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July 3, 2018


Urban Green Lab to Launch First Ever Sustainable Living Curriculum in Nashville Schools, Preventing Waste in Cities


Urban Green Lab, a Nashville-based nonprofit, will unveil the Sustainable Classrooms Curriculum -- a new effort training teachers how to integrate sustainable living principles into their classrooms year-round.  Piloted in Nashville, the statewide initiative is designed to ensure that the next generation of Tennesseans understands the basics of preventing waste in their classrooms, households, and future workplaces.  Thirty newly-certified teachers will be present, along with partners from Vanderbilt University, Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.


Tuesday, July 10th, 3:30-4pm (4-5pm reception). Photography best from 3:30-4pm.


The River Center at the Historic Bridge Building, Suite 300, 2 Victory Ave, Nashville, TN 37213. Park in Titans Stadium, Lot R South (unless full).


  • Todd Lawrence (Spokesperson & Executive Director, Urban Green Lab)
  • Pat Flood (Director, Division of Solid Waste Management, TDEC)
  • Mike McClanahan (Transportation Manager, TDOT)
  • Jennifer Berry (STEAM Director, Metro Nashville Public Schools)
  • 30 newly-trained and certified teachers in the groundbreaking Nashville pilot
  • Representatives of Nissan North America, U.S. Green Building Council, and other core sponsors  


More people are moving to cities worldwide than ever before and using natural resources at an unsustainable rate, which strains Earth's delicate ecosystems.  As cities like Nashville are reviewing their solid waste plans, and especially as nearby Middle Point Landfill nears its cap, this announcement is meant to raise awareness about the new curriculum and its critical role in reducing longterm waste (food waste, energy waste, water waste, litter, etc.) so that people in urban areas can protect natural resources for generations to come.  

ABOUT Urban Green Lab

Urban Green Lab teaches communities how to live sustainable, healthy lives.  Founded in 2009, the nonprofit works to ensure all of us understand the basics of sustainable living, with a focus on preventing waste in our classrooms, households, and workplaces.  Through creative partnerships and measurable results, Urban Green Lab uses education, training, and facilitation of best practices to encourage more sustainable lifestyle choices, foster a sense of individual responsibility, and protect our incredible resources for generations to come. 

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