Scott Southall of Earthcycle Design LLC will be Action Team Leader for one year, guiding the team as it takes on local challenges and opportunities in Central Kentucky.
Mark Fisher, vice president of facilities, planning and sustainability at the Cincinnati Zoo, which is called “the Greenest Zoo in America,” will be keynote speaker for an event whose goal is to empower Central Kentuckians to make changes in sustainability. Fisher will tell attendees about regional success stories from Cincinnati, Louisville and smaller Kentucky communities.
Additionally, local experts in four main topic areas will present information on how area residents can make a difference, and create ongoing action teams to promote and encourage efforts moving forward. Attendees will be encouraged to join one of four Action Teams to make a difference in that topic area.
Bluegrass Greensource said that in addition to Southall, a Lexington landscape architect, panelists for the Water Quality Action Team who will participate in summit discussions are Jennifer Carey of Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Ken Cooke of Friends of Wolf Run, and Steve Evans of Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute at the University of Kentucky.
Water Quality; Waste Reduction; Energy Efficiency and Climate Change; and Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food will each have their own Action Teams that will set goals for Central Kentucky based on the issues presented by the panelists of each track. These four Sustainability Summit tracks were chosen based on a survey conducted by Bluegrass Greensource a year ago.
To be held at the UK Gatton Student Center in Lexington, the summit’s aim is empowering attendees to create change in their businesses, homes and communities. All Central Kentuckians – including elected officials, government employees, businesses, students, teachers, 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/.
Bluegrass Greensource is an environmental non-profit organization that has offered resources and educational information to 20 Central Kentucky Counties since 2001. Greensource provides outreach to over 230 schools, 600 community groups, businesses, local governments, and private citizens throughout Central Kentucky. Encouraging small, every day changes that make a big difference, they foster positive environmental and economic impact throughout the region. For information visit www.bgGreensource.org.