Now that the 2019 Legislative session has passed, we welcome you to read KCC’s complete recap, along with extended conservation issue information, in our 2019 Legislative Review and Conservation Brief (link here). Members in good standing will be receiving a printed copy via mail in the next few weeks as well.
This month we have been catching up on tasks that were put on hold during the session, and have been getting out with the public during Earth Week festivities. Our thanks for Eastern Kentucky University for hosting us at their annual Earth Week event. We also had a great time (and we hope you did, too) last weekend in Louisville for the Louisville Earth Walk event, hosted by more than a dozen conservation nonprofits from the region. We also saw quite a few friends at the Somerset Green Living Fair earlier in the month.
We’re not quite done yet with Earth Week festivals…you can catch us on Friday at the Springfield Green Festival, and on Sunday in Frankfort at “Solar on the Rise”- a celebration of solar at the West 6th Farm from 11-2pm. There will be music, workshops, and more. Event information on Facebook here.
The range of activities this month has been a testament to how much our allies in sustainability have grown as a community. Despite the (temporary) setback of net metering laws affecting residential solar, advocates for solar are busier than ever. This past week we had the opportunity to visit our friends at Wilderness Trace Solar in Danville for an exciting event. They are now the home of Danville’s first public electric car charger, powered by solar energy. This project was in partnership with the electric vehicle advocacy group Evolve Kentucky, who now has active chapters in both Louisville and Lexington.
There has also been great news on the land conservation front as well. We wish to congratulate The Nature Conservancy’s Tennessee chapter for securing a very critical piece of land, 100,000 acres purchased from a timber company, the largest acquisition in the Tennessee chapter’s 41-year history, which also includes lands across the border into Kentucky. See story here. This parcel will be critical in the goal of expanding the region’s wildlife corridors.
We are once again hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Lexington, on Thursday, August 22nd at the Kentucky Theatre. This will be a different selection of films from other similar presentations you may have participated in. We are presently looking for sponsors and silent auction contributions for the event, so if you are a business or individual who would be interested, we’d love to hear from you! Contact us at 502-209-9659.