A mini-forest is taking shape at St. Margaret Mary School on Shelbyville Road. Mayor Greg Fischer will be at the ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 10 am to celebrate the planting phase of the Green For Good project. Please join us to celebrate this innovative work.
The staff and students at St. Margaret Mary and the project team will join the Mayor at this event. The school is the site of an experiment designed to use trees and shrubs to create a living filter for roadway air pollution. The project will be a model for metro-wide “greening” projects that use the environment to improve human health.
South by Southwest is the big internet/music/film festival that takes over Austin, TX, every March. President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama attended this year to talk about how technology can make civic participation easier and the “Let Girls Learn” initiative. SxSW is a wonderful mix of topics and people. You can get mentored by a digital entrepreneur before breakfast, learn about unconscious bias at lunch, and check out new designs for smart neighborhoods in the afternoon. At dinner you could meet an author or a doctor, an artist or a physicist. The president was sufficiently inspired by this mash up of topics to host his own similar event: South by South Lawn.
SXSL will host panel discussions throughout the day that will explore how leaders in art, technology, food, innovation and social change are moving the country forward.
You had to apply for an invitation. I got a little nudge from a colleague and submitted a short essay about AIR Louisville. I bragged a little that we have recruited 11 partners to support this work and collected 97,000 data points about asthma. My applications stood out among the 20,000 the White House received. I have my event “boarding pass” all printed out and ready to go.
I’m excited to meet researchers at the University of Southern California who are using wearable technology and smartphones to improve cancer treatment. EpiBone will be there too. I’m also looking forward to a discussion of civic innovation in LA and hearing from the Honorable John Lewis, and entrepreneur Anil Dash during the “How we make change” session.
The day will end with music from The Lumineers and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. I’ve always wanted to hear Sharon sing live and in person and now I have the chance.
Watch for #SxSL on Twitter from noon until 9 am on Monday to get a look at what’s happening at the event. You can watch the panel discussions at whitehouse.gov/live or on Facebook.
Now that our staff has doubled, we needed a new space. We moved in to 806 1/2 E. Market on September 1. We are on the second floor. If youre at Please and Thank You, for coffee or a meeting, walk down the block and come say hi.
Fall continues to be a busy time for us. The Green for Good planting project at St. Margaret Mary is kicking into high gear. We are planning partner meetings with our Air Louisville collaborators. Air Bare is coming out of hibernation this weekend. Its new home will be at Portland Elementary.
Today is the perfect time to support our work. Make a donation to the Institute on Give Local Day. Your support will help us bring more air quality monitors and weather stations to the schools we are working with this fall.
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