Save the planet: Pick Louisville

Environmental Economics

The greenest path through the NCAA men’s basketball tournament may be one that’s painted red — as in University of Louisville Cardinal red. And the one that takes Louisville to the championship game in Atlanta on April 8 produces the lowest carbon dioxide emissions for March Madness. He suggested fans across the country who are environmentally aware may want to consider rooting for Louisville. Let's see, how can we make this less fun !

Daily demand and supply: Louisville gas prices

Environmental Economics

I drove to Louisville, Ky to visit my sister and mother during the July 4 weekend.   However, in Louisville the price was almost $4 gallon. Here is what the local news had to say : Louisville's gas prices are frustrating enough -- perhaps even more so when you see places just outside the city selling it as much as 60 cents a gallon less. The EIA tells me that gas prices should have been around $3.61

Geothermal-powered education center anchors Louisvilles new Waterfront Botanical Gardens

AGreenLiving

A notorious old landfill in Louisville, Kentucky is being transformed into the new Waterfront Botanical Gardens, a verdant 23.5-acre site designed by architecture firm Perkins + Will. Geothermal-powered education center anchors Louisvilles new Waterfront Botanical Gardens.

Picture of the day: city prices

Environmental Economics

Grass-fed ground beef is $1/lb more at a Louisville, KY farmer's market, relative to the Boone, NC farmer's market.  

Treacherous Ice Storms in Kentucky—What is Gaia Saying to Us?

The Alien Next Door

Keeping with the theme of climate—and climate change—this time last year (January-end, 2008) I was in Louisville, Kentucky, unknowingly braving the devastating effects of an unseasonal tornado. The tornado set down twice, once just metres from my friend’s house and knocked out the power in large sections of Louisville for days. Louisville residents on Sunday — without power for yet a sixth day in a row — described a city struggling to adapt to a new status quo.

The Somerset Collection: Toulouse Gets Lost in Detroit

The Alien Next Door

There was the other liquor store incident in Louisville, Kentucky. Part 2: Louisville, KY.Chambord Liqueur-the Taste of Luxury.Lightning Bugs & Kentucky Lightning.Cooking South Dakota-Storming Wyoming.Car Trouble in Montana.Waves, Spirals and the Face of God.Are you an Empath? The Alien Next Door Musings of Nina Munteanu, SF writer and Ecologist Saturday, November 7, 2009 The Somerset Collection: Toulouse Gets Lost in Detroit “Toulouse lost? you say. What happened?

The highest paid economics professor?*

Environmental Economics

A merit raise of 3% sounds really good to me: James Ramsey, the University of Louisville’s president, got a lot of attention last week for his compensation after The Courier-Journal, in Louisville, reported that he made $1.67 million last year, considerably more than presidents at similar institutions. On Friday the university’s Board of Trustees still gave him a merit raise, but cut it from the recommended 6 percent to 3 percent. One trustee called Mr. Ramsey’s pay “unfathomable.”

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That might be the only snake that doesn't strike fear into Tim

Environmental Economics

People always ask me what is so great about Louisville? From monkey skin coats to ivory pool cues to endangered-snake wine, Louisville International Airport has become a main battleground in America’s fight to halt wildlife smuggling. A team of nine inspectors, supported by two special agents and three administrative employees, examined 12,292 shipments passing through Louisville last year, the fifth-most among 18 wildlife ports, behind Memphis, Tenn.;

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Polluter pays (some) principle

Environmental Economics

In response to city budget deficits:  Saying they need to stop relying on the city’s general fund, Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District officials plan to collect an additional $1.5 The district enforces the federal Clean Air Act in Louisville along with its own regulations. Louisville's general fund currently covers the other 14%.

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User fees (post #425)

Environmental Economics

Louisville C-J : Tolls of $1 to $10 per crossing will be used for far more than just paying for construction of two new bridges over the Ohio River, Kentucky and Indiana officials say. That means that Louisville-area residents could continue paying tolls to cross East End and downtown bridges long after their construction debt is paid off around 2058. the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Authority.

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Because schools in Kentucky suck.

