Past Events

A log of sustainability events at UofL which have already taken place.
Date Event
Aug. 4, 2022 Gray Street Farmers Market 2022Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursday, Aug. 4th, 10am‒2pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

UofL's farmers' market is back after two years of pandemic shutdown! With many unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, bread, granola, jams, desserts, and more. A rotating group of lunch vendors and food trucks will be back to serve you again this year. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open rain or shine, 10am-2pm on first Thursdays, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website; contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, 502-852-8781, farmersmarket@louisville.edu; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
July 25-29, 2022 UofL Social Justice Youth Summer CampUofL Social Justice Youth Summer Camp
Monday-Friday, July 25th-29th
Consider registering your young leaders in grades 4-12 in the Social Justice Youth Summer Camp presented by UofL's Cultural and Equity Centers. The camp runs from July 25-29 for one week of exploring truth as participants develop into social justice warriors for self and society! This year’s theme is "America's Pathology: Education, Liberation & Action." The camp will explore topics of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice all while engaging with community peers and staff from the University of Louisville. We hope to build a community of youth who are students for activism, striving for advocacy, screaming for action. Applications are due April 29th and there will be a virtual parent interest meeting on March 7 at 6pm (Parent Interest Meeting RSVP here.). More information on Facebook and online.
July 22, 2022 Dr. Douglas Tallamy - Nature’s Best Hope
Friday, July 22nd, 6-7:30pm, Humanities 100 or join virtually
Doug TallamyTickets available here
General public: $25
Bernheim members: $20
University faculty/staff with valid ID: $10
Students with valid ID: free, but must register for the event

Presented by Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in partnership with the UofL's Sustainability Council. Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Dr. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can - and must - take to reverse declining biodiversity, why we must change our adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one, and why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.
Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 106 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 41 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home was published by Timber Press in 2007, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014; Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, was released in February 2020, and his latest book The Nature of Oaks was released by Timber press in March 2021.  In 2021 he cofounded Homegrown National Park with Michelle Alfandari. His awards include recognition from The Garden Writers Association, Audubon, The National Wildlife Federation, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural Association.
A spread of healthy farm-to-table appetizers from Bernheim’s Edible Garden and Isaac’s Cafe will be available after the event, and attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase Bernheim memberships. Purchase tickets here.
July 16, 2022 Gathering Data on Environmental Concerns
Saturday, July 16th, 10am, free virtual workshop - register here.
Gathering Data on Environmental ConcernsThe second session of the Kentucky Resources Council’s Kentucky Environmental Leadership Institute for 2022 will feature Lauren Heberle & Larry Taylor. Dr. Heberle is the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Management and Associate Professor of Sociology. She is also the lead investigator for the Community Engagement Core of the UofL Superfund Research Center. She teaches environmental and social policy courses and urban sociology. Dr. Heberle will discuss the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool created by the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality under President Biden's Executive Order to be an accountability tool for federal agencies now required to prioritize 40% of investments in climate change, clean energy/energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, training and workforce development, the remediation of legacy pollution, and the development of critical clean water infrastructure to areas defined in the tool as 'disadvantaged'. Larry Taylor is the Executive Advisor in the Energy and Environment Cabinet's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Larry served as Toxic Release Inventory coordinator, environmental justice coordinator, Quality Assurance Manager, and departmental legislative contact. Larry will profile the Toxic Release Inventory, a helpful tool for identifying the chemicals and amounts found at facilities across the U.S. They will review using the database to learn about facilities and trends in Kentucky. Register here.
July 7, 2022 Gray Street Farmers Market 2022Gray Street Farmers’ Market
Thursday, July 7th, 10am‒2pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

UofL's farmers' market is back after two years of pandemic shutdown! With many unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, bread, granola, jams, desserts, and more. A rotating group of lunch vendors and food trucks will be back to serve you again this year. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open rain or shine, 10am-2pm on first Thursdays, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website; contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, 502-852-8781, farmersmarket@louisville.edu; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
June 18, 2022 Central Park Improvement DayCentral Park Improvement Day
Saturday, June 18th, 8:30am-noon, Central Park
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and UofL Sustainability Council invite everyone to volunteer at the spring 2022 Central Park Improvement Day. Consider volunteering a few hours of your time to do light chores like weeding, trimming, and painting to tidy up this historic Olmsted Park near campus and get ready for a variety of free summer events. Meet at the Old Louisville Neighborhood Center at 8:30 am for coffee and donuts and check-in. A free lunch will be provided for all volunteers at noon. Many thanks to our community partners Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
June 15, 2022 UofL Community Composting & Louisville Compost Co-op Host Green Drinks Louisville
Wednesday, June 15th, 6pm,
240 E. Bloom St. (a block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map)
UofL Community CompostingLouisville Sustainability CouncilThe Louisville Sustainability Council’s Green Drinks is a casual bi-monthly meet-up of community members and organizations, featuring different speakers from across the city to educate and inform the community on local happenings, projects, and initiatives. Each presentation is followed by Q&A, discussion, and networking. On June 15th, they will be visiting UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting project! Green Drinks takes place on the third Wednesday of every other month at 6pm at rotating venues around town. Full details. See photos.
June 13-19, 2022

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

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

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

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

Journeys to Freedom: (Un)Known Project River Cruise is an immersive river excursion commissioned by IDEAS xLab and written and directed by UofL assistant professor of theatre Sidney Monroe Williams (they/them). The event will take place aboard the Belle of Louisville. While floating along the Ohio River between Kentucky, formerly a slave state and Indiana, a free state, you will be immersed in the stories of two families seeking to escape enslavement by boat. Performances are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on June 9, 10, 22, & 23. Details and reservations here.
June 4, 2022 Kentucky Solar Energy Society Annual Meeting image
Kentucky Solar Energy Society Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 4th 10:30am-2:30pm, Ekstrom Library Chao Auditorium
Register Here.

UofL's Sustainability Council is proud to host the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society, whose mission is to promote the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation in Kentucky through education, advocacy, networking, and demonstration of practical applications. This meeting is free and open to all KySES members, subscribers, students, guests and the general public interested in learning more about solar power in Kentucky. Expect an interactive day with participation from attendees and presenters on the state of solar generation and updates from KySES board members on efforts such as solar legislation and Solar Over Louisville. Meeting topics will include:
  • Address from Louisville Mayor
  • New tech in solar; overview of solar industry in Kentucky
  • Mega trends nationally in pricing & impact on Kentucky
  • Louisville’s highly successful Solar Program: a) successes b) what can happen elsewhere
  • Kentucky legislature vs. Solar; also Large Solar Installations
  • Presentation on batteries for solar applications, (details one should know)
  • Update on Scam Artists
  • Solar 101 - Before you buy info
The meeting will also feature a free catered lunch and plenty of time to network with fellow solar and renewable energy supporters. For more information, please contact KySES Board Chair, Wallace McMullen. Register Here.
June 2, 2022 Gray Street Farmers Market 2022Gray Street Farmers’ Market Grand Reopening
Thursday, June 2nd, 10am‒2pm
Health Sciences Center, 400 E. Gray St.

UofL's farmers' market is back after two years of pandemic shutdown! With many unique local vendors, you'll find the finest in farm-fresh products, including locally grown produce, bread, granola, jams, desserts, and more. A rotating group of lunch vendors and food trucks will be back to serve you again this year. Cash, debit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted! Open rain or shine, 10am-2pm on first Thursdays, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6. Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products. Join our listserv and receive our weekly newsletter by sending an email to listserv@listserv.louisville.edu with the message “SUBSCRIBE GSFM (First_Name Last_Name)”. More info: GSFM website; contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, 502-852-8781, farmersmarket@louisville.edu; or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
May 26 - Aug. 5 Free Store logoUofL Free Store Summer Orientation Hours
Summer Orientation Dates, 11am-1pm, SAC W303C
UofL’s Free Store, now more conveniently located in SAC W303C, just down the hall from the Cardinal Cupboard on the 3rd floor of SAC West, will be open to welcome new students and their families this summer! The Free Store will be open from11am-1pm every day of Summer Orientation: May 26-27, May 31-June 1, June 2-3, June 6-7, June 9-10, June 13-14, June 16-17, June 21-22, June 23-24, June 27-28, June 30-July 1, July 5-6, and Aug. 4-5.
All students, families & employees are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books & media, school & art supplies, and moreReuse, reuse, reuse! Donations are accepted any time we are open or 24/7 in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd.
Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping those in need! Volunteers are always welcome to keep the store open and tidy while sorting donations. UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. The Free Store is closed whenever the university is not in session. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook. Facebook Event.
May 27, 2022 Serviceberry ForagingServiceberry Foraging Party
Friday, May 27th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Bring a pail or Tupperware and get ready to load up on the sweetest "secret" right under our noses! Serviceberries (aka Juneberries) are native to Kentucky and they are planted all over the city as a common, low-maintenance street tree. The fruits are ripe for only two weeks around June 1st. They are similar to blueberries but a little bit nutty (the trees are in the almond family!). UofL's campus boasts many loaded serviceberries and during this special workshop, we will walk around to visit many of them! Pick and take home as many as you can. Enjoy them fresh or freeze them for pies and smoothies year-round! Meetup at the Garden Commons and we'll go from there. For inspiration, read Robin Wall Kimmerer's deeply insightful essay, The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance. Facebook Event.

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May 21, 2022 Pop-Up Drop-Off Community Recycling Event
Saturday, May 21st, 10am-2pm, UofL Shelby Campus (440 N Whittington Pkwy)

Pop-Up Drop-Offs are free recycling and large item disposal events for residents of Jefferson County.

Pop-Up Drop-OffAccepted Items: 

  • Up to 3 electronic items (recycled)
  • Metal & appliances, no refrigerators or any items containing coolant (recycled) 
  • Up to 4 passenger tires (recycled)
  • Household recyclables, follow curbside rules (recycled)
  • Yard waste, follow curbside rules, wooden pallets (composted)
  • Large household items (landfilled) 
  • Documents for shredding (recycled)
  • Prescription medication (disposed properly)

Items must already be separated into categories for easy off-loading so as much can be recycled as possible.

Not Accepted:

  • Garbage, loose debris (use curbside garbage collection or take to landfill)
  • Concrete, bricks, rocks
  • Construction materials (take to Waste Reduction Center, fees apply)
  • Refrigerators or items containing coolant (take to Waste Reduction Center, or metal recycling facility)
  • Latex paint (disposal information)
  • Batteries, light bulbs, oil-based paint, varnishes, stains, and other household hazardous waste (take to Haz Bin)
  • Tree trunks  
  • Boats, hot tubs
  • Items from businesses
  • Trailers greater than 10 feet in length (larger loads can be taken to the Waste Reduction Center)
This event sponsored by: Department of Public Works and Assets (Louisville/Jefferson County Waste Management District in partnership with Solid Waste Management Services Division) and Metro Council. More info.
May 20, 2022

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

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Betsy Ruhe 2016 (UofL's 1st Masters in Sustainability student)Warm weather has returned and Bike Month is here! Bicycling is a very low-cost, pollution-free way to get around that offers so many benefits to your health and wellness…but are you mentally prepared for bike commuting? Are you excited to dust off your bicycle, but have some questions and concerns? Intimidated by traffic? Scared to ride on Louisville's streets? Uncertain about how to carry things, lock your bike properly, or keep your bike maintained? And what about those green LouVelo bikeshare bikes? Join us for this workshop to boost your confidence and get your questions answered! In this hour led by experienced Louisville bike commuters, we’ll help you learn to ride safely and confidently around town in all kinds of weather while getting exercise, having fun, and slashing your carbon emissions. We’ll also share how you can win fabulous prizes by riding with Team UofL in the Bike Month Challenge! Get Healthy Now program participants will earn 200 points toward your 2023 premium incentive for attending. Facebook EventRegister here.
May 20, 2022 Cards Come Together Day of Service: Old Louisville Clean-up
Friday, May 20th, 9am-noon, Meetup at 4th & Oak
Louisville Ky ImageJoin us as we partner with District 6 Metro Councilman David James and Brightside for an Old Louisville neighborhood cleanup. Starting at 4th and Oak Streets, we will clean-up streets and alleyways from 1st Street to St. Catherine. Garbage bags, gloves and lunch will be provided. Registration required. Participation in Cards Come Together is entirely voluntary. Staff can use Community Service Leave (CSL) but should obtain supervisor approval before registering to participate. Register here.
May 9-13, 2022 Environmental Conservation Service Trip
May 9-13, 2022
Get lost in nature and service with us on the Appalachian Trail! This year's Alternative Break Service trip will be taking place May 9-13 in North Carolina and Gatlinburg with a focus on environmental conservation! The cost for the trip is $125 with meals and housing included in the cost, you can contact kathy.meyer@louisville.edu or elsbserv@louisville.edu for more information. Fill out this form if you're interested, thank you!
May 6, 2022 The Electric Economy and Climate Change: The Critical Role of Energy Storage
Friday, May 6th, 1pm, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
2019 Nobel Laureate Dr. M. Stanley Wittingham to speak at UofLM. Stanley Wittingham, a recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the design and development of lithium-ion batteries, will present two lectures on his life work as part of the Chemistry Graduate Student Association Derby Lecture series. Wittingham will give a technical lecture, "The Lithium Battery: From a Dream to Domination of Energy Storage - Future Chemistry and Materials Challenges," May 5, 11 a.m. He will give a general audience lecture, "The Electric Economy and Climate Change: The Critical Role of Energy Storage," May 6, 1 p.m. Both lectures will be at UofL Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. Dr. Whittingham's visit and lectures are organized by the UofL Chemistry Graduate Student Association (CGSA) who is sponsoring the event. Co-sponsers include Clariant Corporation, the National Science Foundation, and the University of Louisville College of Art and Sciences. CGSA is excited to announce the return of the Derby Lecture Series for the 2022 year! Since 1978, graduate students at the University of Louisville have hosted numerous Nobel Laureates as the Derby Lecturer for the Derby Lecture Series. We consider this event to be our proudest achievement, and it is our honor to continue this long-standing annual tradition. The Derby Lecture Series is among the most unique university events organized by graduate students. It is planned around our city’s biggest day, the Kentucky Derby at the world-famous Churchill Downs, which is just five minutes from our department!
April 28, 2022 UofL Little Free Library Grand Opening
Thursday, April 28th, 11am, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Little Free Library Grand Opening 4-28-22UofL's first Little Free Library is being installed at the Garden Commons, thanks to our friends at UofL's Resilient Families Project! Come on out to celebrate this milestone with us. Bring a book. Take a book.
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May 1-31, 2022 2022 Bike Month ChallengeBike Month Challenge
May 1st – 31st, 2022

UofL’s Sustainability Council and Get Healthy Now encourage you to saddle up and ride for Team UofL in the Bike Month Challenge! Reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle and show your support for sustainable transportation. Register for the Bike Month Challenge as an individual to be entered to win fabulous national prizes like a $1500 bicycle, Love To Ride t-shirts, and durable waterproof bags from UPSO made from recycled truck tarpaulins! Join Team UofL on Strava to log your rides and encourage/compete against your peers for the UofL Grand Prize. Simply log your trips by bicycle for fun, fitness, or transportation. Your miles and days cycled will qualify you for the grand prize of a $200 voucher to a local bike shop! Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to compete. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free! Facebook Event.
April 26, 2022 Move-Out Lighten Your Load FREE SALE!Free Sales
Tuesday, April 26th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn plaza

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

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

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


		Muhammad Ali: A Transcendent Life-Standing Up for Peace Symposium image
UofL's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice’s annual symposium, co-sponsored by CODRE, University Libraries, and the Anne Braden Institute, addresses the question: “What can we learn from Muhammad Ali about standing up for peace today?” Plenary Sessions in the morning address how Ali inspires young people and how artists are standing up for peace and are inspired by Muhammad Ali. Dr. Raymond Green will speak about the Muhammad Ali social justice magnet at Central High School. Hannah Drake will speak about how Ali inspires her as an artist. The keynote speaker is Ambassador Shabazz (Malcolm X’s eldest daughter).
Symposium Schedule:
9:00 A.M. Conference Check-In – Exhibits Display/Student Poster & Art Presentations
9:30 A.M. Welcome & Conference Overview - “Standing Up for Peace”
10:00 A.M. How does Muhammad Ali inspire young people today to be agents of change in their communities? (Dr. Raymond Green, former principal and alum of Central H.S., UofL College of Business)
11:00 A.M. How does Muhammad Ali inspire artists to stand up for peace today? (Hannah L. Drake, poet and author )
12:00 P.M. Luncheon—Standing Up for Peace Today – How Can Muhammad Ali’s Legacy Inspire Us? (Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, Ambassador-at-large of Belize )
1:30 P.M. Breakout Sessions:
     Student Voices – Middle School & High School Students
     Arts & Humanities Advancing Social Change
     Honoring Muhammad Ali’s Community Connections
3:00 P.M. Breakout Sessions:
     Muhammad Ali’s Global Impact
     Student Voices & Advocating for Peace Today - UofL students – Muhammad Ali Scholars
4:30 P.M. Conference Concluding Remarks and Networking
6:00 P.M. End of conference
The symposium is part of an MAI and UofL Libraries commemoration of Muhammad Ali - Muhammad Ali: A Transcendent Life with exhibits across all of UofL Libraries, and new digital resources unveiled in January 2021. Another community engagement opportunity seeks participation in the audio and video tribute to how Ali inspires each of us. The link to contribute is here: “Standing Up for Peace: How does Muhammad Ali Inspire Us Today?” For additional information please contact Sherry Durham at sherry.durham@louisville.edu.
March 31, 2022 Vegan Menu Takeover
Thursday, March 31st, 11am-8pm, The Ville Grill
Thinking about exploring a plant-based diet? Already into it? Either way, you'll findplenty of options to enjoy a meal without any animals having to die or suffer! And you'll discover how healthy and delicious vegan dining can be! Just stop in at UofL Dining's zero-waste, 30% locally-sourced, all-you-care-to-eat dining hall at 3rd & Brandeis to sample the goodness during lunch and dinner. All are welcome. You don't need to be on a meal plan or have flex points.https://louisville.campusdish.com/-/media/Global/Higher-Education/Images/Health-And-Wellness/PageBanners/PlantForward.ashx?mh=1280&mw=1920&hash=7122DD84DE4A3AA35C109B4EB7A10D2DE1A18163
March 29, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Habitat for Humanity
Tuesday, March 29th, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). Our featured speakers on March 29th will be Leslie Woods & Bolaji Ogbulu from Louisville Habitat for Humanity. No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
March 29, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, March 29th & April 26th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn plaza

These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, now located in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the spring from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Red Barn (outside in good weather). The space is like a thrift store where no money is exchanged and is run by students who help process donations and keep the store tidy and organized in support of the project to help keep useful items out of the landfill while meeting the needs of their peers. The Free Store is a space for the free exchange of clean, functional, durable items like clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Donations can be made any time in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
March 28, 2022 Urban & Public Affairs Garden Spring Workday
Monday, March 28th, 2-4pm, UPA Garden (426 W. Bloom St., behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
UPA Garden - Oct2013 Sweet Potato HarvestThe Student Sustainability Coalition invite you to discover the wonders of UofL's OTHER garden, behind the Urban & Public Affairs Building, along the brick alley behind Bettie Johnson Hall. The student-designed UPA Horticulture Zone has been growing food & community since the Urban & Public Affairs Student Organization broke ground in May 2013! What had once been an uninviting patch of grass that had to be mowed regularly with fossil fuels was transitioned into an inviting outdoor gathering space beside our historic apple tree. The space is used to grow fresh, delicious produce available to the community in our mini orchard (peach, apple, fig, and native serviceberry, pawpaw, hazelnuts, and maypops) and in four raised beds filled with rich, organic compost made by volunteers on campus from food waste collected both on and off campus. We'll be spreading wood chips on our paths, mulching our pawpaw patch, cleaning up after the winter, and digging out and potting-up pawpaw saplings for distribution at UofL Arbor Day (April 1). Dress to get dirty. Tools and gloves provided. Facebook Event.
March 26, 2022 Invasive Plant Removal at Jefferson Memorial Forest
Saturday, March 26, 10am-2pm, Jefferson Memorial Forest
The UofL Bontanical Society invites you out to the largest urban forests in the country to help knock back invasive plant species in Jefferson Memorial Forest with Steve Kendra. Training, including plant identification, as well as gear (gloves, hand tools, water bottles) will be provided on-site! Please dress accordingly for this work, meaning long pants, layered shirts or thick top, and sturdy close-toed shoes. Everyone involved will be given a coupon for a free combo meal of your choice at the Dairy Queen down the road, which we'll meet up at afterwards! These type of volunteer activities look really great on a resume and provide an opportunity to network with people throughout our local community. Plus, some of you may need service hours for various campus organizations and this definitely meets the criteria. Jefferson Memorial Forest is the largest metropolitan area forest in the United States at well over 7,000 acres. It's located about 20-25 minutes south of campus and is a great place for hiking, fishing, bird-watching, flora and fauna, and even camping. RSVP on Engage for full details.
March 25, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District
Friday, March 25th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Jefferson County Conservation DistrictJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! Our March workshop will put you in touch with the work of the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District. With conservation as their passion, the District's mission is to conserve Jefferson County’s natural resources by coordinating financial, technical and educational assistance that helps both rural and urban communities implement sustainable solutions. The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
March 25, 2022 7th Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium
Friday, March 25th, 9am-Noon, Ekstrom Library
Register here.

