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March General Meeting:
Please join us this month to learn more about the Waterfront Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, March 17,  7 PM, at the Clifton Center. We’ll hear from Brian Voelker, board president of Botanica and the Waterfront Botanical Gardens. Brian will discuss the master plan for the Waterfront Botanical Gardens project, to be located near the Big Four Bridge at River Road and Frankfort Ave. in Louisville on reclaimed land that was once used as a landfill. The gardens will be constructed on, roughly, 23 acres.

Botanica has been around for over 20 years, but in the last two years the project has made a lot of important progress. Projected highlights of the project include a Beargrass Creek overlook, water filtration garden, visitor’s center, and a children’s garden. Brian will bring us up to date on all the exciting plans for the project.

Our meetings are free and open to the public. The Clifton Center address is 2117 Payne Street.  Directions are on their website.  

Social Dinner With Sierrans
Join us for fellowship and food each month on the third Friday of each month.    Please click the Social Dinner Schedule link on the right to learn which restaurant the group will meet at this month, and for the details on who to contact.

Stay informed About Louisville Events!
Sign up to receive our monthly Louisville Group E-Newsletter. Just click on the link - it is quite easy. (Please choose "Greater Louisville Group Newsletter" in the GROUP [3rd] section). We send local outings, and additional event info in the Group Newsletter.

Outings News
Overall, have you ever hiked the Knobstone Trail?  Have you seen the Jefferson County Memorial Forest close up? Sierra Club outings will explore these areas, and many more. There is an Outing in Jefferson Memorial Forest in January; see the monthly email newsletter for details.

Red River Gorge, Kentucky
(More lovely pictures at the Outings page).

Also, ending Mountaintop Removal Mining is an ongoing focus of the Sierra Club's Kentucky activity.  We have members hiking and water testing in eastern Kentucky on a regular basis to document environmental stress, to talk with residents, and to support legal challenges which have stopped permits.

For additional outings info, click here.   Also see Inner City Outings.


We have a Greater Sierra Club Facebook page.


Please "Like" us, write on the "Wall," and do all those other good Facebook activities that will connect our membership!

Greater Louisville Ex-Com
Our Executive Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m, at the Clifton Library on Frankfort Ave.   Let us know what matters to you. We welcome new members and fresh ideas!

Have ideas for Programs? Hikes? We’re listening. Our general meetings every third Tuesday are open to all!  


Upcoming Events

March 17
General Meeting

March 20
Social Dinner

Featured Links

Social Dinner Schedule

Greater Louisville Facebook page

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The Clifton Center

Join Sierra Club or renew your membership

Wendell Berry's speech at "I Love  Mountains" - incredibly inspiring

Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Green List Louisville

Green Event Calendar

Jefferson Memorial Forest

Louisville Climate Action Network

Louisville Green Guide

Inner City Outings (ICO)

Kentucky Conservation Committee

The Climate Project

Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District

Kentucky Resources Council

Jefferson County Environmental Trust

Lawn Care for Cleaner Air

Union of Concerned Scientists

Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development (KIESD)

WFPL Louisville


Watershed Watch Stream Monitoring Programs
Ever wonder what a healthy waterway should look like? Wonder about the chemistry and biology of our waterways? Here are opportunities to really get involved. Volunteers are needed for the  Watershed Testing programs, (also known as Water Sentinels). You must have training to participate. 

Salt River Watershed Watch 
Trainings are held each spring, and sampling dates are coming up. Visit the Salt River Watershed Watch website,,  for more information. Contact person is Sarah Wolff, 432-2677 cell, or email Sarah Wolff. (Also recommend checking the Cumberland Chapter site).

2015 Spring Schedule:
March 26 Annual Meeting—University of Louisville
Training: (exact locations to be determined)
March 7—Center College, Danville
April 11—Breckingridge County
April 18—Trimble County
April 25—Jefferson County

Sampling Schedule:
May 16—e coli
June 1-30—biological and habitat assessments

The Salt River Watershed Watch, (also know as Salt River Basin) is the closest watershed watch program for Greater Louisville. 

