Thursday January 31, 2013
Final plan to be released in March;
Mayor Fischer wants to hear from citizens
Establish a citywide alternative energy strategy. Increase TARC ridership by 25 percent. Develop a citywide green infrastructure program to reduce storm water runoff. Improve the energy efficiency of city-owned buildings by 20 percent.
Those are some of the 60 initiatives contained in the city’s first comprehensive plan to make Louisville greener and more environmentally friendly.
Mayor Greg Fischer today released the draft report of the plan, called Sustain Louisville, and is asking citizens to spend the month of February reading it and providing feedback. That input will be considered before the final report is released in March.
“This plan has been developed with thoughtful input from city and community leaders under the leadership of Maria Koetter, Louisville Metro’s sustainability director. But this plan is still a draft. We need to hear from the public,” Fischer said. “The environment belongs to all of us -- and this plan ultimately belongs to all 750,000 citizens.”
The plan contains six sections — energy, environment, transportation, economy, community and engagement — with 19 broad goals and 60 initiatives. The mayor is asking citizens to specifically provide feedback on which of the 60 initiatives is most important to them.
“The plan encompasses every aspect of making Louisville more sustainable, from reducing the amount of waste we send to the landfill to incorporating green infrastructure into projects of the Department of Public Works and Assets,” Koetter said.
Some of the 60 initiatives include:
- Implementing a Cool Green Roof program;
- Research feasibility/install electric vehicle charging network;
- Launch food composting pilot;
- Launch Google real-time transit program;
- Achieve Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community status;
- Acquire 4,000 acres of land for parks/open space;
- Complete an urban tree canopy analysis and plant 10,000 new trees.
Citizens have until Feb. 28 to read, comment and discuss the draft plan. Comments are being taken in the following formats:
- On Twitter @sustainlou
- On the Facebook page Sustain Louisville
- Emailed comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
- A public input forum is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Jefferson Community Technical College Health Sciences Building, 110 W. Chestnut Street
- Written comments mailed to:
Maria Koetter, Director of Sustainability
Louisville Metro Government, 444 S. 5th Street, Louisville, Ky. 40202
The full report can be downloaded at www.louisvilleky.gov/sustainability, or viewed in hard copy at the circulation desk of the Main Library, 301 York Street.