You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

Welcoming Our New Executive Director

Jennifer Westerholm (Outgoing Executive Director) & Todd Lawrence (Incoming Executive Director)

Jennifer Westerholm (Outgoing Executive Director) & Todd Lawrence (Incoming Executive Director)

Jennifer Bids Farewell

Serving as Urban Green Lab's Executive Director for the past 3 years has been such an honor! I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to grow the organization and help make Nashville a cleaner, greener, and healthier city. Each of you, our enthusiastic supporters, has made my job a joy. Your dedication of time, talent, and wealth has sustained and buoyed us. 

As I make the transition to full time mom (our son is due in 9 days!), I take with me many fond memories of my time at Urban Green Lab, a continued commitment to serving the organization however I can, and a deep appreciation for each of you and the wonderful city we call home!

We Welcome Todd Lawrence as New Executive Director

A Nashville native, Todd spent 15 years on the frontlines of global health and community well-being.  Prior to Urban Green Lab, Todd managed community education for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and taught International Leadership at Peabody’s College of Education & Human Development.  He served two years in South Sudan with the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication program, five years leading a global AIDS campaign with the Global Health Council in Washington, DC, and two years with the Peace Corps training community health workers on rural farms in Zambia.  He has a masters in International Development from American University and a bachelors in Political Science from Furman University. 

a Night of Pervious Pavement & NetZero Building

Last night Urban Green Lab teamed up with Lightning 100's Team Green Adventures for our monthly Engage Green event at the beautiful campus of Tennessee Concrete Association. Between their wonderful landscape and gracious hosting, guests were in for a real treat! 

Guests were first given an introduction by Matt, from Lightning 100 and Jennifer from Urban Green Lab. It was each of their LAST Engage Green events before moving on to the next stage of their lives. (Thanks Jennifer and Matt for all your hard work with these monthly Engage Green events!).

From there, Alan Sparkman took the mic and dove in to the world of pervious concrete. Where normal concrete is impervious and causes there to be harmful run-off, pervious concrete mimics that of a more natural ground cover where water can absorb into the ground. This sustainable concrete is exponentially growing here in Tennessee. Questions? Alan is your guy! Contact him at [email protected]

Up next was Holly Baird, the Director of USCGBC's Mid TN chapter then talked to us about the NetZero building on the property and how important green design is. She explained how we spend 90% percent of our lives indoors ... so we better make the most sustainable, healthy decisions for those spaces. Questions? Interest in green building here in TN? She is your expert! Contact her at [email protected] 

Last was Donna and her concrete magic of creating bird baths formed around leaves. One lucky winner was able to take one home as a raffle prize!

Thank you for hosting us TCA and USGBC Mid TN!

Americorps VISTA Positions Now Open!

Urban Green Lab is now accepting applications for four new AmeriCorps VISTAs to start this fall. Are you interested in nonprofit Development, Communications, Program Evaluation & Grants, or Volunteer Engagement? Then check out these opportunities to serve your community and gain great experience in sustainability education! Positions start early November. Applications due September 1st. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis! Questions? Contact [email protected]

Not familiar with the Americorps VISTA program? Learn more here.