About Urban Green Lab
Urban Green Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to teach communities how to live sustainably in Nashville, TN and its surrounding counties. We organize teams, train them on making sustainable choices, and connect people with services and peers to walk with on their sustainable journey. We envision a Nashville where everyone has access to opportunities for learning about sustainable living.
Educating in places where culture begins
The Classrooms programs train educators and provide confidence, tools, and community to bring a sustainable lens into any classroom.
The Households division creates sustainable living education systems that inspire residents and families to be part of the solution.
The Workplaces branch educates and builds communities and cultures of sustainability in businesses throughout the Nashville area.
Our special initiatives are focus areas of sustainability education that Urban Green Lab has chosen to highlight and incorporate throughout the divisions.
The Nashville Environmental Justice Initiative is growing a movement of environmental justice learning that protects Nashville's marginalized communities.
The Nashville Food Waste Initiative develops tools and implements strategies for decreasing food waste and growing sustainable food consumption practices to serve as a model for other cities.
2023 annual report
For more information on our organization, programs, and impact, read our 2023 Annual Report.
Sustainable Classrooms training provides educators with the confidence, tools, and community needed to empower students to make lifelong sustainable choices.Learn More
In low-income areas of Nashville, the correlation between crime and pollution has reached alarming levels, with both issues deeply rooted in historical injustices such as redlining and community divestment. However, …Read More
In 2009, Urban Green Lab was founded to bring sustainability education to Nashville communities. Over the past 15 years, our commitment to sustainability education has remained the same, but the way that is accomplished has adapted over time. Read more reflections on the past 15 years of Urban Green Lab in our latest blog post.Read More
Urban Green Lab is one of 40 nonprofits to receive a 2023 Airbnb Community Fund Grant. Learn more about how the grant will be used to teach communities to live sustainably.Read More
Urban Green Lab, in partnership with Patagonia, placed two murals on the windows of the Patagonia Nashville store to celebrate how food can provide fuel for activity and encourage Nashvillians to waste less food.Read More
Today, Mayor John Cooper announced plans that starting on Monday, January 30, 2023, Nashville Metro Water Services (MWS) will provide Nashville residents with every other week curbside recycling pickup services.Read More