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Our Monthly Program in July is a Picnic!
Please join us at our annual picnic, Tuesday, July 26, 6 p.m, at the Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Avenue, across from the Louisville Zoo.

Our special guests will be Cindi Sullivan of Trees Louisville, and Erin Thompson, Louisville's Urban Forester, presenting th e state of Metro Louisville’s urban tree canopy. They will explain where we are, where we are headed, and what we can do to improve Louisville’s tree canopy.

Weather permitting, we’ll again plan to eat outside at the Nature Center. However, we will have the option of cooling off or eating indoors, if necessary. As usual, our meal will be a potluck. Greater Louisville Sierra Club will provide two main dishes (one meat, one vegetarian) and one main beverage. Please bring some food of your choosing to share. Also, we ask that you bring your own reusable eating/drinking ware. Sorry, alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Cindi Sullivan is Executive Director of Trees Louisville. Her career spans more than 35 years, focused on horticulture, environmental and life style issues. She has done research, government services, environmental consulting, media and nonprofit work.  Her service includes City of Louisville’s Operation Brightside, President and Board member of the National Community Gardening Association, and hosting both daily television and radio programs  Cindi is a graduate of the UK’s College of Agriculture, and a certified arborist.

Erin Thompson is the Urban Forester and heads the Division of Community Forestry for the City of Louisville, KY. She is responsible for the health and maintenance of the city’s public right of way trees and leading the community to maintain and increase its current tree population. Erin received a B.S. in Forestry from the UK’s Department of Agriculture, is  a 2014 Municipal Forestry Institute graduate, and an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. Erin has been active in multiple levels of forestry, from woodland restoration to urban arboriculture practices, for ten years in the Louisville area.

Please join us at the Louisville Nature Center for an important program and a fun picnic.

Social Dinner With Sierrans
Join us for fellowship and food each month on the third Friday of each month.  Please click the Social Dinner Schedule link on the right to learn which restaurant the group will meet at this month, and for the details on who to contact.

Outings News
Have you ever hiked the Knobstone Trail?  Have you seen the Jefferson County Memorial Forest close up? Sierra Club outings will explore these areas, and many more.


Red River Gorge, Kentucky
(More lovely pictures at the Outings page).

For additional outings info, click here.   Also, ending Mountaintop Removal Mining is an ongoing focus of the Sierra Club's Kentucky activity.  We have members hiking and water testing in eastern Kentucky on a regular basis to document environmental stress, to talk with residents, and to support legal challenges which have stopped permits.

“Inspiring Connections Outdoors” (ICO) needs leaders and volunteers Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings program has changed its name to “Inspiring Connections Outdoors.” There are 55 ICO programs nationwide, and one of them is in Louisville. The Louisville program is always in need of leaders and volunteers. Please consider helping out with this unique and personally rewarding Sierra Club program. See more info here. The Louisville ICO leader is Carol Hanchette. Contact her at clhanchette@yahoo.com. Also see Inspiring Connections Outdoors.  

Louisville Sierra Club Resolution Encouraging Solar Use in Louisville  passed by Louisville Metro Council
The Sierra Club believes in encouraging clean energy as part of our advocacy for mitigating climate change.  Therefore, the Executive Committee passed a resolution in July 2015 urging Louisville to encourage and adopt more use of solar energy. 

This resolution has had a real impact. Metro Council members Rick Blackwell and Bill Hollander introduced the same resolution to the Metro Council's Sustainability Committee.  The Sustainability Committee passed it, and it was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE FULL LOUISVILLE METRO COUNCIL on August 27, 2015. 

The Resolution urges Louisville to "aggressively pursue strategies... such as supporting solar for new construction, adding solar on school and other municipal buildings, [and] streamlining the permitting process for commercial and industrial solar installations...
You can read the full text here.

Watershed Watch Stream Monitoring Programs
Ever wonder what a healthy waterway should look like? Wonder about the chemistry and biology of our waterways? Here are opportunities to really get involved. Volunteers are needed for the  Watershed Testing programs, (also known as Water Sentinels). You must have training to participate. 

Salt River Watershed Watch 
The Salt River Watershed Watch program, (also know as Salt River Basin) includes all the major creeks in Jefferson County and Greater Louisville area.  Everyone in Greater Louisville is in the Salt River watershed which includes Harrods Creek, Goose Creek, Floyds Fork, and the streams of 11 counties. The water samples volunteers collect (with a partner) will be analyzed at a state lab, and will be stored on the internet.

