Mayor Greenberg welcomed volunteers and community groups to Earth Day of Service at Alberta O. Jones Park

April 22, 2024

LOUISVILLE, KY - Mayor Craig Greenberg and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (OS) kicked off a day of service and sustainability at Alberta O. Jones (AOJ) Park to celebrate Earth Day. 

The Earth Day of Service was a collaboration between Louisville Metro Government, the Parks Alliance of Louisville, Beargrass Thunder, Youthbuild Louisville and the University of Louisville Service Learning and Civic Engagement Office. Mayor Greenberg, the organizing partners and volunteers gathered at AOJ park on Friday afternoon to pick up litter and plant over 100 pollinators that are native to Louisville along the green spaces surrounding the park. Native plants require fewer resources and chemicals to maintain, support the health and stability of Louisville’s natural environment, and help preserve native species of birds, butterflies and other animal life. 

In addition to the service activities, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability convened a sustainability resource fair at the AOJ park, with multiple local environmental groups including the Louisville Sustainability Council, Save Bernheim Now, Kentuckiana Air Education (KAIRE), Know Waste Louisville, TARC and Kentuckiana Backyard Farms sharing information and resources with park visitors. 

“To build a bright, healthy future for Louisville, we must take care of our community and I am proud to say residents from across our city showed up to do just that,” said the Mayor. “We celebrated Earth Day by doing the urgent work needed to create a safer, stronger and healthier city for all our people – including our youngest Louisvillians.” 

“Louisville has lofty sustainability goals, like achieving 100% clean energy and net zero emissions by 2040. It will take numerous collaborative actions – small and big, to help us achieve these goals. We are grateful to our many environmental partners for their contagious enthusiasm and persistence in this journey to create a more sustainable city,” said Sumedha Rao, Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability. 

"We are so excited to welcome the Office of Sustainability as we celebrate Earth Day. Our public parks play a critical role in building a sustainable future," said Brooke Pardue, President/CEO of the Parks Alliance. "For example, at Alberta O. Jones Park, we've incorporated green infrastructure to help mitigate the impacts of climate change--things like planting trees, and pollinator and rain gardens. In the next phase of park construction, we're even planning a stormwater management meadow to reduce harm from extreme rain events and flooding." 

The Office of Sustainability is looking forward to continuing to collaborate with partners to advance sustainability solutions across the city.

About the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Mayor Greenberg elevated the Office of Sustainability to the Mayor’s Office as one of his first actions when he took office to better support the integration of sustainability across Louisville Metro Government’s operations, and to help achieve Louisville’s climate goals of 100% clean energy and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. The Office of Sustainability offers various programs such as Solarize Louisville, the Cool Roof Incentive Program, and Louisville’s Energy Project Assessment District (EPAD) program to incentivize greater energy efficiency and clean energy. To learn more, visit


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