pm, Cultural & Equity Center MPR (Add to your Calendar)
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Green Burial - Eastern CemetaryJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We kick off our spring series with UofL's first graduate with a Sustainability major, and current Anthropology Masters student, Erin Kurtz, speaking about the relatively new movement in the U.S. for ethical, low-impact human burial. All are welcome.
Death can be hard to think about, but even more difficult is the thought of leaving behind polluted groundwater and carcinogens to rise to the surface and haunt the living after we’re gone. Green burial provides options that allow for a closer connection to nature, both for the dead and grieving, and can even act as activism long after we’re gone by contributing to land conservation efforts. Come learn about how you can contribute to our environment in a more positive way after death.

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. Facebook Event.
Jan. 25, 2024 The Cure for Hate: Bearing Witness to Auschwitz (2023) - IMDbThe Cure for Hate
Thursday, Jan. 25th, 4pm, Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium
To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the film, “The Cure for Hate” with Q&A by producer/directer Tony McAleer, will be featured. Tony McAleer is a former Skinhead and Holocaust denier who went on to become a founding member of the anti-hate activist group Life After Hate. Profoundly aware and deeply ashamed of the lineage of hate he'd once promoted, Tony had long-contemplated traveling to Auschwitz in the spirit of tshuvah - to bear witness to the inconceivable ravages of the Holocaust, and deepen his personal work against the rise of extremist politics. This film documents his profoundly personal journey of atonement to Auschwitz/Birkenau - exploring the conditions that allowed for the rise of fascism in 1930s Europe; shedding a unique light upon how men get into, and out of, violent extremist groups; and serving as a cautionary tale for our time that underscores the dangers in allowing hate to be left unchecked.Join us for a hope-filled exploration of the social side of sustainability which demands love, mutual respect and equity for all people. For more information, contact , 852-3406.
Jan. 19 - April 30, 2024 Spring Garden Gatherings
Tuesdays, 4pm at the Garden Commons (northeast of the Baptist Center)
Fridays, 1pm at the Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom St., behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
Garden Commons - First Planting at new location (Spring 2023)UofL’s organic campus gardens are great places to relax, reconnect, learn, and savor the sweet taste of sustainability! Students, faculty, staff, and the public are all welcome to come experience the thrill of turning tiny seeds into an abundance of hyper-local veggies, herbs, fruit & flowers. Stop by anytime to sample the goodness and help us keep things watered and weeded. We will gather weekly at both of our campus food gardens throughout the spring semester to harvest, weed, water & plant. Monthly hands-on Garden Workshops will also be offered at these times. Tools and gloves provided, but bring bags to harvest into! Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on Facebook or Instagram.
Jan. 16, 2024 Sustainability Roundtable: Brent Fryrear
Tuesday, Jan. 16th, 4pm, Microsoft Teams, Add to your Calendar
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Partnership For A Green CityJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16). We kickoff our spring series on January 16th with Brent Fryrear, Director of Louisville's Partnership for a Green City and Chair of the UofL Sustainability Council. Few have a longer relationship with, or more intimate knowledge of, institutional sustainability in Louisville. Through the Partnership, Brent facilitates sustainability collaboration among the four largest public institutions in town, Metro Government, UofL, Jefferson County Public Schools, and Jefferson Community & Technical College. Brent has also served on UofL's Sustainability Council since it launched in 2008, and in July 2023, he stepped up to Chair the Council. Join us for a highly informative conversation about what big institutions are doing to advance environmental, social, and economic responsibility and where they need help. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 15-20 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.
Jan. 15, 2024 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/20f86a68-a65c-4fe8-aac8-b2a52301607fe17b6d71-2008-4d2c-ad4c-5a0130682fa8.png?preset=large-wMLK Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 15th, 10am-1:30pm, SAC W201
ELSB's MLK Day of Service event is an opportunity for participants to intentionally serve the Louisville community to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. Through service, students will engage in structured service activities and participate in discussions with community leaders who understand the importance of MLK's work. This event is also a great opportunity for students to get connected on and off campus and make meaningful connections with their peers and outside organizations. Sign-in before 10am, pick a service site, and volunteer. It's that easy! Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothing appropriate for service and winter, so closed toed-shoes, long sleeves, and something that you're not afraid to potentially get dirty. RSVP on Engage.
Jan. 13, 2024 Old Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, January 13th, 9am-noon, Meet-up location: Chapel of St. Philip Neri (236 Woodbine St.). Add to your Calendar
Old Louisville Tree Planting (March 2021)UofL's Sustainability Council and the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council invite the entire campus community out to help us plant street trees in Old Louisville between Belknap Campus and the Health Sciences Center. With your help, we will be planting 24 trees to fill in canopy gaps on Hill Bend Place, as well as Floyd, Brook, 1st, 4th, and Magnolia Streets. The Chapel doors (on the right side of the chapel facing Woodbine Street) open at 9 am for sign-in, and you can grab a name tag, coffee & donuts, and instructions. Work will begin soon after, with neighborhood supervisors directing all work. Tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome. A pizza lunch will be available at noon for all volunteers back at the Chapel. For additional information contact Herb Fink at 502-552-0399. Facebook Event.
Jan. 8 - Apr. 22, 2024 Free Store logoFree Store Spring Hours
Monday - Thursday, 10am-5pm, SAC W303C
UofL’s Free Store is conveniently located in SAC W303C, just down the hall from the Cardinal Cupboard on the 3rd floor of SAC West. Throughout the Spring 2024 semester, it will be open Monday through Thursday from 10am-5pm, every day of classes. UofL's Sustainability Council invites everyone in our campus community to come "shop" for free clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, household items, bath/beauty/cleaning supplies, books & media, school & art supplies, electronics, small appliances, and more. Reuse, reuse, reuse! Donations can be made any time in the small bin outside the door of SAC W303C or in the big red bins at the Garden Commons next to the Baptist Center. 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.
Every Sunday UofL Community Composting Volunteer Days
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm (Add to your Calendar)
240 E. Bloom St. (block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets, map)

UofL Community CompostingCome help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep! All participants are welcome to haul home some rich UofL compost for gardening projects in your own containers/vehicle. This is a weekly service opportunity throughout the year. Contact: Brian Barnes, 502-338-1338.
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Nov. 30, 2023 Garden Interns: Avalon Gupta VerWiebe & Ellie MillerWreath Making Workshop
Thursday, Nov. 30th, 12:30pm, Garden Commons (next to Baptist Center) Add to your Calendar
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. 30, 2023 Holiday Bazaar 2023Buy Local Holiday Bazaar
Thursday, Nov. 30th, 10am-2pm, SAC Ballroom (Add to your Calendar)

Come load up on locally-crafted, handmade holiday gifts from our UofL Farmers' Market vendors and other local artisans! UofL's annual Holiday Bazaar is your best bet for getting a jump on your holiday shopping. The Bazaar features 15 different local artisans and food producers coming together in one location! You'll find unique holiday gifts and treats available only here, such as locally-made sweets, baked goods, holiday décor, clothing, home goods, jewelry, ceramics, hand-crafted items, personal care items, and art! Enjoy complimentary fair trade hot chocolate and coffee. And every purchase gets you a raffle ticket for a Buy Local gift package! Make your list. Check it twice. And don't miss it! This event is brought to you by UofL Dining. Facebook Event.
Nov. 28, 2023 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales Flyer
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 4:30-6:30pm, Red Barn plaza

These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, located in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the year from 4:30-6:30pm 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, cleaning, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, and more. Donations of stuff will be accepted and can be made any time in the small bin outside the Free Store or in the large red bins at the Garden Commons, next to the Baptist Center. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
Nov. 28. 2023 Sustainability Roundtable: The Problematic History of Superfund
Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 4pm, Microsoft Teams, Add to your Calendar
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Valley of the Drums - Historic Photos Of Louisville Kentucky And EnvironsJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28). We conclude the fall series November 28th, with Samantha Satterly, a UofL Sustainability Masters student, sharing her research on The Problematic History of Superfund: Valley of the Drums Case Study. 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.
Nov. 18, 2023 Pop-Up Drop-Off Community Recycling Event
Saturday, November 18th, 10am-2pm, UofL Shelby Campus (440 N Whittington Pkwy)  Add to your Calendar

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. 17, 2023

EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Aquaponics
Friday, Nov. 17th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom W210
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AquaponicsJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! On November 17th, we will gather to learn more about what aquaponics is and the different scales that it can be implemented at. Aquaponics is a form of agriculture that uses fish waste to grow clean, sustainable produce. This workshop will be led by senior undergrad student, Chelsea Erbacher. Chelsea got into aquaponics by first being obsessed with the fishkeeping hobby. This love for fish led to applying for an internship in high school at a local aquaponics greenhouse. Since then, she has worked two summers at the aquaponics greenhouse - Western KY Aquaponics. She has been establishing an aquaponics system on campus and will offer suggestions for how members of the campus community can get involved. All are welcome.
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. Facebook Event.

