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Metro Public Works and Urban Green Lab Partner on New Educational Series to Help Nashvillians Live More Sustainably

1/12/2021
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New Educational Series to Help Nashvillians Live More Sustainably

Metro Public Works (MPW) and Urban Green Lab (UGL), a nonprofit that teaches communities how to live sustainably,  are partnering on a new educational series titled “Sustainable in the City: Thinking Upstream” focused on how Nashvillians can better reduce, reuse, and recycle, and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Free and open to the public, the series will be hosted by Metro Public Works’ Waste Reduction Program Manager, Jenn Harrman, and Urban Green Lab’s Sustainability Education Manager, Patrick King. “Sustainable in the City: Thinking Upstream” will feature interviews, presentations, and panel discussions with Nashville’s top experts in all areas of waste and sustainability.

This virtual series will be offered twice per month with new episodes airing on the second and fourth Wednesday at noon. Participants will be able to sign up for the live webinar events through both Public Works’ Metro Nashville Zero Waste Facebook page and Urban Green Lab’s Facebook page. Each episode will be recorded and available on Urban Green Lab’s YouTube channel, Public Works’ Metro Nashville Zero Waste Facebook page, and Urban Green Lab’s Facebook page, for those who miss the live event or want to share it with family and friends.

“Sustainable in the City: Thinking Upstream” will kick off this month with two events taking a deep dive into the world of plastics recycling. With so many questions about what can and cannot be recycled and why, Metro Public Works and experts from Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University will discuss how plastics are recycled in the Southeast and why plastics recycling is so confusing. Other series topics will go beyond recycling to explore how we can reduce the waste we send to landfill and create a more sustainable Nashville for the future of our community.

The schedule for the first quarter of this new educational series is as follows:

January: Plastics Recycling

  • January 13– “Bottles, Jars, and Jugs: Why only some plastic is recyclable in Nashville”
  • January 27– “Big Plastic and the Economics of Recycling”

February: Sustainable Gardening

  • February 10– “Creating a Smart Yard: Composting, Pollution Prevention, and Planting Native”
  • February 24– “Eating Locally and Supporting Local Food Systems"

March: Wildlife in Urban Environments

  • March 10– “How to help local wildlife thrive in your own backyard”
  • March 24– “The Life of Litter in Our Environment and Ecological System"

For more information about the series and to register for upcoming events, follow Metro Nashville’s Zero Waste Facebook page and Urban Green Lab’s Facebook page and check out the upcoming events.