We are proud to host the 2017 Sustainable Teacher Awards, sponsored by the US Green Building Council, on June 1st as part of our Emerald Evening fundraiser. Presented by Nashville's Senior Advisor for Education, Laura Moore.


NOMINATion period ended May 10th, 2017.

Do you know a teacher or administrator doing exemplary work integrating sustainable environmental practices into their classroom or school? The goal of the awards is to highlight and support teachers and administrators in the Nashville community who go above and beyond to integrate sustainability into the framework of their schools. 

Award Categories

School Leadership -- School administrators prioritizing sustainable practices in their school by providing options for students to learn and integrate sustainability into their own routines, supporting teachers, or advocating for school-wide green practices and infrastructure.

Curriculum Enhancement -- Teachers who are integrating sustainable topics and themes into their curriculum and classroom. This could include an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability and environmental science topics or encouraging everyday sustainable habits and practices within the classroom.

Project Management -- Educators leading projects and programs in their schools or classrooms that are giving students hands-on access to sustainable practices. Examples include school gardens, sustainable living after-school programs, recycling projects, green clubs, etc. 

Winners receive: 

  • $200 to support classroom supplies or projects that further sustainability education around topics involving energy conservation, water preservation, food waste, green transportation, and green building;
  • An annual subscription to Learning Lab, USGBC’s newest online education platform, to aid in curriculum development; and
  • Two tickets to Urban Green Lab's Emerald Evening to accept the award and speak about their work to 150 to 200 sustainability leaders in attendance.


    For questions, please email Gwen Moiles at connect@urbangreenlab.org.