Environmental Studies Events

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Richard Louv - Children and Nature: Cultivating the Nature Rich Life

June 16, 2016

The School of Environmental Studies sponsored an event at Bernheim to bring internationally acclaimed author Richard Louv to Louisville. 

A regional event in two parts:

Part One:
Exploring Our Options:  Coming Together to Build a Nature Rich Life
Location: Iroquois Park Amphitheater – Louisville
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Part Two:
Children and Nature: Cultivating a Nature Rich Life
Location: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest – Sunset Amphitheatre
Time:  5:00-10:00 p.m.  Including pre-event activities, lecture and post lecture nature explorations
Richard Louv speaks from 7:00 – 8:00

Please see http://bernheim.org/children-and-nature/ for more information. 

Reuse Summit

June 3, 2016

Come to the Reuse Summit on June 3 at Jefferson Community & Technical College on Broadway to learn about reuse opportunities in Louisville from stuff to organics and hear about biodigesters through a case study of how they work in other cities. Free Parking is available in the JCTC Student Lot off Second Street. The Health Sciences Hall Auditorium is in the building off the north end of the lot with the blue-tinted windows.The registration fee covers lunch for participants. There will also be demonstration projects on the agenda for viewing. Scholarships available on an as-requested basis. For additional information, please contact Brent Fryrear at bfryrear@louisville.edu or 502.852.8854.

Kentucky Solar Energy Society

May 14, 2016

KySES (KY Solar Energy Society) will hold its annual general membership meeting and Board elections on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Louisville on the University of Louisville campus, Ernst Hall Auditorium.

The meeting is free and open to the general public, all KySES members, subscribers and students who are interested in learning more about solar in Kentucky. We are planning an interactive afternoon with participation from attendees. We will also have presentations from Dr. Thad Druffel on the state of solar generation and updates from KySES board members on efforts such as solar legislation, upcoming solar tour, solar basics and the Solar Over Louisville initiative. We will offer a tour of University of Louisville Solar Decathlon House, as well as a Solar 101 overview. Finally, we will hold elections for the KySES Board of Directors for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2016.

Click on 2016 KySES Annual Meeting Agenda V5.pdf for the agenda and U of L Campus Map.pdf for the location of Ernst Hall (coordinates C-10 on the map).

For more information, visit the KYSES website or contact kysesinfo@gmail.com or Theresa Martin, KySES Chairperson, theresa@littlewolf.org 606.618.0300.

We hope to see you there! For more information and online registration, visit event page.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Training

July 23, 2015 9-11 AM

The Louisville Energy Alliance, in partnership with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, will host a complimentary ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager training session on July 23, 2015 from 9-11 am. The training will be held at the Spalding University campus in downtown Louisville and will include a one-hour webinar hosted by ENERGY STAR followed by on-site assistance with entering data into the software. Attendees will learn the basic functionality of Portfolio Manager as well as how to set up an account, log energy and water use data and generate custom reports from the data. Following the webinar, participants will receive on-site assistance as they create Portfolio Manager accounts and enter energy usage data into the software. By the end of the session, attendees will have entered one year of energy data, have a basic understanding of the capabilities of Portfolio Manager and be one step closer towards ENERGY STAR certification.

Register now: here

More information is available at here, or contact Andrea Webster at andrea.webster@louisvilleky.gov.

Portfolio Manager is a free, online software that enables building owners and managers to track and evaluate a facility’s energy and water consumption over time.  Buildings that perform in the top 25% of their peers, receiving a minimum score of 75/100, are eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR certification.

ENERGY STAR certification shows that a building meets strict energy performance standards set by the EPA. Buildings that are ENERGY STAR certified are seen as top performers in energy-efficiency when compared to other peer buildings.  Benefits of gaining ENERGY STAR certification include lower operating costs, higher marketability, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and higher rental rates.  

Community Meeting with Louisville Sustainability Director Maria Koetter

February 4, 2015

On Wednesday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m., Beargrass Creek Alliance hosted a conversation featuring Louisville Sustainability Director Maria Koetter on Bellarmine University’s campus. The event was free and open to the public!

Local citizenshad an opportunity to learn about water issues in Louisville and discuss their sustainability concerns with Louisville’s Sustainability Director. The meeting took place in Hilary’s, on the middle level of Horrigan Hall on Bellarmine University’s campus.

Ms. Koetter is the first Director of Sustainability in the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability created in 2012. She has extensive experience in the environmental field. The Office of Sustainability published the City’s first sustainability plan, Sustain Louisville, in 2013. 

This event was presented by Beargrass Creek Alliance, Bellarmine University School of Environmental Studies, and Louisville Metro Jefferson County.

This community event was part of a broader scope of work that BCA engages in throughout the year. See the website for more information about other projects: www.BeargrassCreek.org. Visit us on Facebook to stay up to date: www.facebook.com/BeargrassCreek.

The Beargrass Creek Alliance is a grassroots, action-oriented group seeking to preserve Louisville’s greatest natural resource through community involvement. Our mission is to raise awareness about Beargrass Creek and make it clean, safe, and accessible for all. BCA operates under the umbrella of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, a state wide non-profit organization.

For Pete's Sake:  A Tribute and Celebration of Justice Making

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 11 AM to 4 PM  
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Frazier Hall & Amy Cralle Theater
All events are free and open to the public
Food available on site

Bellarmine University, the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression and the Bluegrass Bioneers proudly present a day of activism in tribute to the legendary folk musician, Pete Seeger. 

This is a musical and educational tribute to honor Pete Seeger’s life and legacy, applying Seeger’s vision to today’s social justice issues. This event is designed to inspire, inform and enlist participants to take action for change, with focus on issues addressed in Seeger’s songs and actions, including the struggle for peace, civil rights, civil liberties, environmental justice and fair labor practices.

An Activist Information Fair will run from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM in Frazier Hall. At least 32 social-justice organizations will be represented at the Fair. From 3:00 to 4:00 PM, a musical salute to Pete Seeger will be held in the Amy Cralle Theater on campus.

Contact: Dr. Curt Bergstrand, Chair
Bellarmine Faculty for Social Innovation
502.272.8145, cbergstrand@bellarmine.edu

Polar Bears and Climate Change:The Future of an Arctic Icon

The department of Biology and the School of Environmental Studies, in conjunction with Melody Carriere of Global Languages and Cultures, invite everyone to join us in welcoming guest speaker Dr. Eric Regehr for the following presentation: "Polar Bears and Climate Change: The Future of an Arctic Icon." The talk will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in Hilary's. Light refreshments will be served. Dr. Regehr is a polar bear biologist and researcher in Alaska with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His research focuses on how climate change is affecting the survival and abundance of polar bears in the Arctic.