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Peach Party! Workday

Monday, July 10, noon-1pm
UofL Garden Commons, Cultural Center
We have never seen our mighty peach tree’s branches bent so low by the weight of so many beautiful, delicious peaches! Join us at our weekly Garden Commons workday this week (and next!) and enjoy the sweetest rewards of summer!
More on our Facebook Event page.

Megabus Moves Closer to UofL for Convenient Intercity Connections

Forget flying or driving! Getting out of town with minimal pollution, expense & hassle just got even easier!
Megabus has relocated its pick-up & drop-off point closer to UofL’s Health Science Center, on E. Broadway at Brook St. (under I-65 overpass for a protected waiting area during inclement weather).
The carrier offers express service to over 120 cities for as low as $1/trip with wi-fi, at-seat plugs & panoramic windows.
Daily northbound departures go to Indianapolis/Chicago & southbound departures to Nashville/Chattanooga/Atlanta.

Travel Smart, Fly Less!

Summer travel season is here, but there are better ways to get there without destroying our planet! Catching a flight for even relatively short distances has become a common, everyday choice for many. But flying causes 5-10 times more pollution per passenger-mile than ground-based options!

Flying also puts the greenhouse gas emissions high up in our atmosphere, where they persist longer and have a greater impact on global climate disruption – a phenomenon known as “radiative forcing.”

As more and more of our campus community choose flights for business, conferences, recruiting, study abroad, etc. the emissions are really piling up. Indeed, flying now accounts for 8% of UofL’s total carbon footprint!

UofL Greenhouse Gas Emissions Sources 2016This year, consider greener, less sardine-like options that don’t involve the incivility of suspicious TSA agents and mandatory shoe removal! Try a better way! Consider a video- or teleconference – maybe you don’t need to sustainabilitytravel at all! Share a ride with others in a carpool. You can easily setup carpools, find Louisville’s inter-city connections and explore all your options for getting around with Cardinal Directions!

Or enjoy the novelty and sanity of taking the train or bus. Megabus, Miller & Greyhound all serve downtown Louisville directly, and you can catch the Amtrak train as close by as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, or St. Louis.


  • Greyhound offers connections from Louisville (720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.) to over 3,000 cities throughout North America with free wi-fi and at-seat plug ins. Book here.
    Megabus offers low-cost express service from Louisville (southwest corner of W Liberty St and S 5th St.) to over 120 cities across North America for as low as $1 with free wi-fi, at-seat plug ins, and panoramic windows. Daily southbound departures from downtown Louisville for Nashville and northbound departures for Indianapolis/Chicago. Book here.
    Miller Transportation offers direct daily bus service to Frankfort and Lexington on coaches equipped with wi-fi and at-seat plug ins from downtown at 720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd. You can also catch a Miller bus to cities and towns throughout Kentucky (including Fulton, Marion, Mayfield, Morganfield, Owensboro, Paducah, and Sturgis), Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio, as well as Campus Connector service with stops at Indiana University, IUPUI, Ball State, Indiana State University, Vincennes University, Valparaiso University and Ohio State University. Book here.
  • Take the Train!
    Efficient, comfortable Amtrak trains depart from Indianapolis (north/west-bound) and Cincinnati (east-bound), and you can book bus connector service to/from Louisville directly through Amtrak. UofL employees can easily book Amtrak trips through Anthony Travel, just click on the train tab in the Concur booking portal.

Save 20% on Travel


If you must fly, offset your emissions through a service such as Carbon Footprint Ltd, Native Energy, CarbonFund, TerraPass, or for free (through commissions) with UCapture.

More details on Alternatives to Flying here.

UofL’s Justin Mog wins city’s 2017 environmental leadership award

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer awarded UofL's Justin Mog the city’s Joan Riehm Memorial Environmental Leadership Award.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer awarded UofL’s Justin Mog the city’s Joan Riehm Memorial Environmental Leadership Award.

If you spot UofL’s Justin Mog zipping past on his bike, give him a (green) thumbs up.

On Monday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer awarded Mog the city’s Joan Riehm Memorial Environmental Leadership Award, making him the eighth recipient of the honor.

Mog, named UofL’s first assistant provost for sustainability initiatives in 2009, said he was “tickled pink” by the award.

“What an incredible honor to follow in the footsteps of past recipients who I regard so highly as my own local sustainability heroes – terrific citizens and servants like Larry Owsley, Mike Mulheirn, Pamela Dumm, Tina Ward-Pugh and Tom Owen. Sadly, I came to Louisville too late to know Joan Riehm personally, but her impact on our community is undeniable. I am humbled to receive this award in memory of Joan. Let’s continue working together every day to cement the only legacy that would truly have mattered to her – a sustainable future for Louisville,” he said.

