About Sustainability in Louisville

The sustainability team within Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability (APS) works with Louisville residents, organizations, and other agencies across Metro to develop and implement Louisville climate action and resilience plans. Some of the sustainability team’s recent activities include:

  • Developing Louisville's Climate Action and Resilience Plans
  • Working towards the achievement of Louisville’s 100% Clean Energy Goals per Louisville Metro Council Resolution #R-102-19 through the advancement of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Supporting the increase of natural areas and biodiversity in Metro in coordination with other agencies and citizen groups.
  • Working to identify, assess, and clean up contamination at former industrial sites, known as Brownfields.
  • Reporting sustainability and climate action progress to third-party agencies such as the Carbon Disclosure Project, Global Covenant of Mayors, and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities certification program.
  • Leading an internal Metro-wide Green Team to improve efficiency and sustainability within Metro’s operations.

If you have questions about these initiatives, please contact Advanced Planning & Sustainability. Apart from the above initiatives, there are several other Metro agencies that work to advance sustainability in Louisville.

If you have questions about these topics…

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Air Quality

Air Pollution Control District


Animal Services

Waste management/Recycling

Solid Waste Management Services

Participating in community clean-ups, tree planting, education, volunteering


Community green spaces, tree planting, conservation


Urban Forestry

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Waterfront Park

Louisville Zoo

Long range planning and neighborhood planning

Advanced Planning and Sustainability

Building and land-use planning, management, and permitting

Planning & Design

Codes & Regulations

Construction Review

Community Development

Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure

Bike Louisville

Sustainable Transportation Initiatives

Other infrastructure issues

Public Works


Metro Council and neighborhood resources

Metro Council


Meet the Sustainability Team!

Photo of Sumedha Rao

Sumedha Rao is the Sustainability Specialist in the Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability. She is committed to catalyzing robust, inclusive, and collaborative solutions for a greener Louisville. Sumedha holds a master’s degree in Sustainability Science from University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from St. Joseph’s College in India. She also holds the LEED AP accreditation.

Call her at (502) 574-1358

Email Sumedha


Photo of Zach Tyler

Zachary Tyler is the Energy Manager for Louisville Metro Government. Originally from Winchester, Ky., he graduated with a degree in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Kentucky, with certification from the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky. He then worked as an energy consultant for UK to help the university realize emissions reductions commitments. 

Call him at (502) 574-7378



In 2012, Mayor Greg Fischer formed the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability with a mission of promoting environmental conservation, the health, wellness and prosperity of our residents, and embedding sustainability into the culture of the Louisville community. In 2019, the Office of Sustainability joined forces with the Office of Advanced Planning (now called the Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability) where it works to develop and implement Louisville’s sustainability and climate action plans and incorporate sustainability into all of our city’s long-range planning efforts.

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