Change begins with education. At KRC, we seek to inspire and inform the many Kentuckians ready to make positive environmental change. Our program, Kentucky Environmental Leadership Insitute (KELI) provides free, community workshops to give Kentuckians the tools to better protect the places they live and love.



    Gathering Data on Environmental Concerns
    Saturday, July 16, 10:00am
    Speakers & Topics:

    • Larry Taylor & Toxic Release Inventory
      Larry Taylor is the Executive Advisor for Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs
      Larry Taylor is the Executive Advisor in the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior, Larry worked for the Department for Environmental Protection and served in several roles for the department including human health and ecological risk assessor, Director of the Division of Compliance Assistance, and as science and policy advisor to the Commissioner and the Department. Larry served as Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) coordinator, environmental justice coordinator, Quality Assurance Manager, and departmental legislative contact.
      Larry will profile the TRI, which was developed as a result of The TRI is very helpful in identifying the chemicals and amounts found at facilities across the US. We will review using the database to learn about facilities and trends in Kentucky.
    • Dr. Lauren C. Heberle & Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool
      Dr. Lauren C. Heberle is the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Management and Associate Professor of Sociology. Dr. Heberle is also the lead investigator for the Community Engagement Core of the University of Louisville Superfund Research Center. She teaches environmental and social policy courses and urban sociology. Her expertise is in community participation in environmental decision making. Her areas of research include urban redevelopment, environmental policy, environmental justice, community engagement, and sustainable development.
      Dr. Heberle will discuss the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool created by the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality under President Biden’s Executive Order 14008 to be an accountability tool for federal agencies now required by the order to prioritize 40% of investments in climate change, clean energy/energy efficiency, clean transit, affordable and sustainable housing, training and workforce development, the remediation of legacy pollution, and the development of critical clean water infrastructure to areas defined in the tool as ‘disadvantaged’.

    Advocating for Environmental Change
    Saturday, August 13, 10:00am

    • Margaret Carreiro, Retired Biology Professor & Environmental Advocate
      Learn how you can make positive change in the environment by planting native plant gardens. Hear how Margaret worked with city staff to draft changes to a weeds ordinance so residents could have confidence that their "yardens" would be in compliance with city codes and how this should improve the urban environment.  
    • Susan Goddard, Citizen Activist
      In this session, Susan will show how citizens can actively use their voices in order to promote and ensure positive changes within their communities. Together, explore what is a grass-roots movement, what the average citizen can do to be pro-active in the community, and what tools are available to help with local zoning issues. Learn how the decisions of the local zoning board or commission actually impact you, your home, your land and the environment. Susan will share her story to let you know that you are not alone in your quest for citizen democracy and more sensible and responsible growth to protect the environment.

    Climate Changes, Health, Equity, and Justice
    Saturday, June 4, 10:00am | Virtual Workshop
    Speaker: Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, 
    Available on YouTube


    We've been working hard on KELI in order to bring in-person training to legal professionals and community members so they can better advocate for the places they live and love. While our in-person trainings are postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are moving forward!

    In this first season, we are sitting down (virtually) with legal professionals who share their experiences with environmental law and what professional opportunities there are for those who want to practice it.

    Season 2, Episode 1 with Dick Shore and Zero Growth Economics



    The KELI Podcast is available at:

    • Anchor
    • Apple
    • Spotify