DRAFT Vision: Louisville Green Expo and Festival

Sustainable Louisville Networks Organizing

DRAFT (3/07)

Vision: Louisville Green Expo and Festival

(NOTE: This vision statement and summary of the proposed Louisville Green Expo and Festival is a DRAFT for review and development by the Ad Hoc working group.

Your feedback and suggestions are welcome as these projects develop. Please post your comments and suggestions below.

Thank you for your time and consideration.)

Vision and Next Steps

The Event:

The Louisville Green Expo and Festival is envisioned as a week long, major, mainstream Business and Consumer Expo and Community Green Festival.

Anticipated Outcomes:

The Expo and Festival and the ongoing community networking and education processes leading up and following from the events should result in widespread, mainstream adoption of sustainability strategy and action for a green economy in each neighborhood, business and community sector of the region.

In addition, the Green Expo and Festival is designed to be a major Expo which brings together local/global resources and participants to help mainstream sustainable development in heart of the USA. The Expo and Festival is an opportunity to learn about and broker green business development and opportunities, consumer choice, community transitions and best practices.

Proposed Process:

The Louisville Green Expo and Festival will bring together diverse business and community leadership to develop and manage the conference process through existing ad hoc committees to form a consortium of lead local and national business and non-profit organizations, agencies and individuals.

Partnering with local events and networking efforts leading up to and following from the expo is designed to build community awareness, organizational collaboration and events management expertise. Learning from and building on the expertise of the Bluegrass Energy and Green Living Expo, Louisville Green Business mini-conferences and Green events, The National Green Festivals and Green Business Conferences and similar events and partnerships is central to the Expo process.


Louisville, Kentucky, the 16th largest city in the US and the country's central logistics hub, is easily accessible to all of the major markets of the midwest and mid-south and with first class national and international air travel connections.

The City is home to both the Kentucky international Convention Center and the Kentucky Exposition Center/State Fairgrounds, adjacent to the International airport and close to downtown.

Kentucky International Convention Center has 300,000 square feet of space and can accommodate a wide variety of sizes and types of events with ease.

The KY Exposition Center is now the sixth largest facility of its kind in the United States. The exposition center features over 1.2 million square feet of indoor exhibit, meeting and public space.

Numerous other substantial facilities are available nearby for spill-over events, from the State Center for the Arts to nearby Universities and 5 star hotels.


While no date certain has been set, the current preferred date is Earth Week of Spring, April 2008.

Alternative dates under consideration include concurrent scheduling with the August 2007 or 2008 Kentucky State Fair, the April/May Kentucky Derby Festival, or prior to or following the Fall Bluegrass Energy and Green Living Expo in Lexington.

Events leading towards the Expo and Festival now in motion include participation in existing events such as the Earth week festivals in Louisville, the Louisville Green Business Conference and Speaker series, along with similar series related to other aspects of sustainability, (kicking off April 16), the Green Magic unit in the Derby Festival Parade (May 3) and similar "mainstreaming" community events. Reelated networking includes efforts such as the establishment of BALLE affiliates in Kentucky and continuing partnerships with the Bluegrass Energy and Green Living Expo, Sustainable Communities Network, relocalize.net, Berea trading Post and othersl. Ad Hoc committees have been meeting thsi Spring, and following Derby, the call to establish the more formal consortium organization will be enacted, with contracts to follow.


Planning for budget and event management is underway but has not been finalized. It is anticipated that cash requirements of a full blown Expo and festival will be in the range of low six-figure budgets, with equivalent or greater in-kind materials, services and staff donations and volunteers.

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Sustainable Louisville and Regional Networking Meetings

Upcoming meetings of interest for Louisville area sustainable development:

Sustainable Louisville Networking Meeting:
The next Ad Hoc GreenFest / Sustainable Community and Business Networks Organizing Meeting will be held

March 6, 2007
5:30 PM
University of Louisville
Rm 314 / 3rd Floor Conference Room
Voight Engineeering Building
(SouthEast Corner of Third and Eastern Parkway)
Louisville, KY, USA
502 * 410 * 2786
Please note time and location change: The 9 AM meeting has been cancelled.

An open meeting on networking for green and local expos, festivals, education and market development particularly community-university-business collaboration. All are welcome.

For more information: communitybiz@iglou.com
See below for agenda and details or go to

DRAFT Agenda:
(Please post suggestions for additions or change below in the "COMMENTS" link or send to communitybiz@iglou.com)

1) Progress on Community Education Events:
1.1) Progress review on Louisville Energy and Green Living Expo and Green Festival planning.
1.2) Progress on Earth Week Events
1.3) Progress on Derby Festival Events
1.4) Progress on Community Sustainability Educational Events

2) Progress on networking
2.1) Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
2.2) Collaborating organizations for events, education and market development.
2.3) Networking tools and resources

3) Next steps

NOTE: This will be an open and ad hoc community meeting to which past and new participants are welcome. We hope to have excerpts of Bill McKibbens comments on the Business Alliance for Local Living economies and other brief presentations. We will also be using a media democracy approach to the meeting, taping excerpts and asking for commentary on participants perspectives on "Greening" the region for posting to web and broadcast.