Environmental Economics

" Gee, who has a history of verbal gaffes, also questioned the academic integrity of schools in the Southeastern Conference and the University of Louisville. He said Big Ten presidents would never agree to admit Louisville or Kentucky. Ohio State's president told a university committee in December that Notre Dame wasn't invited to join the Big Ten because they're not good partners, and joked that Catholics can't be trusted.

Let the productivity loss begin!

Environmental Economics

This year’s winner (using 2012-13 financial data for men’s basketball) is the University of Louisville, which won the actual championship last year. The magazine had Louisville falling to to Duke in the Elite Eight in its bracket last year.). Coincidentally I picked Louisville to win it all for a second year in a row.

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Picture of the day

Environmental Economics

Here is the caption: Kentucky Wildcats fans jam the YUM center in Louisville for UK practice for the NCAA second round action on Wednesday March 14, 2012 in Louisville, Ky. When I met someone who lived out in the state, they'd find out where I was from and ask if I was a Kentucky or Louisville fan. via media.kentucky.com.

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Is Luhvul a climatopolis?

Environmental Economics

Even flyover cities have read Matt Kahn's book: Whether it’s an example of climate change or just temperamental Mother Nature, the evidence of more extreme weather is mounting in Louisville and across the nation. And a new, long-range planning effort called Vision Louisville will attempt to factor in climate change, city officials said.

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Overheated Kentucky city gets serious about trees and urban forestry

Green (Living) Review

So it''s good news indeed that Louisville, in decidedly red-state Kentucky, is getting serious about tackling its urban heat island effect through increased urban forestry, as well as efforts to promote reflective surfaces and green roofs. Reported on as part of its What Works series on urban innovation, Politico Magazine has an inspiring profile of Louisville''s re-greening efforts.

The least that I can do is CAIR*

Environmental Economics

Benefit-cost analysis be darned: The fallout has begun just one day after a federal appeals court scrapped a major EPA rule designed to curb long-distance drifting power plant pollution — and Louisville’s air quality may pay the price. A Western Kentucky utility told the Kentucky Public Service Commission Wednesday that it intends to abandon pollution controls that would have allowed it comply with the U.S.

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Did I hear someone say irreversible development? Anyone?

Environmental Economics

As you read this, think about how many green jobs would be created: What if Louisville moved its Ohio River dam upriver near the Second Street bridge, creating a scenic waterfall that also exposed more of the Falls of the Ohio — the series of rocky rapids that helped give birth to the city?

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Plans to close coal-fired power plants in a coal state

Environmental Economics

James Bruggers: In the [Louisville Gas and Electric's and Kentucky Utility's] latest joint Integrated Resource Plan, updated every three years and made public by the PSC on Friday, the companies' experts call for adding three times as much electricity-generating capacity from cleaner-burning natural gas as the utilities retire from coal.

An example of existence (i.e., non-use, passive use) value

Environmental Economics

They found a pair of bald eagles near the site of a new Ohio River bridge east of Louisville: Among the measures being considered is avoiding tree removal in the immediate vicinity at any time, and protecting a wider area during the nesting season, [Kate Heyden, a biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife] said.

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I'm voting for Kentucky as the worst college football state

Environmental Economics

The University of Louisville is 2-4 and has not yet beaten a team from outside Kentucky. In this week's Sagarin Ratings, Louisville is ranked No. Get ready for a Jax State (FCS) upset today in Lexington (can you believe the game is on ESPNU ?):

Daily demand and supply

Environmental Economics

Even as the traditional summer driving season kicks off this weekend, analysts predict gasoline prices will continue to ease from a spring spike that saw Louisville stations charging well more than $4 per gallon two weeks ago. Or is it supply and demand?   Prices have been declining since and many experts say prices will fall further amid signs of increasing supply and lower oil prices. Later in the summer, as supplies increase, gas prices might dip to between $3.35 and $3.60

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Please be patient as I try to work this out on my own

Environmental Economics

Here I go, trying to be all Aguanomics on you and all: Louisville Water Co. As Louisville’s economy has shifted from a water-needy industrial base to a service-based one, and as water efficiency increasingly has become a national priority, the declining consumption has helped raise rates even faster than the rate of inflation. officials never talk about conservation — not that it has mattered. Water use has declined on its own.

