TREES! Louisville Metro and our many partners have grown our tree canopy by planting 97,974 trees since 2011 – including 11,224 in 2018 – as we work to reduce our urban heat island. In 2019, we’ll study the impact of this work: The Green Heart Project, an effort led by the University of Louisville and funded by a $5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and The Nature Conservancy, will plant 8,000 trees in south Louisville and measure their impact on health.
Other 2018 highlights:
- Since the city enacted our groundbreaking Strategic Toxic Air Reduction Program (STAR) in 2005, emissions of toxic chemicals from local industry have dropped almost 70 percent.
- The city’s first Energy Project Assessment District project was completed with financial partner Citizen Union Bank. EPAD allows loans for energy efficiency upgrades to be affixed to a property title and assessed annually akin to property taxes.
- Brightside engaged with about 24,000 volunteers, worked with over 3,500 students, collected 4.5 tons of litter and planted 215,000 daffodils in expressway greenspaces.
- The Air Pollution Control District (APCD) began installing new air monitoring equipment in west Louisville to give residents more precise data on air quality in Rubbertown.
- Louisville Metro began buying propane-powered mowers to replace gasoline mowers as they wear out. The propane mowers run cleaner, cheaper and quieter than gasoline mowers.
- Public Works partnered with Recycle Coach to debut an app that informs residents on how to recycle and when their garbage, recycling and yard waste days occur.
- The U.S. Water Alliance awarded Mayor Fischer its 2018 Prize for Outstanding Public Official, citing his commitment to water workforce development
- The South Central Regional Library, an eco-friendly, LEED Gold-certified facility, received the 2018 American Architectural Award, which honors new, cutting-edge design in the U.S.
- The Propane Education & Research Council named Louisville its 2018 Green Leadership City for its adoption of clean, propane-powered mowers
- EPA ranked Louisville among its tops for Energy Star certified buildings