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Office of Sustainability Newsroom - 2013 Archive

Downtown Tree Replacement Continues
The Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP) today announced the launch of the second phase of an aggressive tree replacement project that will complete the filling of the more than 330 empty tree wells in Louisville's Central Business District.

City Making Progress on Increasing Tree Canopy
Mayor Greg Fischer today announced several initiatives that are helping Louisville increase its tree canopy, which will green the community, reduce the urban heat island effect, and reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

City and Walmart Partner for More Sustainable City
Walmart is teaming with Louisville’s Office of Sustainability to improve energy efficiency citywide by offering energy assessments to its many suppliers based in Louisville.

City Buildings to Receive $27 Million in Energy Improvements Without Upfront Cost
Nearly $27 million in energy-efficient upgrades and repairs will be made to government buildings across Louisville, but the city won’t have to go into debt to pay for them, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

City Receives Local Sustainability Grant
Louisville will create a comprehensive plan to mitigate the impacts of the urban heat effect, thanks in part to a national grant announced this week.

Fairdale Library LEEDS By Example
The green library in Fairdale just got a little bit “greener” today. The Louisville Free Public Library and Mayor Fischer announced this morning the awarding of LEED Silver-certification to the Fairdale Library.

Mayor Fischer Issues Energy Star Building Challenge
In a step designed to both reduce energy use and raise the city’s profile as a force in sustainability efforts, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has issued a challenge to commercial real estate and building managers to seek Energy Star Certification.

Riehm Environmental Award Goes to Pamela Dumm of JCTC

City Selected to Join Urban Sustainability Accelerator
Louisville was selected to be one of the first group of cities to participate in Portland State University’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator Program. Louisville Metro’s Office of Sustainability will manage a team of five staff that includes representatives from the Advanced Planning Team, Air Pollution Control District and Metropolitan Sewer District to implement sustainability projects in Louisville.

Mayor Releases Final Sustain Louisville Plan
After accepting public comment for more than a month, Mayor Greg Fischer today released the final Sustain Louisville plan that sets a course for making the city more environmentally friendly.

City to Participate in Earth Hour
City-owned buildings will be dark for at least one hour on Saturday, March 23, at 8:30 p.m., as Louisville participates in World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour.

City Partnership Turns Wood Waste Into Energy
Under a partnership between Louisville Metro Parks and Recast Energy Louisville LLC, the tons of wood waste generated in city parks each year will be sold to Recast then converted to thermal energy.

Mayor Seeks Citizen Input on Sustain Louisville Plan for Greener City
Establish a citywide alternative energy strategy. Increase TARC ridership by 25 percent. Develop a citywide green infrastructure program to reduce storm water runoff. Improve the energy efficiency of city-owned buildings by 20 percent.