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Riding into a Sustainable Future

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Makeready L&L Innovator Dinner Series

Join Urban Green Lab’s Todd Lawrence and Nashville Food Project’s Chef Bianca Morton at Hotel Noelle’s Innovator Dinner Series at their in-house Italian restaurant, Makeready L&L, for a night of …

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Divisions

Our Classrooms division is all about turning classrooms into spaces for exploring and demonstrating sustainable living early in life.

The Households Division creates sustainable living education systems that inspire residents and families to be part of the solution.

The Workplaces Division builds a community and culture of sustainable workplace behaviors in businesses large and small throughout Nashville.

Special Initiatives

The Nashville Environmental Justice Initiative is growing a movement of environmental justice learning that protects Nashville's most marginalized communities.

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

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Riding into a Sustainable Future

February 1, 2023

Have you ever sat in your car in stand-still traffic or searched tirelessly for a parking sHave you ever sat in your car in stand-still traffic or searched tirelessly for …

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Makeready L&L Innovator Dinner Series

January 31, 2023

Join Urban Green Lab’s Todd Lawrence and Nashville Food Project’s Chef Bianca Morton at Hotel Noelle’s Innovator Dinner Series at their in-house Italian restaurant, Makeready L&L, for a night of …

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Mayor, Water Services Announce Start of Every Other Week Curbside Recycling for Nashville Residents

January 11, 2023

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.

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Mayor, Water Services Announce Start of Every Other Week Curbside Recycling for Nashville Residents

January 11, 2023

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.

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New Food Waste Mural Revealed in Green Hills

April 25, 2022

Urban Green Lab, in partnership with NRDC and Kroger, revealed a new mural on the Bandywood Drive side of the Kroger in Green Hills to celebrate the beauty of food and inspire shoppers to reduce food waste. Urban Green Lab is a local nonprofit that teaches communities to live sustainably.

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NPL Becoming an “Urban Green Lab”

April 22, 2022

Once the NPL Sustainability Committee formed in 2021, we were fortunate to connect with Urban Green Lab (UGL). Through a series of Zoom meetings with the Sustainability Committee, Jackie Goodwin, UGL’s Sustainable Workplaces Manager, oriented our team to the sustainability landscape in Nashville and led us through an assessment so we could see what areas we needed to focus on. In addition, NPL is in the process of joining UGL’s Nashville Sustainability Roundtable, which is “dedicated to guiding workplaces to be more sustainable.

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Environmental experts concerned over construction waste in Nashville

August 17, 2021

Nashville is known for its constant construction and with that comes a lot of waste. Experts said it’s becoming a problem that is impacting everyone.

In many cases developers and builders are on a deadline. Their goal is to get done and get done as quickly as possible.

But the extra wood, metal and cardboard materials end up in dumpsters, which is impacting the environment which in turns impacts everyone.

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