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November 29, 2017


In this issue:

Louisville Resilience Seeks Public Input

LR Survey

The Louisville Resilience team is asking citizens to complete a short web-based survey to help craft the city’s strategy for withstanding “shocks and stresses,” such as economic downturns and natural disasters.

Louisville Resilience will use the residents’ feedback as the office,  in partnership with the community, crafts policies and implementation strategies. 

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, can be found at:

Register for the Kilowatt Crackdown

Kilowatt Crackdown Register you building for the 2017 Kilowatt Crackdown!

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The Louisville Energy Alliance recognizes building owners and operators that track, reduce and report their electricity and natural gas usage using Portfolio Manager. This year's competition will recognize the best performer in 2017 and the most improved from 2016 to 2017. Awards are distributed by building type. Register here by February 14, 2018.

Kilowatt Cup - Register your building for the Kilowatt Cup competition!

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The Kilowatt Cup recognizes superior achievement in energy efficiency.  Winners are selected based on achievements in energy management, obstacles overcome and energy efficiency practices. Applicants may submit more than one building. The application includes a 500-word narrative and energy usage tracked in Portfolio Manager. Applications are due February 14, 2018. 

All awards are hand made by local artist, Devin French.

Arbor Day Celebrations in April

The Division of Community Forestry is partnering with Metro Parks, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Louisville Grows, Trees Louisville and many others to celebrate this year’s Arbor Day in April.  Events will include a community tree planting, a Metro Parks tree planting, tree giveaways and tree education opportunities.  Keep an eye out for the celebration date and the many opportunities to join the fun at

  • Kentucky Arbor Day:  Friday, April 6th
  • National Arbor Day:  Friday, April 27th

Partnership for a Green City Sustainability Literacy Survey Available


The Partnership for a Green City has launched a sustainability literacy survey and they need your input.

The survey results will help the Partnership for a Green City identify the sustainability areas that could be enhanced in the partners (Jefferson County Public Schools, Jefferson Community & Technical College, Louisville Metro Government and the University of Louisville), as well as in the community.  

For additional information or paper copies, please contact Brent Fryrear at or 502-852-8854.

Available Rebates

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Cool Roof Rebates

The Office of Sustainability's Cool Roof Rebate Program has funding available for properties located in Metro Council Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14 and 15 (Find your Council District). The program aims to combat urban warming as identified in the Urban Heat Management Study. The rebate provides up to $1 per square foot of roof that is installed with an ENERGY STAR roofing product.

The incentive is available for new or replacement steep-slope and flat or low-sloped roofs on residential and commercial buildings. Rebates are first come, first served. Read more about the program and apply.

Shade Tree Rebates

Tree Rebate

Purchase a shade* tree and receive 40% off the purchase price up to $80. TreesLouisville is partnering with the Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry. The program is open to all residents of Jefferson County.

*Shade trees are generally medium to large sized trees that have spreading canopies (e.g., oak, maple, linden, elm), though smaller species like redbuds and serviceberries also fall under this category. Dwarf ornamental varieties will not be eligible. If you have questions about whether your tree is eligible for a rebate, email

Funding is first come, first served.

Read more about how to participate.

Green Infrastructure Incentive

The Office of Sustainability offers incentives for green infrastructure projects. Funding is available for commercial (including businesses, nonprofit and houses of worship) installations. Funds are used to match MSD’s Green Infrastructure Financing Incentive program such that eligible projects approved by MSD qualify for additional incentives through the Office of Sustainability. Eligible projects include green infrastructure installations that keep at least 1” of stormwater out of the sewer and drainage system such as rain gardens, pervious pavement, green roofs, infiltration drains and water harvesting systems. Apply today.

Partner Events

Kentucky Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative-Workshop 3

The KSMI final module will focus on a positive culture for sustainability and integrating sustainability into day to day operations.  This workshop will include a discussion of incorporating life cycle thinking into ISO 14001:2015 environmental management systems and how the Kentucky Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Database can benefit manufacturers.  Sustainability efforts at two Kentucky manufacturers will be presented as well as an introduction to sustainable product development in preparation for a future webinar on the topic.  An overview of the core engineering research facilities at the University of Louisville will also be presented.

  • When: February 22nd 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Where: Ford Louisville Assembly Plant, Louisville, KY
  • Cost: $35 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks at the facility. Professional development hours (PDH) will be available for all workshop attendees.

To download a free copy of a primer on sustainable manufacturing, obtain more detailed information, and to register for training events visit the KSMI webpage at:  

Register today for Louisville Grows Citizen Forester Classes

Through the Citizen Forestry 101 and 102 courses, participants learn how to build and maintain our neighborhood and community forests. Participants are taught basic tree anatomy and physiology, environmental stewardship, tree identification and selection, young tree pruning, and how to teach others how to properly plant and care for their trees.

There are two classes being offered:

  • February 10th:  Park Duvalle
  • February 17th:  Portland

For more information and to register,

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 learn more and 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.