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We teach communities
how to live sustainably.

We teach communities
how to live sustainably.

Urban Green Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to teach communities how to live sustainably in Nashville, TN and its surrounding counties. We envision a Nashville where everyone has access to opportunities for learning about sustainable living.

How we work

Training Educators

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The Classrooms Division includes the Sustainable Classrooms program.

Recently, the Classrooms Division trained educators from the Nashville Public Library and discussed how to incorporate sustainability into their children's and teen programming.

Educating Households

The Households Division includes the UGL Volunteers and Sustainable in the City.

The Households Division recently relaunched Sustainable in the City as a podcast with Zero Waste Nashville. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts.

Woman sitting at a table talking with three other people
Woman sitting at a table talking with three other people

The Households Division includes the UGL Volunteers and Sustainable in the City.

The Households Division recently relaunched Sustainable in the City as a podcast with Zero Waste Nashville. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts.

Coaching Workplaces

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The Workplaces Division includes the Nashville Sustainability Roundtable, Urban Green Lab Certification, and B Tennessee.

Become a member and join the Workplaces Division for their upcoming Nashville Sustainability Roundtable at the Nashville Public Library's new Donelson Branch.

Exploring Solutions

We explore solutions through our two special initiatives, the Nashville Environmental Justice Initiative and the Nashville Food Waste Initiative.

The Nashville Food Waste Initiative just installed the third mural in our "Waste Less" murals project, which highlights how food is community. The mural was designed and painted by LeAndra Crystal.

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We explore solutions through our two special initiatives, the Nashville Environmental Justice Initiative and the Nashville Food Waste Initiative.

The Nashville Food Waste Initiative just installed the third mural in our "Waste Less" murals project, which highlights how food is community. The mural was designed and painted by LeAndra Crystal.

Program Participant Testimonials

“It makes me happy that there is such a community of inspired people with the goal of making Nashville more sustainable on an individual and community level.”

- Maria Morales, UGL Volunteer

2023 annual report

For more information on our organization, programs, and impact, read our 2023 Annual Report.

UGL EVENTS

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UGL Volunteer Training – September 28

The UGL Volunteers are Urban Green Lab’s frontline ambassadors working to make Nashville a more sustainable place. Join us for volunteer training to learn more about sustainability and how to talk about sustainability with family, friends, and neighbors.

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Nashville Sustainability Roundtable: September 19

Join us on Thursday, September 19, for the Nashville Sustainability Roundtable hosted by Urban Green Lab in partnership with REI! 

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UGL Volunteer Training at the YMCA- July 23

The UGL Volunteers are Urban Green Lab’s frontline ambassadors working to make Nashville a more sustainable place. Join us for volunteer training to learn more about sustainability and how to talk about sustainability with family, friends, and neighbors.

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UGL RESOURCES

Nashville Summer Social Events

June 28, 2024

Nashville is buzzing with community events that bring people together. Spending more time volunteering at community gardens, or going to farmers markets and block parties can create a sense of belonging, community, and friendship. Engaging in social gatherings amplifies the sustainable impact we can make as a community. These gatherings provide the opportunity to build a supportive network of people you can rely on to sustain your life and well-being.

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I Never Thought of Tennessee as a Prairie State–I Was Wrong.

May 13, 2024

Read our latest blog post written by the Cumberland River Compact to learn why we should protect our grasslands and what Nashville residents can do to help.

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Environmental Justice is Social Justice

April 29, 2024

Each quarter, our UGL Volunteers learn about a topic in sustainability, and this quarter we are learning more about environmental justice. This blog is an excerpt of content shared with our UGL Volunteers.

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UGL News

Experts push alternative to recycling

January 22, 2020

There’s been a lot of bad news lately when it comes to recycling in Nashville. Instead of adding programs, the city keeps taking them away.

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Mayor Cooper issues challenge to restaurant industry to reduce waste, feed the hungry

December 13, 2019

Local restaurants challenged to reduce the amount of food they waste while helping to feed hungry Nashvillians throughout the holiday season and beyond.

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Kroger donates to Metro Schools food program

December 3, 2019

On Giving Tuesday, Kroger is investing in Nashville schools to give each student the chance to take a class for reducing food waste.

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