JOB – Project Coordinator, Metro Louisville Office of Sustainability

Office of Sustainability


$22.05 Hourly$22.05 Hourly
Job Type
Develop Louisville
Job Number
8/12/2016 11:59 PM Eastern
Coordinates and implements sustainability projects including cross-functional team projects and other projects that relate to implementation of the City Sustainability Plan
Organizes and participates in projects and programs, maintains database records, and disseminates information
Completes special projects

Examples of Duties
Coordinates and implements multiple projects and programs to achieve objectives and goals of the City Sustainability Plan
Fosters, develops, and launches sustainability projects in partnership with Metro departments and external agencies
Provides technical assistance and guidance to project teams
Assists with preparing annual updates of the City Sustainability Plan
Drafts and revises project charters, task level work plans, status reports and detailed project documents
Develops and maintains partnerships to create and promote green economy initiatives
Develops and disseminates educational material and programs regarding sustainability, green initiatives and eco-friendly practices
Communicates with community stakeholder groups about Metro sustainability initiatives and other relevant sustainability topics
Participates in energy strategy workgroup efforts and Metro green team initiatives
Researches and recommends sustainability best practices, programs, and industry trends
Identifies and secures funding opportunities from external sources for sustainability projects
Meets regular and punctual attendance standards and any special needs of the position as determined by management, including mandatory overtime and performing related work
Travels to multiple locations to attend meetings and to complete special projects

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor’s degree
Biological Science
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Science
Public Administration
Urban Planning
Related field
Three years of energy efficiency, green initiative, environmental, or sustainability program planning and implementation experience
Must provide one’s own source of transportation
Must work a varied schedule
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted
Ability to handle multiple projects efficiently and to meet established deadlines
Ability to work well as part of a team
Ability to be flexible in meeting changing priorities
Must be organized and able to prioritize workflow and competing demands
Must work accurately with attention to detail
Ability to communicate effectively and professionally
Knowledge of and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and other software
Skill in public speaking

Supplemental Information

Louisville Metro Government
517 Court Place
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202.
(502) 574-3600

LG&E/KU roll out new commercial solar program

The utility selected Kentucky-based Solar Energy Solutions, LLC, as its business partner.

LG&E and KU Energy on Thursday announced a new program to provide solar power to businesses and industrial facilities in Kentucky.

It’s the one that the utility has been working on since last year. In April, company officials said they wanted to tap the energy from the sun for larger businesses while ensuring that any extra costs won’t be subsidized by other customers.

Read the full article from the Courier-Journal.

Become an annual Member of the LSC – Join Today!

LSC membership drive

The LSC relies on your annual renewing membership to support our work. Your financial support of the LSC, a 501(3)(c ) non-profit organization, enables us to organize, coordinate and mobilize our citizens to work together to improve the economic vitality and health of our community.

We are the only Louisville-based organization working across sectors and taking a broader, longer view of comprehensive sustainability in our area, and we need you.  – the individuals, businesses, and organizations who care about making Louisville greener – to help us accomplish our goals. Click here to learn about member benefits and
become an LSC member today!



Solar Over Louisville

More free workshops: Is Solar Right for Me?

Solar Over Louisville presents a free workshop series:

“Is Solar Right for Me?”

Have you considered installing solar energy at your home or business or would you like to learn more about solar energy benefits and why it is a great investment today? The cost of solar energy has fallen dramatically, and with available tax credits and financing options. Many people find that they can install and begin saving money from day one. Solar offers many additional benefits: it improves health and air quality, reduces carbon emissions, creates jobs, boosts the local economy, and increases energy security and resilience by diversifying the energy mix.

Each workshop will feature a presentation by local experts on the technology and benefits of rooftop solar installations for homes and businesses. The presentation will include an explanation of net metering and other financial benefits of being a solar owner.  There will be ample time allotted for questions and answers. This is an informational workshop sponsored by the Louisville Sustainability Council.

Bring friends and family members with you!

