Workforce Discoveries



Welcome to Workforce Discoveries, Urban Green Lab’s green career experiential learning opportunity. Through monthly job shadow rotations and embedded fellowships with corporate green teams, Workforce Discoveries introduces the world of green jobs to high school and college students in Nashville, creating professional mentorships and pathways that lead to life-long careers and more sustainable companies. Click one of the tracks below to sign up, learn more, or become a mentor company and start the journey today.


Track 1

Traditional industries (High School)

Track 1 is for high school students in their junior year interested in exploring tradition green job sectors. Led by company mentors, cohorts of 3-4 students enroll in a rotation of seven monthly two-hour job shadows inside different companies, like solar manufacturers or recycling plants. The experience informs their senior year capstone research projects and meets the interdisciplinary dimensions of STEAM curriculum. (

Become a Mentor Company

Mentor companies are the diverse Nashville area businesses and corporations which host Workforce Discoveries students and share their company’s story of sustainability. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 corporation or a waste management facility, mentor companies serve as the classrooms and prime recruiting grounds for the next generation of new young resource-conscious professional talent. Sign up and become a mentor today.


Track 2

Non-Traditional industries (College)

Track 2 offers students in college or associate-level degrees of any year an opportunity to be a part of companies “going green.” Students are embedded as fellows with company green teams for one year to learn how companies adopt sustainability missions, policies and plans, and reduce their environmental footprint. At year-end, fellows compete in an annual case competition for the best solution to their company’s top sustainability challenge.  


The Green Economy Challenge

A recent report finds that by 2100, the U.S. economy will shrink 10 percent due to our changing global environment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 3.1 percent of the U.S. economy (2.4 million people and growing) produces green goods and services that could help prevent that loss. Meanwhile, some 80 percent of commercial and industrial waste (food, paper, plastics, etc.) in Nashville’s largest landfill could have been recycled, reused, or reduced all together. There’s never been a more important time to teach students why and how joining a sustainable workforce saves our planet AND our bottom line.

Meet the Steering Committee

The Workforce Discoveries Steering Committee is made up of corporate, educational, and sustainability experts and institutions in Nashville devoted to the growth of green industries and careers for our city and meets frequently to guide the program’s direction.

Job Postings

Click here to learn about and post current openings in sustainability-related careers around Nashville and Tennessee.


Have a question, comment, or want to get involved? Contact Todd Lawrence at [email protected]