The Envirome Institute

The Envirome Institute enables and supports research on the effects of the environment on health and promotes an understanding of environmental health issues locally and globally. Using the city of Louisville as an urban laboratory, the Envirome Institute will study how social, physical and geographic features of the environment affect human health. The Envirome Institute is the organizing body for trans-diciplinary research centers across the University of Louisville such as the Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil, Center for Diabetes and Obesity Research, Superfund Research Program, and others. Our team of researchers examine how environmental differences within Louisville cause health disparities and how personal environments created by lifestyle choices affect a person’s health and wellbeing.

Center for Diabetes and Obesity Research

Using a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to research, the Center for Diabetes and Obesity Research's work ranges from cardiovascular metabolism and inflammation to stem cell biology and environmental cardiology. Our collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to research yields dynamic results. Our team's discoveries bring us closer to finding effective strategies to prevent, treat, and manage chronic disease.

Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil

The Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil at the University of Louisville believes that true health is just not the absence of disease, but it achieving well-being in many interconnected facets of health; physical, nutritional, financial, environmental, psychological, intellectual, spiritual, and cultural health. Using Louisville as an urban laboratory, the Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil works to bring government, corporations, philanthropy, and people, together in innovative collaborations to discover new ways to build healthier places to live.

Superfund Research Center

The goal of the Center is to evaluate the health impact of volatile organic chemicals that are present in the environment and to understand how exposure to chemicals could contribute to the risk and development of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, which despite recent medical advances, remain the leading causes of death worldwide. Center investigators will conduct research to unravel critical pathways of toxicity and to identify health outcomes from chemicals found at Superfund and related sites. In addition, Center investigators will create new technologies for detecting VOCs at low environmental levels. The findings and discoveries of the Center will be transferred to affected communities, end users in public and private sectors, and other stakeholders.

The Nature Conservancy

Cities are expanding their footprint at an alarming rate, putting habitat, human health and access to food and water at risk. But with smart planning, science-based solutions and strong partnerships, The Nature Conservancy is working to make our cities resilient, healthy and equitable. The Nature Conservancy is working around the world to demonstrate what nature can do for cities—and what cities can do for nature. The Nature Conservancy is working with community partners and decision-makers around the world to develop ways to make cities more livable and urban life healthier.

Washington University in St. Louis

The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry in engineering research and education. WashU Engineers produce new knowledge that changes the world and explore and create a world we cannot yet imagine. The WashU scientists participating in Green Heart more broadly focus on air quality characterization and management with an emphasis on field measurements and data analysis to support applications in atmospheric science, regulation, policy, and health studies.

Hyphae Design Laboratory

Hyphae Design Laboratory is a consulting, design, and engineering firm dedicated to bridging the gap between innovative architecture and applied biological sciences. In the sustainable design community, we embody the biological functions of a hyphal network. We provide the link between disciplines to bring about deeply sustainable collaboration. Hyphae strives to bring site specific, community & ecologically-driven solutions to urban infrastructure challenges. We work on ecological, mission driven design & engineering projects for citizens, corporations, communities, and cities alike.

Office of Sustainability, Louisville Metro Government

Mayor Greg Fischer formed the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability in 2012 with a mission of promoting environmental conservation, the health, wellness and prosperity of our citizens, and embedding sustainability into the culture of the Louisville community. Creating a culture of sustainability will be achieved through broad-based education and awareness efforts as well as implementation of projects and initiatives to influence behavior change.

United States Forest Service

The research and development (R&D) arm of the Forest Service, a component of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, works at the forefront of science to improve the health and use of our Nation's forests and grasslands. Research has been part of the Forest Service mission since the agency's inception in 1905.