Recommended Events Calendar for February 2020

 Tuesday, February 4 •  Louisville Sustainability Forum: Green Roofs
February 4, 5, 6, 20 • Support 100% Renewable Energy Resolution
Starting Thursday, February 6 •  Become an Earth Advocate
Friday, February 7 •  Healthy House Art Opening: “For Now”
Friday, February 7 •  Research and Outreach at Ohio River Biology Field Station
Saturday, February 8 •  Squallis Puppeteers’ The Last Puppet Prom
Saturday, February 8 •  Winter Nature Walk at Iroquois Park
Monday, February 10 •  Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, February 12 •  Bernheim Under Threat Roadshow
Saturday, February 15 •  Community Clean Up Shawnee Park
Tuesday, February 18 •  Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents: Justin Uebelhor
Friday, February 28 •  EcoReps Lunch and Learn Workshop: Extinction Rebellion
Saturday, February 29 •  Birding for Beginners at Louisville Nature Center
Saturday, February 29 •  Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Potluck Dinner

Save the Dates:
Saturday, March 7 • Anne McCarty Braden Commemoration
Sunday, May 17 • 2020 Mighty Kindness Hoot

• 100% Renewable Energy Resolution Website
• Make Change: Join KFTC at the General Assembly
• Sustain Magazine
• LG&E’s Threat to Bernheim Forest Remains
• Jim Bruggers Article: InsideClimate News

Tuesday, February 4, 12 pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum
Green Roofs with Leigh Whittinghill
Earth and Spirit Center
1924 Newburg Rd, 40205
Please join the Louisville Sustainability Forum each month for interesting and informative presentations, dialogue, and networking about sustainability issues. At each meeting there are one featured presentation and two shorter presentations plus discussion, announcements, and opportunity for community-building.

Main Presentation
Green Roofs
Leigh Whittinghill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban Agriculture,
College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment, Kentucky State University

Green roofs provide a variety of environmental benefits including stormwater retention, runoff water quality improvements, reductions in noise and air pollution, and increased biodiversity and habitat. These benefits, among others have a growing body of peer reviews research to back them up. This includes examination of the factors that impact a roof's ability to provide the benefit. Some factors that affect a roof's ability to retain stormwater, improve runoff water quality, and reduce air pollution, depend on the types of plants used. Other factors such as depth of media, roof age, design features, and how the roof is situated in the larger urban setting can also play a role.

Shorter Presentations

Coaching for Sustainability
Alicia Hullinger, chair of Louisville Sustainability Council

Connecting Nature and Neighborhood: Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Sarah Wolff, Program Director for Community Engagement

Starting Thursday, February 6,
6 - 7:30 pm
Become an Earth Advocate
Earth & Spirit Center
1924 Newburg Rd, 40205
Would you like to learn about Louisville's environmental issues and meet key players in Louisville's environmental advocacy community? This program is designed for individuals who are convicted about the calling to care for the Earth and want intensive, practical information to become informed activists and advocates. Connect with environmental and community leaders to learn about Louisville’s environmental issues and ways to address them. Meeting on Thursdays, this course will culminate with either an individual or group project gained from experience through the course.

Groups that commit three or more members to participate can register for $50 each rather than the full $125 price. Please call us at 502.452.2749 to make arrangements for group discounts or click here to register online.

Instructor: Tim Darst

Tuesday, February 4, 3 pm
Wednesday, February 5, 3pm
Parks & Sustainability
Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 6, 5 pm & 6 pm
Support the
100% Real Resolution
Rally and Metro Council Meeting
at City Hall, 601 West Jefferson St, 40202
There has been no action on the Resolution since December 5th, but here are opportunities to show up in February, when a vote on the Resolution is likely:

February 4 and 5 :
Meetings of Parks and Sustainability (P&S) Committee are scheduled for both the 4th and the 5th at 3:00 p.m., in Metro Council chambers. The Resolution is on the agenda each day. Please try to attend both days, but if you can only come to one meeting, come on the 5th ; we think it more likely that the Resolution will be discussed then.

