Today we are proud to launch The Green Heart Project

Along with our partners, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our most important work to date. The Green Heart Project is a five-year collaboration with scientists and residents to precisely define the power of nature to project human health.

Click here to read more about our work.

Welcome to our newest Ambassadors for Health

We are thrilled to welcome 27 new Ambassadors for Health in all Policies. These individuals join the founding class inducted this spring. We are looking forward to getting to know these individuals and lifting up their work in our city. Collaboration is the key to solving the many problems facing Louisville.

Congratulations! Check out the full roster with pictures here.
Neville Blakemore, GN Building Products
Allison Brown, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Micah Cargin, Humble Warrior Incorporated
Leslie Clements, Humana
Ava Corwin, Center for Health Equity
Dr. Kish Cumi, Smoketown Family Wellness Center
Sarah Lynn Cunningham, Louisville Climate Action Network
Kelley Dearing Smith, Louisville Water Company
Sandra Diminnie Bowling, Project Warm
Jody Duncan, Building Our Blocks
Stephanie Fellon, Gilda’s Club
Rob Frederick, Brown-Forman
Jeff Gill, Hip Hop Cares
Jud Hendrix, Global Human Project
Kyle Kramer, Passionist Earth & Spirit Center
Kel McBride, Clearly Depart
Josh Miller, IDEAS xLab
Cheyenne Mize, Strive 502
Becky Montague, Family Community Clinic
Karyn Moskowitz, New Roots
Dr. Sarah Moyer, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Patti Olsen, Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness
Prasanthi Persad, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Father John Rausch, Catholic Communities of Appalachia
Nina Rodahaffer, Strive 502
Leah Walker, Family & Children’s Place
Dr. David Wicks, Jefferson County Public Schools (ret.)

Support Clean Air Education with a gift on Thursday!

Thursday is your chance to join our movement to clean up Louisville’s air – inside and out!

We are participating in Give for Good Louisville on September 14. Your donation will help us bring Healthy Plants to classrooms around Louisville. With contributions from supporters, we will provide a plant from our Healthy Plant Collection to a science teacher along with learning material that explains how plants can help improve indoor air quality.

The Healthy Plant Collection is a specialty line of live plants curated in partnership with Nanz & Kraft Florists. The plants in this collection have the ability to absorb common indoor pollutants. NASA’s Guide to Air Filtering House Plants is a fun and easy way to introduce children (and adults) to the power of plants. The Institute used this research to develop this plant collection in partnership with Nanz & Kraft.

Show your support with a donation of $20, $50, or $100 on Thursday and help us spread the word about clean air!

Nominate an Ambassador for Health in All Policies

The Ambassadors for Health in All Policies program is looking for people who are changing neighborhoods and workplaces. Ambassadors are making Louisville a healthier and happier place by taking action and changing the traditional idea of health. This work covers everything from planting gardens to starting walking clubs to teaching conflict resolution skills.

The first class of 32 Ambassadors was announced in April 2017. Watch the video above to meet a few of them.

Ambassadors gather several times a year to share their own work with the group and take new ideas back to their workplaces, families and community groups.

Do you know an individual who would make a good Ambassador? We’re looking for people who are creative, active and engaged in the community. Are you good candidate? Nominate yourself!
Complete this short nomination form by September 22. Answer 3 short questions and honor someone making Louisville healthier.

City to decide on chemical emissions request this week

The Institute and many groups in our community have been closely following the American Synthetic Rubber Company emissions issue. The company has been trying for years to meet the emission goals set by the STAR program. ASRC has requested that the Air Pollution Control District change the emission limits related to 1,3 butadiene.

The company has been unable to meet the limits for several years. Their request for a modification in their operating permit has attracted a lot of attention this time.

Metro council members passed a resolution urging the Air Pollution Control District to deny the request. A group of Democrats introduced the non-binding resolution and then the entire council voted to approve the measure.

The Courier-Journal also urged the APCD to say no:

The air board deserves credit for holding community meetings to hear concerns. Now the staff at the air district needs to act for the health of the community. Residents are demanding clean air.

Now decision time has come. On WFPL, Erica Peterson spoke with Rubbertown resident Denise Snorton who uses 8 Glade Plugins to mask the smell from Rubbertown plants.

Nothing can mask the cancer risk that all Rubbertown residents face due to emissions of 1,3 butadiene and other cancer-causing chemicals released by the chemical plants in the neighborhood. The Air Pollution Control District should keep this cancer risk as low as possible and deny ASRC’s request to modify their operating permit.

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