About the Institute

Mission & Vision

Together let’s preserve our World’s Sacred Air, Water, and Soil, so as to create the healthy communities that are essential for the survival of all of life!

Volunteering

There are a lot of ways that you can help. We have many opportunities to learn about our health and the environment on which that health depends. Please join us.

Current Programs

Our initial work has been at the intersection of breathing disorders such as Asthma and the quality of the ambient air in our community. Please see join the project for ways you can help.


Christina Lee Brown

Christy BrownChristina (Christy) Brown is originally from Frederick, Maryland and has lived in Louisville, Kentucky since 1968 when she married Owsley Brown II. The Brown family business, Brown – Forman Corporation, is based in Louisville, Kentucky and includes such brands as Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Old Forester and Woodford Reserve. Christy is a proud mother of three and grandmother of nine. She co-founded the Center for Interfaith Relations in 1985 and went on to launch the first US Festival of Faiths in Louisville, which is now in its eighteenth year. Christy is an International Trustee of Religions For Peace, the worlds largest International Interfaith organization. She believes passionately in the potential of faith communities to effect positive change by working together, at the same time celebrating their commonalities and differences. She is currently serving on the board of the Sustainable Food Trust in England, and she is also on the board for the Louisville Orchestra. Christy is one of the co-founders of Kentucky’s Berry Center created to perpetuate the legacy of Wendell Berry and his family. To bring about the kinds of changes that will help people live healthier lives, she founded and is currently serving as the board chair for a new organization, The Institute of Healthy Air, Water and Soil. The Institute leading the nation is creating new models that empower “citizen scientists” to reveal the connections between environmental health and human health starting with air quality and Asthma in our urban laboratory of Louisville.


Regina Blake
Regina Blake
Regina is a recovering Post Production Supervisor on large budget films and her ability to balance project timelines and stakeholder empowerment is our secret weapon
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Virginia Lee
Virginia has expertise in the intersection of environmental science and innovative approaches to philanthropy. Virginia actively manages the Institute’s financial strategy.

Ted Smith
Ted Smith, PhD
Ted serves as the Institute’s first Executive Director and sets direction for Urban Laboratory Projects of the Institute. Ted’s is also Chief of Civic Innovation for the City of Louisville where he is focused on bringing new technologies to solve big social challenges.

Institute History

June 2012 – Three Louisville foundations partner with Mayor Greg Fischer’s Office of Innovation to launch the first community-wide Asthma monitoring program. The program wins Louisville the IBM Global Smarter Cities designation for 2012.

October 2013 – Louisville hosts the Healthy Local Foods Conference which brings focus to the role cities must play in the preservation of air, water, and soil for human health

March 2014 – Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil Is formed as a fiscal sponsorship of the Community Foundation of Louisville and sets the goal of making our first project in healthy air

April 2014 – Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil The first project to launch 100 stationary low cost Air Quality Egg monitors for deployment across Louisville begins at an evening celebration. 75 Eggs are adopted at the launch event

June 2014 – Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil Collaborates with the JCTC NSF National Center for Excellence in GIS and begins deployment of 100 low cost Egg sensors after adding Ozone sensor chips to a third of them. The first release of www.louisvilleairmap.com is published by Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil and is available to other communities via GITHUB.

July 2014 – Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil Ted Smith becomes the Institute’s first Executive Director with a mission to establish Urban Labs projects that help the City of Louisville tackle city-wide projects that involve experimental research and technology that could offer public benefit.

Contact Us

Waterfront Plaza, West Tower – 11th Floor 325 W. Main Street, Suite 1110 Phone: +1 (502) 386-5821 Fax: +1 (502) 386-5821 Email: louisville@instituteforhealthyairwaterandsoil.org

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