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The New Green

There are so many discussions these days by people, organizations, businesses, and communities about what it means to be “green.” The struggle lies in creating workable definitions that create sensible approaches that aren’t crippling financially, that don’t waste extreme amounts of time , and that don’t label the person or entity as extreme ( aka unbalanced). The corporate definition seem to take  an asset focus:   better management of plant and property, waste, and natural resources that ultimately do less harm to the earth. The  consumerist approach  is to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” – minimize the use use of stuff…

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Keeping Up with the Locals

We’re nearly a month old, and already surpassed our first milestone — 100 posts on the site. It happened over the weekend with some really great local items — Bob Sokoler’s fascinating video from Actors’ Lobster Feast, Kirk Kandle’s account of moving an entire home by bike, with video.  I keep adding interesting contributors, so keep coming back to the site to see what’s new. Gabe, Part 1: Hope you saw the piece on the Cards’ Peyton Siva (the hero of that double overtime win at Connecticut Saturday) by our new sportswriter, Gabe Duverge. I’m looking forward to getting a…

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Louisville Bike Move

It’s about 1.4 miles from from the home they rented on Camp Street to the one they just bought on Fetter Ave., but the miles aren’t the problem when moving locally. It’s all about renting or hiring a truck and crew, loading and unloading the truck, and sifting through the endless odds and ends. Beat me with a rubber hose first! I hate everything about moving. Don’t ask me to help – unless you’re doing it by bicycle. When Andy Dyson and Moira O’Keefe moved to Louisville from Philadelphia last year they rented and easily filled a 26-ft. truck. They…

Pet Lovers Festival

A can’t miss for pet lovers. The Zenergy “Festival of Wellness for Pets and People” is an event that is a tribute to the love and energy that people put into their pets and the love and energy that pets give back to their people. This festival focuses on introducing you to services that balance, heal, support and integrate pets and humans on all levels. Benefits of Care for Pet and Pet Parent The purpose of the festival is to help you in creating a balanced lifestyle for you and your pet! There is an energy share between person and…

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Things that make you go, hmmm?

I may be new to the area, but I have recently made a disturbing observation. Is it common place in Louisville to use running police cars for flasher barricades? For the last two weeks, I’ve noticed running police cars at the corners of Eastern Parkway and Preston Highway. The cars were positioned in such a way as to block the utility work taking place at the intersection.  Once I noticed this and other areas of town in which this form of barricade was being used, I started to think about all of the ways this situation is a waste. I can only imagine what type of…

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UofL Scores: Sterling @ Sustainability

UofL is among only a handful of schools to receive a STARS Silver designation, the association’s third-highest rating. Only one, the University of Colorado-Boulder, has placed higher with a STARS Gold. No school has yet earned the highest STARS designation, a Platinum.

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Start Your Engines, Louisville!

When I visit other cities I’m amazed at how some of them invest in their transit systems and other facilities to make getting around easier. Minneapolis is one that comes to mind. They have a solid bus and light rail system that will take you anywhere. You can even roll your bike onto the light rail cars.

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Jumping on the Louisville-Frankfort Train Idea

If you bring up the future of transportation around here, most people focus on the silly Ohio River Bridges project. Wanna-be visionaries will tell you that light rail is a must-do for the city. But no one in recent times has talked about train travel within the state. Until now. A story in the Frankfort paper details plans for a $75 million project that would make it possible to ride a train from here to Frankfort and Lexington for $6 or less.  Ralph Tharp is Frankfort’s “industrial recruiter” and believes the project, using existing rail lines, could be completed by…