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, green@listserv.uc.edu.

UC Sustainability Events Fall 2018

Tri State Trails Regional Trails Summit

Friday 8/31 Tri-State Trails Summit

TUC Great Hall, 9am-5pm

The Tri-State Trails summit will explore how we can advance our collaborative efforts to spur innovation, encourage economic development, and promote equity in future trail development.  The summit will feature keynote speaker Karen Haley, Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., to share the story of how Indianapolis was able to create a world renowned 8-mile bike and pedestrian path and linear park.  

For more information or to register, visit this link.

Living in the Neighborhood event flyer

Living in the Neighborhood Speaker Series

Tuesday 9/4 - Center for Community Engagement

Tuesday 10/9 - Student Wellness Center

Tuesday 11/13 - Office of Sustainability

6pm, TUC 417

What does it mean to be a good neighbor and member of tour community?

Recognizing that safety, wellness, and community are integral elements of sustainability, Living in the Neighborhood is a collaborstive interdisciplinary speaker series hosted by UC|Sustainability, University of Cincinnati Center for Community Engagement, University of Cincinnati Student Wellness Center and the Office of Community Development with the vision of enhancing the Uptown Cincinnati comuunity through creating more livable, just, and robust neighborhoods.

Students that need service hours can register via volunteer.uc.edu

Rescheduled: 5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show flyer

Thursday 9/13 - Rescheduled: The 5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show

4pm-7pm, TUC Plaza

It snowed in April so we moved it to September! Join us for the rescheduled 5th Annual Cincinnati Bike Show!

Like bikes? So do we!

At this FREE event check out some sweet bikes, join our raffle, show off your own human-powered contraption, meet other bike enthusiasts, and compete* for awesome prizes! 

Come hang out with UC | Sustainability, local bike shops, bike advocacy groups, your fellow biking bearcats, and cyclists of all types from our local community.

The official best in show voting categories include:

-Best Name
-Best Commuter
-Most Extra/Flair
-Most Hipster
-Most Jealous Of
-Best Paint Job
-Fastest Looking
-Best Vintage

Competitions Include:
-Obstacle Course Race
-Bike Limbo
-Tire Change Tournament
-And the return of the Slow Bike Race!

Amy Strross LEcture Event Flyer

Monday 9/17 - Lecture: Greening the Suburbs Using Permaculture with Author Amy Stross

6pm, TUC Cinema

The environmental track record of the suburbs is unsatisfactory at best. It's here where farmland and forest are converted into chemically-infused lawns and car-centric spaces unsafe for children or wildlife. Can suburbanites inspire a green revolution by taking part in the local food movement? Join Amy Stross as she discusses how permaculture can be used to design agricultural landscapes using ecological principles in the places where we live, and how it can create a tipping point in our efforts to foster a more balanced partnership with our ecosystem.

Amy Stross is a gardener, writer, educator, and the author of The Suburban Micro-Farm. As a permaculture designer, she specializes in ecologically regenerative and productive landscapes. Millions of people all over the world interact and learn about small-scale permaculture on her website, TenthAcreFarm.com.

2018 Sustainability Summit flyer

Friday 9/21 - Sunday 9/23 - The 2018 Sustainability Summit

Hueston Woods State Park

The Sustainability Summit is a FREE weekend retreat for students interested in environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Students will leave the summit community leaders, empowered to create collective action. This summit is for students, put on by students.

Our Mission: The 2018 Sustainability Summit will be an inclusive weekend where students collaborate to inspire others and develop their skills as student leaders. Students will leave the Summit feeling connected with each other and more capable of recreating the key aspects that bring students and organizations together. They will be ready to implement progress towards social, economic, and environmental sustainability on campus and in the surrounding community.

Monday 9/24 - Film: A Place At The Table

6:00pm, TUC Cinema

50 million Americans - 1 in 4 children - don't know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides - as they have in the past - that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.

Friday 9/28 - Fernald Nature Preserve Tour

2pm - 4pm, Fernald Nature Reserve

Join UC|Sustainability for a tour of the Fernald Nature Preserve!

