We teach communities
how to live sustainably.

High School Students Take Sustainability Tour of Construction Site

Urban Green Lab’s Sustainable Pathways Program gave 3 McGavock High School students the opportunity to tour a Turner Construction job site and learn about sustainability in the field!

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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.

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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

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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Experts push alternative to recycling

There’s been a lot of bad news lately when it comes to recycling in Nashville. Instead of adding programs, the city keeps taking them away.

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Mayor Cooper issues challenge to restaurant industry to reduce waste, feed the hungry

Local restaurants challenged to reduce the amount of food they waste while helping to feed hungry Nashvillians throughout the holiday season and beyond.

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Kroger donates to Metro Schools food program

On Giving Tuesday, Kroger is investing in Nashville schools to give each student the chance to take a class for reducing food waste.

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Kroger’s Zero Hunger and Zero Waste Foundation donates 100K towards food waste reduction for MNPS

The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger and Zero Waste Foundation recently donated $100,000 to Nashville-based nonprofit organization Urban Green Lab to support food waste reduction education for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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Urban Green Lab wins big at Salute to Excellence Awards

The Center for Nonprofit Management has announced the winners of its annual Salute to Excellence Awards.

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2019 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award winners announced

Winners of the 2019 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards announced.

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