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. This free, cutting-edge program Nashville public schools creates ongoing educational, mentoring, and relationship-building opportunities.

 

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 school communities.  Started in 2016 with support from Nissan and other sponsors, the Lab is our ultimate vehicle of inspiration, traveling to schools 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, games, and scavenger hunts, students learn how sustainability improves health, saves money, and protects our natural resources. 

Green Machinery of Its Own

Often, the Mobile Lab is a student’s first exposure to the concept AND experience of sustainability.  Each educational panel inside the Lab therefore includes a hands-on, interactive feature to boost the message, like a composting game or bulb wattage calculator.  In fact, 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 school, after school program, or summer camp!

  • A total of sixteen students can be inside the Lab at any given time
  • For larger groups, we include hands-on activities outside of the Lab and circulate all students through both the Lab and outdoor activities 
  • The duration of the Lab programming is flexible based on the needs of your students, but typically lasts for the length of a 50 to 90 minute class period
  • Students are expected to participate fully and teachers are expected to be present for the duration of the visit

Email Rachael at Rachael@urbangreenlab.org with any questions or comments


I learned there are a lot of simple things that we can do that make a big impact.

- Student testimonial

DEAR TEACHER, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, OR PARENT:

Urban Green Lab is here to bring your students a unique mobile field trip, complimenting their science curriculum and providing a fun and memorable experience of sustainability education. Check out our one-pager here.

Launched in February 2016, the lab explores 5 important topics in sustainability: energy, water, green building, food & agriculture, and sustainable transportation. It challenges students to make everyday choices that save money, resources, and improve their quality of life. Developed in collaboration with teachers, school staff, and students, the mobile lab prevents the need to spend time, energy, and money on permission slips and school buses by bringing hands on activities directly to you. The lab connects classroom learning with real world applications, employing problem-based learning and interactive activities. As a service to our Nashville community, the mobile lab is offered free of charge to Metro Nashville Public Middle and High Schools and will be available for a reasonable rate to private and home schools, community organizations, and businesses. Interested in having the Mobile Lab at your school or organization? Sign up below!


YOUR PEERS ARE SAYING GOOD THINGS!

The Mobile Lab takes a grand idea like sustainability and brings it down to a tangible level. It’s a huge benefit for the kids to be able to touch and experiment on things related to water and electricity usage, instead of just reading or hearing about them.
— Jay Renfro, Teacher at Knowledge Academies
Thank you so much for today. Our students had an incredible time. Please let your team know that you all are doing really exceptional work. I would also like to say thank you for working with me. Everyone thought the mobile was incredible. I hope that we will be able to work together again. Thanks again for everything.
— Ms. Pillow - Jones, Teacher at Gra Mar Middle School
 

MEET OUR GENEROUS 2016-2017 MOBILE LAB SPONSORS