Nov. 14, 2023 Sustainability Roundtable: The Future of American Farmland Trust and Conventional Agriculture
Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 4pm, Microsoft Teams
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Aysha Tapp Ross, MSc - Water and Soil Health Scientist - American ...Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28). We continue the fall series November 14th, with Aysha Tapp-Ross, a UofL Biology Ph.D. student and alumna of UofL's Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability Program. Aysha is currently a Water and Soil Health Scientist with the American Farmland Trust, and Owner/Operator Moonlight Farms Homestead in Pleasureville, Kentucky. 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.
Nov. 14, 2023 Camping with Copperheads: Reducing Human-Wildlife Conflict through Education and Management
Tuesday, November 14th, 2:30 pm, BAB 218, Add to your Calendar

UofL's Department of Geographic & Environmental Sciences invites you to their free seminar series, open to all. On November 14th, the featured speaker will be Dr. Stephen Richter, of Eastern Kentucky University's Division of Natural Areas. How can studying the biology of copperheads and cicadas help to reduce human-wildlife conflicts In this presentation, we'll consider how recreational sites located within natural landscapes provide opportunities to balance conservation, education, and public access while also increasing the potential for human-wildlife interactions. Over the past 8 years, Dr. Richter's lab has been studying resource positioning by humans, copperheads, and cicadas at a campground in the Red River Gorge using radio telemetry, mark-recapture, environmental data, population censusing, and behavioral observations. Their recommendations for site management seek to reduce human conflicts, balance the needs of both humans and wildlife, and create opportunities for public education and engagement.
Nov. 3, 2023 2023 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awardees Fireside Chat
Friday, Nov. 3rd, 10 - 11:30am, Strickler Hall, Middleton Auditorium - RSVP here.
In 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 a Fireside Chat. Led by Muhammad Ali Scholars, these conversations will explore the transformative social change that these leaders are having in their communities. Please join us to be inspired by the award winners before the Humanitarian Awards the next evening. RSVP here.
About the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards:
Launched in 2013, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards (MAHA) were developed to honor Ali’s lifelong humanitarianism and to celebrate a new generation of social changemakers. Each year, the Ali Center pays tribute to a number of high-profile “seasoned humanitarians” who are named as Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awardees. The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards celebrates those people whose contributions to social justice, human rights, and peacemaking unify communities around the world. It is the Center’s largest annual fundraiser and incorporates two categories: Seasoned Awards, honoring individuals who have dedicated a significant portion of their lives to humanitarianism, and Six Core Principles Awards, presented to young adults 30 years of age or younger. For more info: Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards at the Ali Center.
Nov. 2, 2023 Pumpkin Smash 2018PUMPKIN SMASH!!
Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 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 30th through noon on November 2nd. At that time, all are invited to our annual Pumpkin Smash! See video of a past Smash! Join us for composting fun and stress relief! Facebook Event.
Nov. 1, 2023 Should you rake your leaves this fall? Experts say noClean4Cards Fall Festival and Leaf-Raking
Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 5-7pm, Humanities Quad
It's Clean4Cards' second annual Fall Festival!  Join us as we rake around the Bingham Humanities Quad and do other fun activities.  It is a great way to get service hours and learn about our RSO.  The leaf collection will be a contest with the chance to win a gift card!  There will be pizza too! We hope to see you there. RSVP on Engage.
Oct. 31, 2023 UofL Free Store HALLOWEEN FREE SALE!Free Sales Flyer
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 4:30-6:30pm, Red Barn plaza
Come trade your old costumes in for something new! These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, located in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the year from 4:30-6:30pm 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, cleaning, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, and more. Donations of stuff will be accepted and can be made any time in the small bin outside the Free Store or in the large red bins at the Garden Commons, next to the Baptist Center. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
Oct. 31, 2023 Sustainability Roundtable: Virginia Scott
Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 4pm, Microsoft Teams
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Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28). We continue the fall series October 31st, with Virginia Scott, sharing her work as a student in UofL's Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability Program. 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. 27, 2023

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Climate Change is Spooky Trivia Night
Friday, Oct. 27th,
7-9pm, Red Barn, Add to your Calendar
The Student Sustainability Coalition invites you to a fun-filled evening of trivia, prizes, food, and more! Teams can compete for hauntingly good prizes! There will also be a costume contest, door prizes, and concessions. It's Zero-Waste & 10% will be donated to the Louisville Nature Center. Bring your friends (or make new ones!) to compete against other teams for some SCARY GOOD prizes! We will also be holding a costume contest, so dress up as your favorite character, singer, decade, or whatever creative costume idea you have! Concessions will be available (with cash or Venmo), including vegan and gluten-free options! There will also be some FREE goodies to take home and enjoy (while supplies last). Tickets will also be available for chances to win some awesome door prizes donated to us from local businesses across Louisville ($1 per entry with cash or Venmo)! Entry tickets can be bought in advance; we have pre-sale and team discounts available! Pre-sale and day-of prices are below:

  • $9 per person; $12 at the door
  • $8 per person for teams of 2-3; $11 at the door
  • $7 per person for teams of 4-5; $10 at the door 
  • $6 per person for teams of 6-8; $9 at the door

To purchase pre-sale tickets, Venmo @mrearly0401 (confirmation code: 4975).

Major thanks to Ken Rowan for MC'ing this event. And thank you to the many local businesses who have graciously sponsored our event, including RedBull, Full Stop, V-Grits, SnoWhat, and more! The SSC also loves to give back to our community! A portion of funds raised from this event will be used as donations to local organizations, including the Louisville Nature Center. We hope you join us for a SPOOKY good time! RSVP on Engage.

