Bernheim Forest and Bluegrass Bioneers receive "Paw of Approval" | Environment
From Margaret Zurkuhlen; Development Director, Bernheim
LOUISVILLE, KY - The “Paw of Approval” award is given by Polar Bears International (PBI) each year to those that are leading the way in operating sustainably and recognizes true conservation efforts.
PBI focuses on efforts that relate to climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gasses. Bernheim was nominated by 22-year old Emily Goldstein, and her mother Debbie Goldstein. Emily attends UofL and has been to the Arctic four times to study how climate change is affecting our planet. Emily said she nominated Bernheim because “I can’t think of anyone that better exemplifies sustainability and dedication to environmental education than Bernheim.”
Bernheim’s Executive Director Dr. Mark K. Wourms says “Receiving the Paw of Approval award means a great deal to us. It’s an affirmation that our long-standing efforts to consider natural systems in how we operate is recognized within our community. Our work to operate in agreement with nature is deeply embedded in our organizational culture.”
Bernheim has numerous examples of work in sustainability, including:
- Bernheim is a proven leader in the design of buildings and landscapes that adhere to the highest standards in environmental thinking. The Bernheim Visitor Center (photo attached) was the first LEED® platinum certified building in a four state area.
- Bernheim is now engaged in an Edible Garden project that goes beyond LEED standards as an applicant to the Living Building Challenge. Living Building Challenge projects are required to:
- Produce more energy than they consume;
- Operate within a net zero ecological water footprint
- Carefully select materials that contain no environmental toxins
- Lead the community in the most stringent environmental considerations in all aspects of operation.
- Bernheim offers regular programs, events and workshops focused on sustainability
- Bernheim has helped install living (or green) roofs on several regional buildings.
- Bernheim is the steward of 14,378 acres of forest that sequesters more carbon each day than any other organization in our region.
- Bernheim is committed to the highest standards of ecological stewardship including efforts to:
- Protect native streams, grasslands and forest ecosystems
- Identify Bernheim Select™ plants for use in home landscapes
- Bring together individuals and organizations to champion environmental stewardship
The Bluegrass Bioneers is the southeastern affiliate of the National Bioneers Organization. The Louisville based Bluegrass Bioneers Conference combines the national speakers via satellite with live local and regional speakers, demonstrations, workshops and performances to provide an engaging learning and sharing event that encourages building local resilient communities and creative environmental and social problem solving. Bluegrass Bioneers has also embarked on a year-round program to support and encourage new and revitalized sustainability initiatives. Co-Founder of the Bluegrass Bioneers, Teddie Phillipson-Mower says: “We are indeed honored and appreciative of the recognition that the Paw of Approval Award brings to the hard work of the many dedicated individuals involved in the Bluegrass Bioneers effort to create a more resilient, compassionate, and abundant Louisville community.”
The event will take place at Limestone Restaurant, 10001 Forest Green Boulevard on Tuesday, March 20, 2013. Dinner will be at 5:30-6:30pm and Awards will be presented from 6:30-7:00pm.
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