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November 16, 2016


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Attend this Friday's Sustainability Directors' Brown Bag Lunch

The Office of Sustainability invites you to attend the Sustainability Directors' Brown Bag Lunch this Friday, November 18th from 11:30am - 1pm in Metro Hall (527 W Jefferson St) in Room 106. The event will feature a panel of eight sustainability professionals from around the region, including Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Dayton.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. The event is free to attend. 

Sustainability Summit Recap

2016 Summit

Over 150 people attended the 2016 Louisville Sustainability Summit, where we heard from sustainability professionals from Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Columbus, Bloomingon and from our local sustainability advocates. Presentations are available on the Louisville Sustainability Council website.

Good news - the event was Zero Waste. See the details here.

Want to help plan next year's Summit? Email 

EPAD Program has Launched

Louisville Metro Government has launched EPAD, a tool that helps property owners repay private loans for energy efficient, renewable energy and water conservation measures. The program is designed for office, retail, industrial, agricultural and non-profit properties, as well as multi-family residential units consisting of five or more dwelling units. The loan is repaid through a voluntary assessment administered by the Jefferson County Sheriff in the same manner as a property tax bill. The program allows property owners to secure more favorable financing terms than with traditional financing mechanisms and to finance up to 100 percent of an energy project’s cost. Learn more and apply today!

Congratulations to the Louisville Zoo and Luckett & Farley

At the 2016 Louisville Sustainability Summit, the Office of Sustainability recognized its first Sustain Louisville Champions. This recognition is given to community leaders – individuals, organizations, or companies – that are significantly contributing towards meeting the goals in Sustain Louisville, the city’s sustainability plan. It takes a ‘Ville to achieve the initiatives in the plan, and Sustain Louisville Champions are stepping up to lead the way.

louisville zoo

The first Sustain Louisville Champion award went to the Louisville Zoo. The Zoo recently unveiled a new solar installation, which features 30 panels and can produce over 9000 watts of power on a sunny day. In 2014, the Zoo hosted our city’s first annual sustainability summit. They donated space and staff time, helped make the event zero-waste, and included local food. In 2011, Glacier Run was upgraded to educate visitors about climate change and its direct effect on the habitat of polar bears, brown bears, and humans. In 2010, the Zoo installed a 4,900 square foot green roof on its HerpAquarium, reducing the building’s cooling needs, capturing stormwater, and helping to reduce the city’s urban heat. During Earth Month and every day that the facility is open, the Zoo educates a diverse sector of our community about the need to protect natural areas for the preservation of species, including our own. With this award, we’d like to express our sincere appreciation for the work going on at our Louisville Zoo.

luckett & farley

The second Sustain Louisville Champion was awarded to Luckett & Farley. This architecture and engineering firm is promoting art and sustainability in the SoBro neighborhood, located directly south of the Central Business District. Over the past few years, their talented staff has led the neighborhood association and supported tactical urbanism to improve streetscapes. Luckett & Farley hosted a convening at which the neighborhood adopted core sustainable development principles. The neighborhood association, led by Luckett & Farley Senior Architect Paul Sirek, worked with Louisville Metro to help organize volunteers to paint the crosswalks at four intersections along 4th Street. SoBro Louisville,  under Luckett & Farley's leadership, engaged a student artist from the Kentucky College of Art and Design as he designed and led the community to paint a mural on a vacant building. Most recently, Nick Satterfield, a Luckett & Farley Senior Architectural Designer, donated hundreds of hours to design, build, and install the colorful bus stops you see in SoBro and in Shelby Park. 

With this awards, we want to express our sincere appreciation to Luckett & Farley for helping SoBro become a vibrant district that is distinguished from other neighborhoods by its commitment to art and sustainability. 

Congratulations to The Louisville Zoo and to Luckett & Farley!

Traveling for the Holidays? Share your Ride!

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Join Cardinal Directions to post or find a ride to your holiday celebrations. Save gas money and reduce your carbon emissions. 

The free website connects users to rides to, from or within Louisville by listing all transportation options, including carpooling, transit, carshare locations and more. Join today! The more users who join, the better the website works.

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 citywide sustainability. Everyone is 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.