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Local Educational Resources


Below are additional educational resources in Tennessee provided by nonprofits, businesses, and government departments. These materials and services can help supplement your instruction, often at no cost.

Urban Green Lab is also pleased to help connect you with organizations to plan a field trip.


Action at your school 

Project Learning Tree: Green Schools Program: Engaging students in sustainability projects  

US Green Building Council: Center for Green Schools; Green Classroom Professional Certification and Learning Lab repository

Tools to Reduce Waste at School: A handbook developed by the EPA

National Wildlife Federation Eco Schools

Green Schools Network- Leading for Green Schools course

Green Schools Alliance START Tracking

US DOE Green Ribbon Schools Recognition 

TVA STEM Career Hero Posters

Nevertheless STEM Role Model Posters in 8 languages

Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program: Helps organizations learn and implement best practices in the area of environmental stewardship (Clarksville only)

Introduction Lessons

Sustainable Classrooms Intro Lesson: Putting Sustainability on the Map

Introduction to Sustainability Lessons: Elementary, Middle, High

Elementary Lessons by Helen Hall


Tennessee STEM Innovation Network Energy PBLs

Power of Clean Energy

TDEC Energy Education Camps & Workshops

USGBC Arc: A new technology platform designed to connect sustainability actions and facilitate transformation in the built environment

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) STEM Lesson Plans

TVA EnergyRight Solutions: Take an online self audit to receive a free energy savings kits

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System Operations Office: Contact Gene Fish, Special Project Manager at (Clarksville only)

Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation: Offers Youth Programs and energy tips


Cumberland River Compact: Water For Schools program builds rainwater cisterns, rain gardens, and water barrels at schools to capture water runoff. They also provide the water conservation Life Support curriculum. (Nashville area only)

WaterWays: Watershed improvement projects, summer camps and educational programs for kids and teachers

Tennessee American Water: Virtual tour of a water treatment plant (Chattanooga only)



Nashville Food Project: Speaker or educational experience (Nashville area only)

National Resource Defense Council: Nashville Food Waste Initiative

Plant the Seed: Gardening education (Nashville area only)

Crabtree Farms: Tour a working farm (Chattanooga only)

US Composting Council Resources

WWF Food Waste Warriors Toolkit

The Food Initiative: Tour a working farm (Clarksville only)

Solid waste

Turnip Green Creative Reuse: Programs and field trips (Nashville only)

Metro Nashville Public Works: Recycling & composting resources and education (Nashville only)

City of Chattanooga Public Works: Free recycling for city residents. Student tour of recycling center. (Chattanooga Only)

Green Steps: Litter education programing (Chattanooga only)

Bi-County Solid Waste: Offers landfill tours and class presentations (Clarksville only)

Transportation & Built Environment

Oasis Bike Workshop: (Nashville only)

Safe Routes to Schools by Walk Bike Nashville: Encouraging safe walking and biking to school

Bike Rodeo by Walk Bike Nashville: An on-bike workshop to teach children basic bicycle and road safety skills. Request by email: (Nashville only)

Nashville Civic Design Center Community Design 101 (Nashville area only)

green|spaces Green Prix: Student led designed & built electric power race car event (Chattanooga only)

Bike Walk Chattanooga

Outdoor Chattanooga