The Louisville Sustainability Forum monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, March 7, from 12 noon to 1:45 pm at the Barn, behind the Passionist Monastery 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205 For more information call Gary Heine 502 * 899 * 5551 or Howard Mason at 502 * 583 * 2821.


"University of Louisville Kentucky Authors Forum presents:

Bill McKibben

February 28, 2007

"Nationally-renowned author Bill McKibben will discuss his new book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, $25). He offers a significant challenge to the prevailing view of our economy, observing that "more" is no longer synonymous with "better," and for many of us they have become almost opposites.

"He urges the pursuit of prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy and creating more of their own culture and entertainment. Deep Economy urges each of us to think about our life both as an individual and as a member of a larger community.

McKibben describes the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and other Sustainable Business and Community Networks in The Deep Economy.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007:
Visit with University of Louisville students: An intervew and Q&A session with Bill McKibben,will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, W104 Ekstrom Library on the Belknap Campus. He will be interviewed by Russell Barnett, director of the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development. The campus visit is open to students, faculty and staff.

The Kentucky Center
501 West Main Street
Downtown Louisville

5:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese offered by Brown-Forman, along with Carmichael's book sale in the lobby of The Kentucky Center

6:00 p.m. Interview with Bill McKibben and Wendell Berry, Bomhard Theatre, set and design by Bittners' (Designing for the Way You Live) Live taping with KET: The Kentucky Network Master of Ceremonies: Courier-Journal Forum Editor, Keith Runyon

7:00 p.m. Q & A with audience, followed by book signing for McKibben on stage. Carmichael's Bookstore will have copies of McKibben’s book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, available for sale at this event.
A $17 ticket includes the above three events. A limited number of discounted tickets of $5 each are available for U of L students, faculty and staff at the The Kentucky Center box office --U of L photo ID is required.

8:15 p.m. Dinner with Bill McKibben and Wendell Berry (location to be announced)

Tickets for all evening events, including dinner: $100.00 ($35.00 tax deductible)
Tickets for this event are now on sale at The Kentucky Center. They may also be purchased by calling or or online at www.kentuckycenter.org.
SEE http://kaf.louisville.edu/mckibben/ for more information.


February 13, 2007, 2 PM: Green Festival & Business Conference/Expo Organizing subcommittee will be meeting with Lisa LeCompte of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 23rd Floor, BB&T Tower, 4th and Main, Louisville, KY. Please RSVP or post comment below if you would like to join this subcommittee and attend this meeting. Email RSVP to: communitybiz@iglou.com or call.


February 13, 3:30 PM
3rd and Kentucky, Derby headquarters, Louisville. Derby Festival meeting to review status of the draft application for the parade and explore ways in which community groups can participate in the Derby Festival, particularly with an eye towards "greening "the Derby.


The Louisville Sustainability Forum monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, February 7, from 12 noon to 1:45 pm at the Barn, behind the Passionist Monastery 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205 For more information call Gary Heine at or Howard Mason at.


Public Meeting at Sustainable Berea(formerly Berea Outpost)in Berea, KY:
Presentation by Jim Schenk, Enright Ridge Ecovillage, Cincinnati
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb 8, 2007, Friends Meeting House, 300 Harrison Street, Berea
Enright Ridge Ecovillage is a single street with 96 properties in one of Cincinnati's older neighborhoods. Jim will describe how residents are transforming their street into a cohesive ecovillage with programs to increase home energy use efficiency, install solar energy, support community gardens, purchase and renovate distressed houses, and build community. Learn about Sustainable Berea’s projects for spring and summer 2007. Drinks and light snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a brown bag dinner. For info: www.sustainableberea.org

Louisville Peak Oil Group February Meetup: Introduction to Permaculture - Program by Susana Lein of Salamander Springs Farm in Berea Ky. RSVP now. Saturday, Feb 10, 2007, 9:00 AM - 12 PM, Board Room, Louisville FP Library Main Branch, 301 York St., Louisville, KY $5 Dontion. Please RSVP at the Meetup site (http://oilawareness.meetup.com/35/) or email "George G. Perkins"

BIG Ideas in Sustainability will be held Saturday, February 10 from 9 am -1 pm at the Barn, behind the Passionist Monastery, 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205.
Networking, small group work, action plans and more.
Reservations requested. For more information please call Doug Lowry at or email to googlemeplease@aol.com.

Chad Pregracke, 32 year-old president and founder of the nationally recognized river cleanup organization, Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), will be speaking at the Clifton Center in Louisville on Febraury 15th, 2007, 7 pm. Mr. Pregracke will be speaking about the history and projects of LL&W, highlighting LL&W’s ongoing and upcoming efforts in the Louisville area. LL&W will be moored in Louisville for the entire month of March 2007. A reception is open to the public in the Frankfort Room at 6 pm. When in Louisville, Mr. Pregracke and his crew will be coordinating community-based river cleanups and teacher workshops beginning March 1, 2007 and continuing through March 26th, 2007.