The workshop will be presented on four dates at the following locations:

• Thursday, June 9, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Middletown Library
• Wednesday, June 15, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Main Library
• Wednesday, June 22, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Crescent Hill Library
• Thursday, June 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Okolona Library
• Tuesday, August 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, St. Matthews Library
• Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Portland Library
• Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Shawnee Library
• Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Bon Air Regional Library

For more information contact or visit Solar Over Louisville on

Copper & Kings roof

EPAD introduced in Louisville!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Media Contacts:

April 11, 2016                                                 Chris Poynter, 574-4546/396-2015

                                                                        Jean Porter, 574-2383/649-1426

Energy Project Assessment District proposed for Louisville

Establishes new way for eligible property owners to pay for energy efficient upgrades

 LOUISVILLE (April 11, 2016) – Eligible property owners would be able to make energy efficient upgrades on their buildings and pay for them through assessments, under a proposed ordinance pending before the Louisville Metro Council.

Mayor Greg Fischer said the proposal creating an Energy Project Assessment District, or EPAD, would allow property owners to acquire private financing to put in solar panels or water conservation measures, for example — and then repay the loans via an assessment collected by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, over a term of up to 20 years.

The ordinance is sponsored by Ninth District Councilman Bill Hollander.

This measure would remove a difficult barrier for many, Fischer said, given that energy efficient upgrades can be costly up front, while the energy savings comes over time. Financing energy projects also can be made difficult by short repayment periods, high or variable interest rates, stringent credit requirements and lack of equity. But EPAD assessments offer longer repayment terms and the ability to effectively improve overall property value and marketability.

“Reducing energy consumption is a key recommendation from Sustain Louisville, the city’s first comprehensive plan for ensuring an environmentally sound, vibrant and prosperous future for Louisville and its citizens,” Fischer said. “The long-term EPAD structure is a win-win for the community and for property owners who want to be good stewards of the environment but don’t always have the means to do so.”

Hollander agreed.  “EPAD is a smart program, which assists property owners to voluntarily carry out energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, without an investment of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “Because both property owners and the environment benefit, I have been happy to work on this ordinance.”

Hollander noted that Jefferson County Sheriff John Aubrey was instrumental in developing the proposed EPAD ordinance.

Such legislation is already in place in 32 states, many of which call it PACE, for Property Assessed Clean Energy. Kentucky approved enabling legislation allowing local governments to create EPADs last spring.

Maria Koetter, director of Sustainability for Louisville Metro Government, said her office has been working since last spring with experts, environmentalists and other stakeholders to establish an EPAD here.

“EPAD programs are quite successful nationally to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. We look forward to developing a local program that will help property owners save money on utility bills and help achieve the city’s energy conservation goals.”

Solar Over Louisville

Solar Over Louisville Launches under a Sunny Sky

March 8, 2016

Approximately 75 people enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the roof of Copper & Kings, in view of a rooftop solar array, as Mayor Fischer, Representative Hollander, and the Louisville Sustainability Council announced the launch of Solar Over Louisville’s effort to install 2 MW of solar power in 2016.

Find out more about Solar Over Louisville here.

Event press coverage:

Louisville launches solar energy advocacy, education initiative (WFPL)

Solar Over Louisville Launches Green Bid (Courier-Journal)

Mayor Fischer announces launch of Solar Over Louisville (WLKY)

Sol Shine: New campaign seeks to up Louisville’s solar power usage  (Insider Louisville)

Solar Over Louisville

Join Solar Over Louisville on March 8, 2016!

Exciting things are happening with Solar Over Louisville!

  • Join us for the SOL launch event at Copper & Kings ( 1111 E Washington St) at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Join the LSC, SOL staff and volunteers, Metro Council Members, Mayor Fischer, and others as we celebrate the official launch of Solar Over Louisville.
  • New SOL Program Manager: Paul Brooks has joined SOL as Program Manager. In this part-time, temporary position, Paul will implement the plan for accomplishing SOL’s goals. Paul has engineering and business training and was most recently with the KY Department for Energy Development and Independence.
  • New logo! The new SOL logo features our river and downtown skyline under a bright orange sun. Its striking colors and clear message should spark interest and recognition throughout the community.

