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April 2021

Messages for our Environmental Tomorrow: Artists as Sustainability Catalysts

April 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

Artists are often at the forefront of social change, and are able to communicate deeper truths about pressing issues differently and perhaps more effectively than policy makers or traditional news media. The arts play an increasingly significant role in raising awareness of climate change and encouraging sustainable social, economic, and environmental practices. Art and sustainability are intertwined and can provide for us a compelling view of the future, which we are creating for the next generation through decisions made today.…

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A Changing Climate in Tennessee

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

Climate change is real and is affecting people's lives right now. Its effects are wide ranging and look different for each region of the world. Learn about this existential crisis and what it means for residents of Middle Tennessee. Special Guest Speaker: Roger Lindsey Practice Leader – Stormwater and Floodplain Management, Metro Water Services - Stormwater Division This event is free and open to the public. Registration required to view live.   _____________________________________________   Metro Public Works and Urban Green…

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March 2021

The Life of Litter in Our Environment and Ecological System

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

Litter is a key component of environmental distress. Not only is it an eyesore but it affects humans as well as wildlife. In this session, we’ll hear from a panel of experts and learn about the interconnectedness of our local environment, what you can do to keep it healthy, and a small native species that you may not know about but is an indicator of our environmental health. Featuring Special Guest Speaker: JD Lane Commission Coordinator, Metro Beautification & Environment…

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How to Help Local Wildlife Thrive in Your Own Backyard

March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Virtual
Free

Many of us know that preserving our native wildlife is an important piece of maintaining environmental stability. But not many of us know that there are direct actions we can all take to ensure our local flora and fauna thrive in our own backyards. Tune in as we speak with Debbie Sykes, Executive Director of Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center, and discover steps you can take to preserve Nashville’s wildlife. Debbie is a certified Tennessee Naturalist and founded NWCC with a…

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Equity & Authenticity: A Discussion with Dr. Carolyn Finney

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
via Zoom
Free

Join us on March 3, 2021 for a special Black History Month event featuring discussion with author Dr. Carolyn Finney on the subjects of equity & authenticity. Together we'll explore the concepts of ensuring safe & equitable access to outdoor spaces, and meaningful engagement in commitments to racial and climate justice.

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February 2021

Eating Locally and Supporting Local Food Systems

February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Virtual
Free

Did you know that food production is responsible for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? Join us to hear from local chefs about why eating locally is an important part of living sustainably.

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Teacher Training: Sustainability Classroom Resources & Grants

February 15 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am CST
Virtual Event via Zoom
Free

Join Urban Green Lab and EcoRise for an interactive workshop on how to incorporate sustainable living education into your class with free lessons, projects, and classroom grants.

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Creating a Smart Yard: Composting, Pollution Prevention, and Planting Native

February 10 @ 12:00 pm CST
Virtual
Free

Planting native trees and native species in your yard can help support local wildlife and all of these efforts help protect Tennessee’s water resources. Join us, as we hear from local experts on all the ways you can make your backyard the smartest on your street.

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NECAT Feel Good Fridays ft. Urban Green Lab

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Channel 19
Free

Tune in to NECAT Network on February 5 at 6:00 PM! Urban Green Lab is being featured in this week's #FeelGoodFridays special.

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January 2021

Big Plastic and the Economics of Recycling

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Virtual
Free

Watch the recording of this event now!     Recycling is a highly discussed topic and for many people, it's an entry point to the larger conversation about sustainability. Join us on January 27, for this panel discussion as Patrick and Jenn hear from experts in the field and unravel the mysteries of the plastic industrial complex and delve into the economics beyond recycling. Guest Panelists: Michael L. Crouch Adjunct Instructor in Economics and Ph.D. Candidate Vanderbilt University Dr. Emily…

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