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June 2021

Creative Reuse

June 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

We’re all aware of the 3 R’s, reduce, reuse, & recycle but what many don’t realize is that the first 2 are significantly more important than recycling in reducing waste. Learn more about steps you can take in your own life to reuse and about some local organizations that are leading the charge. Special Guest Speakers: Leah Sherry, Executive Director, Turnip Green Creative Reuse This event is free and open to the public. Registration required to view live. _____________________________________________  …

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Construction, Demolition, & the ReStore

June 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

C&D waste occupies one of the largest shares of our city’s waste stream. At the rate, our city is growing this is already a huge issue on the path to get even more important. How we deal with waste will shape so much of Nashville’s future, tune in to learn about some of the work being done to close this loop. Special Guest Speakers: John Reed, Asso AIA Construction Design and Operations Senior Manager Habitat For Humanity of Greater Nashville…

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Introduction to Sustainable Classrooms

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
Virtual

Join Urban Green Lab for professional development including lessons, projects, and partner resources on how to incorporate sustainable living into the classroom. Inspire your students to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future.

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May 2021

Home Energy Efficiency

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

Did you know that heating and cooling a home is one of the largest expenses and uses the most energy out of any other household utility? Much of this energy is wasted through homes not being properly weatherized and insulated. Fear not! There are many small changes you can make to lower your utility bill. Tune in to this panel discussion as we take a deep dive into home energy efficiency and what you need to know. Special Guest Speakers:…

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Living Buildings

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? Not just more energy efficient and water conscious, but create environments that improve your mental and physical health and support a just and equitable world? The Living Building Challenge does just that and we’ll hear from an expert who has designed Living Buildings here in Nashville. Special Guest Speakers: Manuel Zeitlin Founder, Architect, AIA, LEED AP Manuel Zeitlin Architects This event is free and open…

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April 2021

Planning for a Changing Climate in Nashville

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Virtual
Free

Did you know that Mayor Cooper has a Sustainability Advisory Committee? And did you know they have released a series of recommendations that may lead to a Climate Action Plan? Following our last session’s theme of climate change and its effects, we’ll dig in deeper and learn how our city plans to take action. Special Guest Speakers: Co-chairs of Metro's Sustainability Advisory Committee: Linda Breggin, Director, Center for State, Tribal, & Local Environmental Programs, Environmental Law Institute Eric Kopstain, Vice…

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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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