February 6 :
5:00 p.m.  Attend a simple rally for the Resolution outdoors at 6th and Jefferson Streets.
6:00 p.m.  Attend Metro Council meeting in City Hall (immediately after the rally; arrive at 5:45 to go through Security). Support the Resolution speakers during the public comment period (6:00-6:30) and then stay there if the Resolution is on the agenda.

February 20:
Same two activities as February 6th, i.e., rally at 5:00 p.m ., attend meeting at 6:00 p.m . This is the most likely night for a vote.

Other things to do:
• Write, email, call (574-1100) or visit your own Metro Councilperson (identify your Metro Council person here ). Share with them why their support for the resolution matters to you.

• Contacting your councilperson is especially important if s/he is a member of the P&S Committee. They are: Chair Cindi Fowler (D-14), Vice-Chair Pat Mulvihill (D-10), Mark Fox (D-13), Kevin Triplett (D-15), Marilyn Parker (R-18), Brandon Coan (D-8), and James Peden (R-23).

• Submit a letter to Courier-Journal editor ( ).

• Speak for three minutes in support of the resolution at any regular Metro Council meeting. Please contact first.

• Read the revised resolution , and these talking points

Find more info at this new website . Point of contact is .

Friday, February 7,
6 - 8 pm
Healthy House Art Opening:
“For Now”
Louisville Grows
1641 Portland Ave, 40203
Louisville Grows is excited to introduce the artwork of Noah Howard in the Healthy House gallery.

The works in "For Now" are poems on the following subjects: sentience, stewardship, domain, biologic potential, “power” distinct from electricity, space, view, endeavor, integrity, respect of our natural cycles as animals in pursuit of our greatest evolved self, legacy, course correction, junction, intercourse, discernment, opinion, point of reference, vantage, infotainment, synthesizing the adult and the child, and evolution of the contemporary human Alpha.

The opening on February 7th will be part of the Republic Bank First Friday Hop .
First Friday Hop is a monthly event in downtown, featuring local businesses and fun things to do in Louisville!

The event is open free to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, February 7, 6pm
Ohio River Discussion Talks:
Research and Outreach at Ohio River Biology Field Station
1301 Frankfort Ave, 40204
Endless Summer Paddle & Coffee Company in partnership with Rivercity Paddle Sports is pleased to present a series of Ohio River discussion talks.

Dr. Christopher Lorentz, Professor, Dir. of Environmental Science Program and Director of Biology Field Station will present an overview of the research and outreach programs at Thomas More University Ohio River Biology Field Station.

”The Biology Field Station (also known as the “River Station”) at Thomas More University is a one-of-a-kind center for applied biological research whose reach is as wide and powerful as the Ohio River and all its tributaries. Located just 30 minutes from the main Thomas More campus, the Station is perched on the shore of the Ohio River, one of the original U.S. thoroughfares of commerce and transportation. Working closely with federal, state, and local authorities to monitor and improve water quality in the Ohio River, the staff and students at the Station are dedicated to improving water conditions, education, and preserving the rich heritage this and other waterways have to offer.

Research is at the heart of the Field Station. The Ohio River and its surroundings provide a working laboratory that spans scientific categories. Since our beginnings in 1971, Thomas More University has conducted a variety of field research studies for private and public corporations, institutions and agencies. Over the years, hundreds of former and current Thomas More students have assisted University faculty members serving as principal researchers on these studies. These opportunities for students offer real-world experiences in the fields of microbiology, water chemistry, fish surveys, biological assessments, and toxicology.

The Biology Field Station offers a wide variety of outreach programs for K-12 schools and the general public which offer visitors a chance to experience, up close, the Ohio River and its rich biodiversity.”

Saturday, February 8
6 - 10 pm
The Last Puppet Prom
Squallis Puppeteers
1228 E Breckinridge St, 40204
Please join Squallis Puppeteers for our Last Puppet Prom ever. Come out and dance the night away with Squallis lovers, puppets and people! Dress up in fancy Prom attire, Halloween type costumes, or in your PJ’s.

