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URBAN ENERGY

From Red Lined to the Triple Bottom Line

Serving the nonprofits supporting Louisville's Black and Brown communities

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Yellow areas were labeled "definitely declining" and red, "hazardous."  Loan applications for properties in yellow areas were scrutinized warily, and outright rejected for properties in red-lined areas. 

 

That lack of financing led to those neighborhoods' decline.  With home

In the 1940s, as in many US cities, Louisville was delineated, block by block, into color-coded maps.  A block's racial composition very often was a factor in those assessments.  Lenders used the maps to decide whether to make loans to families seeking to buy or improve their homes. 

ownership being the top source of familial wealth, this pernicious practice imposed lasting damage on generations of lower-income and Black families.

The "triple bottom line" refers to three interconnected realms of sustainability:  environmental, economic and social.  It's a more complete way to evaluate the true impacts of a policy, program or project.

LCAN is a small group.  After considering how we could promote racial equity most effectively, we created this Urban Energy Partnership.  We hope it will bridge a bit of the gap created by red-lining and improve our partners' Triple Bottom Lines.

 

In December 2022, LCAN will solicit applications from nonprofits that serve primarily Louisville's Black and Brown communities and own their facilities or have a long-term lease.  Based on where we think we can be most effective, we will choose six-eight applicants for the following services at no cost to them:

  1. Utility bill analysis to identify billing errors and insightful usage patterns and bench-marking with comparable facilities

  2. On-site energy assessment of the organization's facilities

  3. Recommendations for cutting carbon and costs, while improving comfort

  4. Assistance with raising implementation funds to the extent feasible

  5. Workshops to assure operational practices sustain reductions

  6. Rebate paperwork completed and submitted on time

Interested in applying to participate or making a restricted contribution to this program?  Please use this Contact form.

LCAN is finishing up the UEP's "soft start," funded by Ky. Interfaith Power & Light, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Sociable Weaver Foundation and LCAN member Roger Ohlman.  Together, our investments into the eight participating nonprofits yielded these benefits:

  • Almost one acre of interior space upgraded to LED lighting or otherwise made more energy efficient

  • Total annual reduction in electricity use equivalent to the current use of 42 typical Louisville homes

  • Total annual savings of $5,600+

  • 44 US tons of greenhouse gas emissions prevented annually

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