sustainability http://wfpl.org en Louisville Ranked 25th in Nation Among Cities With Most Energy Star Buildings http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-ranked-25th-nation-among-cities-most-energy-star-buildings <p>After a several year hiatus, Louisville has<a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/018a9b0bff67a85d85257cb6005d2e1a!OpenDocument" target="_blank"> returned to the list</a> of the 25 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings in the nation. The last time Louisville made the&nbsp; list was in 2009. This year, it was ranked 25th.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:43:28 +0000 Erica Peterson 9113 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Ranked 25th in Nation Among Cities With Most Energy Star Buildings New Recycling Program in Louisville's Center Aims to Divert More Waste Away from Landfill http://wfpl.org/post/new-recycling-program-louisvilles-center-aims-divert-more-waste-away-landfill <p>Louisville Metro Government is rolling out a new voluntary program in the city’s Central Business District to try to increase recycling rates.<a href="http://www.louisvilleky.gov/SolidWaste/recycling/CBD.htm" target="_blank"> ‘Wet-dry recycling’ </a>is meant to make the process of recycling easier and more automatic for residents and businesses.</p><p>Here’s the way recycling works in most places: you have a special bin for cans or paper or bottles. Every time you go to throw something away, you have a choice to make: is it recyclable or not?</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9000 at http://wfpl.org New Recycling Program in Louisville's Center Aims to Divert More Waste Away from Landfill Solid Waste Board Moves Forward on Plastic Bag Ban for Louisville Yard Waste http://wfpl.org/post/solid-waste-board-moves-forward-plastic-bag-ban-louisville-yard-waste <p>The Jefferson County Waste Management Board has opened up public comment on <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/214535508/Proposed-Resolution-Adopting-Regulation-51-507R-v3-Clean" target="_blank">a draft regulation </a>banning<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/petition-urges-action-plastic-bag-ban-louisville-yard-waste" target="_blank"> plastic bags for yard waste pickup.</a></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:24:45 +0000 Erica Peterson 8973 at http://wfpl.org Solid Waste Board Moves Forward on Plastic Bag Ban for Louisville Yard Waste University of Louisville Opens Car Sharing Program to Local Residents http://wfpl.org/post/university-louisville-opens-car-sharing-program-local-residents <p>After weak demand on campus, the University of Louisville is opening up its car share program to the public.</p><p>Car share programs already exist—and thrive—in cities around the country. The way they usually work is people pay a nominal fee to become members, and then pay an hourly fee to rent a car.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:08:56 +0000 Erica Peterson 8962 at http://wfpl.org University of Louisville Opens Car Sharing Program to Local Residents Louisville Students Raise Awareness About Trash Consumption—By Carrying it Along With Them http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-students-raise-awareness-about-trash-consumption-carrying-it-along-them <p>Members of a Louisville youth environmental organization are taking a unique approach this week to raise awareness about the household garbage people create. They’ve been carrying around all the trash they generate—everything that can’t be recycled or composted.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:35:17 +0000 Erica Peterson 8287 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Students Raise Awareness About Trash Consumption—By Carrying it Along With Them Louisville Meets Unofficial Goal to Certify 25 Energy Star Buildings in 2013 http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-meets-unofficial-goal-certify-25-energy-star-buildings-2013 <p>Twenty-five buildings in Louisville were officially Energy Star certified in 2013, which means the city has met the goal it set for itself early last year.</p><p>Last April, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told attendees at an energy savings award ceremony that he’d like to see 25 buildings added to the federal Energy Star certification program by the end of the year.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:51:43 +0000 Erica Peterson 8233 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Meets Unofficial Goal to Certify 25 Energy Star Buildings in 2013 CycLOUvia: Car-Free Events Coming to Bardstown Road, West Broadway, Frankfort Avenue http://wfpl.org/post/cyclouvia-car-free-events-coming-bardstown-road-west-broadway-frankfort-avenue <p>Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the city will sponsor three <a href="http://cyclouvia.org/">CycLOUvia </a>events this year, starting on Bardstown Road next month. The&nbsp;&nbsp;car-free street event will also come to West Broadway and Frankfort Avenue in the spring.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:24:48 +0000 Erin Keane 6784 at http://wfpl.org CycLOUvia: Car-Free Events Coming to Bardstown Road, West Broadway, Frankfort Avenue Solar House at U of L Envisioned as Solution to Temporary Housing After Disasters http://wfpl.org/post/solar-house-u-l-envisioned-solution-temporary-housing-after-disasters <p>A solar-powered demonstration house will be open to the public tomorrow at the University of Louisville. A team of students from three universities has built the house to compete in an international competition.</p><p>In a nearly empty lot off Third Street, students are sawing, hammering, and putting the finishing touches on a two-bedroom house.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 6570 at http://wfpl.org Solar House at U of L Envisioned as Solution to Temporary Housing After Disasters New EPA Tool Estimates Potential for Renewable Energy on Kentucky's Contaminated Land http://wfpl.org/post/new-epa-tool-estimates-potential-renewable-energy-kentuckys-contaminated-land <p>The Environmental Protection Agency says there's significant potential for renewable energy projects on contaminated land in Kentucky.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:34:09 +0000 Erica Peterson 6356 at http://wfpl.org New EPA Tool Estimates Potential for Renewable Energy on Kentucky's Contaminated Land Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability to Hire Second Employee http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-office-sustainability-hire-second-employee <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer plans to double the size of the city’s Office of Sustainability, from one to two employees.</p><p>A year-and-a-half ago, Fischer hired Maria Koetter to run the city’s nascent office …and to be its only employee. But the recently-approved Metro budget included funding for an additional position. So now the mayor's office is looking for a<a href="http://agency.governmentjobs.com/louisvilleky/default.cfm?action=jobbulletin&amp;JobID=693057" target="_blank"> sustainability project coordinator.</a></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 6334 at http://wfpl.org