Kroger Compost Pilot

Urban Green Lab and Kroger’s Nashville headquarters piloted food waste composting service for Metro Nashville Public Schools in Spring 2019. Building off the school food waste pilot by the World Wildlife Fund, UGL and Kroger teamed up with Compost Nashville to investigate the barriers and opportunities around composting food waste in MNPS. Westmeade Elementary, Warner Elementary, and H.G. Hill Middle participated in the pilot, which included training for teachers, cafeteria managers, and custodial staff.

Over 9 weeks the three schools diverted 8,259 pounds of waste from the landfill by sending it to be composted. This included food waste and paper lunch trays. Over 800 pounds of food was rescued and given to students to take home or donated to the Nashville community.

Westmeade and H.G. Hill are working to continue the food rescue and recycling efforts by partnering with Compost Nashville and Society of St. Andrew. To find out how you can help support these efforts, contact Society of St. Andrew at tennessee@endhunger.org.

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By Diana Andrew | November 23, 2020

Changing our menus and traditions may mean more food waste than usual. Continue reading for tips on how to waste less food and prepare to have a sustainable holiday season!

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By Patrick King | November 20, 2020

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The local community level is where many companies can make the biggest impact, as shown by Certified B Corporations that include community as one of their stakeholders and prioritize local ties and the strength they can provide, especially in times of challenge like they’ve seen in 2020.

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By Patrick King | October 31, 2020

Check out the October recap of Sustainable Nashville Live!

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By UGL-Staff | October 22, 2020

Urban Green Lab’s Diana Andrew was interviewed by a local news station about food assistance for Metro Nashville Public Schools students and families.

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By Patrick King | September 30, 2020

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By Diana Andrew | September 24, 2020

I can see a new generation of students that are taking action and that are concerned about their future.

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