UC Sustainability

UC Sustainability

Events & Programming

UC offers many sustainability-related programs and educational opportunities, all free and open to the public.   Check out what's going on this semester through our Events Calendar , our Facebook, and sign up for our listserv.

UC Sustainability Events Spring 2019

Wednesday 1/16 - PACES Meeting

2pm, TUC 425

The President's Advisory Council on Environment and Sustainability (PACES) is an all - University committee that is open to all students, staff, and faculty. PACES Meetings are a great opportunity to learn what is going on related to sustainability on campus, network with others, and collaborate to foster innovation.

Monday 1/28 - Film: Anote's Ark with Mike Roman

6pm, TUC Cinema

Join UC|sustainability and Dr. Mike Roman, Ph.D. for a FREE viewing of Anote's Ark!

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 115,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. While Kiribati’s former President Anote Tong races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati citizens are already seeking safe harbour overseas. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, Anote’s struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of Sermary, a young mother of seven, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of Sermary’s family, the Kiribati people, and 2,000+ years of Kiribati culture.

Dr. Michael Tomas Roman, former Peace Corps Volunteer, Fulbright Fellow, and co-founder of the social media platform Humans of Kiribati has spoken about the human faces of climate change for the past 16 years. Completing his Ph.D. in 2014, he partners with governments, international media, non-profit organizations, and citizens from around the world to raise global consciousness of our planet’s climate crisis from the frontlines of climate change.

Wednesday 2/6 - Lecture: Community Engagement in the Urban Core

6pm, Swift 619

Join UC|sustainability for a talk and discussion on Community Engagement in the Urban Core with Linda Matthews.

Linda Matthews, Executive Director of Lincoln Heights CDC (CPI PDC '16), will speak on how Lincoln Heights CDC has been been helping Lincoln Heights, the oldest African American governed municipality in the US, embrace its heritage while incorporating Permaculture into the redevelopment plan to build equitable inclusion. It has led to programs that have helped homeowners integrate basic permaculture methods to save money on energy, water and increase regenerative food resilience in the community. It has also resulted in a comprehensive plan put together by UC Planners and Architects, with community input and feedback, that incorporates permaculture as the foundation of its redevelopment to build a Community that can become a Permanent-Culture

Linda has always been an entrepreneur and a connector of people, ideas, and opportunities. She is an experienced Sustainability Planner & Developer and Financing consultant, business owner and a community leader. Linda is a Trustee for the Mill Creek Alliance and is a member of the Environmental Advisory Council for the City of Cincinnati, and Executive Director for Lincoln Heights CDC. 2018 "People Voice" award from the Ohio Environmental Council, Columbus, Ohio.

Wednesday 2/13 - PACES Meeting

2pm, TUC 425

The President's Advisory Council on Environment and Sustainability (PACES) is an all - University committee that is open to all students, staff, and faculty. PACES Meetings are a great opportunity to learn what is going on related to sustainability on campus, network with others, and collaborate to foster innovation.

Wednesday 2/13 - Film: Trashed

6pm, TUC Cinema

Join UC|sustainability for a FREE viewing of Trashed!

Trashed follows actor Jeremy Irons as he investigates the global scale and impact of humanity's modern wasteful consumerism and pollution. The film is a call for urgent action to resolve the issue of existing deposits and drastically reduce our consumption towards sustainable levels and zero waste, but also demonstrates how this is already being achieved successfully in many communities around the world. For more information: http://www.trashedfilm.com/

Thursday 2/28 - Rumpke Landfill Tour

2pm, 3800 Struble Rd

Where does material go that is thrown in the trash and not recycled, re-purposed, or salvaged?

Join us for a tour of the Rumpke Landfill Site to find out. 

The landfill tour provides a first-hand look at where garbage goes when it leaves our homes and businesses. Students, teachers and other community groups tour the facility from the safety and comfort of a bus. The tour includes a brief history of the company and explanations of landfill construction, environmental protection, methane gas removal, leachate collection, and surface water controls. The tour emphasizes the importance of conserving landfill space and natural resources by recycling.

