UofL celebrates Earth Week 2017


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Earth Day is April 22 and the University of Louisville is celebrating Earth Week 2017 with a variety of fun and educational activities.

    April 15 – Louisville Urban Tree Symposium: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ernst Hall, 216 Eastern Parkway. Attendees will learn the many aspects of Kentuckiana trees.

    April 16 – UofL Community Composting Volunteer and Compost Pickup: noon to 2 p.m., 200 block of E. Bloom St. (one block north of Cardinal Blvd. between Brook and Floyd streets). Help out and learn about composting at UofL’s community composting site. Dress to get dirty.

    April 17 – Pollinator Workshop: 1-2 p.m., Garden Commons at the Cultural Center. Betsy Ramey of the Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association will talk about bees. She will bring part of a hive and discuss how to make a garden pollinator-friendly. Participants will get to taste local honey and make a wildflower seed bomb.

    April 18 – Farm-to-Table Dinner: 5 p.m., Red Barn. Locally sourced, seasonally appropriate ingredients will be turned into a delicious four-course meal at UofL’s annual celebration of local food and farmers. The menu features tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms, chicken and ice cream.

    April 23 – Americana Community Center Garden Project: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4801 Southside Drive. UofL students will help install a rain garden and plant native perennials around the perimeter of the community garden at the center, which helps 5,000 refugees yearly.

    Now through May 3 – Zero Waste for Move-Out: Collection bins are set up in the lobbies of all UofL residence halls for students to donate unwanted items, including non-perishable food items, as the school year nears its end.

    For more about these events, contact Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives, 502-852-8575.


    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.