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    • Louisville Metro Government - Office of Sustainability
    • Partnership for a Green City - A collaborative effort to improve sustainability internally and in the community by four of Louisville's largest public entities: Louisville Metro Government, University of Louisville, the Jefferson County Public Schools and Jefferson Community & Technical College. Follow on Facebook.
    • Louisville Sustainability Council - a non-profit public-private partnership that works to engage and collaborate with the community, and facilitate the achievement of Louisville’s sustainability goals. The LSC is the go-to organization coordinating regional sustainability efforts by hosting events, connecting partners, collecting and providing data, and facilitating community Action Teams.Follow on Facebook
    • Bicycling for Louisville
      Working with you to make bicycling safer and more popular through education, encouragement and advocacy. Follow on Facebook
    • CART (Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation)
      Advocating for integrated public transportation, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities since 1992.
    • Louisville Climate Action Network
      Organizations and individuals committed to fighting global climate change. Follow on Facebook
    • West Jefferson County Community Task Force
      Working on the principles of research, education, information and validation to empower residents to make informed decisions on environmental justice issues in Louisville’s western neighborhoods. Follow on Facebook
    • REACT (Rubbertown Emergency Action)
      A grassroots organization of residents living near a cluster of 11 chemical plants in west Louisville commonly referred to as Rubbertown. Fighting since April 2003 against toxic air pollution and for full disclosure and the protection of residents. Contact.
    • YouthBuild Louisville
      An education, job training and leadership program that provides low-income young adults ages 16-24 opportunities to realize their potential as active community leaders and an educated workforce for Louisville. YouthBuild's Environmental Education Conservation Corps is a hands-on environmental education and career readiness program that engages young adults in meaningful projects while building workforce skills for the green job sector, particularly in the fields of: Landscape, Water, Agriculture, Waste Renewal, Remediation and Sustainability. Follow on Facebook
    • Sierra Club, Cumberland Chapter
      Environmental protection and appreciation organization. Follow on Facebook
    • The Green Convene
      Louisville's coalition for sustainable public policy. Follow on Facebook
    • Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville
      SAL works to educate, train, empower and accompany the next generation of farmers for the rebuilding of a just and local food economy in Louisville and its regional foodshed. Video: Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville. Follow on Facebook
    • Louisville Grows
      A non-profit whose mission is to grow a just and sustainable community in Louisville through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. Follow on Facebook
    • 15Thousand Farmers
      Helping create, empower, and inspire 15,000 new, sustainable, neighborhood backyard/front yard farmers in Louisville, KY to feed their families and themselves and to give away! Follow on Facebook
    • The Food Literacy Project
      Provides farm-based experiential education and entrepreneurial youth development programs that bring the Field-to-Fork experience to life for local youth. Follow on Facebook
    • Food in Neighborhoods (FIN) Community Coalition
      Supporting community efforts to build a just, healthy and sustainable food system. Follow on Facebook
    • New Roots
      A West Louisville-based non-profit organization that works to develop a just and thriving food system in Louisville. Follow on Facebook
    • Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
      A community of people taking action for justice. Follow on Facebook
    • Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition
      A network of students and student groups from across the commonwealth who are united in their concerns about environmental injustice and the impacts that climate change will have (and is already having) on our lives. Follow on Facebook or Twitter.
    • Kentucky Resources Council
      Kentucky's only environmental advocacy organization offering free legal and strategic assistance individuals, community groups and local governments statewide. Follow on Facebook
    • Kentucky Conservation Committee
      Working to make sound environmental stewardship a priority for Kentucky's elected officials and voters.
    • Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light
      A religious response to global warming. Follow on Facebook
    • The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center on 21 acres of greenspace along Beargrass Creek (1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205) offers sustainability programming throughout the year and an Environmental Leadership Program for people who are passionate about environmental issues and want to make a difference. Similar to an internship, participants choose from a range of projects that match their interests and inclinations.
    • Project Warm
      Provides free weatherization services for the needy (both home owners and renters) to reduce utility bills and increase comfort through efficiency. Also provides Energy Management Workshops throughout the Louisville Metro area to help lower bills. Follow on Facebook
    • Cultivating Connections
      A grassroots nonprofit contributing to the creation of a just and sustainable community by nurturing and celebrating our connections with each other and with our world. Follow on Facebook
    • Kentucky Waterways Alliance
      A statewide organization working to protect and restore Kentucky's waterways. Follow on Facebook
    • Olmsted Parks Conservancy
      Restoring, enhancing and preserving the historic Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, Louisville’s great natural and recreational assets. Follow on Facebook
    • EarthSave Louisville
      Educating people about the extremely powerful and documented effects our food choices have on the environment, our health and all life on Earth. Encouraging an ever-transitioning shift toward a healthy, plant-based diet. Follow on Facebook
    • Louisville Vegetarian Club
      A social group of Louisville area vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores interested in a vegan diet, seeking to promote a peaceful, sustainable vegan lifestyle, with a focus on animal rights, human health, and the environment. Follow on Facebook
    • Good Garbage
      Louisville's non-profit creative reuse center for collecting scrap material and making it available to artists and underfunded teachers. Follow on Facebook
    • Supplies Over Seas
      A Louisville-based, volunteer-powered Medical Surplus Recovery Organization, committed to responsibly recovering, sorting, and distributing unused, leftover, and “under-used” medical supplies and equipment, much of which comes from UofL-affiliated clinics and hospitals. With your volunteer help, SOS keeps useful things out of the landfill and gets them into the hands of the needy worldwide. Follow on Facebook
    • Louisville Timebank
      A network of individuals and organizations that support and empower each other, helping to build a social safety net that moves us towards being a more interdependent and resilient community. A modern-day bartering, sharing, mutual support, and skill-sharing network. A member run chapter of TimeBanks USA whose mission is to nurture and expand a movement that promotes equality and builds caring community economies through inclusive exchange of time and talent. Follow on Facebook
    • Wild Ones Louisville
      Working to make our city a wildlife sanctuary by promulgating high-functioning ecosystems based on native species. Follow on Facebook