Oct. 26, 2023 Garden Commons - Bess McLaughlinFresh & Flourish: Sustainable Eating Fair
Thursday, Oct. 26th, 2:30-4:30pm, Red Barn, Add to your Calendar
Join ELSB's Equity & Justice committee and the Cardinal Cupboard Food Pantry for a Sustainable Eating Fair! Hear from on and off campus organizations who support vegan and plant-based eaters, and learn about accessible ways to eat more sustainably. Also, enjoy some free food from the Cardinal Cupboard and local vegan and plant-based businesses! RSVP on Engage.
Oct. 25, 2023 Jaws (Film) - TV TropesScary Sustainability Movie Night: Jaws
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7pm, BAB 307
Join the UofL Sustainability Council and the Ecology and Sustainability Themed Community for the last of our Scary Sustainability mini film series! We'll close out UofL Sustainability Week with a screening of the 1975 classic thriller, directed by Steven Spielberg, which viscerally demonstrates the folly of engaging in man vs. nature pursuits! When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature. Let's just say, it doesn't end well for either side. Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 25, 2023 16th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 25th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad (see photos & videos.)
Campus Sustainability Day 2018Stop by the Humanities Quad for the 16th 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 Hot Local Apple Cider and grab a local donut from UofL Dining!
  • Enjoy a Bike Blender Smoothie from Health Promotion!
  • 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!
  • Meet our UofL Honeybees in an observation hive and sample some of this year's honey harvest!
Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 24, 2023 Dog Toy Making Upcycling EventDog Toys
Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 4:00 - 6:00pm, Garden Commons, Add to your Calendar
The UofL Sustainability Council invites you to come make some dog toys out of upcycled materials from the UofL Free Store! There will be dogs at the event for participants to hang out with!! This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 24, 2023 Inclusive Real Estate Development: "Equity on Both Sides of the Table"
Tuesday, October 24th, 2:30 pm, BAB 218, Add to your Calendar
UofL's Department of Geographic & Environmental Sciences invites you to their seminar series. On October 24th, the featured speaker will be Matthew Harrell from APK Development, a local, black-owned housing development company providing low income housing.Matthew is President & CEO of APK Development & Construction (APK), an acquisition and development real estate company based in Louisville, KY. He is also a member of Louisville’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board, which allocates millions of dollars annually for housing development. Matthew has also served as Chair of the African American Initiative Housing Committee, past Vice President of the local Louisville Chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) and National President of United Developers Council of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers. Matthew began his career in the real estate industry in Indianapolis, Indiana as Assistant Vice President of Approved Mortgage Corp., the largest mortgage brokerage in Indiana. After several years, Matthew relocated to Louisville, Kentucky to begin a career in Real Estate Development and launched APK. APK has quickly become a recognizable, 100% minority owned and operated, development company, acquiring and developing single family, multi-family and commercial properties. With a desire to preserve, create and sustain affordable and workforce homes that provide shelter, security, equity and opportunity for those that have been historically overlooked and undervalued, APK is uniquely positioned to act as the bridge that connects these communities and investment capital. The combined extensive experience, expertise and the independent relationships of APK and their partners has been foundational to their success. Through diverse partnerships, APK has become a fully integrated development company with the ability to offer design, development and a full range of construction services. APK also has acquired knowledge and experience regarding an array of financial pathways and resources, including bonds, tax credits, private equity financing, HUD Section 8, HUD Multifamily financing, FHA/FNMA, RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration Program), Solar Tax Credits, New Market Tax Credits and more. APK’s ventures are inspired by the growing awareness of social impact and the need for diversity among institutional investors, as well as the major paradigm shift to a value-driven economy. APK believes that now is the time to invest in affordable housing preservation and work-force communities that rely on affordable housing.
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23, 2023 CommuniTEA 10-23-23CommuniTEA: Gender Inequality & Climate Change
Monday, Oct. 23rd, 1-2pm, Garden Commons, Add to your Calendar
UNA Women and UofL Garden Commons invite everyone to join us for a guided discussion on gender inequalities in the impacts of climate change and visions for a feminist climate movement over a delicious cup of tea from Sis Got Tea! Facebook Event.
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23, 2023 Food is medicine: Innovation for health, equity and economic impact with Dariush Mozaffarian
Monday, Oct. 23rd, 1pm, 16th Floor Great Hall of the UofL/Jewish Hospital, Add to your Calendar
Dariush MozaffarianThis talk will explore the evidence, research, and importance of the Food is Medicine movement, examine how nutrition insecurity contributes to health disparities between social classes, provide an overview on integrating food and nutrition interventions into healthcare systems, and describe how policies can support access to reimbursable nutrition services. Dr. Mozaffarian's work aims to create the science and translation for a food system that is nutritious, equitable, and sustainable. Some of his areas of interest include healthy diet patterns, nutritional biomarkers, Food is Medicine interventions in health care, nutrition innovation and entrepreneurship, and food policy. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are welcome to attend.
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Oct. 21, 2023 Central Park Improvement DayCentral Park Improvement Day
Saturday, Oct. 21st, 8:30am-noon, Central Park, Add to your Calendar
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and UofL Sustainability Council invite everyone to volunteer at the fall 2023 Central Park Improvement Day. Consider volunteering a few hours of your time to do light chores like spreading mulch, trimming, painting, and tidying up this historic Olmsted Park near campus! Meet at the Old Louisville Neighborhood Center at 8:30 am for coffee, donuts and check-in. A free traditional barbeque lunch will be provided for all volunteers at noon. Many thanks to our community partners: Brightside, Metro Park, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and Metro Councilman Phillip Baker. Facebook Event.
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Oct. 20, 2023 Tree Planting With AKATree-Planting with Alpha Kappa Alpha
Friday, Oct. 20th, 3pm, Humanities Quad, Add to your Calendar
In coordination with UofL's Campus Tree Advisory Committee, the Ladies of Beta Epsilon would like to invite you to a day of service. We will be learning why planting trees are so integral to the sustainability of our planet and how to plant a tree successfully! Facebook Event.
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Oct. 20, 2023 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Mushrooms!
Friday, Oct. 20th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library W210, Add to your Calendar
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Growing Oyster Mushrooms in a BucketJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! On October 20th, we will hear from Leo Mellen, a student with an incredible passion for mycology and mushroom-growing!  This is a workshop for people who are interested in learning more about the bizarre and magical world of mushrooms. You will learn about:
- The ecology and life cycle of fungi
- How to cultivate mushrooms
- Medicinal uses of mushrooms
- The research currently being done with mushrooms.
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 monthly on Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
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Oct. 19, 2023 A Social Justice Career JourneyA Social Justice Career Journey
Thursday, Oct. 19th, 12-2pm, Cultural & Equity Center Multipurpose Room, Add to your Calendar

Passionate about social justice, activism, service? Join us in learning about how your passion can become a career. Muhammad Ali Scholar Alumni, Aaisha Hamid, Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager at Alliant will be leading this dialogue. RSVP on Engage.
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Oct. 19, 2023 2010 Louisville Food Desert MapFood Apartheid, In the Community & On the Campus
Thursday, October 19th, 11am - 12:30pm, SAC Floyd Theatre, Add to your Calendar
UofL's College of Arts & Sciences' Office of Diversity, Engagement, Culture & Climate presents the next installment in its Conversations on Race, Culture & History. Join us for an informative panel discussion that tackles the issue of food apartheid in our community and on the campus! Our panel will discuss the harsh realities of unequal access to healthy and affordable food. We'll delve into the impact on marginalized communities and discuss potential solutions. Reservations required, Refreshments served.
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 19-25 UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 19-25, 2023
I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! Events will include:
UofL Sustainability Week is "crowd-sourced"! If you'd like to add an event to the calendar, please contact Justin Mog!
Oct. 17, 2023 Sustainability Roundtable: Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 4pm, Microsoft Teams, 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 (8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28). We continue the fall series October 17th, with Michael Washburn, Executive Director, speaking on the Kentucky Waterways Alliance Mission and Work. The Kentucky Waterways Alliance envisions a Kentucky that sustains and celebrates our vast network of healthy waterways. Kentucky’s lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands support thriving aquatic ecosystems, healthy fish and wildlife populations, abundant recreation, and dependable, clean water supplies for future generations. Come learn how they work every day to pursue that vision and how you can get involved in the work. 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.
Oct. 17, 2023 Louisville Sustainability Summit: Livable Louisville
Tuesday, Oct 17th, 12:30 - 5:00pm, Louisville Visual Art (1538 Lytle St.) - Register hereAdd to your Calendar

UofL is proud to participate in the 10th Annual Louisville Sustainability Summithttps://i1.sndcdn.com/artworks-MTt5olhWgDaXCA7Y-fGl5CA-t500x500.jpg on the theme of "Livable Louisville: Addressing local climate risks through planning and design." Across the country Americans are facing the effects of a changing climate with increased extreme weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes, and heat waves causing poor air quality, dangerous forest fires, and flooding. Recent studies predict Kentucky’s risk of extreme heat, drought, wildfires, and inland floods will increase significantly. At the 2023 Louisville Sustainability Council Summit, we explore the risks and stressors our region is facing and how our buildings and cities can adapt to this new normal and address the problems. This half-day Summit will feature esteemed local and national speakers on topics relating to climate change, the built environment, and sustainable housing. The event will be immediately followed by an after party featuring a special sustainability-themed art exhibition at PORTAL @ fifteenTWELVE. All tickets include admission to the Summit, Art Exhibition, and After Party including appetizers. *If cost is a barrier but you would like to attend, please reach out to info@louisvillesustainabilitycouncil.org to request a scholarship.
  • Panelists include: Patrick Piuma, Director of UofL’s Urban Design Studio within the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute. 
  • Exhibitors include three booths hosted by the university, including: UofL Sustainability; UofL School of Public Health & Information Sciences – Solar Over Louisville research; and UofL’s Center for Integrated Environmental Health Sciences.
  • UofL's Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Justin Mog, interviewed Summit organizers from the Louisville Sustainability Council, Stuart Ungar & Tiffany Broyles Yost, on the October 9th edition of the Sustainability Now! radio show and podcast on Forward Radio 106.5fm.
Oct. 16, 2023 Cover Crops WorkshopCover Crops at Garden Commons 2021
Monday, Oct. 16th, 1pm, Urban & Public Affairs Garden

Cover crops help protect and rejuvenate living soil during fallow periods like the winter. Join us for a hands-on workshop in UofL's Urban & Public Affairs Garden to learn all about cover crops: The reasons why; Choosing the seed; How to plant; and How to terminate. Free packages of cover crop seed mix will be available for all participants. This workshop will be led by Paul Borntraeger from the Jefferson County Soil & Water Conversation District.