To register and participate, email Jo Ann Palmer in the KY Division of Water. (Also recommend checking the Cumberland Chapter site).

Trainings are held each spring. Visit the Salt River Watershed Watch website, http://kywater.org/watch/salt/index.htm, for more information.

Kentucky River Watershed Watch: KRWW also holds training sessions that will teach you how and what to look for.  Surf over to http://kywater.org/watch/ky.htm and click on "Schedule of Events" for more information.

Mountain Top Removal
Sierra Water Sentinels have ongoing research into the effects of valley fill from Mountain Top Removal.  If interested in that, please contact Lane Boldman.  

For additional information, you can also look at the Cumberland Chapter site on water testing.

Stay informed About Louisville Events!
Sign up to receive our monthly Louisville Group E-Newsletter. Just click on the link - it is quite easy. (Please choose "Greater Louisville Group Newsletter" in the GROUP [3rd] section). We send local outings, and additional event info in the Group Newsletter.

FACEBOOK

We have a Greater Sierra Club Facebook page.

 

Please "Like" us, write on the "Wall," and do all those other good Facebook activities that will connect our membership!

Greater Louisville Ex-Com
Our Executive Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m, at the Clifton Library on Frankfort Ave.   Let us know what matters to you. We welcome new members and fresh ideas!

Have ideas for Programs? Hikes? We’re listening. Our general meetings every third Tuesday are open to all!  

Upcoming Events

July 5
ExCom

July 26
PICNIC

 

Featured Links

Sierra Club Solar Resolution

Social Dinner Schedule

Greater Louisville Facebook page

The Clifton Center

Join Sierra Club or renew your membership

KySEA button

Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Green List Louisville

Green Event Calendar

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Louisville Climate Action Network

Louisville Green Guide

Inner City Outings (ICO)

Kentucky Conservation Committee

The Climate Project

Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District

Kentucky Resources Council

Jefferson County Environmental Trust

Lawn Care for Cleaner Air

Union of Concerned Scientists

Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development (KIESD)

WFPL Louisville

 

Metro Louisville Sustainability Plan
The Greater Louisville Sierra Club submitted comments on the draft Metro Louisville Sustainability Plan. We suggested that because of the severity of looming climate change, Metro Louisville should be much bolder and more active in the Sustainability Plan. The Mayor and Office of Sustainability did make some changes. Read our comments here, and the finalized Plan here.

Become an Outings Leader!
If you are willing to lead an outdoor event, such as a walk/hike of one hour, all-day, or overnight, or biking, canoeing, etc., we would love to have your particpation.  Please talk to Joan Lindop, or Panaena or Joe Bina.

Outings Leader Training sessions are held twice a year. Contact Joan Lindop or Panaena and Joe at sc.outings@gmail.com.


Challenges/Opportunities
We have the challenge and opportunity of working with the Metro Government, letting our voices be heard. We should be attending some meetings of the Council and getting to know the players. Also, if there are speakers or topics you would like us to address at Monthly Meetings, please let us know. Contact Joan Lindop.

E-Mail Addresses Wanted
If you are willing to receive 1-2 emails per month with reminders about the Greater Louisville Sierra Club activities, please send an e-mail to joan.lindop@kentucky.sierraclub.org .

Community Conversations
If you want to join a conversation about what's happening in the Metro Area, we suggest you attend one of Mayor Greg Fischer's gatherings. For information on dates, times, and locations, click here./span>

Join up and help out
Greater Louisville Group WANT TO HELP the environment, meet great people, and enjoy the outdoors? If your zip code begins with 400, 401, and 402, then you're in the Greater Louisville Group area. Join us. For information about groups outside this area, click here. For monthly e-mail updates about our activities, e-mail Joan Lindop.

Volunteers Needed to Attend APCD Meetings
APCD (Air Pollution Control District) meets every third Wednesday of each month. If you can get to these meetings, please do. The environmental interests are seldom represented!

Grass roots OUTRAGE can clean up our air. Each member of Metro Council individually needs to hear our concerns. And the Air Pollution Control District (City Agency) has stakeholder committees. The APCD contact person is Joseph.Schweinhart@louisvilleky.gov.

Volunteers are also needed to attend:

  • Planning Commission meetings (Thursday afternoons at Jefferson & 6th)
  • Tree Commission meetings
  • Historic District Guidelines meetings

For more information on these activities, e-mail Joan Lindop.


For more information about events, or questions on web site content,  e-mail Joan Lindop, (phone 502-228-0016).

Volunteer  Webmaster: Wallace McMullen

 

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