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.
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
Bicycling for Louisville Working with you to make bicycling safer and more popular through education, encouragement and advocacy.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
A statewide organization working to protect and restore Kentucky's waterways. 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
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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>
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
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!
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!
Worth Dying For: A Video Tribute to those who have died in defense of Planet Earth
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.