You may have heard of, or even been to, one of Urban Green Lab’s different workshops they host around town. But if you haven’t, let us introduce you. Urban Green Lab is a local nonprofit that is on a mission to educate Nashville about sustainable living. Currently they do so by hosting various workshops around town. They cover a wide array of topics- home gardening, home energy efficiency, cooking with sustainable and healthy foods, transportation, etc.
The next step that Urban Green Lab wants to take is creating a Mobile Lab. The Mobile Lab will service Davidson County middle and high schools with hands-on, practical activities and lessons. It aligns with the current curriculum and supplements it with more environmental studies. Think of it as a field trip, but the students and teachers won’t have to travel. The Mobile Lab will simply be towed right to the school and the students will be able to experience a different way of thinking about things like where our food comes from or how much energy different types of lightbulbs use. Students will be able to be exposed to things that most of us never think about- out of sight, out of mind issues regarding sustainable living.
Urban Green Lab needs help to get their Mobile Lab on the streets. They already have construction of the lab itself fully funded, but they are running a campaign to raise funds and awareness for the Mobile Lab. They are currently seeking $15,000 to cover size months of operation costs. The lab will conduct at least two sessions per week, on average, and plans to reach almost 2,000 students in its first year alone. If you want to help out and support this great project, make sure to head over to the campaign page. You can find more detailed information and also have the opportunity to donate.
If you want to show your support in person, stop by their campaign launch party on July 29 at Jackalope Brewing! You’ll be able to see images of the lab and check out some of their planned activities for the lab. Oh, and the first beer is on them!