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November 15, 2019


In this issue:

Sustain Louisville Progress Report

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The Sustain Louisville 2017-18 Progress Report has just been released! The report summarizes the progress toward the goals and initiatives set forth in the city's sustainability plan in 2013. It highlights key successes toward reducing Louisville's carbon footprint, protecting the environment, and ensuring the health and wellness of all Louisville residents, as well as identifies areas for improvement. 

To view the report, or check out previous progress reports, click here

Sustainability Summit Follow-Up

The Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability, the Louisville Sustainability Council, and the Louisville Zoo co-hosted the 6th Annual Sustainability Summit on Friday, November 1 at the Louisville Zoo. The event brought together nearly 200 people and focused on inspiring action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions locally. 

The keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Brinkmann, shared seven ways to advance your sustainability agenda in a time of change, and a panel of local leaders discussed how their organizations are working to combat greenhouse gas emissions. Youth activism and performance group The Mighty Shades of Ebony also debuted their new song on climate change, titled “Anthropogenic,” which received a standing ovation. 

For more information about the Summit, click here. If you attended the Summit and would like to provide feedback, please complete the Post-Event Feedback Survey.  

Sustainability Summit

Comment on Emissions Reduction Plan

Emissions Reduction Plan

Louisville's Draft Emissions Reduction Plan was released on November 1 to set Louisville on a path to achieve its 80% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target and is a part of the city’s commitment to the Global Covenant of Mayors to address climate change.

Your input on the plan will be critical to determining the best approach to tackling climate change now and in the years ahead. Let us know what strategies you hope to see strengthened, as well as alternative strategies you think should be considered. 

The deadline to submit your comments is Saturday, November 30.

Cool Roof Rebates Still Available

The Office of Advanced Planning and 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. The program aims to combat urban warming and reduce energy costs for districts significantly impacted by the City’s urban heat island.  The rebate provides up to $1 per square foot of cool roof that is installed with an ENERGY STAR roofing product. Rebates are available for both residential and commercial buildings and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Cool Roofs

Clearing the Air Workshop Series

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Please join the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (APCD) on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Louisville Free Public Library (301 York Street) for their November workshop: The STAR Program & Environmental Justice. During this workshop APCD will focus on the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction Program (STAR)—a local regulatory program that reduces harmful contaminants in the air we breath—and delve into the topic of environmental justice. The workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit APCD's website or contact their office at (502) 574-6000.

Tree Giveaway at the Louisville Zoo

Mark your calendars for the upcoming tree giveaway hosted by the Division of Community Forestry:

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Louisville Zoo Parking Lot, 1100 Trevilian Way, 9:00-11:00am

For more information about this event, click here.

DCF Tree Giveaway
leed for cities

Louisville is rated as a LEED City for its sustainability achievements. The rating was awarded in November 2018 by U.S. Green Building Council when the STAR Community Rating System was fully integrated into LEED for Cities and Communities certification programs.