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

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

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

Presenters

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

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

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

Nutrition Literacy promotion via Student Community Engagement in Rural Appalachia

  • Frances Hardin Fanning - School of Nursing

Engaging Adolescents to Cultivate Environmental Health Literacy

  • Luz Huntington-Moskos - School of Nursing

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

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

 

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

  • Dedra Hayden & Krista Roach - School of Nursing

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

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

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

  • Mollie Aleshire - School of Nursing

La Casita Center: Virtual Accompaniment

  • Ben Harlan - Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences

Compassion Clinic 2021

  • Karen Krigger - School of Medicine

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

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

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2 (11:20am - noon)

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

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

  • Diane Riff & Sarah McCLure - School of Nursing

Compassion Clinic 2020

  • Karen Krigger - School of Medicine

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

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

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

  • Josephine Willis - UofL Center for Integrative Environmental Health Sciences

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

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



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

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

HSC Green Team Ecolympics Recycling Learning Event Flyer 3-9-22The HSC Green Team invites you to come learn about the many recycling programs available at UofL, how to utilize them properly, and how you can win with green action during Ecolympics 2022! A panel of speakers including Cathy Price from UofL Environmental Health & Safety, and Laura Veldman from WestRock (our single-stream recycler), will share tips and valuable information about how you can go Zero Waste on campus. They will also field your recycling questions during a Q&A. Bring your E-waste along with you and drop it off for recycling in the big bin in the Kornhauser lobby. All types of types of electronics are being accepted for recycling through March 16th: all computers, monitors, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, servers, networking equipment, fax machines, telephones and cellphones, RAM/memory, hard drives, battery backups, and peripherals such as keyboards, mice, speakers, AC adapters, and mixed computer cables/wires.Facebook Event.
March 8, 2022 Dear White Feminists with Rafia Zakaria
Tuesday, March 8th, 5:30pm, Rauch Planetarium (or livestreamed online here)
Join us for the 2022 Minx Auerbach Lecture in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, featuring Rafia Zakaria! Rafia is a lawyer, writer, and former board member of Amnesty International USA and a columnist for The Baffler and the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, whose writing also regularly appears in outlets such as The Guardian and The New York Times Book Review. She is the author of Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption, an audacious examination of how white privilege and white supremacy have led to an American feminist movement dominated by white women, and what needs to happen now to change the future of feminism for the better.
March 5, 2022 Old Louisville Tree Planting (March 2021)Old Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, March 5th, 9am-noon, Meet at 3rd Avenue Baptist Church (1726 S. 3rd St.)
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the UofL Sustainability Council invite volunteers to help restore the urban canopy on the northern edge of UofL's Belknap Campus. We'll be planting 50 deciduous shade street trees (2" dbh) with our neighbors at various locations between the curb and the sidewalk where trees are missing between Cardinal Blvd. and Hill St. along 3rd, 4th, Lee, and Bloom Streets. Volunteers should gather outside the 3rd Avenue Baptist Church (at 3rd & Bloom St.) to be assigned to small tree-planting teams. Donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and light breakfast items will be available prior to 9am, when work will begin. A pizza & chili lunch will be served for all volunteers at noon after the trees are planted. All are welcome and no pre-registration is necessary. Tools will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own shovels and gloves. Sponsors include the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, Councilman David James, MSD, Metro Parks Forestry, Metro Public Works, Neon Pizza, and Heine Bros Coffee. In the event of rain, snow, or frozen ground, the alternate tree planting day will be Saturday, March 12th. Questions should be directed to Herb Fink 502-552-0399. Facebook Event.
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March 4, 2022 Seed Starting Workshop
Friday, March 4th, 1-2pm, Urban & Public Affairs Greenhouse (426 W. Bloom St.)
Seed Starting Workshop 2020Get a jump-start on your food garden this year! Join us in the greenhouse at the garden behind Urban & Public Affairs, 426 W. Bloom St. (west of Bettie Johnson Hall) to learn about starting seeds to save money, get better results, and make the most of the growing season. Learn how and why to start seeds early with this hands-on workshop. Feel free to bring your own seeds to start and take home to your windowsill, or help us start some seeds to be planted out in our Campus Gardens. This workshop will be led by Bethany Pratt, Horticulture Education Agent for Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, and the Urban Agriculture Coalition.Facebook Event.
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March 2, 2022 Racialized Burdens: Applying Racialized Organization Theory to the Administrative State
Wednesday, March 2nd, 6:00pm, Belknap Academic Building 218 or via Zoom
 The Department of Sociology's 2022 John H. Rieger Speaker Series will host Dr. Victor Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology and African American Studies at the University of Iowa and a nonresident Fellow at The Brookings Institute. His research applies critical race theory to classic sociological questions. In his talk, Dr. Ray will develop the concept of racialized burdens as a means of examining the role of race in administrative practice. Racialized burdens are the experience of learning, compliance and psychological costs, which serve as inequality reproducing mechanisms. To develop this concept, he examines the role of administrative burdens in the US state from the theoretical perspective of racialized organizations. Using examples from attempts to access citizenship rights – via immigration, voting and the social safety net – he illustrates some key points. First, racialized burdens combine access to resources and ideas about racial groups in ways that typically disadvantage racially marginalized groups. Second, while still promising fair and equal treatment, racially disproportionate burdens can be laundered through facially neutral rules and via claims that burdens are necessary for unrelated reasons. Third, racialized burdens emerge when more explicit forms of racial bias in policies or administrative practices become illegal, politically untenable or culturally unacceptable. Racialized burdens neatly carry out the “how” in the production of racial inequality while concealing, or providing an alibi for, the “why.” This event is free and open to the University community, but registration is required. For those wishing to attend via Zoom, please register here. If you wish to attend in person, please email Nancy Price to register. More information online here, or contact Dr. Karen Christopher, 852-8022.
March 1, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Lauren Anderson, Green Heart Project
Tuesday, March 1st, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Lauren AndersonJoin the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). Our featured speaker on March 1st will be Lauren Anderson, Research Manager at UofL's Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil in the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute at the School of Medicine. Lauren holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the UofL and is a Research Management Professional. As a Program Manager for the Envirome Institute and Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil, Lauren specializes in leading collaborative teams through community-facing projects and clinical trials. She has a particular interest in project communication and research translation with a focus on environmental and wellbeing research. Lauren has managed portfolios for the Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil, a Louisville-based environmental nonprofit, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Prior to joining Public Health, Lauren worked for Louisville Metro Community Services and received her Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University in Lexington. She will be speaking about Green Heart Louisville, a project of UofL's Envirome Institute that is using south-side neighborhoods of Louisville as a living laboratory to explore if planting trees and increasing green space in a neighborhood improves air quality and human health with the goal of developing a “greenprint” for creating healthier neighborhoods. No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss. Facebook Event.
Feb. 25, 2022 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Humane Education
Friday, Feb. 25th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
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Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! Our February workshop features UofL's own Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies professor, Dr. Tami Harbolt. Dr. Harbolt is a certified humane educator and started a non-profit in humane education. She has also served as a member of WAGS Pet Therapy of Kentucky since 2008. She will talk about the efficacy of humane education as a "gateway" to an environmental ethic in education. She will also give a breakdown of the difference between service, therapy, and emotional support animals and their presence in the workplace.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Feb. 22, 2022 UofL Free Store FREE SALE!Free Sales
Last Tuesdays, Feb. 22nd, March 29th & April 24th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn

These pop-up Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, now located in SAC W303C. They will be offered on last Tuesdays of each month throughout the spring from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Red Barn (outside in good weather). The space is like a thrift store where no money is exchanged and is run by students who help process donations and keep the store tidy and organized in support of the project to help keep useful items out of the landfill while meeting the needs of their peers. The Free Store is a space for the free exchange of clean, functional, durable items like clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Donations can be made any time in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
Feb. 15, 2022 Magan LewisSustainability Roundtable: Dr. Magan Lewis, Corteva Agriscience
Tuesday, Feb. 15th, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). Our special guest on February 15th will be Magan Lewis, Ph.D., who serves as the Corteva Global Technology Adoption Lead for the Crop Protection Discovery and Development group. In her role, she oversees the development, implementation, and compliance of new technology across the globe to enhance product development and agriculture research. From working with UAVs during the day to STEM outreach at night, Magan’s award winning leadership and outreach passion has allowed her to launch “You Be The Chemist” quiz bowls and mentor young scientists globally through Science and Engineering Fairs. Magan is an active member of the Food Security Global Steering Team, recently co-founded a STEM Camp with her husband, and is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassador. Magan is a STEM education outreach fanatic, ID&E advocate, and active participant in non-profit Boards. Magan holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from North Dakota State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota. She resides in the Des Moines, Iowa-area with her husband and two daughters. The Lewis family enjoys camping, catching frogs, identifying insects, tumbling rocks, traveling, hiking, playing piano, and NDSU Football.
No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss. Facebook Event.
Feb. 11, 2022 Winter Orchard Care Workshop
Friday, Feb. 11th, 1:00-3:30pm, Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom, on brick alley behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
Come learn some simple tricks for taking advantage of the dormancy period to improve the health and productivity of fruit trees! Winter is the perfect time for pruning orchard trees to reduce disease and increase fruit production. Our friends from the Urban Agriculture Coalition will be joining us to offer guidance as we all learn together in this hands-on workshop designed to improve the health of our mini-orchard at the Urban & Public Affairs Garden, which features cherry, apple, peach, fig, and native pawpaw, serviceberry, and hazelnut trees! Drop-in any time, or sign-up to volunteer here. This is part of the spring series of Garden Workshops hosted by the Garden Commons, a shared, collectively-managed space, open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on Facebook or Instagram. Facebook Event. Photos. Video.
Feb. 9, 2022 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/7965880e-d7df-4ac6-8be3-d785c50bf9cfd0cdc572-0ece-46bc-acaf-d5c6755ce81c.png?preset=large-wWhat We Mean When We Say "Divest"
Wednesday, Feb. 9th, 5:30-6:30pm, Join Event Online
Divestment is a key initiative for the Student Sustainability Coalition; specifically, we urge the university to divest from fossil fuels, militarism, policing, and many more problematic investments. However, what does it really mean to divest? What does it look like? Is it feasible? In this session we'd like to delve into what we mean when we say "divest", and answer any questions you have.
Feb. 1, 2022 Sustainability Roundtable: Julie Donna on Sustainable Transportation
Tuesday, Feb. 1st, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Regional Success Stories - Bluegrass GreensourceWatch Recording
Join the UofL Sustainability Council for our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). On February 1st, we'll feature Julie Donna, who has been serving with Louisville Metro Government since February 2019 and is currently the Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of Advanced Planning & Sustainability. She's focused on building a low-emission and climate-resilient Louisville through collaborative and equitable solutions. Her previous experience includes leading projects for the City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability and Green Umbrella, the regional sustainability alliance of Greater Cincinnati. A proud graduate of the Neighborhood Institute and the Public Allies leadership development programs, she holds degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from Miami University in Ohio.
Transportation accounts for 18.7% of Louisville’s greenhouse gas emissions, or the equivalent of 2,992,100 tons of carbon dioxide each year. Louisville has a goal of achieving 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040, which requires de-carbonizing our transportation systems. To reach this goal, our community will need to use a multitude of strategies which include encouraging active transportation (biking and walking), improving our public transit systems, increasing the density of development, and switching to low-emission vehicles. Everyone has a role to play in choosing how they travel every day! These strategies will not only slow the impacts of climate change, but also reduce other air pollutants (including ozone precursors), improve public health and safety, and enhance the quality of life for all residents. Learn more about Louisville’s climate action online here.
No registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss. Facebook Event.
View Slides here.
Jan. 31 - March 26, 2022

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2022
January 31st to March 26th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prizes:

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

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

Jan. 26, 2022 Citizen-led Science/Science-led Citizens: Building Public Response to Climate Change through Participatory Action Research
Wednesday, Jan. 26th, 3:30pm, Join on Microsoft Teams
Network for Educational Action Research Ireland | Notes from Winter  NEARIMeet 23 January 2021The first in our lineup of great speakers for the Geographic and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series this semester will be Dr. Mary Brydon-Miller of the UofL College of Education and Human Development, and Extraordinary Professor, North-West University, South Africa. Mary will present on "Citizen-led Science/Science-led Citizens: Building Public Response to Climate Change through Participatory Action Research." Action to address the global climate crisis requires broad community engagement as both consumers and as citizens. As researchers and educators, it’s our responsibility to insure that this kind of participation is informed by robust scholarship, but we must also seek to address the questions and issues of greatest concern to our communities. This kind of citizen-led science will only be effective in creating positive change, however, if we have science-led citizens. Unfortunately, recent experience with the pandemic, as with the climate crisis, has made it clear that there are significant barriers in achieving this goal. Participatory Action Research can be used to involve community members as active and informed partners by combining popular education, community-based research, and activism. This presentation will provide an overview of PAR and discuss specific examples of how this approach is being used to address the climate crisis locally and globally.
Jan. 18, 2022 Marlena WolfSustainability Roundtable: Marlena Wolf, Guidance for Growers
Tuesday, Jan. 18th, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Watch Recording.
Join the UofL Sustainability Council on January 18th as we kick-off our Spring Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm (1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12). Our first Roundtable of 2022 will feature Marlena Wolf, a UofL graduate, farmer, garden coach, and entrepreneur.  She fled Corporate America in 2009, took an apprenticeship on an organic vegetable farm, and has never looked back. She has grown over 30 varieties of fresh produce on several acres. The love, challenge, and practice of growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and pollinators is her craft. She shares that craft through Guidance for Growers Consulting LLC, which brings her expertise to the table while designing and building high-end raised bed gardens to Louisville homes and businesses.
No registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss. Facebook Event.
Jan. 17, 2022 MLK Day of Service 2022MLK Day of Service 2022
Monday, Jan. 17th,

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

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


MLK Day Volunteer Street Tree Planting

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

Jan. 14, 2022 Maple Tapping Workshop!Maple Tapping 2019
Friday, Jan. 14th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us in UofL's sustainable Garden Commons to learn about the process of tapping maple trees and making maple syrup. Our workshop leader, Dave Barker, has been tapping trees and making his own syrup in Louisville for years. He will give a brief, hands-on workshop on the process and then attendees will get to work with him as we install taps on our own maple trees around campus. Participants will have the opportunity to sign-up to volunteer to empty buckets as they fill throughout the coming weeks. Please dress warmly so we can work outside! Facebook Event.
Jan. 10 - Apr. 25, 2022 Free Store logoUofL Free Store Spring Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 11am-1pm, SAC W303C
UofL’s Free Store is now more conveniently located in SAC W303C, just down the hall from the Cardinal Cupboard on the 3rd floor of SAC West! The Free Store will be open throughout the Spring semester on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 11am-1pm. All students & employees are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books & media, school & art supplies, and moreReuse, reuse, reuse! Donations are accepted any time we are open or 24/7 in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd.
Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping those in need! Volunteers are always welcome to keep the store open and tidy while sorting donations. UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. The Free Store is closed whenever the university is not in session. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook. Facebook Event.
Every Sunday UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm
240 E. Bloom St. (one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map here)

UofL Community CompostingCome help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep! All participants are welcome to haul home some rich UofL compost for gardening projects in your own containers/vehicle. This is a weekly service opportunity throughout the year. Contact: Brian Barnes, 502-338-1338.
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Dec. 4, 2021 Trees are planted in South Louisville for the UofL Green Heart Project, an ongoing assessment of the effects of neighborhood greenness on individual healthGreen Heart South Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, Dec. 4th, 9am-1pm, Meetup at Wyandotte Park (1104 Beecher St.)
Calling all volunteers as we wrap up our fall season of tree plantings after an amazing start with over 100 volunteers helping us plant over 100 trees on October 23rd! We are on track to plant 2000 trees with Louisville Grows by the end of the year! Help us increase the tree canopy in neighborhoods most impacted by the urban heat island effect. This planting will focus on the Taylor-Berry, Jacobs, Hazelwood, Beechmont, Oakdale, and Wilder Park neighborhoods in South Louisville. This tree planting is in partnership with UofL’s Green Heart project, a first of its kind multi-year study. By taking a closer look at the relationship we have with our neighborhood trees and their affect on our mental and physical health, we can continue to grow greener, healthier neighborhoods. Thank you to our sponsors: Louisville Grows, UPS, Arbor Day Foundation, The Nature Conservancy Kentucky and U of L Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute. Please contact Charlie at volunteer@louisvillegrows.org or 502-655-9830 with any questions or concerns. Register here.
Dec. 2, 2021 Buy Local Holiday BazaarUofL Farmers Market Holiday Bazaar 2016
Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 10am-2pm, University Club Ballroom

Come load up on locally-grown and handmade holiday gifts from our UofL Farmers' Market vendors and other local artisans! Our annual Holiday Bazaar is making a grand return this year, in a new location, the University Club Ballroom. The Bazaar features 17 different local artisans and food producers coming together in one location for holiday shopping, local style! You'll find unique holiday gifts and treats available only here, such as local maple syrup, ice cream, baked goods, holiday décor, home goods, jewelry, hand-crafted items, personal care items, charcuterie boards, personalized goods, art, fair trade items, and more! There will be door prizes and lunch available for purchase. Make your list. Check it twice. And don't miss it! Facebook Event.
Nov. 20, 2021 Pop-Up Drop-Off Community Recycling Event
Saturday, Nov. 20th, 10am-2pm, UofL Shelby Campus (440 N Whittington Pkwy)

Pop-Up Drop-Offs are free recycling and large item disposal events for residents of Jefferson County.

Pop-Up Drop-OffAccepted Items: 

  • Up to 3 electronic items (recycled)
  • Metal & appliances, no refrigerators or any items containing coolant (recycled) 
  • Up to 4 passenger tires (recycled)
  • Household recyclables, follow curbside rules (recycled)
  • Yard waste, follow curbside rules, wooden pallets (composted)
  • Large household items (landfilled) 
  • Documents for shredding (recycled)
  • Prescription medication (disposed properly)

Items must already be separated into categories for easy off-loading so as much can be recycled as possible.

