Louisville's Annual Sustainability Summit

Every year, the Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability partners with the Louisville Energy Alliance to host a communitywide sustainability summit. Continue reading for information on this year's event, and past events.

2017 Sustainability Summit

2017 Summit LogoThe 2017 Sustainability Summit: Resilience, Equity, and Climate Change will focus on why climate change is a high priority issue in Louisville, how we are planning for it, and what we need to do to transition to a more equitable and climate resilient Louisville.

The morning keynote speaker will discuss how cities are becoming climate resilient, and a panel will discuss local impacts of a changing climate, with special attention given to those impacted "first and worst." Afternoon breakout sessions will focus on local and equitable action related to energy, public health, agriculture, water, air quality, and transportation/land use. Attendees will hear from Louisville's new Chief Resilience Officer, Eric Friedlander. Exhibitor tables are available. Visit the Louisville Sustainability Council website to learn more and to register. Early bird registration discounts are available until September 29th, 2017.

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Keynote speaker, Vaness Keith, is the author of 2100: A Dystopian Utopia - The City After Climate Change




2016 Louisville Sustainability Summit

The Louisville Metro Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability and the Louisville Sustainability Council hosted the 2016 Sustainability Summit on Saturday, October 29th, 2016, from 8:00am – 4:30pm at Bellarmine University. The purpose the 2016 Summit was to convene leaders and stimulate action. The event’s theme – It takes a ‘Ville – reflected on the need for everyone to contribute towards a sustainable city. Attendees heard from a panelist of sustainability leaders from across the country, as well as from local innovators and drivers of change. Participants left the event with inspiration and tangible options to do their part towards creating a more sustainable Louisville. More information on the results of the Summit can be found on the Louisville Sustainability Council website

The event was launched the night before with the first public showing of Beargrass: The Creek in Your Backyard on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Clifton Center. 

2015 Louisville Sustainability Summit

The Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability and the Louisville Sustainability Council hosted the 2nd annual Summit on November 5-6, 2015, at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Approximately 225 people were in attendance, and the theme was "Improving Our Air Quality." More information on the 2015 Summit is available here

2014 Louisville Sustainability Summit

Louisville Metro Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability co-hosted the city’s first Sustainability Summit with the Louisville Sustainability Council and the Louisville Zoo on January 17 and 18, 2014. An estimated 175 people attended both the Friday evening reception and the Saturday Action Team work session. 

Following the morning presentations, attendees participated in one of five Action Team work groups: Transportation, Green Building and Green Infrastructure, Green Economy, Tree Canopy and Urban Heat Island and Community Engagement. Participants were led by a facilitator to brainstorm initiatives, identify assets, and begin developing strategies and programs to address the challenges inherent to each topic and to contribute to achieving the goals in Sustain Louisville. Following the work sessions, each team gave a 7 – 10 minute presentation to Mayor Fischer, members of his staff, and the Summit attendees.

The Friday reception was sponsored by the Center for Interfaith RelationsArctic Action Teams and MyActions sponsored the Sustainability Summit.

View a one-page report on the results.

Friday Night Speakers and Presentations
  • Mayor Greg Fischer
  • Ted Smith, Chief of Economic Growth and Innovation
  • Christy Brown, Owsley Brown II Family Charitable Foundation
  • Robert Buchanan, Founder of Arctic Action Teams and Polar Bears International
Saturday Speakers and Presentation
  • Mayor Greg Fischer
  • John Walczak, Director of the Louisville Zoo
  • Steve Eggers, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Louisville Sustainability Council
  • Sustain Louisville – Louisville’s first sustainability plan – presentation by Maria Koetter, Director of Sustainability, Louisville Metro Government
  • Vision Louisville - the results of a community process to guide the future of Louisville over the next 25 years – presentation by Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Chief of Strategic Initiatives and Gretchen Milliken, Deputy Director Advanced Planning, Louisville Metro Government
  • Move Louisville - a long-range strategic multi-modal transportation plan – presentation by Steve Sizemore, Urban Planner, Louisville Metro Government
  • Sustainability in Action - a Cincinnati sustainability education initiative by the non-profit, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful – a presentation by Barb Wriston-Ruddy, Sustainability in Action Director, and Marissa Burroughs, Environmental Educator and Grants Manager, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
Action Team Notes

A scribe was assigned to each Action Team to take notes which are posted below. These notes will be reviewed during the upcoming Action Team meetings.

Next Steps

Following the Summit, the Action Teams began meeting on a regular basis. They are coordinated and facilitated by the Louisville Sustainability Council. Click here to get involved.