Volunteers Needed and New Incentives

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March 15, 2017


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Volunteers Needed this Saturday, March 18th

The Division of Community Forestry still needs volunteers for this Saturday's tree giveaway at Beechland Baptist Church, 4613 Greenwood Drive. Volunteers are needed from 11:30am until 2:30pm and will help with set-up, tree distribution, and cleanup. 

Volunteers are also needed for tree giveaways on March 25th and April 15th.
Register to volunteer here.

Apply for a Cool Roof Rebate

The Office of Sustainability has announced the Cool Roof Rebate Program to help combat urban warming as identified in the Urban Heat Management Study. The rebate provides up to $1 per square foot of cool roof. The incentive is available for new or retrofit steep-slope and flat or low-sloped roofs on residential and commercial buildings. Applications will be accepted starting March 20, 2017. Read more about the program.

Help Keep Recyclables out of the Landfill

Please read, act, and share with your networks. 

HB246, a bill that could reverse Louisville's yard waste ordinance and send reusable material to the landfill, passed the full house in February, and is currently under consideration by the State Senate. 

Here is an important action you can take immediately:

Call the legislative message line ASAP: 1-800-564-8100 to oppose HB246. Ask to leave a message for your Senator, and for the Senate Leadership. Find your State Senator here.

The plastic bag ban, officially known as the Yard Waste Container Ordinance, is a simple policy that prevents compostable yard waste from going to the landfill. It requires residents to place their yard waste in reusable containers or in compostable plastic or paper bags, instead of in non-compostable plastic bags. HB246 will undermine and possibly reverse the success of the Yard Waste Container Ordinance. 

Please share this message via social media, email, in person, and by any means available to you. The time is now to stop this bill. Our landfill has limited room -- and we must extend its life for the sake of our children's future. Please contact our office with questions or comments. 

Track Energy Use to Save $$

Portfolio Manager Training

The Louisville Energy Alliance, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, will host a free ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager training session on March 28, 2017, from 1-3pm.

The training will include a one-hour webinar hosted by ENERGY STAR followed by on-site assistance with creating a Portfolio Manager account and entering data into the software. Attendees will learn:

  • Basic functionality of Portfolio Manager;
  • How to log energy and water use data; and
  • How to generate custom reports.

By the end of the session, attendees will have entered one year of energy data, have a basic understanding of the capabilities of Portfolio Manager and be one step closer to ENERGY STAR certification.

Portfolio Manager is a free, online tool that enables building owners and managers to track and evaluate a facility’s energy and water consumption over time.  Buildings that perform in the top 25% of their peers, receiving a minimum score of 75/100, are eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR certification.

The intended audience of the event is the commercial sector. Email angela.futter@louisvilleky.gov to register.

Attend Louisville's Urban Tree Symposium

When: Saturday, April 15th, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Where: University of Louisville, Ernst Hall, Room 103, 216 Eastern Parkway

The Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry, the Partnership for a Green City, Trees Louisville, and Louisville Grows invite you to attend a day long educational event to learn more about trees. Topics will include:

  • Species  selection
  • How to plant a tree
  • How to maintain and care for a tree
  • Louisville's tree canopy history
  • Tree friends and foes
  • How to advocate for trees locally

For more information, an event agenda, and tickets, visit the website. Ticket prices range from free to $25. Hurry! Early bird registration ends soon!

Install Solar - It's Officially Easy

SolSmart Gold Logo

Louisville has been awarded a gold designation by SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, for its commitment to adopting practices that make it faster and easier to use solar energy. Thanks to a technical assistance grant provided through the effort, Louisville now has a clear-cut process for permitting and installing solar panels. Information is available on the Office of Sustainability website on design specifications, installing solar in historic use districts, how to obtain a permit for your installation, and more. Louisville joins cities such as New York City, Denver, Minneapolis, and Austin as a gold designee.

Read the press release

Celebrate Earth Month: Reusable Bag Giveaway

Reusable Kroger Bags

Attend a reusable bag giveaway!

The Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Jefferson County Solid Waste Management District and Metro Councilmembers Hamilton, James and Butler to host eight Earth Month events at four Kroger stores located in Districts 5, 6 and 15. The goal of the events is to promote and encourage the use of reusable bags rather than single-use plastic bags. Over 2,000 reusable bags will be distributed, helping to eliminate an estimated 1,800,000 single-use disposable bags in the first year. 

Giveaway events will take place from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 5:00 to 7:00pm at the participating Kroger locations and dates listed below.  

  • April 5th – Kroger, 520 N. 35th Street
  • April 12th – Kroger, 3165 S. 2nd Street
  • April 19th – Kroger, 2710 W. Broadway
  • April 26th – Kroger, 4211 S. 3rd Street

Please join us to receive two free reusable bags and pledge your commitment to becoming a greener shopper!   

Recycle Your Unused Latex Paint

Latex Paint

Louisville Metro Public Works and Habitat for Humanity's ReStore have partnered to accept partially full cans of latex paint for recycling. Collected paint is reblended for sale in Habitat ReStore locations in Louisville.

Collection Guidelines:

  • Only LATEX paint will be accepted.
  • Leaking, unlabeled and empty containers will not be accepted.
  • Containers with open lids or obvious cracks will not be accepted.
  • Excessively rusted containers will not be accepted.
  • Must pass the shake test - paint should move inside the container when shaken.
  • Only residential paint will be accepted. Commercial paint
    will not be collected.

Drop off latex paint during business hours at any of the following locations:

Louisville Metro Staffed Recycling Centers, open Tuesday through Saturday 10AM-5PM

  • 595 Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
  • 7219 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40258
  • 7201 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40228

Habitat For Humanity ReStore Locations

  • 2777 S Floyd St, Louisville, KY 40209, Tues - Fri: 10AM - 6PM, Sat: 9AM - 4PM
  • 4044 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40220, Mon - Sat: 9AM - 7PM, Sun: 12AM - 6PM
  • 1631 Rowan St, Louisville, KY 40203, Wed - Fri: 10AM - 6PM, Sat: 9AM - 4PM

Apply for a Sustainability Internship

The Office of Sustainability is accepting applications for a volunteer summer intern. An ideal candidate would have high quality writing skills, experience with designing flyers, and general knowledge of sustainability principles. The successful candidate will obtain an in-depth understanding of daily work within the the Office of Sustainability and will have the opportunity to contribute to Sustain Louisville goal achievement. The intern will work approximately 20 hours per week for eight weeks during the summer months. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to sustainability@louisvilleky.gov by Friday, March 31, 2017.

Partner Events and More

2017 Bike Kick Off Event

When: Tuesday, April 4th, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Highlands Community Campus, 1228

Celebrate the successes of 2016, learn more about plans for 2017, join the conversation about bike projects in your area. Free bike parking will be provided by Bicycling for Louisville.

2017 Metro Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment Survey

Please let us know your thoughts on Metro Parks and Recreation facilities, amenities, customer service and more. It takes just a few minutes, and it will help us improve! Take the survey

Volunteer with the Salt River Watershed Watch

Salt River Watershed Watch is a group of citizens who monitor streams, rivers and springs in the Salt River Watershed. Join the water quality monitoring team.

 Volunteer for Invasive Species Removal, Solar Panel Cleaning and More

The Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light's Adamah Project aims to bring about real change through hands-on actions. Projects vary in style, content and scope. Past projects have included invasive species removal, cleaning solar panels and picking up and recycling litter in neighborhoods.  If you or your faith community is interested in engaging in an Adamah Project work day, learn more on the website.

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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.

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