Not Accepted:

  • Garbage, loose debris (use curbside garbage collection or take to landfill)
  • Concrete, bricks, rocks
  • Construction materials (take to Waste Reduction Center, fees apply)
  • Refrigerators or items containing coolant (take to Waste Reduction Center, or metal recycling facility)
  • Latex paint (disposal information)
  • Batteries, light bulbs, oil-based paint, varnishes, stains, and other household hazardous waste (take to Haz Bin)
  • Tree trunks  
  • Boats, hot tubs
  • Items from businesses
  • Trailers greater than 10 feet in length (larger loads can be taken to the Waste Reduction Center)
This event sponsored by: Department of Public Works and Assets (Louisville/Jefferson County Waste Management District in partnership with Solid Waste Management Services Division) and Metro Council. More info.
Nov. 19, 2021 EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Louisville Community Grocery
Friday, Nov. 19th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We conclude our fall series on last Fridays at noon with a workshop led by Arte Chambers, the new Ownership Coordinator for the Louisville Community Grocery. We'll learn about this multi-year grassroots effort to open a cooperative grocery store to fill the void left in our urban core by the epidemic of downtown grocery store closures. Learn more in this video by Cassia Herron about the Louisville Community Grocery’s history.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This fall, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Nov. 19, 2021 Wreath Making Workshop 2020Wreath Making Workshop
Friday, Nov. 19th, 11am-2pm, Garden Commons (SW Corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us in UofL's organic, student-managed garden to get in the holiday spirit! Come learn how to make your own beautiful wreath using a variety of plant materials from campus and herbs from our garden. It's easier than you might think and you'll take home something beautiful and unique. This is the last in our fall series of Garden Workshops The Garden Commons is a shared, collectively-managed space, open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on Facebook or Instagram. Facebook Event.
Nov. 17, 2021 From Garbage to Garden
Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 11am-2pm, SAC Marketplace
UofL Dining and UofL's Community Composting Project will be hosting this fun Customer Appreciation Event. We will be giving out delicious "Dirt Cups" (chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, gummy worms) and sharing information about the importance of worms and composting to sustaining you through healthy food!
Nov. 17, 2021

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

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

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

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

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Nov. 2, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Matt Spalding, Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council as we continue our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our speaker on November 2nd will be What is a healthy forest floor? Ask Matt Spalding of Olmsted Parks  Conservancy - YouTubeMatt Spalding, Education and Volunteer Program Manager for the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The Conservancy’s mission is to restore, enhance and forever protect Louisville’s Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, connecting nature and neighborhood while strengthening the community’s well-being. Keenly focused on their vision that all seventeen parks and six parkways are extraordinary, in every way, for everyone, they execute projects that achieve:
Restoration - They restore the historical elements of the Olmsted Parks and Parkways through capital park investments.
Enhancement - They enhance the parks through ecological restoration and natural areas management. They follow the historic planting plans for each park, plant hundreds of trees and bushes each year, keep invasive species out of the woodlands and maintain the formally planted landscapes.
Community Connection - They deepen connections between neighbors and the parks through hands-on volunteer projects, Friends of Olmsted Parks neighborhood groups and playful educational programming in the parks.
Facebook Event
. We'll gather online: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#). No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Oct. 29, 2021 Sustainability Interns 2021The Secret Garden
Friday, Oct. 29th, 5-7pm, Urban & Public Affairs Garden (426 W. Bloom St.)
The Student Sustainability Coalition is hosting this event to wrap-up UofL Sustainability Week! Join us for a social to celebrate the "secret" Urban & Public Affairs Garden and hang out with homemade vegan food! This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!Facebook Event.
Oct. 29, 2021 UofL Arbor Day Tree Planting 2020Arbor Day Tree Planting Workshop
Friday, Oct. 29th, 1pm, Garden Commons (SW Corner of Strickler Hall)

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

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

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

1pm, Garden Commons
Come help us restore Louisville's shrinking tree canopy. Join us for a celebration of UofL’s on-going commitment to trees and our status as a Tree Campus USA (for 11 years running!). See photos. Watch video.

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

CANCELED DUE TO RAIN:

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

Oct. 28, 2021 University of Louisville Supplier Diversity Vendor ShowUofL Supplier Diversity Vendor Show
Thursday, Oct. 28th, 1:30-5pm, University Club
The University of Louisville seeks feedback on how we may best remove barriers into doing business with local, minority, small and women owned businesses. This event, hosted by Contract Administration and Procurement Services, will showcase approximately 40 local, minority, small and women owned businesses to the various departments at UofL. Additionally, we will host a social cocktail hour in conclusion of the event from 3:30-5pm. Please RSVP here. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 28, 2021 Building a Human-Scale Campus and Streets: Virtual Roundtable on Sustainable Transportation at UofL
Thursday, Oct. 28th, 2:30-3:30pm, Zoom - Registration required here.

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

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

Moderator:

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

CANCELED DUE TO RAIN:

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

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

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

Join the UofL Women's Center and UNA Women at UofL for their 4th Annual Symposium, exploring the connection between gender and climate change, centering on the experiences of women. Learn about the consequences of climate change and how our communities and institutions respond locally and globally. Hear from experts on the issue and learn what you can do to help! Admission is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 27, 2021 14th Annual Campus Sustainability Day Fair
Wednesday, Oct. 27th 10am-2pm, Humanities Quad
Campus Sustainability Day 2018Stop by the Humanities Quad for the 14th annual celebration of all things sustainable at UofL and in our community! Learn what campus and community groups are doing to create a sustainable revolution. Sign-up to get involved and leave with some green freebies, great information, and a smile on your face! Facebook Event.
  • Take the Cards Go Green Pledge and earn an ethically-sourced reusable mug!
  • Bring your bike for a free tune-up from 11am-2pm! Learn about all of UofL's Transportation Alternatives, and get hands-on, personalized guidance in how to use UofL's Bike Fix-It Stations
  • Shop and donate clothing, housewares, and all kinds of free stuff at our Pop-up UofL Free Store!
  • UofL Dining will offer free local hot cider!
  • UofL Environmental Health & Safety will be collecting all kinds of lamps & batteries for recycling, including: Alkaline (A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt); Button-cell; Lithium; Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad); Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH); Lead and Lead-acid; Carbon-zinc; and Mercury batteries.
If you'd like to host a sustainability-related booth or activity at the Campus Sustainability Day fair, please contact Maria Cora. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event! See photos.
Oct. 26, 2021 Anchor Institutions graphicSustainability Learning Café: Ethical Purchasing
Tuesday, Oct. 26th, 1pm, on Microsoft Teams - Register here
WATCH VIDEO RECORDING.
Put your money where your mouth is! Join us to hear from a team of UofL experts working to advance sustainable purchasing within departments and across the university community as a whole. Learn about UofL’s Anchor Mission Initiative and how the purchases you make (either personal or on behalf of UofL) can help support a vibrant, sustainable local economy that invests in diversity, cooperatives, green businesses, and other values we hold in common. Utilizing our Purchasing Priorities and Planning (P3) Tool, you’ll be able to track your purchasing habits and work towards building wealth in long-neglected communities right here in Louisville. Presenters:
•    Amber Horn, Assistant Director, Contract Administration
•    Henry Cunningham, Director of Community Engagement
•    Tom Walton, Executive In Residence at UofL’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences
•    Ariana Levinson, Professor of Law
•    Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Register here.
This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!



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

These pop-up outdoor Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, recently relocated to SAC W303C. The space is like a thrift store where no money is exchanged and is run by students who help process donations and keep the store tidy and organized in support of the project to help keep useful items out of the landfill while meeting the needs of their peers. The Free Store is a space for the free exchange of clean, functional, durable items like clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Donations can be made any time in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 25, 2021 Urban & Public Affairs Garden & Greenhouse Workday
Monday, Oct. 25th, 5pm, UPA Garden (426 W. Bloom St., behind Bettie Johnson Hall)
UPA Garden - Oct2013 Sweet Potato HarvestThe Student Sustainability Coalition and UofL Botanical Society invite you to discover the wonders of UofL's OTHER garden, behind the Urban & Public Affairs Building, along the brick alley behind Bettie Johnson Hall. The student-designed UPA Horticulture Zone has been growing food & community since the Urban & Public Affairs Student Organization broke ground in May 2013! What had once been an uninviting patch of grass that had to be mowed regularly with fossil fuels was transitioned into an inviting outdoor gathering space beside our historic apple tree. The space is used to grow fresh, delicious produce available to the community in our mini orchard (peach, apple, fig, and native serviceberry, pawpaw, hazelnuts, and maypops) and in four raised beds filled with rich, organic compost made by volunteers on campus from food waste collected both on and off campus. The site includes two compost bins, five rain barrels to capture water from the roof for irrigation, native shade-tolerant plants for areas under the canopy, nitrogen-fixing red clover no-mow areas, and a large, season-extending greenhouse with solar panels to power the ventilation fans. We'll be harvesting maypops (native passion fruits), tidying up the garden after a long growing season, planting cover crops, and getting the greenhouse ready for year-round growing!! Dress to get dirty. Tools and gloves provided. This event is rain or shine - in the event of rain,we will work mostly in the greenhouse. Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 25 - Dec. 10, 2021 Free Store logoUofL Free Store
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 11am-1pm, SAC W303C
UofL’s Free Store has finally settled into its new, more conveniently located home, in SAC W303C, just down the hall from the Cardinal Cupboard on the 3rd floor of SAC West! We've hired staff and will be open throughout the Fall semester on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 11am-1pm. All students & employees are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books & media, school & art supplies, and moreReuse, reuse, reuse! Donations are accepted any time we are open or 24/7 in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd.
Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping those in need! Volunteers are always welcome to keep the store open and tidy while sorting donations. UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. The Free Store is closed whenever the university is not in session. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
Oct. 23, 2021 Trees are planted in South Louisville for the UofL Green Heart Project, an ongoing assessment of the effects of neighborhood greenness on individual healthGreen Heart South Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 9am-1pm, Meetup at Wyandotte Park (1104 Beecher St.)
Calling all volunteers as we dig into this season of tree plantings starting on Saturday, October 23! Help us increase the tree canopy in neighborhoods most impacted by the urban heat island effect. This planting will focus on the Taylor-Berry, Jacobs, Hazelwood, Beechmont, Oakdale, and Wilder Park neighborhoods in South Louisville. This October tree planting is in partnership with UofL’s Green Heart project, a first of its kind multi-year study. By taking a closer look at the relationship we have with our neighborhood trees and their affect on our mental and physical health, we can continue to grow greener, healthier neighborhoods. If you would like to learn more visit: greenheartlouisville.com. Thank you to our sponsors: Louisville Grows, UPS, Arbor Day Foundation, The Nature Conservancy Kentucky and U of L Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute. Please contact Charlie at volunteer@louisvillegrows.org or 502-655-9830 with any questions or concerns. Register here. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23, 2021 Women's Basketball Team Volunteers at Central Park Improvement Day 6-5-21Central Park Improvement Day
Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 8:30am-noon, Central Park
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and UofL Sustainability Council invite everyone to volunteer at the fall 2021 Central Park Improvement Day. Consider volunteering a few hours of your time to do light chores to spruce up this historic Olmsted Park near campus. Meet at the Visitors Center at 8:30 am for coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts and check-in. Councilman David James is providing a free pizza and chili lunch at noon for all the volunteers. Many thanks to Councilman James and our community partners Brightside, Metro Parks, and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!
Oct. 23-29, 2021 UofL Sustainability Week - Oct. 23-29, 2021
I Commit To... Campus Sustainability Day 2015A full week of events to celebrate, raise awareness, and engage your passions for environmental, social & economic justice! Events include:
UofL Sustainability Week is "crowd-sourced"! If you'd like to add an event to the calendar, please contact Justin Mog!
Oct. 19-20, 2021 Raise Some L - Support UofL's Sustainability Initiatives!
Tuesday, Oct. 19th 6:02pm - Wednesday, Oct. 20th 11:59pm
A lot has changed in 200 years—our commitment hasn't. Since 1798, the Cardinal family has dreamed big, worked hard and made a lasting impact on our community, commonwealth, and beyond.

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

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

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

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

Oct. 19, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Lissa McCracken, Louisville Energy Alliance
Tuesday, Oct. 19th 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Join the UofL Sustainability Council as we continue our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our speaker on October 19th will be Lissa McCracken, Executive Director of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) and Board member of the Louisville Energy Alliance. The Alliance promotes energy efficiency and conservation through ENERGY STAR programs and certifications. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, they offer educational events and programs to commercial building owners and managers, helping them access resources to improve energy efficiency, benchmark energy consumption, and obtain ENERGY STAR Certification. Lissa
has over 20 years of experience in the environmental field and has been a KPPC team member since 1998, but was appointed Executive Director in 2015. Prior to joining KPPC, Ms. McCracken held positions as an environmental inspector, engineering technologist and enforcement specialist for the Kentucky Division of Waste Management. Facebook Event.http://www.louisvilleenergyalliance.org/uploads/4/4/4/8/44482843/published/homepage-banner-01_1.png?1602772587
We'll gather online: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#). No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Oct. 16, 2021 Society of Urban PerambulatorsIrish Hill Adaptive Reuse Walking Tour
Saturday, Oct. 16th, 11 am, WORK Architecture (1122 Rogers St)
The Society of Urban Perambulators, led by Patrick Piuma, Director of UofL’s Urban Design Studio, is hosting a walking loop with our field guide Mitchell Kersting of WORK Architecture + Design and friends around the Irish Hill neighborhood and some forays into adjacent Phoenix Hill. We will see some adaptive reuse, new infill and historic underground structures. We will meet at WORK Architecture at 10:45 am and begin the stroll at 11 am, on Saturday, October 16. From firehouses, cemeteries, alleys, beer caves and modern infill, Irish Hill offers something for everyone. Facebook Event.
Oct. 15 - Nov. 2, 2021 Anti-racism workshops for all staff and faculty
Friday, Oct. 15th - Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, Register here.
The UofL Center for Family and Community Wellbeing is conducting a research study which provides anti-racism workshops for all White and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) staff and faculty. Learn powerful and practical tools to effectively respond to interpersonal and systemic racism in your life, on campus and in the community. Workshops are once per week for 90 minutes each for three consecutive weeks. Register here. IRB # 21.0322
For more information, please visit the webpage. The staff group will meet Fridays, 9-10:30 a.m., Oct. 15, 22 and 29. Faculty groups will meet Tuesdays, 9:30 -11 a.m., Oct. 19, 26 and Nov 2.
Oct. 14, 2021 2021 Farm To Table Dinner posterFarm To Table Dinner
Thursday, Oct. 14th, 5-7pm, BAB Quad - Gottschalk Circle
Standard Ticket: $20 or 2 Meal Swipes
Cocktail Ticket $25 (for guests 21 and up)
Tickets available at any UofL Dining register or call 502-852-5211

Join us for Good Food and Live Music! UofL Dining is hosting this special event to help you reap the bounty of the harvest season and support local farmers! Join us for a celebration of farmers, local food and most of all, our Cardinal community. Each of our executive chefs has carefully crafted a locally sourced dish inspired by quality seasonal ingredients and Kentucky style favorites. At 6pm, we will be presenting the 2021 Josh Smith Memorial Sustainability Award  to a community member or group who has contributed to UofL's Sustainability Initiatives. Tickets are available for $20 (or 2 meal swipes) at any UofL Dining register with cash, card or Flex Points. Phone orders can also be placed at 502-852-5211. For those guests 21 and older, cocktail tickets are available for an additional $5. Support our local Kentucky farms and join us for an evening of flavor, culinary arts and community.
Oct. 1, 2021 Emissions by Protein Type (source = Harvard)Plant Power!
Friday, Oct. 1st, 11am-1pm, Ville Grill
The Office of Health Promotion and UofL Dining invite you to join them at UofL's 30% locally-sourced, zero-waste, all-you-care-to-eat dining hall to discover the power of plants on World Vegetarian Day! Join us to try some plant-forward meals that sideline the death, abuse, and environmental destruction that comes with a meat-based meal in order to center the health and light-living embodied in delicious, protein-rich vegetarian and vegan meals! Vegetarian entrees will be featured throughout the dining hall for lunch. Faculty and staff can get in for the all-you-care-to-eat $7 Meal Deal on World Vegetarian Day.
Oct. 1, 2021 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Fall 2021 Meeting
Friday, Oct. 1st, 10am-11:30am, Microsoft Teams
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Or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 841 628 012#)
The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. The agenda includes:
  • UofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree PlantingUpdates: recent/impending tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour:
    - Digital Tour: Seeking comments: Branch Out Story Map and interactive map
    - Physical Tour: Tree Tour pamphlet and plaque replacements?
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
  • Planning for UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2021
    - Schedule for Friday, Oct. 29th?
    10am Planting at HSC?
    Noon EcoReps Arbor Day Lunch & Learn: Green Heart Project (Ekstrom 254 or online)
    1pm Arbor Day Tree Planting Workshop (Garden Commons, Strickler Hall)
    - What? Plant trees – what kind/where? Give away saplings? Offer fruit and tree-based smoothies? Other ideas?
    - Where at HSC? Potential planting location?
    - Who? Any volunteers to help out?
  • Tree-related Service Learning Projects
    - Prep: 2022 Maple-Tapping season
    - Any fall tree-planting volunteer opportunities on or off campus?
    - Any 2021-22 classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
Sept. 29, 2021 Race and Place: Understanding Race in Louisville, in Kentucky, and in the U.S. with UofL’s Dr. Kalasia S. Ojeh
Wednesday, Sept. 29th, 6:30pm, LFPL Main Library (301 York St.)
Dr. Kalasia S. OjehWhen was the last time your race played a role in your interactions with your colleagues, neighbors, and people you meet here in Louisville? In this talk, Dr. Kalasia S. Ojeh will give a history, definition, and description of critical race theory, and discuss race relations at the national level relative to our everyday localized experience. Dr. Ojeh is Assistant Professor in the University of Louisville's Department of Pan-African Studies, and a 2020-2021 Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society Faculty. She is editor of the Journal of Social Problems and the Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for the College of Arts & Sciences. Learn more and register for this free fast class here.
Sept. 28, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Jacek Jasinski, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
Tuesday, Sept. 28h 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
https://www.faculty180.com/app_data/louisville/faculty/1616073/photo/photo.jpegJoin the UofL Sustainability Council as we continue our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our speaker on September 28th will be Jacek Jasinski, PhD, a Research Scientist and Materials Characterization Theme Leader focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying physical properties and functionality of technologically important device structures and materials. Dr. Jasinski earned his M.Sc. in Solid State Physics (1992) and doctorate in Physics of Semiconductors from Warsaw University (Poland) in 1997. In 2008, he joined the Institute for Advanced Materials and Renewable Energy at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering as Chief Scientist. In 2009, Jacek was appointed Theme Leader in Materials Characterization at the Conn Center. Jacek is author/co-author of 200 original research papers in refereed journals, over 40 articles in refereed conference proceedings, and is co-author of a book chapter in "Dilute III-V Nitride Semiconductors and Materials Systems." In his current position, Jacek collaborates with UofL and external faculty as well as industrial partners on a number of various materials development projects, mainly in the fields of energy, catalysis, and nanomaterials. In his research, he applies electron microscopy in combination with diffraction and spectroscopic techniques to study the relationship between material structures and their chemistry and physical properties to understand mechanisms underlying physical properties, functionality, and durability of technologically important materials and device structures. Facebook Event.
We'll gather online: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#). No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Sept. 28 - Nov. 30, 2021 Free SalesUofL Free Store FREE SALE!
Last Tuesdays, Sept. 28th, Oct. 26th, Nov. 30th, 11:30am-1:30pm, Red Barn plaza

