Sustainability exists at the intersection of society, the environment, and the economy.
Living sustainably is about making choices that protect Earth’s resources while empowering the lives which depend on them to ensure a better quality of life for the people in our community, our local economy, and our planet. It’s a commitment to environmental protection, economic viability, and social equity.
Urban Green Lab teaches communities how to live sustainably in places where culture begins.
A Little Change Goes A Long Way
From the food we eat to the cars we drive, we make choices every day that impact our habitat, climate, and fellow species. Making more sustainable decisions will have ripple effects that mitigate this impact. Informed by Project Drawdown, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and many other local and national sources, here are some easy changes you can make to contribute to positive change.
Nashville's Sustainability Priorities
Urban Green Lab supports the city's goal to reduce emissions by 50 percent by 2050. Visit the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, Resilience, and the Environment to learn more about the city's goals and plans.
Climate & Energy
Transition to a clean economy through green jobs & training, renewables, & efficiency.
Move to a built environment powered by carbon-free, renewables.
Reduce vehicle miles traveled, plus drive-alone rate by 40% by 2050. All vehicles electric by 2050.
Create & implement the Solid Waste Master Plan with the intention of zero waste by 2050.
Ensure clean water and air, with access to open spaces for resilience to climate change.
Environmental justice stems from wanting all people to have access to a healthy environment regardless of who they are and aims to ensure all people receive the same amount of protection from environmental and health hazards and access to clean environments to live, learn, and work.Read More