Recommended Events Calendar for October 2019

Tuesday, October 1 •  Louisville Sustainability Forum: Bernheim Roadshow
Thursday, October 3  • Exploring White Supremacy Culture
Thursday, October 3  • 100% Renewable Energy at Metro Council Meeting
Saturday, October 5  • 2019 Solar Tour
Sunday, October 6  • Tales of Hope and Wonder for the Age of Chaos and Crisis
Sunday, October 13  • SONICBernheim at Bernheim Forest
Saturday, October 13  • Neighborhood Bike-In at Tyler Park
Monday, October 14  • Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, October 15  • Sierra Club presents Water in Kentucky
Thursday, October 17 • 100% Renewable Energy at Metro Council Meeting
Sunday, October 20  • Louisville Grows’ Citizen’s Forestry 101 Training
Saturday, October 26  • Owl Prowl at the Louisville Nature Center
Tuesday, October 29  • LSURJ presents: Having Difficult Conversations
Thursday, October 31 • 100% Renewable Energy at Metro Council Meeting

November Preview

Friday, November 1  • Annual Sustainability Summit: Making the Cut
November 8-10  • Sierra Club Kentucky Chapter’s Annual Gathering

Save the Forest - Bernheim Update

Tuesday, October 1, 12 pm
Louisville Sustainability Forum presents:
Save the Forest:
Bernheim Roadshow
The Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Barn, 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

Threats to Bernheim Forest
Mark Wourms, Executive Director, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Two separate projects - an LG&E natural gas pipeline and a proposed Interstate 65/71 Regional Connector - threaten the integrity of Bernheim Forest. This potential seizure of pristine conservation land ignores the easements put in place to protect biologically diverse land. These threats will have an irreversible impact on wildlife, clean air and water, visitors, and the quality of life in our community.

In order to eliminate these threats, it is necessary to demonstrate that there is a strong community of supporters. This program will discuss educating the citizens of our community about the threats Bernheim faces and how our community can take immediate actions to save this forest. 

Mark Wourms Ph.D has been executive director of Bernheim since 2008. He was previously Chief Executive Officer, The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation; Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Parks & Recreation; Director, Kansas City Zoo; Associate Director, Exhibits and Graphics, New York Zoological Society.

Shorter Presentations

Every Commute Counts Regional Rideshare Program
Elizabeth Bowling-Schiller,
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency

UofL Sustainability Studies
Tamara Sluss,
Director of MA/MS Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration in Sustainability

Thursday, October 3
Thursday, October 17
Thursday, October 31, 3 pm

Metro Council Parks and Sustainability Meeting:
100% Renewable Energy Resolution
601 West Jefferson, 40202

A revised Resolution (revised from the one considered a year ago) was introduced into Metro Council on August 8 th by new sponsor Brandon Coan (District 8). The first consideration of the Resolution by the Parks and Sustainability (P&S) Committee occurred on August 15th, and it was tabled pending hearing from key stakeholders.
During the month of October, the P&S Committee plans to hear from these key stakeholders during their regularly scheduled meetings. Here is the schedule:
·       Thursday, October 3 rd , 3:00 p.m., Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability
·       Thursday, October 17 th , 3:00 p.m., Resolution advocacy group
·       Thursday, October 31 st , 3:00 p.m. LG&E
Your attendance is strongly encouraged at any or all of these committee meetings.  Signs will be provided (size limited to 8.5” x 11”). All meetings are held in council chambers in City Hall, 601 West Jefferson. Also, please contact your own Metro Council representative and urge them to support the Resolution. For more info, contact .


Thursday, October 3,
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Exploring White Supremacy Culture
Louisville, KY 40205

There are white supremacists and there is white supremacy culture. The first we can use to describe particular people; the second is a description of the dominant culture, the culture that surrounds us: it is the air we breathe, the water we drink. White supremacy culture is so much a part of our lives that we don’t even recognize it for what it is.

Do you want to explore white supremacy culture and how we can counteract it?

Join Cory Lockhart and Mandy Olivam for a 4-week series exploring internalized and structural white supremacy culture. Using resources by Tema Okun and dRworks, Mandy and Cory will create space to examine our individual experiences through mindful reflection, ritual, and rich dialogue. Over the four weeks, we will explore deeply both characteristics of and antidotes to white supremacy culture. With an open posture and gentle accountability, we hope to cultivate a small community of collective learning and healing.

In order to make the series accessible to more people, it is offered on a sliding scale from $40 to $200 ($40, $120, $160, $200). Please consider mindfully what you are able to invest. If you are able to pay at the highest level, you are supporting our ability to offer the series at the lowest level. Register here .

Notes: This is a 4-part series offered in October: October 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 9:30-11:30am in a home in the Highlands. The address will be in the confirmation email.

These are child-friendly gatherings! Child care will be provided on site for those in need.

