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Earth Day is April 22, here are seven ways you can enjoy the great outdoors Kentucky-style

By Hayley Robb Building Kentucky Enjoying the great outdoors and connecting with nature has been a way to find comfort during a difficult past year, making Earth Day especially important in 2021. Kentucky is filled with beauty and opportunities to enjoy the outside, so we’ve put together some ideas for places and spaces in the Commonwealth to celebrate Mother Nature this year. 1. Take Exercise Outside Joggers...

Historic Hancock County bridge finds new home at Henderson County’s Sandy Lee Watkins Park

Removal of the historic bridge (Photo from Building Kentucky) By Nicole Ares Building Kentucky A bridge that once linked Daviess and Hancock counties has been relocated to a new home at Sandy Lee Watkins Park in Henderson County. The historic bridge, which formerly carried Toler Bridge Road over Blackford Creek, was showing its age and deteriorating. Though it could no longer be used to carry vehicular...

With spring gardening upon us, consider adding native plants to your garden and landscaping

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky Did you know you can help Kentucky’s ecosystem by adding native plants to your garden and landscaping? Native plants mitigate the impacts of global warming by storing more carbon than their non-native counterparts. Climate change is caused by the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. When native plants store carbon in their roots and soil, they help the environment...

Kentucky’s legendary ‘Cocaine Bear’ story to be subject of new movie directed by Elizabeth Banks

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky A new movie will dive into the fascinating true story of a legendary Kentucky bear. Kentuckians may know the history of “Cocaine Bear,” a 175-pound black bear found dead of an apparent drug overdose after consuming more than 75 pounds of cocaine in the mid-1980s. How the drugs made it to the Appalachian woods where the bear was found and the bear’s wild ride to...

Louisville’s first Energy Manager leading state’s largest city toward sustainability, renewable energy

By Nicole Childress Building Kentucky Louisville Metro Government is taking steps to become a leader in renewable energy. Last year, the Metro Council approved the 100% Clean Energy Resolution which outlines energy goals including: • 100% clean renewable electricity by 2030 • 100% clean energy for metro government operations by 2035 • 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040 Other sustainability...

As you start planning to get away, consider a ‘staycation’ and become a local tourist – some ideas

By Nicole Childress Building Kentucky While the pandemic has made long-distance travel difficult, Kentuckians are lucky to have great choices for destinations close to home worth exploring. Rediscover Kentucky’s beauty, history and culture by becoming a local tourist this spring! Camp Bespoke, Williamstown Camping got a serious upgrade last fall when Camp Bespoke opened. The majority Black female-owned...

Is your office post-pandemic ready? Five questions to ask about function and design

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky From added health requirements to new employee expectations and flex work models, navigating when and how to fully reopen is no simple process. “When workers do return, they’ll expect more,” said Luckett & Farley’s Luke Kinne, who has helped numerous Kentucky businesses redesign their office environments. “Companies should take a deep look at the flexibility,...

As Kentucky legislative session begins this week, here are various legislative priorities

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky As the Kentucky legislature convenes this week, here are the various priorities of legislative leaders, the Governor and various Chambers of Commerce: Legislative Leaders Share Goals Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker David Osborne recently shared their policy goals at the Kentucky Chamber’s Legislative Preview Conference. The need for a one-year state...

‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Netflix film has deep Kentucky connections, most ‘takes place’ in Lexington

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky New Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” is encouraging a new generation of chess enthusiasts – and putting eyes on Kentucky. The show’s ties to the Commonwealth are plentiful. Its leading lady, Beth Harmon, makes waves at the Kentucky State chess championship and has trouble relating to others at her Lexington school – plus its author has a storied history...