Sustainable Classrooms

Urban Green Lab’s Classrooms Division is all about turning classrooms into spaces for exploring and demonstrating sustainable living early in life.

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Sustainable Classrooms

Urban Green Lab’s Classrooms Division is all about turning classrooms into spaces for exploring and demonstrating sustainable living early in life. Using standards-aligned curricula, Classrooms trains teachers and education professionals how to integrate sustainable living principles and strategies into their classrooms year-round and career-long, reaching thousands of future sustainable living stewards.  Our flagship program is Sustainable Classrooms, a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education, and many others.

Sustainable Classrooms trains teachers how to integrate sustainable living concepts into their year-round and become career-long advocates within schools for sustainable living education. A research partnership with the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education, and many more, Sustainable Classrooms is designed for 6th grade science teachers, but open to all middle school-level educators in and outside of school settings, and includes a first-ever state-wide standards-aligned curriculum on waste prevention strategies.

Sustainable Classrooms also includes a Home Investigations app where students audit their own household waste around energy, water, food, solid waste (plastic, paper, glass, etc.), transportation, and air quality.  Students also create their own future sustainable cities through the Sustainable Cities Challenge. All combined, Sustainable Classrooms empowers teachers and youth, builds personal responsibility, and exposes families to the learning process too -- a vital crossroads of project-based learning, social emotional learning, civic leadership, and the four “Cs” of STEAM education.

Urban Green Lab also partners with the U.S. Green Building Council to certify teachers as Green Classrooms Professionals, helping advance their careers, credibility, and confidence.

Interested in training for you, your school, or your district? Click here or contact Diana Andrew at diana@urbangreenlab.org and see current offerings below.

Sample Curriculum & Home Investigations

Below are samples of the pilot edition of the Sustainable Classrooms Curriculum and student Home Investigations. Participants in the training receive the full curriculum and all materials.

Sustainable Classrooms Curriculum Advisors

Kelly Chastain, EdD

Rutherford County Schools

Jane Grote

Google Fiber

Adam Guidry

Glencliff High School

Alvin Haney

Meigs Academic Magnet

Catherine Hoffman Price

Cumberland River Compact

Robert Johnson

Walk Bike Nashville

Katherine Kendall, EdD

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Jay (Roy) Renfro

Knowledge Academies

Becky Smith

Harpeth Hall School

Dave Walters

Project Learning Tree

Melody Gibson

Nashville Civic Design Center

Christa Ross

Nashville Food Project

Claire Wescott

Metro Nashville Public School

David Williams, EdD

Metro Nashville Public School

Tomas Yan

Antioch Middle

De'Etra Young, PhD

Tennessee State University

Jeremy Lekich

Compost Nashville

Jordan Grigor, PhD

Vanderbilt University

Sustainable Classrooms Steering Committee

Denise Baker

Transportation Program Supervisor
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Sue Ballard

Assistant Director, College of Arts and Sciences
Tennessee State University

Jennifer Berry

Director of STEAM/Science
Metro Nashville Public Schools

Brian Caine

Science Coordinator
Office of Content & Assessment Design
Tennessee Department of Education

Gabrielle Chapman, PhD

Research Associate
Peabody Research Institute
Vanderbilt University

Nancy Dorman

Manager of Outdoor Conservation/Education
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

Cherifa McDowell

MSPA Coordinator
Metro Nashville Public Schools

Teri L Horsley

Environmental Scientist
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

Kelly Tipler

Waste Reduction Manager
Metro Nashville Public Works

Chris Vanags, PhD

Director of Research Initiatives
Peabody College of Education

Jenny Wiedower

K-12 Education Manager
U.S. Green Building Council

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