Some of our favorite sustainability links. Learn more here.
- What's your Ecological Footprint?
The Global Footprint Network offers a calculator to estimate how much land area it takes to support your lifestyle.
- How big is your Carbon Footprint?
Use a Carbon Calculator to create a personal pollution inventory and learn how to be part of the solution! Then offset your carbon emissions through a service such as the Appalachian Carbon Partnership (MACED), Carbonfund.org, or TerraPass.
- How can Trees contribute to the solution?
i-Tree from the USDA Forest Service helps you calculate the environmental benefits of trees - stormwater capture, energy savings, carbon capture and property values.
- Did you even know you had a Nitrogen Footprint?
Find out what an N-print is and why it matters, calculate your own, and then do something about it!
- And now for the real eye-opener: Calculate your Slavery Footprint!
Take the survey and find out how many modern-day slaves work to make the things you buy.
- Now that you know, take ACTION! These tools can help inform, sustain, and track your personal actions for sustainability: Joulebug (sustainability mobile app), GoingGreenToday (personal green coach), Energy Efficiency Mobile Apps.
- 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.
- Bicycling for Louisville
Working with you to make bicycling safer and more popular through education, encouragement and advocacy. Follow on
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 . 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
- 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
- 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
- Sierra Club, Cumberland Chapter
Environmental protection and appreciation organization. Follow on
- The Green Convene
Louisville's coalition for sustainable public policy. Follow on
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
- 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
- Food in Neighborhoods (FIN) Community Coalition
Supporting community efforts to build a just, healthy and sustainable food system. Follow on
- 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
- New Roots
A West Louisville-based non-profit organization that works to develop a just and thriving food system in Louisville. Follow on
- Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
A community of people taking action for justice. Follow on
- 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 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
Working to make sound environmental stewardship a priority for Kentucky's elected officials and voters.
- 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
- Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light
A religious response to global warming. Follow on
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
- Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Restoring, enhancing and preserving the historic Olmsted-designed parks and parkways, Louisville’s great natural and recreational assets. Follow on
- 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
- 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
- Good Garbage
Louisville's non-profit creative reuse center for collecting scrap material and making it available to artists and underfunded teachers. Follow on
- 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
- 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
- Broken Sidewalk - An insightful and comprehensive blog about transportation, design and infrastructure issues in Louisville.
- Kentuckiana Green - A local environmental news service of The Courier-Journal, including bloggers:
- James Bruggers - Watchdog Earth;
- UofL Professor Sarah Lynn Cunningham's Kentuckiana Green blog.
- Project Green - A local environmental news service of WHAS-11.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- House-Energy - Tips and information to help homeowners reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
Interactive Transparency: America's Energy, Where It's From and How It's Used - From GOOD Worldwide - "For people who give a damn."
- Climate Feedback - A scientific reference to reliable information on climate change. Separate the facts from the fiction in media coverage about climate change.
- 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.
- Solar Action Alliance - Explore the power of the sun and learn what you can do to harness and promote solar power!
- 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.
- Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy - The positive, sustainable alternative to perpetual economic growth and recession. Follow on
- GrowthBusters - Asking the most critical question of our time: How do we become a sustainable civilization? Follow on
- 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.
- 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.
- How to win a Food Fight - Healthy choice comparisons from the YMCA of Greater Louisville.
- 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>
- GreenList Louisville - Your guide to sustainable living. Find local products, services, events, and organizations.
- A Mighty Kindness - Listing
sustainable services & community groups of our eco-region (within 100 miles of Louisville).
- Learn about The Benefits of Buying Locally!
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.
- Fair Trade Universities - A campaign to embed Fair Trade principles within university policy and the social fabric of the academic community. Fair Trade provides assurances to consumers that producers are paid fair prices for their products and labor, and that strict standards have been met to protect the environment, build economic sustainability, empower women, and allow opportunities for education, poverty alleviation, and health care. Follow on
- Slavery Footprint - How many modern-day slaves work for you? Take the survey!
- 'Blood And Earth': How Modern Slavery Contributes To Ecocide - NPR Fresh Air interview with author Kevin Bales (January 2016)
- How to Build a Global Community - From the Syracuse Cultural Workers.
- Global Peace Index - A comparison of nations based on the number of internal and external conflicts fought.
- The Color of Food - Report from the Applied Research Center which broadly surveys our food system, to map out the race, gender and class of workers along the supply chain.
- You Say Tomato, I Say Slavery - story and video about the struggle of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
- Kentucky Alliance against Racist and Political Repression Oral History Project (sponsored by UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research)
- Louisville Civil Rights Tour is now available online via Google maps! (sponsored by UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research)
- Berea College - Sustainability Initiatives.
- Eastern Kentucky University - Responsible Environmental Stewardship.
- Murray State University -
- Northern Kentucky University - NKU Goes Green (Facebook).
- Transylvania University - Crimson goes green.
- University of Kentucky - Office of Sustainability.
- Western Kentucky University - Office of Sustainability.
- Potlux - An online platform for the free exchange of ideas and best practices in campus sustainability. Peruse a catalog of initiatives to learn about other colleges’ practices and their key contacts, or share your own!
- 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
- 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!
- The Lexicon of Sustainability - A multi-platform project founded by Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton to use information art to help us all speak the same language when it comes to sustainability.
- Science and Technology for Sustainability (National Academy of Sciences)
- Forum: Science and Innovation for Sustainability (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
- The Living Principles for Design - A place for the global design community to co-create, share and showcase best practices, tools, stories and ideas for sustainable design across all disciplines.
- FOUR YEARS. GO. - A Campaign To Change The Course of History (3:02)
- 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
- The Story of Stuff - 20-minute animation about our consumerist society, narrated by Anne Leonard.
- Earth911 - Solutions for products' end-of-life for both businesses and consumers.
- African-American Environmentalist Association - Basic recycling facts.
- How To Recycling Anything
- How To Compost - A hub for all composting information.
- IFIXIT - Don't trash it, FIX IT! The free repair guide for everything, written by everyone.
- DonorsResource.org - Don't trash it, donate it! This platform helps you find a local nonprofit organization that needs the items you want to donate.
- Learn what can be recycled in Louisville, including electronic waste!