Volunteers Needed for Lexington Road Planting

Join me and my staff in another phase of the Lexington Road improvements between Cross Hill and Top Hill Roads on Saturday, June 7th from 8:00 am – 11:30 a.m. We will be weeding and cleaning the hillside along Lexington Road.  Please volunteer to be a part of this restoration effort.  Gloves, tools and Louisville Water Company PureTap water will be provided to all volunteers.  Please bring your own reusable water bottle.  Call our office at 574-1109 for more information.

Responsible Recycling Event NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

The 9th District and the Energy Pros are holding a One Stop Drop Responsible Recycling Event on Saturday, May 10th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at Louisville Water Tower Park, home of the WaterWorks Museum, 3005 River Road. This drive-thru event is FREE.  While sponsored by District 9, any citizen in Louisville may participate at this FREE event. Businesses may not drop off items at this event. We will be accepting a multitude of items to be reused or recycled. Click here to view a flyer for the event.

We are looking for volunteers to help direct traffic and collect donations.  If you are interested in volunteering please call 574-1109 or email Kyle Ethridge.

Environmental Quality Commission 2014 Awards

The Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission today presented its annual Earth Day awards to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the environment. This year’s event took place at the Berry Hill Mansion in Frankfort. To learn more, visit http://eqc.ky.gov. Recipients are as follows:

  • In an effort to clean up Floyds Fork, located in north central Kentucky, Teena Halbig and Sheron Lear formed the Floyds Fork Environmental Association.
  • By founding a sustainability committee in local government and starting a website called Green Triangle, Louisville’s District 9 Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh leads the way in green thinking.
  • The Green Institute, Louisville, provides a 12-week course for business and community leaders. The homework results in community projects such as creating rain gardens; fixing downspout disconnections; planting trees to reduce the heat island effect; and developing a neighborhood weatherization squad among many other noteworthy projects. The institute is operated by the Center for Neighborhoods, directed by Lisa Dettlinger and Ben Evans.
  • With a degree in soil science from the University of Kentucky, Leslie Preston Meredith teaches science and social studies at West Hardin Middle School in Cecilia, Ky., and runs the school’s Green Club.
  • As state director of The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky, Terry Cook is known for forging partnerships and raising funds for the conservation of natural areas across the state.
  • The Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council is made up of environmentally conscience high school student leaders from both private and public schools in Lexington.
  • As a National Board Certified Teacher in biological sciences, Karin Ceralde teaches advanced placement courses to students at Shelby County High School. Her students participate every year in the citizen-science project called the Great Backyard Bird Count in collaboration with the National Audubon Society. Its purpose is to collect data on wild birds, to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations, to learn more about how the birds are doing and how to protect them and the environment we share.
  • The DuPont-Louisville Works Plant, located in West Louisville’s Rubbertown area, is the world’s only supplier of Vinyl Fluoride (VF), a chemical used in the manufacture of solar panels. In an effort to produce VF more efficiently while reducing the plant’s environmental footprint, DuPont introduced a new process in early 2012 to reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated by the manufacturing process.  In addition to reducing the quantity of hazardous waste generated, the project improved safety performance by eliminating potential occupational health exposure to employees working with the material.
  • The Public Service award went to Kurt Mason with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Cleaning up a watershed is no easy feat, but that is what Mason has pledged to do in focusing attention on Beargrass Creek in Louisville. An advocate for land preservation and environmental education, he uses his expertise in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to zero in on reducing harmful runoff.
  • The Lifetime Achievement award recipient is Gordon Garner, a civil engineer from Louisville. Improved sanitation leads to improved public health. That’s why civil engineer Garner has devoted a 32-year career to the engineering and design of public works for the benefit of the general public.

Bike Valet Parking at Thunder

bike parkingThe Kentucky Derby Festival and Bike Louisville have teamed to up provide free Bike Valet Parking during this year’s Thunder Over Louisville event. The bicycle parking facility will open at noon the day of Thunder Over Louisville, Saturday, April 12, and close at 11 P.M.

Just ride to Witherspoon Street and look for the bicycle parking area directly behind Slugger Field (see map).

Need to find a safe biking route? Just use this cool online bike routing tool!

How does it work? Ride to Thunder and just check in your bike, get a wristband at the booth and return with your wristband to retrieve your bicycle. Volunteers will record your name, bicycle type (brand name) and color of your bicycle. It’s a free service, sponsored by Louisville Metro to make Louisville more bike friendly!

