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Our Classrooms division is all about turning classrooms into spaces for exploring and demonstrating sustainable living early in life.

The Households Division creates sustainable living education systems that inspire residents and families to be part of the solution.

The Workplaces Division builds a community and culture of sustainable workplace behaviors in businesses large and small throughout Nashville.

Key Initiatives

The Nashville Environmental Justice Initiative is growing a movement of environmental justice learning that protects Nashville's most marginalized communities.

Urban Green Lab is partnering with organizations to develop and implement strategies and tools as models for cities across the country.

Lab Notes

6 Summer Recipes for Your Seasonal Produce

July 6, 2022

Eating seasonally helps reduce harmful emissions related to transporting out-of-season produce and goods from other parts of the world. Plus, buying locally grown produce supports the local economy. Summer in Tennessee is hot and humid, perfect for the sweet and juicy fruits and vegetables that grow this time of year. Try one of these recipes if you’re looking for something to do with your latest farmers market haul.

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Introducing B Tennessee!

June 27, 2022

Business, capitalism, and consumption are often labeled as adversaries of the environmental movement. From the extraction of resources to the amount of waste that piles up, it’s fair to say that a lot of corporate interest doesn’t actually align with consumer interest. But, there is a solution that’s well within grasp for companies eager to make change.

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Recent News

Metro Public Works and Urban Green Lab Partner on New Educational Series to Help Nashvillians Live More Sustainably

January 12, 2021

Metro Public Works (MPW) and Urban Green Lab (UGL), a nonprofit that teaches communities how to live sustainably, are partnering on a new educational series titled “Sustainable in the City: Thinking Upstream” focused on how Nashvillians can better reduce, reuse, and recycle, and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Networking On Purpose: How B Corps Are Creating Connections And Building Their Community In The Southeast U.S.

November 2, 2020

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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Urban Green Lab Works to Prevent Food Waste at Food Distribution Sites

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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