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February Meeting: 
on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 7pm, please join us as we welcome Sandra Messner, Outreach Director of the Indiana Forest Alliance.

Sandra will tell us about the IFA, their work to protect Indiana’s forests, and their scientific survey of Indiana forests, called the Ecoblitz. This multi-year inventory seeks to establish what animals and plants are surviving in deep forest, and how well they are surviving. Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA) is a non-profit, statewide organization of individuals dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of Indiana’s native forests. Their mission is to protect and restore Indiana’s native hardwood forests through science-based advocacy. 

Please come and learn about the good work of IFA. Our events are all free and open to the public. We hope you’ll join us.

The meeting is at our new meeting location, at the United Crescent Hill Ministries building, (150 State Street, just off north Frankfort Ave.).  The Clifton Center is changing its mission, so we had to find a new meeting place.  

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 ex plore these areas, and many more.

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

See the Cumberland or the Chapter's Outing Calendar.

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 Also see Inspiring Connections Outdoors.  

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.

-April 15th at Bernheim Forest (9am-3 pm)
-April 29, Louisville at U of L Shelby Campus (9am–3pm)

Visit the Salt River Watershed Watch website,, 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 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.

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.

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.


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

February 6
ExCom Meeting

February 20
Monthly Meeting

February 23
Social Dinner

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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

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 .

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.

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

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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