Bluegrass Sustainability Summit Feb. 4 aims to shift regional culture

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Nearly two-thirds of Central Kentuckians say they want to see a culture of environmental sustainability in the Bluegrass, according to a poll conducted by the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC). The inaugural Bluegrass Sustainability Summit, held Feb. 4, 2020 and hosted by Bluegrass Greensource, aims to take action toward that goal.

Mark Fisher, vice president of facilities, planning and sustainability at the Cincinnati Zoo, named the “Greenest Zoo in America,” will be keynote speaker.

The summit, held at the University of Kentucky’s new Gatton Student Center, will feature regional sustainability success stories from Cincinnati, Louisville and other Kentucky communities. Local experts will discuss four main topics.

The topics were chosen based on a poll taken by Bluegrass Greensource in which nearly 64% of Central Kentuckians reported to having a vested interest in waste reduction; 50% said they are concerned about water quality; about 45% are interested in learning more about energy efficiency and climate change; and nearly 40% want to know more about sustainable agriculture and local food.

Summit attendees will hear from local experts, then form action teams to take on challenges and look at opportunities in each area. With administrative support from Bluegrass Greensource, the action teams will begin meeting to identify goals and methods to pursue them.

The summit will be a historic event for Lexington, empowering attendees to create change in their businesses, homes and communities. All Central Kentuckians – including elected officials, government employees, businesses, students and those working in community and environmental fields – are invited to become inspired to work together to make Kentucky a greener state.

More information regarding the event and the day’s agenda can be found at https://bggreensource.org/summit/.

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