Want to get involved?
Whether you wish to help move the SOL program forward or to initiate a solar project of any scale, we want to hear from you. There are many volunteer activities and sub-committees within SOL, including:

  • Education and outreach
  • Financial development
  • Public relations and communications
  • Realizing project goals

Please contact Paul Brooks at  All kinds of talent are needed! And if you’re interested in a solar project, we can point you in the right direction to get started.

Why solar?
Renewable energy is an integral part of a sustainable, prosperous and healthful Louisville. And solar energy is available to us right here, right now, and at reasonable cost. With actionable support for solar energy, LSC is looking toward our community’s bright future.

Visit us at

Job Announcement: Solar Over Louisville Program Manager – closes 1/8

Solar installation_Earthwell Energy ManagementThis is a part-time contract position for the Solar Over Louisville (SOL) campaign in Louisville KY, which is a program of the Louisville Sustainability Council.

Duration of contract work is expected to be six months, but may be longer if additional funding is obtained.  Responsibilities listed are larger than what can be accomplished in a part-time position, so prioritizing will be done in collaboration with the SOL Planning Team.

Solar Over Louisville Program Manager


Description:  The Program Manager will manage the implementation of the Solar Over Louisville (SOL) campaign, which is a city-wide initiative, under the supervision of the SOL Planning Team and broad oversight of the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC).  Responsibility areas will include the implementation of program goals; community and agency education and outreach; building partnerships with local government, business, education, and community agencies; planning, scheduling, and holding a regular series of events, including workshops, tours, and trainings; working to identify and pursue fundraising activities in partnership with the LSC and the SOL Planning Team; promoting the program and developing positive public relations; community and media relations and outreach; and program administration.


Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in an energy, environment, or sustainable development field, with prior experience working with a government, business, education, or nonprofit agency desired. Demonstrated skills in program management and administration, including goal setting and financial tracking; working with teams and independently; organizing and prioritizing tasks; oral and written communications including presentations; fundraising activities; media outreach and community relations; partnership building across sectors; events planning and implementation; preparing effective publications and reports; monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on progress, recommending mid-course adjustments; and supervising volunteers.

All applicants must have the following:

  • Ability to work closely with the SOL Planning Team, and the SOL Advisory Community Outreach Council to plan and implement defined program goals and objectives
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and complex  projects
  • Excellent knowledge of solar energy, other energy, and sustainability issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences
  • Community outreach and partnerships-building skills
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively both as a team member and independently
  • Self-initiative and motivation
  • Public relations, presentations, publications, and effective messaging skills
  • Program administration skills including the ability to monitor and report on progress toward goals, and to monitor and report on budget expenses and needs
  • Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, WordPress, and basic webpage and publications design

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in related discipline
  • Strategic planning, visioning, and goal setting skills
  • 3 years experience in related work
  • Ability to identify and write successful grants and participate in or lead other fundraising activities
  • Proficiency with database and social media applications
  • Proficiency with website applications, graphics and software.


  • Work under the direction of the SOL Planning Team with related input from the Advisory Community Outreach Council and the LSC Board and Executive Director to oversee the implementation of the vision, strategic plan, goals and objectives for the SOL campaign.  (Tasks will be prioritized by the SOL Planning Team; all the desired goals and objectives cannot be achieved with the initial level of funded activity).
  • Manage and oversee the implementation of the SOL campaign’s community and professional education and outreach goals, including but not limited to scheduling regular events for the public and partner groups, creating education and outreach publications, fielding inquiries, and electronic outreach.  Publicize the regular series of community and professional education events and media outreach activities.
  • Build strategic partnerships with government, business, education, stakeholders, and community agencies to foster broad support, engage the community, and facilitate success in achieving program goals.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a dynamic public relations, communications, and outreach plan for the SOL community-wide initiative which will represent the SOL campaign to the public and program partners through presentations, community education events participation, press releases and writing occasional letters to the editor. Build public enthusiasm for SOL through implementing the SOL campaign’s media outreach and public education goals.  Implementing the communications, and outreach plan may include developing a network of responsive press contacts, and working with media contacts to provide information for in-depth coverage of campaign related issues.
  • Support and promote related events by partner groups that help to further program goals
  • Track and help publicize related events arranged by other groups – presentations, workshops, tours, trainings, and other events.
  • Collaborate with the SOL Planning Team on fundraising when the opportunity arises; participate in or lead fundraising activities; and administer funded grants.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on program accomplishments including but not limited to creating and administering evaluations at all SOL events; documenting and evaluating program event effectiveness for the SOL Planning Team with such evaluations.
  • Create and operate a database system to keep a record of all SOL program contacts, partners, events, photos, and press releases, to be used in program promotions and reporting and monitoring activities.
  • Represent the SOL campaign at SOL Planning Team meetings and Advisory Community Outreach Council meetings.
  • Take photos and maintain a photographic record of SOL events; use photos liberally to document and publicize SOL events – on the web site, with the media, in publications.
  • Perform other SOL related duties as needed.

