Our History


Together, let’s preserve our World’s Sacred Air, Water, and Soil, so as to create the healthy communities that are essential for the survival of all of life!

Our vision is to inspire people to action, to change their daily decisions to support health for all in all spheres of life. We gather people and data to encourage new conversations and new solutions to health challenges in our community and our world.


The Institute is creating a healthier Louisville by building a modern urban laboratory to support innovative, experimental research and projects focused on elevating a health in all policies approach. Through citizen empowerment and inventive technology, we can improve the health and harmony of our community and our world.

The initial projects focus on improved air quality. Polluted air is a barrier to healthy and productive lives, and we all share the same air.

Institute History

February 2018 – Beta testing of the Smell Louisville app starts.

January 2018 – Indoor Air Alerts launched in collaboration with the Foobot air monitor.

December 2017 – In partnershp with City Lab, the Institute hosts “Louisville in Harmony,” a workshop focused on new methods of collaboration.

November 2017 – In partnership with the Louisville Health Advisory Board, the Institute hosts “CEO Roundtable on Diabetes,” an event focused on the ROI of hosting a Diabetes Prevention Program at the workplace.

October 2017 – The Green Heart Project launches on Oct. 26.

October 2017 Fall 2018 Class of Ambassadors for Health in All Policies is announced.

October 2017 – Health in All Policies training for Ambassadors with the Georgia Health Policy Center.

June 2017 – AIR Louisville team releases final report on the findings of the community asthma project.

June 2017 – Visual and data artist Dominique Paul conducts an Air Quality Walk in downtown Louisville.

April 2017 – Founding class of the Ambassadors for Health in All Policies announced.

March 2017 – The Institute hosts the Air Policy Summit to discuss early analysis of AIR Louisville data and ideas for addressing air quality issues.

January 2017 Veronica Combs becomes the executive director of the Institute.

Novembr 2016 – The Institute launches the Healthy Plant Collection in partnershp with Nanz & Kraft.

October 2016Planting begins at St. Margaret Mary.

October 2016 – The Institute attends South by South Lawn, a festival of data and innovation at the White House.

September 2016 – AIR Louisville wins a Concordium award for innovative use of data.

September 2016Green for Good project health study and air monitoring start at St. Margaret Mary School.

August 2016 Lauren Anderson joins the Institute as a program manager.

June 2016St. Margaret Mary School joins Green for Good project.

March 2016 – The Institute launches Air Alerts, a service that allows users to sign up for notifications when the air quality changes from good to bad as well as when the air quality changes back to healthy levels.

February 2016Humana joins AIR Louisville.

January 2016 – First release of preliminary AIR Louisville data.

December 2015 – Kindred joins AIR Louisville.

December 2015 – Green for Good team wins $150,000 grant to test the power of green space to protect human health.

November 2015 – JenCare, a joint venture between ChenMed and Humana, joins AIR Louisville.

July 2015 – Papa John’s joins AIR Louisville.

May 2015 – The American Lung Association of the Midland States donates $25,000 to the AIR Louisville project to expand enrollment.

March 2015 – AIR Louisville launches with a visit from His Royal Highness Prince Charles and three partners: Brown-Forman, Passport Health Plan and Family Allergy and Asthma.

March 2015 – The interactive art exhibit Air Bare opens in downtown Louisville.

January 2015 – Veronica Combs joins the Institute as the director of community engagement. Her first project will be recruiting employers to join the AIR Louisville project.

October 2014 – The Institute is awarded a $750,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch a digital health project focused on asthma: AIR Louisville in collaboration with the city of Louisville and Propeller Health.

July 2014 – Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil Ted Smith becomes the Institute’s first Executive Director with a mission to establish Urban Labs projects that help the City of Louisville tackle city-wide projects that involve experimental research and technology that could offer public benefit.

June 2014 – Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil Collaborates with the JCTC NSF National Center for Excellence in GIS and begins deployment of 100 low cost Egg sensors after adding Ozone sensor chips to a third of them. The first release of www.louisvilleairmap.com is published by Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil and is available to other communities via GITHUB.

April 2014 – Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil The first project to launch 100 stationary low cost Air Quality Egg monitors for deployment across Louisville begins at an evening celebration. 75 Eggs are adopted at the launch event.

March 2014 – Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil Is formed as a fiscal sponsorship of the Community Foundation of Louisville and sets the goal of making our first project in healthy air.

October 2013 – Louisville hosts the Healthy Local Foods Conference which brings focus to the role cities must play in the preservation of air, water, and soil for human health.

June 2012 – Three Louisville foundations partner with Mayor Greg Fischer’s Office of Innovation to launch the first community-wide Asthma monitoring program. The program wins Louisville the IBM Global Smarter Cities designation for 2012.

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