    News, Articles & Stories

    • Sustainable Kentucky - Going Green in the Bluegrass. Kentucky's leading source for green news, events, and profiles. Connecting sustainable living folks throughout the Bluegrass state with information, ideas, and events.
    • FORward Radio (106.5fm Louisville, listener-sponsored community radio) & the FORsooth monthly newspaper of the Louisville Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR). One of the best local sources for progressive thought and information on local events, activities and contacts within Louisville's peace, justice and solidarity communities. Follow on Facebook
    • Ecoshock Radio - Latest science, authors, issues - climate change, oceans, forests, pollution, peak oil, the economy, and peace.
    • Yes! Magazine - Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions: A Journal of Positive Futures. Concerned with building a more just, sustainable, and compassionate future with articles about economic alternatives and peace options.
    • GOOD Worldwide - a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward. "For people who give a damn."
    • Earthscan - A blogging community of the world's leading sustainability experts.
    • TreeHugger - A leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.
    • EarthTechling - The place for green technology news and features.
    • EcoGeek - Devotes its pages to exploring the symbiosis between nature and technology.
    • Inhabitat - Weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
    • SmartBrief on Sustainability - a daily briefing on sustainable business.
    • Democracy Now! - A daily news program highlighting stories about social and economic justice, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, airing on over 850 stations, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the U.S.
    • Sustainability Research & Policy Network - a worldwide, online community for research in all areas of sustainability and policy, featuring eJournals in 25 different sustainability subject matter areas.
    • NCSE Affiliate News Services - a daily feed of global environmental news from the National Council for Science & the Environment.
    • E&E Publishing - The premier information source for professionals who track environmental and energy policy.
    • The Gulf Between Us: Stories of terror and beauty from the world's largest accidental offshore oil disaster, by Terry Tempest Williams with photographs by J Henry Fair. Published in the November/December 2010 issue of Orion magazine.
    • 99% Invisible Podcast - "Undesigned" (4:31): Why are we so wasteful? Almost everything in modern life is designed to waste energy. The whole system evolved on a false premise that petroleum is cheap and plentiful and will be that way forever.
    • Going Green on Campus: How Colleges and Their Students Are Boosting Sustainability

    Climate Change & Energy

    Climate Fixes - tools and resources to help you communicate your support for climate solutions to policy makers.

