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UPCOMING EVENTS

Borrow Instead of Buy

Join us for a discussion with Nashville Public Library’s Donelson Branch staff—Ryan Darrow, Library Branch Manager, and Bailey Battilla, Adult Librarian—to learn about the importance of sharing common household items to reduce the need to buy new.

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BLD Southeast

Join fellow B Corps and mission-driven businesses to learn & connect at the first ever in-person B Leadership Development (BLD) conference in the Southeast. September 21-22, 2023 in Raleigh, NC.

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Divisions

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.

Special 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.

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Dispatches from the Field: The Elephant Sanctuary

June 5, 2023

When you think of an elephant’s habitat, what comes to mind? Our guess is that Tennessee is low on your list. However, to the surprise of many, Hohenwald, TN is …

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Dispatches from the Field: Tennessee’s First Regenerative Organic Certified Farm

May 5, 2023

Learn about Tennessee’s First Regenerative Organic Certified Farm

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Beyond the B: The Power of the B Corp Community for Sustainable Change

March 7, 2023

What’s in a sustainable business? We think it’s much more than offsetting carbon, going plastic-neutral, or paying above the minimum wage.

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10 Black Leaders in Sustainability You Should Know

February 6, 2023

Black leaders have long been at the front line of the battle for our planet’s health –  against climate change and for food and environmental justice issues. Sustainability cannot be separated from issues of race, because communities of color are more likely to suffer the direct impacts of climate change. In honor of Black History Month, here are 10 Black leaders in the sustainability movement whose work has positively benefited all of us.

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In the News

Urban Green Lab, VU, & Partners Launch Statewide Curriculum to Inspire Sustainable Living, Prevent Waste in Cities

July 10, 2018

Urban Green Lab, in partnership with Vanderbilt University, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, trained 30 Metro Nashville teachers today ….

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Nashville Tries To Set An Example In Food Waste Reduction

March 15, 2018

The Natural Resources Defense Council has chosen Nashville as a model city for a year-long concentration on reducing food waste.

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Nashville Restaurants Fighting Food Waste Can Now Hitch A Ride For Their Leftovers

January 24, 2018

Every year, the equivalent of about 10 million meals in Nashville are tossed in the trash, while one in six residents doesn’t have enough food.

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