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Become empowered to create a more sustainable Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — According to the Kentucky Environmental Education Council, nearly two-thirds of Central Kentuckians want to see a culture of environmental sustainability grow in the Bluegrass. This February, Bluegrass Greensource is hosting an event, open to all Central Kentuckians, that aims to do just that.

At the inaugural Bluegrass Sustainability Summit (held Feb. 4 at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton Student Center), Mark Fisher, VP Facilities, Planning and Sustainability at the Cincinnati Zoo, will be the keynote speaker. Attendees will hear about regional success stories from Cincinnati, Louisville, as well as smaller Kentucky communities.

Local experts will discuss four main topics, chosen based on a survey conducted by Bluegrass Greensource last spring: Waste Reduction, Water Quality, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, and Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food.

Each track will have its own action team which will set goals for Central Kentucky based on the issues presented by the panelists of each track.

Bluegrass Greensource announced recently that all of the panelists and action team leaders have been booked for the Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food track. Laurie White from the Community Farm Alliance will be helping this action team take on local opportunities and challenges for Central Kentucky for one year, and the panelists will be Ashley Smith (Fayette Alliance), Ashton Potter Wright (Lexington’s Director of Local Food & Agriculture), and Katelyn Hawkins (Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association).

The Summit is going to 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/.