Kentucky River Watershed Watch: KRWW also holds training sessions that will teach you how and what to look for.  Surf over to and click on "Schedule of Events" for more information.

Mountain Top Removal
Sierra Water Sentinels have ongoing research into the effects of valley fill from Mountain Top Removal.  If interested in that, please contact Lane Boldman. To become a water tester, contact Darlene Rusnak,

For additional information, you can also look at the Cumberland Chapter site on water testing.

Become an Outings Leader!
If you are willing to lead an outdoor event, such as a walk/hike of one hour, all-day, or overnight, or biking, canoeing, etc., we would love to have your particpation.  Please talk to Joan Lindop, or Panaena or Joe Bina.

Outings Leader Training sessions are held twice a year. Contact Joan Lindop or Panaena and Joe at

Metro Louisville Sustainability Plan
The Greater Louisville Sierra Club submitted comments on the draft Metro Louisville Sustainability Plan. We suggested that because of the severity of looming climate change, Metro Louisville should be much bolder and more active in the Sustainability Plan. The Mayor and Office of Sustainability did make some changes. Read our comments here, and the finalized Plan here.

Pictures of the Greater Louisville Sierra Club in action
We have a link to a nice album of pictures of us in action, taken by Mark Atwell.  Click on the Pictures link in the left-hand green column, or here.

Climate Change Report
The U.S. Global Change Research Program released a report recently that summarizes the science and the impact of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It discusses climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and the effect on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health.  Here is a link to the full report:

You can also browse around on their website to check out different pieces of the report here:   Also note  It has a good Southeast Region section, which pertains to us. 

Get Outside!

There are many exciting and adventurous outings offered throughout the Louisville area and the state. Outings include hiking, backpacking, service outings and more! Check out this Outings Link for more information!

Interested in working on outings with Inner City children in the Louisville Area? Contact Kevin McAdams at (502) 494-7040 for more information.

We have the challenge and opportunity of working with the Metro Government, letting our voices be heard. We should be attending some meetings of the Council and getting to know the players. Also, if there are speakers or topics you would like us to address at Monthly Meetings, please let us know. Contact Joan Lindop.

E-Mail Addresses Wanted
If you are willing to receive 1-2 emails per month with reminders about the Greater Louisville Sierra Club activities, please send an e-mail to .

Community Conversations
If you want to join a conversation about what's happening in the Metro Area, we suggest you attend one of Mayor Greg Fischer's gatherings. For information on dates, times, and locations, click here.

Join up and help out
Greater Louisville GroupWANT TO HELP the environment, meet great people, and enjoy the outdoors? If your zip code begins with 400, 401, and 402, then you're in the Greater Louisville Group area. Join us. For information about groups outside this area, click here. For monthly e-mail updates about our activities, e-mail Joan Lindop.

Volunteers Needed to Attend APCD Meetings
APCD (Air Pollution Control District) meets every third Wednesday of each month. If you can get to these meetings, please do. The environmental interests are seldom represented!

Grass roots OUTRAGE can clean up our air. Each member of Metro Council individually needs to hear our concerns. And the Air Pollution Control District (City Agency) has stakeholder committees. The APCD contact person is

Volunteers are also needed to attend:

  • West End Task Force meetings (every third Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the NIA Bldg)
  • Planning Commission meetings (Thursday afternoons at Jefferson & 6th)

The business & ethical case for energy efficiency
Municipal electric utility CEO Glenn Cannon gave this presentation last year to a large audience in the Midwest. It offers ideas based on solid experience for doing well in a carbon-constrained world. [2.8 Mb]

For more information about events, or questions on web site content,  e-mail Joan Lindop, (phone 502-228-0016).

Volunteer  Webmaster: Wallace McMullen


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