These pop-up outdoor Free Sales are offered by the student-run UofL Free Store, recently relocated to SAC W303C. The space is like a thrift store where no money is exchanged and is run by students who help process donations and keep the store tidy and organized in support of the project to help keep useful items out of the landfill while meeting the needs of their peers. The Free Store is a space for the free exchange of clean, functional, durable items like clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, and more. Donations can be made any time in the red bins at the base of the driveway just east of Unitas Tower, off Cardinal Blvd. Follow the Free Store on Instagram or Facebook.
Sept. 24, 2021 "Confronting Racism in City Planning and Zoning" by Joel Dock of Louisville Metro Planning and Design
Friday, Sept.24th at 3:30pm, Lutz Hall room 225
Story Mapping the Racism in Planning History | Planetizen NewsThis presentation is part of the Geographic & Environmental Sciences Seminar Series. It is crucial in planning for an equitable future that all citizens have access to fair and affordable housing. To do so, we must confront the past in order to move our land use practices forward for all. The themes presented throughout the interactive exhibit, “Confronting Racism in City Planning and Zoning,” focus on the discriminatory land use practices and ideas that have shaped Louisville, KY for over a century. The exhibit begins with a basic introduction to zoning and land use regulations, and then dives deeper into the specific policies, people, and methods that have shaped patterns of housing segregation in Louisville Metro. The exhibit serves as a historical framework to ongoing efforts to reform the Land Development Code.
Sept. 24, 2021 Squash The State. Hand Printed Patch.Workshop: Gardening as Resistance
RESCHEDULED: Friday, Sept. 24th, 12-1pm, Garden Commons (SW Corner of Strickler Hall)

Join us in UofL's organic, student-managed garden for a conversation about how growing our own food collectively is an act of resistance to the dominate, capitalist, greed-driven culture. This workshop will be facilitated by Garden Intern, Ashton Lange and is part of our fall Garden Commons Workshops series which continues next month with workshops on: Medicinal Plants (Oct. 15th); Trees (Oct. 29th); and Holiday Wreathmaking (Nov. 19th). The Garden Commons is a shared, collectively-managed space, open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on Facebook or Instagram. Facebook Event.
Sept. 24, 2021

EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Health Equity
Friday, Sept. 24th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254

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Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
Louisville Ky ImageJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We continue our fall series on last Fridays at noon with Rebecca Hollenbach, Executive Administrator at Louisville Metro's Center for Health Equity. The Center for Health Equity is dedicated to public service and participatory research that is community-based and focused on the elimination of disparities in health due to race, gender, age, socioeconomic status, or geography. Rebecca has been working for Louisville residents as part of Louisville Metro Government since she moved here in 2016. In her time at the Center for Health Equity, she has led key projects such as the 2017 Health Equity Report and the community health needs assessment. She also helped transition the Center for Health Equity from 5 employees to 40, with a focus on root causes, data and policy. She currently coordinates policy and planning work for the COVID-19 response and is managing the 2021 Health Equity Report. Rebecca founded LouEval, a network of Louisville evaluators and is a graduate of Louisville Metro’s leadership program, Executive Fellows. Rebecca’s passion is working towards a Louisville where all residents can live long, healthy, and happy lives. This means addressing the ways systems of power, like racism, impact our society and creating solutions that will move us closer to equity.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This fall, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.

Sept. 22, 2021 SSC Arts + Crafts Social, 9/22/21 3pm Garden CommonsStudent Sustainability Coalition Arts & Crafts Social
Wednesday, Sept. 22nd, 5-7pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Get to know the members of the Student Sustainability Coalition and find out what we are all about. We’ll have free food & materials, all you need to bring is yourself! (You can bring your own art stuff if you want, but that’s not required.)
This event is rain or shine, as there will be a tent to protect us.
Sept. 18, 2021 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/d612f099-cf19-4962-8c28-092bd5ab6f9e577a3a90-c416-482f-96b6-9ee30718e0e1.png?preset=large-wUofL Botanical Society Garden Workdays
Saturday, Sept. 18th, 8am-noon west of Life Sciences
The UofL Botanical Society invites volunteers to join us for a workday at two different campus gardens that really need the help of plant people like you!
We'll start out, from 8am-10am in theKorfhage Native Plant Garden next to the Life Sciences building! Help us create an even more inviting habitat for pollinators on campus. Please RSVP here.
Then, from 10am-noon, we'll move over to the Latin-American & Latino Studies (LALS) Serenity Garden in the northwest corner of Stevenson Hall. Please RSVP here.
Participants can come to just one or both and are encouraged to bring: plenty of water, a snack, gardening gloves, a hat, long pants, sunscreen. We will not hold the workday if it is raining, above 90 degrees F, or is otherwise hazardous conditions.
Sept. 14, 2021 Tamara Sluss with the Sustainability Living Learning Community at the Ohio RiverSustainability Roundtable: Dr. Tamara Sluss
Tuesday, Sept. 14th 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
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Join the UofL Sustainability Council as we continue our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our second speaker will be Dr. Tamara Sluss, Director of UofL's Interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainability and a professor in the Dept. of Urban & Public Affairs. Dr. Sluss is originally from Ashland, Kentucky, but she considers herself a Louisvillian. Dr. Sluss earned her Ph.D. in Biology at UofL studying the ecohydrology of the Ohio River with Dr. Jeffrey D. Jack. She has served as biology faculty at Kentucky State University for thirteen years as the program leader and taught fourteen hours per semester while conducting research with undergraduates on water quality, stream fish and macroinvertebrate communities, biofuel production on marginal lands, and invasive plant species. For service and teaching, her major areas include: aquatic ecology, freshwater sustainability, environmental policy, climate change, small-scale, local agriculture and sustainable business operations including the distilled spirits industry. Personally, Tamara loves to be outside hiking, climbing, or SUP on Floyd’s Fork.  Her research interests include: Water resource quality and accessibility, parks and recreational usage and planning, agroecology, urban ecology. Facebook Event.
We'll gather online: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#). No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Sept. 10 - 29, 2021

Antiracism Workshops for all students, faculty & staff
Sept. 10th - 29th, online - register here
Join UofL's Anti-Racism Movement! White and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) students, faculty & staff are all invited to learn powerful and practical tools to effectively respond to interpersonal and systemic racism in your life, on campus, and in the community. Workshops are provided by the UL Center for Family and Community Well-Being, funded through the UL Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research. These workshops are part of a research study and will be held once per week for 90 minutes each for 3 consecutive weeks. The workshop schedule is as follows:

  • Students: Wednesdays, 9:00-10:30am, Sept. 15th, 22nd & 29th,
  • Staff: Fridays, 9:00-10:30am, Sept. 10th, 17th & 24th
  • Faculty: Tuesdays, 9:30 -11:00am, Sept. 14th, 21st & 28th.
More info and registration here.
Sept. 10, 2021 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/b6662229-e1ee-4ef8-8479-7cd43295b8e7ba365934-8641-433b-a230-ff581f81fca6.png?preset=large-wUofL Botanical Society First Fall Meeting
Friday, Sept. 10th at 6pm in BAB 325
The goal of the Botanical Society is to share the love of plants with the world through service, education, and community. We love plants and we do all kinds of work that deals with plants. If you like plants, have plants, want to learn more about plants, want to garden for fun, or even just hang out with some really awesome people, then you are going to fit right in!!
WE HAVE SO MUCH FUN STUFF PLANNED! We have hikes, gardening, seminars, plant swaps, plant sales, and cool crafty stuff planned and it’s going to be super-duper awesome!!
We are going to talk about all we have planned, talk about what BoSo is all about and all that jazz. We will have snacks!! RSVP on Engage.
Sept. 9, 2021 UofL's Justin Mog is a beekeeperWhat’s the Buzz?!
Thursday, Sept. 9th, 10:30am – 2pm, Davidson Quad
UofL Dining Services invites you to join us for a local showcase of honey and meet our new Sustainability Coordinator, Lindsay Klingenschmidt! Bring your reusable mug as they will be serving free tea with local honey! Around noon you'll have a chance to learn about UofL's new apiary at our Community Composting Project, just a block north of campus and how you can get involved in some (small) animal husbandry! Facebook event. Event details.
Sept. 3, 2021 Workshop: Cool Weather Gardening
Friday, Sept. 3rd, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
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Sweet Potato Harvest 2017 at Garden CommonsWe kick-off 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, early 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 Friday at noon throughout the fall (Aug. 20 - Dec. 10) to harvest, weed, water, plant, and learn. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Upcoming special workshops include: 9/17 Gardening as Resistance; 10/15 Medicinal Plants; 10/29 Tree Planting (UofL Arbor Day); and 11/19 Wreathmaking. 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.
Aug. 31, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Louisville Climate Action Network
Tuesday, Aug. 31st 4:00-4:50pm, virtual - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#)
Louisville Climate Action Network - Building economic, social and environmental sustainability LouisvilleCAN.orgJoin the UofL Sustainability Council on August 31st as we kick-off our Fall Sustainability Roundtable series on alternate Tuesdays from 4:00-4:50pm. Our first speaker will highlight the work of the Louisville Climate Action Network (LCAN). This non-profit envisions a net-zero Louisville in which our needs are met by energy efficiency and renewable energy. LCAN offers customized programs showing ways to reduce Louisville's carbon footprint, and advocates for smarter public policies to reduce carbon pollution and cut costs. LCAN has three main functions: 1. Action inspiring education through our web site, e-newsletter, videos, book club and classes—from free, customized programs to dependable B4UBuy Workshops; 2. Strategic advocacy for smarter public policies to reduce carbon pollution and cut costs, because changing light bulbs alone won’t suffice, plus civic education; and 3. Experienced based, energy efficiency services to other area non-profit organizations. Facebook Event.
We'll gather online: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or dial-in at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 930 044 957#). No pre-registration is required. The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minutes of open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Aug. 31, 2021  Women's Equality Day
Tuesday, Aug. 31st, 11am-1pm, Red Barn

August 26th is the Anniversary of Women Winning the Vote! Are you ready to celebrate? Join the UofL Women’s Center in the celebration! Women’s Equality Day is celebrated in the U.S. on August 26 in recognition of women winning the right to vote. In addition the Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be celebrated. There will be voter registration, informational booths and refreshments in the Red Barn. Come out and learn more about Women’s Equality Day! Masks required while in the Red Barn. per the University's requirement for masks in public, indoor spaces for all university and community members.
People often forget that women could not vote throughout the U.S. until 1920. This August 26th is the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote through passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act was also celebrated this year. Both women and men owe a great deal to the brave suffragists who persevered over seventy years until they succeeded. They were led by outstanding American patriots like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Paul, and many others. We remember them all - speakers, field workers, political organizers, strategists, demonstrators, and prisoners - and honor their love of democracy on Equality Day, August 26. This 95th anniversary also marks the start of the drive to recognize the final five years of this great civil rights movement, leading up to its centennial in 2020. New efforts like the campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill and placing statues of suffragists in New York and Tennessee show that exciting activities have already begun. Since women in every state were involved, it can be very rewarding to learn about that part of local history. This year, celebrate women's vital victory for democracy. Remember, women won their political independence with the help of supportive men and their success made the U.S. a more complete democracy. Like the Fourth of July, Women's Equality Day is a day for all of us to celebrate.
Aug. 31, 2021 Betsy Ruhe 2016 (UofL's 1st Masters in Sustainability student)HRtalks Wellness Workshop: Active Transportation
Tuesday, Aug. 31st, 11am, online - Register here
Join Get Healthy Now to learn how to transform your commute from a polluting, unhealthy, frustrating part of your day into a clean, satisfying workout! Get fit just by getting around! Join the UofL Get Healthy Now team for this fun virtual learning workshop that will support your overall wellbeing and give you the opportunity to earn 200 points toward your 2022 $40 GHN monthly incentive. Get Healthy Now will be teaming up with the Sustainability Council on Aug. 31st to discuss the health benefits of active transportation and help you learn techniques that will transform your daily commute. All faculty and staff are welcome. Register here.
Aug. 30 - Sept. 30, 2021

Cards Commuter Challenge 2021Cards Commuter Challenge 2021
August 30 - September 30, 2021. University-wide
UofL wants you to save money, burn calories, put an end to pollution, and win prizes…all by simply choosing to get to campus in a new way! Record your trips on Cardinal Directions throughout the Cards Commuter Challenge (August 30 - September 30) and each week you'll have the chance to win one of the $50 weekly prizes or the $250 Grand Prize! One student and one faculty/staff member will win each week! Any trip by means other than driving alone increases your chances of winning!

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 half-price with your @louisville.edu address ($7.50/month gets you unlimited trips of up to one hour without any additional charges).LouVelo BAB Station
  • VANPOOL: Employees can get in on a vanpool, get your ride home guaranteed, or enter to win additional monthly prizes with Every Commute Counts.
  • SKIP THE COMMUTE: Work or study from home for maximum convenience, savings, and safety!

* NOTE: Though certainly better than driving, getting around via lazy, coal-powered electric scooters does not qualify for this Challenge. Skip the dirty electricity and use your muscles to qualify!

Explore all of UofL's Sustainable Transportation Options.

Step 3: Log your trips to win!

The only way to be in the running for prizes is to log your commute trips online with Cardinal Directions.

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

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

  • Tuesday, Aug. 31st, 11am - HRtalks Wellness Workshop: Active TransportationCards Commuter Challenge 2021 Event Schedule
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7th & Wednesday, Sept. 8th, 1-3pm
    Join us at the SAC Clocktower for some free Bike Blender Smoothies and Bike Tune-ups!
  • Friday, Sept. 17th - Carpool Challenge
    We challenge you to find a carpool…to school, work, restaurants, movies, etc....on 9/17. Use hashtag #CardsCommuterChallenge to share your Carpool Karaoke moments!
  • Thursday, Sept. 23rd, 5pm - Historic Walking Tour (meet at Humanities Quad)
    UofL Archivist and local historian, Tom Owen, will provide an educational walking tour of Belknap Campus and Old Louisville. Come talk a walk with us and learn from a UofL staff member (and former Metro Council Chair) who continues to walk, bike, take the bus, and carpool everywhere he goes!
  • Hunter TurnbullWednesday, Sept. 29th, 5pm - Skating Night (meet at Blue Lot across from The Ville Grill at 3rd & Brandeis)
    Skateboard, rollerblade, or roller skate on over to the lot across from The Ville Grill for a fun night of skating together! We'll end the roll with ice cream at Comfy Cow!

FINAL RESULTS:

We are thrilled with our collective accomplishments: From Aug. 30 – Sept. 30, participants logged 1,094 trips on foot, bike, bus, or car/vanpool, covering 11,246 miles, preventing 8,137 pounds of carbon pollution, saving $5,505, & burning 101,600 calories.

2021 Cards Commuter Challenge Grand Prize Winner - Valeryia KukharskayaCongratulations go out to ULPD staff, Jessica Stivers, who logged the most trips (71 bus rides!) and to our Grand Prize $250 raffle winner: Valeryia Kukharskaya, a REACH student assistant from the Class of 2023, who logged 416 miles over 32 carpool commutes, preventing 169 pounds of carbon pollution.

Here are the final standings:

Rank Name Trips
1 Jessica Stivers 71
2 Jolisha Hines 66
3 Justin Mog 64
4 Tonja Craig 62
5 M. Ruth Dike 61
6 Rachel Singel 50
7 Sophia Anner 46
8 Laura Frost 46
9 Tara McKinley 44
10 Cathy Carter 44
11 Joanna Mroczkowska 42
12 Shirley Wu 42
13 Michael Purcell 40
14 Sonja Faul 40
15 Steffany Gayton 34
16 Elizabeth Riesser 34
17 Ryan Lloyd 34
18 Valeryia Kukharskaya 32
19 Alicia Fox 32
20 Chad White 32
21 Wyn Garfinkle Plymesser 25
22 Pat Smith 22
23 Tammy Green 18
24 David Hoetker 17
25 Nicholas Richter 16
26 Jim Warner 15
27 Avery Kolers 13
28 Victoria Levy 12
29 Ethan Johnson 8
30 Lenore Hoyt 6
31 Rachel Roberts 6
32 Darla Samuelsen 4
33 Jill Wegenast 4
34 Chelsea Giovacchino 4
35 Amber Willetts 2
36 Kathy Moore 2
37 Jelayna Williams 2
38 Sean Roth Roth 2

Aug. 27, 2021 EcoReps Lunch & Learn Workshop: Student Leadership for Sustainability
Friday, August 27th, Noon-1:00pm, Ekstrom Library 254
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Join Microsoft Teams Meeting, or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 135 251 995#)
EcoReps T-shirtJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability and a free vegetarian lunch! We'll kick off our fall series with a panel of student leaders from around campus. Together, we will facilitate a conversation about student priorities and perspectives for improving campus sustainability and how students can collaborate to advocate for and organize around these priorities.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This fall, we continue our series of workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Aug. 24-26, 2021

Take the Cards Go Green Pledge!Student Involvement Fairs
Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 24th-26th, 11am-1pm, Red Barn plaza
Sustainability only happens when students GET INVOLVED! So come explore the many sustainability-related student organizations and campus groups at UofL while enjoying some free food! Stop by the UofL Sustainability table on Tuesday or Thursday to find out how you can make a difference!

