Applications open for sustainability fellowships

sustain louisville enewsletter

February 19, 2016


In this issue:

Applications Open for Two Paid Sustainability Fellowships

The Office of Sustainability, Louisville Energy Alliance (LEA), Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise, and the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute are offering two paid sustainability fellowships this summer in Louisville – one position will focus on energy efficiency, and the other will focus on developing Louisville’s sustainability district program. All applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program when they apply (May graduates are welcome). Applications are due February 23rd. Learn more on the Office of Sustainability website

There is also a fellowship offered in Lexington, KY, and in other locations across the country. Learn more here

Apply for the 2015 Kilowatt Cup

Attention commercial facility managers and owners, nonprofit organizations, and worship facilities - 

  • Have you overcome unusual obstacles on the road to energy efficiency?
  • Made significant advances on a shoestring budget?
  • Earned special honors or reached a milestone?

We encourage you to apply for the 2015 Kilowatt Cup, which will be presented to the owner and/or manager of a commercial, industrial, nonprofit, or worship-based property that demonstrated superior achievement in energy efficiency in 2015.  Applications are due March 15, 2016. Apply today!

Earn $10,000 towards your Green Infrastructure Project

Green Infrastructure

The Office of Sustainability is offering an incentive program for commercial and nonprofit green infrastructure projects. Projects that receive $50,000 or less from MSD’s green infrastructure stipend program are eligible. (Note – projects that receive up to $75,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis). MSD funds awarded will be matched $1 for $1 up to $10,000. Applicable projects include those that keep stormwater out of the combined sewer system including rain gardens, pervious pavement, vegetative roofs, infiltration drains and water harvesting systems. The city’s incentive funds will be available on a first come first served basis.  For more information, including how to apply, visit the Office of Sustainability website.

Calling all Green Neighborhoods

Green Living Logo

Obtain a Green Living Certification for your neighborhood. Brightside, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, offers the Green Living Neighborhood Certification program. A component of ONE BRIGHT CITY, the Green Living program educates individuals and households on how to live more sustainably through a competition-based incentive – by recognizing neighborhoods that achieve predetermined criteria with a Green, Silver, Gold or Platinum certification. The program encourages residents to help maintain air quality standards in Louisville, conserve energy, stay active and healthy, purchase local food, change unsustainable neighborhood policies, manage stormwater on site, choose more sustainable transportation options, decrease the amount of waste sent to the landfill, and conserve water. Visit the Brightside website today to learn how to obtain a Green Living certification for your neighborhood.

Volunteers Needed

The Office of Sustainability and the Louisville Energy Alliance are seeking volunteers for the Free ENERGY STAR Certification Program. Licensed engineers and architects are needed to verify submissions to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Certification program for commercial and industrial facilities. For more information, please contact us

LSC Logo

The Office of Sustainability has established a public-private partnership with the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC). An independent nonprofit organization, the LSC’s mission is to engage and collaborate with the community to facilitate the achievement of Louisville’s sustainability goals. The organization works to improve health and quality of life in Louisville by catalyzing community action to eliminate existing gaps. The LSC coordinates regional sustainability efforts by hosting events, connecting partners, collecting and disseminating data and facilitating community action teams. Businesses, nonprofits, public agencies, schools, families and individuals are encouraged to get involved. Visit

four star community rating

Louisville is rated as a 4-STAR Community for its sustainability achievements. The rating was awarded in August 2015 by STAR Communities.