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UofL receives overall Zero Waste score of 58.2 percent in Post-Landfill Action Network assessment

By Jill Scoggins University of Louisville The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) has awarded the University of Louisville an overall Zero Waste score of 58.2 percent, resulting from 864.5 points out of a total possible 1600.5 points. This puts UofL’s score above other campuses PLAN works with, which average between 40 and 50 percent. The score comes from a November 2020 comprehensive Zero Waste...

Kentucky environmental groups turn focus to inclusion, diversity in state’s outdoor spaces

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Environmental advocates and outdoor enthusiasts across the state are focusing on inclusion and diversity in hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. Despite wanting to experience nature, many people of color may not have the opportunity to explore Kentucky’s numerous trails, lakes and state parks. (Photo courtesy of The Explore Kentucky Initiatve) Gerry...

Bill Straub: Overseeing destruction of the planet, president declares he is great environmentalist

With all the attention being afforded his derisive comments aimed at military personnel, his abject failure to address the COVID-19 crisis, the ever-increasing volume of his racist dog whistling and, well, his general imbecility, little notice is being given to President Donald J. Trump as he oversees the destruction of the planet. Fires are raging in California, hurricanes are popping up like bubbles...

Virtual public hearing set for Thursday to address ground water pollution at Herrington Lake

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Critics say a plan developed by Kentucky Utilities to address groundwater pollution from an unlined coal-ash pond seeping into Herrington Lake is inadequate. In 2017, the Sierra Club and Kentucky Waterways Alliance filed a lawsuit against Kentucky Utilities, which operates the power plant producing the coal ash, arguing that it violated federal regulations for...

Louisville becomes first Ky. city to pass renewable-energy resolution; goal is 100 percent in 20 years

The Louisville Metro Council has voted to commit to reaching 100 percent renewable energy use for city operations within the next two decades. According to the resolution, the city will work to shift public transit and other operations to run on clean forms of energy, such as electricity and solar power. Louisville is the first Kentucky city to commit to reaching 100% renewable energy for its city...

Environmental groups file lawsuit against Kentucky Utilities to stop coal ash pollution at Herrington Lake

Sierra Club and Kentucky Waterways Alliance filed a federal lawsuit today against Kentucky Utilities, seeking cleanup of toxic coal ash waste at the E.W. Brown Power Plant near Harrodsburg that is leaking pollution into Herrington Lake, contaminating the water, sediments, and fish. The suit, filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the environmental groups, seeks to protect the lake, which is popular for...

Rural Blog: Sierra Club poll shows Appalachian state voters favor shift away from coal

Voters in in Appalachian coal states favor transitioning away from coal, and a bill in Congress to help fund the effort, says a poll conducted by the Sierra Club and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. The poll in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia surveyed 150 registered voters in each state. It was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican firm. Asked...

Sierra Club, LG&E reach agreement that includes $1 million investment in watershed restoration

Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and the Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, have reached an agreement on the handling of direct discharges from Mill Creek’s ash pond to the Ohio River in southwest Jefferson County, pursuant to a Proposed Consent Decree filed Tuesday with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville. If approved by the Court, this...

Louisville makes list of nation’s greenest higher education institutions for eighth straight year

The University of Louisville has once again been named one of America’s greenest higher education institutions. For the eighth consecutive year, UofL has landed in the top 100 in the Sierra Club Cool Schools rankings. The 2016 list, released Tuesday, ranks UofL at No. 43, jumping almost 30 spots since last year. Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives, said the scoring...

With passion for environment and touch of magic, ‘Diaper Fairy’ finds business success

Emily Weixler McCay, founder of Diaper Fairy Cottage, has no qualms about dressing up as a fairy godmother to promote her business – and her passion for the environment. (Photo from Centre)   By Patsi B. Trollinger Special to KyForward   Move over, Walt Disney. Cinderella’s fairy godmother has met her match.   Emily Weixler McCay is founder of the Diaper Fairy Cottage. In September,...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Even when it comes to our makeup, we can be environmentally friendly

By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   I just spent $40 on makeup. Forty dollars! And it was on only one thing – Lancôme Dual Finish Powder to be exact. I have been buying the same makeup since my mom took me to get a makeover my sophomore or junior year of high school. I obviously don’t like change, because that was more than 20 years ago, but I also don’t like spending $40 on makeup!   If...