Sustainable Households

Urban Green Lab’s Households Division trains professionals at the neighborhood level to create sustainable living education systems that inspire residents and families to be part of the solution.

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Sustainable Households

Urban Green Lab’s Households Division trains professionals at the neighborhood level to create sustainable living education systems that inspire residents and families to be part of the solution. Through advising leaders of neighborhood associations, faith communities, HOAs, entertainment venues, and fairs and festivals how to make sustainable living a thread in their programming, we can reach thousands of residents who need access to information and best practices.  Our Mobile Lab -- or “classroom on wheels” -- is one of our best examples.

Mobile Lab

Urban Green Lab’s Mobile Lab is a custom-built, state-of-the-art, 40-foot classroom on wheels and our ultimate vehicle of sustainable living inspiration. Created in 2016 with support from Nissan and many others, the Mobile Lab travels to family festivals and fairs to encourage sustainable living at home and work, and in the classroom.  The Mobile Lab features educational panels with lessons around energy, water, food waste, green careers, and more. And through worksheets and fun activities, families learn how sustainable living improves health, saves money, and protects our limited resources.

The Mobile Lab is often a person’s first exposure to the concept and experience of sustainable living. Many educational panels inside the Mobile Lab include a hands-on, interactive feature to boost the message, like a composting game or bulb wattage calculator. The Mobile Lab was intentionally built with real-life sustainable features of its own, including solar panels on the roof and batteries that store and power the classroom, natural light and air from double paned clerestory windows, LED lighting, bamboo displays, zero paint VOCs, and recycled content in the panel boards and floors.

While the Mobile Lab used to visit schools, you can now find us at community and family fairs and festivals. Want the Mobile Lab to come to you? Email us at connect@urbangreenlab.org.

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