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October 2021

Livestream: “Waste-Not” Cooking Demonstration

October 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

Each year, up to 40% of food produced in the United States goes uneaten while over ten percent of Americans are food insecure. Locally, organics are the largest source of landfill content in Nashville. When it comes to cooking, a little creativity can prevent a lot of waste—thereby saving money, mitigating hunger, and protecting the environment. On October 15, the James Beard Foundation and the Nashville Food Waste Initiative will host a “waste-not” cooking demonstration in partnership with Mayor Cooper’s…

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SiTC Episode 18: Walk Bike Nashville

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

Walking and biking provides great exercise and a green way to get around, but not all of Nashville’s streets meet the needs of our growing multimodal community. With close to 300 pedestrian injuries or deaths in 2020, safety along with equity are top priorities for improving Nashville’s infrastructure. Walk Bike Nashville will take us on a journey to learn more about how to safely navigate our city by people-power, how healthy streets is an equity issue, and ways to push…

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September 2021

Food Waste 101

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

40% of all food is wasted in the United States, which represents an annual estimated cost of $218 billion. That is on average 400 pounds of food per person every year! In this session, we’ll explore the overall issue of food waste, what the Nashville Food Waste Initiative is doing about it, how food can be recovered to feed our own community in need, and how Nashvillians can reduce food waste across all levels of the food waste pyramid. Special…

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Composting 101: Reducing Food Waste and Creating Healthy Soils

September 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

Approximately 32% of the waste that Nashville residents create each year is food and yard waste that could be composted. Composting is nature's way of recycling food and yard waste. It is a process that naturally occurs when anything that was once alive is returned to the soil through decomposition. Tune in and learn more about this process from our local experts. Special Guest Speakers: Clay Ezell, Co-Owner, Service and Business Development, The Compost Company, LLC Micah Puncochar, Co-Founder/Commercial Sales,…

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August 2021

Sustainable Events

August 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

It’s estimated that the average participant at a public event generates 2.5 pounds of waste per day. That kind of waste adds up quickly, especially in a city like ours. In this session, we hear from the organization that helps to put make Nashville’s largest free summer music festival, Live On The Green, happen. Learn more about what happens behind the scenes and how events can be done sustainably. Special Guest Speakers: Dennis Freeman, Live Event Producer, Freeman Enterprises This…

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July 2021

Sustainable Fashion

July 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

Each year, more than 100 billion garments are made and around $450 billion worth of textiles are thrown away around the world. Our throwaway culture and the growth of fast fashion have had a tremendous impact on not only the environment but also comes at an unintended human cost. In this session, we’ll learn more about what makes the industry so unsustainable and what can be done to make the fashion supply chain more sustainable and equitable. Special Guest Speakers:…

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EcoRise Classroom Resources & Grants

July 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
Virtual

Re-imagine your classroom (remote, hybrid, or in-person) as a laboratory for applied sustainability education! Explore how EcoRise curriculum, resources, and grant funds for student-driven projects can be used to increase student engagement and cultivate eco-literacy on your campus and in your community.

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PBL & Sustainable City Challenge

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
Virtual

Use project-based learning to explore sustainability, teach STEAM, and explore real-world solutions. Review the UGL Sustainable City Challenge project and hear from a teacher who has delivered it multiple times, even virtually!

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Socket, Nashville’s Sustainability Outlet

July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

Did you know that within the Metro Nashville's Department of General Services there’s an entire division focused on implementing sustainable practices throughout the department’s programs, projects, and operations with the goal to reduce energy, waste, and greenhouse gas emissions? Well, there is! Socket, Nashville’s Sustainability Outlet, works to educate Metro employees and the citizens of Nashville about sustainability achievements and how to work and live sustainably in eight core areas: water, waste, mobility, wellness, food, greenspace, design/ build, and energy.…

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Reducing Waste in Schools

July 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT
Virtual

Interested in waste reduction through prevention, rescue, and recycling? Want to know how to conduct a food waste audit in your cafeteria? Join us for Reducing Waste in Schools to learn the most sustainable ways to reduce waste and hear from a teacher who’s done it all. 

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