Sally Brown: Force of Nature

Organizations Sally Brown Has Worked With

Editor's Note: Sally Brown: Force of Nature is a 2006 KET production.


Actors Theatre of Louisville


Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL) was founded in 1964 and designated in 1974 the state theatre of Kentucky. In 1972, ATL established a complex in the old Bank of Louisville building and adjacent Myers-Thompson Display building in downtown Louisville. Architect Harry Weese melded the two diverse structures and constructed the 637-seat Pamela Brown Auditorium.

In 1976, Actors Theatre inaugurated the Humana Festival of New American Plays, an annual showcase of new theatrical work, underwritten since 1979 by the Humana Foundation. ATL has produced more than 300 Humana Festival plays, representing the work of more than 200 playwrights. In June of 1980, Actors Theatre became the second theater to receive the Special Tony Award as an outstanding nonprofit resident theater.

Interviewed in the documentary: Alexander “Sandy” Spear, executive director

Americans for Alaska


Americans for Alaska is a project created by the Alaska Conservation Foundation to protect Alaska’s wilderness heritage—in particular, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 1980, it was instrumental in gaining congressional approval of the Alaska National Interest Lands Act, which created 100 million acres of new national parks and refuges. It is made up of scientists, politicians, philanthropists, artists, actors, and other concerned leaders who lobby the government and numerous agencies to secure the protection of Alaskan wilderness and advance true energy security.

Interviewed in the documentary: Larry Rockefeller

Bellarmine University


Bellarmine is an independent liberal arts college opened on October 3, 1950 under the sponsorship of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. In 1968, Bellarmine merged with Ursuline College and became an independent college with a self-perpetuating governing board.

In 2000, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the institution from Bellarmine College to Bellarmine University to reflect its true status as a Masters I university. Bellarmine University now is made up of the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences, the Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business, the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education, and the new School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

On April 9, 1997, the College dedicated the W.L. Lyons Brown Library. Built at a cost of $10 million, the library is the realization of a dream of 20 years and stands as a visible symbol of the centrality of teaching and learning at Bellarmine.

Interviewed in the documentary: Dr. Joseph McGowan, president

Brown-Forman Corporation


The Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the largest American-owned companies in the wine and spirits business, was founded in 1870. George Garvin Brown, a young pharmaceuticals salesman in Louisville, had the novel idea of selling top-grade whiskey in sealed glass bottles. Out of his idea grew a company that in fiscal year 2005 had sales of $2.7 billion, of which $2.1 billion was accounted for by sales of wines and spirits.

Brown-Forman is a diversified producer and marketer of consumer products. Through Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Brown-Forman produces and markets many of the best-known wines and spirits in the world, including Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s, Canadian Mist, Southern Comfort, and Korbel Calilfornia Champagne.

Interviewed in the documentary: Owsley Brown II, chairman and CEO

The Conservation Fund


The Conservation Fund is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s most important landscapes and waterways, working across all 50 states to preserve each region’s unique natural, cultural, and historic heritage. Committed to effectiveness, efficiency, and a balance between environmental and economic priorities, the Conservation Fund is helping to pioneer a new, results-driven environmentalism, promoting economic development and environmental protection by using market-based approaches to find real estate solutions.

Since 1985, the Conservation Fund and its partners have protected more than 5 million acres, including wildlife habitat, working landscapes, rivers and wetlands, and community open space. The Fund is recognized by both Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy as the nation’s top environmental nonprofit, owing partly to the its 1% fund-raising costs and 96% program allocation.

The Conservation Fund helps local and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations acquire property from willing sellers to protect open space, wildlife habitat, public recreation areas, river corridors, and historic places. The group also works with communities, forest and chemical companies, developers, and ranchers to demonstrate sustainable practices that balance economic and environmental goals.

The Conservation Fund also serves as a national resource for environmental organizations by providing financial resources, technical assistance, and formal training to land conservation professionals.

Interviewed in the documentary: Patrick Noonan, chairman emeritus

Environmental Defense


Environmental Defense is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, representing more than 400,000 members, dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people. The organization brings together experts in science, law, and economics to tackle complex environmental issues that affect the oceans, air, natural resources, and species of the world.

In addition to publishing reports, Environmental Defense produces print and e-mail newsletters, web pages, fact sheets and educational materials, and business practices that can help sustain and improve the environment. It receives less than 1% of its financial support from corporate donors and accepts no payments from corporate partners.

Interviewed in the documentary: Fred Krupp, president

Locust Grove


Locust Grove in Louisville is a National Historic Landmark on 55 acres of the original 694-acre farm established by William and Lucy Clark Croghan in 1790. George Rogers Clark spent the last nine years of his life at Locust Grove, from 1809 until his death in 1818. Locust Grove also hosted three U.S. presidents—Monroe, Jackson, and Taylor—and was a stopping point for famed explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (George’s younger brother) upon their return from their expedition to the Pacific. In addition, Locust Grove was home to numerous enslaved African Americans who lived and worked on the farm and contributed to its success. Locust Grove tells the story of George Rogers Clark, early Kentucky history, western expansion, and everyday life on the frontier.

Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation


The Waterfront Development Corporation was created in 1986 to oversee waterfront development efforts along the Ohio River in Louisville. The corporation’s three-part mission includes oversight of the design and construction of Waterfront Park, operation of the park/event coordination, and park maintenance.