Oct. 12, 2023 Measuring, Monitoring, and Mitigating Urban Heat with an Urban Weather Station Network and Mass Tree Plantings
Thursday, Oct. 12th, 3pm, Microsoft Teams - Register hereAdd to your Calendar
PhotoAs a part of Louisville Tree Week (Oct. 7-14, 2023), UofL is excited to offer this online seminar to everyone. Mitigation efforts for Urban Heat Islands (UHIs) have been the subject of various atmospheric modeling, observational, and regional policy research projects for many years. The city of Louisville, in particular has been the focus of such modeling studies as well as targeted field studies that assess the UHI and other urban-related health hazards and evaluate mitigation efforts. The success of UHI mitigation efforts (e.g., greening, cool pavements, etc.) largely depends on accurate measurements of the UHI, including trends in its magnitude and spatial extent. To accomplish this task in the city of Louisville, five weather stations were deployed across an approximately 30 km stretch over Jefferson County in spring and summer of 2023. Another component of the network is a high-density array across a “pocket park” (Founder’s Square) in the urban core of the city, such that six weather stations were deployed across a 50 m x 50 m portion of a city block. This park-scale network not only serves as an urban core node in the county-wide network, but it also captures the meteorological variation across a small site that is the target of an intense urban greening initiative, the Trager MicroForest Project. A fixed research station is also located in the center of the park and serves as a baseline for the other weather stations. The park network was installed in June and July of 2023. This presentation by UofL professor of Geographic & Environmental Sciences, William Gunter, will provide a brief review of county-wide network results over the summer of 2023 as well as the role of the trees and green spaces in mitigating urban heat. Data from a targeted deployment, where a portable weather station was deployed in a nearby asphalt parking lot during a heat wave, will also be explored. Register here.
Oct. 12, 2023 Think Like a Squirrel - Urban Nut Foraging
Thursday, Oct. 12th, noon, Meet at Gottschalk Hall / Ends at Garden Commons, Add to your Calendar

Think Like a SquirrelIn celebration of Louisville Tree Week (Oct. 7-14, 2023), the UofL Sustainability Council is teaming up with Louisville Lots of Food to host this hands-on workshop. Come learn how to identify, collect, process and enjoy some of our common (and delicious!) tree nuts. We'll get hands-on and everyone will get to taste these arboreal treats! Be prepared to walk for about 20 minutes total. Rain or shine. We will gather at noon on the southeast corner of the Humanities Quad in front of Gottschalk Hall, tour some of campus to visit nut trees and end at the Garden Commons for a nut-processing demonstration. Details at louisvillelotsoffood.com and here. Facebook Event.
Oct. 11, 2023 Farm-To-Table Dinner 2021Farm To Table: An Evening in the Bluegrass
Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 5-8pm, BAB Quad

Tickets: $20 cash, card, or flex points
UofL Dining's farm-to-table event returns with locally sourced, chef-inspired dishes and live music! Enjoy multiple courses, all sourced from local ingredients! Tickets will be limited to 200 and can be purchased at the door or at the UofL Dining table outside of the SAC Marketplace Oct. 2-6. For those guests 21 and older, a cash bar will be available. Support our local Kentucky farms and join us for an evening of flavor, culinary arts and community.
Farm-To-Table 2023
Oct. 9, 2023 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Fall Meeting
Monday, Oct. 9th, noon, Microsoft Teams

Click here to join the meeting Meeting ID: 259 792 679 201,   Passcode: L6QJ6Z
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May be an image of 15 peopleThe 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. Facebook Event. The agenda includes:
Oct. 6, 2023 Conn Center's Relevance and Impact Innovation Workshop
Friday, Oct. 6th, 10am-2pm, University Club, Add to your Calendar - Register here

Ignite your purpose; fuel your passion! UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research presents a free workshop and lunch. Embark on a journey of commercialized innovation as we pay tribute to the late, great visionary Hank Conn. We’ll dive headfirst into cutting-edge renewable energy advancements at the Conn Center and partner companies. Kevin Nolan, CEO and president of GE Appliances, a Haier company, will deliver the keynote address. This is a great networking opportunity. For more information and to register, visit the webpage or contact Eunice Salazar, 852-8578.
Oct. 3, 2023 National Voter Education Week Movie Screening
Tuesday, October 3rd, 6pm, SAC Floyd Theater, Add to your Calendar
Join the Cultural & Equity Center, Black Male Initiative, Student Activities Board and the Anne Braden Institute as we kick off National Voter Education Week with a film screening. We will be highlighting the history of the voting and its importance. RSVP on Engage.
Oct. 3, 2023 Exploring the function and design of cities and their impact on health and urban vitality
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2:30 pm, BAB 218, Add to your Calendar
people waiting at a bus stopUofL's Department of Geographic & Environmental Sciences invites you to their free seminar series, open to all. On October 3rd, the featured speaker will be Patrick Piuma from UofL's Urban Design Studio, speaking on the topic: "Exploring the function and design of cities and their impact on health and urban vitality." The Envirome Institute’s Urban Design Studio (UDS) is focused on exploring the relationships between our built and natural environments and how their design and function impacts various aspects of health, from physical and psychological to environmental and economic. For more than a decade the UDS has utilized tactical urbanism, prototyping and other placemaking tools to test ideas and explore ways to improve the city through direct action and community engagement. Going beyond placemaking, the UDS and Envirome Institute are looking at how the city can improve people’s health rather than waiting to treat the diseases caused by the environment. We are currently working on several projects that look specifically at urban greening with the Trager MicroForest Project, the Health Corridor, and the New Vision of Health Campus.
Oct. 2-6, 2023

Research!Louisville Fall Symposium
Oct. 2nd-6th.

The Past is Present: Slavery and Medicine in Louisville History
Wednesday, Oct. 4th, noon, Kosair Charities Clinical & Translational Research Building, room 124
This wide-ranging panel discussion highlights important episodes and events in the history of medicine in Louisville and Jefferson County that occurred during the antebellum era of U.S. history. Its purpose is to illustrate the central role of physicians in supporting the system of racial slavery and the role of enslaved persons as experimental subjects in the advancement of medicine.
 
A conversation with author, medical ethicist Harriet WashingtonA conversation with author Harriet Washington
Thursday, Oct. 5th, noon, Kornhauser Library auditorium
The HSC Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Institutional Equity invite you to hear from Harriet Washington, author of several books, including "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Experimentation from Colonial Times to the Present." Harriet Washington is a medical ethicist, and she works to deconstruct the politics around medical issues. In addition to giving historically accurate information on ‘scientific racism’, she paints a powerful and disturbing portrait of medicine, race, sex and the abuse of power. RSVP here.

Keynote: “Looking to the Future of Environmental Health Sciences”
Friday, Oct. 6th, 1pm, Kosair Charities Clinical & Translational Research Building

digital imageThis year’s keynote speaker is Richard Woychik, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Toxicology Program since June 2020. Woychik oversees federal funding for biomedical research to discover how the environment influences human health and disease. Dr. Woychik is a molecular geneticist with a PhD in molecular biology from Case Western Reserve University and postdoctoral training with Dr. Philip Leder at Harvard Medical School. He spent almost 10 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory rising in the ranks to become head of the Mammalian Genetics Section and then director of the Office of Functional Genomics. Full details on the Research!Louisville website.

