Sustainable UofL

Commitment to a Sustainable Future. It's Happening Here.

RaiseSomeL for UofL Sustainability!

Raise Some L bannerPlease join me in making a donation to support UofL’s Sustainability Initiatives during today’s Day of Giving! Any amount helps.

The University of Louisville is committed to integrating sustainability into everything we do – from how we manage our facilities, finances and people to what we teach in the classroom and what we research in the lab. Our vision is to create a university that is itself a living laboratory for sustainability and a campus community that leads by example and educates as much by what we do as by what we say. Our goal is to make decisions which reflect a balanced consideration for environmental, social and economic responsibility and to continually learn as we go.

Your 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.

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Interview: Justin Mog on UofL Sustainability Initiatives & Tailgate Recycling

UofL Today with Mark Hebert 10-4-17UofL is ranked the top school in Kentucky when it comes to “green” and sustainability initiatives. The man who coordinates those initiatives, including recycling at football tailgate parties, is Justin Mog. Hear the interview with him on UofL Today with Mark Hebert!

Source: AUDIO: Justin Mog on UofL Sustainability Initiatives (UofL Today with Mark Hebert, Oct. 9, 2017)

UofL Free Store open Mondays & Wednesdays 11-2

UofL Free Store Grand Opening 8-30-13UofL’s Free Store will have its grand opening for Fall 2017 on Monday, September 18th! The Free Store will now be open throughout the fall, every Monday and Wednesday 11am-2pm in the Unitas Tower basement (enter from driveway off Cardinal Blvd).

All students & employees are welcome to come “shop” for free clothing, shoes, household items, books, school & art supplies, non-perishable food, etc.

Donations are accepted any time in the red bins outside the Store.

UofL promotes an inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space.

New Free Store Donation Bin (Aug 2016)Help us keep useful stuff out of the landfill while helping those in need – Volunteers are needed each week to open the store and sort donations.

Connect with the Free Store on Facebook.

To volunteer, contact: UofL’s new Zero Waste Intern: Erin Kurtz (, 502-298-6673).1236755_284498691693158_34150807_n

Garden Commons Workshops!

Don’t miss out on the chance to get involved in our Garden Commons activities this semester!

Herb & Tea Workshop
Friday, Sept. 15th, 12-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Garden Commons Herb & Tea WorkshopThink herbs are just tasteless, dry flakes from a jar?! You don’t know what you’ve been missing! Join us in UofL’s organic garden for a workshop about how to use & dry the herbs we’ll harvest from the garden. There’ll be ample sampling opportunities with a fresh herbal tea bar!

Canning & Pickling Workshop
Friday, Sept. 22nd, 12-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Belknap Farmers Market 2016Don’t know what to do with all that excess produce from the garden?! Canning and pickling are great solutions for preserving firmer veggies like cucumbers, okra, green beans, beets, carrots, radishes, summer squash, and more! Join us in UofL’s organic garden for a fun, hands-on workshop about how to can and pickle vegetables so you can continue eating out of your garden all winter long! We’ll have some things to work with, but feel free to bring any excess produce you’d like to can; mason jars, lids & bands; as well as any particular whole spices (like peppercorns and mustard seeds), vinegar, and/or salt you’d like to contribute.

Garden Commons Fall Workdays
Fridays, Noon-1pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Garden Commons 2011 ExpansionJoin us in UofL’s organic garden for our group workdays! 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 throughout the fall semester (Aug. 25 – Dec. 8) from noon to 1pm to plant, weed, water, and harvest. No prior experience necessary. Tools & gloves provided. The Garden Commons is open to participation any time from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Everyone who comes is welcome to share in the harvest! Connect with us and get all the details on our Facebook Page.

Charge Up with the Power of the Sun at Ekstrom!

There’s a new way to charge up your mobile device at Ekstrom Library! IMG_5223Take a stroll outside & plug into the sun with the PowerSol solar umbrella at a table outside the Ekstrom Starbucks.
The station’s 8 solar panels generate 54 watts of electricity & can charge three devices at once via USB ports. It uses a lithium ion battery to store power throughout the day (needing 5.5 hours of sun to fully charge) and can charge your device even after dark!
Brought to you by the UofL Sustainability Council!

Brief survey about UofL’s Bicycle-Friendliness

11954602_10152983714930899_7092414864420037413_nUofL applied to the League of American Bicyclists for recertification as a Bicycle Friendly University.

The review process is underway & the League seeks direct input from you about bicyclists’ experiences on campus via a short survey open to students, staff, faculty & community members who are familiar with UofL’s current bike programs, facilities & amenities.

Your input will help inform the final award decision & will be included (anonymously) in the feedback report to the UofL administration.


Deadline: 9/24/17.


What’s better than a UofL Parking Permit?

IMG_5221Instead of sinking another $100-$620 into renewing a parking permit, why not try a cheaper, healthier, less-polluting way? This year, try these commute options:

  1. Ride any TARC bus in the entire system free! Just hop on board and flash the driver your UofL ID.
  2. Carpool: Find & offer rides with Cardinal Directions, Louisville’s free online trip-planning tool, which shows ALL of your transportation options on one map; calculates relative emissions, costs, and calories burned; and allows you to connect with others to share rides.
  3. Borrow wheels from on-campus whenever you need them with:
    a) UofL BikeShare – offering free daily bike & lock check-out from all campus housing and gym locations;
    b) UofL Car-Share – offering fuel-efficient cars parked on campus for you to reserve when needed, with a special Fall’17 promo – join by 12/31 for only $1 and drive for just $5/hour (including gas, insurance, and roadside assistance); or
    IMG_4669c) LouVelo bikeshare – the new citywide system with 300+ bikes at 27 kiosks (including stations at Belknap Campus at Brook St & Cardinal Blvd and across HSC downtown). For a limited time, LouVelo is offering any UofL student or employee half-priced monthly memberships for just $7.50 by using the gift code CARDBIKE. Monthly membership gives you free access to any bike in the system for up to an hour. If you want to ride longer, simply check the bike in and out of any kiosk and keep pedaling, or ride anywhere you want for over an hour and sustainabilitypay by the hour.

Never waste time in traffic or hunting for parking again!

Sustainability on Tap!

UofL Gets Back to the Tap

UofL’s Sustainability Council and the publicly-owned, award-winning Louisville Water Company are collaborating to educate students, faculty & staff on the value of getting #backtothetap with events, guest lectures, and those informative signs you’ve seen above our water filling station around campus (like at the SRC, SAC, Strickler, College of Business, and Ekstrom Library). #puretapcards

Do you know where our drinking water comes from? Do you know what it takes to pump and treat that water to get it to you? Do you know why Louisville tap is safer, cheaper, and waaaaaay better for the planet than bottled water?

Just as a teaser, consider the economic value to getting back to the tap. Filling a glass 60 times with Louisville’s tap water costs just a penny. Consuming the recommended eight glasses of water a day from the tap costs around 50 cents a year, compared to $1,500 for buying bottled water.

Explore the political & global concerns around water and the local success story. Louisville Water’s story of science & public health can bring real-world examples to your classroom, lab, or club this semester. The Louisville Water Company will glady provide staff for guest lectures or offer tours.

Contact Louisville Water Co.’s Kelley Dearing Smith to arrange a tour or guest lecture: or 502.569.3695

Ekstrom Library Sign

Urban Planning Students’ ideas to improve Louisville

University of Louisville urban planning grad students took a look at ways Louisville could improve its sustainability score by better matching public transportation to jobs and housing and improving walkability and infrastructure.

Source: Urban Planning Students’ ideas to improve Louisville (WHAS-TV Great Day Live, July 31, 2017)

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