- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two sustainability projects in Louisville have won awards from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The two programs are the Green Living Neighborhood Certification program and the Sheppard Square revitalization. They were recognized for creatively launching local energy efficiency and sustainability programs to help reduce the carbon footprint in American cities.

The Green Living program, launched last year, encourages residents to stop smoking, become more active, eat healthier, and reduce gas, electric and water bills and divert waste from the landfill.

The $100 million Sheppard Square revitalization program involves sustainability planning in all of its phases. On-site organic materials’ collection and wet/dry recycling stations are located on each block. Residents also have the opportunity to grow their own food in a community garden.

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