Sept. 30, 2023

7th Annual Environmental Justice Conference: "Solutions and Outcomes"
Saturday, September 30th, 7:30am - 6:00pm, University Club - Purchase Tickets in Advance
UofL is proud to host the 7th Annual Environmental Justice Conference organized by the West Jefferson County Community Task and the Louisville and Kentucky Chapters of the NAACP. The conference returns as an in-person event this year, with local and national speakers on topics of critical environmental importance. UofL's Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute's Center for Healthy Air, Water, and Soil will be presenting reports from Louisville’s Smell MyCity App. At this conference, we will delve into pressing environmental issues, exchange innovative ideas, and foster meaningful connections. Together, we will explore ways to address environmental challenges and promote justice for all communities. Check in begins at 7:30am for individuals and groups that purchased tickets and tables online. Although preregistration is preferred, event tickets may be purchased at the door by cash, or check. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are included with the price of the general admission and exhibitor tickets. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for Seniors and $30 for General Admission. Reserved Tables of 8 are $250. Exhibitor Tables are $50 and include one event ticket. Scholarships are available by request in advance with a written request to wjcctf.lou@gmail.com. Poster Presentations are welcomed free of charge. WJCCTF is a 501C3 non-profit and welcomes donations which can be made on Eventbrite, at the event by check, cash, or PayPal. Don't miss this exciting event that brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds who share a common goal of environmental justice. Together, we can make a difference!

Sept. 28, 2023 HRtalks Wellness: Sustainable Eating
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Thursday, Sept. 28th, 2-3pm, Microsoft Teams
- Register here  Add to your Calendar
Barr Farms CSATo kick off Sustainability Month, Get Healthy Now and UofL’s Sustainability Council are partnering with Organic Association of Kentucky and Barr Farms to discuss sustainable eating and the importance of eating more seasonal foods. Barr Farms will share ways to access local and organic produce and pasture-raised meats through CSA and farmers markets. Get Healthy Now participants can earn 100 points towards their 2024 $40 GHN monthly incentive for attending. Register here.
Sept. 28, 2023 Fall Planting Workshop
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Thursday, Sept. 28th, 12:30pm, Garden Commons (next to Baptist Center) Add to your Calendar

Sweet Potato Harvest 2017 at Garden CommonsWe continue our fall workshop series in UofL's organic Garden Commons with a focus on how to extend your growing season into the much more pleasant shoulder seasons when water, weed, and insect pressures wane.Fall is an often overlooked gardening season, and we are here to help you take full advantage of it! In fact, September is the best time to rejuvenate your garden and make it produce vegetables through Christmas! Planting cole crops in late summer allows them ample time to grow before the first frosts, but because they are so frost tolerant, they continue soaking up the sun's rays and continue growing, albeit slowly through December. In fact, gardeners often have better luck growing fussy vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower in fall than in spring because you don’t have to worry as much about insect pests, weeds, or bolting. And the cooler temperatures also make for sweeter and less bitter greens. Root vegetables are also perfect for fall gardening. You don’t have to pick them before frost. Things like carrots can be left in the ground, mulched with straw or leaves, and dug as you need them. In this workshop, we'll focus on frost tolerant plants, like cole crops and lettuces, and how to protect them. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, lettuces, carrots, turnips, rutabagas, and mustard greens are all varieties good for planting in fall. Other plants can be left in the garden over winter to be harvested in the spring, like onions and garlic.
Join us in the Garden Commons to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we gather together every Thursday at 12:30pm throughout the fall to harvest, weed, water, plant, and learn. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided.Upcoming special workshops include: Oct. 12 - Think Like a Squirrel - Urban Nut Foraging (Meet at noon at Gottschalk Hall, ends at Garden Commons); Oct. 19 - Food Justice; Nov. 30 - Wreath-Making. 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. 28, 2023  Cards Come Together 2023
Thursday, Sept. 28th, 9am-noon, various sites  Add to your Calendar

Join us this year for Cards Come Together, a day where UofL students, staff, faculty, and alumni come together to fully engage in the welfare and vitality of the Louisville metro area through service projects. Registration is now open and participants must register in advance.  Some sites have limited capacity and registration will close when capacity has been reached. There are 3 opportunities this year to choose from - click on the respective link to register for service at that site:
1. Old Louisville Clean-up in partnership with Metro Council District 6 Councilman Phillip Baker
Starting at 4th and Oak, clean-up of streets and alleyways from 1st Street to St. Catherine.
2. American Red Cross Supply Prep, 510 East Chestnut Street
Working from the Red Cross office, volunteers will prepare the supplies needed for the 40 to 50 teams that will be going out during the Smoke Alarm Community Installation event. These include staging forms, drills, screws, etc. so they can quickly be added to the construction buckets given out on install day. It may also include putting together bags with water and snacks for the team members.
3. Family Scholar House, 403 Reg Smith Circle
Volunteers will organize donations, and clean the interior and exterior of campus. Could include some landscaping.
Sept. 26, 2023 World In Transition: "Climate Change & Conflict: The Security Risks of Global Warming"
Tuesday, Sept. 26th, University Club, Add to your Calendar
5-6pm Reception, 6-7pm Talk, 7:30-9pm Dinner
Tickets: $10, $20, and $75 (learn more and register here). Free student tickets available - email contact@worldkentucky.org with the subject "UofL pass to Climate Change"
The World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana invite you to their first event in the 2023 World In Transition series, featuring Dr. Tegan Blaine, Director of Climate, Environment, and Conflict at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Dr. Blaine will speak to a variety of topics, including climate-induced migration, Kentucky’s transition from mining, and conflicts arising from climate insecurity. Natural disasters around the world have made clear that climate change is a real and present risk to people's livelihood. How do these disasters affect the peace and security of a country and its relations with other nations? Join us for this vital discussion on climate change and its effect on international security. Learn more and register here.
Sept. 26, 2023 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales Flyer
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 4:30-6:30pm, Red Barn plaza

These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, located in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the year from 4:30-6:30pm 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, cleaning, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, and more. Donations of stuff will be accepted and can be made any time in the small bin outside the Free Store or in the large red bins at the Garden Commons, next to the Baptist Center. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
Sept. 26, 2023 Sustainability Roundtable: Doughnut Economics - Asserting a Sustainable Future for All
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4pm, Microsoft Teams
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Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 266 387 272 198# Passcode: kxhTvM)

Environmental doughnut infographic Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28). We continue the fall series September 26th, with an exploration of the highly instructive concept of Doughnut Economics with our special guests, John Hartmann & Edward Burns. The Doughnut offers a vision of what it means for humanity to thrive in the 21st century - and Doughnut Economics, as laid out in Kate Raworth's book, explores the mindset and ways of thinking needed to get us there.
Edward S. Burns came to Louisville in 1995 as a student at Spalding University where he earned undergraduate degrees in Church Ministry Studies with an emphasis in leadership development and in Social Work with an emphasis in Policy Issues. He completed graduate studies at UofL in Social Work with an emphasis in research and program development, then worked with the Cabinet for Families and Children, UofL, the Louisville Community Initiative and UPS. The principles of liberation theology and Catholic Social Teaching guided Edward's involvement with religious institutions, government, and nongovernmental organizations in his country of birth Belize, Central America.
John Hartmann studied business at the University of Kentucky from 1968-73 (celebrating the first Earth Day there on April 22, 1970), and finished his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at UofL in 1988. He worked 6 1/2 years at the Crescent Hill Public Library, joined the Greater Louisville Sierra Club in 1994, and later served as Chair of the Club, 1998-2000. Later, he joined the staff at the Virginia Chance School in Louisville as a Library Specialist, 2000-2007. John served on the Steering Committee of the Louisville Climate Action Network, and hosted weekly conversations on important world issues for over 14 years at Wednesday evening “Conversation Cafes”, 2003-2017. He also joined the Louisville Fellowship of Reconciliation and became an Editor on the social justice paper, FORsooth Newspaper. After a few years, he became Editor in Chief of the paper. During his time with LFOR, he convened a group of dedicated persons to bring community radio to Louisville, and the station, WFMP Forward Radio has been on the air since April of 2017, broadcasting at 106.5fm and livestreaming and podcasting at forwardradio.org.
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.
Sept. 25, 2023 Starbucks Worker SolidarityStarbucks Worker Solidarity Event
Monday, Sept. 25th, 5:30-7pm in Humanities 207
The University of Louisville Students For Socialist Revolution will be holding an event alongside Starbucks Workers United. In this event we will talk about the current labor struggle happening within Starbucks between workers and management, what the place of unions are regarding socialism, and how you can get involved in the fight for unionism and communism. Get connected: Website. Instagram: @UOFL.SSR  Twitter: @IMTLOUKY  TikTok: @IMTLOUKY
Sept. 25, 2023 Volunteer Fair
Monday, Sept. 25th, 11am-2pm, Red Barn, Add to your Calendar
Come meet representatives from local non-profits and service agencies to learn how you can get involved and make a difference in our community! Volunteering is not only a great service to society, but it's also a vital way to improve your skills, knowledge, and professional experience while building a resume that is attractive to employers. Many sustainability-related organizations will be on hand, including TreesLouisville.
Sept. 25-30, 2023 Carpool Week!
Sept. 25-30, 2023
To wrap up the Cards Commuter Challenge 2023, we encourage you to try sharing the ride and discovering all the benefits of building community, making new friends, and sharing the costs and burden of driving! Many people near you are also headed to UofL or other destinations, so consider sharing the ride with your neighbors. You'll save money, build community, reduce pollution, ease traffic congestion, and reduce parking problems for everyone! Discover all of your options with our free Cardinal Directions trip-planning and carpool-matching service. Facebook Event.Carpool Week 2023
  • Whether you want to carpool for your daily commute, a few times a week, or just for a one-time trip, Cardinal Directions is the easiest way to connect.
  • You can also use Cardinal Directions to coordinate carpools to events such as conferences, concerts, parties, sporting events, etc.
  • Quickly set-up a profile for free by Registering here. Then you can post your ride offers or needs and Cardinal Directions will help connect you.
  • Log Your Trips on the Cardinal Directions Dashboard to be eligible for incentive programs throughout the year and to keep track of your miles, money saved, calories burned, and carbon dioxide emissions avoided!
  • Check out the UofL Carpooling webpage for details about getting special carpool parking permits (applicable to any color permit at no extra cost) and preferential, designated carpool parking spaces. Just contact us with your interest at Carpool@louisville.edu.
  • Not only can the permit cost be easily split by the members of the carpool via payroll deduction, but since we know there may be occasions when members of the carpool will have to drive in separately, UofL's carpool permits come with 8 daily parking passes per semester for all members of the carpool.
  • Even if you and three other potential carpoolers don't have access to your own reliable vehicle, you can still share the ride through Commute by Enterprise.
  • Every Commute Counts is a regional service for setting-up Vanpools, Carpools, and even Bikepools with your neighbors throughout Kentuckiana. They also administer the free Emergency Ride Home program for anyone who regularly bikes, buses, carpools, or vanpools and registers with Every Commute Counts.
Sept. 22, 2023 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Doughnut Economics
Friday, September 22nd, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library W210  Add to Calendar
OR Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)

Environmental doughnut infographic Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! On September 22nd, we will explore the highly instructive concept of Doughnut Economics with our special guests, John Hartmann & Edward Burns. The Doughnut offers a vision of what it means for humanity to thrive in the 21st century - and Doughnut Economics, as laid out in Kate Raworth's book, explores the mindset and ways of thinking needed to get us there.
Edward S. Burns came to Louisville in 1995 as a student at Spalding University where he earned undergraduate degrees in Church Ministry Studies with an emphasis in leadership development and in Social Work with an emphasis in Policy Issues. He completed graduate studies at UofL in Social Work with an emphasis in research and program development, then worked with the Cabinet for Families and Children, UofL, the Louisville Community Initiative and UPS. The principles of liberation theology and Catholic Social Teaching guided Edward's involvement with religious institutions, government, and nongovernmental organizations in his country of birth Belize, Central America.
John Hartmann studied business at the University of Kentucky from 1968-73 (celebrating the first Earth Day there on April 22, 1970), and finished his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at  UofL in 1988. He worked 6 1/2 years at the Crescent Hill Public Library, joined the Greater Louisville Sierra Club in 1994, and later served as Chair of the Club, 1998-2000. Later, he joined the staff at the Virginia Chance School in Louisville as a Library Specialist, 2000-2007. John served on the Steering Committee of the Louisville Climate Action Network, and hosted weekly conversations on important world issues for over 14 years at Wednesday evening “Conversation Cafes”, 2003-2017. He also joined the Louisville Fellowship of Reconciliation and became an Editor on the social justice paper, FORsooth Newspaper. After a few years, he became Editor in Chief of the paper. During his time with LFOR, he convened a group of dedicated persons to bring community radio to Louisville, and the station, WFMP Forward Radio has been on the air since April of 2017, broadcasting at 106.5fm and livestreaming and podcasting at forwardradio.org.
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 monthly on Fridays at noon. All are welcome.
Sept. 21, 2023 What's The Buzz?What’s the Buzz?!
Thursday, Sept. 21st, Noon – 2pm, Davidson Quad  Add to your Calendar
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!
Sept. 19, 2023 Hunter TurnbullSkate Night!
Tuesday, Sept. 19th, 4-6pm, Meet up at Humanities Quad, Add to your Calendar
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 led by EcoReps Intern, Chelsea Erbacher.
Sept. 15, 2023 HRTalks Wellness: Practicing mindfulness, empathy, & compassion
Friday, Sept. 15th, 11am-noon, Microsoft Teams - Register here. Add to your Calendar
Join Health Promotion and Get Healthy Now on September 15, at 11:00am for a 50-minute mindfulness, empathy, & compassion workshop. During the workshop you will learn the philosophy and practice of mindfulness, as well as ways it can be used as a self-care tool to develop deeper levels of empathy and compassion for ourselves and others. Get Healthy Now participants can earn 100 points towards their 2024 $40 GHN monthly incentive for attending. Register here.
Sept. 14, 2023

UofL Day at the Gray Street Farmers MarketUofL Day at the Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursday, Sept. 14th, 10:30am‒1:30pm  Add to your Calendar
Health Sciences Center, 634 S Jackson St (NE corner of Jackson & Gray)
As a fun way to kick-off the fall semester, we’ll be hosting UofL Day at the market on September 14th. 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 purchase local products, enjoy samples, and grab lunch.
With many unique localvendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, desserts, crafts, grab-and-go lunch items, and more. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! The market is operated by UofL's School of Public Health and Information Sciences, now in partnership with Catholic Charities’ Common Earth Gardens, allowing the market to relocate to their 435 Building Parking Lot at Gray & Jackson (entrance on Jackson). More info: GSFM website; contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, 502-852-8781, farmersmarket@louisville.edu; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

>> As a part of the Cards Commuter Challenge, the UofL Sustainability Council is organizing Car-free Trips at noon from Belknap Campus to the UofL Day at that Gray Street Farmers’ Market!

Bike Trip: Cyclists will leave from the North Info Center at noon for a flat, easy ride on bike lanes. Bring your own bike, or borrow one from UofL Bikeshare at the SRC, or from LouVelo. UofL Bike Interns will be leading the bike ride.

