Protecting the environment is one of three overall objectives driving Sustain Louisville. With one of the highest carbon footprints per capita in the country and low recycling participation rates, it is vital that we continue to take steps to ensure clean air and water for future generations. Although federal, state and local actions have made our air and water safer and healthier, the city should understand its unique vulnerabilities in a changing climate and how best to prepare for future risks.

2016 Key Successes

  • Louisville Metro Government was selected to participate in the global 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) program to build urban, environmental and economic resilience. 
  • Mayor Fischer signed the Compact of Mayors, now known as the Global Covenant of Mayors. The signature reaffirmed Louisville’s commitment to reducing citywide contributions to climate change while preparing for the impacts of rising global temperatures and changing weather patterns. 
  • Louisville’s Urban Heat Management Study, the most comprehensive community-wide study of its kind, was released in April 2016.
  • The Green Fork Awards were distributed to 18 restaurants for successfully participating in the city’s Wet-Dry recycling and food compost program. Seven restaurants received honorable mention. 
  • The Solid Waste Division of Public Works, in partnership with the Habitat ReStore, started a latex paint recycling program. Residents can drop off partial containers of latex paint at the staffed recycling centers. Habitat ReStore repurposes the paint and sells it at local retail stores. 

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