S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students learning about soil testing at the future Urban Green Lab site. This is one of many hands-on learning experiences Urban Green Lab has planned as part of partnership with Metro Public Schools.
Urban Green Lab’s design team discussing refinements to the new plan.
Urban Green Lab Vice President, Greg O’Loughlin, answering questions about Urban Green Lab at the Inglewood Cherry Blossom Festival.
Urban Green Lab advisory council member Trazana Staples (L) and board member Jennifer Barrie, adding ideas at our first design charrette.
At the Nissan / Urban Green Lab press conference, September 27, 2011. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean discusses the unique partnership between Nissan, Urban Green Lab and various Metro Nashville departments to help make Nashville the “greenest city in the South”.
Follow the latest news and progress on Urban Green Lab—Nashville’s first community center dedicated to sustainable living. We are scheduled to open summer 2013 in the Inglewood neighborhood of east Nashville. Urban Green Lab is an 501(c)(3) corporation.
Urban Green Lab will be Nashville’s first community center dedicated to sustainable living. We are building a state-of-the-art green building that will be a meeting place for students and adults to learn about everything from energy efficiency to urban agriculture. Think of it as a combination adventure museum for the environment and neighborhood gathering place in service of a healthier Nashville -- and healthier planet.
Nashvillians will come to Urban Green Lab to participate in a variety of individual and group activities related to sustainability, green jobs, health and the environment. Experts will lead hands-on workshops for people of all ages on a range of topics, from home weatherization to urban agriculture, which will help citizens reduce their environmental impact, save money, and improve the health of their families. Urban Green Lab will showcase green design, interactive displays, and a working community garden. Schools, small business owners, non-profit organizations and government agencies will use Urban Green Lab for seminars, trainings, public outreach programs, product demonstrations, client appreciation events and many other community-focused activities. With an on-site commercial kitchen, the facility will also be a “green” venue for film, music, dance, weddings and other celebrations.
As one of the first platinum certified LEED-NC building slated for construction in Tennessee, the facility itself will embody the highest possible principles of sustainable practice. Everywhere visitors look will be a "teachable moment" inspiring questions and interaction. Through workshops and other experience based classes, students and visitors will come to understand new and old world practices for living more sustainably.
The ultimate value in Urban Green Lab will stem from engaging numerous community constituencies in a variety of fun and interesting activities that lead to more sustainable living practices. Urban Green Lab will offer a cutting-edge learning environment for east Nashville public schools and create ongoing educational, mentoring and relationship-building opportunities. By attracting more and varied resources to a traditionally underserved community, Urban Green Lab will serve 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..
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 at Urban Green Lab. You can make a tax-deductible donation in support of our capital campaign or, if you represent a company or philanthropic foundation and would like to get involved, please email email@example.com. Thank you!
Thanks to everyone that came to visit us at our Earth Day booth in Centennial Park on Saturday! We’ll be posting a few pictures on Facebook later today. We also had a really energizing and fruitful event at Nissan headquarters in Franklin on Friday. We met many new supporters and potential partners. Stay tuned for [...]
Urban Green Lab president and co-founder, Dan Heller, will give a presentation to the Nashville chapter of the New Leaders Council, Sunday, March 23rd. The Topic: Urban Green Lab, A New Model For Creating More Sustainable Neighborhoods.” For more information on the New Leaders Council, visit: http://newleaderscouncil.org/2013-nlc-fellows-nashville/
We are thrilled to announce the Urban Green Lab has been chosen by the local Ben & Jerry’s as it’s non-profit partner for the entire month of April! That means a portion of Ben & Jerry’s sales for the entire month will go to support the programming of Urban Green Lab! Our volunteers will be [...]
Lipscomb University’s Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership is marking the 50th anniversary of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County by hosting a discussion of Nashville’s neighborhood associations on March 6th at 5:00 PM at Lipscomb University’s Ezell Center, Room 301.
Urban Green Lab president and co-founder, Dan Heller, will join Mayor Karl Dean, [...]
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer
for the outreach effort, canvassing our neighborhoods
to invite residents to attend our upcoming workshop series.
We are still looking for more volunteers, and now, Kilowatt Ours
is offering an ipod as a door-prize for the pool of volunteer
canvassers. To be eligible, you must canvass at least once between
now and [...]
We wish to thank all of the donors who have contributed to Urban Green Lab so far.