The award honors public service employees, volunteers or students who have made Louisville a clean, green and healthier place to live, work and play.

It was created after Riehm’s death from pancreatic cancer in 2008. Louisville’s first female deputy mayor, Riehm initiated Metro government’s inclusion in Partnership for a Green City, a collaborative effort to improve sustainability whose members are four of Louisville’s largest public entities: UofL, Louisville Metro Government, Jefferson County Public Schools and Jefferson Community & Technical College.

“As deputy mayor, Joan Riehm was best known for her positive personality, practical strategy and an ability to build community collaboration toward ambitious goals,” said Brent Fryrear, director of Partnership for a Green City. “Justin embodies those characteristics of leadership as he promotes sustainability on campus and in the community. He also leads by example in the way he lives.”

Mog is an avid bicyclist who has never had a driver’s license and calls himself not only “car-free” but also “TV-free.” An urban-foraging vegetarian known to take “technology vacations,” he and his wife, Amanda Fuller, live in a fully solar-powered house in Portland where he also gardens and keeps bees. His mission in life “is to help people understand that sustainable solutions are not only fun and life-affirming, but they are all around us. We need to only change the way we perceive and respond to the daily and long-term challenges of life,” he said.

Past recipients of the award are citizen volunteer Mike Hayman; retired JCPS teacher Darleen Horton; Dumm, JCTC’s business manager; Ward-Pugh, former Metro councilwoman; Mulheirn, former JCPS director of facilities and environmental services; Owsley, former UofL vice president of business affairs; and Owen, UofL professor and archivist and a former Metro councilman.

Mog earned his BS in Environmental Studies & Geology at Oberlin College and an MS and PhD in Land Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Environmental Studies. His graduate research focused on assessing the sustainability of international rural development projects, and his studies took him to Ghana, Costa Rica and the southern Philippines as a Fulbright scholar in 2001. He continued this work from 2005-2008 when he lived with his wife in Paraguay working on sustainable rural development efforts with the U.S. Peace Corps and Plan Paraguay.

Source: UofL’s Justin Mog wins city’s 2017 environmental leadership award (By Janet Cappiello – UofL News, June 5, 2017)

See also:
Mayor Fischer presents Justin Mog with Joan Riehm Memorial Environmental Leadership Award (Metro Louisville City News, June 5, 2017)
UofL’s Justin Mog Wins Annual Joan Riehm Environmental Award
(WFPL, June 5, 2017)
UofL employee receives Environmental Leadership Award
(WDRB, June 5, 2017)

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Don’t miss UofL’s Gray Street Farmers Market on Thursdays 10:30am-1:30pm

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Thursdays, 10:30am‒1:30pm (May 18 to Oct. 25)
Health Sciences Center, 485 E. Gray St.

With 11 unique local vendors, you’ll find the finest in farm-fresh local products, including fruits, vegetables, pasture-raised meat & eggs, popcorn, honey & syrup, jams, granola, bread & baked goods, flowers, plants, prepared lunches, food trucks, and more. Open weekly rain or shine.

DSC07321Cash, debit cards, Double-Dollar SNAP benefits, and Senior Vouchers accepted!

Watch Vendor Spotlights and our 20/20 Talks on food and sustainability at the GSFM YouTube Channel!

Access our collection of delicious recipes for local products.

Gray Street Farmers Market produceMore info: GSFM website, contact Market Manager, Melissa Schreck, or follow on Facebook.

Gray Street Farmers Market joins association to make healthy, local food more accessible (UofL News, May 31, 2017)

Subscribe today for CSA pick-ups at UofL’s Health Sciences Center!


Starting in 2016, UofL began hosting a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick-up at the Health Sciences Center for those seeking to invest directly in a local, chemical-free, seventh generation family farm and to enjoy a share of the harvest!

Learn more about subscribing to the Barr Farms CSA and sign-up here.

You’ll enjoy a weekly (or biweekly) delivery of fresh, local, sustainably-grown produce from May through October!

