The Office of Sustainability is Hiring

sustain louisville enewsletter

July 26, 2016


In this issue:

We are hiring!

Louisville Metro's Office of Sustainability is hiring a project coordinator. A minimum of three years of sustainability-related experience is required. Applications are due August 12, 2016. Apply today to join our team!

Attend the Zero-Waste Community Meeting!


Are you concerned...

  • That most of the material going to the landfill is recyclable or reusable? 
  • About the cost of solid waste services in your neighborhood?
  • About what services are available for you to dispose or recycle your waste?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please attend the first of a series of three stakeholder meetings to help shape our community's solid waste management future. 

The first stakeholder meeting will be held from 6-8pm on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the Southwest Public Library, 9725 Dixie Highway.

During these meetings, you will learn about what is in our garbage, what it cost to collect it, where it goes, and how it is processed. Hear what our peer cities are doing, plus what high performing cities across the country are doing to plan for a zero-waste future. Help us develop a Solid Waste Master Plan to meet Mayor Fischer's goal to divert 90% of Louisville's waste from the landfill by 2042. See you there!

Save the Dates

Many of our partners are hosting sustainability-related events over the next few months. Save the date and check them out:

  • Empower Kentucky Summit - September 30 - October 1, 2016; hosted by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Registration and more information will be available soon at
  • Louisville's annual Sustainability Summit - tentatively scheduled for October 28-29, 2016; hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the Louisville Sustainability Council. 
  • The Energy Conservation Conversation - November 9, 2016; hosted by the Louisville Energy Alliance and the International Facilities Management Association. Registration and more information will be available soon at

Check out Louisville Metro's events calendar and the Louisville Sustainability Council's community calendar to learn about more upcoming events.

Provide Feedback on Proposed Biodigester Regulations

Feedback needed

The Center for Environmental Policy and Management, West Jefferson County Community Task Force, and other community partners will host public information sessions on proposed Biodigester Regulations. Staff from Metro Louisville's Planning & Design Services will be in attendance to answer questions and receive citizen feedback. The meetings will take place as follows:

July 26, 6–8 p.m.

  • East Government Center: 200 Juneau Drive
  • Beechmont Community Center: 205 W. Wellington Avenue

July 27, 6-8 p.m.

  • Newburg Library: 4800 Exeter Ave.
  • Central Government Center: 7201 Outer Loop

The draft regulations also will be reviewed at a public meeting of the Planning Commission’s Planning Committee at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 28 in the Old Jail auditorium, 514 W. Liberty St. Read the proposed regulations here.

Sign Up for the Expanded UofL Community CarShare

The University of Louisville expanded its community car-share program with a fifth car located downtown near the Health Sciences Center. The new CarShare vehicle is parked outside UofL’s Kornhauser Library at 500 S. Preston St. All cars are cleaned, maintained, insured and fueled by Enterprise CarShare as part of the hourly rental charge. The four original cars are located on UofL’s Belknap Campus.

Anyone 18 or over with a valid driver’s license can use the cars, which are available year-round, 24 hours a day. Once users purchase a low-cost annual membership, they can access the vehicles whenever needed for $8 per hour or $56 per day. Details can be found at

Is that location not convenient? Try Zipcar in Louisville. Two Zipcars are located in the Brown Hotel garage. 

Watch the Green for Good Project Video

Maria and Victoria

Want to learn more about our Green For Good Project? Maria Koetter, Director of the Office of Sustainability and Veronica Combs with the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil are featured in this video to tell you about how planting vegetation can help reduce vehicle emissions in a nearby school. 

Install Solar on Your Home or Business

Solar Panes in Louisville

Interested in installing solar on your home or business? Check out our new webpage that will guide you through the process, and stay tuned for upcoming workshops entitled, "Is Solar Right for me?" hosted by Solar Over Louisville. Dates and locations will be announced soon.

Get Involved

The Office of Sustainability partners with the non-profit Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC). 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 promote citywid. 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.

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.