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 will offer cutting-edge programming for Nashville public schools and create ongoing educational, mentoring and relationship-building opportunities. 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..
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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A group of students at the Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School in East Nashville were given the challenge to present a fresh way to look at conserving energy, and it has caught on! Ms. Hasfjord’s 8th grade class is doing a project on energy efficiency AND are winning with it. They’ve been selected by Samsung [...]
[ March 5, 2014; 6:00 pm; ] Join us in cohort with Team Green Adventures and Cumberland River Compact March 5th at 6pm for the next Engage Green Workshop! This month our theme will be “Saving April’s Showers:Water Saving Strategies for Your Home”. You’ll learn the benefits of collecting rain water at home, as well as how to make your own rain [...]
What do you get when you combine scrap ribbon and paper, bottle caps and soda tabs with a little creativity and a lot of LOVE? Valentines Day crafts made with recycled materials!
Join Urban Green Lab, Team Green Adventures and SmART! Scrap Made ART on Wednesday, February 5th to learn how to make festive Valentines out [...]
[ February 9, 2014; 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. February 16, 2014; 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. February 23, 2014; 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] Announcing our February Energy Series beginning February 9th! Mark your calendars now for our 3 part series February 9th, 16th, and 23rd. Each week will focus on a different Sustainable Energy topic and dynamic discussions will be led by local experts in the field. This is a FREE event for ALL AGES and will be hosted at Jackalope Brewing [...]
Are you involved with environmental and sustainability issues in Nashville? If so, we need your voice! Please take this short survey developed by a group of local eco-leaders (including Urban Green Lab) to assess the feasibility of an online “EcoNetwork” for Nashville! Deadline for input is 1/31, so do it today!