Saturday, October 5, 9:30 am – 3 pm
2019 Solar Tour
University of Louisville Ernst Hall, Rm 103, 216 Eastern Parkway, 40208
-- Pre-tour: 9:30 a.m., kickoff and educational presentation (with Adam Edelen)
--Tour (bus or bike): 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
-- Post-tour: 3:00 p.m., meet the installers and celebrate,
Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Ave., Louisville KY 40206 (map)

Attend this fun event where you can tour existing solar installations to see how Kentucky families and businesses are harnessing free energy from the sun to generate electricity, warm and cool their homes, heat water, charge their electric cars, and slash monthly utility bills. Each tour site will offer information and perspectives from homeowners, businesses, and solar installers about the costs, processes, and economic and environmental benefits of going solar. Find detailed information and get tickets here .

Sunday, October 6, 11 am
Tales of Hope and Wonder for the Age of Chaos and Crisis
with Mark Steiner
Clifton Universalist Unitarian Church, 2231 Payne Street, 40206

Feeling overwhelmed by the yuck of today’s world? Worn out from facing the climate crisis, the extinction crisis, the white house crisis, as well as countless other cultural, communal and personal crises? Then come join us as this story-centered program promises to help. 

Speaker Mark Steiner of Cultivating Connections will fill our space with inspiring tales designed to center us in the hope and positive possibilities we need in this age of chaos and crisis. 

Sunday, October 13, 6 - 8:30 pm
Bernheim Forest, Clermont, Kentucky
SONICBernheim is an evening of lecture and performance exploring the relationships between sound, music, and nature – all under the full October “hunter’s moon”! Internationally-renowned ethnomusicologist Steven Feld will speak on topics spanning his 40-year career, Chicago-based sound artist Stephan Moore will present a site-specific sound installation, and Louisville’s own Orchestra Enigmatic will perform a program of chamber works inspired by nature.
Bernheim members $5; non-members $10

Saturday, October 13, 5 - 10 pm
Neighborhood Bike-In
Tyler Park, 40204
Grab your bike and head to Tyler Park on October 19 for a neighborhood Bike-In! Like a drive-in movie but with bicycles, this FREE community event features live music, food, drinks and movies, thanks to support from Natalie in Your Neighborhood and Schneider Electric.

Admission is free, all ages, rain or shine. Activities and Music start at 5pm, and the movie starts at dusk.

Guests will enjoy:
- A movie under the stars (James and the Giant Peach)
- LIVE music
- Food and beverages from local vendors
- Activities and games for kids of all ages, including Olmsted Parks Conservancy's free play station. Unstructured free play encourages kids to make their own playgrounds out of everyday materials, allowing them to build teamwork, imagination and confidence.

Hosted by Olmsted Parks Conservancy and curated by Louisville's own Ben Sollee and Hal Riedling, this event is the final of five FREE Neighborhood Bike-Ins in our summer series. Each event is designed to highlight each park's unique local neighborhood, artists, organizations and businesses.

Register here .

Monday, October 14 6:30 pm
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Chapter Meeting
First Unitarian Church,
809 South Fourth Street, 40203

Join the Jefferson County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth for our monthly meeting! Our October meeting features a Bernheim Roadshow presentation about the threats faced by this regional natural space resource.

Food will be provided, and we welcome you to bring a dish to share. Children & young people are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting, and we'll have some games and supplies on hand to keep younger kids busy. Child care can be provided- 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 .

Tuesday, October 15, 7 pm
Greater Louisville Sierra Club presents
Water in Kentucky: The State of the Commonwealth
United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State St, 40206
Please join us as we “plumb the depths” of water with longtime environmental attorney
and Sierra Club activist, Hank Graddy. Hank is an expert on all aspects of Kentucky’s
waterways: their geography, the status of their health and cleanliness, and the state
and federal laws designed to protect them.

Hank was an organizer of the Kentucky River Watershed Watch, Salt River Watershed
Watch, and statewide Watershed Watch programs. Not surprisingly, he is a powerful
advocate for more citizen water quality monitoring and more public participation to help
meet the goals of our water protection laws.

Hailing from Versailles, Kentucky, Hank is a graduate of Washington and Lee University
and University of Kentucky College of Law. He has held a number of national positions
within Sierra Club, including chair of the national Clean Water/Stop CAFO’s campaign
(combined animal feeding operations) and the Sierra Club Sentinel water sampling

So come gain a greater appreciation of Kentucky’s water resources and learn what you
can do to keep them fresh and clean for succeeding generations. Our meetings are
always free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 20 10 am - 2 pm
Louisville Grows
Citizen’s Forestry 101 Training - Twigs and Swigs
Against the Grain Brewery, 401 East Main Street, 40202
Citizen Forester Training 101 is the foundation of Louisville Grows’ Urban Forestry Program. Through the training, participants learn how to restore, build and maintain Louisville’s urban forest. Participants are taught basic tree anatomy and physiology, environmental stewardship, tree planting skills and how to lead other volunteers in proper planting and caring for trees.

