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By guest writer, Mark Appleberry, of Sustain (a business dedicated to providing the resources necessary for families and individuals to live more sustainably).
“Green living can mean so many different things. It can start with buying the first re-usable shopping bag, switching to toxic free cleaning, buying from local farmers, or even giving second life to an object instead of buying new. It starts with small decisions that can have significant impacts on the future. Everyone we meet that is making steps towards sustainability is an inspiration. We would like to acknowledge a few our friends, right here in Louisville, who are making great strides forward and inspiring hope along the way.
Ben and Julie Evans – The aspiring filmmaking team, along with another friend, Mark Dixon, are the creative genius behind “Your Environmental Road Trip [YERT],” www.yert.com. These three took a year to visit all 50 states, putting themselves through extreme eco-challenges, interviewing over 800 environmental leaders, experts, and regular citizens from all walks of life, and documenting sustainability across America – as they like to say, “the good, the bad…and the weird.” The documentary is pregnant with hope, laughter, and over 500 hours of “green” footage. It is slated for release in full at the end of this year. For now, satiate your curiosity with over 50 short fun films on their webpage. For anyone interested in helping with the feature film, contact Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Schellenberger – An 18 year veteran of vermicomposting (worm farming), Paul is a passionate environmentalist excited about educating people about worm farming and composting in general. Paul consulted from the outset with Breaking New Grounds, a local Louisville vermiculture operation. You can find BNG’s compost at local Heine Brother’s Coffee shops.
John W. Moody – John is enabling sustainable living by connecting people with local farmers. His involvement with the Whole Life Co-op., as well as his educational seminars, convey the message of “simple living”. John regularly speaks on composting and encouraging people to think before carelessly buying, consuming, and discarding. He and his wife also speak to young parents about raising happy, healthy children. You can learn more about what John is doing by exploring www.wholelifeco-op.com
Green Convene – The Green Convene is non-partisan coalition to promote sustainable policies in local government. Led by an informal steering committee of local volunteers, the Green Convene is working to coordinate and bring together the many local Louisville movements addressing a variety of sustainability issues in the Louisville Metro area. They are always in the market for volunteers and participants and you can join here.
These are just a few of the great people and organizations in and around Louisville dedicated to helping Louisville become a greener, environmentally friendly community and we’re proud of their efforts!”