  • Take the Cards Go Green! Pledge and earn some green goodies!
  • Explore your sustainable transportation options and learn how you can win big in the Cards Commuter Challenge 2021!
  • Bring your bike for a free bike tune-up and learn how to use UofL's bike fixit stations!
More about the Fairs is available on Engage.
Fridays, Aug. 20 - Dec. 10, 2021 Garden Commons Fall Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Garden Commons WorkdayAll are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden! Join us to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday at noon throughout the fall (Aug. 20 - Dec. 10) to harvest, weed, water, and plant. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Select dates will feature a special workshop on various topics: 9/3 Cool Weather Gardening; 9/17 Gardening as Resistance; 10/15 Medicinal Plants; 10/29 Tree Planting (UofL Arbor Day); and 11/19 Wreathmaking. 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.
Aug. 19-22, 2021

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

  • Salsa PartyThursday, Aug. 19
    Garden Commons Salsa Party
    3:00 - 4:00pm
    Garden Commons (southwest corner of Strickler Hall)

    Stop by UofL's organic, student-run Garden Commons to sample some of the delicious fresh produce we've grown together over the summer and discover how you can get involved and learn how to grow your own food right here on campus! Sponsored by the UofL Sustainability Council and the Office of Health Promotion.
    Photos. Video.
  • Thursday, Aug. 19
    Cardinal Frenzy
    7:00 - 11:00pm
    BAB Quad

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

    All are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons! Join us to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we gather weekly to plant, weed, water, and harvest together. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. The Garden Commons is open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on Facebook or Instagram.
  • Lighten Your Load Free Stuff SwapFriday, Aug. 20
    Sustainability Shopping Spree!
    5:00 - 7:00pm on the SAC South Plaza
    The UofL Free Store and Cardinal Cupboard will be holding a pop-up shop where everything is FREE. These student-run services are available year-round to help keep useful stuff out of the landfill while lowering your bills. The Free Store is a place for free exchange of clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, kitchen & housewares, cleaning & school supplies, and much more. The Cardinal Cupboard is our on-campus food pantry offering both fresh and packaged foods whenever you need. Photos.
  • Saturday, Aug. 21 - S.O.U.L. Service Projects
    9:30am - 1:00pm, Meetup SAC Multipurpose Room

    By volunteering at SOUL, you’ll have the opportunity to help local community organizations that benefit the environment, nature, houseless populations, youth, and many more groups and communities. The Sustainability Council is offering on-campus volunteer sites for SOUL, including the Garden Commons and UofL Community Composting project, in addition to the many other community service projects! Get to know fellow students and UofL faculty and staff while exploring diversity on campus and in the Louisville community. Discover how to make the most of UofL service and leadership opportunities, then work alongside those you met to learn first-hand about the many facets of our “Possibility City.” Register to volunteer here.
  • Saturday, Aug. 21
    Sustainable Louisville Bike Tour
    Welcome Week Sustainability Bike Tour
    2:00 – 4:00pm meet up outside the SRC. Photos.
    Take a fun afternoon bike ride with the Student Cycling Coalition and UofL Sustainability Council! Explore your new community through the lens of environmental stewardship and social justice. Don’t have a bike? Check one out from the SRC through UofL’s Bikeshare Program or take a spin on a LouVelo bike for the day. Check out our route here.
  • Sunday, Aug. 22
    UofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
    Every Sunday noon-2pm (250 E. Bloom St. just one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd Streets)UofL Community Composting

    Come help us turn “trash” into treasure as we manage UofL’s volunteer-powered community composting operation. Dress to get dirty. Tools provided. Learn about worm composting and becoming a UofL EcoRep!
Aug. 18, 2021 HRtalks Wellness Workshop: Simple Steps to Going Green
Wednesday, Aug. 18th, 11am-noon, online - register here
Join Get Healthy Now to talk about Sustainability and Simple Steps to Going Green and earn points towards your $40 GHN monthly incentive! All faculty and staff are welcome. Register here. Video recording.
July 17, 2021 https://se-images.campuslabs.com/clink/images/53a62571-da63-495c-9137-b7dfafad4a376d7fbd8c-8bdf-48a4-92f5-87694e7793d5.png?preset=large-wPollinator Garden Workday
Saturday, July 17th, 8am-10am, west of Life Sciences
The UofL Botanical Society invites volunteers to join us for a workday at the Korfhage Native Plant Garden next to the Life Sciences building! Help us create an even more inviting habitat for pollinators on campus. Participants are encouraged to bring: plenty of water, a snack, gardening gloves, a hat, long pants, sunscreen. We will not hold the workday if it is raining, above 90 degrees F, or is otherwise hazardous conditions. Please RSVP here.
July 8, 2021

Film/Panel: The Race To Save The World
Thursday, July 8th, 5:15pm, online. Purchase $10 tickets here.

The Race to Save The World is a climate documentary with a uniquely optimistic approach. It follows passionate activists whose single-minded focus is the creation of a sustainable world for future generations. These climate warriors, ages 15 to 72, are in the trenches fighting for a livable future, regardless of the personal cost. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Joe Gantz brings an urgent and intimate portrait of the protests, arrests, courtroom drama, and family turmoil these activists endure as they push for change. The Race to Save The World is an energizing call-to-action that inspires viewers to quit waiting on the sidelines and start making their voices heard. This screening and panel discussion is being organized by Extinction Rebellion Kentucky, who act with peace and ferocious love in our hearts for these lands, for life. 

We hope you will watch with us at 5:15 p.m (Eastern Time) on July 8th for a virtual 'Watch Party' (but you are welcome to watch the film any time after purchase and before the panel), then join us for the live panel event immediately following at 7 p.m.

About our panel: Bringing a local perspective to the strategic conversation on how to run The Race, is Louisville's own Justin Mog. Dr. Justin Mog has served since 2009 as the University of Louisville’s Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives. He earned his B.S. in Environmental Studies & Geology from Oberlin College (OH) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Environmental Studies. Justin was a Fulbright scholar to the Philippines in 2001, where he did his dissertation research on developing and applying a framework for evaluating sustainable rural development programs. Before coming to Louisville, Justin served three years in Peace Corps - Paraguay where he and his wife worked with farm families and NGOs to promote sustainable rural prosperity. After 25 years working in community radio around the world, in 2017, Justin helped launch Louisville’s progressive, grassroots Forward Radio WFMP 106.5fm, where he can be heard hosting the weekly program Sustainability Now! He seeks an Earth restored and lives his life accordingly, as a car-free, TV-free, vegetarian, beekeeping, gardening, urban foraging Quaker with a fully solar-powered home.

The Race to Save The World has won best documentary at the Soho International Film Festival, and it also won best documentary at the Indian Cine Film Festival in Mumbai. It was accepted into the Paris International Film Festival and the Dumbo Film Festival (Dumbo as in Brooklyn). It was also accepted into the Cannes Independent Film Festival, the North Dakota Environmental Film Festival, and the London Eco Film Festival. 

Purchase $10 tickets here. After unlocking, you'll have 20 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 20 days to finish watching the film. The July 8th at 7:00 pm EDT livestream can be viewed anytime until August 20th at 3:00 pm.
June 27, 2021 https://se-infra-imageserver2.azureedge.net/clink/images/244e3726-196a-444d-96f7-f424c68bd2884442dc31-8056-4c48-b5d6-a6e73e8478ec.png?preset=large-wIdlewild Butterfly Farm garden workday
Sunday, June 27th, 8-10am, 1100 Logan St.
The UofL Botanical Society welcomes all who love butterflies and want to keep our little friends happy and well during this summer time for a special workday. The Botanical Society will be providing a garden maintenance service to our local butterfly farm called the Idlewild Butterfly Farm. Known for their eastern black swallowtails and monarchs, our job is going to be ensuring the host plants are growing well and healthy and not growing to excessively. There are possible chances to learn about caterpillar farming as well, and many more things to learn! Things to bring: Light clothing (shorts and tees), Hats, Sunscreen, Water bottle, Light snack, and Garden gloves. RSVP on Engage.
June 26, 2021 https://se-infra-imageserver2.azureedge.net/clink/images/771b468c-f187-4782-af3d-7007511a5ec15659ba49-f9a0-4679-b0de-1803644b33a1.png?preset=large-wScott's Gap Hike and Trash Cleanup
Saturday, June 26, from 10:00am–1:00pm
Jefferson Memorial Forest, Scotts Gap Trailhead, 13473 Scotts Gap Rd, Louisville
Join the UofL Botanical Society for a fantastic summer hike and trash cleanup! We will be tackling the Scotts Gap Shortcut Trail. Come prepared! You should bring: Plenty of water, hiking shoes/boots, bug spray, long pants, a hat, a snack or two, a camera, and field guides. We will be meeting in the parking lot by the trailhead marker at 10 o'clock. If you need a ride/carpool, email mrmcco07@louisville.edu. BoSo will provide you with bags and gloves for trash cleanup as we hike. RSVP on Engage.
June 21, 2021 Join the Conversation: Becoming Antiracist - Failure, Success & Survival
Monday, June 21st, 5-7pm, online
Moving beyond Conversations about racism and into antiracist action by building a shared understanding of what it means to be an antiracist and how to take appropriate action as individuals and collectively to foster a more equitable and inclusive community. Conversation topics are based on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's Bestselling text, "How To Be an Antiracist". Reading is not required for participation. Panelists: President Neeli Bendapudi, Shauntrice Martin, Representative Attica Scott, Shameka L. Parrish-Wright. Sponsored the Office of Diversity Education & Inclusive Excellence, Office of the President, Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity & Equity, and Louisville Alumni. Register here.
June 21, 2021 The Taboo of Race: Color-blind Racism and the Violent BrainThe Taboo of Race: Color-blind Racism and the Violent Brain
Monday, June 21st, noon, online
Dr. Oliver Rollins is a sociologist who explores the ways race, racism, and other social processes of inequality impact the making and use of neuroscience. His book, Conviction: The Making and Unmaking of The Violent Brain (Stanford University Press, July 2021), traces the development of neuroimaging research on criminal behaviors, with special attention to the limits of this controversial brain model when dealing with aspects of social difference, power, and inequality. Currently, he is working on two new projects, one that examines the challenges, consequences, and promises of the neuroscience of implicit racial bias, and another that focuses on the politics of and potentials for social justice orientated mind and brain sciences. Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Equity and the Black Faculty/Staff Association. For more information and to register, RSVP to Diane Whitlock at dlwhit01@louisville.edu.
June 15, 2021 Learning Cafe: Juneteenth - The Cost of Independence. The history of what it really means to be free.
Tuesday, June 15th, noon-1pm, virtual - Register here.
Join us to learn the importance of Juneteenth and why we recognize it. Lamont Collins, founder of the Roots 101 African American History Museum located in downtown Louisville, will discuss Juneteenth, including its history and why it matters today. Co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity and the Black Faculty/Staff Association. Register here.
June 14, 2021 Melissa Harris-PerryJuneteenth: A Long Time Coming
Monday, June 14th, noon, SAC Ballroom or online
The Office of the President and the Black Faculty/Staff Association present the inaugural Juneteenth lecture series "Juneteenth: A Long Time Coming" in virtual and in-person formats. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou presidential chair with Wake Forest University. Professor Ricky L. Jones, graduate director and chair, UofL department of Pan-African studies, and Brigitte Burpo, clinical assistant professor with the UofL department of health and sport sciences, will serve as co-moderators. Please register here.
June 12, 2021 https://se-infra-imageserver2.azureedge.net/clink/images/64a8e95e-d182-43ca-90a2-3ed42225c92c6fbd3f11-ec06-404e-ac5b-45b352bc6885.png?preset=large-wPollinator Garden Workday
Saturday, June 12th, 10am-noon, west of Life Sciences
The UofL Botanical Society invites volunteers to join us for a workday at the Korfhage Native Plant Garden next to the Life Sciences building! Help us create an even more inviting habitat for pollinators on campus. Participants are encouraged to bring: plenty of water, a snack, gardening gloves, a hat, long pants, sunscreen. We will not hold the workday if it is raining, above 90 degrees F, or is otherwise hazardous conditions. Please RSVP here.
June 5, 2021 Central Park Improvement DayCentral Park Improvement Day
Saturday, June 5th, 8:30am-noon, Central Park
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and UofL Sustainability Council invite everyone to volunteer at the spring 2021 Central Park Improvement Day. Consider volunteering a few hours of your time to do light chores to clean up this historic Olmsted Park near campus and get ready for a variety of free summer events. Meet at the Visitors Center at 8:30 am for coffee and donuts and check-in. Councilman David James is providing a free barbecue lunch at noon for all the volunteers. Many thanks to Councilman James and our community partners Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
June 4, 2021

Serviceberry Foraging Workshop
Friday, June 4th, noon, Garden Commons (SW of Strickler Hall)
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 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 them all! 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. Masks will be required and we’ll practice physical distancing to keep everyone safe. Facebook Event.

For inspiration, read Robin Wall Kimmerer's deeply insightful essay, The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance.

View Photos.

May 24, 2021 Becoming Anti-Racist: Color, White & Black
Monday, May 24th, 5pm, Zoom - Register here

Move beyond conversations about racism and into antiracist action by building a shared understanding of what it means to be an antiracist and how to take appropriate action as both individuals and collectively in order to foster a more equitable and inclusive community. Conversation topics are based on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's Bestselling text, "How To Be an Antiracist". Reading is not required for participation. A collaborative effort between the Office of Diversity Education & Inclusive Excellence, Office of the President, Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity & Equity, and Louisville Alumni. Register here.
May 20, 2021 UofL Music Dean Teresa Reed: A Way Forward on Race
Thursday, May 20th at noon, hosted online by the Filson Historical Society
https://cdn.simpletix.com/db8cc0ac-093d-4ebb-ba8f-72d26215171a/shows/888/TeresaReedheadshot.jpgThis talk will explore the patterns and habits that often make race a difficult topic to discuss. Reading excerpts from her forthcoming book, You're Likely Not a Racist: Answers for Curious White People, Teresa Reed will share both data from research and insights from her own life experience. She will explore the paradigm that perpetuates racial tension and will argue for a new paradigm that can bring understanding, healing, and hope. She will also address some of the awkward, but honest questions about race that White people are often afraid to ask. The outcome of her talk will be the sense that there is a path forward for all who seek diversity, equity, inclusion, and understanding. Teresa Reed holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, where she studied in Music Theory, Music History and Literature, and African American History. She spent twenty-five years at The University of Tulsa, serving there as Professor of Music, Director of the School of Music, Associate Dean, and Director of the African American Studies Certificate. She has authored three books, two of which have won national awards. She currently serves as Dean of the School of Music at the University of Louisville. Her fourth book, You're Likely Not a Racist: Answers for Curious White People, is forthcoming later this year. Register for free online.
May 1 - Sept. 30, 2021

Emily Coleman + new bike (2019 NBC winner)2021 National Bike Challenge
May 1st to September 30th, 2021

Saddle up and ride for Team UofL in the 2021 National Bike Challenge! Show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register for the National Bike Challenge and Join Team UofL as an individual to compete against your peers. Simply log your trips by bicycle for fun, fitness, or transportation. Your miles and days cycled will qualify you for great prizes through Get Healthy Now, including the grand prize of a $400 voucher to a local bike shop, co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council! The National Bike Challenge is open to everyone, however the Get Healthy Now competition is restricted to UofL employees, retirees, and their spouses/qualifying adults. Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town care-free and car-free!

FINAL RESULTS:

https://dgalywyr863hv.cloudfront.net/pictures/athletes/2182008/4395371/3/large.jpgTeam UofL had a blast and made an impact in the 2021 National Bike Challenge, co-sponsored by Get Healthy Now, and UofL's Sustainability Council.

Together, from May 1st through September 30th, we rode 36,689 miles on 2,333 rides, including 2,850 miles of bike commuting that prevented 1,831 pounds of carbon pollution.

Faculty Workgroup — Digital HumanitiesCongrats to our Grand Prize winner, DJ Biddle, Director of UofL's Center for GIS, who rode 2,655 miles over 109 rides (including 2 days of bike commuting) to earn a $400 voucher to a local bike shop!

Honorable mentions go to last year’s winner, Kamila Bujko, who has since left UofL, but logged 4,092 miles over 163 trips this year; and to our Top Bike Commuter, UofL’s Sustainability Coordinator, Justin Mog, who finished as the 7th Top Commuter in the nation with 1,677 miles of bike commuting over 123 days.

This year’s Challenge may have ended, but it is never too late to pick up some healthy, sustainable two-wheeling habits! Check out our online resources for UofL Bicyclists - with handy maps, videos, and tips for getting around town car-free and care-free!

FINAL TEAM UofL RESULTS:

Top Riders (Most Miles)

Name

Miles

Trips

1st

Kamila Bujko

4,092

163

2nd

DJ Biddle

2,655

109

3rd

Juan David Tabares

2,603

90

4th

Yoshi Saito

2,342

86

5th

Robin Houze

2,104

32

6th

Justin Mog

1,913

141

7th

Joseph Turner

1,736

126

8th

Taylor Smith

1,566

61

9th

Jason White

1,057

42

10th

Katlyn McGraw

1,053

39

11th

Michael Taylor

949

46

12th

Jason Naylor

864

87

13th

Melissa Miller

784

102

14th

Kendall Soule

771

30

15th

Mikus Abolins-Abols

496

33

16th

Ryan Lloyd

390

52

17th

Elijah Humble

377

75

18th

Johnny Wise

367

18

19th

Mike Marquette

362

20

20th

Rachel Singel

324

73

21st

Whitney Theis

170

20

22nd

Allison Smith

166

16

23rd

Heather Turner

106

4

24th

Benne Holwerda

93

46

25th

Kenny Conrow

92

4

26th

al futrell

60

14

27th

Shirley Wu

45

35

28th

Jared Koopman

40

3

29th

Elana Nance

40

1

30th

Natalie Harper

37

3

Top Riders (Most trips)Justin Mog

Name

Miles

Trips

1st

Kamila Bujko

4,092

163

2nd

Justin Mog

1,913

141

3rd

Joseph Turner

1,736

126

4th

DJ Biddle

2,655

109

5th

Melissa Miller

784

102

6th

Juan David Tabares

2,603

90

7th

Jason Naylor

864

87

8th

Yoshi Saito

2,342

86

9th

Elijah Humble

377

75

10th

Rachel Singel

324

73

11th

Taylor Smith

1,566

61

12th

Ryan Lloyd

390

52

13th

Michael Taylor

949

46

14th

Benne Holwerda

93

46

15th

Jason White

1,057

42

16th

Katlyn McGraw

1,053

39

17th

Shirley Wu

45

35

18th

Mikus Abolins-Abols

496

33

19th

Robin Houze

2,104

32

20th

Kendall Soule

771

30

21st

Mike Marquette

362

20

22nd

Whitney Theis

170

20

23rd

Johnny Wise

367

18

24th

Allison Smith

166

16

25th

al futrell

60

14

26th

Amanda James

14

9

27th

Heather Turner

106

4

28th

Kenny Conrow

92

4

29th

Jared Koopman

40

3

30th

Natalie Harper

37

3

Top Commuters (Most days riding to work)

Name

Miles

Days

1st

Justin Mog

1,677

123

2nd

Rachel Singel

320

67

3rd

Shirley Wu

45

25

4th

Ryan Lloyd

95

17

5th

Jason Naylor

81

17

6th

Elijah Humble

28

8

7th

Whitney Theis

36

7

8th

Melissa Miller

23

5

9th

Kamila Bujko

12

5

10th

Allison Smith

39

4

11th

al futrell

12

4

12th

Yoshi Saito

9.6

4

13th

Joseph Turner

18

3

14th

Benne Holwerda

4.0

3

15th

DJ Biddle

8.6

2

16th

Katlyn McGraw

1.4

1

Top Male Rider (Most Miles)

Name

Miles

Trips

1st

DJ Biddle

2,655

109

2nd

Juan David Tabares

2,603

90

3rd

Yoshi Saito

2,342

86

4th

Robin Houze

2,104

32

5th

Justin Mog

1,913

141

6th

Joseph Turner

1,736

126

7th

Taylor Smith

1,566

61

8th

Jason White

1,057

42

9th

Michael Taylor

949

46

10th

Jason Naylor

864

87

11th

Mikus Abolins-Abols

496

33

12th

Ryan Lloyd

390

52

13th

Elijah Humble

377

75

14th

Johnny Wise

367

18

15th

Mike Marquette

362

20

16th

Benne Holwerda

93

46

17th

al futrell

60

14

18th

Jared Koopman

40

3

19th

John Vonhandorf

17

2

20th

Tim Followell

16

3

Top Female Rider (Most Miles)