Training is provided for individuals of all abilities, ages 12 years and older. The training cost is $25. A light breakfast and lunch is provided. All trainees receive a Citizen Forester t-shirt. Scholarships available upon request.

Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse will host the first annual Twigs and Swigs on October 20, 2019 in partnership with TreesLouisville and Louisville Grows!
Join us in our effort to raise awareness about these two AMAZING non-profit organizations and the work they do for Louisville’s tree canopy. We’ll have music, local craft-beer, pop-up market, and a silent auction to benefit both organizations! “More info here:

Saturday, October 26, 6 - 8:30 pm
Owl Prowl
Louisville Nature Center,
3745 Illinois Ave, 40213

Join Chris Bidwell and Susan Wilson at the Louisville Nature Center Owl Prowl. Light refreshments will be provided. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Don’t forget to dress for the weather! Cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited to 20 participants so call 458-1328 today to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, October 29, 6 pm
Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice presents:
Having Difficult Conversations - Calling in Friends and Family to the Work of Racial Justice
Central Presbyterian Church,
318 West Kentucky Street, 40203
Details to be announced. Watch the LSURJ Facebook page.

Friday, November 1, 3 - 7:30 pm
Annual Sustainability Summit: Making the Cut -
Acting Locally to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevillian Way, 40213
Please plan to join the LSC at our 9th Annual Sustainability Summit! This year we will be celebrating wins, reflecting on changes, and tackling greenhouse gas emissions at the Louisville Zoo on November 1st, 2019.

This year the hope is that the Summit will foster connections, engage the Louisville community, inspire action, and recharge our members for continuing the push for change in the city we love! More information will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

Dr. Robert Brinkmann, Vice Provost for Scholarship and Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at Hofstra University presents “Seven Ways to Advance Your Sustainability Agenda in a Time of Change”. The last few years have seen some great progress on a of sustainability fronts. At the same time, we have had some major setbacks. This talk will review seven ways to advance your organization’s sustainability agenda in a time of change.

Around the world, individuals and groups are doing amazing things regardless of their political and economic environment. As organizations around the country are preparing their sustainability goals for the coming year or coming decade, it is important to focus on what we can learn from those who have achieved great success in the areas of environmental sustainability, green economic development, and environmental justice."

Visit the 2019 Sustainability Summit Webpage for more information as it becomes available:

November 8-10, 2019
Sierra Club Kentucky Chapter’s Annual Gathering
Lake Barkley State Resort Park near Cadiz, KY.
Our goal is to energize and educate our members and friends on environmental issues relevant to Kentucky and the nation. We are again partnering with our friends at the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE) to create a dynamic and interesting Family Program track so that adults and kids alike are assured to have a great time. The importance of biodiversity, healthy environments, and functional systems will be taught through interactive and artistic play.  

The chapter website will contain the most up-to-date information and registration guidance: https/www.sierra . Make lodging reservations by October 8th to get the discount rate.

The main programming is almost finalized, but we are working to make sure the gathering has something for everyone.  Some of the programming you can look forward to:
• Asian Carp, Invasion of Western Kentucky Water Ways.
• Folk Art as Long Environmentalism
• An update on the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign
• An environmental Panel Discussion lead by students from Murray State University
• A non-profit group's experience with installing solar panels

We are also pleased to announce that our keynote speaker on Saturday evening will be Adam Edelen. Mr. Edelen is a business person and solar energy entrepreneur. He also has extensive Kentucky political experience. He served as Chief of Staff for Governor Steve Beshear from 2008-2010, and he was elected as Auditor of Accounts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2011, serving a four year term. He was also a Sierra Club endorsed candidate in the Democratic primary election for governor in May of this year.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to socialize on Friday and Saturday evenings and, if you wish, you can go on an early Saturday afternoon hike. Musical entertainment will be provided on Saturday night by Lew Jetton followed by a bonfire.  Lodge rooms are available at reasonable rates and a variety of meal options are available.
Affirming Connections, Power and Possibilities
Save Bernheim Rally Coverage

Here are links to media coverage from the Friday, September 27th Rally to Save Bernheim. Click on an image below to see that coverage.

While our demonstration was a big success, Bernheim remains under threat. Stay updated and ready to step in to help Bernheim by following the news on their website.
Bernheim Forest Under Threat
As you have probably heard, two separate projects – a LG&E natural gas pipeline and a proposed Interstate 65/71 Regional Connector – threaten 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. These threats will 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 these threats, we need to demonstrate that we have a strong community of supporters. This means we need YOU (and YOUR FRIENDS and your friends’ friends)!

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!

Learn more on their website

Access pdf of Article " Defending Our Land "

Access pdf of talking points

Full Advocacy Tool Kit available here .

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