Democratic candidate for Mayor David Tandy has released his plan for building a “Green Louisville.”

I envision a Louisville that is at the center of the Green Economy – providing good-paying jobsand reinforcing our high quality of life.   As mayor, I will stimulate the development of green industries in Louisville by:

  • Providing incentives for green buildings.
  • Generating local demand for green products and services.
  • Supporting green research and development.
  • Boosting entrepreneurship.

Metro government can start stimulating the green industries sector by leading by example.  Starting with City Hall, I will conduct energy audits of all city facilities and set goals for energy reduction.  I will pursue ENERGY STAR or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certification for city-owned buildings. The investments made in energy efficiency will pay for themselves over time, and they will support the growth of green businesses. Through these strategies, I will leverage city buildings and facilities to encourage the development of green industries in Louisville and set an example for the private sector on conservation.

I will also invest in a Green Schools Initiative.  A green school, also known as a high performance school, is a community facility that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner.