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LG&E & KU awards grant to the American Printing House for the Blind to purchase trees for APH Property

Louisville, KY. (June 2, 2015) Thanks to a donation from Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company’s (LG&E & KU) “Plant for the Planet” program, American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will be able to plant twelve Kentucky native trees that will contribute to the beautification and environmental sustainability of the entire neighborhood. Community volunteers will assist with planting which will take place June 3 and 4.

Founded in 1858, APH has been at its present site in the historic Clifton neighborhood since 1883. What began as a 5,400 sq foot building has grown into a 286,000 sq. foot space located on property that extends nearly a city block. The west-most boundary of the property is State Street; eleven of the twelve trees will be planted along that side of the building. The twelfth will be planted in a parking island on the other side of the building.

Several trees have been lost to storm damage over the years. Trees planted on the State Street side will shade the building and HVAC equipment, reducing energy consumption, while providing a shaded picnic area for APH’s 300 employees and neighbors. The tree planted in an island in the parking lot will provide shade for pavement and reduce heat island effect. The trees will be added to the existing 48 trees on the property.

Species were specifically selected in accordance with “Right Tree for the Right Place” guidelines.

All the trees selected are Kentucky native trees with a proven track record in this area, so that they will continue to enhance the property for years to come. The trees to be planted are:

About the Plant for the Planet Program

Learn more about LG&E and KU’s Plant for the Planet grant program by visiting the company’s website.

More about Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company at

About the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and its commitment to the environment

APH is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization devoted solely to creating educational, workplace, and independent products and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. The goal of APH is to be a center of knowledge regarding the research,
development, and production of quality products as well as the provision of specialized services for blind and visually impaired people. APH manufactures over 1100 products each year with more than 100 new products introduced each year.

Beginning with the founders of APH and its neighbor, Kentucky School for the Blind, APH has worked to maintain a park- or campus-like environment. This includes tree planting and maintenance, round metal picnic tables, a fountain carved in the shape of a print-braille book by Louisville sculptor Al Nelson, statues and flowers in the front lawn. In Spring, 2013, APH partnered with the Billy Goat Hill Garden (BGHG) Tree Canopy Committee, Whitehall, Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission (LMTAC) Projects Committee and the Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) to install twelve trees along the sidewalk in front of APH and KSB.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, visit or APH No Other Place Like It