Paid UofL Sustainability Internships available in 2014-15

Do you have a passion for sustainability and want to help advance environmental, social, and economic stewardship on campus? UofL’s Sustainability Council will be launching a new paid internship program for students in 2014-15. Interns will work about 10 hours/week throughout the academic year on tangible projects developed in collaboration with supervisors from the Sustainability Council.

Prospective applicants can learn more about the types of initiatives the Council works on.

Pay & Hours: All interns will be paid $10/hour (no benefits) for an average of 10 hours/week throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Application Process & Deadline: All interested students should direct any questions and submit resumes by September 1st to the primary contact person listed below for the particular internship they are applying for. Three different internships are being offered this year:

  1. Greening Athletics Internship

The student intern will assist the University of Louisville Athletics Department with expanding sustainability into its operations, events and facilities. The intern will receive support, training and supervision from the University of Louisville Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) to improve on existing sustainability initiatives and to create and implement student centered activities with a focus on outreach and engagement.  Targeted areas may include one or more of the following based on prioritization by the Athletics Department:  1) Sustainable Purchasing Practices, 2) Waste, Energy & Water Conservation; 3) Resource Use & Recycling, 4) Behavior Change, and, 5) Zero Waste Sporting Events.

Contact: V. Bruce Hepke, Sr. Engineer, KPPC – Kentucky’s Resource Center for Environmental Sustainability, 502-852-0148,


  1. UofL Physical Plant Department Solid Waste and Recycling Internship

Summary: Provides the general public with information regarding the University of Louisville’s Solid Waste, Recycling and Composting programs and services.  Participates in auditing and promotion of current programs while working towards the ultimate goal of increasing diversion rates from the landfill.

  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance.
  • Promotes and maintains positive and effective working relationships and promotes good public relationships as a representative of the University of Louisville.
  • Represents University of Louisville Solid Waste and Recycling at public functions, community events, business and school programs. Some of these programs may include evenings and weekends.
  • Provides the university community with information regarding Solid Waste, Recycling and Composting programs and services.
  • Develops contests and promotions to engage and grow community interest in the University’s Waste, Recycling and Composting programs.
  • Creates interactive recycling displays for educational programs and student events.
    Develops social networking materials along with tracking and analyzing social media data in efforts to grow social networks.
  • Recruits and engages student groups and individuals to volunteer for projects.
  • Conducts audits of current programs.
  • Provides data entry and administrative support, as needed.
  • Meets all job safety requirements and all applicable safety standards that pertain to the essential functions of the position and all university safety procedures.
  • Remains informed of current developments and procedures pertinent to duties; may be required to attend seminars/training.

Contact: Aaron Boggs, Assistant Director of Physical Plant, 502- 852-8181,


  1. Bike Mechanic Internship

The UofL Sustainability Council seeks an intern with experience in bicycle restoration, maintenance, and repair to assist us in providing bike maintenance services and launching a new campus bike shop in Crawford Gym. A skilled, physically-fit, self-directed individual is sought, preferably with prior experience working in a bike shop and/or instructing others in bike maintenance.

The intern will help in setting up and managing the new campus bike shop and helping staff it during regular hours to provide instruction and assistance to students, faculty and staff interested in learning how to work on their own bikes.

The intern’s primary responsibility, however, will be to provide on-going services to restore, repair, and maintain the University’s bicycle fleet. The University bicycle fleet continues to grow, but currently includes a total of 36 bikes. These include:

  • 18 bicycles in the UofL BikeShare Program which are made available to the campus community for free daily check-out from five different Belknap campus locations (Student Recreation Center, Humana Gym, Community Park, Kurz Hall, and Bettie Johnson Hall). The new Crawford Gym bike shop will become a sixth bike check-out location.
  • 16 bicycles used on-campus by employees in Physical Plant, Parking, and University Police to get around campus (both Belknap and Health Sciences); and
  • 2 utility tricycles used on-campus by employees in the IT Help Desk, and the Office of Health Promotion (which also has a bike on a trainer used for bike blender events).

The University intends to gradually expand the number of bikes in each fleet and to potentially add additional fleets in the coming months and years. One of the means of adding to the fleets will be through restoration of impounded bicycles that were abandoned on campus. The intern will be in charge of both bike restoration and fleet maintenance services.

While based in the campus bike shop, the intern will also be expected to travel around campus to retrieve bikes for repair, to maintain our five bike fixit stations, and to provide on-site bike maintenance services at all bikeshare locations. The intern may also be called upon to assist with occasional campus events at which bike tune-ups will be offered.

The intern will work closely with the Assistant the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Crawford Gym staff and faculty from the Dept. of Health & Sport Science, bike shop volunteers, and members of the Louisville Student Cycling Coalition.

Contact: Justin Mog, Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, 502-852-8575,

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UofL adds Eighth LEED-Certified Building

In May, the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council recognized The Nucleus, the University of Louisville Foundation’s new downtown office building, for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The recognition makes the building the eighth to achieve the designation at the university.

Nucleus Building photo

Nucleus Building

During a ceremony at The Nucleus, 300 E. Market St., Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, presented a LEED silver plaque to University of Louisville president James Ramsey and Vickie Yates Brown, president and CEO of Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center. Nucleus is an arm of the UofL Foundation.

Mr. Fedrizzi praised the university’s commitment to building “Green”, “We started to look at things that matter: energy, water, waste, materials, site issues,landscaping issues, the kinds of technologies that are associated with this; air quality,thermal comfort, all of the design attributes that make a building an important place to be. I want to personally thank Dr. Ramsey and the University of Louisville because of the commitment that they’ve made.”

Another two UofL buildings are expected to receive LEED certification.

“Responsible growth continues to be our goal at UofL and having these buildings achieve LEED certification shows the university’s commitment to long-term sustainability, carbon footprint reduction and environmentally friendly development,” Ramsey said.

Read the article in UofL Today.

Watch a video of the LEED announcement.

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KPPC Wins Energy Star Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) with a 2014 Energy Star AwardEnergy Star Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award. KPPC was selected for its continued leadership in helping commercial and industrial facilities build self-sustaining energy management programs. The award was presented to KPPC acting director Lissa McCracken at the annual Energy Star awards ceremony held on April 29 in Washington D.C.

“We are very pleased to receive the Energy Star award again this year, said Ms McCracken, “I’m especially pleased that we’ve been recognized for “Sustained Excellence”, which acknowledges our continuing commitment to helping Kentucky businesses, industries, and other organizations become more sustainable, efficient and competitive. At KPPC we realize that while sustainability is about the health of our environment, for today’s industries and businesses, it is also about achieving financial success.”

KPPC’s application for the award stood out among a highly competitive pool of submissions, said Jean Lupinacci, Chief, Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch. “Your outstanding accomplishments prove that improved energy performance is good for the environment and good for business. Your dedication to saving energy, your commitment to measuring and tracking progress, and your efforts to communicate the importance of energy efficiency to a broad audience distinguishes your organization as an industry leader.”

The 2014 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.

An Energy Star partner since 2005, KPPC won the prestigious Energy Star Partner of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012, and the Sustained Excellence Award in 2013 and again in 2014.

A list of all the 2014 Award recipients can be found on the EPA’s Energy Star website.

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KPPC Launches New Website

Welcome to KPPC’s new website. The site was designed to make it easier for visitors and clients to access the services and resources of the Center.

Please explore the many new features and online resources available and give us your impressions of the new website and your suggestions on how we could make it better or more useful for you.

Leave a comment, or contact us at (502) 852-0965.

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