Bus Trip:
Bus riders should gather at noon 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. 12, 2023 Sustainability on TapSustainability on Tap!
Tuesday, Sept. 12th, 6pm, Monnik Brewing (1056 E. Burnett Ave.), Add to your Calendar
Come eat (vegetarian and vegan options are available), drink, and socialize with us! The UofL Student Sustainability Coalition invites you to an informal gathering aimed at fostering meaningful connections with UofL faculty, staff, students, and anyone passionate about sustainability! If you are interested in connecting with like minded folks this event is the perfect place for you. We believe that by bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, we can collectively work towards a more sustainable future! RSVP on Engage.
Sept. 12, 2023 Firearms in America: The most important test of our democracy
Tuesday, September 12th, 5-6:30pm, Filson Historical Society (1310 S 3rd St), Register hereAdd to your Calendar
The Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute presents Ryan Busse on Firearms in America: The most important test of our democracy. No American freedom is more powerful or symbolic than our right to own firearms because no other freedom has the potential to so immediately impact the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of our fellow citizens. Hence, this immensely powerful freedom requires an equally immense responsibility, and how effective we are at balancing the two may well determine whether our democracy can survive. This presentation by Ryan Busse, a former firearms industry executive and author of Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America, is an examination of the realities of guns in America by someone who is simultaneously a proud gun owner and very concerned with the ramifications of our current national imbalance. Light refreshments will be served from 5:00-5:30 pm, with Busse's presentation running from 5:30-6:30 pm. This Theodore Sedgwick Distinguished Lecture Series event is free and open to all; registration is required.
Sept. 12, 2023 Sustainability Roundtable: Sustainability Actions at Bellarmine
Tuesday, September 12th, 4pm, virtual, Add to your Calendar
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 266 387 272 198# Passcode: kxhTvM)
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Living on Campus: Residence Hall PhotosJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28). We continue the fall series September 12th, with our special guest, Lance Edwards, Assistant Director of Facilities Management at Bellarmine University in Louisville. Their mission is to maintain a safe, functional and healthy environment in the most efficient and economical manner to support the Bellarmine University community’s students, faculty and staff. Don't miss this chance to learn about what our neighbor institution is doing to advance campus sustainability!
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.
Sept. 11, 2023 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/497e1872-87b1-45af-894a-07b05af4a26ab52dc7ee-c305-453e-9a00-133abcd7c652.png?preset=large-wPlant a Plant
Monday, September 11th, 5-6pm, Red Barn Plaza, Add to your Calendar
Pick the perfect plant for you, propagate, plant in your own pot using composted soil, and take it home! Hear from Garden Commons about their work and how to get involved with sustainability initiatives on campus! Plant a Plant is for anyone who wants to learn more about sustainability. This event is open to all UofL students, faculty, and staff regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. All levels of green thumb are welcome! If you need accommodations or have questions email: elsbgi@louisville.edu. RSVP on Engage.
Sept. 9, 2023 Engage Lead Serve S.O.U.L. Day of Service
Saturday, Sept. 9th, 10am - 1pm, Meetup SAC Multipurpose Rooms  Add to your Calendar

UofL S.O.U.L. Day of ServiceEach year, S.O.U.L. (Student Outreach Uniting Louisville) brings students, faculty and staff together to complete a few hours of community service throughout Louisville. By volunteering with 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 UofL Community Composting project and the Garden Commons, and is coordinating with the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council to offer a volunteer project in Central Park. Get to know fellow students and UofL faculty and staff while exploring diversity on campus and in the Louisville community. Come and serve the Louisville community and learn about all the great organizations the city has to offer. At 10am, participants will assemble in the Student Activities Center, Multipurpose Rooms. Following remarks by UofL President Kim Schatzel, volunteers will be transported to various service sites throughout the city. There is no registration. Just come ready to spread the Cardinal Community of Care throughout our great city. For questions, contact the S.O.U.L. service coordinators, Veronica Lam and Megan Crowley, at elsbserv@louisville.edu. Special thanks to the UofL Engage Learn Serve Board for their ongoing support of this initiative.
Sept. 7-28, 2023 MyLibraryU Short Course: Humans and the Environment: A Geographer’s Perspective
Every Thursday in September, 6:30pm, Main Louisville Free Public Library (301 York St.)
Dr. Andrea Gaughan MyLibraryUniversity presents a new Short Course led by UofL Professor of Geographic & Environmental Sciences Dr. Andrea Gaughan. This 4-week course will cover the role that land-system geographers play in understanding, maintaining, and sustaining the environment and well-being of communities across the globe. It will introduce participants to different human-environment systems, discuss how geographers think about them, and foster critical thinking skills for a better understanding of the world around us. This program is free, but registration is requested at lfpl.org.
Sept. 1-2, 2023 Native Planting and Pollinator Garden Clean-Up
Friday, Sept. 1st, 1-5pm and/or Saturday, Sept. 2nd, 9am-noon Add to your Calendar
Meetup at the Korfhage Native Plant Garden next to Life Sciences and feel free to drop in any time
Planting Korfhage Native Plant GardenTo increase the number of native plants on campus, UofL's Biology Department and Sustainability Council are organizing this special fall planting event. We received a donation of 768 native plants from Garden for Wildlife. We need your help planting them in the Korfhage Native Plant Garden next to Life Sciences, at the Garden Commons, Urban & Public Affairs Garden, and various other spots around campus. This will not only beautify our campus but also provide essential resources and habitat for pollinators in an urban environment. With all the rain, the Korfhage Garden also needs some weeding. Come dressed to dig in the dirt and pull weeds. We will provide tools and gloves, but feel free to bring your own. Be aware that there is construction around the Speed Museum, limiting vehicle access to the garden so, as always, biking, walking, and taking the bus are your preferred means of getting there! Facebook Event.
Sept. 1-30, 2023 Cycle September
Cycle September 2023

September 1-30, 2023
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! 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, 2023. Your miles, days cycled, and bike commutes will all qualify you for the grand prize of a $200 voucher to a local bike shop! Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to compete. Get Healthy Now participants can earn 100 points toward their 2024 $40 GHN monthly incentive for participating. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free!
WATCH VIDEO RECORDING of our August 24th HRTalks Wellness: Cycle September Info Session.
Aug. 31, 2023 Garden Workshop: Newton's Apple Crisp & Pawpaw Ice-Cream!
Thursday, Aug. 31st, 12:30pm, Garden Commons/Belknap Village North, Add to your Calendar
Newton's Apple Tree behind Urban Studies - August harvestJoin us in UofL's organic, student-run Garden Commons for a hands-on workshop to help you take full advantage of peak summer fruit season! We will be making a couple delicious items from fruits that are in abundance right now in the Urban & Public Affairs Garden behind Bettie Johnson Hall (426 W. Bloom St.): an apple crisp using apples from our historic Sir Issac Newton apple tree and a vegan pawpaw ice cream using these rich, native fruits that are falling to the ground right now! Don't miss it! Connect with us and get all the details on Facebook or Instagram. Facebook Event.
Aug. 30, 2023 Campus History Walking Tour with Tom Owen
Wednesday, Aug. 30th, 5:30pm, starts on Ekstrom Library's Quad porch  Add to your Calendar
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.”
Aug. 30, 2023 Urban Profession Day
Wednesday, Aug. 30th, 10am-4pm, BAB Lobby  Add to your Calendar
Urban Profession DayJoin us for the Urban Profession Day! If you're captivated by the essence of urban living, this event serves as your portal to understanding the diverse professions that intricately shape our urban landscapes. Engage with the spheres of urban planning, public administration, and sustainability through illuminating dialogues. Acquire valuable insights from the representative of the American Planning Association Kentucky Chapter, poised to address your inquiries. Elevate your urban outlook and contribute to the cultivation of thriving communities. Seize this moment to delve into professions that pave the way for a radiant urban future! For any questions, please contact mup@louisville.edu.
Aug. 29, 2023 Iris TrioProject Earth: The Green Chapter
Tuesday, Aug. 29th, 8pm, Comstock Hall (School of Music)  Add to your Calendar
World premiere of new works by Sarah Slean, Andrew Downing and poet Karen Solie performed by the Iris Trio featuring Chrisitne Carter (clarinet), Zoë Martin-Doike (viola), and UofL's own Anna Petrova (piano). Project Earth is the Iris Trio’s response to the enormous crisis currently facing our planet. Through chamber music and poetry, the project strives to illuminate the impact of human behavior on the environment, addressing issues of climate change, pollution, habitat degradation, and biodiversity loss. Equally important, center stage is given to the immense beauty and wonder found in nature. The Trio recognizes the power of our collective imagination and the need to inspire a shared sense of value and responsibility if we are to create meaningful change around these complex issues. Project Earth is a multi-year endeavor, encompassing three distinct chapters - the Blue, Green, and White Chapters.
Aug. 29, 2023 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!
Last Tuesdays, August - April, 4:30-6:30pm, Red Barn plaza  Add to your Calendar

