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Ward-Pugh to particiapte in 2009 Winter Green Convene

Monday February 9, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro COuncil
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilwoman Tina Ward- Pugh (D-9) will join other environmental activists and community leaders for the 2009 Winter Green Convene at Glassworks for discussions on a wide variety of environmental and sustainability issues.

“This event will give the public a good sense of the growing green movement
taking place in our community,” said Ward-Pugh. “I look forward to leading and participating in discussions that are not only good for Metro Louisville but good for our planet as well.”

Ward-Pugh will lead one of many focus groups for the Green Convene: Politics – Realities & Strategies. Other focus groups will cover air quality, health care, transportation, climate change, neighborhoods and other areas.

“It is encouraging to see so many different groups looking at ways to be good stewards of our environment,” said Ward-Pugh. “The public should understand, that going Green means more than converting a building. Rather, it is a process of improving our quality of life, not only for ourselves, but for our future generations.”

The conference will get underway on Friday, February 20th and Saturday 21st. Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4) and Councilman Tom Owen (D-8) will also attend.

To learn more about Green Convene, go to

Below is a schedule of the 2009 Winter Green Convene:

Schedule: Friday, February 20th 2009

Welcome & Reception

(**no registration required**)

5:30PM - 9:00PM

5:30PM - Welcome Reception

6:45PM - King Elementary students reflect on sustainability

7:00PM - Words of support from Council President David Tandy, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, Councilman Tom Owen and Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear's Green Team

7:30PM - Glassblowing Demonstration

9:00PM - Close

Hosted by: Bob & Virginia Bush and Emily Sartini Catered by: Farm to Fork Coffee by: Ray's MonkeyHouse

Schedule: Saturday, February 21st 2009


(**registration required**)

8:30AM - 1:30PM

8:30AM - Arrival: refreshments and coffee provided by Ray's MonkeyHouse

9:00AM - Event Introduction by Claude Stephens

9:10AM - "An Argument for the Value of Organizing to Effect Change," by Tom Fitzgerald

9:30AM - "The Challenges that Face Us and the Power We Need to Remove Barriers that Prevent Reasonable Action," by Mark Isaacs

9:45AM - Focus Group Breakout Session (view focus group list)

12:00PM - Lunch: provided by Farm to Fork Farm

1:00PM - "I Believe in Revolution," by Carol Besse

1:30PM - Conference Close

Steering Committee Session

(**open to all**)

1:30PM - 3:00PM

Much of the work will happen in Saturday's (February 21) Focus Groups.

Link for Focus Group Leaders (Experts & Facilitators)

1. Air Quality led by Arnita Gadson - Dir KY Environmental Quality Commission - former head of West County Task Force

Lauren Anderson - Exec Dir of Air Pollution Control District

2. Agriculture led by Sandee Corlett - owner of Earth's Promise Farm Facilitator - Andrew Kang-Bartlett

3. Business led by Jennifer Rubenstein - Membership Dir of Louisville Independent Business Association

4. Climate Change led by Sarah Lynn Cunningham - Co-founder of Louisville Climate Action Network

5. Education led by Teddie Phillipson Mower - Co-Director for the U of L Center for Environmental Education, and Co-facilitator for the Environmental Education Committee of the Partnership for a Green City

6. Energy led by George Perkins - co-founder of Louisville Peak Oil Group

7. Health Care led by Garrett Adams - State Coordinator & founding member Physicians for a National Health Program/KY

8. Housing led by Cathy Hinko - Exec Dir of Metropolitan Housing Coalition

2008 State of Metroplitan report - focus on Home Energy Costs

2007 State of Metropolitan report - focus on Transportation and Housing

9. Neighborhoods led by Jack Trawick - Exec Dir of Center for Neighborhoods

10. Transportation led by Barry Zalph - Exec Dir of Bicycling for Louisville

11. Water Quality led by Gordon Garner - Vice President, Water Business Group-CH2M HILL, Commissioner- Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission, and former Dir of Metropolitan Sewer District

Three additional focus groups will be held:

1. Sustainability 101 - Introduction for Novices led by Phyllis Fitzgerald, Associate Director of the Earth and Spirit Center

2. Politics - Realities & Strategies led by Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh

3. Green Convene Leadership - Structuring the Coalition

Focus Group Facilitators not listed above include: Lauren Heberle, Russ Meredith, Doug Lowry

Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9