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Nashville's nonprofit dedicated to improving well-being through sustainable living.

Nashville is a fast-growing city with a promising economic future. Economic development and environmental sustainability can and should work hand-in-hand. I support Urban Green Lab because it helps teach all of us – young, old, rich, poor – how we can live in a prospering city without sacrificing our environment and ourselves in the process.
— David Esquivel
As a volunteer for Urban Green Lab, I have been able to connect with like-minded individuals who are equally passionate about the environment, while working to help Nashville become a greener, more environmentally friendly place. It has been a hugely rewarding experience.
— Mary Ellen Smith

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how do you define sustainability?


"Sustainability" is a term used by many different people and organizations in many different ways. The truth is, it's a huge and dynamic concept, and it's easy to get lost in all the hype around it. At Urban Green Lab, we define sustainability by sticking to the triple bottom line of "people, profit, planet".

People (social) - We strive to live sustainably by supporting and investing in our local communities, fostering relationships with the people closest to us, and building bridges to form new connections. Focusing on personal connections add strength, resilience, and adaptability to our community. This also includes promoting habits that lead to healthier, happier lifestyles.

Profit (financial)- We strive to live sustainably in order to save money and resources, achieving financial stability and independence.

Planet (environmental)- We strive to live sustainably in order to protect, preserve, and enhance our natural environment because the healthy functioning of our human-inhabited world is dependent on an intact planetary ecosystem. 

The bottom line is, living sustainably just makes sense!

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