We teach communities
how to live sustainably.

Earth Day 2021: A Little Change Goes a Long Way

At first, you would think restoring our Earth back to what it was before a global pandemic which has taken 3 million lives would be a monumental task. But in reality, a little goes a long way in preventing its spread and destruction.

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Systemic Change

We transform institutions like schools, businesses, and nonprofits into "labs" of learning that explore sustainable practice.

Our Strategies

Organize

We organize communities to exchange best practices.

Train

We train communities how to make sustainable choices.

Connect

We connect communities to resources that make a difference.

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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.

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Environmental Justice Training

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

Recent News

The Green Issue: Environmental Justice Initiative Educates About Environmental Racism

“The environmental sector suffers from an alarming amount of whiteness,” says Patrick King, the sustainability education manager of local nonprofit Urban Green Lab. “There’s a perception that it’s a space only for affluent white folks, when in reality, when you look at the numbers, the overwhelming majority of people who believe in climate change and believe that things have to be done around climate change are Black and brown.”

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The Green Issue: So You Want to Recycle Responsibly

Voting with our dollar and buying into eco-friendly companies may become even more important in Nashville, as many of our landfills are set to fill up and close in the next few years. Todd Lawrence, executive director of nonprofit Urban Green Lab, says the organization educates residents about Metro’s priorities, like the current Solid Waste Master Plan, which “will serve as a roadmap to achieving Zero Waste over the next 30 years,” according to Metro’s website.

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Speak Up for Equity: Advocating for Environmental Justice with Patrick King

Patrick King believes that sustainability is directly tied to issues of inequity. He’s the sustainability education manager with Urban Green Lab, and he’s working to implement a new Environmental Justice Initiative which will focus on helping distressed communities improve their health and lives.

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Metro Public Works and Urban Green Lab Partner on New Educational Series to Help Nashvillians Live More Sustainably

Metro Public Works (MPW) and Urban Green Lab (UGL), a nonprofit that teaches communities how to live sustainably, are partnering on a new educational series titled “Sustainable in the City: Thinking Upstream” focused on how Nashvillians can better reduce, reuse, and recycle, and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Networking On Purpose: How B Corps Are Creating Connections And Building Their Community In The Southeast U.S.

The local community level is where many companies can make the biggest impact, as shown by Certified B Corporations that include community as one of their stakeholders and prioritize local ties and the strength they can provide, especially in times of challenge like they’ve seen in 2020.

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Urban Green Lab Works to Prevent Food Waste at Food Distribution Sites

Urban Green Lab’s Diana Andrew was interviewed by a local news station about food assistance for Metro Nashville Public Schools students and families.

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TSU and UGL partner to create “Nashville Environmental Justice Initiative”

Urban Green Lab and Tennessee State University team up to train about equitable decision-making.

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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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