All are welcome to celebrate and party at the Last Prom 2020. The Silent Art Auction will feature one-of-a-kind treasures and work from local artists. Puppet DJs will keep the party bouncing. And expect puppet happenings and plenty of photo ops all night long. Free puppet-making workshop for kids and adults included in the price of admission. Food and cash bar provided by Wiltshire Pantry.

There is something for everyone at this fun-fun-loving bash, so come join in and help support a good cause.

This event is sponsored by Brown-Forman, Fund for the Arts, Kentucky Arts Council, Wiltshire Pantry, Against the Grain and The Great Escape. Mission Statement: Squallis Puppeteers uses the art of puppetry to free imaginations, create fantastic characters, and tell the stories that are important to our communities.

Saturday, February 8
1 - 2:30 pm
Winter Nature Walk
Iroquois Park, 40214
He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter. ” – John Burroughs

Our city’s Olmsted Parks may seem dormant in the winter, but there is still plenty of color and life to explore! Join us for an easy seasonal hike in Iroquois Park to greet the new year, take in the crisp air, observe winter wildlife and learn about the unique trees and plants of this flagship Olmsted-designed park. Tour Guide Matt Spalding (Education and Volunteer Programs Manager) will provide tips for how to identify plants in wintertime by looking at tree bark and leaf buds. Afterward, warm up with complimentary hot cocoa and coffee.

Registration is Required.

Tickets are FREE for Olmsted Parks Conservancy members and $8 for non-members (children under 13 may accompany a ticket-holding adult for free but must be registered in advance).

Tour is rain or shine but may be postponed in the case of severe inclement weather or unsafe park conditions. Weather-appropriate clothes and footwear with good tread are encouraged.

Day-Of Details:
We'll meet by 1:00pm at the parking lot adjacent to Iroquois Park’s Play-All Playground (located near the amphitheater.) Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure a prompt start. This is an approximately 1-mile walk along both paved and natural terrain, with some uphill and downhill slopes. Note: due to the temporary closure of the access road to the North Overlook, this tour will take place entirely in the lower section of the park.

Monday, February 10, 6:30 pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church
809 South Fourth St, 40203

Join the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth for our monthly meeting! Agenda TBA.

As always, food will be provided, and we welcome you to bring a dish to share. Our meetings are family-friendly and casual. Young folks are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting, and we'll have some supplies on hand to help keep younger kids busy. If you need childcare, please email .

First Unitarian Church is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral bathrooms. If there is anything else that would make this meeting more accessible for you, please reach out to .

Wednesday, February 12, 6 - 7 pm
Bernheim Under Threat Roadshow
Water and Oak Outdoor
4340 Summit Plaza Dr, 40241

As you have probably heard, an LG&E natural gas pipeline threatens the integrity of our beloved Bernheim Forest. This potential seizure of our pristine conservation land ignores the easements put in place to protect our biologically diverse land. This threat would have an irreversible impact on our wildlife, our clean air and water, our visitors, and the quality of life in our community.

In order to eliminate this threat, we need to demonstrate that we have a strong community of supporters. This means we need YOU (and YOUR FRIENDS and your friends’ friends)! Bernheim is conducting a Bernheim Under Threat Roadshow, dedicated to educating the citizens of our community about the threats we face and how our community can take immediate actions to save our forest.

Thank you for your support and advocacy. We look forward to having you involved in our efforts to protect Bernheim Forest NOW and for future generations.

Saturday, February 15,
10 am - 12 pm
Community Clean Up Shawnee Park
4600 W. Broadway, 40211

Join Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Councilwoman Donna Purvis for a community clean-up effort in Shawnee Park.

We will be meeting at the end of West Broadway, just past the intersection of West Broadway and Southwestern Parkway.

The project focus will be clearing overgrowth and exotic plant species, trash removal and general cleanup near Lily Pond. Please dress for the weather. Refreshments, gloves, tools and guidance will be provided.

Please register here .

Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 – 8:45 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents:
Justin Uebelhor, Sierra Club Senior National Online Organizer
United Crescent Hill Ministries
150 South State Street, 40206

Please join us when we’ll have the pleasure of hearing from a national Sierra Club staff person, Justin Uebelhor. Justin is Senior National Online Organizer for Sierra Club’s International Program. Justin will provide an overview of Sierra Club’s Online Campaigns team and share more about the three campaigns he specifically works on: International Climate and Energy Program; Living Economy Program; and Gender, Equity, and Environment Program.

We hope you’ll join us for this opportunity to learn more about these important national and international efforts of Sierra Club. With a background in political campaigns and LGBT advocacy, Justin is a Hoosier native who currently lives in Louisville.

Our programs are always free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 20, 5 and 6 pm
Support the
100% Real Resolution
Rally and Metro Council Meeting
at City Hall
601 West Jefferson St, 40202

Details in 100% Real Resolution Listing Above

Friday, February 28, 12 pm
EcoReps Lunch and Learn Workshop:
Direct Action for Sustainability with Extinction Rebellion Kentucky
UofL Ekstrom Library room W210
Join us for our monthly EcoReps Lunch & Learn workshop featuring a free vegetarian lunch and locals making a difference in sustainability! This program will focus on Direct Action for Sustainability with representatives from Extinction Rebellion Kentucky! XR is a global people's movement that has gained lots of attention from dramatic, non-violent public actions to raise awareness and draw attention to the need for urgent action against ecological destruction. The US movement has declared a non-violent rebellion against the US government for its criminal inaction on the ecological crisis.

The Kentucky chapter of Extinction Rebellion has been active in mobilizing people across the state and right here in Louisville to non-violently resist the fossil fuel industry, corporate greed, and government inaction. Come learn about the movement and how to use non-violent direct action to drive change for sustainability.

The Sustainability Council’s EcoReps program is designed to move students, faculty & staff beyond talk to action for a more sustainable UofL! We provide basic training & resources, service opportunities, and leadership positions as a point-person & peer-to-peer advocate for sustainability. This spring, we continue our series of in-person workshops each month on last Fridays at noon in Ekstrom Library room W210. Join us for lunch and bring your reusable plate, utensils, and cup to minimize waste! All are welcome. More info on EcoReps website:

Saturday, February 29, 10 am - 12 pm
Birding for Beginners
Louisville Nature Center
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213

Birdwatching is for everyone! Don't know where to begin? Join us to learn some tips on bird identification, and learn how and where to look for them. This workshop will include both indoor and outdoor time. ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT, so register here ASAP.
$15/person; $12 members  Ages 14+

Saturday, February 29, 5 - 7 pm
Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice Potluck Dinner
Central Presbyterian Church, 318 West Kentucky Street, 40203
Part of anti-racism work is learning to know and trust each other, and what better way to do so than by breaking bread and sharing our stories? Join Louisville SURJ - (Showing Up for Racial Justice) for our bimonthly Pot Luck Dinner and Social. Bring a dish and we will share in food, fun and conversation. All are welcome!

Bring your awesome self, friends and family as well as a dish to share and your own plate and flatware. Don’t have the time or resources to bring something? No problem: just show up; we’ve got you covered.

Building is accessible via back entrance. Childcare, ride assists and ASL interpretation available upon request. Send LSURJ an email or message on Facebook so we can plan accordingly. Email: .

Save the Dates

Saturday, March 7, 12 -1:30 pm
Anne McCarty Braden Commemoration
St. George’s Episcopal Church
1201 South 26th, 40210

Join us at St. George's Episcopal Church to uplift and remember the life and work of Anne Braden. She dedicated her life to social justice and racial equality as a devoted member of the Episcopal church. All are invited to come hear about her in the church where she worshipped.

Sponsored by
  • - The Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky
  • - The Diocesan Task Force on Racial Reconciliation
  • - The Anne Braden Commemoration Committee
  • St. George's Episcopal Church

Save the Date
2020 Mighty Kindness Hoot
Sunday, May 17, 12 - 7 pm
Brown-Forman Amphitheater at Waterfront Park
And More

The 100% REAL Initiative has a new website in development.

