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LouisvilleKY’s 2016 Sustainability Summit: It Takes a ‘Ville

Louisville, Ky., – The Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability and the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) are hosting the third annual Sustainability Summit on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Highlights will include innovative speakers from across the U.S. and a focus on opportunities for residents to actively engage in creating a more sustainable Louisville. “Making Louisville more sustainable is an ambitious goal that we can achieve if everyone does their part,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Individual contributions towards this effort are becoming ever more urgent in the face of local and global challenges. The Summit’s focus on action is more relevant than ever.”…


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UberGreen Spaces’ Green Home Tour offers Sneak Peak of its Newest Home in LouisvilleKY

Prospect, Kentucky – UberGreen Spaces & Homes will reveal its newest green home development, titled simply Su Verde (or About Green in Italian) The Proud Green Home of Louisville, in Norton Commons. The Louisville-based green designer and builder has created what is likely to be hailed as Kentucky’s greenest home developed to date. “This home isn’t just about energy efficiency, but Su Verde actually has a positive effect on the environment by putting energy back into the grid and repurposing rainwater” says Sy Safi, founder, UberGreen Spaces & Homes. “Almost 90% of our lives are spent indoors which puts great emphasis on the importance of proper…


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Green For Good project launches at LouisvilleKY’s St. Margaret Mary

Research hopes to improve air quality, citizens’ health in highly trafficked areas Photos from Mayor Fischer’s Twitter page LOUISVILLE, KY (October 5, 2016)–Mayor Fischer announced today the Green For Good project at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School on Shelbyville Road. This project will evaluate the concept that a buffer of trees and shrubbery can improve the air quality and health of citizens behind the buffer in a heavily trafficked area. “The execution of the Green For Good project is important because it could not only improve the health of St. Margaret Mary students but it also serves as a pilot…


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WellCare donates to LouisvilleKY food program

WellCare Builds on Commitments to Strengthen Food Security Nearly 70 Percent of SNAP Participants Are in Families with Children   LOUISVILLE, Ky. and TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Hunger isn’t just a developing-world problem. In Kentucky, more than 21 percent of children live in food-insecure households. To help reduce food insecurity and support sustainable communities, WellCare of Kentucky, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), donated $2,400 to Louisville Grows, an urban agriculture and education nonprofit, to support its urban farming outreach efforts. Food insecurity is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a lack of…


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Double Dollars launched at four LouisvilleKY farmers’ markets

The Double Dollars program is funded by the Community Farm Alliance and is currently available at these farmers’ markets: Bardstown Road, Gray Street, Phoenix Hill and the newly opened South Pointe farmers’ market. Photos from Louisville Foward’s Twitter page Louisville,KY., – A new, food program is now underway at several LouisvilleKY farmers’ markets. Double Dollars launched last week with funding secured by the Community Farm Alliance. The program matches SNAP customers’ spending, dollar for dollar, up to $20, and aims to make shopping at farmers’ market more affordable for residents receiving government assistance. For example, if a resident uses a…


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LouisvilleKY’s TARC rolls out six new all-electric buses

Buses travel to major attractions between downtown and Iroquois Park   Louisville, KY., – TARC has begun adding six new all-electric, zero-emission buses along the Fourth Street corridor between downtown and Iroquois Park, stopping at some of the city’s most popular destinations. With the new buses, TARC will have a total of 15 all-electric buses on the road, making it one of the largest electric bus operators in the country. “We know passengers enjoy a quiet, clean ride and it doesn’t get better than this,” said TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker. “We encourage everyone – visitors and residents alike…


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LouisvilleKY’s zoo and water company team up to teach

Meet and Greet Angry Birds™ Characters Red and Chuck   Louisville, Ky., – The heat of the summer is the perfect time to make a splash with “Water Wows!” and the Louisville Water Company!  Families can learn about the importance of water on our planet with hands-on activities and information from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Water Wows is free with Zoo admission. Louisville Water Company mascot Tapper will be making appearances throughout the day. Guests will also want to meet and snap a photo with characters Red and Chuck from Angry Birds.  


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Addax Calf born at LouisvilleKY zoo

  Louisville, Ky., – In the early hours of June 14, a male Saharan addax calf was born to Roxanne (mother) and Hodge (father).  This is a significant birth and the first addax born at the Zoo since 2013.   The International Union for Conservation of Nature cites the Saharan addax as facing imminent extinction. A survey in March 2016 across key addax habitat identified just three remaining individuals reports experts from the IUCN.   The addax range is in Africa in isolated pockets within the Sahara desert. Their habitats are waterless areas, especially dunes. They live in small groups…


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City Girl Gone Gardening: Vacations from LouisvilleKY are the worst…

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley …When you have to come home. For a few glorious days last week this was my backyard: Yeah. It was nice. But, again, the worst part about vacation is coming home to the real world, routines and life. I must admit, however, that I wondered several times how my gardens were doing. I had visions of overflowing greenery and maybe a green bean or two.   *It’s here I must add that I have awesome in-laws who agreed to water my garden beds while we were gone for 10 days. Fortunately, for them, it rained almost…


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LouisvilleKy’s Mayor Fischer marks a new brightsite at Brook & Jacob Streets

  A new BrightSite was made possible by a public/private partnership Photos from Mayor Fischer’s and Brightside’s Facebook page. LOUISVILLE, KY (June 21, 2016)—Mayor Fischer announced today the completion of a new BrightSite at the corner of Brook & Jacob Streets. This new BrightSite was made possible by a $43,000 gift by the Gheens Foundation and the landscape design was done by Korfhage Landscape and Design, Inc. “The new BrightSite at Brook & Jacob is just one example of what can happen when the public and private sectors come together to achieve one goal,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Beautification is…