Name

Miles

Trips

1st

Kamila Bujko

4,092

163

2nd

Katlyn McGraw

1,053

39

3rd

Melissa Miller

784

102

4th

Kendall Soule

771

30

5th

Rachel Singel

324

73

6th

Whitney Theis

170

20

7th

Allison Smith

166

16

8th

Heather Turner

106

4

9th

Shirley Wu

45

35

10th

Elana Nance

40

1

11th

Natalie Harper

37

3

12th

Amanda James

14

9

Top Male New Rider

Name

Miles

Trips

1st

Benne Holwerda

93

46

Top Female New Rider

Name

Miles

Trips

1st

Shirley Wu

45

35

2nd

Amanda James

14

9


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Fridays, Apr. 30 - Aug. 20, 2021 Garden Commons Summer Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Garden Commons raised bedAll are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden! Join us to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday at noon throughout the summer (Apr. 30 - Aug. 20) to plant, weed, water, and harvest. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Face masks and physical distancing required to keep everyone safe as we emerge from the pandemic. 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.
April 26, 2021 Joining the Conversation: Becoming Anti-Racist - Ethnicity, Culture, Behavior & Space
Monday, April 26th, 5:00 - 6:30pm, online - register here
Moving beyond conversations about racism and into anti-racist action requires building a shared understanding of what it means to be an anti-racist and how to take appropriate action as individuals and collectively to foster a more equitable and inclusive community. The conversation topics to be used during Monday’s event are based on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's best-selling text, "How To Be an Antiracist," but reading is not required for participation.
Panelists: Karina Barillas, Minda Honey, Ramona Lindsey, Renesha Martin.
A collaborative effort between the Office of Diversity Education & Inclusive Excellence, Office of the President, Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity & Equity, and Louisville Alumni.
Register here.
April 22, 2021 Employee Success Center Learning Café: Five Ways You Can Live Green While Working Remote
Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd, 11am, virtual - Register here.
GO Self Assessment Tool - Facilities & ServicesThe Sustainability Council is partnering with the Employee Success Center to offer a free Learning Cafe training for all UofL staff who are interested in exploring how to "green" their work environments through sustainability practices that can save money, minimize our environmental footprint, empower people to take ownership of space, and build community. If you've always wondered what you can do to live more lightly on the Earth and to center social, economic, and environmental stewardship in your day-to-day work, then this is for you! Join us on Earth Day 2021 to support sustainability and explore “living green” in these 5 domains: food, transportation, conservation, zero waste, and closing the loop. Bring your burning questions! This training will be facilitated by UofL's Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Dr. Justin Mog, UofL EcoReps Director, Dr. Brian Barnes, and Delphi Center Sr. Associate Director, Dr. Patty Payette. Register here.
April 17, 2021 UofL students, faculty & staff participated in the Old Louisville Tree Planting 12-5-20Old Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, April 17th (Rain Date: April 24th), 9am-noon
Meet up at Cochran Elementary School (1601 S 6th St)

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the UofL Sustainability Council invite volunteers to help restore the urban canopy in our tree-borhood just north of Belknap Campus. We'll be planting 50-60 street trees (2" dbh) with our neighbors at locations scattered throughout the neighborhood. Planting sites: Gaulbert @6th, Hill @3rd, 6th @Magnolia, 6th @Park, Ormsby @2nd, Brook @Oak, Brook @Magnolia, and Burnett @Floyd.
Volunteers should report to the central check-in site at Cochran Elementary School to be assigned to small, physically distanced tree-planting teams. Donuts, coffee and light breakfast items will be available prior to 9am, when work will begin. A pizza lunch will be served for all volunteers after the trees are planted. All are welcome. Tools will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own shovels and gloves. Masks and physical distancing required. In the case of rain, this event will be held on April 24th. Questions should be directed to Herb Fink 502-552-0399. Facebook Event.
April 16, 2021 UofL Maple SyrupEcoReps Workshop: Maple Tapping Pancake Party!
Friday, April 16th, Noon-1:00pm, Under tent on Humanities Quad
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Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! We'll wrap up the year on April 16th, with the return of our annual maple syrup harvest celebration after a winter of tapping UofL trees! Come enjoy some pancakes with our very own, hyper-local maple syrup while we talk trees and local sweetness with our community partner, Dave Barker.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepsEco-Reps logo program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of live workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
April 16, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Emergency Food Assistance Centers
Brighton Center | A Community of Support | Emergency AssistanceFriday, April 16th, 11am, online

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Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. To conclude our spring series, on April 16th, we will be in conversation with UofL Masters in Sustainability student, Sarah Becknell. Sarah will be completing her degree this year and she will be sharing with us her research on "Emergency Food Assistance Centers in Rural and Urban Communities in Kentucky." Sarah is a REACH Graduate Student Assistant at UofL and received her Bachelors' degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources from Berea College in 2018. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about efforts to address food insecurity throughout the Commonwealth.
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.
April 13, 2021
Grawemeyer Award Lecture: Global Environmental Governance
Tuesday, April 13th 1:00-2:30pm, Online - Register here.
The 2021 Grawemeyer Award winner for Ideas Improving World Order - Ken Conca, will give a talk on his award winning idea "An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance." The UN must rethink its approach to environmental problems The United Nations can tackle global environmental challenges far more effectively by incorporating two overlooked parts of its mandate—human rights and peace—into its efforts. So says Ken Conca, an American University international relations professor who has won the 2021 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for the ideas set forth his book “An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance.” The U.N. has addressed environmental issues using legal and sustainable development approaches but also needs to pursue strategies linked to its role as a protector of human rights and peace, Conca says. The organization should declare a safe and healthy environment to be a basic human right, give its Security Council a well-defined role in safeguarding the environment, make sure its environmental initiatives are conflict-sensitive and seek environmental peacebuilding opportunities, he argues. “His book is a crucial first step in a conversation about how the U.N. can better address global environmental threats,” said Charles Ziegler, world order director. “He identifies a critical failure of a vital institution grappling with one of the most important issues facing humanity and suggests ways to overcome it.” Conca is a member of the U.N. Environment Programme’s Expert Advisory Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding and founded the Environmental Peacebuilding Working Group in Washington. He was a reviewer for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and served on a scientific steering committee for the International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change. He has twice won the International Studies Association’s award for best international environmental affairs book. The U.N., formed in 1945 after the devastation of World War II, works to maintain international peace and security, prevent conflict, promote peace and create conditions in which peace can flourish. There will also be a Q&A with the winner after the talk. Register here.
April 9, 2021 UPA Rain BarrelRain Barrel Making Workshop
Friday, April 9th, noon, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us in UofL's organic garden for a hands-on workshop in which you will learn how to make your own rainwater catchment system. Help us install a rain barrel on the tool shed at our new Garden Commons location, and learn more about water collection and sustainable irrigation methods! Lilias Petit-Scott from the Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District will be leading us in this informative workshop. Face masks and physical distancing required to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. RSVP on Facebook.
April 8, 2021 The Critical Connection Between Housing Security and Environmental Justice
Thursday, April 8th, 6pm, online - register here

https://metropolitanhousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Cathy-Huhn-Headshot-2021.jpgThe Department of Sociology's Jon H. Rieger Speakers Series will feature Dr. Cathy Kuhn on April 8th. Dr. Kuhn joined the Metropolitan Housing Coalition as its Executive Director in the fall of 2020. She has been working in the homeless and housing field for over 20 years, serving as the Chief Strategy Officer at Families in Transition, a large homeless and housing provider in New Hampshire, as well as serving as the Director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding effective solutions to homelessness through research, education and advocacy.  Dr. Kuhn holds a PhD in sociology/urban studies from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in resource development.  Both her master’s thesis and dissertation were applied research projects aimed at enhancing delivery and outcomes of key federal housing programs.  From 1997-1999, Dr. Kuhn lived in Panama where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching environmental education in primary schools. Currently, Dr. Kuhn is also an Adjunct Professor of Sociology, with experience teaching at numerous colleges and universities. Attendees are asked to register for the event here and will receive a confirmation email including information about joining the webinar.
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2-4pm, online - Register here
Will be livestreamed and posted afterward via YouTube
UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research is excited to host the Kentucky event as part of Solve Climate by 2030 - A Global Dialog on Green Recovery / Climate Solutions / Just Transition. On April 7th, university and high school students across the US and around the world will tune in to 100 coordinated university-hosted regional webinars from fifty different countries. How can ambitious state and local action put us on the way to solving climate change by 2030? Here in Kentucky, our panelists will include:
           1. Rebecca Goodman, Secretary, KY Energy and Environment Cabinet
           2. Steve Ricketts, Co-Owner & General Manager – Business Development, Solar Energy Solutions LLC
           3. Zachary Kuznar - Managing Director of Regulated Renewables, Duke Energy
           Moderators: Jacek Jasinski and Joshua Spurgeon, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
The schedule will be:
           2:00-3:00pm  Climate Solutions Webinar
           3:00-4:00pm  Panel Discussion
PLEASE REGISTER HERE to join the webinar live, or if you would like to be e-mailed a link to the recording. For more info, see the event webpage.Solve Climate by 2030
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Monday, April 5th, 6pm, Microsoft Teams
Engage Lead Serve Board Green Initiatives is hosting this event to highlight the drastic impacts that plastic production has on communities around the U.S. that are shown in the documentary The Story of Plastic. We will also be talking about ways that we can help out make change that can truly be impactful and help build up community. Viewing the documentary is free and and a link will be sent to those who register for the event.
April 2, 2021 2021 sq 2.jpgSustainability Roundtable: Josh Miller, IDEAS xLab
Friday, April 2nd, 11am, online
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Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. On April 2nd, we will be in conversation with Josh Miller from IDEAS xLab which is a dynamic artist-run nonprofit based in Louisville - and working nationally - to champion inclusion and belonging through creativity, art, and action. Join us to learn about the collaboration-based projects they lead, and the workshops and keynotes they offer the community.
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.
March 31, 2021 Campus Tree Advisory Committee Spring 2021 Meeting
Wednesday, March 31st, 2:00-3:30pm
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The Campus Tree Advisory Committee is open to all employees, students & community members interested in helping UofL protect & expand our tree population. We meet just once a semester. Facebook Event. The agenda includes:UofL Arbor Day 2016 Tree Planting

  • Updates: recent/impending tree plantings, removals and maintenance plans
  • Update on Campus Tree Inventory & UofL Tree App
  • Updates/Maintenance of Belknap Tree Tour – Fixing StoryMap? Plaque replacements?
  • Planning for UofL Arbor Day Celebration 2021
    - When? Shall we wait until Fall again? Perhaps Friday, Oct. 29th?
    - What? Shall we: Plant trees? Give away saplings? Offer fruit and tree-based smoothies? Other ideas?
    - Where? Belknap and HSC? Potential planting locations?
    - Who? Any volunteers to help out?
  • Tree-related Service Learning Projects
    - Recap: 2021 Maple-Tapping season
              EcoReps Workshop: Maple Tapping Pancake Party!
              Friday, April 16th, Noon-1:00pm, Under tent on Humanities Quad
    - All are encouraged to volunteer to help with these fall plantings in UofL’s Tree-borhood:
       - Old Louisville Tree Planting - Saturday 3/27 (rain date 4/3) and 4/17 (rain date 4/24), 9am-noon, meetup at St. Catherine & Garvin
    - Any 2021 classes on offer which are/could integrate tree-related service learning?
  • Other items? Contact the Chair, Justin Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu
March 27, 2021 Nature Scavenger Hunt and T-Shirt Printing at Iroquois Park
Saturday, March 27th, 1-2pm, Iroquois Park Amphitheater (1080 Amphitheater Rd)
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March 27, 2021 UofL students, faculty & staff participated in the Old Louisville Tree Planting 12-5-20Old Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, March 27th (Rain Date: April 3rd), 9am-noon
Meet at St. Catherine St. & Garvin Pl.

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the UofL Sustainability Council invite volunteers to help restore the urban canopy in our tree-borhood just north of Belknap Campus. We'll be planting 50-60 street trees (2" dbh) with our neighbors at locations scattered throughout the neighborhood. Volunteers should report to the central check-in site at St. Catherine Street & Garvin Place to be assigned to small, physically distanced tree-planting teams. Donuts, coffee and light breakfast items will be available prior to 9am, when work will begin. A pizza lunch will be served for all volunteers after the trees are planted. All are welcome. Tools will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own shovels and gloves. Masks and physical distancing required. In the case of rain, this event will be held on April 3rd. Questions should be directed to Herb Fink 502-552-0399. Facebook Event.
March 26, 2021 EcoReps Workshop: Resilience Justice
Friday, March 26th, Noon-1:00pm, online
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Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! Our featured speaker on March 26th will be Professor Tony Arnold, the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use at the University of Louisville, where he teaches in the Brandeis School of Law and the Department of Urban and Public Affairs and directs the interdisciplinary Resilience Justice ProjectProfessor Tony Arnold and the five Resilience Justice Fellows hike at the Parklands at Floyds Fork on a retreat in summer 2018, while brainstorming about upcoming projects and sporting their Resilience Justice team tank tops.. Professor Arnold teaches and researches about social and environmental justice and governance at the intersection of land, water, and the environment. He has won numerous awards for teaching, mentoring students, and research, and has taught or researched at several universities, including Stanford, UCLA, Florida, Houston, and Puerto Rico. He is active in public policy and community service and has served on many government and nonprofit boards and commissions in Texas, California, and Kentucky, including community-based economic-justice and environmental-justice organizations in low-income communities of color.
Resilience justice is about the unequal vulnerabilities of low-income communities of color to many different kinds of shocks and changes, including climate change, economic and housing shocks, health crises, pollution releases, etc. Systemic racism, structural inequality, colonialism, and other embedded injustices create cross-system effects that undermine communities’ adaptive capacities. We will focus on one type of inequality affecting low-income neighborhoods of color: green and blue infrastructure, which includes parks and green spaces, trees and forests, clean or restored waterways, biotic stormwater controls, community gardens, and the like. Examples from Louisville, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC will be discussed, as will policy and governance reforms.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepsEco-Reps logo program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of live, virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
March 24, 2021 Meet the Professor - Dr. Cate Fosl "You Can’t Be Neutral: Institutionalizing Anne Braden's Anti-Racist Activist Legacy at the University of Louisville"
Wednesday, March 24th,  6pm, online -register here.
Cate Fosl is a Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and founding Director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research (ABI) in the UofL College of Arts & Sciences. She was the recipient of the 2020 Trustees Award and author of the Anne Braden biography, Subversive Southerner.
March 23, 2021 Ohio River Future Forecast: A View From University Students
Tuesday, March 23rd, noon, online - register here
The Ohio River Discussion Series will be featuring Architecture, Political Science and Engineering students from UofL and the University of Cincinnati who will share multidisciplinary projects highlighting the Ohio River. The students will also reflect on the future as envisioned in the Ohio River Basin Plan. If you would like to attend, please register here.

The Ohio River Discussion Series is an opportunity for communities to share their knowledge and passion for the Ohio River. This monthly series of webinars features topics in Clean Water, Ecosystem Restoration, Research, Education, Transportation, Flood Control and Recreation. The Series was created by the Ohio River Recreation Trail in 2020. In 2021, the Series was expanded with additional partners to provide additional content and support. The Partners include the Ohio River Recreational Trail, the Ohio River Basin Alliance, the Foundation for Ohio River Education, ORSANCO, and the National Park Service.
March 20, 2021 Graduate student volunteer garden tenders:  Lindsay Nason, Nik Short and Matt Reid.UofL Native Plant Garden Expansion Workday
Saturday, March 20th, 9am-noon, west of Life Sciences
The UofL Botanical Society invites you to join us in helping maintain and expand the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden. Volunteers will be working with Dr. Masters on expanding the pollinator garden and improving the overall growth of the plants inhabiting the garden! We need a lot of people for this since it is a big project to finish. So come all and enjoy getting your hands on dirt! RSVP on Engage.
March 19, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Louisville Grows
Friday, March 19th, 11am, online
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Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. On March 19th, we will be in conversation with Lisa Dettlinger, the Program Director at Louisville Grows, about their activities and programs. Louisville Grows is an environmental, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to Grow Greener, Healthier Neighborhoods. Their vision is to foster green, just and sustainable neighborhoods in Louisville. They seek to be a leading nonprofit in advocating for health equity through the environmental platforms of urban forestry and urban agriculture. Louisville Grows’ neighborhood-based urban forestry program focuses on rebuilding the urban tree canopy with a goal of planting 1000 trees each year. Their Urban Agriculture program is designed to build capacity in community gardens by providing technical assistance, education and infrastructure. Healthy House programs, workshops and classes center on healthy living, healthy eating, environmental education or environmental equity. They are dedicated to restoring the urban tree canopy and providing environmental education opportunities that will lead to ending health disparities in our community. 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.
March 12, 2021

Pollinators + Beekeeping Workshop
Friday, March 12th, noon, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Pollinators Workshop at Garden Commons (Apr 2017)Join us in UofL's organic garden for a workshop all about pollinators, specifically bees! Bees are an integral part of our ecosystem, especially within the garden. Without them, we wouldn't get the wonderful produce we cherish in our gardens and farms. We want to celebrate bees and the beautiful honey they make. We will be discussing how to make a garden more pollinator-friendly. Check out UofL Community Composting Project's new beekeeping setup and learn more about pollinators and urban beekeeping from the Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association! Face masks and physical distancing required to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. RSVP on Facebook.

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March 12 & 16, 2021 White Nationalists' Attacks on Campus: What is the Role of White People in Dismantling Racism?
UofL Faculty & Staff: Friday, March 12th, 11am - Register here
UofL Students: Tuesday, March 16th, 4 pm - Register here

White people have a stake in understanding systemic racism in the past and present. Recent white nationalist recruitment on the UofL campus and the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 have a common theme, which this workshop will explore. Following a presentation by Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ), participants will break into small groups and create an action plan while engaging with UofL's Cardinal Principles and commitment to anti-racism. Presented by UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and Student Government Association.
March 12, 2021 Engaged Scholarship Symposium
Friday, March 12th, 10am-2:30pm, online - Register here
The Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium is an opportunity to network and share current research and teaching activities involving community partners and service to the community. Please join us for a half day of panel presentations, lightning talks, and recognition of UofL faculty receiving national awards in community-engaged scholarship.    
The opening Plenary Session will include recognition of:
    Faculty: Dr. Cate Fosl – Anne Braden Institute, College of Arts & Sciences
      The W. K. Kellogg Community Engagement Scholarship Award  2019 Recipient
        Community Partner: The Fairness Campaign
    Faculty: Dr. Dedra Hayden and Krista Roach – School of Nursing
      The W. K. Kellogg Community Engagement Scholarship Exemplary Award 2020 Recipient
        Community Partner: Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund
The 10:45am Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Darren E. Lund, Professor, University of Calgary on "Seeking Cultural Humility in Justice-Based Community Engagement." Dr. Lund’s talk will offer a timely reminder that this work of attending to difference is not simply about pursing harmony with our colleagues, students, and community partners. Bringing about social and institutional changes toward racial equity requires thoughtful advocacy and even some professional risk. Dr. Lund will offer specific insights and ideas from his three decades of work on social justice activism and human rights. He will address notions of privilege, and the need to attend to our own complex identities in community engaged work. His presentation will highlight research from a community-driven university education program that seeks to foster cultural humility in pre-service teachers. For over a decade, the award-winning Service Learning for Diversity Program has worked collaboratively with community agencies that serve diverse young people, including immigrant and refugee children, youth with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ youth, and Native/Indigenous youth. Participants can expect a lively talk that includes meaningful take-aways and resources for a range of settings, as well as some time for questions and answers. Event is free, but registration is required.
March 12, 2021 Brandeis School of Law and the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law 2021 Spring Symposium
Friday, March 12th, 9:00am-12:30pm, Microsoft Teams - Join Here
The UofL Brandeis School of Law's Journal of Animal and Environmental Law will be hosting their 5th Annual Spring Symposium on Friday, March 12. Everyone is invited to join us for this educational day featuring a variety of environmental and sustainability policy experts. The schedule will be as follows:
9:00am Welcome & Introduction
9:10am Louisville Metro Land Development Code Equity Review
          Emily Liu, AICP, Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services
9:50am Solar Energy Issues in Kentucky 2021, Net Metering Issues for. Rooftop Solar and Siting Issues in Utility-Scale Solar Arrays
          Tom FitzGerald, Kentucky Resources Council
10:30am The Link Between Animal Abuse and Crimes Against People
          Joye Keeley, Kentucky Link Coalition
11:10am Environmental Justice and Coal Bankruptcies in Eastern Kentucky
          Mary Cromer, Appalachian Citizens' Law Center
11:50am Sustainability and the Evolving Standard of Care for Design Professionals
          Jean Terry, Manion Stigger LLP
12:25pm Closing
No pre-registration is necessary. Join the symposium here
March 5, 2021

Seed Starting Workshop
Friday, March 5th, noon-1pm
Greenhouse at the garden behind Urban & Public Affairs (426 W. Bloom St.)
(NOTE: This event was rescheduled from 2/12 due to inclement weather / university closure)

Seed Starting at Garden Commons 2018Get 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 containers to take them home in, or help us start some seeds to be planted in our Campus Gardens. Face masks and physical distancing required to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Facebook Event.

