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Green Institute

Now accepting registrations for The Green Institute 2014

August 19 - November 11

Tuesday nights from 6pm-8:30pm @ The Green Building


The Green Institute is an annual 12-week environmental leadership-education program established in 2012 by the Center For Neighborhoods (a non-profit civic organization) and environmental filmmaker and educator, Ben Evans, to equip neighborhood leaders with the skills and resources needed to increase the environmental, social, and economic resilience of their communities.  The Green Institute helps the communities of Louisville leverage their collective strengths to make a quantum leap in addressing vital issues related to the economy, energy, and the environment in ways that improve their long-term quality of life.

Now in its third year, The Green Institute is an environmental leadership program established in 2012 by the Center For Neighborhoods designed to equip neighborhoods, business associations & community leaders with the skills and resources needed to significantly increase our local environmental, social, and economic resilience.  

The Green Institute empowers individuals of varying backgrounds and interests to make informed decisions about the interdependent areas of energy, the economy, and the environment.  Taking a creative, holistic approach that utilizes live expert presentations,  groundbreaking film/media, interactive take-home challenges, field trips, networking, and group creative problem-solving, the course deeply explores a wide range of issues on a global, local, and personal scale.  The curriculum covers such topics as:

  • Water conservation and management
  • Smart and efficient city planning & policy
  • Waste reduction, recycling & creative reuse
  • Preservation, restoration, and remediation
  • Transition initiatives & low-impact living
  • Energy efficiency and renewables
  • Multi-modal transportation
  • Green architecture, design, & building
  • Sustainable, local agriculture & food
  • Strengthening community resilience
  • Development of local living economies
  • Ecology & conservation of resources

The 12-week course, held one weekday night per week for 2 ½ hours from late-August through mid-November, culminates with presentations by the attendees of self-designed sustainability projects based on actionable community initiatives. With these class projects, the attendees apply the information, resources and lessons learned throughout the course to real-world situations in their neighborhoods, improving the vitality and long-term sustainability of their communities and our region.

Interested in attending The Green Institute 2014?

Download a registration form (PDF or MS Word), or email Ben Evans for more information.


Neighborhood Istitute

Stay tuned for information about Neighborhood Institute 2015 beginning in January 2015!

Dates and location TBA.

Brochure (PDF)

For more information, contact
John Hawkins at 502-589-0343, or

Click here for more information about
Neighborhood Institute.

NI Group Work

Neighborhood Institute 2013 students in a team-building exercise.



2013 P.A.I.N.T. Project - Parkland Rising

A solution to vacant and abandoned properties in Louisville’s neighborhoods is to turn them into symbols of hope, renewal, and rebirth.   This is happening in West Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood. Center For Neighborhoods P.A.I.N.T. (Producing Art in Neighborhoods Together) program selected local artist, Ramona Dallum Lindsey, to transform a vacant 2 story apartment building at 3201 Greenwood Ave. Parkland Rising will stand as a testament to public art, achievable when a community combines its talent, resources and energy to create positive changes.  The project is facilitated through Center for Neighborhood by a Metro External Agency grant.

Parkland Rising is more than an art project, it seeks to unite a community around the common goals of neighborhood improvement and environmental stewardship.  Symbolizing the community rising together to reclaim its place as a prominent Louisville neighborhood, the design includes:

  • A 12 foot tall Phoenix with a 16 foot wingspan made of over 2,000 recycled plastic bottles and old bed sheets
  • 500 stickers attesting to the hopes and dreams for Parkland by its current and former residents
  • 8 historical container gardens featuring ceramic tiles commemorating Parkland’s former glory.

Stay tuned for information about upcoming P.A.I.N.T. projects in 2014!


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