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Some of our favorite sustainability links. Learn more here.

Sustainability Links

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Local Organizations

  • Louisville Metro Government - Office of Sustainability
  • 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.
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  • 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.

  • Transition Louisville
    Grassroots network to inspire the development of a resilient and sustainable community. Act Locally, Share Globally! Follow on Facebook. Transition Kentucky - for those who seek a sustainable, local-scale implementation of the Transition Model.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Do Something Green
    A non-political grassroots movement and action-oriented community campaign that advances sustainability in a simple and personal way in the Louisville community. Pledge to Do Something Green! Follow on Twitter @DSGLouisville, LinkedIn, or 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
  • 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

News, Articles & Stories

  • kyGREENtv - Loaded with great, locally relevant ideas for more sustainable living!
  • 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.
  • FORsooth - The monthly newspaper of the Louisville Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR). One of the best local sources for progressive thought and schedules of events, activities and local contacts for Louisville's peace, justice and solidarity communities.
  • 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.
  • Environment & Energy Daily - Timely and original coverage of environmental and energy issues in Congress. (free campus-wide access from within UofL network)
  • Greenwire - One-stop source for daily coverage of today’s major environmental and energy policy issues. (free campus-wide access from within UofL network)
  • Land Letter - Weekly in-depth report on natural resource conservation and development issues. (free campus-wide access from within UofL network)
  • E&ENews PM - Late-breaking news on environment and energy from Capitol Hill. (free campus-wide access from within UofL network)
  • 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.

Climate Change & Energy

  • 101 Top Web Resources on Climate Change
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Check out their handy Interactive Mapping Tools, including the excellent Biofuels Atlas.
  • Energy Action Coalition - The hub of the youth climate movement and organizer of Power Shift.
  • 350.org - An international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand. Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity.
  • Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, E-Learning (CAMEL) - A free, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, multi-media online resource of credible content and curricular tools to help educators more effectively teach about climate change.

  • Campus and Course Conversations - Offering a practical and powerful approach to support the rising spirit of citizens coming together, outside of the partisan bickering, to create new relationships, to spark opportunities and to encourage sustained engagement to address local and national challenges. It is an adaptation of Living Room Conversations where the conversation is taken one step further by converting the conversations students hold into action. The current topic of discussion is energy.
  • U.S. EPA's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator - Did you ever wonder what reducing metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions means in everyday terms? This calculator can help you understand just that, translating abstract measurements into concrete terms you can understand, such as "equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of 183,000 cars annually."
  • Heliomap - An immersive, easy to use 3D solar estimator tool created by UofL alum, Sam Ellis. Users can quickly find out the solar potential of any property and connect to local installers.
  • Energy Pros of Louisville - Provide sustainable home education through free workshops, community events, and home energy audits!
  • Interactive Transparency: America's Energy, Where It's From and How It's Used - From GOOD Worldwide - "For people who give a damn."

  • Got Science? Test your global warming smarts and earn a free "Got Science?" sticker from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
  • Just Science - a free mobile app for translating the science of climate change into layperson's terms. The app takes two centuries of data from the comprehensive Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study, then converts it into a color-coded moving map that shows how today's monthly temperatures compare to historical averages since 1800.
  • Appalachian Solar Showdown - How does Kentucky stack up to Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, when it comes to taking advantage of renewable energy opportunities? This handy infographic from the Renewable Energy Corporation compares states based on: number of solar jobs & solar homes, grading of net metering policies, renewable portfolio standards and ranking of each state’s electricity prices.
  • Tipping Point: Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production - a report by David Korowicz of Feasta and the Risk/Resilience Network which argues that the defining dynamic of our civilization is the withdrawal of energy from a complex and integrated system adapted only to growing. A managed “de-growth” is impossible; what is required is rapid emergency planning coupled with a plan for longer-term adaptation.
  • Article by Andrea Thompson (Carbon Central, April 2014): Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050: IPCC
  • Article by Dr. Jeff Masters: 2011: Earth's 11th warmest year; where is the climate headed?
  • Watch the planet warm with NASA's 26-second animation of global temperature changes 1884-2011.

Economy

The Plentitude Economy
  • 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.

Food

Products & Services

  • Better World Shopping Guide - a comprehensive, up-to-date, reliable account of the social and environmental responsibility of every company on the planet.

  • Responsible Shopper - Green America's guide to promoting a responsible economy.

  • Good Guide - an online tool and mobile app for scoring the environmental, health, and social impacts of many products on the marketplace.
  • Proud Green Home - resources for creating, remodeling, and sustaining extraordinary homes.
  • The Complete Green Home Guide - a handy task list for those who want to save money and save the planet.

Social Justice

Sustainability at Other Kentucky Schools

Transportation

  • What's your neighborhood's Walk Score? A simple tool for calculating neighborhood walkability, bikeability, and access to transit - key components of urban sustainability.
  • Bike Louisville - Metro Government's bicycle related efforts.
    Check out the Bike Master Plan on their web site!
  • Carbusters - Journal of the carfree movement.
  • Cycle Chic - Real people riding bikes in street clothes. Fun. Awesome. Hip.
  • How to be a Car-Free Family - Think having kids means you need a car? Think again. (Yes! Magazine)
  • Pedalaround - Louisville's Kirk Kandle provides an inspirational and practical voice for people who get around on bikes or want to!
  • LouisVelo - A Louisville podcast centered around the stories, ideas, news, and culture of bicycling and other modes of alternative transportation! Follow on Facebook
  • TARC (Transit Authority of River City) - Safe, courteous and comfortable public transportation in the Louisville area. *FREE WITH UofL ID!*
  • Clean Air Task Force - Health impacts of diesel use in Jefferson County.
  • Your Electric Vehicle Emits 75g CO2e/km: At The Power Station (Econometrica Publications, United Kingdom)

  • Plug-In Scam - Exposing the false "solution” of Plug-in cars, both battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).
  • How much are you really paying to drive? - AAA's annual reports show the average person in the U.S. shells out over $9000/year! And that's without considering all of the "external" environmental, social, health, accident, and infrastructure costs!

Understanding Sustainability

Worth Dying For: A Video Tribute to those who have died in defense of Planet Earth
  • Active Design Guidelines - NYC's exemplary manual of strategies for creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces.
  • Sustainable Design - 99% Invisible podcast (4:30)
  • Encyclopedia of Earth - An electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society.
  • Green Cities : Good Health - Evidence of the connections between human and ecological health in our cities.
  • Learning for Sustainability - Resources to help us address and manage the social and capacity building aspects of sustainable development and other related complex issues.
  • WiserEarth - The social network for sustainability. Follow on Facebook

Waste & Recycling

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