Community Festivals & Events
Community Events are always more fun when they are sustainable! The Mobile Lab encourages discussion and inspiration for sustainable behaviors. Community members can explore the lab at their leisure and interact with our friendly volunteers and staff. We do request a donation for community events, this donation helps us develop all our educational programming.
WE BUILT NASHVILLE’S FIRST MOBILE SUSTAINABILITY LAB
The Mobile Lab reaches diverse and underserved populations to enhance middle and high schools’ science and technology curricula and inspire sustainable behaviors.
A Vehicle of Inspiration
Urban Green Lab’s Mobile Sustainability Laboratory (“Mobile Lab”) is a custom-built, state-of-the-art, 40-foot classroom on wheels delivering access to holistic sustainable living education in community-wide. Started in 2016 with support from Nissan and other sponsors, the Lab is our ultimate vehicle of inspiration, traveling to fairs and festivals throughout Nashville and beyond to fill a gap in sustainability education by strengthening waste reduction literacy, fostering behavioral change strategies in the classroom, household, and future workplaces, and instilling a greater sense of individual responsibility.
REINFORCING STEAM EDUCATION
The Mobile Lab is designed to reinforce academic standards for the Next Generation Curriculum as well as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics). Advised by our Curriculum Advisory Panel of area teachers and administrators, the Lab features nine educational panels with lessons drawn from our sustainable living curriculum around energy waste, water waste, food waste, and ecosystem changes, even green careers. Through newly-revised panels, worksheets, pre/post tests, and fun activities, people learn how sustainability improves health, saves money, and protects our natural resources.
Green Machinery of Its Own
Often, the Mobile Lab is someone’s first exposure to the concept AND experience of sustainability. Many educational panel inside the Lab include a hands-on, interactive feature to boost the message, like a composting game or bulb wattage calculator. The Lab was intentionally built with real-life sustainable features of its own as an example of green building, like roof solar panels and batteries that store and power the classroom, natural light and air from clerestory windows, LED lighting, bamboo displays, zero paint VOCs, and recycled content in the panel boards and floors.
Want the lab to come to you?
Check out the criteria below to see if the Mobile Lab will be a good fit for your community event!
A total of sixteen people can be inside the Lab at any given time
For larger groups, we include hands-on activities outside of the Lab and circulate everyone through both the Lab and outdoor activities.