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Feb. 27, 2021 Hike at Caperton Swamp
Saturday, February 27th, 10:30-11:30am, Caperton Swamp (3916 River Rd)
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Feb. 26, 2021 EcoReps Workshop: Urban Orchards & Foraging
Friday, February 26th, Noon-1:00pm, online
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http://www.louisvillelotsoffood.com/uploads/2/2/3/7/22371588/header_images/1434301706.jpgJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! Our featured speaker on February 26th will be Amanda Fuller from Lots of Food urban orchard & market garden. She will provide a virtual fruits & nuts tour (and late winter foraging). Amanda established Lots of Food on 5 vacant lots in the Portland neighborhood in 2014, to demonstrate conservation practices, produce food for food-insecure neighborhoods, and plant Louisville's first & only almond & hazelnut orchard. It's nuts!! Amanda sells nuts, honey, and other products, and teaches foraging workshops. This presentation is a collaboration with the Urban Agriculture Coalition's Friday Virtual Chat series. Find out more and check out the Urban Ag calendar at the Urban Agriculture Coalition's website. You must register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepsEco-Reps logo program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of live, virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Feb. 24, 2021 Winter Sustainability Literature Club
Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 6pm, Microsoft Teams
Are you interested in plants, natural and holistic health, or learning more about the roots of medicine? Come join the discussion and learn about indigenous botany, plant wisdom, and scientific knowledge! The Engage Lead Serve Board (ELSB) Green Initiatives is sponsoring this winter book club for those interested in learning more about sustainability. The discussion and trivia game on February 24th will focus on the seminal text by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Those interested can RSVP here for a free winter care package, including a copy of the book, essential oil roll-on, and a candle made locally. Reading the book is not required to attend this event, and we welcome all students!
Feb. 23, 2021 11th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference
11th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference
Tuesday, February 23rd, 6-8pm, virtually on Microsoft Teams - Register here
The University of Louisville Women’s Center and Women 4 Women Student Board are raising awareness of human trafficking in Kentucky to educate students and the community and to take action to prevent it. The 11th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference will be held on Tuesday February 23rd 6-8pm virtually on Microsoft Teams. The program will be recorded and posted afterwards. The focus of this year’s conference will feature local anti-human trafficking efforts, what we can do as a community, and the impact of COVID on these efforts. Register here.

The conference agenda includes the following:

  • Survivor Speak Out
  • Human Trafficking Policies & Legislation – Teena Halbig, United Nations Association-USA – KY Division

Presentations from local anti-human trafficking organizations:

  • Amy Nace-Degonda, Catholic Charities of Louisville Bakhita Empowerment Initiative
  • Dr. Theresa Hayden, People Against the Trafficking of Human (PATH) Coalition of KY
  • Jennifer Beagle, Safe Passage
Feb. 23, 2021 The Black Wall Street Race Massacre, 100 Years Later: What Have We Learned?
Tuesday, February 23rd at 4pm-5:30pm, online - register here
Join us for a conversation with entrepreneur and author Clifton L. Taulbert as we look back at the 1921 Tulsa race massacre and destruction of Black Wall Street, and how its impact is still being felt today. Hosted by UofL alum OJ Oleka, this conversation is sure to be an enlightening look at a dark time in our country’s history. Clifton Taulbert "returns" to the Center for Free Enterprise Menard Family Lecture Series, having visited the university in person last February. He is an award-winning author of 14 books, an entrepreneur, business consultant, and international speaker. He is currently the President and CEO of Roots Java, a national coffee supply company wholly owned by African Americans.
OJ Oleka graduated from UofL's College of Business with a degree in marketing and a minor in political science. He went on to receive his MBA and PhD in leadership and higher education from Bellarmine University. He is currently president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. Last summer, as racial tensions were rising in Louisville and around the country, OJ and fellow UofL alum Terrance Sullivan founded AntiRacismKY, a bi-partisan coalition with the goal of eliminating systemic racism in the state through policy change.
This event is part of the Menard Family Lecture Series. It is free, but registration is required.
Feb. 19, 2021 Sustainability Roundtable: Zero Waste UofL
Friday, Feb. 19th, 11am, online - watch video recording
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PLAN Atlas 2020 findingsPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. On February 19th, we will highlight the work of UofL's 2020-21 Zero Waste Interns, Jacob Foushee & Lily Stewart, who have been researching UofL's solid waste stream through a fellowship with the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN). Together with PLAN staff, they produced a comprehensive Zero Waste Atlas Assessment designed to help assess and streamline campus systems for materials management. The assessment gave UofL an overall Zero Waste score of 58.2%(864.5 out of a total possible 1600.5 points). This compares very favorably to the other campuses PLAN works with, which average between 40-50%. For Scope 1 surplus property and hard-to-recycle materials, UofL scored a 63.4% (427.75 + 24 additional credits out of a total possible 712 points). For Scope 2 food waste and single-use materials, UofL scored a 53.9% (437 +42.25 additional credits out of a total possible 888.5 points). Jacob and Lily gathered the data that informed this assessment, laying the groundwork for the development of UofL's first Zero Waste Plan, which the Sustainability Council will begin to work on in 2021. Read the full PLAN Atlas Stage 1 Report here. 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. RSVP on Facebook.
Feb. 18, 2021 PS_tailor-scaled.jpgGrowing Leadership & Advocacy Workshop 2: Initiative to Limit Food Deserts
Thursday, Feb. 18th, 5:15pm-6:15pm, online - Register here
Grow502 is a project created by the University of Louisville School of Medicine's AMA Chapter with the goal of innovatively educating and empowering the Louisville community to be aware of the health disparities plaguing our city. Throughout February and March, Grow502 will collaborate with local leaders, stakeholders, and artists to paint the realities of Infant Mortality, Lead Poisoining, Substance Abuse & Mental Health, and Stroke & Diabetes.
This Growing Leadership & Advocacy Workshop 2: Initiative to Limit Food Deserts will offer students and community members the ability to develop effective advocacy skills. Participants will have the chance to practice reaching out to legislative members and advocating. In this session, we will be reaching out to members of metro council to support zoning restrictions that limit the density of businesses such as liquor stores and tobacco stores. Additionally, we will be advocating to Kroger Co. to fulfill the demands of Feed the West. This session will also feature a presentation by Dr. Mona Lisa Taylor, MD who is currently specializing in internal medicine and is the President of the Greater Louisville Medical Society. More information is available at Grow502.org and you can register here.
Feb. 11, 2021 All Eyes on Louisville
Spring 2021 WGST Social Justice Speaker Series
Anti-Racist Practices in Corporate Settings
Thursday, Feb. 11th, 6:30-7:30pm - Register here

How might emerging professionals put anti-racist principles into practice as they enter the workplace? Sydney Finley, Vice President of UofL's Black and Brown Honors Society, asks just that of Nikki Lanier, Senior Vice President and Regional Executive of the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and Victoria Russell, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Beam Suntory. Both Lanier and Russell have been selected as part of Louisville's "40 Under 40" and will speak from their personal lived experiences in corporate environments during this roundtable discussion. For more information, contact megan.poole@louisville.edu. Sponsored by The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, TWP Interest Group, Black and Brown Honors Society.
Feb. 10, 2021 Struggles for Racial and Environmental Justice in America's Prisons and Jails
Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 6pm, online -
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David PellowThe Department of Sociology's Jon H. Rieger Speakers Series presents Dr. David Pellow. He is the Dehlsen Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he teaches courses on social change movements, environmental justice, human-animal conflicts, sustainability, and social inequality. His teaching and research focus on ecological justice issues in the U.S. and globally. His books include: What is Critical Environmental Justice?Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement; The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America’s Eden (with Lisa Sun-Hee Park); Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental JusticeThe Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-Tech Global Economy (with Lisa Sun-Hee Park); and Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago. He has served on the Boards of Directors for the Community Environmental Council, the Global Action Research Center, Greenpeace USA, International Rivers, and the Fund for Santa Barbara. Two of Dr. Pellow's articles relevant to his presentation include:  "Toward a Critical Environmental Justice Studies:  Black Lives Matter as an Environmental Justice Challenge" and "Struggles for Environmental Justice in US Prisons and Jails." Attendees are asked to register for the event here and will receive a confirmation email including information about joining the webinar. Event website.

Feb. 6, 2020 Sugar Shack Open House (Making Maple Syrup w/UofL Sap)
Saturday, Feb 6th, 1-6pm
Dave Barker's Urban Ducks Farm next to UofL's Shelby campus (9011 Old Whipps Mill Rd)
Maple Syrup Sap Boil 2018In what has become a delightful annual tradition, our amazing community partner in making maple syrup from UofL trees, Dave Barker, is again hosting an open house at his sugar shack as we boil this year's sap and celebrate another successful year of tapping into nature's sweetness. All are welcome to come observe and learn more about local maple syrup production right here in Louisville. Come see the process in action and sample the sweet goodness! Masks and physical distancing required. Facebook Event.
Feb. 5, 2021

Sustainability Roundtable: Sustainable Tap Water
Friday, Feb. 5th, 11am, online
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Employee Profile: Dr. Eric ZhuPlease join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. On February 5th, we will be in dialogue with Dr. Eric Zhu, Water Research & Development Manager at the publicly-owned Louisville Water Company. Dr. Zhu will be sharing some of the strategies used by LWC to maintain a safe, sustainable supply of tap water to hundreds of millions of customers throughout greater Louisville. Eric and his team ensure that the company stays on the forefront of water quality and treatment science. Examples of his recent and current research include:
    - Optimizing corrosion control treatment to ensure continued compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule
    - Investigating a new chemical treatment strategy for enhancing water quality at both of our treatment plants and for maintaining disinfectant residuals in the distribution system
    - Evaluating emerging contaminants and establishing a roadmap for addressing potential concerns in meeting future regulations and customer expectations
Dr. Zhu also collaborates with industry partners—including the EPA, the American Water Works Association, and the Water Research Foundation—to deal with critical water quality challenges. He plays a leading role in national research on risk-benefit assessment to help Louisville Water and the water industry find opportunities to reduce overall health risks in drinking water treatment.
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.

Jan. 31 - March 27, 2021

Ecolympics LogoEcolympics 2021
January 31st to March 27th

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

Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable  or submit them through our online form to win a Cardinal-colored Danon Folding Bicycle, or one of eight fabulous weekly prize baskets!

Campus Race To Zero Waste! - January 31 - March 27, 2021
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL will compete to reduce waste, increase recycling & composting, and raise conservation awareness across all three campuses! Keep up with the Cards progress at the Campus Race website.

  • Campus Race to Zero Waste logoREDUCE & RECYCLE! Help the Cards to victory by avoiding disposables (bring your own mug, bottle, plate, etc.) and fully utilizing UofL’s amazingly easy, single-stream recycling system that lets you recycle everything in the same bin, everywhere on campus: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.
  • COMPOST! We will be collecting food wastes for composting from The Ville Grill, SAC Marketplace, and other campus dining locations and adding those numbers to UofL's organics recycling totals! You can also compost your food scraps and soiled paper products in the compost bins at the Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall) and the Urban & Public Affairs Horticulture Zone. Please no animal/dairy products, but otherwise, if it came from a plant, we want to compost it: fruit & vegetable wastes/peels/rinds/seeds, bread, pasta, rice, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, and all kinds of soiled paper products (tissues, towels, napkins, plates, cups, etc.).

Lockdown Drawdown! - February 5-25, 2021Participant Badge - 2021 Campus Race To Zero Waste
Live on campus? Win with conservation! Inspired by Project Drawdown, UofL residence halls will compete among each other to see who can reduce electricity use the most over three weeks. All you have to do is stop wasting energy! Turn off lights/TVs/computers; unplug anything you're not actively using; skip the elevator for the stairs; close windows tightly; dry clothes on a rack/line; take quick showers or shower with solar power at the SRC; etc.

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

Prizes:Ecolympics 2021 Grand Prize Folding Bike

  • Weekly prizes: At the end of each of the eight weeks of Ecolympics 2021, one person who has shared their sustainable action(s) will receive a curated gift basket on the following themes:
    - Green Thumb
    - Outdoors
    - Transportation
    - Cooking Local
    - Sustainable Home
    - Relaxation
    - Fair Trade Coffee
    - Social Justice
  • Grand Prize: One impressive Cardinal who takes the most sustainable actions during Ecolympics 2021 will win a Cardinal-colored Danon Folding Bicycle (or another bike of your preference)!
  • Post your sustainable actions and tag @UofLSustainable or submit them through our online form throughout February & March to be entered into the competition! New winners will be picked each week! Enter as often as you can!

Jan. 29, 2021 EcoReps Workshop: Feed Louisville
Friday, January 29th, Noon-1:00pm, online
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Feed LouisvilleJoin us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! We'll kick off our spring series with the inspiring Rhona Bowles Kamar, co-founder of Feed Louisville. For over 20 years, Rhona has been creating healthy dishes at Ramsi’s Café on the World, her family’s restaurant in Louisville, KY. She also writes about food, teaches cooking classes and creates personalized menus for private clients.  She is also co-owner of the family’s Raising Hope Organic Farm and is a huge advocate for organic farming. She is the mother of three children. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She founded Prana, a wellness food + beverage company with a mission to bring vibrant, plant-centric food + zero-proof beverages to our community. Then the Cornavirus Pandemic hit and Rhona and a group of restaurant owners and volunteers began changing the way Louisville takes care of its food insecure population. Rhona’s original purpose for Prana is quickly evolving and becoming more than she ever imagined. She had always wanted Prana to give back to the community in some fashion, and now she has found a way to do it through Feed Louisville, a collaborative that’s serving hundreds of meals and evolving every day. And at the center of it is Rhona, living her passion and giving back to her community when they need it most.
The Sustainability Council’s EcoRepsEco-Reps logo program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. More info on EcoReps website. This spring, we continue our series of live, virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon. All are welcome. Facebook Event.
Jan. 22, 2021

Sustainability Roundtable: Brian Barnes
Friday, Jan. 22nd, 11am, online

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Brian Barnes managing UofL Food Waste Composting Program.Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the spring at 11am. Brian Barnes will be launching the spring series on January 22nd with a conversation about engaging the community and using the campus as a living laboratory for applied sustainability learning and research. Dr. Barnes is a lecturer in Philosophy, Chair of the Engagement Committee of UofL’s Sustainability Council, and Director of UofL’s EcoReps Program and Community Composting Project. You won’t want to miss this dynamic conversation about the myriad possibilities for connecting campus and community to create a sustainability revolution right here in Louisville! 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. RSVP on Facebook.

Jan. 19, 2021 Pumping samples into containersWebinar: Surface Water Monitoring for COVID
Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 3pm-4pm, Zoom - Register here
The Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute at UofL is hosting this webinar on surface water research and water monitoring. Made possible by the support of the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation and Newman's Own Foundation. Kentucky Waterways Alliance is monitoring two sections of Beargrass Creek for evidence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, because of their proximity to sewer overflow sites near Big Rock Park and Joe Creason Park in Louisville. During heavy rains sewer overflows occur when stormwater and wastewater combine and spill into local waterways. KWA, in partnership with UofL, is assessing if and how much viral material can be found in surface water and sediment near these sewer overflow sites. KWA and UofL's School of Urban and Public Affairs are leading Co-Immunity's Surface Water Study. The team includes UofL’s Masters in Sustainability Director, Dr. Tamara Sluss, and KWA intern, Cullen Hunter, who are testing surface water and sediment in Beargrass Creek for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. Register here.
Jan. 15, 2021 Maple Tapping 2019Maple Tapping Workshop!
Friday, Jan. 15th, Noon, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
Join us in UofL's sustainable Garden Commons to learn about the process of tapping maple trees and making maple syrup. Our workshop leader, Dave Barker, has been tapping trees and making his own syrup in Louisville for years. He will give a brief, hands-on workshop on the process and then attendees will get to work with him as we install taps on our own maple trees around campus. Participants will have the opportunity to sign-up to volunteer to empty buckets as they fill throughout the coming weeks. Please dress warmly so we can work outside! Masks and practice physical distancing will be required in order to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Facebook Event.
Fridays, Jan. 15 - Apr. 23, 2021 Garden Commons raised bedGarden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)
All are welcome at our weekly group workdays in UofL's organic Garden Commons at the southwest corner of Strickler Hall, east of the Speed Art Museum Parking Garage, and across the walkway from  the Biology Department's Korfhage Native Plant Garden! Join us to learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits! Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we'll gather together every Friday at noon throughout the spring (Jan. 15 - Apr. 23) to plant, weed, water, and harvest. Special hands-on workshops will be held monthly: Maple Tapping (1/15); Seed Starting (2/12); Beekeeping (3/12); Rain Barrel Making (4/9); and Serviceberry Foraging (6/4). No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. Face masks and physical distancing required to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. 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.
Jan. 12, 2021 Growing Mindfulness Initiative: Virtual Kickoff Event
Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 1pm-2pm, Register here
UofL Health Promotion, in partnership with the Employee Success Center in the Office of the President, will virtually kickoff of a new initiative called the Growing Mindfulness Initiative with special guests President Neeli Bendapudi and Owsley Brown, a filmmaker and thought leader whose family founded the university’s Envirome Institute. This initiative is a campus-wide collaborative effort built around the Cardinal Principles to cultivate a Community of Care through mindfulness. Participants of the kickoff event will learn and practice various mindfulness techniques that will help decrease stress and anxiety, improve concentration and compassion, and promote well-being! The kickoff is open to all UofL students, faculty and staff. Registration required here.
Every Sunday UofL Community CompostingUofL Community Composting Volunteer Day
Every Sunday, Noon-2pm
240 E. Bloom St. (one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook & Floyd Streets - map here)

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! All participants are welcome to haul home some rich UofL compost for gardening projects in your own containers/vehicle. This is a weekly service opportunity throughout the year. Contact: Brian Barnes, 502-338-1338.
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Dec. 5, 2020 Old Louisville Tree Planting
Saturday, Dec. 5th, 9am, Meet at 3rd Avenue Baptist Church (1726 S. 3rd St.)
The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the UofL Sustainability Council invite volunteers to help restore the urban canopy on the northern edge of UofL's Belknap Campus. We'll be planting 31 street trees (2" dbh) with our neighbors at two different locations. The closest to UofL will be along both sides of 3rd Street between Bloom and Hill Streets (just one block north of Cardinal Blvd). Volunteers should gather outside the 3rd Avenue Baptist Church (at 3rd & Bloom St.) to be assigned to small tree-planting teams. Donuts, coffee and light breakfast items will be available prior to 9am, when work will begin. A pizza lunch will be served for all volunteers after the trees are planted. Simultaneously, volunteers will also be planting trees further north and west in the Limerick neighborhood at a variety of spots between 7th & 2nd and Breckinridge & Ormsby. If preferred, volunteers may gather at 7th & St. Catherine to be assigned into teams for that area at 9am. All are welcome. Tools will be provided, but volunteers may also bring their own shovels and gloves. Masks and physical distancing required. Questions should be directed to Herb Fink 502-552-0399. Facebook Event.
Nov. 21, 2020 Pop-Up Drop-Off EventsPop-Up Drop-Off Recycling Event!
Saturday, Nov. 21st, 10am-2pm, UofL's Shelby Campus (440 N Whittington Parkway)