Rate of pay for services will commensurate with the level of experience of the applicant.  All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and disabled veterans.

This position will begin at a level of 20 hours per week on the prioritized tasks.

How To Apply
Submit cover letter and a resume by COB January 8, 2016 to

About the Louisville Sustainability Council

The Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) promotes a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of the people living in Louisville, Kentucky. The LSC’s mission is to engage and collaborate with the community to facilitate the achievement of Louisville’s sustainability goals. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the LSC relies on donor and member support. Connect with the LSC on Facebook and Twitter @EngageLSC, or visit our website at

2015 Sustainability Summit: Improving Our Air Quality to Be Held November 6

Press Contact:
Tawana Bain (502) 657-7805

October 16, 2015
2015 Sustainability Summit: Improving Our Air Quality
to Be Held November 6
Louisville Sustainability Council and the Office of Sustainability will hold the 2015 Sustainability Summit on Friday, November 6.
LOUISVILLE, KY — As part of their continuing mission to improve sustainability efforts in the community, the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) and the city’s Office of Sustainability are co-hosting the second annual Sustainability Summit, on Friday, November 6, with an evening reception the night before. Registration is now open, with discounted early registration closing on October 23.
“This year’s Sustainability Summit will focus on uniting our community around the common goal of Improving Our Air Quality,” said LSC Interim Executive Director Emily Chandler. “The Summit is an opportunity for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, schools, and government agencies to work together to improve our health and quality of life.”
Mayor Greg Fischer will be speaking at the Summit on November 6. Other speakers to be featured at this year’s event include Dr. Ted Smith, Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, and other air quality, environmental, and health experts.
The LSC is proud to receive support for this year’s Summit from corporations committed to sustainability, such as our Event Sponsors: Humana, Yum! Brands, and the Institute for Healthy Air, Water, & Soil.
“The 2015 Summit will expand on the success of the first Summit, and the focus on air quality will help drive activities and efforts to help achieve the city’s health and environmental sustainability goals,” said Maria Koetter, Metro Louisville’s Director of Sustainability.
The 2015 Sustainability Summit welcomes Louisville’s sustainability and health professionals, as well as interested citizens of all backgrounds, to attend the event. Through the Summit, community efforts to improve air quality will be celebrated and elevated: in addition to connecting and convening new and existing passionate, air-quality focused individuals and organizations, the Summit will energize the community to get involved, develop actionable steps, and make positive changes.
Sessions for the 2015 Sustainability Summit: Improving Our Air Quality will take place Friday, November 6, from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. Participants will attend plenary sessions in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon; a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The afternoon breakout sessions for participant discussion, facilitated by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, will follow five tracks related to improving Louisville’s air quality: Buildings; Land Use & Transportation; Alternative Energy; Natural Systems; and Community Engagement.
An opening reception including welcome presentations, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and special entertainment will be held on Thursday, November 5 at Copper & Kings, 1121 East Washington Street from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. On Friday, the event will move to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Registration for the 2015 Sustainability Summit includes entrance to the Thursday evening and Friday events, as well as a one-year membership with the LSC. Discounted early registration is available through Friday, October 23. More information, as well as the registration form, can be found on the LSC website here:

The Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) promotes a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of the people living in Louisville, Kentucky. The LSC’s mission is to engage and collaborate with the community to facilitate the achievement of the city’s sustainability goals. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the LSC relies on donor and member support. Connect with the LSC on Facebook and Twitter @EngageLSC, or visit the website at
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