Linda brought her daughter, Veroniqua, to our demonstration of using re-purposed materials to make art. Now, her daughter’s passing along her new skills to other kids. Linda wrote, “We enjoyed the workshop very much. Veroniqua is already planning an activity to teach girls ages 8-12 how to make the up-cycled origami boxes she learned how to make at the Urban Green Lab workshop.”
During Valor Collegiate Academy's two week-long Sustainability Expedition, Urban Green Lab helped teach the importance of mindful living and taking care of our planet through telling stories, watching inspiring videos, and playing games. Rising 6th grader Youssef proudly presented his own sustainability project, which included ways his school and community could become more sustainable. "I believe that Valor should have more recycling bins so people can recycle more plastic or anything else that is recyclable. I think we should also have one compost bin so that we can use our food to make a beautiful garden which would also really help the environment. That's why I think we should have compost and recycling bins at Valor and every other school."
After attending the "Engage Green: Bucket Garden" workshop, Jenny's two buckets of plants were thriving. "Not only was the workshop fun and informative, it left me with a desire to get gardening. Urban Green Lab hosted an awesome, lifelong gardener with tons of knowledge, and I walked away with great facts about getting started with home gardening. For me, it was cool to learn that gardening doesn't necessarily mean turning your entire backyard into raised beds; you can actually harvest your own plants in a more contained space, like buckets. I've always understood the importance of growing your own plants, but I never really knew where to begin! Thanks to Urban Green Lab, I was able to take home a bucket of romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, red Russian kale and spinach along with the facts and encouragement to get started. Thanks, Urban Green Lab!
Braxton, who attended a workshop, gained practical skills that he’s using to live more sustainably. He wrote: “Jeff from Urban Hydroponics Project was very informative and freely shared an abundance of information that left me feeling confident in starting a small scale hydroponic system to help offset costs at the local grocer, sustain my family and share with my neighbors from the more healthy and tasty harvested yields.”
After attending her first Urban Green Lab event, Lakisha was inspired to bring what she learned back home to her family."I must say that the workshop was informative and provided me with vital information about having a thriving container on my own, very small deck. Being able to take home the plants immediately put what I learned to use, and it was a great help. Now, I am more confident than ever to "green-up" my space. "
MARK & SALLY
Mark & Sally are co-founders of a local meetup group dedicated to promoting sustainable living at the individual, family, and community level. Mark and Sally honored Urban Green Lab by sharing a very special day – their 40th wedding anniversary! – with us by attending a backyard chickens workshop. Mark concluded: "Sally and I attended this event and it was very much worth it! The program was short and to the point and the presentation was excellent. We came away with four ridiculously fresh and delicious eggs and a lot of information and inspiration. The location was fun – my first trip – and the beer was mighty tasty. Urban Green Lab has more of these events planned, so I suggest you mark your calendars now."
Our Green Home Guide workshop inspired participants to introduce our easy, cost-effective, and creative ways to save money and energy in the home. Vicky Marchetti, Nashville native and Urban Green Lab supporter, now dries her clothes outside. Take advantage of good weather and do the same! Dryers account for 6% of the country's residential energy consumption and adds $9 billion to American families' utility bills - you can help reduce these numbers by letting your clothes dry outside, just like Vicky!
I went to Sunday Fund'ay this past weekend, and it was a lot of fun (even though there was a bit of rain)! My sister and I made a cute seed starter, and of course the visit was not complete without some yummy food truck fare. The seed starters are great - so simple, sustainable, and fun! I think that doing introductory crafts like that are a great way to get the general public interested in sustainability. It was awesome, and I enjoyed learning about how to crush the egg when the seeds grow and how to pot the plants.
Bill Nye the Science Guy Wants to Change the World, Parade, 4/13/16
Urban Green Lab’s Mobile Science Lab Launches in Metro Schools, MNPS's Children First Blog, 2/17/16
Urban Green Lab launches mobile, sustainable classroom ,The Tennessean, 2/16/2016
First Mobile Green Lab Launched In Nashville, News Channel 5 Nashville, 2/16/2016
Alignment Nashville 2015 Annual Report, 12/10/2015
EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Urban Green Lab of Nashville, TN, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Newsroom, 11/10/2015
6 Features that Make the Gulch Nashville's Greenest Neighborhood, Featured in Team Green Adventures Blog, 10/31/2015
The Sprouted Pitchfork Podcast, Episode 7 - Jennifer Westerholm with Urban Green Lab, 11/2015
Urban Green Lab to go mobile to teach green lessons, The Tennessean, 9/1/2015
Nashville should fight for the right to breathe clean air, by Exec. Dir. Jennifer Westerholm, The Tennessean, 8/20/2015
Indiegogo Trending Campaigns: Education, Indiegogo, 7/22/2015
Urban Green Lab, ISP partner on sustainability mobile lab for schools, Lipscomb University News, 6/12/2015
Urban Green Lab works to build sustainability in Nashville, The Tennessean, 8/22/2014
Urban Green Lab Takes Sustainability Education to the Road, The East Nashvillian, 7/2/2014