Louisivlle Metro Council
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Louisville – Not too far off in the near future, someone walking down a business corridor or neighborhood street may notice some surprising changes: more green spaces to play and enjoy nature, less cars and more bicycles or trolleys, and businesses that have a new look from renovations and services that are more environmentally friendly.
“It is a future that we believe is very achievable because the vast majority of people in the Ninth District recognize the importance of sustaining our environment,” said Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9).
After several months of online surveys, community meetings and information gathering, Ward-Pugh unveiled the Green Triangle Vision for the Ninth District on Wednesday which states three key components:
· Green spaces for people to connect with nature and each other;
· Green options for transportation; and
· Green thinking that promotes the conservation of resources and our small neighborhood feel.
“The next steps in moving forward with this vision include creating a community team to develop and implement strategies to bring the vision to life,” said Ward-Pugh. “These efforts will include milestones and benchmarks to measure progress over time.”
The idea for the Green Triangle was first formed when the Councilwoman convened a group of resident to discuss sustainability in the district back in September of last year. Since that time a design team was formed from that group and a survey produced to ask residents and businesses their thoughts on a sustainable vision for the future.
Over 400 people responded to the individuals’ Green Triangle survey. The survey’s highlights indicate a pattern of key components that would go hand in hand with a sustainability vision:
The highlights include:
· Like the 9th District’s walkabilty, safe neighborhoods, peace and quiet, fun coffee houses and restaurants and that it’s convenient to everything.
· Care about recycling, access to locally grown foods, pedestrian walkways, public transportation options, community green spaces, and alternative energy sources.
· Report they are currently recycling, reducing home energy use, walking instead of driving, supporting locally grown foods and engaging in green consumerism.
· Are interested in attending workshops, buying locally grown food, participating in outdoor clean-up events and changing their use of resources at home, like water and energy.
Twenty-one businesses responded to the business Green Triangle survey. Of these respondents, an overwhelming 75%:
· Believe it’s important to be thought of as a “green business.”
· Rate themselves as “involved” in sustainability efforts.
· Are likely to institute changes in business procedures to support sustainability efforts over the next 2-3 years.
“The survey clearly shows a change in attitude from residents and businesses when it comes to recognizing that we are all connected and are affected by each other’s actions and inactions,” said Ward-Pugh. “We are changing our attitudes and actions by embracing the opportunity and accepting the responsibility that building community is a sacred trust and a down payment for generations to come. The “us” isn’t limited to those of us here and now. The “us” is the seventh and fourteenth generation from here and now who will inherit what we here and now pass on to them.”
The Councilwoman also announced an exciting new way for local businesses along the Frankfort Avenue corridor to get started on becoming a “greener business” with the Business Recycling Pilot Program which will begin on July 1st. The program would be the first of its kind in Louisville outside the downtown business district.
“If this pilot program is successful on Frankfort Avenue, it will be extended to parts of the 9th District that include Brownsboro Road, Mellwood and Story Avenues and Lexington Rd.,” said Ward-Pugh.
The pilot program will be available to over 200 businesses on Frankfort Avenue which now store and then transport recyclables to a recycling center or just throw them in the dumpster that ends up in the landfill. For a cost of $50.00 each, businesses will buy an orange 95 gallon recycling container identical to the current residential garbage container, only orange. The pilot program includes the funding to equip solid waste packer trucks with the lifting arm needed to empty the containers.
These two initiatives, along with moving forward to create the Seneca Park Loop, which is a multi-use path for walkers, strollers, bikers and joggers, is a starting point for our sustainability vision,” said Ward-Pugh. “I’m asking everyone in the Ninth District to sign up to be part of the Green Triangle and do what they can to build a future that minimizes the number of “gray solutions” needed to solve problems because we are solving them today with green solutions that can be done individually and collectively.”
If you would like to become involved the Green Triangle Vision, contact Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s office at 574-1109. Or email Kyle Ethridge at email@example.com.
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