District 9 Green Triangle eNews, October 16, 2013

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Green Triangle eNews

October 16, 2013

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What is the Green Triangle?

The Green Triangle is a community-led sustainability initiative in the 9th District, working to realize the following vision: Imagine Individuals, Businesses and Government working together to create a 9th District of:

-Green spaces for people to connect with nature and each other;

-Green options for transportation; and

-Green thinking that promotes the conservation of resources and our small neighborhood feel.

Contact the Green Triangle:

Katie Holmes

 Special Projects Coordinator

Phone: 502.574-1109



Tina Ward-Pugh

9th District Councilwoman



My Green Triangle

Green Triangle Facebook

Green Triangle Blog

Green Triangle Twitter

9th District Blog

9th District Website

The Green Triangle thanks the following sponsors:


9th District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh

DD Williamson


Mellwood Art Center

River Metals Recycling


First Capital Bank

Heine Brothers' Coffee

Louisville Water Company


McDonald's - Lower Brownsboro


Thanks as well to the Frankfort Avenue Business Association for serving as our fiscal agent.

Volunteer for the Fall Community Cleanup!


Join Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh and the Green Triangle for the 14th Annual Fall Community Cleanup in partnership with Brightside on Saturday, October 26 from 8:30 am – Noon.  Volunteers will be working along Mellwood Avenue and Zorn Avenue cleaning up litter and debris along the roadside. 

Volunteers should plan to meet at 8:30 a.m. in the lower parking lot of the Mellwood Arts Center for free breakfast sandwiches from Clifton McDonald’s and coffee provided by Heine Brothers’ Coffee.  The cleanup will officially begin at 9:00 a.m.  Register to help clean up the 9th District with Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s team by calling 574-1109 or clicking here.  FREE bags, gloves, tools and t-shirts (on first-come, first-serve basis) will be provided.  Louisville Pure Tap Water will be provided, so please bring a reusable water bottle.

Beargrass Greenway Closing


The Beargrass Creek Greenway Trail (from the intersection of Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive to Spring Street) will be closed from Wednesday, October 16 to Friday, October 18 for bridge maintenance.  A volunteer group will be replacing the tread on the large bridge that crosses Beargrass Creek during that period.  An alternate route for cyclists is to take Lexington Road to Spring Street.

Clifton Sustainability Fair

Sustainability Fair

The Clifton Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church will present its 7th Annual Sustainability Fair on Friday, October 25 from 5-9pm.  This outdoor event is one block off of Frankfort Avenue at Rastetter Avenue.  Make it one of your stops on the FAT Friday Trolley Hop on Frankfort Avenue.  Promoting sustainable businesses, organizations, and technologies. Delicious sustainable foods and locally brewed beer available.  Free live entertainment and music. For more information contact Clifton UU Church representative at 502-548-3410 or eecoyle@juno.com.  Stop by the Green Triangle booth at the event and say hello!

Bluegrass Bioneers Conference


The 5th annual Bluegrass Bioneers Conference will take place on October 25-27, 2013 at Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC).  It features an incredible array of renowned presenters from the world of sustainability as well as live local presenters, workshops, performers, and more. For more information and a schedule, visit the Bluegrass Bioneers website. Events will include national plenaries, a reskilling fair, a seed exchange, the Really Really Free Market, Idea Incubators, and more.

Register for the conference here.  The dinner on Saturday the 26th has a fee, but other events are free. The Bluegrass Bioneers Conference is looking for volunteers: register to volunteer here.

Olmsted Parks Conservancy Looking for Volunteers

Olmsted Parks Conservancy is looking for volunteers 16 years and older to help with their annual fundraising event, the Boo La La Halloween Ball and Bash on Saturday, October 26. There are a variety of tasks and shifts available. To volunteer for this very fun and important event, please contact Sarah Wolff at sarah.wolff@olmstedparks.org  or call 456-8125. 

  Olmsted Parks

Make Your "Blue Jeans Go Green"


Margaret's Consignment, located at 2700 Frankfort Avenue, is now accepting donations of used blue jeans for "Blue Jeans Go Green," a denim recycling program that the University of Kentucky's Department of Retailing and Tourism Management students are conducting in conjunction with Cotton, Incorporated. The program takes the used jeans and converts them into natural cotton fiber insulation to use in the construction of new homes and/or renovation construction with communities in need. Jeans with or without embellishments and of any color and condition are accepted, including scrap material. Donations can be dropped off at Margaret's consignment window, located off the parking lot in the back of the store, and will be accepted through October 31st. Through this program, Cotton Inc. has diverted 600 tons of waste from landfills, generated 2,000,000 square feet of insulation, and has collected 985,342 pieces of denim to date. Margaret's Consignment is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. For more information call (502) 896-4706 or visit www.margaretsconsignment.com.

Sustainability Tip –Home Energy Efficiency


Cooler weather is on its way, and now is a good time to think about preparing your home for winter.  There are many simple, low cost measures that can be taken to save money and energy this winter.  Some tips are included below, and you can find a longer list on the Green Triangle Blog, where this week’s theme is home energy efficiency.


  • Turn back the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees
  • Fill in gaps in exterior doors with weather stripping and caulking
  • Open shades and curtains allow the sun to help warm your house in the day and close them at night to help keep in the heat
  • Turn down water heater temperature to 120 degrees


Project Warm is a non-profit organization in town that offers weatherization services to low income families.  See if you qualify for assistance.  You can volunteer to help weatherize homes in Louisville, or sign up to attend a workshop to learn how to weatherize your own home.  Learn more about this organization.

LG&E offers several programs that help homeowners become more energy efficient.  Find an overview here, including information on the WeCare (Weatherization, Conservation Advice and Recycling Energy) Program for low-income residents.

Don’t Forget to Make a Green Triangle Profile!