Sustainability Organizations

There are a number of local and regional sustainability organizations out there contributing to our community. Many offer volunteer opportunities to engage the community or chances for groups and individuals to lead more sustainable lives. This list represents a starting point, there are many organizations that are not yet listed. If you are involved in an organization or know of one that you think should be included in this list, please contact Patrick Piuma.

21st Century Parks


21st Century Parks is the nonprofit responsible for the development and long-term operations of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, one of the largest new metropolitan parks projects in the country. The Parklands is a 4,000-acre systemic addition to Louisville's park system, comprised of four major new parks lined by a park drive, urban trail system, and canoe trail along the Floyds Fork, a classic Kentucky stream. Find out more about The Parklands or to volunteer at


Bicycling for Louisville


Louisville needs more people on bikes. Bicycling for Louisville is working to make bicycling safer, more popular and more fun for citizens of all ages and backgrounds through advocacy, education, and other initiatives.

Have you considered the advantages of joining your local bicycle advocacy organization? Become a member or renew your membership today and join Bicycling for Louisville in advocating for better bicycling conditions, and help make bicycling safer and more fun!

YOU should be a member of Bicycling for Louisville! Why?

  • The more members, the more weight policy makers give to bicycling issues raised on your behalf.
  • Members vastly expand our base of knowledge of local bicycling conditions, needs, and opportunities. Donations from Members provide our most important source of funding.
  • Members receive invitations to fun bicycle-powered events.
  • It's an easy way to make our community more bicycle-friendly.

For more information on Bicycling for Louisville and how you can get involved, please visit:



Kentucky Waterways Alliance


Since 1993, Kentucky Waterways Alliance has been a leader in the fight against pollution in our waterways - winning stronger protections for over 90 percent of Kentucky's rivers, lakes and streams. KWA work with communities on local watershed issues and at the state and national levels advocating for the best regulations possible. With a mission to protect and restore Kentucky's waterways, our work is making a difference in the quality of life for all Kentuckians one protected stream at a time.

KWA's mission is accomplished through four strategic goals:

  1. Identify key places for protection on a local watershed level.
  2. Carry out a statewide movement to protect Kentucky's waterways through grassroots activism and large-scale awareness.
  3. Work on behalf of communities and the promises laid out in the Clean Water Act by influencing public policy.
  4. Build a strong and sustainable water network by promoting and supporting local watershed groups.

KWA's work is made possible by its members, supporters and partners who are all working toward the same ultimate goal - healthy waterways and healthy communities in Kentucky.

To learn more and get involved please visit their site:


Olmsted Parks Conservancy


Many people see cities as mere buildings and roads. Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, had a different vision. As one of the greatest champions of urban beauty, Olmsted believed nature could be harmouniously integrated into modern landscapes for the benefit of everyone.

This idea took root in Louisville in the 1890s with the creation of one of only four Olmsted Parks systems in the world. Since then, it has flourished through the preservation efforts of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Louisville's Frederick Law Olmsted Parks are our health clubs and art studios, our outdoor classrooms, sports facilities and family retreats. They play a vital role in protecting the city's health and well-being and they provide common ground for celebrating cultural diversity. The parks enhance Louisville's quality of life.

Without attention and support, the value this great asset will decline. It takes hard work, funding, and community interest to preserve this resource. Olmsted Parks Conservancy leads the movement to enhance and restore these resources, and invites the community to realize its stake in the future of our Frederick Law Olmsted Parks.

The mission of Olmsted Parks Conservancy is to enrich the life of everyone in our community by restoring, enhancing and preserving the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks and Parkways – Louisville's great natural and recreational assets. Find out how you can help at


Preservation Louisville


The Brennan House (1868) is a Victorian mansion in downtown Louisville that is filled with an entirely original family collection. It is listed on the National Register and is a local landmark. The building is the headquarters of Preservation Louisville, Inc. a 501 (C)(3) charitable non-profit organization.

As Metro Louisville's citywide non-profit historic preservation organization, Preservation Louisville works in partnership with local, state and national organizations to promote the preservation of our community's historic resources through education and advocacy. Preservation Louisville also provides hands-on training, technical information and resources. For more information, or 502-540-5146.


The Natural Areas Division of Metro Parks


Established in 2004, The Natural Areas Division of Metro Parks is based at Jefferson Memorial Forest and is responsible for eight natural area properties, including the Forest, totaling nearly 7,000 acres and representing a wide variety of habitat.

It is the mission of the Natural Areas division to offer the highest quality outdoor recreation, nature-based education, and stewardship activities. Their philosophy is that outdoor recreation, environmental education, and stewardship activities should support and complement one another. This is accomplished through both user-led and staff-led activities including:

  • Volunteer opportunities (Land Stewards, Volunteer Naturalists, Volunteer Trail Team, Forest Ambassadors)
  • Public programs
  • Summer camps
  • The Louisville ECHO initiative (Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors)
  • Reserved educational and recreational programs for schools and community groups
  • Recreational opportunities such as fishing, camping, hiking, equestrian trails, mountain biking trails, and much more.

If you would like to volunteer your time to improve the condition of open space within the Natural Areas Division, please visit their website: