Louisville's Annual Sustainability Summit

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


2019 Sustainability Summit

Please join the Louisville Sustainability Council for its 6th Annual Sustainability Summit at the Louisville Zoo on November 1, 2019 from 3 - 7pm.

This year, the event will be co-hosted by the Louisville Metro Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability and the Louisville Zoo, and will focus on celebrating wins, reflecting on changes, and tackling greenhouse gas emissions. The event will feature an opening musical act by the Mighty Shades of Ebony, keynote speaker Dr. Robert Brinkmann, and a local panel that will discuss how organizations are advancing their sustainability agenda.

For more details and to register, click here.

2018 Sustainability Summit

The 5th annual Louisville Sustainability Summit, Learning Together: Fostering a Culture of Sustainability, was held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the University of Louisville’s Student Activities Center. Featuring local and national speakers, the Summit brought together over 300 people to discover successes, identify opportunities and learn from each other about how to create a culture of sustainability in Louisville. See photos and event program.

Listen to the audio of keynote speaker, David Orr.



2017 Sustainability Summit

2017 Summit LogoThe 2017 Sustainability Summit: Resilience, Equity, and Climate Change, focused 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 discussed how cities are becoming climate resilient, and a panel discusses local impacts of a changing climate, with special attention given to those impacted "first and worst." Afternoon breakout sessions focused on local and equitable action related to energy, public health, agriculture, water, air quality, and transportation/land use. Attendees also heard from from Louisville's new Chief Resilience Officer, Eric Friedlander. 

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.