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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sustainable in the Audience: Questions, Answers, and Reflections

As we wrap up another wonderful year of Sustainability in the City we are turning the reins over to the audience! We asked you all to share your lingering sustainability …

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How Sustainability Influences our Health

Do all Nashvillians have the same health outcomes when we each try our best to be healthy? We can do all of the recommended moving, eating, and going to the …

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Nashville Sustainability Roundtable: November 16

This event is invitation only. To reserve your spot, please contact jacqueline@urbangreenlab.org. Join us on Wednesday, November 16th, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation’s Sustainable Spirits program will host a panel with local brewers and distillers to discuss sustainable practices and goals. 

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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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Seeing Sustainability All Around as Principal for a Day

November 3, 2022

On Thursday, October 27th, our Sustainable Classrooms manager, Christina Langone, had the honor of being “Principal for a Day” at Whites Creek High School.

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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

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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Speak Up for Equity: Advocating for Environmental Justice with Patrick King

February 25, 2021

Patrick King believes that sustainability is directly tied to issues of inequity. He’s the sustainability education manager with Urban Green Lab, and he’s working to implement a new Environmental Justice Initiative which will focus on helping distressed communities improve their health and lives.

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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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