BLUEGRASS GREENSOURCE
835 National Avenue
Lexington KY 40502
Contact Information
Nonprofit BLUEGRASS GREENSOURCE
Address 835 National Avenue
Lexington, KY 40502
Phone (859) 266-1572
Fax 859 266-0264
Contact Name Amy Sohner
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2001
Former Names
Bluegrass PRIDE
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Bluegrass Greensource provides the critical service of educating Central Kentuckians of all ages about the importance of recycling, water quality and conservation. Your generous support will help us continue and improve these important outreach efforts. To learn more about specific programs that you would like to support, please contact Chris Porter at chris@bggreensource.org or (859) 266-1572.

To make a donation online, please click here: http://www.bggreensource.org/support/

 

To make a donation by mail, please make your check payable to “Bluegrass Greensource” and send it to: 835 National Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502.

To make a donation by phone or if you need additional assistance, please call Chris Porter at (859) 266-1572.

Thank you in advance for your support.  To learn more about how your dollars can improve your community, go to our website at: www.bgGreensource.org.  

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization, your donation is tax-deductible.

Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement
Bluegrass Greensource (formerly known as Bluegrass PRIDE) has been providing environmental education, outreach, and resources to 20 Central Kentucky counties since 2001. Our mission is to empower people and communities in the Bluegrass to create a sustainable environment. We encourage people to make small changes in their every day lives that add up to big, positive impacts for our shared environment. Our non-profit organization is the only organization in Central Kentucky whose primary mission is environmental education for both youth and adults. 
Background Statement
Bluegrass Greensource was formed in 2001 to help Central Kentuckians learn strategies and behaviors to improve their local environment. Originally supported with a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), Greensource's first efforts were to protect water and reduce litter.  Since then we have begun to address other issues such as recycling and energy conservation and have reached out to a more diverse audience.
 
Today, Bluegrass Greensource tackles the everyday environmental problems that anyone can help to improve. Such things as storm sewer pollution, littering, pet waste pick up, fats and grease in sink drains, and energy conservation are our stock and trade. While we support efforts to address more global environmental issues, our work has always been focused on our local communities in order to make them better, more sustainable place to live. We also believe that providing support to local residents as they address environmental problems is better than engaging only with those folks we are already attuned to issues involving a sustained environment. For example, our staff helps homeowners install rain gardens, helps schools organize and run recycling programs, helps teachers take students on stream walks, and provides low-income families with the tools and knowledge needed to implement cost-effective and money-saving energy efficiency programs.
 
We employ 14 full time staff and work with numerous volunteers. 
 
 
 
Impact Statement
In the past year, Bluegrass Greensource reached 189,238 people throughout our 20 counties. We did this through direct classroom engagements with preK-12 students, by helping businesses develop sustainability plans, and through the many workshops and outreach events that we offer. On any given day, our educators may be knee deep in a stream showing kids how to test water quality or up to their elbows in a classroom's trash as they complete a waste audit and then conduct education around recycling. We have also mentored school administrators, teachers and PTA leadership on how the environment can assist in teaching across all disciplines. We have taken science, social studies and English teachers to coal mines and solar farms to help them teach about Kentucky's energy systems. 

Last year our Environmental Educators taught in 4,352 classrooms. Our Outreach Specialists worked with community members to install 37 rain gardens, build 231 rain barrels, and invest $69,478 dollars into green infrastructure that helps protect sensitive watersheds in the Bluegrass. Cumulatively, our staff engaged with Central Kentucky residents on such diverse topics as waste reduction, water quality, energy efficiency, septic maintenance, gardening, and wildlife identification and habitat conservation. 

In the current year, we hope to expand our education and outreach efforts. We are seeking funding for two new and exciting education programs -- one, the Jr. Nature Explorers Club, encourages preschool children and their teachers to incorporate the outdoors into their day-to-day learning; the other is a pilot project that combines Environmental Education with English as a Second Language in an effort to increase the English language capacity and skills of ESL learners, while also helping to build their environmental literacy. We are also excited to increase our efforts around urban forestry, as we develop a best practices guide for urban tree plantings and care.

Needs Statement

1. Support environmental education for K-12 grade programs in the schools, tailored to meet the needs of the students and teachers and that are aligned with national science standards and STEM initiatives.  Curriculum can be easily replicated and includes both indoor and outdoor interactive activities. For $10,000 we could provide comprehensive programming for a school for a year, or for $2,000 we could educate an entire grade level. $500 is what it costs us to conduct one activity in one classroom for one day.  

