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Bluegrass Greensource seeking volunteers to fourth annual Main Street Clean Sweep program

Bluegrass Greensource is calling for volunteers to keep Lexington clean and green on Friday, April 21, and Earth Day, Friday, April 22. Between April 14 and April 22, 2017, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pick ups in 20 communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are currently accepting volunteers to...

Bluegrass Greensource presents GreenFest sustainable living festival Saturday

Bluegrass Greensource presents GreenFest 2016, a one-day sustainable living festival featuring green living workshops and resources, community booths and vendors, and local food trucks, music and beer, Saturday, May 21 from 12 – 6 p.m. And the Bluegrass Greensource Educators will provide fun and environmentally informative activities for the kids. GreenFest 2016 will be held at Bluegrass Greensource’s...

Greensource: Litter begets litter, meaning until we stop it we have to keep cleaning it up

By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   Today I had sushi for lunch – in my car. Who does that?   I guess it is not as bad as eating a gourmet filet mignon, but the car is not exactly the best place for sushi. A fast food burger or burrito maybe, but nothing that gets dipped in a wonderful mixture of soy sauce and wasabi and is eaten with chop sticks.   I decided on sushi from a grocery...

Greensource: Why are some things recyclable and others are not? It’s all about economics

  By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   Many people recycle, but I often wonder how much we understand about WHY we recycle.   Recycling is about more than just keeping things out of the landfill, although that is a big part of the reason why. What I find most interesting is not the WHY to recycle, but WHY certain things are recyclable and others are not. The answer is invariably economics.   In...

Greensource: This Fourth of July, add a little (or a lot) of green to your red, white and blue

(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   Ah, today is the last day of a short week, and time for one of my favorite holidays. Actually, if it weren’t for the heat, Independence Day may be No. 1 in my book.   Being in downtown Lexington, watching a parade, walking the streets and meeting people I haven’t seen since the last Fourth of July. Then there...

Greensource: ‘Summer is coming’ mantra means finding fun ways to keep it green

This type of green camping is described as “leave no trace” and is certainly more green than big Airstream trailers with wifi, television and toilets. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   Summer is coming. If you happen to be a Game of Thrones fan, you are well versed in the “Winter is coming” mantra of the people from the North. However,...

Greensource: With basketball over, April’s Earth Month shifts our focus to environment

This artistic rain barrel was painted by Franklin Independent High School art teacher Miles Johnson and his students. It is located in the Capitol Annex in Frankfort. (Photo from bgGreensource)   By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   Basketball is over … now what?   Wow, what a basketball season! I am still recovering from the game parties last weekend and staying up way too late...

Greensource: NCAA ‘green’ tournament helps all environmental efforts go more mainstream

(Photo from NCAA Final Four 2014)   By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   I like basketball. Ok, maybe not quite as much as you do, assuming you live in Kentucky and are obsessed with the #BBN (Big Blue Nation) – which took me longer than I care to admit to figure out what it stood for, but I can definitely get into a game, and even find myself jumping up from the couch in glee at three-pointers.   I...

Greensource: In this season of giving, let’s try not presenting the planet with more waste

By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   ‘Tis the season for a lot of waste. Ok, I don’t want to be a Scrooge, but it is also the season of giving and that giving often generates waste.   Although one of the best feelings in the world is giving a gift which is lovingly received, that feeling often accompanies an unintended byproduct. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, we...

Greensource: Winter’s return reminds us that being energy efficient is as important as ever

By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   We had snow this week! In November! OK, maybe it wasn’t much snow, but any snow in November is special. As a result of that touch of snow, accompanied by super cold temperatures, I am especially enjoying cuddling under blankets by the fire. The problem is, it’s much earlier this year than last, and I am a bit worried about our heating bill for...

Greensource: A World Series win this year matters less than a ‘green’ ballpark victory

Dodger Stadium in 2011 (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   The Dodgers did not win the World Series this year. I am sure that is not new to you if you pay any attention to sports news, but to me it is the only significant part of baseball since they lost in the post season.   However, while the rest of the baseball fans are root, root, rooting for their...

Greensource: Nature – not pop culture –
is top of mind in this children’s reading list

By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   I am a self-proclaimed nerdy mom. Maybe not the glasses-and-pocket-protectors-type nerd (I just had LASIK!), but definitely the looking-under-rocks-to-see-what-fun-bugs-we-can-find kind. One of my favorite PBS Kids shows is Wild Kratts about all of the special powers various animals have and how those powers can defeat the bad guys.   Somehow, however,...

Greensource: Pet rocks aside, there’s plenty in the natural world to bring out our creativity

By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   I always thought my grandma invented pet rocks. First of all, my Grandma Barry (both my grandmothers were named Mary, so I differentiated them by using their last names) was one of the most crafty, talented, creative people I have ever known. She made all of her own clothes, painted all of the pictures in her house (and many of those in countless relatives’...

Greensource: When it rains, it pours … carrying everything with it into our streams

By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   If you are reading this, you have obviously survived the Fourth of July deluge. As you probably know, we received the same amount of rain in a few days that we usually do in the whole month of July. This, of course, ruined many Independence Day barbecues and rained on our beloved parade and downtown festivities. I say beloved, because to me, they really are.   I...

Amy Sohner: What’s in our new name? A lot!
Bluegrass PRIDE now Bluegrass Greensource

I know one of those people who did not know she was pregnant until she gave birth to a full-term, healthy little girl. The thing that horrified me most when I found out was not how difficult it was going to be for her and her husband to prepare to be parents (i.e., arranging day care, getting car seats, adjusting to the idea, etc.), but how difficult it would be to pick a name. When our first daughter...

Bluegrass PRIDE rolls out the rain barrels – and changes name to Bluegrass Greensource

  Staff report   Bluegrass PRIDE brought out the rain barrels – a colorful array of creative, painted barrels – downtown to the Fifth Third Pavillion to set up the big announcement that the organization is changing its name to Bluegrass Greensource.   The barrels were auctioned off to raise funds for the “green” advocacy and education group and provided a colorful backdrop for...

Bluegrass PRIDE’s annual rain barrel event follows unveiling of group’s new name, logo

Twenty painted rain barrels will be available during a silent auction at the annual Bluegrass PRIDE Rain Barrel Reception. (Photo from BG PRIDE)   Bluegrass PRIDE will host its 10th annual Kentucky American Water Rain Barrel Reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 21. The event will take place at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Lexington’s Cheapside Park, and, for the second year, will be a part...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Having a ‘green’ green lawn is possible when grass is healthy and happy

  By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   It is almost mid-June and I have not touched my lawn. What I mean is that I have not paid one bit of attention to making it lush and soft and green. Not “green” like environmentally responsible, but “green” like the color.   This is not abnormal for me. I do not mow, I do not fertilize and I do not worry about weeds in my lawn. However,...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Today’s environmentally active youth are already tomorrow’s leaders

Ben Swanson, a junior at Henry Clay High School and member of Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council, noted how a refilling station's digital counter trips twice when he fills a 32-ounce bottle. (Photo from FCPS) (Photo from FCPS)   By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   Water, water everywhere, and lots of drops to drink!   Every time I work with high school students, I feel dwarfed by...