***To RSVP, please email green@uc.edu, the tour has a maximum capacity of 21 individuals***

Wednesday 3/6 - Film: Seed: The Untold Story

6pm, TUC Cinema

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel. For more information: https://www.seedthemovie.com/

Wednesday 3/13 - PACES Meeting

2pm, TUC 425

The President's Advisory Council on Environment and Sustainability (PACES) is an all - University committee that is open to all students, staff, and faculty. PACES Meetings are a great opportunity to learn what is going on related to sustainability on campus, network with others, and collaborate to foster innovation.

Saturday 3/30 - Garden Work Day

11am, 3310 Ruther Ave

Join UC|Sustainability for a day of garden work! We'll be getting the garden ready for the season.

Thursday 4/4 - Bike Workshop

6pm, UC Bike Kitchen, 101 W Daniels St.

Learn what you need to fix your bike up for the Spring! We will be covering all post winter maintenance needs!

Wednesday 4/10 - PACES Meeting

2pm, TUC 425

The President's Advisory Council on Environment and Sustainability (PACES) is an all - University committee that is open to all students, staff, and faculty. PACES Meetings are a great opportunity to learn what is going on related to sustainability on campus, network with others, and collaborate to foster innovation.

Monday 4/15 - Film: Story of Stuff

6pm, TUC Cinema

Join UC|Sustainability for a free viewing of The Story of Stuff. We will be showing 3 videos: The Story of Stuff, The Story of Change, and The Story of Solutions.

The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff
, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.

The Story of Change
In The Story of Change, released in July 2012, Annie Leonard argues that it’s not bad shoppers who are putting our future at risk; it’s bad policies and business practices. If we really want to change the world, we have to move beyond voting with our dollars and come together to demand rules that work.

The Story of Solutions
The Story of Solutions, released in October 2013, explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal. In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?

Tuesday 4/16 - Tree Planting

2pm, Location TBA

Join UC|Sustainability for a tree planting!

Wednesday 4/17 - Smoothie Bike with LEAP

1pm-3pm, Mainstreet

We're celebrating Earth week by breaking out the Smoothie Bike! Stop by mainstreet and grab or make a free smoothie!

Thursday 4/18 - Community Bike Ride with Tri-State Trails

6pm, UC Bike Kitchen, 101 W Daniels St.

Join UC|Sustainability and Tri-State Trails for a community bike ride! Meet at the UC Bike Kitchen, 101 W Daniels St.

Friday 4/19 - Civic Garden Center Tour

1pm, Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd

Join UC|Sustainability for a wonderful tour of The Civic Garden Center!

The Civic Garden Center (CGC) is a non-profit horticultural resource whose mission is building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1942, the CGC is the only organization of its kind in our region. Here they host classes, a horticultural library, several gardens for visitors to enjoy free of charge, the Green Learning Station and an outdoor compost classroom; the building and grounds are available for event and meeting rental. Off the main campus, the CGC has supported the development and continued success of over 50 community and children’s gardens throughout the city.

*** If you're interested in walking from campus, meet us at the UC Bike Kitchen at 12:15pm, otherwise meet us promptly at the Civic Garden Center by 1:00pm***

Saturday 4/20 - Garden Work Day

11am, 3310 Ruther Ave

Join UC|Sustainability for a day of garden work!

Monday 4/29 - Friday 5/3 - Re*Use Market

TBA, 270 Calhoun St.

The Re*Use Market provides a central location on campus for students, staff, faculty, and community members to donate material - diverting it from the landfill and providing it to those in need! 

Furniture, household goods, non-perishable food items, electronics, books, clothing, sporting goods, toys, etc. are all accepted. The donations are placed in the Re*Use Market, and anyone from UC or the Greater Cincinnati community can come to take items they would like. At the end of the week, remaining items are given to local charities.

Outreach & Volunteer Opportunities

To learn more about volunteer activities on campus, visit volunteer.uc.edu