  • CSA Pick-up Time: Tuesdays 2-6:30pm (May 30 – Oct. 31, 2017)
  • CSA Pick-up Location at UofL: MedCenter One Building (questions? Contact Andrea Sinclair, 502-852-6501)
  • Costs:
    Full Share (about 7-10 items/week): $26/week ($575for the 22-week season).
    Half Share (Pick-up EVERY OTHER week): $26.80/box ($295 for the season).
  • 12-week Summer Shares & 10-week Fall Shares are also available for those who don’t need or want to commit to a full season.
  • Full Details & Sign-ups here

LouVelo city-wide bikeshare launches with stations at UofL

LouVelo BikeShare Station installed at Brook+CardinalIn May 2017, Louisville Metro began installing stations around the city for its new bike share program, LouVelo.

Stations have already been installed at HSC (Floyd & Chestnut, and Floyd & Broadway) and the north side of UofL’s Belknap campus (Brook & Cardinal, and 4th & Gaulbert), and more will be added across Belknap campus over the summer.

IMG_4558Louvelo bikes feature an upright riding position, fenders, and a comfort saddle. Anyone can jump on a Louvelo bike and easily pedal across town.

With over 30 stations across Louisville, finding a Louvelo station is quick and easy. Once signed up, you can easily check out a bike and return to any station within the system.

The first hour of use is completely free IMG_4540for members, with usage fees only applied to those checking out a bike for over an hour. You may check a bike into any docking station at any time to restart the clock.

LouVelo members can access any of the 300+ bikes though a station kiosk, a smart phone or with their membership card.

IMG_4541Checking out a bike is quick and easy, and returning it is as simple as parking the bike in the dock.

The free Transit App will also allow users to locate bike share stations and buy bike share passes using their mobile device.

Riding the Bus to UofL just got sweeter!

TARC improvements: Free WiFi on all buses; Free real-time bus tracking with Transit app; and new Bus Shelter

New TARC shelter at 4th + Cardinal (May 2017)In May 2017, Louisville’s transit system, TARC (which is free to ride with UofL ID), rolled out a number of improvements to make it even sweeter to take the bus:

1. A brand new southbound bus shelter was installed on Belknap Campus on 4th Street just south of Cardinal Blvd. This shelter provides an out-of-the-elements place to wait for buses on Route 4 (with direct service from Belknap campus to south Louisville (Beechmont, Kenwood, Glengarry, and Louisville Industrial Center) on all-electric buses with bike racks for up to three bikes!)

2. All TARC buses will become free WiFi hot spots for internet access by June 1. TARC, with a fleet of 227 buses, already provides WiFi on 156 buses and worked to enable WiFi on the remaining 71 buses. TARC first made WiFi available in 2013 on 21 eTran commuter coaches that cross the river and travel on some express routes, and added WiFi to more buses as funding allowed. A 2016 survey of TARC local and express route passengers showed 80 percent of passengers have mobile devices with internet access, 20 percent more than three years ago. With buses as WiFi hot spots, passengers can now check schedules and bus arrival times, check email, do some work or homework while on the go using TARC WiFi. To connect to TARC WiFi on buses, passengers using mobile devices need to make sure WiFi is turned on, and to tap “RideTARC” as their WiFi option.

3. The Transit App, which has been endorsed by transit agencies in over a dozen cities including Boston and Dayton, integrates real-time transit information for more than 400 public transportation systems around the world. In the past 18 months, the app has been downloaded in Louisville more than 18,000 times. More than 1,500 riders are using the app on an average weekday. Relative to TARC’s ridership, usage in Louisville is among the highest across the US, without any heavy promotion to date. TARC riders have really embraced the app. TARC real-time bus information has been available on Transit since 2015 when TARC made its real-time data feed available to app developers. When opening the app, it automatically shows you nearby bus lines and departure times in big text and bright colors. Users can track TARC buses on a map, plan trips from start to finish, set alarms reminding them when to leave home to catch the next bus, and have an alert sound when their stop is approaching. Transit also integrates Uber and starting soon, when Louisville Metro launches its bike share program, LouVelo, the app will allow users to locate bike share stations and buy bike share passes. Passengers, including Mary Lou Ferrell who rides TARC to and from the Highlands and the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus, have praised the app. “It makes riding TARC so much better,” she wrote on Facebook.

More details from TARC here.

Sustainability Now! on FORward Radio

FORward Radio logo.pngUofL’s sustainability coordinator, Justin Mog, is producing a weekly program on Louisville’s new grassroots community radio station, WFMP-LP 106.5fm FORward Radio. You can tune into “Sustainability Now!” live on 106.5fm every Monday at 6pm or Tuesday at 10am.

Or peruse the online archives whenever you wish!

Check out this week’s program featuring an interview with a Louisville activist who participated in both the April 22nd March for Science and the April 29th People’s Climate March in DC!

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