Partnership for a Green City

This partnership was launched in August 2004 between Louisville Metro Government (which includes Louisville Metro-Department of Public Health and Wellness), Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville to to protect the environment and improve overall quality of life in the community. The objectives include environmental education, public health and environmental management. The partners collaborate on services, cost savings by leveraging their buying power on big-ticket items together and sharing information on environmental challenges. Russ Barnett, Vice President of U of L's Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development, administers the program from a U.S. Department of Education grant.

The partnership already has made significant strides toward meeting its goals:


Saving $8,000 a year in landfill disposal costs;
Increasing recycling efforts;
Identifying other cost savings through energy audits and management;
Attracting $880,000 in outside grants and contracts for local environmental projects;
Teaching environmental education to public school teachers and creating outdoor classrooms at six local schools; and
Creating a new joint position to improve the health of schoolchildren

For more information on this project contact the Department for Environmental and Occupational Health at spheohs@lousiville.edu

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