Office of Sustainability Newsroom

Mayor Releases Final Sustain Louisville Plan

Wednesday March 27, 2013

After accepting public comment for more than a month, Mayor Greg Fischer today released the final Sustain Louisville plan that sets a course for making the city more environmentally friendly.

This plan includes more aggressive timelines to accomplish goals – a direct result of public feedback – and the addition of new three new initiatives.

“Sustain Louisville is our roadmap to a more sustainable city,” Fischer said. “We heard from citizens that we needed to stretch ourselves – and we did just that. We will now use this report to measure where we’re headed and how we’re getting there.”

Among other changes, the city moved up its goals of:

· Decreasing energy use in city-owned buildings by 30 percent from 2025 to 2018;

· Establishing a robust urban tree canopy from 2020 to 2018;

· Decreasing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2025 to 2020.

The three new initiatives are:

· Coordinating suburban traffic lights to reduce air pollution from idling vehicles;

· Installing 10 new Mayor’s Miles to encourage walking and active living;

· Launching a clean economy business plan contest to encourage entrepreneurs in the creation and startup of businesses.

Sustain Louisville contains six sections — energy, environment, transportation, economy, community and engagement — with 19 broad goals and 63 initiatives. It’s available for download here.