Sustainability

2017 highlights

  • In May, the city launched a bike share program, LouVelo, making more than 300 bicycles available for short-term rentals at 27 stations in and around downtown.
  • The Office of Sustainability provided financial incentives that encouraged installation of 60 cool roofs at homes and businesses here this year; one
    strategy to combat our urban heat island.
  • In partnership with local businesses, The Nature Conservancy, Trees Louisville and others, Metro planted about 7,500 trees.
  • The Office of Sustainability completed a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory that showed the city reduced its emissions by 17 percent between 2010 and 2016.
  • With support from the Office of Sustainability, the University of Louisville, the Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil, The Nature Conservancy, and Hyphae Design Laboratory, we launched the Green Heart Project, a five-year study to examine the link between human health and the amount of greenery in a neighborhood.
  • The Office of Sustainability partnered with the Louisville Sustainability Council to host the 4th annual Sustainability Summit, attended by nearly 300
    people; focus was on preparing our city for the impacts of a changing climate.
  • The Office of Sustainability worked with community partners to implement urban heat management pilot projects, such as a cool coating added to a parking lot in SoBro and planting trees in a downtown parking lot using pervious pavement.
  • SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, awarded Louisville a gold designation for its commitment to practices making it easier to use solar energy.
  • The American Institute of Architects presented its 2017 Special Award for Community Engagement for the artistic bus shelters installed in SoBro and in
    Shelby Park.
  • In December, Mayor Fischer helped celebrate Oxmoor Center’s completion of the largest retail solar installation in Kentucky, with 2,400 panels that will produce 40 percent of the electricity needed to operate the mall.