Phase I of Waterfront Park, approximately 55 acres, was dedicated on July 4, 1999. The park is heavily used on a daily basis, averaging more than 1.5 million visitors per year. Phase II of the park opened on June 10, 2004, adding approximately 17 acres, including the Adventure Playground, a café plaza, the Brown-Forman amphitheater, docks for transient boaters, and an area for a new rowing facility.

Construction on Phase III began in late spring 2005. It will cover 13 acres and include a pedestrian walkway across the river and more lawn areas.

Interviewed in the documentary: David Karem, director

National Parks Conservation Association


The National Parks Conservation Association works every day to ensure that America’s landscape gets the vital care and support it deserves, in perpetuity, by advocating for the national parks and National Park Service, educating decision-makers about the importance of preserving parks, convincing members of Congress to uphold laws that protect parks, and assessing the health and management of national parks.

The NPCA is an independent, nonpartisan lobby—the only independent membership organization dedicated to protecting the park system. In 85 years, the NPCA has grown to represent 300,000 members through its Washington, DC headquarters and 12 regional and field offices.

Interviewed in the documentary: Tom Kiernan, president

The Nature Conservancy


The Nature Conservancy is a leading nonprofit international organization dedicated to preserving the diversity of life on Earth. Its mission is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The organization works closely with partners, corporations, and communities using a collaborative, science-based approach.

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy works in all 50 states and 27 countries, protecting more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of river. The conservancy has one million members, 1,500 dedicated volunteers, 3,200 employees, and 720 scientists.

Interviewed in the documentary: Jim Aldrich, vice president/state director of Kentucky Nature Conservancy

Natural Resources Defense Council


The NRDC is one of the nation’s most effective environmental action organizations, using law, science, and the support of one million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places. Worth magazine has named the NRDC one of America’s best charities.

Typical recent activities have included opposing the siting of power plants and industrial facilities in environmentally vulnerable areas, opposing efforts to strip environmental protections from wetlands, and legal action to force the government to revise mercury pollution rules for chlorine manufacturers. The NRDC involves itself with more than 200 lawsuits a year.

Interviewed in the documentary: John Adams, founding director

River Fields


River Fields is a nonprofit organization founded in 1959 by Archibald Cochran to monitor the use and development of the Ohio River. The organization monitors the Army Corps of Engineers permits along the river, keeps abreast of the activities of the Jefferson County Planning Commission, and helps citizens address river-related issues.

In the 1970s and ’80s, River Fields funded the protection of the Caperton Swamp area and the conversion of its 23 acres from commercial use to open green space. It is now a wildlife sanctuary.

Interviewed in the documentary: Meme Sweets Runyon, executive director

Scenic Kentucky


Scenic Kentucky is the state affiliate of Scenic America, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the scenic character of America’s communities and countryside. Scenic Kentucky works at the local, state, and federal levels to protect the scenic heritage of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Scenic Kentucky helps citizens and elected officials take charge of their communities’ futures—how they want their Commonwealth to look and how to achieve a vision. The group advocates for local, state, and federal laws that help protect and enhance distinctive community character. It also fights to reduce billboard blight in Kentucky, promote sensitive highways solutions, and ensure mitigation of the visual impact of telecommunication towers.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill


Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, near Harrodsburg in Mercer County, is a model for historic preservation where visitors may see, touch, and feel an important part of our country’s heritage. The restored village is a living history museum where the tangible reminders of an extraordinary life are preserved. The self-guided walking tour includes 14 restored buildings where skilled artisans work at 19th-century trades and historic farming brings the past to life. Daily demonstrations include broom making, spinning, weaving, coopering, domestic work, woodworking, farm work, and gardening. Shaker Village also encompasses the Centre Family Dwelling, an extensive collection of original Shaker furniture and household items from the 19th century.

Shaker Village also offers public riverboat excursions along the scenic Kentucky River Palisades aboard its authentic sternwheeler Dixie Belle. The 149-passenger riverboat takes passengers along a stretch of river with high limestone cliffs and untouched natural beauty. During these one-hour trips, the Dixie Belle passes under High Bridge, an engineering marvel built in 1877.

Interviewed in the documentary: Alex G. Campbell Jr., retired chairman of the Shakertown Board of Directors

Transylvania University


Transylvania University in Lexington is a small liberal arts college founded in 1780. Its name means “across the woods”; it was the first college west of the Allegheny Mountains. At one time, Henry Clay was a law professor at the college and sat on its Board of Trustees. Current enrollment is approximately 1,100, and the teacher/student ratio hovers around 13:1. It was the first school in Kentucky to offer merit scholarships.

Interviewed in the documentary: Charles Shearer, president

Woods Hole Research Center


The Woods Hole Research Center was founded in 1975 by George Woodwell to address environmental issues through scientific research and education. Its mission is to understand the causes and consequences of environmental change as a basis for world policy solutions. The center specializes in ecological research on land use in forested regions, including the Amazon Basin, Eurasia, the Congo Basin, and North America, working locally to assist communities with resource management and promoting policies that stabilize the world climate.

Interviewed in the documentary: George Woodwell, founder/director emeritus

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


The Yale School of Forestry was founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot and Henry S. Graves. As consulting foresters, Pinchot and Graves implemented the first examples of forest management in the United States. The school has grown from a small forestry program with a first graduating class of 10 to an international institution with hundreds of students from around the world studying everything from microbiology to macroeconomics.

In 1972, the school changed its name to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in recognition of its dedication to the scientific understanding and long-term management of ecosystems for human benefit.

Interviewed in the documentary: James Gustav Speth, dean