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Putting pollution controls on Mill Creek power plant to create hundreds of jobs | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com

Environmental Economics

Construction of four new pollution scrubbers at Louisville Gas & Electric’s Mill Creek power plant will create nearly 700 jobs over three years and allow the site to generate electricity more cleanly for decades, company officials said Thursday. We’re hoping many local citizens will get these jobs,” said Mayor Greg Fischer, who said the project fits the city’s goals of creating more work while making Louisville a healthier place.

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Daily demand and supply

Environmental Economics

Supply down, demand up: Gasoline prices in the Louisville area jumped Wednesday as Isaac, now a tropical storm again, ground its way through the Gulf Coast, shutting down oil refineries.   The highest confirmed price of gasoline Wednesday was $4.19, up 44 cents from the $3.75 average at the beginning of the day. Spokesman Roger Boyd said Isaac, combined with the coming Labor Day holiday, created something of a perfect storm causing prices to spike.

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Beware ex-ante cost estimates

Environmental Economics

Louisville C-J : Already awash in red ink, the massive Olmsted Dam project on the Ohio River west of Paducah will be even more expensive — with a total cost approaching $3 billion. The Army Corps of Engineers has a new cost estimate that adds $800 million to Olmsted’s bottom line, based on its continuing with the innovative and previously untried construction technique that was chosen about 15 years ago.

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The check is in the mail

Environmental Economics

They will find a significant savings over the life of the roof,” said Cash Moter, architect with the Louisville firm Joseph & Joseph, which is working on the project. When the unmeasured benefits are asserted to exceed the costs I would say no to the funding (emphasis added). It could cost as much as $3.5 million to redo the 76,000-square-foot roof, said Abby Shue, executive projects director for the arts center.

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Stranger than fiction

Environmental Economics

1991: I'm in Kentucky visiting family and go to a Louisville Redbirds AAA game. Tim calls me out as I'm turning the same age as Jamie Moyer next month. Little does he know that I have a Jamie Moyer story. Jamie Moyer is pitching during one of those years when everyone thought he was washed up. From Wikipedia : Moyer was released as a free agent after the 1990 season and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Surplus

Environmental Economics

A low quality product, consumers with income uncertainty (if not lower incomes) and a high price: With several thousand tickets to Saturday night’s rivalry game between the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky football teams still unsold, John “Ticketmaster” Calipari took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to rally the troops.

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From Davos: Unleashing the Power of Nature in Cities

Cool Green Science

In Louisville, we are working with several partners, including the city and the University of Louisville Medical School, to demonstrate the beneficial role of trees and vegetation on asthma and cardiovascular health. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. Pascal Mittermaier is TNC’s Global Managing Director for Cities. Follow Pascal on Twitter: @ PascalMitter.

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naturalezanica

Green Earth Journey

Name: Marlon Obando Solano and Amy Shelton Shop Name: naturalezanica Shop Link: [link] Location: Louisville, Kentucky (by way of Nicaragua) Ships To : everywhere What materials do you use for your ECO friendly products? We collect all of our sustainable, organic materials by hand from the forest floor. All of our woods, seeds, nuts are collected in small, sustainable quantities. We use 100% recycled sterling silver for all of our metal inlay and accents.

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Some PR for my alma mater (and Berea)

Environmental Economics

In speaking of Kentucky, I am not thinking about the large public schools like the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville, but rather smaller liberal-arts colleges located in poor, sparsely populated areas with generally low levels of educational attainment.

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At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

Just ask the Moapa Band of Paiutes living next to the Reid Gardner coal plant in Nevada, who joined this suit, or the residents living near the Louisville Gas & Electric Cane Run Power Plant, where coal ash has caused "persistent" air quality and health issues for years now.

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"Five colleges where students study"

Environmental Economics

I usually get up around 5:30 or 6 and spend an hour doing personal writing,” said Natalie Pope, a junior from Louisville. And I think there are truly only five: A story in today’s Post talks about a generational decline in study time , the number of weekly hours college students devote to actual study. Since the 1960s, the weekly total has dipped from 24 to about 15. College has become, in effect, a part-time job.