The Fernald Preserve is located on the site on the former Feed Materials Production Center, a uranium processing facility that produced high-purity uranium metal products as the first step in America's nuclear weapons production cycle. The site's production mission began in 1951 and continued until 1989, when production operations ceased and Fernald's mission changed to environmental rememdiation. The 1,050 acre Fernald site has now come full cirlce. The property's natural features have been restored using native plants and grasses. Restoration activities at the site have created one of the largest man-made wetlands in Ohio, open water, upland forests, a lengthly riparian corridor, and 385 acres of grassland, including tallgrass prairie and savanna.

*To carpool from UC email green@uc.edu. We will leave at 1:30pm

Wednesday 10/10 - 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.

Saturday 10/20 - Imago Work Day

10am - 1pm, Imago

Join UC|Sustainability and Imago for a day of trail maintenance and nature preservation!

Imago protects 37 acres, only 3 miles from downtown Cincinnati. Our belief is that nature should be a part of everyone’s lives. Time in nature makes us happier and healthier, less stressed and more creative. Our free nature preserve is a reflection of that commitment to make nature accessible to everyone. An easy walk, bike ride, bus ride, or car ride will get you here.

For service hours sign up via volunteer.uc.edu

*To carpool from UC email green@uc.edu

Monday 10/22 - Lecture: Global Mapping of Land CHnage with Dr. Tomasz Stepinski

6pm, Braunstein 300

Land change is a pervasive phenomenon caused by changing climate, and, in recent decades, by the rapid population growth and accelerated industrialization. As a part of a positive feedback loop, land cover changes in turn directly impact climate change and environmental conditions. Thus, the assessment of land-cover changes is of prime importance for the effective planning and management of resources. It provides necessary information for making decisions on a trade-off between development and conservation. This talk will describe a project to map changes to land cover landscapes which occurred during the 1992-2015 period. The final product of this project is a global thematic map of land change with 39 different change categories pertaining to transitions (from one specific type of landscape to another) and their magnitude. Statistics of transitions will also be discussed as well as prospects for forecasting a future change.

Tomasz Stepinski is the Thomas Jefferson Chair Professor of Space Exploration at the University of Cincinnati. He is a director of the Space Informatics Lab within the Department of Geography and GIS. Before arriving at UC in 2010 he was a staff scientist at the NASA-funded Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. Stepinski is a leading geoscientist in the automated detection, characterization, and mapping land features from remotely sensed terrestrial and planetary data. More info about his research can be found at http://sil.uc.edu. A story about his current research on mapping diversity and change of climate can be found athttp://geographical.co.uk/places/mapping/item/2684-new-web-maps-tell-full-story-of-climate-change, and the story about his research on mapping racial diversity and its change in the US can be found at https://qz.com/969306/an-astrophysicist-used-nasa-and-census-data-to-make-an-insanely-detailed-map-of-us-neighborhoods/.

Thursday 11/1 - UC Central Utility Plant Tour

4pm - 5pm, UC Central Utility Plant, 3000 Glendora Ave

Ever wondered about the energy infrastructure at the University of Cincinnati? Join us for a tour!

If you would like to walk over together from campus we will meet at the UC Bike Kitchen at 3:30pm, otherwise please meet at the UC Central Utility Plant at 4pm.

Visit https://www.uc.edu/af/utilities.html for more information.

Wednesday 11/7 - Transportation for Sustainability - A Panel Discussion

6pm, TUC 400B

What are the intersections of environmental justice and transportation? How can transportation be used to boost sustainability in the Cincinnati region? What does connectivity have to do with quality of life and resiliency? 

Join UC|sustainability for a panel discussion on "Transportation for Sustainability" to hear from some of our regions experts! 

Panelists include: 

Wade Johnston, Director of Tri-State Trails
Elese Daniel, Education and Outreach Manager of Cincy Red Bike
Tanner Yess, Deputy Director, Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek
John Gardocki, Planning and Special Projects Manager, Butler County Regional Transit Authority

Moderated by Daniel Hart, UC's Sustainability Coordinator

Wednesday 11/14 - 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 11/19 - Film: Common Ground

6:00pm, TUC Cinema

Across the United States, a movement has begun to sell off our public lands. Despite strong public opinion, legislators and lobbyists are working with unprecedented eagerness to transfer public lands to private interests. Without engagement and action, our commons may disappear. 

In the summer of 2017, 3 friends set off on a week-long journey from Bozeman to Red Lodge, Montana. This journey spanned 250 miles across the largest intact ecosystem in the lower forty-eight. Traversing this landscape draws attention to the importance of the common space surrounding Yellowstone National Park.

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