If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign-up using this GoogleDoc: http://tinyurl.com/B4L-Thunder

2014 Bike Kick-Off Event

Bike MeetingFrom Bike Louisville: The bike movement in Louisville is gaining steam!  To kick-off 2014 we’re assembling some of its key contributors to talk about its progress and important steps ahead.  Here are the details:

What: The 2014 Bike Kick-Off
When: Wednesday, January 8th (5:30-7:30)
Where: Clifton Center, (2117 Payne Street, Louisville, KY 40206)

We’re looking to promote networking, inspire action, and coordinate efforts among the people excited about improving conditions for bicycling in Louisville.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, with presentations beginning at 6:00 and lasting roughly an hour.  Light snacks and beverages will be available.  After the presentations, we invite you to stick around to chat with others and meet with bike advocacy groups from around the region.

All Call for Sustainability Groups

On Thursday, December 12, 2013 the Louisville Metro Sustainability Committee hosted the second annual All Call for Sustainability Groups. Committee chair Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh asked for sustainability organizations and businesses to present for two minutes each about their work and offerings. Eighteen groups and businesses answered this call and presented at the meeting.  See a list of the groups and businesses with a description of each by clicking on the following link: 12.12.13 Sustainability Handout.  See a list of the groups and businesses that appeared at the Sustainability All Call in 2012: 12.6.12 Sustainability Handout.

The goal of the meeting was to introduce the community to innovative, inspiring, creative people and initiatives related to sustainability. 

Watch a video of the meeting here, or find when it will appear on MetroTV here.

Shift Your Shopping Contest

Shopping locally helps build community and support our local economy.  See the information below from Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) about an exciting contest to entice you to buy local this holiday season.

giftsThe Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), an alliance of almost 600 locally owned and independent businesses, has launched the 6th annual Shift Your Shopping Contest. From November 20th to January 6th, LIBA will encourage shoppers to choose local and independent businesses for their holiday purchases. Making the shift to local independents is one of the fastest ways to build a strong local economy and create jobs in our community.*

A recent study of Louisville-area businesses shows that for every $100 spent at a locally-owned, independent business, $55 is reinvested locally, whereas only $14 is reinvested when that same money is spent at a national chain. By shopping local, consumers also help to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area.

But shopping from independent retailers this holiday season will yield more than just that warm and fuzzy feeling of supporting the local economy for one lucky person. The rules are easy: collect receipts from five member businesses by 1/6/14, mail in or present the receipts for review at one of the sponsor sites (Highland Cleaners or Feeders Supply), and you’ll be entered into the drawing to win $1000 in gift certificates to LIBA businesses. (Once receipts are verified, they are returned to the owner.) The winner of the Shift Your Shopping Contest will be drawn live on Monday, January 13, 2014 on WAVE-3 Listens at 12:30pm, and they will get to choose from close to 600 LIBA businesses where they wish to spend their $1,000.  Download a contest entry form.

To celebrate the campaign, the public is invited to a launch event on Small Business Saturday, November 30th at Westport Village, 1315 Herr Lane (near Amazing Green Planet),10am to noon, press conference at 10:30am (specials will continue all day).

American Independent Business Alliance – The Multiplier Effect of Local Independent Business Ownership – http://www.amiba.net/resources/multiplier-effect

Good Garbage Grand Opening

GoodGarbageGood Garbage, a warehouse of discarded scrap materials for creative reuse, is announcing their Grand Opening Open House on November 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be plenty of specials, great items from some awesome reuse artists for sale, opportunities to sign up for classes, and raffles all day! There will also be an amazing display of artwork created by the students at the Kentucky School for the Blind with Liz Richter, an Artist in Residency at KMAC.  Good Garbage is located at 2020 Duncan Street, 40203, in Portland.

If you are an educator or know any educators, there will be an Educator Open House just for them on Wednesday, November 27, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lots of fun and free things are planned.

Good Garbage is selling memberships and signups for classes have begun. Memberships start at $20 for Educators and Students and $25 for others and offer discounts all year, special sales, and monthly raffles. If you register for a class or purchase a membership prior to December 1, you will receive a 10% discount. Check out the Membership and Workshop pages at http://www.goodgarbage.org/.

Local Food for Thanksgiving

local produceThough the temperatures are cooler, there are still plenty of ways to get local produce, meat, and other items for your Thanksgiving dinner to make a local feast.  The following are some ideas to find local food this time of year, though they are by no means the only options in Louisville.  Find a farmers’ market near you that is still open this time of year.  Or, visit Grasshoppers’ Thanksgiving Market at 1501 Portland Avenue on November 25 from Noon to 6:00 pm and November 26 from 10:00 am to 6:00pm.  In District 9, The Reynold’s Grocery Company, located at 1813 Frankfort Avenue in Clifton, sells local food.  The Root Cellar also offers local food at its locations in Germantown and Old Louisville.

There are many reasons to purchase local food, including:

  • You support local farmers, helping preserve farm land and strengthening the local economy. 
  • Your food arrives to you fresh from the farm: healthy options with amazing fresh taste.
  • You can ask growers’ about their techniques and choose sustainable options.
  • Less fuel is used to transport your food, cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • By participating in the local food economy, you have the opportunity to grow community.