A visitor looks out at the campus from UofL’s Belknap Academic Building’s floor-to-ceiling windows. The building is up for LEED Gold certification and will be available for tours during the 2018 Sustainability Summit. | Photo by Olivia Krauth

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Louisville’s fifth annual Sustainability Summit will be held at the University of Louisville this October, event organizers announced Tuesday.

More than 250 area leaders will discuss the topic, hear from speakers and tour some of UofL’s buildings during the summit, scheduled for Oct. 19. This year’s theme is “Learning Together: Fostering a Culture of Sustainability.”

“The summit is our annual opportunity to gather together under one roof as concerned individuals, nonprofit organizations, school groups, faith-based groups and sustainability professionals from the public and private sectors,” Emily Chandler, executive director of the Louisville Sustainability Council, said in the news release.

“It is a day for celebration, collaboration and exploration that cannot be missed if you are concerned about creating a culture of sustainability in Louisville, Kentucky.”

Local leaders including Mayor Greg Fischer and UofL President Neeli Bendapudi will speak at the event. Aruni Bhatnagar, director of UofL’s new Envirome Institute, is also slated to speak.

David Orr, a professor emeritus in environmental studies and politics at Oberlin College, is the keynote speaker.

UofL’s newest buildings will be on display, with the bulk of the event happening in the freshly renovated Student Activities Center. Tours of the Belknap Academic Building, which opened in August, will be offered. The building is up for LEED Gold certification.

Guests can tour the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and the solar-power Phoenix House, according to the summit’s website. Visits to student-managed urban agriculture sites around UofL, along with shows at the Rauch Planetarium, will also be offered.

“UofL is thrilled to host this year’s summit as a kick-off for UofL Sustainability Week,” Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives, said. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to connect with Louisville’s most engaged sustainability experts, advocates and practitioners. It’s also a chance to tour campus sustainability initiatives and contribute to small-group discussions about how to cultivate a culture of sustainability.”

Ticket prices for the summit range from $7 for students to $75 for non-sustainability council members at the door.

Before joining Insider Louisville, Krauth was a multiplatform reporter at TechRepublic, where she wrote news stories and features about the intersection of technology and business. Krauth is a graduate of the University of Louisville, where she was an award-winning editor of The Louisville Cardinal and obtained a degree in investigative journalism, with a minor in Russian studies. She completed a prestigious Dow Jones data internship at the Austin American-Statesman last summer. Email Olivia at [email protected]


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