Improving Our Air Quality

2015 Sustainability Summit
November 5-6, 2015

The 2015 Sustainability Summit gathered over 225 community members representing over 100 organizations to learn about the deep interconnections between the health of our air and human health, and begin to elevate short and long term efforts that collectively can improve air quality.

All event materials, presentations, breakout notes and worksheets are now available at Thank you to our sponsors, partners, panelists, facilitators, attendees, and volunteers for making this event a success! Over 225 attendees participated.

View MetroTV video of the event here.

What’s Next?: The LSC is working through how best to advance the short and long term projects identified at the Summit. In 2016 the LSC Action Teams may evolve to more effectively take on these projects, using the collective impact model to create large scale social change. Action Teams meet monthly and are free and open to all. Contact with any questions.

Co-Hosted By

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Event Materials
Click here for the Event Program (includes agenda with speakers)
Click here for Air Quality Facts and Resources.


Event Presentations 

plenary first slideAir Quality and the Link to Health
Dr. Ted Smith, Institute for Healthy Air Water & Soil, Moderator
Rich Vollmer, Humana
Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, Environmental Cardiologist, University of Louisville
Jay Turner, Washington University in St. Louis
                                                               Arnita Gadson, Kentucky Environmental Quality                                                                                       Commission


It Starts With You: Designing, Participating, and Tracking Citizen-led Initiatives
Veronica Combs, Institute for Healthy Air Water & Soil
Nancy Givens, Solar Over Louisville
Bobby Clark, NuLu & West Liberty Ecodistricts
Lynn Rippy, Youth Build
Sy Safi, Greening the MLS
                                  Valerie Magnuson, Louisville Grows


Office of SustainabilitySustain Louisville: Leading the Way for Our Community
Maria Koetter, Louisville Metro, Office of Sustainability





An Insider’s Guide to Louisville’s STAR Communities Rating
David Abell, STAR Communities




Breakout Presentation: Track 1 Buildings
Nancy Church, Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council
Louis Zaccone, Harshaw Trane
Tom Stephens, Center for Neighborhoods
Bob Vice, Louisville Landmarks Commission
Maria Koetter, Louisville Metro, Office of Sustainability
Kelley Kline, General Electric
Merv Antonio, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Facilitator
Breakout notes:Track 1 Buildings
Breakout worksheets: Track 1 Buildings

Land Use & Transportation2

Breakout Presentation: Track 2 Land Use & Transportation 
Patti Clare, Vision Louisville
Aida Copic, TARC
Gill Holland, The Green Building & Portland Investment Initiative
Emily Liu, Metro Planning & Design
Caroline Heine, West Louisville Foodport
Ed Cortas, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Facilitator
Breakout notes:  Track 2 Land Use & Transportation
Breakout worksheets: Track 2 Land Use & Transportation

Breakout Session: Track 3 Alternative Energy Alt energy session
Melissa Howell
, Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition
Nancy Givens, Solar Over Louisville
David Huff, LG&E and KU
Kenya Stump, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Lisa Abbott, Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance
Eric Schmall, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Facilitator
Breakout notes: Track 3 Alternative Energy
Breakout worksheets: Track 3 Alternative Energy

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Breakout Session: Track 4 Natural Systems
David Phemister, The Nature Conservancy
Judy Peterson, Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Wes Sydnor, MSD
Cindi Sullivan, TreesLouisville
Brent Bucknum, Hyphae Design Laboratory
Claude Stephens, Bernheim Forest, Facilitator
Breakout notes: Track 4 Natural Systems
Breakout worksheets: Track 4 Natural Systems

Community Engagement

Breakout Session: Track 5 Community Engagement
Elizabeth Schmitz, Kentucky Environmental Education Council
Dee Lynch, Kentuckiana Air Education
Attica Scott, Country Health Rankings & Roadmap
Gina O’Brien, Brightside
Roger McClendon, Chief Sustainability Officer, Yum! Brands Inc.
Kevin Connolly, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Facilitator
Breakout notes: Track 5 Community Engagement
Breakout worksheets: Track 5 Community Engagement

Waste diversion provided by QRSmain_jpg

Reception – Thursday, November, 2015
Commercial Dry Waste (dry) = 215 lbs (Approx. 95% was recycled)
Organics (wet) = 95 lbs (100% was composted)

Summit – Friday, November 6, 2015
Commercial Dry Waste (dry) = 146 lbs (Approx. 95% was recycled)
Organics (wet) = 168 lbs (100% was composted)

 Thank you to our Sponsors!

Event Sponsors

Yum!HumanaInstitute for Healthy Air Water Soil

 Plenary Sponsors



 Track Sponsor


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Session, Breakfast, and Lunch Sponsors

KNBA 3line LOGO (3)
CIR Stacked Logo Black (1)



Bingham Baum Doll






Copper & Kings

Farm to Fork
Vision Productions




Rainbow Blossom



Heine Bros


The Nature Conservancy

Looking for Lillith


Green Drinks Louisville



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