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Memberships & Affiliations

by Mog,Justin M last modified Dec 03, 2014 04:44 PM

UofL collaborates with other institutions to promote sustainability beyond UofL.

UofL recognizes that at the heart of sustainability is a recognition of our interdependence and common future. Sustainability is not created in a vacuum and goes well beyond the borders of our own campuses. In seeking to promote sustainability we collaborate with other individuals and institutions at the local, state, national, and global levels.


One such avenue for mutual support is through UofL's membership in the following organizations:

Partnership for a Green City - Celebrating Ten Years in Louisville
“The University of Louisville has taken giant strides toward becoming more sustainable, and the Partnership for a Green City has helped make that happen. As we continue to work closely with Louisville Government and Jefferson County Public Schools in this partnership, we remain committed to being more sustainable in everything we do. Together, we can make our community a greener and healthier place for our children, our grandchildren and all the generations to come.” - President James Ramsey
  • Louisville's Partnership for a Green City between UofL, Metro government, Jefferson County Public Schools, and Jefferson Community & Technical College. Follow the Partnership on Facebook or Twitter.
  • The Louisville Sustainability Council - a public-private partnership that works to engage and collaborate with the community, and facilitate the achievement of Louisville’s sustainability goals.
  • UofL is a charter member in the newly forming Kentucky College & University Carbon Consortium. This new consortium, which is being organized throughout 2014 in partnership with the Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise and the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED), is focused on mitigating climate impacts through regional forest management. With other Kentucky schools, UofL is collaboratively designing and launching the Consortium which is envisioned to: 1. Serve as a regularly scheduled gathering of institutional and regional stakeholders to allow its participants to discuss sustainability challenges and opportunities and share best practices; and 2. Act as a climate clearing house for university-organized resource exchanges, campus tours, speakers, and the purchase of local carbon offsets and services through MACED.
  • Kentucky USGBC - Greening the BluegrassU.S. Green Building Council
  • The Worker Rights Consortium and its Designated Suppliers Program help to ensure that UofL trademark apparel is not produced under abusive, dangerous sweatshop conditions. (Previously, UofL was also affiliated with the Fair Labor Association to advocate for an end to abusive practices and injustices in the supply chain).
  • The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) which serves as the Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration, including the University of Louisville.
  • In 2014, UofL joined the Universities Council of Water Resources, an association of institutions and individuals representing various fields of natural and social sciences who are at the forefront of education, research, and public service around water resources. Membership provides reduced registration fees to UCOWR conferences for all UofL employees and students, as well as electronic subscriptions to the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, participation in UCOWR governance, networking with other water scholars, and increased visibility as among the leading universities in water-related research across disciplines. Law Professor Tony Arnold (502-852-6388) serves as UofL's lead delegate to UCOWR.

Other Collaborations for Sustainability

UofL also collaborates with groups and institutions focused on sustainability through a variety of other channels, such as:

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