    Economy

    • Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy - The positive, sustainable alternative to perpetual economic growth and recession. Follow on Facebook
    • Center for a New American Dream - Improving well-being by inspiring and empowering all of us to shift the ways we consume. Raising awareness of the negative impact of a hyper-consumer culture while focusing on the connections between consumption, quality of life, and the environment. Video: Visualizing a Plentitude Economy
    • GrowthBusters - Asking the most critical question of our time: How do we become a sustainable civilization? Follow on Facebook
    • Countries most exposed to the carbon bubble - An interactive map revealing which nations' stock exchanges are most exposed to the 'carbon bubble'.
    • Time to leave GDP behind (Nature, Jan. 16, 2014) - Gross domestic product is a misleading measure of national success. Countries should act now to embrace new metrics, urge Robert Costanza and colleagues.
    • What's behind a t-shirt? NPR's Planet Money Team follows the making of a regular t-shirt from cotton seed to your home. Find out what people, resources, technologies, machines, and shipping is required to make the things we take for granted.
    • Sustainability Career Resources - Offering information about green careers in sustainability with links to hiring organizations!

    Ecosystems

    • Native Plant Finder - An easily searchable database from the National Wildlife Federation to help you identify what plant species are native to your region.

    Food

    • The Louisville Food Blog - Your home for food justice happenings in Louisville, KY!
    • La Vida Local - A weekly sustainable & local foods program that airs on Louisville's Crescent Hill Radio.
    • Real Food Challenge - Uniting students for just and sustainable food.
    • Eating Green Calculator - Get a handle on the impact of your eating habits and the benefits of eating differently! From the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
    • Urban Garden Share - Looking for garden space? Got some space to share? Connect here.
    • Factory Farm Map - A project of Food & Water Watch.
    • The Organic Green Revolution - A report from The Rodale Institute.
    • Meat is Horrible - An analysis of the environmental impacts of meat production (Washington Post).
    • How to win a Food Fight - Healthy choice comparisons from the YMCA of Greater Louisville.
    • Louisville Farmers Markets Association's Local Food Resource Guide - Find freash, local food near you at area Farmers Markets, Fresh Stops, and Healthy In A Hurry corner stores.
    • Louisville Farmers Market Directory - Dozens of seasonal and year-round farmers' markets take place all around town just about any day of the week.
    • Louisville Farm-To-Table - Bringing together area farmers and their locally-grown foods with Louisville consumers in their homes, schools, restaurants, and workplaces.
    • What's in Season? Check the Kentucky Proud Produce Guide!
    • Kentucky's Online Farm Market - Buy/sell/trade locally grown food.
    • Establishing Urban Agriculture in Your Community: What you need to know before you get your hands dirty.
    • EPA: Urban Agriculture & Improving Local, Sustainable Food Systems - Information for people pursuing agriculture projects as a part of brownfield redevelopment and reuse.
    • The Lexicon of Sustainability - A multi-platform project based on a simple premise: people can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t even know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability in relation to food and agriculture.
    • Natural Standard - is the only evidence-based source for complementary and alternative medicines. Its evaluations of therapies and supplements and are based on the medical literature and graded on an A-F scale. Provided by UofL's Kornhauser Health Sciences Library.
    • Ralph B. Knollenberg III Foundation - Youth Gardening Internships available!
      The Foundation’s mission is to introduce, teach and promote organic gardening among young people, focusing on practical approaches to sustainable living in an urban setting. We believe that helping children to develop perspective and sensitivity to their place in the natural world inspires them to be good stewards of the earth's resources, meeting today's needs without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Potentially interested interns should contact: Larry Raymond, Director <lraymond (at) louisville.edu>

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