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Office of Sustainability Newsroom - 2014 Archive

Green Grant Will Help Sheppard Square Project Earn LEED Certification
Louisville Metro Housing Authority has been selected by the United States Green Building Council to receive one of eleven “2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grants.”

Louisville Making Progress as a Green City
From new Energy Star buildings to preparing for the most complete urban heat management plan in the U.S., Louisville has taken important steps to being a greener and more environmentally friendly city according to the first-year report on Sustain Louisville.

Riehm Environmental Award Recognizes Darleen Horton
The fifth annual Joan Riehm Environmental Leadership Award was presented today to Darleen Horton, environmental magnet coordinator, for her tireless efforts to educate students and the community about the importance of protecting resources and creating a culture of sustainability in her school.

City Awards Contract for Tree Canopy Assessment
Mayor Greg Fischer announced that the city has awarded its first comprehensive tree canopy assessment contract to the Davey Resource Group. The project will result in the setting of a new long-term tree goal to achieve 45% tree canopy coverage for Louisville Metro.

Louisville Ranked 25th in EPA Top Cities with ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville was recognized for its sustainability efforts, being ranked 25th in the 2014 Top Cities list with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. Louisville is back on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency list after having last been recognized in 2010.

Mayor Announces "One Bright City" Initiative
Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled plans for engaging citizens to help make neighborhoods cleaner and to plant more trees in all areas of Louisville. The initiative – One Bright City – will be led by the Brightside organization.

New Pilot Program to Boost Recycling Rate Toward 90 Percent
Mayor Greg Fischer today officially launched a pilot program that is expected to increase recycling rates in the downtown Central Business District to about 85 percent. The current recycling rate is just 11 percent.

Riehm Award Call for Nominations
The 2014 recipient of the Joan Riehm Memorial Environmental Leadership Award will be announced on or around Earth Day, April 22, 2014. Joan dedicated much of her professional life to making Louisville a better place to live and work. She worked primarily in the public sector, for the city of Louisville, the state of Kentucky and for Louisville Metro, helping create the newly merged city and county.

City Selected to Participate in Leadership STAR Community Program
With the goal of becoming nationally certified as a sustainable community, Louisville has been selected to be mentored through the non-profit, Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating (STAR) Communities, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.