Sustainability Summit


More than 170 people attended the city’s first Sustainability Summit, co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability, the Louisville Sustainability Council and the Louisville Zoo.

Sustainability Summit Outcomes – January 2014

Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability co-hosted the city’s first Sustainability Summit with the Louisville Sustainability Council and the Louisville Zoo on January 17 and 18, 2014. An estimated 175 people attended both the Friday evening reception and the Saturday Action Team work session.

Following the morning presentations, attendees participated in one of five Action Team work groups: Transportation, Green Building and Green Infrastructure, Green Economy, Tree Canopy and Urban Heat Island and Community Engagement. Participants were led by a facilitator to brainstorm initiatives, identify assets, and begin developing strategies and programs to address the challenges inherent to each topic and to contribute to achieving the goals in Sustain Louisville. Following the work sessions, each team gave a 7 – 10 minute presentation to Mayor Fischer, members of his staff, and the Summit attendees.

The Friday reception was sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Relations. Arctic Action Teams and MyActions sponsored the Sustainability Summit.

Click here to view a one-page report on the results.

Friday Night Speakers and Presentations
· Mayor Greg Fischer

· Ted Smith, Chief of Economic Growth and Innovation

· Christy Brown, Owsley Brown II Family Charitable Foundation

· Robert Buchanan, Founder of Arctic Action Teams and Polar Bears International

    o PowerPoint Presentation


Saturday Speakers and Presentation
· Mayor Greg Fischer

· John Walczak, Director of the Louisville Zoo

· Steve Eggers, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Louisville Sustainability Council

· Sustain Louisville – Louisville’s first sustainability plan – presentation by Maria Koetter, Director of Sustainability, Louisville Metro Government

    o PowerPoint Presentation

· Vision Louisville - the results of a community process to guide the future of Louisville over the next 25 years – presentation by Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Chief of Strategic Initiatives and Gretchen Milliken, Deputy Director Advanced Planning, Louisville Metro Government

    o PowerPoint Presentation

· Move Louisville - a long-range strategic multi-modal transportation plan – presentation by Steve Sizemore, Urban Planner, Louisville Metro Government

    o PowerPoint Presentation

· Sustainability in Action - a Cincinnati sustainability education initiative by the non-profit, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful – a presentation by Barb Wriston-Ruddy, Sustainability in Action Director, and Marissa Burroughs, Environmental Educator and Grants Manager, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

    o Prezi Presentation


Action Team Notes
A scribe was assigned to each Action Team to take notes which are posted below. These notes will be reviewed during the upcoming Action Team meetings.

· Community Engagement

· Green Building and Green Infrastructure

· Green Economy

· Tree Canopy and Urban Heat Island

· Transportation


Next Steps
Following the Summit, the Action Teams will meet on a regular basis and will be coordinated and facilitated by the Louisville Sustainability Council. Click here to get involved.