The Kentucky Center has already started to get some notice (and win some awards) about our new Green Initatives. Even small things like recycling and switching to more energy efficient light bulbs can make a huge difference. But as simple as those efforts are, we also have some big plans that we're considering.
So what could the future hold at the Center? Maybe the most exciting news of all. Nothing is definite, and right now we’re just conducting studies to determine what’s feasible, but imagine one day looking up at The Kentucky Center’s roof and seeing a vault of living green!
Green roofing is one of the latest trends in environmental technology. It involves actually planting ivy and grasses on commercial roofing space. The plants act as excellent insulation to help with heat retention. They form a natural barrier against the elements, more than doubling a roof’s life expectancy. They assist with water run-off, which in turn helps keep interiors dry. And they look fabulous!
Sound like a pipe dream? Well, dreaming big has already paid off for The Kentucky Center. Recently, the Bluegrass chapter of Net Impact, a global organization of students and professionals using business to improve the world, awarded Shue the Impact at Work Award for her efforts leading the Green Team at the Center. It’s an award that we’re all proud of, and it’s just the beginning.
We take our role as Kentucky’s premier performing arts center and a leader in the arts throughout the Commonwealth very seriously, and just like the arts themselves, responsible energy consumption is not a cost-saving luxury. It is a social necessity.
So, is being green easy? No, it isn’t. But it’s important, it’s fulfilling and worthwhile, and at The Kentucky Center, it’s the way we’re going to be.