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Louisville Hall takes the lead in Ecolympics!

Louisville Hall has surged to an early lead with a 2% reduction in electricity use so far… But Bettie Johnson & Threlkeld are close behind!
Ecolympics Standings 2-15-18Ecolympics 2018 Bike PrizeTake action to save energy, and post about what steps you are taking with #ULEcolympics2018 to win a new bike! Here are just a few ideas of what you can do:
  • Turn it off (everything – lights, TVs, equipment, devices, fans…EVERYTHING!)
  • Unplug it (again, anything and everything not currently in use, especially refrigerators, chargers, and anything on remote control with a standby function – they all suck energy constantly, even when “off”)
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Shut windows tightly so we’re not heating the outdoors!
  • Shower guilt-free with solar power at the SRC…or at least take shorter showers in your dorm.
  • Wash clothes in cold water (…They’ll get just as clean without wasting energy! And, pro tip: your clothes will last longer!)
  • Air dry your clothes on a line or rack (…clothes dryers are one of the biggest energy hogs in every home).
The dorm which manages to reduce energy use by the greatest percentage by March 4th will win a Green Renovation project!
Get inspired, check the latest standings, and learn all the details on our Ecolympics 2018 webpage.DSC_0007
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Don’t Miss Our Garden Commons Spring Workday Today!

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Garden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 1pm-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL’s organic garden and greenhouse 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 spring semester (Jan. 12 – Apr. 27) from 1pm to 2pm 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.

EcoReps Lunch & Learn This Friday at Noon

 

 

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EcoReps Lunch & Learn: Urban Forestry with Erin Thompson
Friday, Feb. 16th at Noon, Ekstrom W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! Our spring 2018 series will focus on urban forestry, and our guest on Feb. 16th will be Erin Thompson, Metro Louisville’s Urban Forester and Community Forestry Supervisor in the Office of Sustainability’s Division of Community Forestry. She is an ISA Certified Arborist and ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified.

Louisville’s urban canopy has been under assault for decades, but the tide may finally be turning as the city has just passed a new Tree Ordinance and citizens continue to organize to plant, protect, and Love Louisville Trees! Come for an update on the state of Louisville’s trees and learn how you can get involved in protecting and expanding our city’s vital green infrastructure.

Civil Liberties’ Watchdog: The ACLU in the Trump Era

Thursday, Feb. 8th, 4pm, School of Law, Room 275
Lectures in Social Change: Social Change in the Trump Era presents the first in a series of three lectures for Spring 2018. Michael Aldridge, Executive Director of the ACLU of Kentucky will deliver the lecture “Civil Liberties’ Watchdog: The ACLU in the Trump Era,” which is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact cherie.dawson@louisville.ed

How To Lobby – Students for Reproductive Freedom

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How To Lobby
Thursday, Feb. 8th, 6:30pm, Location TBA
Students for Reproductive Freedom will be hosting this special event to explore ways to contact your representatives and create political change. The group will also be making Valentines to send to legislators in Frankfort to remind them that Kentuckians support reproductive rights. Snacks will be provided. Contact: studentsforreprofreedom@gmail.com

The GREEN Program – Study Abroad in an Iceland Clean Energy Program

Don’t Miss Our Ecolympics Kick Off Party This Week!

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UofL Campus Housing & UofL’s Sustainability Council are throwing a party Thursday 2/1 11am-2pm in the Red Barn to launch Ecolympics 2018 – Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet!

Join us over lunch-time with a DJ, informational booths, Sustainability Quiz Bowl, prizes, e-waste recycling & more! Learn what you can do to make a difference and help your residence hall win the competition.

Post your sustainable actions with #ULEcolympics2018 to win a Cardinal-colored Echo by PureFix Cycles.

Don’t Miss Our Weekly Garden Commons Workdays Every Friday at 1pm!

Garden Commons Spring Workdays
Fridays, 1pm-2pm, Garden Commons at the Cultural Center
Join us in UofL’s organic garden and greenhouse for our group workdays! Learn (by doing) how to grow hyper-local, super-delicious vegetables, herbs, and fruits!

This week, you can help us collect sap from the trees we tapped around campus last week! We are very close to having enough sap to boil a batch of maple syrup!!

Anyone can work in the garden any time, but we’ll gather together every Friday throughout the spring semester (through Apr. 27) from 1pm to 2pm 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.

McConnell Center at UofL kicks off its Spring Lecture Series this Wednesday

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Unbridled Hunger: Food Insecurity Challenges & Solutions for Kentucky
Wednesday, Jan. 24th at 6pm in Ekstrom Library, Chao Auditorium
The McConnell Center’s spring lecture series kicks-off Jan. 24 with guest speaker Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, on “Unbridled Hunger: Food Insecurity Challenges & Solutions for Kentucky.” Quarles, the youngest statewide elected official in the country, formed the Kentucky Hunger Initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to bring together farmers, charitable organizations, faith groups, community leaders and government entities to help reduce hunger in the state. One out of six Kentuckians is considered food insecure, and Quarles’ talk will cover a range of public policy impacts, including the effects of food insecurity in health care and education in rural and urban parts of Kentucky. The free event is part of the center’s “Taking Kentucky’s Temperature: Future of Health Policy in the Commonwealth” public lecture series.

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