2. Fund community outreach and workshops, including rain barrel and rain garden workshops/tours. These popular workshops have been successful in bringing the community together for the benefit of the environment.  $15,000 would allow this program to continue to grow and expand.

3. Volunteers and supplies are needed for our litter clean ups, home winter weatherizing and storm drain stenciling programs, and our zero-waste program for community events. 

CEO/Executive Director Statement
For 15 years, Bluegrass Greensource has taken a hands-on approach to environmental education and sustainability. Our staff, volunteers and partners have worked passionately and tirelessly to improve Central Kentucky's environment and protect its precious natural resources. Not content to simply hand out brochures and pamphlets, Greensource has taken a hands on approach to our mission, partnering with residents in the communities our organization serves by getting in the trenches and getting our hands dirty. Since our inception, Bluegrass Greensource has conducted countless litter cleanups, waste audits and water quality improvement projects.
 
We're also very proud of the accomplishments of our comprehensive environmental education program. Not only does our staff of five environmental educators reach thousands of Central Kentucky students each year, they do so by touching on all areas of Kentucky core content, including math, science, social studies and language arts.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building /
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Anderson County
Bourbon County
Boyle County
Clark County
Estill County
Fayette County
Garrard County
Jessamine County
Harrison County
Jessamine County
Lincoln County
Madison County
Mercer County
Montgomery County
Nicholas County
Powell County
Scott County
Woodford
Owen County
Shelby County
Our service area is comprised of 20 Central Kentucky counties.   
Board Chair
Board Chair Kenneth Gish
Company Affiliation Stites and Harbison
Term June 2015 to July 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Keleigh Arnett PNC BankVoting
Greg Butler Republic Services of KentuckyVoting
Jamie Clark Climate Control
Michael Cronk Transylvania UniversityVoting
John Gagel LexMark
Kenneth J. Gish Jr.Stites and Harbison
Tresine Logsdon Fayette County Public Schools
Mari Long University of KentuckyVoting
David Shehee Superintendent of Water Quality, Kentucky American WaterVoting
Kenya Stump Division of Environmental Policy, Kentucky Energy and Environment CabinetVoting
Chris Thomason Garrard County Chamber of CommerceVoting
Jacob Walbourn McBrayerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 72%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Jamie Clark
Company Affiliation Synergy Home
Term June 2013 to July 2016
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Comments
CEO Comments
Bluegrass Greensource is governed by an Executive Committee with a full board as advisory.  The Executive Committee meets six times a year and works with the Executive Director to manage the organization's activities.  The full board is made up of a representative (Greensource County Liaison) of each of the 18 counties Greensource serves as well as the Executive Committee.  The full board meets once a year at Greensource's annual meeting held in June.  Throughout the year, the Greensource County Liaisons serve as coordinators between Bluegrass Greensource and the needs of the county.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Amy Liberty Sohner
Term Start Feb 2002
Email amy@bgGreensource.org
Experience
Amy Sohner has worked with Bluegrass Greensource since shortly after its inception.  She started as Program Manager, became Deputy Director in 2004 and then in 2006 became Executive Director.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation and Management from the University of Kentucky and is a Certified Non-formal Environmental Educator.  Before her tenure with Greensource, Amy worked with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and at the North Central 4-H Camp in Carlisle, KY.  She serves as Vice Chair of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission and is a member of various organizations in Central Kentucky including the LFUCG Climate Action Plan, Kentucky Stormwater Association, Kentucky River Basin Team and the Bluegrass ADD Natural Resources Advisory Board.
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Maxine Rudder
Term Start Aug 2004
Email maxine@bgGreensource.org
Experience Maxine Rudder has been with Greensource since August of 2004. She was the Education Coordinator for two years, the Education Director for three years and has been Deputy Director since July 2010. Before joining Greensource, Maxine was a teacher in London, Kentucky for 28 years. She attended Eastern Kentucky University where she earned a teaching certificate in Biology and Chemistry. She also has certifications in Supervision K-12 and Secondary Principalship and a Gifted and Talented Endorsement.
Staff
Full Time Staff 14
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 263
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 89%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Angela Dossett Jan 2002 - Aug 2006
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Description
Bluegrass Greensource brings environmental education to both public and private schools for teachers and students from pre-Kindergarten to 12thgrade levels. Our educators work with the teachers to tailor programs to meet their needs and align them with national science standards and STEM content. Students learn about different aspects of the environment while engaging in interactive activities and display models for both indoor and outdoor activities. Greensource empowers students to notice and appreciate their environment, and to become the next generation of environmental stewards. Our educators help students to solidify their understanding of our natural resources and help change their future behavior.      
Budget 10,000/school
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), General/Unspecified, Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short Term Success
We would like to see a ten percent increase in demand for our services over the next two years. 
Program Long term Success
Our goal is to reach every student in public and private Central Kentucky schools.  If we are able to reach them, we can educate them on the positive impact of waste/litter reduction and recycling, water stewardship and energy conservation to their community and environment.  When we empower students with the simple message of small changes make a big difference, they take responsibility for their own actions, change their future behaviors and encourage others to do the same.  
Program Success Monitored By
We have seen success in our student outreach numbers, plus in reduced landfill waste and energy costs.  We have also seen an increase in recycling rates and water conservation in the schools and community. 
Examples of Program Success
This past school year alone, Bluegrass Greensource organized almost 3,000 environmental presentations with an approximate 80,000 student interactions, inspiring a new generation of environmental stewards.
Description
A growing number of individuals and businesses are interested in green initiatives for both the financial and environmental impact but are not sure how to go about it and may even be intimidated. Bluegrass Greensource has been working in Central Kentuckians for the past 15 years, encouraging everyone to make small changes in their every day life that will have a big impact on the environment. We provide workshops on rain barrels and rain gardens, highlighting what they are, why they are important and empowering people to design their own. We provide educational resources, workshops and grant opportunities on the importance of septic care maintenance and energy conservation, even loaning out audit kit supplies. Our Outreach Specialists and Environmental Educators work with adults on waste reduction and water quality for local businesses and community groups.   We are known as THE source for GREEN resources in Central Kentucky.
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program Short Term Success

