TreeFest and Tree Giveaway

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October 31, 2018


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TreeFest and Tree Giveaway


TreesLouisville will be hosting the first annual fall TreeFest on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 11:00am- 6:00pm at the Flea Off Market. This event will include free mulch, tree planting demos, community planting, tree sales at Fresh Start Grower Supply, tree rebate registration, vendors, classes and more.

The Division of Community Forestry will also be doing a Tree Giveaway of Kentucky native trees. Trees will be awarded on a “first come” basis and will be limited to five trees per Louisville resident. For questions, please contact the Division of Community Forestry at (502) 574-3927 or


Brightside’s Community-Wide Planting Day

Community-Wide Planting Day

Brightside is hosting a Community-Wide Planting Day in partnership with the Division of Community Forestry on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10:00am-12:00pm. They will be planting 115 trees in California neighborhood and along West Broadway from 20th to 37th street. Volunteers are needed and should meet at the Kroger Overflow Lot located at 2710 W Broadway. To sign up as an individual or a group, please click here. For questions, contact the Brightside office at (502) 574-2613.

The Office of Sustainability is Hiring!

Louisville Metro Government's Office of Sustainability is hiring a Sustainability Project Coordinator. Applications are due November 4, 2018. Apply today.

Sustainability Summit Follow-Up

The 5th annual Louisville Sustainability Summit was held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the University of Louisville’s renovated Student Activities Center. Featuring local and national speakers, the Summit brought together over 300 people to discover successes, identify opportunities and learn from each other about how to create a culture of sustainability in Louisville. See photos and event program.

Listen to the audio of keynote speaker, David Orr.

Sustainability Summit

Rebate Still Available

cool roof photo

Cool Roof Rebates

The Office of Sustainability's Cool Roof Rebate Program still 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 certified roofing product.

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

Tree Rebate

Shade Tree Rebates

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.

New EV Charging Station in Seneca Park

EV station in Seneca Park

Drivers of electric vehicles in Louisville now have another place to “fill up” their batteries with the installation of a new public charging station at Seneca Park through Louisville Gas and Electric Company’s EV Charging Station Program.

Seneca Park was chosen using data collected by Drive Clean Louisville, a Metro Government initiative that promotes the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles. A survey asked the public to identify places in Louisville in need of vehicle chargers, and Seneca Park was among the top spots named.

100 Resilient Cities – Phase 2 Kickoff

Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Resilience and Community kicked off Phase II of the Louisville Resilience initiative on Monday, September 1, 2018. Attendees included the Louisville Resilience team, business leaders, educators, non-profit organizations, members of the faith community and residents. Working Groups will continue to convene until December 2 to identify specific actions for the Louisville Resilience Strategy. View the Phase II flyer for meeting details.

For more information about Louisville Resilience or on how to get involved, visit or call 574-8132. To learn more about 100 Resilient Cities, visit

IPCC Special Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty.   

One of the key messages from the report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through extreme weather events, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require unprecedented transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities. “Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5ºC or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes.” Limiting global warming 1.5ºC would give people and ecosystems more room to adapt and remain below relevant risk thresholds.

For a summary of the report, click here.

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.