ABOUT URBAN GREEN LAB

We teach communities how to live sustainably.

Urban Green Lab exists to guide communities in sustainable living. We train and educate in places where culture begins to assist Nashville in making decisions that thoughtfully meet the needs of our society today without compromising the ability of others to meet their needs in the future. We envision a Nashville where everyone has access to opportunities for learning about sustainable living.

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Story

Urban Green Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2009 by Nashville residents who believed education is key to achieving sustainability. The journey started with teaching workshops at festivals and events. In 2016, we launched our mobile lab to bring sustainable living education to schools citywide. Today we view every space as a “lab” of learning, and we work to ensure sustainability education is accessible citywide.

Opportunity

There has never been a more important time to teach about sustainability. From the food we eat to the cars we drive, we make choices every day that impact our climate and fellow species.

Many people make sustainable choices daily, like turning off the lights when they leave a room, without thinking of them as "sustainability efforts". We have an opportunity to create systemic change and encourage Nashvillians in what they are already doing by listening first, then guiding.

Strategy

Urban Green Lab guides communities on what it means to be sustainable in Nashville and the Davidson County area. We organize teams and individuals, train them on making sustainable choices, and connect people with services and peers.

This is accomplished through programs throughout the three divisions and two special initiatives:

Values

Sustainability is for all of us.

Sustainability is a human right and our work is for everyone regardless of race, place, and identity. To us, living more sustainably is a journey rooted in compassion, inclusion, and justice.

Education leads to action.

We believe education is the first step toward taking meaningful action, and that learning to live sustainably can be simple and fun. We empower people to try little changes that make a big difference.

Collaboration makes us stronger.

Nothing is achieved alone. Our diverse partnerships allow us to work creatively, accountably, and in harmony. We believe we go further together.

We are good stewards of our organization.

Taking good care of what we have is at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to using your gifts of support responsibly and transparently to deliver credible work toward our shared goals.

Approach to Sustainability

Living sustainably is about making choices that protect Earth’s resources while empowering the lives that depend on them. Rather than reaching individual perfection, we encourage everyone to make informed decisions and apply a sustainability lens to daily habits. As a justice-centered organization, we work to ensure everyone, including underrepresented communities, has equal access to sustainability education and resources.

To learn more, check out our blog.

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