Nashville, TN: Today, Urban Green Lab, in partnership with NRDC and Kroger, revealed a new mural on the Bandywood Drive side of the Kroger in Green Hills to celebrate the beauty of food and inspire shoppers to reduce food waste. Urban Green Lab is a local nonprofit that teaches communities to live sustainably.
Up to 40 percent of food in the United States is never eaten, and approximately 32 percent of the waste that Nashville residents create each year is food and yard waste. In landfills, organic material generates methane, a greenhouse gas that is up to 86 percent more powerful than carbon dioxide. Individuals can reduce food waste by meal planning, storing food properly, or composting.
Urban Green Lab began in 2009 as a group of passionate friends with a shared mission of sustainability education and an idea to build a brick-and-mortar center where the community could learn the basics of sustainable living. In 2013, Urban Green Lab hired its first executive director, and in 2016, shifted its outreach to a mobile laboratory that delivers sustainable living education citywide. Today, Urban Green Lab’s mission thrives in systemic ways through our classrooms, households, and workplaces. The mural in Green Hills is the first in a series Urban Green Lab is producing to encourage residents citywide to value food.