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SPECIAL INITIATIVES

Our special initiatives are focus areas of sustainability education that Urban Green Lab has chosen to highlight and incorporate throughout the divisions.

There are many different areas to focus on in sustainability. Our programming touches on many of them. But, we believe it’s important to highlight areas where residents can make a large, positive impact and that raise awareness about daily decisions that are effecting our neighbors and the planet.

It’s why we teach about food waste and environmental justice in all of our programs - two critical topics for Nashville to be a greener, and more just city for everyone.

The Special Initiatives

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Nashville Environmental Justice Initiative

The Nashville Environmental Justice Initiative (NEJI) works to educate community stakeholders on the tenets of environmental justice and collaborative problem-solving that protects and empowers Nashville’s most marginalized communities from environmental hazards. Through a partnership between Urban Green Lab and Tennessee State University, the initiative is designed to grow a culture of systemic learning around environmental justice in the city by exploring the issues facing marginalized communities today, developing impactful educational solutions, and connecting thought leaders to better mobilize their collective impact so Nashville grows responsibly for its people, prosperity, and the planet.

Nashville Food Waste Initiative

The Nashville Food Waste Initiative (NFWI) drives citywide policies and strategies that reduce food waste by preventing wasted food, rescuing surplus food for those in need, and composting and recycling food scraps to build healthy soil. The NFWI was founded by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2015 and is a partnership between Urban Green Lab and the Environmental Law Institute.

Mural that says "Food is Beautiful. Waste Less."
Mural that says "Food is Beautiful. Waste Less."

Nashville Food Waste Initiative

The Nashville Food Waste Initiative (NFWI) drives citywide policies and strategies that reduce food waste by preventing wasted food, rescuing surplus food for those in need, and composting and recycling food scraps to build healthy soil. The NFWI was founded by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2015 and is a partnership between Urban Green Lab and the Environmental Law Institute.