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This premier sustainability award was created in 2020 to honor Julie Shinton Fried and her exceptional work with Sustainable Schools as Brightside's Community Education Manager. The annual award is given to a school or environmental education program that demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and educating students with a concern for the future, just as Julie did in Louisville for over 21 years. Recipient schools/programs receive a sustainable bamboo plaque and a tree or other sustainable purchase worth up to $500.  

The Partnership for a Green City and Brightside work with the public, parochial, and private schools on Youth Summits on the Urban Heat Island Effect and other sustainability topics and we see the passionate teachers and students.  We want to recognize local schools or environmental education programs that make sustainability a priority educating leaders of the future.


Darleen Horton described Julie as "a builder of bridges.  She connects people of all ages to environmental awareness, responsibility, and community. Her superpower is her ability to engage and empower students and teachers to become stewards of the environment and to make their own school, neighborhood, and community a better place to live. She leads by example, going the extra mile for others, and is loved for the person she is. Julie brings about positive change by being a champion for the environment, for young people, and for the city of Louisville. She is a quietly tenacious warrior working to make a sustainable environment for us all".

Julie saw the first award - named in her honor - presented to her Alma Mater, Sacred Heart Academy on January 25, 2021. Sadly after valiantly battling cancer for over 10 years, we lost Julie near the end of February 2021. She was truly a quietly tenacious warrior who made a difference in the lives of all she touched. We miss her, but she lives on through her work with Brightside and schools to make Louisville a greener city...

To nominate a school or education program for this award, please write a letter of nomination and email it to
 - All K-12 schools and higher education institutions are eligible.



2020 - Sacred Heart Academy - 3177 Lexington Road, Louisville 40206

2021 - Fern Creek High School - 9115 Fern Creek Road, Louisville, 40291
2022 - Chenoweth Elementary School - 3622 Brownsboro Road, Louisville 40207

2023 - To be named soon

2022 Julie Shinton Fried Sustainable Schools Award Recipient

Chenoweth Elementary School

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2020 Julie Shinton Fried Sustainable Schools Award Recipient

Sacred Heart Academy

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