Our staff completed waste analyses that helped area businesses recycle almost 1500 tons, helped a school system save over $50,000 in reduced waste hauling costs by increasing recycling and provided resources and assistance to community groups for litter removal along roads and streams, removing more than 150,000 bags of trash. 

 

Program Long term Success
Over the past 12 years, Greensource has built strong partnerships with local businesses, schools, community leaders churches and government.  They rely on us for our expertise, resources and collaborative leadership.  We have seen a significant shift in thinking amongst our business partners when it comes to protecting the environment and people believing in the possibility of making a difference.   
Program Success Monitored By

In the past year we have provided over 200 environmental trainings, workshops and community events throughout Central Kentucky. We have assisted with home energy audits, partnered with community organizations to stencil storm drains and provided community-based workshops on how to construct and use rain barrels. We have even assisted community groups in promoting litter and waste free events.

Our grant programs enabled removal of invasive plants to open public hiking trails, installed reusable water bottle filling stations in public buildings saving tens of thousands of plastic water bottles from the landfill. We funded the development of a fallen animal composting pad to use for education and demonstration purposes, cleaned up lakes by filling 19 commercial dumpsters with litter and established recycling and litter reduction programs at several marinas.

 

Examples of Program Success

We continue to expand our outreach in homes, encouraging small changes that make a big improvement, not only to our local environment, but also to our wallets and our health. Bluegrass Greensource enjoys many strong partnerships, particularly with Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and Kentucky American Water, encouraging Central Kentucky to work together for a more sustainable future.

 

Description
One of Greensource's newer efforts is the recruitment and coordination of volunteers to help with environmental projects throughout the Bluegrass.  This year, we recruited volunteers through our outreach efforts in such venues as Reforest the Bluegrass and Caulk the Block.  In addition, we have contacted volunteers through the United Way, VolunteerMatch, our website and through social media.
 
