"Brightside is dedicated to uniting people in clean and
green activities that beautify and foster pride in our community through
volunteerism, planting, sustainability, & education."
Donor funded and volunteer driven since 1986, Brightside works to unite people in clean and green activities to beautify the city and foster community pride. We believe that a clean and green city promotes a high quality of life, which is deserved by all citizens.
Volunteers and community engagement are essential to Brightside's core values. Our community-wide clean-ups have empowered thousands of volunteers to help remove litter though our city. In 2014 alone, our clean-ups removed over 39 tons of garbage from Louisville’s streets and parks. That is equivalent to the total amount of trash produced by 50 Americans for an entire year!
Brightside promotes sustainability through our long-standing education programs that spread our mission to future generations and prepare for a brighter tomorrow, while our green living program advocates and educates about everyday sustainable living practices. Our Brightsites and planting projects strengthen and support our native eco-system and tree canopy, while encouraging community involvement, pride in place, and economic development.
Trees are the common thread between beautification and sustainability. In alignment with our core values, in 2013 Brightside began collaborating with the Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission and the Office of Sustainability to promote a robust tree canopy community-wide. Trees benefit the city in many ways: by improving air quality, managing storm water runoff, decreasing urban heat, and helping build community pride by providing quality green spaces.
Brightside is unique because it functions as a public/private partnership, merging the resources of the Metro government with those of private citizens. Being both a 501(c)3 and a government agency this means that Metro government covers a portion of our administrative expenses and all programs are run entirely on privately donated dollars.
In 2016, Brightside is celebrating keeping Louisville clean and green now for 30 years! Our accomplishments were made possible with support from our donors, sponsors and volunteers.
Brightside is a proud affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.
Brightside is located in Metro Hall at 527 West Jefferson Street Suite 606.