Source: The News-Enterprise
June 25, 2018
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest received the 2018 American Public Gardens Association’s Operational Sustainability Award.
The award was formed to recognize “outstanding dedication and achievements in promoting sustainability through programs, operation, facilities and/or research,” according to a news release.
“Bernheim’s work in sustainability is truly remarkable,” Harry Jongerden, executive director of the Toronto Botanical Garden and chairman of the 2018 Awards Committee said in the release. “They exemplify the very best practices that we can all emulate.”
Established by Isaac W. Bernheim, a German immigrant who made his fortune in Kentucky bourbon, the property in Bullitt County was established as a public preserve in 1950.
“We could not be prouder of this distinction,” Bernheim’s Executive Director Mark Wourms said in the release. “This award is a testament to our expert staff’s commitment to Mr. Bernheim’s legacy of environmental stewardship.”
The awards committee also cited the visitor center’s LEED Platinum building and edible garden. The sustainability practices not only help Bernheim, but also those outside the forest, Wourms said.
“With more than 3 million trees and the headwaters of 13 streams, we cannot forget that Bernheim provides clean air and clean water for the 1.6 million people who call North Central Kentucky home,” he said.