Louisville Metro will hold its last Pop-Up Drop-Off event of 2020 at UofL's Shelby Campus. Jefferson County residents can drop off any of the following for proper disposal, recycling, and composting:
  • 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)
They will not accept: Batteries, light bulbs, oil-based paint, varnishes, stains, and other household hazardous waste (take to Haz Bin out by the airport at 7501 Grade Lane, open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.). Full details online here.
Nov. 20, 2020 Seminar: Racial/Ethnic Inequalities in Health, Education, and Housing in Louisville and Beyond
Friday, Nov. 20th at 3pm, online - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting here
Decades of segregation and disinvestment in Louisville's black community are reflected in contemporary community and institutional patterns. Learn more at this Department of Geography seminar featuring Dr. Charlie Zhang, a professor of Geography & Geosciences, Dr. Matt Ruther, a professor of Urban & Public Affairs, and Dr. Margath Walker, a professor affiliated with both departments.
Nov. 20, 2020 Louisville Community GroceryEcoReps Workshop: Louisville Community Grocery
Friday, Nov. 20th at Noon
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Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! At our final fall workshop, we will learn about the Louisville Community Grocery and the ongoing movement for food justice in Louisville! Come learn how you can get involved as a member or volunteer to help open the first cooperatively-owned community grocery in Louisville in one of our urban core neighborhoods that has long-suffered from food apartheid and the lack of a full-service grocery store. This project nails all the key pillars of sustainability, with a plan to: 1) Improve wellness and social justice through fresh, healthy food access for neglected urban core communities; 2) Reduce the environmental impact of conventional, industrial food system by shortening the supply chain and bringing more organic, non-toxic, and environmentally responsible goods to Louisville consumers; and 3) Lay the foundations for a more sustainable, locally-controlled economy through cooperatives which build community wealth rather than extract it.
Our guest speaker will be Dr. Thomas Wayne Edison, an Associate Professor of Spanish in UofL's Department of Classical and Modern Languages. Thomas has lived in Mexico, Spain, and spent a great deal of time traveling and studying in Central and Latin America. He is an avid gardener and has been working on converting his childhood home, at 32nd and Garland in West Louisville, into a community garden to grow produce to reduce the level of hunger in the city. One of his passions is establishing a way for small scale farmers in West Louisville to be able to sell their produce at the Louisville Community Grocery. Dr. T. has been involved with LCG for a year and was recently nominated to be the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Louisville Community Grocery.
The Sustainability Council’s Eco-Reps logoEcoReps 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. This fall, we continue our series of in-person and virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website. RSVP on Facebook.
Nov. 20, 2020 Sustainability Roundtable: Shauntrice Martin, Feed The West
Friday, Nov. 20th, 11am, online
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FeedTheWestPlease join us for our final fall Sustainability Roundtable, when our speaker will be Shauntrice Martin, the inspiring and amazing founder of the Feed The West initiative. #FeedTheWest is a community food justice initiative spearheaded by Shauntrice Martin and sponsored by Change Today, Change Tomorrow. This initiative brings fresh food and groceries to communities suffering from food apartheid in our urban core. It is on-going until the West End has a Black-Owned and sustainable fresh food source for our residents.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute 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.
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Nov. 19, 2020 All Eyes on Louisville: Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Fall Social Justice Speaker Series
No Peace: Exploring Breonna’s Law, Transformative Justice, and Defunding the Police
Thursday, Nov. 19th, 7pm-8:30pm, online - Register here.
What does it mean to defund police? What did Breonna's Law do? What is transformative justice and how can it help us understand what defunding the police looks like? Panelists:
  - Keturah Herring, ACLU, Breonna's Law
  - Attica Scott, State Representative
  - Ashanti Scott, U of L Student & Activist
  - Moderator: Sadiqa Reynolds, Director of the Louisville Urban League
All eyes must remain on Louisville until justice is won. The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies invites you to a virtual series that celebrates the work that Louisville’s local leaders are doing on behalf of our collective freedom. This series is an opportunity for the campus community to learn from their vision and find out how to join in the struggles for justice for Breonna Taylor and for the Black, brown, and poor residents of our city. Let’s dialogue about how we can work towards liberation through education, art, cross-border solidarity, law reform, and restorative justice. Co-sponsors: Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, Graduate Certificate in Diversity Literacy, Pan-African Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Women’s Center, and Pi Sigma Alpha. Please register as soon as possible to help us get a headcount and needs for translation services for ASL and Spanish.
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Thursday, Nov. 19th, 5pm, Join Event Online
Join ELSB Green Initiatives to learn about sustainable travel, ecotourism, and how to reduce your travel footprint! We are hosting a virtual panel discussion and trivia night, which also gives students the opportunity to win awesome prizes like bags & other travel accessories. If you are interested in studying abroad, volunteering abroad, or just traveling locally due to COVID-19, join the fun & get excited about EcoHop! RSVP on Engage.
Nov. 19, 2020 UofL GIS Day: GIS Applications for Woodland Restoration
Thursday, Nov. 19th, 11am, online - Register here.
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To mark Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day 2020, UofL's Dept. of Geography & Geosciences will host a special seminar with Sarah Benton and Matt Spalding of Louisville's Olmsted Parks Conservancy. They will be presenting a brief history of the Olmsted Parks system, along with a deeper dive into the GIS-based applications OPC uses in their daily operations and ecological restoration projects. Olmsted Parks Conservancy is a non-profit organization that is focused on Louisville’s historic park system, designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Ecological restoration of urban woodlands within these parks has been a major focus of the OPC field crew, which uses GIS tools like ArcGIS Collector and Survey123 to monitor, map, and report on these natural areas. Join OPC Biological Technician Sarah Benton and Education Program Manager Matt Spalding for a discussion of the history of Louisville’s Olmsted Parks, and GIS applications for restoration projects.
Nov. 13, 2020 Garden Commons Workshop: Wreath Making
Friday, Nov. 13th, 12pm-1pm, Garden Commons (SW corner of Strickler Hall)Garden Interns: Avalon Gupta VerWiebe & Ellie Miller
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 on Fridays at noon. 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 our Facebook Page.
Nov. 12, 2020 All Eyes on Louisville: Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Fall Social Justice Speaker Series
All of Us or None of Us: Connecting the Dots Between BLM in Louisville and the Americas
Thursday, Nov. 12th, 7pm-8:30pm, online - Register here.
How do our struggles for social justice and freedom in Louisville intersect with and relate to social justice struggle throughout the hemisphere? This panel offers transnational approaches to activism and the movements for Black lives. Panelists:
  - Karen Moya, Adult Services Coordinator, Americana Center.
  - Sara Nuñez, Doctoral Student at U of L and former Director of the Cultural Center
  - T. Gonzales, Founder of Louisville Trans Man (TBD)
  - Moderator: Cara K. Snyder, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, U of L
All eyes must remain on Louisville until justice is won. The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies invites you to a virtual series that celebrates the work that Louisville’s local leaders are doing on behalf of our collective freedom. This series is an opportunity for the campus community to learn from their vision and find out how to join in the struggles for justice for Breonna Taylor and for the Black, brown, and poor residents of our city. Let’s dialogue about how we can work towards liberation through education, art, cross-border solidarity, law reform, and restorative justice. Co-sponsors: Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, Graduate Certificate in Diversity Literacy, Pan-African Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Women’s Center, and Pi Sigma Alpha. Please register as soon as possible to help us get a headcount and needs for translation services for ASL and Spanish.
Nov. 12, 2020 Image may contain: text that says 'First ever virtual ABI RESEARCH MEETS ACTIVISM Panel ILLUMINATING THE INTERSECTIONS: REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE IS RACIAL JUSTIVE SisterSong defines Reproductive Justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. Panel to include: Damara Jenkins, CNM, UofL Erin Smith, KY Health Justice Network Kabira Yakini, Mama to Mama With closing commentary by Loretta Ross Nov. 12 from 9-10:30 AM Το REGISTER: http://bit.ly/AB1Panel Free and open to the public FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US AT Bradenistutesciajutic@gmail.com (502) 852-6142 ANNE BRADEN INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH'Illuminating the Intersections: Reproductive Justice is Racial Justice
Thursday, November 12th, 9-10:30am, online - Register here.
The UofL Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research invites you to their first-ever VIRTUAL Research Meets Activism Panel! This event is free and open to the public. SisterSong defines Reproductive Justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. This dynamic panel will include:
  • Damara Jenkins, Certified Nurse Midwife, UofL
  • Erin Smith, KY Health Justice Network
  • Kabira Yakini, Mama to Mama
  • With Closing statements by Loretta Ross, our 2020 Anne Braden Memorial Lecturer
Nov. 11, 2020 Calling In The Call Out Culture
Wednesday, Nov. 11th at 5:30pm, online - join here
The 14th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture will feature Loretta Ross, a Visiting Associate Professor at Smith College in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. Dr. Ross teaches courses on white supremacy, reproductive justice, and calling in practices. She has spent more than forty-five years committed to antiracist and feminist activism, including founding the National Center for Human Rights Education. She started her career in activism and social change in the 1970s, working at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Black Women’s Health Project, the Center for Democratic Renewal (National Anti-Klan Network), and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, among others. Her work with rape and trauma survivors in the 1970s helped launch the movement to end violence against women.
Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction co-written with Rickie Solinger, and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique, both published in 2017. Her forthcoming book is Calling In the Calling Out Culture: Detoxing Our Movement, due out soon.
Dr. Ross’ work comes at a pivotal moment. After a summer of tragedy and unrest, many are returning to classrooms, faculty meetings, advisory boards, and neighborhood associations wondering what comes next. How can we create atmospheres where people press into the hard work of self-reflection and daily change-making? How do we end taboos surrounding speaking about racism and systems of injustice, challenging one another to do better while leaving room for inevitable mistakes?
She has trained educators and social justice advocates nationwide to conduct empathetic, forthright conversations confronting injustice. Her timely lecture helps us move from a necessary season of anger and protest into the daily grind of justice work. This will be the first-ever virtual Anne Braden Lecture. Watch here.
Nov. 11, 2020

Beyond Black History Month: Bringing Racial Justice Conversation Into Classrooms
Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 12:30-1:30pm, online - register here

Please join the Muhammad Ali Center for the next program in our “I Am America” Racial Justice series. In this program we will discuss ways to incorporate racial justice into school curriculum beyond just one month a year. Our panel will examine how teachers can create diverse, inclusive and equitable classrooms that go beyond merely acknowledging accomplishments of African Americans and people of color. Panelists include:

  • Ashleigh Hazley, Assistant Director from the University of Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice
  • Dr. Shelley Thomas, Assistant Department Chair and Associate Professor from the University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development
  • Cassandra Webb, Senior Associate of Strategy and Innovation for Cities United
  • Moderated by Enid Trucios-Haynes, Director of the University of Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, and professor at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law
Registration is required here.
Nov. 11, 2020 Building an Antiracist Society, One Conversation at a Time
Wednesday, Nov. 11th, noon, online - Register here
In this conversation, AntiRacism KY founders Terrance Sullivan '09, '12 and OJ Oleka '10 will lead a discussion on what it means to be antiracist and how we all have a part in creating a more antiracist society through a policy lens and bipartisan perspective. 
The conversation will be centered around the importance of establishing a dialogue and the perils of assumptions without context when discussing antiracism and what it means across lines of difference. This conversation will be challenging yet collaborative, as we all have a lot to learn from one another. 
Join us as we discuss this critical topic that, in the wake of the recent election, must remain at the forefront of our efforts. Register here
Nov. 10, 2020 https://se-infra-imageserver2.azureedge.net/clink/images/0294044c-62ff-4981-a17a-ef15c402aac660c297f0-d160-412d-bbdb-946acb32a572.png?preset=large-wFood Apartheid
Tuesday, Nov. 10th, noon, Join Event Online
About 23.5 million people suffer from food apartheid, nearly half of them are also low-income. Join the Engage Lead Serve Board's (ELSB) Human Prosperity team for a panel discussion about food apartheid here in Louisville and across the country. Learn what you can do help and organizations to support! The purpose is to discuss and educate ourselves about food apartheid and the systemic lack of access to fresh and healthy food here in Louisville. We'll be highlighting the important distinction between the issue framing of the term "food deserts" versus "food apartheid." Attendees will also get to explore how we can make a difference through awareness, legislation, donating time/money, and working with organizations available on campus such as the Food Recovery Network - UofL Chapter, and the Cardinal Cupboard free campus food pantry in SAC W314. RSVP on Engage.
Nov. 9, 2020 Pumpkin Smash 2018PUMPKIN SMASH!!
Monday, Nov. 9th, noon, SAC Ramp
Don’t know what to do with your old pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns from Halloween? Don’t trash them! Turn them into stress-relief, worm food, and organic fertilizer! UofL is here to help you compost! Drop off your old pumpkins (and other plant-based fall decorations) in front of the Red Barn or at HSC's Kornhauser Plaza by the pumpkin composting sign any time from October 30th through noon on November 9th. At that time, all are invited to our annual Pumpkin Smash! Join us for composting fun and Post-Election stress relief! RSVP on Facebook.
Nov. 6, 2020 LaneBoldmanKCC.jpgSustainability Roundtable: Environmental Priorities affecting State Government
Friday, Nov. 6th, 11am, online - Watch video recording
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Or join by phone at 502-792-9582 (Conference ID: 430 698 464#)

Please join us for UofL's Sustainability Roundtable on alternate Fridays throughout the fall at 11am. Our speaker on November 6th will be Lane Boldman, Executive Director of the Kentucky Conservation Committee, on the topic of "Environmental Priorities affecting State Government." Lane has been working on environmental advocacy issues in Kentucky and nationally since 1992 and has been with the Kentucky Conservation Committee since 2014. Lane is also currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter of the US Green Building Council and the Lexington Corridors Commission (since 2016). Her background includes working as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator for the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, and as a leader in multiple positions for the Sierra Club. Lane has previously chaired the Cumberland (Kentucky) Chapter of the Sierra Club and held leadership roles in the areas of mining, forestry, wild lands, energy and communications for more than two decades. Lane has also served on the Sierra Club’s national Board of Directors, holding positions as Secretary, Vice President for Volunteer Leadership and Vice President for Visibility and Outreach. In addition Lane has led policy teams for the Sierra Club on Natural Gas Fracking, and as Chair for the Sierra Club’s Council of Sierra Club Leaders. Lane has also previously served on the board of Citizens Coal Council, working to empower citizens affected by the impacts of mining and coal,  the board of the US Green Building Council/Kentucky Market Leadership, and the board of the Kentucky Solar Energy Society.
The format is a 30-40 minute presentation from a variety of speakers throughout the year, followed by 20-30 minute open discussion. Anyone with an interest in sustainability can give talks at the speaker series and participate in the audience, including faculty, staff, students, practitioners, teachers, government officials, and members of the public. If you would like to give a presentation, or would like to hear a particular speaker, please contact Tamara Sluss.
Nov. 5, 2020 All Eyes on Louisville: Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Fall Social Justice Speaker Series
Imagining Our Way to Freedom: Art, Activism, and Worldmaking
Thursday, Nov. 5th, 7pm-8:30pm, online - Register here.
This panel discussion will focus on Black artists and Black Arts activism and how both have always been integral to social justice movements. Panelists:
  - Sidney Monroe Williams, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theater Arts, U of L
  - Hannah Drake, Louisville Poet & Activist
  - Ramona Lindsey, Louisville Visual Artist & Senior Program Officer at the Community Foundation of Louisville
  - Moderator: Nefertiti Burton, Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at U of L
All eyes must remain on Louisville until justice is won. The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies invites you to a virtual series that celebrates the work that Louisville’s local leaders are doing on behalf of our collective freedom. This series is an opportunity for the campus community to learn from their vision and find out how to join in the struggles for justice for Breonna Taylor and for the Black, brown, and poor residents of our city. Let’s dialogue about how we can work towards liberation through education, art, cross-border solidarity, law reform, and restorative justice. Co-sponsors: Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, Graduate Certificate in Diversity Literacy, Pan-African Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Women’s Center, and Pi Sigma Alpha. Please register as soon as possible to help us get a headcount and needs for translation services for ASL and Spanish.
Oct. 30, 2020

EcoReps Workshop: A Conversation with our Josh Smith Sustainability Awardee, Shane Tedder, UK's Sustainability Officer
Shane TedderFriday, Oct. 30th at Noon, Ekstrom Library room W210

Watch video recording here.

Virtual & In-Person for up to 10 attendees (first-come, first-served)
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Join us for our monthly EcoReps workshop featuring locals making a difference in sustainability! This month, we'll be in conversation with the winner of UofL's 2020 Josh Smith Sustainability Award for a non-affiliated community member who has made significant contributions to UofL's sustainability initiatives! This year's award goes to D. Shane Tedder, M.S., who has served since 2009 as the University of Kentucky's first Campus Sustainability Officer and now also serves at the Assistant Director of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment.
Throughout his time at UK, Shane has always been willing to set aside conventional UK-UofL rivalry in favor of a supportive and collaborative relationship. He has been passionate about, supportive of, and instrumental to the success of UofL’s sustainability initiatives. Over the last decade, Shane has been a lead organizer of annual statewide gatherings for higher education sustainability staff to exchange ideas, information, and inspiration. He has hosted numerous visits and tours for us to learn from the sustainability efforts underway on UK’s campus. He co-organized the 2018 Kentucky Bike Walk Summit in Lexington, which helped recharge our statewide efforts to advance bicycling and walking as a sustainable transportation option. Most recently, in 2020, Shane has been instrumental in helping UofL consider investing in a large-scale, off-site solar installation that would help us achieve our Climate Action Plan goals. He and his team at UK have given generously of their time and information to help UofL administrators understand the opportunities available in the Kentucky renewable energy market through virtual power purchase agreements. If there’s one person outside of UofL who we can always count on to offer assistance, sage advice, great ideas, and a good ol’ fashioned Kentucky Can-Do spirit to help our sustainability initiatives succeed, it is Shane Tedder. His kindness, selflessness, and eagerness to share have been a constant inspiration to us and we can think of no one else more worthy of our praise and gratitude.
The events of 2020 have given all of us a chance to pause, reflect, and develop our resolve to do and be better. For UK Sustainability this has involved a critical evaluation of how social justice is represented in their programs and supported through by their resources and initiatives. UK is shifting its understanding of the metaphor of the triple bottom line (people, prosperity and the planet) to one where social justice must be the foundation on which we build programs that balance the economy with the environment. Actively acknowledging, condemning, and dismantling unjust systems and redressing the harm they have caused has to come first in Shane's work.
The Sustainability Council’s Eco-Reps logoEcoReps 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. This fall, we continue our series of in-person and virtual workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210 and online. All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website. Facebook Event. This is a UofL Sustainability Week event!

Oct. 29, 2020 All Eyes on Louisville: Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Fall Social Justice Speaker Series
Out of the Classroom and into the Streets: Activism & Education’s Relationship To/With One Another
Thursday, Oct. 29th, 7:00-8:30pm, online - Register here.
This panel discussion will focus on how education informs activism and vice versa. Panelists:
Remi Dior, U of L Student and Community Activist
Talesha Wilson, U of L Alum and Community Activist
Ahmad Washington, Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development, U of L
Moderator: Jaison Gardner, Community Activist and Podcaster
 
All eyes must remain on Louisville until justice is won. The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies invites you to a virtual series that celebrates the work that Louisville’s local leaders are doing on behalf of our collective freedom. This series is an opportunity for the campus community to learn from their vision and find out how to join in the struggles for justice fo