Make Your Yard (or School Grounds or Office Building) a Wildlife Haven

Nature Conservancy - Science

Planting trees in Louisville, Kentucky. Turning your yard – or other small outdoor space – into a wildlife haven is easier than you think. Get started with Habitat Network , an online community of citizen scientists working together to build habitat to support wildlife. Habitat Network is a partnership between the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) that grew out of an earlier project called YardMap.

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If that multiplier is correct, then that trout hatchery is well worth saving

Environmental Economics

From the hometown paper : Federal budget cuts are threatening to kill Kentucky’s only trout hatchery, which provides fish for 115 rivers and lakes across the state, including six in Louisville. With an annual budget of $900,000, the hatchery produces about 1 million rainbow, brook and brown trout a year, which are typically released when they are 9 to 10 inches long. It also operates a visitor center and environmental education program.

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Using Cloud Computing to Untangle How Trees Can Cool Cities

Nature Conservancy - Science

1 of 4 A normal Google satellite image for Louisville. We’ve all used Google Earth — to explore remote destinations around the world or to check out our house from above. But Google Earth Engine is a valuable tool for conservationists and geographers like myself that allows us to tackle some tricky remote-sensing analysis.

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Sustainable Cleveland, Sustainable Future

Cool Green Science

A young girl plays along the Ohio River at Louisville Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky. © Planting trees along West Broadway from 20th Street to Shawnee Park in Louisville, Kentucky. © Take Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville has some of the worst air quality in the United States. We’re leaving the medical expertise to the University of Louisville, who will help us quantify the health benefits of planting trees.

Five Years After Tragic Disaster in Tennessee, Still No Coal Ash Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

For one example, just look at the ongoing battle between Louisville residents and the LG&E coal ash dump located right in one of the city''s neighborhoods. This coming Sunday, Dec. 22, marks five years since the Kingston Coal Plant’s ash dam in Tennessee ruptured, sending more than a billion gallons of toxic sludge into homes, onto farmland, and into the Emory and Clinch Rivers in Roane County - one of the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Trees and Air Pollution

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Brightside Organization, The Nature Conservancy, UPS and Brown-Forman partnered to plant 150 trees along West Broadway from 20th Street to the end at Shawnee Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Ronald Reagan said they caused air pollution. Ecologists say they cool the air locally. Realtors say they increase housing values. Divergent views on trees! Considered alone, there is some basis to each of these statements.

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Meet Nexii, the green construction company allied with Michael Keaton

AGreenLiving

The Pittsburgh plant is an example of that, along with a sister facility in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, and another in Louisville, Kentucky, that Nexii is planning in collaboration with Buffalo Construction, a company that has a presence in 49 states.

Breathing New Life Into Cities

Cool Green Science

In places like Louisville, Kentucky, New York City, and Houston, Texas, for example, the Conservancy and our partners are exploring what planting trees in and around cities can do to address the public health problems of heat and air quality and to improve living conditions. In just 35 years, it’s estimated that 6 billion people , the equivalent of the world’s entire population in the year 2000, will live in cities.

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All Dogs Go to Heaven

The Alien Next Door

Part 2: Louisville, KY.Chambord Liqueur-the Taste of Luxury.Lightning Bugs & Kentucky Lightning.Cooking South Dakota-Storming Wyoming.Car Trouble in Montana.Waves, Spirals and the Face of God.Are you an Empath? The Alien Next Door Musings of Nina Munteanu, SF writer and Ecologist Monday, January 31, 2011 All Dogs Go to Heaven I’ve given Toulouse LeTrek the COOL Travel Cat lots of blog-time lately. It’s only fair that I give some time to dogs, like Oli.

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Solutions for Cities – From Nature

Cool Green Science

Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky, sponsored the resolution; myself and West Sacramento, California Mayor Christopher Cabaldon joined as co-sponsors. June 20 was the official first day of summer – but as Texans, we’d be forgiven for not realizing it. In Austin, that date marked the 15th consecutive day of 90+-degree days, leaving many to wonder if we are in for another record-breaking year.

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