In the near future, someone walking down a business corridor or neighborhood street in Louisville may notice some surprising changes: more green spaces in which to play and enjoy nature, fewer cars and more bicycles or trolleys, and renovated businesses that have new services that are more environmentally friendly.
Louisville is committed to becoming more sustainable though care about recycling, access to locally grown foods, pedestrian walkways, public transportation options, community green spaces, and alternative energy sources. The city surveyed local businesses with very positive responses in attitudes regarding sustainability.
Twenty-one businesses responded to the Green Triangle survey. Of these respondents, more than 70 percent believe it's important to be thought of as a "green business" and rate themselves as "involved" in sustainability efforts. They are also likely to institute changes in business procedures to support sustainability efforts over the next two to three years.
The city also announced a new way for local businesses to get started on becoming a "greener business" with the Business Recycling Pilot Program. The program is the first of its kind in Louisville outside the downtown business district.
The pilot program will be available to over 200 businesses on Frankfort Avenue (outside the downtown district) that now transport recyclables to a recycling center or just throw them in a dumpster to be shipped to the landfill. For a cost of $50 each, businesses can buy an orange 95-gallon recycling container - and orange version of the current residential garbage containers. The pilot program includes the funding to equip solid waste packer trucks with the lifting arm needed to empty the containers.