Follow the latest news and progress on Urban Green Lab—Nashville’s first hub for sustainable living. Urban Green Lab is an 501(c)(3) corporation.
What is Urban Green Lab?
Urban Green Lab is Nashville’s first nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our city through sustainability. We fill a gap by offering programs that inspire people of all ages to incorporate sustainability into their daily lives. Our workshops – on everything from green building to urban agriculture – spark positive changes at home and work that save money, improve health, and conserve resources. Through partnerships with local businesses, government, and nonprofits, we expand our reach in offering this needed service, and team with local colleges to monitor our impact. With your help – as a volunteer, donor, or participant – we are building a community-based movement in Nashville.
What can I do with Urban Green Lab?
Nashvillians can participate in Urban Green Lab activities to learn more about sustainability, green jobs, health and the environment. Experts lead hands-on workshops for people of all ages on a range of topics, from home weatherization to urban agriculture, which help citizens reduce their environmental impact, save money, and improve the health of their families. Urban Green Lab showcases techniques for green design, urban gardening, and sustainable living through interactive displays. In 2014, Urban Green Lab is building the city’s first mobile sustainability laboratory. This vehicle, outfitted with interactive exhibits and green technologies, will travel to schools, businesses, and community events across Nashville. Our mobile lab will enable us to reach diverse and underserved populations and to enhance schools’ science and technology curricula.
What makes Urban Green Lab so unique?
Urban Green lab is unique in many ways. This first-of-its-kind-in-Nashville organization is designed to “bridge the gap” between thinking and doing and, in the process, move sustainability from concept to daily reality for an increasing number of citizens. The Lab's physical manifestation - a mobile learning lab being designed and built right now - will embody the principles of sustainability, offering “teachable moments” at every turn. Urban Green Lab’s innovative partnering model that includes Nissan as our Founding Partner, nonprofits, small businesses, places of worship, community centers and other institutions, focuses on facilitating programming that will have a measurable impact on the lives of people in the Nashville community and beyond.
Why create Urban Green Lab?
The ultimate value in Urban Green Lab stems from engaging numerous community constituencies in a variety of fun and interesting activities that lead to more sustainable living practices. Urban Green Lab offers cutting-edge programming for Nashville public schools and create ongoing educational, mentoring and relationship-building opportunities. Urban Green Lab serves as an engine for engaging individual citizens and catalyzing a culture of sustainability - connecting past, present, and future generations through the sharing of experience and knowledge..
How can I support Urban Green Lab?
You can get involved in many ways. Please tell your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues about Urban Green Lab, and encourage them to visit our website and “Like” us on Facebook. You can also contact us and let us know what programs you’d like to see organized by Urban Green Lab. You can make a tax-deductible donation in support of our work or, if you represent a company or philanthropic foundation and would like to get involved, please email our Executive Director at email@example.com. Thank you!
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Local experts will show you how to make inexpensive but effective eco-friendly cleaning supplies and personal care products, highlighting essential oils. Take home samples and a lot of useful knowledge on what you can do TODAY to make your home a cleaner, greener place. Free!
When: Weds, May 7, 6-7:15pm
Where: East Park Community Center — 600 [...]
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April 24 from 6-8pm is a hands-on exploration of home energy problems and solutions. Try your hand at various air-sealing measures, observe diagnostic tests that measure energy performance, and leave with your own home energy savings starter kit packed with goodies! Registration is required for this fee-based workshop.
April 26 from 10:30-noon you [...]
Join us this Sunday for the pre-release of the Showtime premiere “Years of Living Dangerously,” a “phenomenal, gorgeously shot” documentary chronicling the impacts of climate change. Alongside Cumberland River Compact and Citizens Climate Lobby, we’ll talk about ways to get involved locally and beyond to combat this mounting problem.
BYOB & food to enjoy respectfully in the Cumberland [...]
Get to know your soil! Learn to diagnose your yard’s soil health! See, touch, and smell the best plants for your garden. We’ll guide you through understanding the importance of soil’s texture, color, structure, and pH, while recommending plants for your unique yard!
Weds, April 16th at 6pm at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center – 1900 Davidson St. [...]
The Big Payback is a community-wide online giving day hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee on May 6, 2014. This 24-hour online charitable giving day will help Middle Tennessee nonprofits – including Urban Green Lab – raise much-needed unrestricted dollars and bring awareness to pressing needs in our communities. With prizes and incentives, [...]