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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

Environmental experts concerned over construction waste in Nashville

August 17, 2021

Nashville is known for its constant construction and with that comes a lot of waste. Experts said it’s becoming a problem that is impacting everyone.

In many cases developers and builders are on a deadline. Their goal is to get done and get done as quickly as possible.

But the extra wood, metal and cardboard materials end up in dumpsters, which is impacting the environment which in turns impacts everyone.

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The Green Issue: Environmental Justice Initiative Educates About Environmental Racism

April 22, 2021

“The environmental sector suffers from an alarming amount of whiteness,” says Patrick King, the sustainability education manager of local nonprofit Urban Green Lab. “There’s a perception that it’s a space only for affluent white folks, when in reality, when you look at the numbers, the overwhelming majority of people who believe in climate change and believe that things have to be done around climate change are Black and brown.”

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The Green Issue: So You Want to Recycle Responsibly

April 22, 2021

Voting with our dollar and buying into eco-friendly companies may become even more important in Nashville, as many of our landfills are set to fill up and close in the next few years. Todd Lawrence, executive director of nonprofit Urban Green Lab, says the organization educates residents about Metro’s priorities, like the current Solid Waste Master Plan, which “will serve as a roadmap to achieving Zero Waste over the next 30 years,” according to Metro’s website.

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