While still in the works it is already full of important information for supporting the resolution

To visit click here .
Join the St. Paul Christian Action Group and the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion for a screening of the film "Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees", which offers crucial insight into the importance of trees in the welfare of the earth and humanity. The evening includes a post screening discussion, brief presentations form local organizations, and healthy snacks.

This is a free event. Donations appreciated. Info: 502-619-1652

Make Change
with KFTC at the
Kentucky General Assembly
Kentuckians know that when we show up for each other, big things can happen. And this year is full of opportunities for us to come together and build the kind of Kentucky we can all call home.

Up first is the 2020 General Assembly. KFTC's grassroots lobbyists plan to be in Frankfort each Tuesday during the General Assembly between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. We'll adjust when an ally has a major lobby day or rally, when there is a hearing or key vote, and as the action ramps up later in the session.

You can sign up to lobby with us here . Everyone is welcome, and training is provided. If you’ve never lobbied before, it’s a great opportunity to meet folks from around Kentucky that care about the same things as you!

Let's take action together in 2020!

Here is a partial General Assembly calendar ( we’ll keep this list updated throughout the session here ):

Tuesdays – lobby with KFTC; sign up here
Tuesdays – Kentucky Council of Churches Prayer In Action Days
February 13 – Ban Conversion Therapy Lobby Day ; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
February 19 – Fairness Lobby Day and Rally ; lobbying begins at 9 a.m.; rally in the capitol rotunda at 1:30 p.m.
February 26 – 874K Disabilities Coalition Lobby Day and Rally ; lobbying begins at 9 a.m.; rally in the capitol rotunda at 12:30 p.m.
April 2-13 – legislative recess, or days set aside for the governor to veto any bills that passed
April 14-15 – final legislative days

Other days to have on your 2020 calendar:

April 20 – Registration deadline to vote in the May 19 Primary Election. Register or update your registration at .
May 19 – Primary Election Day in Kentucky
July 24-26 – KFTC Annual Membership Meeting in Berea
October 5 – Registration deadline to vote in the November 3 General Election.
November 3 – General Election Day in Kentucky

Sustain Magazine

Sustain Magazine is an environmental health focused publication from the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute that features discussion and research about sustainability issues and solutions. It is a resource for faculty, staff, students, and research partners designed to contribute to greater understanding and appreciation of environmental health research across the University community, public and private decision-makers in Louisville and across the United States.

The Truth About Bernheim’s Conservation Fight Against LG&E’s Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline

LG&E is suing Bernheim for condemnation of our conservation land for a proposed natural gas pipeline. The Cedar Grove Wildlife Corridor is Bernheim’s recently protected 494 acres that have conservation easements and deed restrictions to ensure our commitment to managing the land for wildlife habitat, forested habitats, and prohibit non-conservation uses. Bernheim is a … Read more here.

Featuring Article
focused on Louisville
by Jim Bruggers
Like hundreds of other cities, Louisville, Kentucky, is searching for a path to address climate change.

To get there, however, city officials need the cooperation of the region's electric utility, Louisville Gas and Electric Co., which depends on coal and still sees coal as a future option.

In a collaborative project organized by InsideClimate News, reporters across the Southeast are publishing stories on the progress and problems their communities face related to climate change. The journalists found communities struggling with funding or a lack of political will, and an urgent need for technological breakthroughs to meet global warming head-on.

Read their work below, including:

• an overview from Louisville, Kentucky ( InsideClimate News ).

• stories and interviews about adaptation challenges from coastal North Carolina ( Raleigh News and Observer ), the mountains of West Virginia ( West Virginia Public Broadcasting/Ohio Valley Resource ); and Jacksonville, Florida ( WJCT Public Media ).

• and stories that hold leaders in their communities accountable for reducing carbon emissions from Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina ( The Post and Courier and The State ), Birmingham, Alabama ( BirminghamWatch ), Savannah, Georgia ( Georgia Public Broadcasting ); Orlando, Florida ( WMFE ) and Charlotte, North Carolina ( WFAE ).

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