Green Triangle eNews - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Green Triangle eNews

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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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 Information

Kyle Ethridge


 Legislative Assistant


Phone: (502) 574-1109




Tina Ward-Pugh


9th District Councilwoman







The Green Triangle thanks the following sponsors:

9th Metro Council District 


DD Williamson




Mellwood Art Center


River Metals Recycling




First Capital Bank


Heine Brothers' Coffee


Louisville Water Company




McDonald's - Lower Brownsboro

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

Responsible Recycling Event NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

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The 9th District and the Energy Pros are holding a One Stop Drop Responsible Recycling Event on Saturday, May 10th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at Louisville Water Tower Park, home of the WaterWorks Museum, 3005 River Road. This drive-thru event is FREE.  While sponsored by District 9, any citizen in Louisville may participate at this FREE event. Businesses may not drop off items at this event. We will be accepting a multitude of items to be reused or recycled. We are working on a complete list of what will be accepted, which will be posted in the next few weeks. Click here to view a flyer for the event. 


We are looking for volunteers to help direct traffic and collect donations.  If you are interested in volunteering please call 574-1109 or email Kyle Ethridge.

Public Hearing for Ban on Plastic Bags for Yard Waste

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The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Solid Waste Management District is seeking public comment on the issue of containers for collection of yard waste

The district is proposing to enact a regulation that specifies all yard waste set out for collection be in containers meeting the requirements of L.M.C.O. Chapter 51.507, or, as an alternative, be placed in paper bags specifically designed for yard waste collection or bags meeting ASTM D6400 standards for compostability.

The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Solid Waste Management District will decide to adopt or not adopt the regulation after the opportunity for public comment and a public hearing on the issue

The resolution and regulation are available for public inspection at the office of Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management Division, 600 Meriwether Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40217. Office hours are 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday. Additional information about resolution and regulation is available on line at or by contacting Pete Flood at 502-574-3290. Anyone unable to review the application and/or the relevant pages of the Jefferson county area solid waste plan at the above location may call and request that a copy be mailed to them.

A public hearing is scheduled on May 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm to receive public comments on the proposal. The hearing will be held in the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) first floor board room at 700 West Liberty Street. Any person wishing to be heard at this hearing must contact the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Solid Waste Management District at the address identified above for receiving comments or by calling Pete Flood at 502-574-3290 or by email at The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Solid Waste Management District Board will respond to written public comments by May 6, 2014 and will take action on the proposal at the May 6, 2014, public hearing.  

NEW Food Scrap Drop-off for Residents


More food scrap recycling means less material is unnecessarily filling up our limited landfill space and more local compost for use in our community. You can do your part by bringing food scraps to the Hubbards Lane Recycling Center located at 595 N. Hubbards Lane (corner of Brownsboro Road and Hubbards Lane). This program is intended for individual residents only. Click here to view the flyer.


How do I recycle my food scraps?  


• It’s easy! Just locate a food waste caddy (or any small container) in your kitchen to simplify the separation of your food waste. We recommend lining your container with a compostable bag (ASTM D6400 certified) which will make transport from your kitchen to the recycling center cleaner and easier. Please ensure all plastic wrap is removed from your food scraps.


What are the hours of the Hubbards Lane Recycling Center?  


• Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.


Will I be charged to drop-off food scraps?  


• Drop-off is free for you! This service is part of a pilot project sponsored by Louisville Metro Government.


How much food scraps can I bring per visit?  


• This program is intended for individual residents only. Food scrap drop-offs should be limited to five gallons or less.


Did you know?  


• Louisville Metro Government is introducing the city’s first municipal food scrap recycling program to many restaurants and coffee shops in the Central Business District. These programs are helping Louisville Metro achieve its goal to divert 90% of waste from the landfill by 2042.


• When food is disposed in a landfill, it rots and becomes a significant source of methane - a damaging greenhouse gas. Recent studies show that food waste makes up about 21 percent of the overall waste going into our landfills. Landfills account for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions. When food scraps are separated and collected, they can be recycled into compost – a valuable soil amendment that can be reused in parks and gardens throughout the community (EPA).


Have more questions about recycling?  


• Visit Louisville Metro’s recycling website at:

Beargrass Falls Celebrates Earth Day

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On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, folks gathered at Beargrass Falls in Karen Lynch Park (corner of Brownsboro and Story Avenue) in Butchertown to celebrate Earth Day and view the demonstration projects onsite by U of L, MSD, U of L Extension Service and WaterStep. Click here to see photos from the event and please plan to stop by one afternoon to see all the innovative work. 

FCC Bike Works Opening in May

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FCCBikeWorks has found an excellent home at 1217 Logan St., near to Oak St., in the Bornstein Builders building. They invite you to their open house fundraiser on Saturday, May 10 from 3pm - 7pm. It will be a great chance for supporters to meet each other, check out the set-up, and celebrate opening day! For more information visit their Facebook page,


They are also launching fundraising. As of now, they are at $10, with a goal of $10, a long way to go, but they believe that this community can make it happen in short order. Here's a quick and secure way to support FCCBikeWorks: 

2014 Local Food Sites

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Located local foods this season around you through the Food In Neighborhoods Community Coalition’s map. The site will list farms, urban agriculture, groups, business, markets and community centers.

Sustainability Tip – Energy Efficiency Programs


LG&E offers several energy efficiency programs for users.  For starters, you may complete an online home energy analysis, in which you answer several questions about your home and energy use.  Combining this information with your energy usage statistics, the report tells you how your home uses energy and suggests ways to improve energy efficiency. Take the online energy analysisIt takes about 10 minutes to complete.  You may also have an on-site home energy analysis performed by a professional who will recommend ways to improve energy efficiency, make some improvements on-site, and will give you a detailed report for a fee of $25.  Sign up for an on-site home energy analysis.

To get ready for summer and using your air conditioning, consider taking part in LG&E’s air conditioning testing and tune-up program, which offers discounted services to residents and commercial properties.  Maintaining your HVAC system properly can improve energy efficiency.  Learn more about this program.


You may also earn $50 to $750 for purchasing qualifying energy-efficient products for your home, click here for more information. You may also qualify for a $50 rebate for recycling an old refrigerator or freezer. Also, check out the Demand Conservation program which provides LG&E users a credit for your utility bill. Commercial users may also find programs from LG&E.