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served General/Unspecified, Adults, K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short Term Success
In the short term, we plan to use current volunteers more effectively and keep records of volunteer hours and activities in order to recognize their efforts. We also plan to coordinate with other environmental organizations and efforts to improve the efficacy of volunteer efforts. 
Program Long term Success
Our goal is to harness and coordinate the energy of environmentally concerned volunteers across our region and help them have meaningful experiences that produce effective results.
Program Success Monitored By
Beginning this year, PRIDE has designated one employee to coordinate volunteer efforts.  This employee is keeping records of not only the volunteers themselves, but their preferences for different types of activities as well as the hours they contribute. 
Examples of Program Success
PRIDE successfully recruited 84 new volunteers this year.  These volunteers helped with efforts ranging from stream clean ups to storm drain stenciling to environmental education.  They contributed a total of 524 hours.
Description

Solid waste comes in many forms: litter, illegal dumps, abandoned and overflowing landfills, etc.  Whatever its form, it is unsightly, unhealthy and a major cost for local governments. Reducing and recycling waste and litter in our 20 county area has been a major goal for Bluegrass Greensource since our formation 15 years ago.  We have learned a lot in those years and now approach the problem in much the same way we do other issues. We ask people to reduce and recycle the waste they produce and instead of reprimanding them and then telling them what they should do, we work with them hand in hand to solve specific problems that may make it difficult for them to change behaviors. 

Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), General/Unspecified, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short Term Success
We have many ongoing projects to eliminate litter and reduce solid waste.  These include
  • Waste Busters: a program that helps businesses and apartment complexes organize recycling efforts, train staff and conduct waste audits
  • Trash cleanups:  we have organized numerous community cleanups and distributed over 10,000 free trash bags.
  • Waste-free events: Bluegrass Greensource worked with the organizers of large community events to make them litter free.  One of our biggest events was the 2010 World Equestrian Games (the equivalent of the Olympics for horses) where nearly 500,000 people attended the games.
  • Solid waste education in schools:  Our staff and volunteers not only help schools recycle but also conduct lessons on solid waste reduction at all grade levels.  These activities include holding waste free lunches and learning how worms aid in composting. 

 

 
Program Long term Success
Our goal is to reduce and/or recycle at least 30% of the solid waste generated in our service area during the next ten years
Program Success Monitored By
Greensource uses visual surveys (developed by Keep America Beautiful) to estimate litter reduction.  We also keep track of the numbers of trash bags filled at community clean ups, the number of recycling efforts we help initiate and maintain and the number of students we reach with education. 
Examples of Program Success
Our staff completed waste analyses that helped area businesses recycle almost 1500 tons, helped a school system save over $50,000 in reduced waste hauling costs by increasing recycling and provided resources and assistance to community groups for litter removal along roads and streams, removing more than 150,000 bags of trash. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Bluegrass Greensource collaborates with all the city and county governments in our 20 county service area, plus with businesses, nonprofits, and both public and private schools. 
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Green Initiative AwardCommerce Lexington2010
Enterprise Award for the Live Green Lexington ProgramKentucky League of Cities2010
Most Innovative Non-Profit AwardKentucky Nonprofit Leadership Initiative2010
Earth Day AwardKentucky Environmental Quality Commission2009
Environmental Excellence AwardKentucky Association of Environmental Educators2008
Environmental AwardLFUCG Environmental Commission2007
Outstanding Service AwardProject Learning Tree2004
Promoting Environmental Responsiblity AwardLFUCG Environmental Commission2003
Green/Sustainability Vision AwardBluegrass Tomorrow2013
Community Luminary AwardKY Department of Environmental Protection2013
Enrichment AwardThe Garden Club of KY2013
President's AwardKentucky Association of Environmental Educators2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,112,501.00
Projected Expenses $1,112,501.00
Endowment Value $2,500.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$236,784$158,543$274,305
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$236,784$158,543$274,305
Individual Contributions$87,042$62,270--
$0$0--
$676,545$685,732$699,690
Investment Income, Net of Losses$853$0--
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$0$0--
Revenue In-Kind$0$0--
Other$8,039$8,482$9,647
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$757,108$665,591$726,255
Administration Expense$210,956$187,338$187,586
Fundraising Expense$40,620$38,616$38,423
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.031.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%75%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%17%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$874,444$854,301$824,972
Current Assets$375,534$839,666$803,724
Long-Term Liabilities$17,987$29,120$18,135
Current Liabilities$71,600$69,722$74,857
Total Net Assets$784,857$755,459$731,980
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
Bluegrass Greensource's Executive Committee has directed Greensource to do a full audit every other year and a review in the years in between.  Greensource has never been found to have any material weaknesses in any of its audits or reviews.
Address 835 National Avenue
Lexington, KY 40502
Primary Phone 859 266-1572
Contact Email amy@bggreensource.org
CEO/Executive Director Amy Liberty Sohner
Board Chair Kenneth Gish
Board Chair Company Affiliation Stites and Harbison