The Envirome Institute enables and supports research on the effects of the environment on health and promotes an understanding of environmental health issues locally and globally. Using the city of Louisville as an urban laboratory, the Envirome Institute will study how social, physical, and geographic features of the environment affect human health. The Envirome Institute is the organizing body for transdisciplinary research centers across the University of Louisville, such as the Center for Healthy Air, Water, and Soil, the Center for Diabetes and Obesity Research, the Superfund Research Program, and others. Our team of researchers examine how environmental differences within Louisville cause health disparities and how personal environments created by lifestyle choices affect a person’s health and well-being.
Using a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to research, the Center for Diabetes and Obesity Research’s work ranges from cardiovascular metabolism and inflammation to stem cell biology and environmental cardiology. Our collaborative approach to research yields dynamic results. Our team’s discoveries bring us closer to finding effective strategies to prevent, treat, and manage chronic disease.
The Center for Healthy Air, Water, and Soil at the University of Louisville believes that true health is just not the absence of disease, but also the achievement of well-being in many interconnected facets of health: physical, nutritional, financial, environmental, psychological, intellectual, spiritual, and cultural. Using Louisville as an urban laboratory, the Center for Healthy Air, Water, and Soil works to bring government, corporations, philanthropy, and people together in innovative collaborations to discover new ways to build healthier places to live.
The goals of the center are to evaluate the health impact of volatile organic chemicals that are present in the environment and understand how exposure to such chemicals could contribute to the risk and development of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, which despite recent medical advances, remain the leading causes of death worldwide. Center investigators will conduct research to unravel critical pathways of toxicity and identify health outcomes from chemicals found at Superfund and related sites. In addition, center investigators will create new technologies for detecting VOCs at low environmental levels. The findings and discoveries of the center will be transferred to affected communities, end users in public and private sectors, and other stakeholders.
The Nature Conservancy stands for nature, in all its diversity. We envision a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. The Nature Conservancy is focused on contributing to the sustainability of urban ecosystems that sit at the crowded nexus of the natural world, the build environment, human culture, and communities. We exist to improve the lived experience of urban species – humans and others – in the places they call home and to protect their right to continue to thrive in these places.
Founded in 2009, Louisville Grows is an environmental nonprofit organization whose mission is to grow greener, healthier neighborhoods. Our vision is to foster green, just, and sustainable neighborhoods in Louisville. We seek to be a leading nonprofit in advocating for health equity through the environmental platforms of urban forestry and urban agriculture. Louisville Grows’ neighborhood-based urban forestry program focuses on rebuilding the urban tree canopy with a goal of planting 1,000 trees each year. Our team of Citizen Foresters is trained and dedicated to coordinating volunteers on planting days, educating the public about the importance of an urban tree canopy, and advocating for trees. We are committed to restoring the urban tree canopy and providing environmental education opportunities that will lead to the end of health disparities in our community.
The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry in engineering research and education. WashU engineers produce new knowledge that changes the world, and they explore and create a world we cannot yet imagine. The WashU scientists participating in Green Heart more broadly focus on air quality characterization and management with an emphasis on field measurements and data analysis to support applications in atmospheric science, regulation, policy, and health studies.
Hyphae Design Laboratory is a consulting, design, and engineering firm dedicated to bridging the gap between innovative architecture and applied biological sciences. In the sustainable design community, we embody the biological functions of a hyphal network. We provide the link between disciplines to bring about deeply sustainable collaboration. Hyphae strives to bring site-specific solutions that are community and ecologically driven to urban infrastructure challenges. We work on ecological mission-driven design and engineering projects for citizens, corporations, communities, and cities alike.
The research and development (R&D) arm of the Forest Service, a component of the US Department of Agriculture, works at the forefront of science to improve the health and use of our nation’s forests and grasslands. Research has been part of the Forest Service’s mission since the agency’s inception in 1905.