We teach communities
how to live sustainably.

Nashville Environmental Justice Resources

Urban Green Lab has compiled resources for further learning on the subject of environmental justice, especially as it relates to Nashville.

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Our Programs

Classrooms

Urban Green Lab's Classrooms Division trains teachers how to integrate sustainable living concepts into their year-round and become career-long advocates within schools for sustainable living education.

Households

Urban Green Lab’s Households Division trains professionals at the neighborhood level to create sustainable living education systems that inspire residents and families to be part of the solution.

Workplaces

Urban Green Lab recognizes and trains companies how to grow sustainable workplaces cultures.

Food Waste

Urban Green Lab is partnering with organizations to develop and implement strategies and tools as models for cities across the country.

Recent News

Community Composting for Nashville Webinar September 29

Do you already compost? Want to do more or learn how to recycle food scraps? Are you affiliated with an urban farm, community garden, school, or community venue that might want to become a demonstration site or pilot a program?
Join this webinar!

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Statewide Corporate Social Responsibility Event

Chattanooga-based law office has organized and sponsored a virtual workshop on corporate social responsibility. Donations will benefit Urban Green Lab.

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Coffee and Conversations Webinar Series: Food Systems

Diana Andrew has been invited to sit on a panel for the Tennessee Department of Health’s Coffee & Conversations series on Sustainable Living and Equitable Communities in Tennessee.

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Environmental experts frustrated over reusable bag policies

Nicole Brose was interviewed by a local news station about the pandemic’s effect on the environment and changing policies surrounding reusable bags at retail stores.

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Understanding Sustainable Living – CHCA Entrepreneurial Podcast

Diana Andrew was interviewed by Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy about all things sustainable living.

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NRDC Food Matters Launches Two Regional Initiatives

The NRDC is moving to the next phase of its work to reduce food waste in cities and Nashville will be one of the two regional hubs!

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Urban Green Lab featured in Local Table Magazine

Urban Green Lab’s own Diana Andrew was selected to write an article on food waste in Local Table Magazine’s Special Green Issue this April.

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Urban Green Lab urges restaurants to donate food

Restaurants across Middle Tennessee are being forced to close their doors because of Covid-19. The Urban Green Lab doesn’t want their food to go to waste.

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Local partners in food scrap recycling in Nashville

In 2015, NRDC selected Nashville as its pilot city for developing high-impact local policies and actions to address food waste by preventing food…

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UGL Executive Director Appointed to Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee

Todd Lawrence, executive director of Urban Green Lab, will co-chair the Waste Reduction subcommittee of the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.

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