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Green Roof at Louisville Zoo

Boone Gardiner is partnering with Luckett and Farley on a project for a Green Roof at the Louisville Zoo.  See article in Courier and video footage below as well. 



April 20, 2009

City gets $332,000 for two energy projects

By Sheldon S. Shafer
[email protected]

The city has received about $332,000 for two energy-conservation projects, one a “green” roof with plantings at the Louisville Zoo and the other solar lighting at 13 school-bus stops that don’t have lights.

The projects, which were funded in a recent appropriations bill, were two of the 25 “earmarks” sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-3rd District. The 25 projects cost a total of about $12 million, Yarmuth said.

At a news conference this morning in front of the orangutan exhibit at the Islands pavilion at the zoo, Yarmuth said America needs “to overhaul our use of energy. These projects will help establish Louisville as being on the cutting edge of the move away from foreign oil” to clean, renewable U.S. fuel sources.

Details of the two projects:

-Green roof. The money included $142,725 to the zoo for an environmentally friendly roof on the HerpAquarium. It should be installed in about six months, said zoo director John Walczak.

The roof will save the zoo tens of thousands of dollars a year in energy costs, Walczak said. The current roof is predominantly made of stone. The new roof will be covered with extensive plantings that will absorb stormwater runoff and help keep the building cool.

The new roof also will be quieter, look better and reduce the zoo’s carbon footprint, officials said. The roof will be described for visitors at a kiosk and serve as a learning tool for zoo visitors. It is being designed by the firm of Luckett & Farley, with the plantings to be provided by Boone Gardiner Garden Center.

– Solar-powered bus stop lights. Thirteen suburban locations, now all unlighted, will get new solar lighting, so children won’t have to board school buses in the dark in the morning, said Mayor Jerry Abramson.

Yarmuth gave Abramson a check for $190,300 for the lighting project, which Abramson said will greatly improve safety. None of the 13 sites in line to get the lighting had electric hookups available, said Abramson.

The lighting should be installed by this fall at these sites:

-Old Shelbyville Road near Clarland Road.
-Ellingsworth Lane at Swan Pointe Boulevard.
-Heafer Road at Hines Court.
-Heafer Road at Hiawatha Avenue.
-LaGrange Road at Lilly Lane.
-Old Shelbyville Road at Middletown Square Apartments.
-Wooded Falls Road at Ledges Drive.
-Lunenburg Drive at Halifax Drive.
-English Station Road at Berrytown Road.
-Wooded Falls Road at Towne Creek Road.
-Johnsontown Road at Yuma Way.
-Bramble Lane at Hepatica Drive.
-Feyhurst Drive at Datura Lane.

Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at (502) 582-7089.





Composting Clinic a huge success

Today’s clinic was so much fun, thank you to all that attend.  We discussed the fundamentals of composting and how to do it., while showing off various styles of composters and methods.  We also had Brian Barnes from Breaking New Grounds sharing all of the great things that they are doing and he taught everyone how to put the power of worms to work for you with vermicomposting.


Worms and worm egg

Worms and worm egg

Compost Clinic

Compost Clinic

Compost Clinic Saturday April 18th

Come join us for a composting clinic on Saturday April 18, 2009 from 1-2:30 P.M. We will cover the basics of home composting and teach you how you can reduce waste and create a wonderful soil amendment at the same time.


Breaking New Grounds will also be here to teach us all about vermicomposting. They will have worms for sale if anyone wants to start their own colony. If you just want the finished product, we will have bags of vermicompost for you to take home.

Clinic Schedule

1-1:30 P.M. – Our very own Holly Smith and Matthew Boone Gardiner will be giving an overview of composting
1:30-2 P.M. – Breaking New Grounds will be teaching us all about vermicomposting
2-2:30 P.M. – Demonstrations and Questions

We hope to see you at the garden center this Saturday!