These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store,
Free Sales Flyerlocated in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the year from 4:30-6:30pm 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, cleaning, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, and more. Donations of stuff will be accepted and can be made any time in the small bin outside the Free Store or in the large red bins at the Garden Commons, next to the Baptist Center. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
Aug. 29, 2023 Alisa ZanettiSustainability Roundtable: Alisa Zanetti, Lean Leader Management to lead Sustainability and Operations
Tuesday, August 29th, 4pm, virtual  Add to your Calendar
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 266 387 272 198# Passcode: kxhTvM)
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Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28). We kick-off the fall series August 29th, with our special guest, Alisa Zanetti, speaking on Lean Leader Management to lead Sustainability and Operations. Alisa is a current student in UofL's Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability program with an extensive background working on logistics as the National Strategy & Planning Program Manager for the U.S. Postal Service. Don't miss this chance to learn from her unique insider's perspective!
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.
Aug. 28 - Sept. 30, 2023 2023 Cards Commuter Challenge LogoCards Commuter Challenge 2023
August 28 - September 30, 2023. 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 28 - September 30) and each week you'll have the chance to win one of the $50 weekly prizes or the $250 Grand Prize! Any trip by means other than driving alone increases your chances of winning!

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! 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, 2023. 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.

Connect with us, trash-talk, and post about your commute on social media @UofLSustainable.

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

  • Campus History Walking Tour with Tom Owen
    Wednesday, Aug. 30th, 5:30pm, starts on Ekstrom Library's Quad porch
  • Mayor’s Hike, Bike & Paddle
    Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4th
    , 8am-noon, Waterfront Park Great Lawn
    hikebikeandpaddle.org
  • Car-free trip at noon from Belknap Campus to:
    UofL Day at that Gray Street Farmers’ Market
    Thursday, Sept. 14th
    , 10:30am‒1:30pm
    Health Sciences Center, 634 S Jackson St (NE corner of Jackson & Gray)
    Bike Trip: Cyclists will leave from the North Info Center at noon for a flat, easy ride on bike lanes. Bring your own bike, or borrow one from UofL Bikeshare at the SRC, or from LouVelo. Sam Shaw & Anthony Riley will be leading the bike ride.
    Bus Trip: Bus riders should gather at noon 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! Jahnavi Doddapaneni will be leading the bus trip.
  • Skate Night!
    Tuesday, Sept. 19th, 4-6pm, Meet up 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.
  • Carpool Week!
    Sept. 25-30th
    To wrap up the Cards Commuter Challenge 2023, we encourage you to try sharing the ride and discovering all the benefits of building community, making new friends, and sharing the costs and burden of driving! Many people near you are also headed to UofL or other destinations, so consider sharing the ride with your neighbors. You'll save money, build community, reduce pollution, ease traffic congestion, and reduce parking problems for everyone! Discover all of your options with our free Cardinal Directions trip-planning and carpool-matching service.
Aug. 26, 2023 Pop-Up Drop-Off Community Recycling Event
Saturday, August 26th, 10am-2pm, UofL Shelby Campus (440 N Whittington Pkwy)  Add to your Calendar

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.
Aug. 25, 2023 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Community Composting
Friday, August 25th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library - RELOCATED TO Delphi Center room 232  Add to your Calendar
OR Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)

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Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free homemade vegan lunch! Our first workshop of the semester will be led by Brian Barnes, Director of UofL's Community Composting project since its inception in July 2010. Brian's passion for worms and zero waste strategies is unparalleled! Come catch the fever and learn how you can get involved in this unique community project on campus that has evolved from very humble origins to a mature community-supported operation that has spawned a new local business, the Louisville Compost Co-op, which provides households with weekly compost pickup services.
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 monthly on Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Aug. 24, 2023 HRTalks Wellness: Cycle September Information Session
Thursday, August 24th, 2:00-2:30pm, Microsoft Teams - Register Here 
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UofL’s Sustainability Council and Get Healthy Now encourage you to ride for Team UofL during the Cycle September 2023 Challenge. Reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle, show your support for sustainable transportation and win prizes. Bike commutes can also be logged in the Cards Commuter Challenge to increase your chances to win. Get Healthy Now participants can earn 100 points toward their 2024 $40 GHN monthly incentive for participating. Register on Cycle September’s website and join Team UofL on Strava. You can also learn more during this information session. Register Here.
Cycle September
Aug. 24 - Nov. 30 Fall Garden Gatherings
Mondays, 1-2pm at the Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom St., behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm at the Garden Commons (northeast of the Baptist Center)
Garden GatheringUofL’s organic campus gardens are great places to relax, reconnect, learn, and savor the sweet taste of sustainability! Students, faculty, staff, and the public are all welcome to come enjoy the bounty and experience the thrill of turning tiny seeds into an abundance of hyper-local veggies, herbs, fruit & flowers. UPA Garden - Oct2013 Sweet Potato HarvestStop by anytime to sample the goodness and help us keep things watered and weeded. We will gather weekly at both of our campus food gardens throughout the fall semester to harvest, weed, water & plant. Tools and gloves provided, but bring bags to harvest into! Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on Facebook or Instagram.
Aug. 21 - Nov. 30, 2023 Free Store logoFree Store Fall Hours
Monday - Thursday, noon-6pm, SAC W303C
UofL’s Free Store is conveniently located in SAC W303C, just down the hall from the Cardinal Cupboard on the 3rd floor of SAC West. Throughout the Fall 2023 semester, it will be open Monday through Thursday from noon-6pm, every day of classes. UofL's Sustainability Council invites everyone in our campus community to come "shop" for free clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books & media, school & art supplies, and more. Reuse, reuse, reuse! Donations can be made any time in the small bin outside the door of SAC W303C or in the big red bins at the Garden Commons next to the Baptist Center. 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.
Aug. 17-20, 2023

Sustainability in Welcome Week 2023
Aug. 17th - 20th, 2023
The UofL Sustainability Council will welcome new students to campus with a variety of events designed to engage your passion! Events include:

  • Thursday, Aug. 17thGray Street Farmers Market
    Gray Street Farmers’ Market
    10:30am‒1:30pm, Health Sciences Center, 634 S Jackson St
    UofL's farmers' market is open every Thursday through October! With many unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, coffee, desserts, crafts, grab-and-go lunch items, and more.. Cash, debit cards & SNAP benefits accepted! Open rain or shine, the market is operated by UofL's School of Public Health and Information Sciences in partnership with Catholic Charities’ Common Earth Gardens.
  • Lighten Your Load Free Stuff SwapThursday, Aug. 17th
    Move-in Free Sale!
    noon-5pm, Garden Commons at the Baptist Center
    The UofL Free Store will hold a pop-up free sale on Move-In Day to help you avoid the trip to Target! Load up on free clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, kitchen & housewares, cleaning & school supplies, and much more - all donated by students during last year's Trash-to-Treasure Move-Out!
  • Friday, Aug. 18th
    Sustainability Shopping Spree!
    4-5:30pm, Red Barn Plaza (Rain location: 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.
  • Salsa PartySaturday, Aug. 19th
    Garden Commons Salsa Party
    1:30 - 2:30pm, Garden Commons (next to Baptist Center)
    Stop by the new home of 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.
  • Sunday, Aug. 20th
    UofL Community CompostingUofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    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!
  • Sunday, Aug. 20th
    Sustainable Louisville Bike Tour
    Welcome Week Sustainability Bike Tour
    2:30 – 4:30pm, 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. Visit Falls City Community Bikeworks, a non-profit community bike shop close to campus where you can learn how to fix your bike, access tools free, and get free used parts or low-cost supplies and used bikes! Don’t have a bike? Check one out from the SRC through UofL’s free Bikeshare Program or take a spin on a LouVelo bike for the day. Check out our route here.
Aug. 15, 2023 Resilience, Justice and Community-Based Green/Blue Infrastructure
Tuesday, August 15th, 7-8:30pm, United Crescent Hill Ministries (150 State St) or Join via Zoom (registration required)
Mill Creek team, including professor Tony Arnold.