Air Quality

From Louisville to Appalachia: Celebrating Our Common Heritage

“From Louisville to Appalachia: Celebrating Our Common Heritage” was scheduled to be the first event of the Jefferson County Chapter’s Louisville Loves Mountains Week, a series of events leading up to the I Love Mountains Day march and rally at the State Capitol in Frankfort. Inclement weather led to the postponement of the event, but thankfully all of the performers and speakers were available to come out on March 17.  

“From Louisville to Appalachia” was a celebration of Kentucky’s African American heritage in Appalachia. Kentucky writers, musicians, and speakers were invited to share their work and personal stories in celebration of the unique natural beauty, ecological importance, and cultural heritage of Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains and mountain communities.


Cassia Herron, board president of Community Farm Alliance and Richmond, Kentucky native, emceed the event and also shared her family’s story of being tied to the land. Tarsha Semakula’s reading of her poem “I am Louisville” mesmerized the audience. Tarsha is a poet, writer, entrepreneur, and founder and executive director of The Buttafly Center, a community agency that is dedicated to the empowerment of women via education and training, communal resources, and personal development.

Jefferson County Air Quality Team Meeting

The Air Quality team is partnering with Rubbertown Emergency ACTion (REACT) to host trainings for residents living near Rubbertown chemical plants. Residents will learn how to report and document bad odors during a spring/summer Odor Response Team project. Come learn more about this project and share your ideas and insights! 

Odor Complaint Packet for Rubbertown residents

The Odor Response Team Project (ORT) was put together in an effort to document odors and to use the documentation to reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals associated with Rubbertown chemical facilities.

For many years, REACT (Rubbertown Emergency ACTion) has received numerous calls from people living and working in the Villages of Park DuValle among other neighborhoods. From complaints of odors to beliefs that illness was directly related to Rubbertown, people have called wanting answers. When Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) offered to help support the work of REACT, it seemed the perfect time to implement the idea of Odor Response Teams.

Jefferson County Air Quality Team Meeting

The Air Quality team is partnering with Rubbertown Emergency ACTion (REACT) to host trainings  for residents living near Rubbertown chemical plants. Residents will learn how to report and document bad odors during a month-long Odor Response Team project. Join us for our project planning meeting and come prepared to share your insights and ideas.

Gov. Steve Beshear's Budget Cuts Deep for Some Kentucky Energy and Environment Programs

Some departments of the Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet will see deep cuts over the next two years, if the General Assembly approves Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget.

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