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Feb 10

Feb. 10, 24, March 10, 24 – Sustainable in the City: Planting, Food, Wildlife, Litter

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - March 24 @ 1:00 pm


Posted by Urban Green Lab

FREE EDUCATIONAL SERIES – February and March, 2021

Hosted by Metro Public Works and Urban Green Lab (UGL), this free series airs twice a month on Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to view live. The past episodes are posted on the UGL youtube channel.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – Register

Creating a Smart Yard: Composting, Pollution Prevention, and Planting Native

Spring is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to start planning your garden and prepping your yard! Sustainably of course. Planting a garden in your backyard and planting trees helps the planet. Growing your own food cuts down on air and water pollution, and fossil fuels. But wait, there’s more! Planting native trees and other plant species in your yard can help support local wildlife and all of these efforts help protect Tennessee’s water resources. Join us, as we hear from local experts on all the ways you can make your backyard the smartest on your street.


Julie Berbiglia is the Education Specialist at Metro Water Services. She is a regular host on Nashville Public Television’s Volunteer Gardener, focusing on community and environmentally-friendly gardens, and a Master Gardener. Julie is happiest when she has some dirt on hands and clothes.

Jennifer Smith is Nashville’s city horticulturist within the Public Works Department under the Beautification and Environment Commission and is the coordinator of the Metro Tree Advisory Committee. In her work, she helps to sustain our street trees and coordinates with the local tree non-profit organizations. Previously she was the state director of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.  A native Nashvillian, Jennifer studied horticulture and landscape design at the University of Tennessee. Her current favorite tree is the bald cypress!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – Register

Eating Locally and Supporting Local Food Systems

The spring harvest season is near and many farmers will begin offering sign-ups for their CSA’s. Food production is responsible for one-quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and if we’re going to get serious about fighting climate change, supporting our local food systems is of key importance. In this episode we are speaking with a local chef to answer why eating locally is not only super cool but a key component to living a more sustainable life.


Julia Sullivan @Henrietta Red
Born and raised in Nashville, Julia is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and earned her stripes in New York before returning to her hometown. Her passion for seasonal ingredients and convivial dining is evident in the menu at the restaurant and has built a team who exemplify her vision. In its inaugural year, Henrietta Red was a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation, with Julia also named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef. In 2019, she was a JBF semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast, then receive a finalist nomination for 2020 in the same category. Julia has gone on to launch The Party Line, a one-stop-shop for a proper party. Through the outbreak of COVID-19, she has been an integral part of forming Tennessee Action for Hospitality which, in partnership with the Independent Restaurant Coalition, works to bring relief to hospitality professionals and fight for proper legislation surrounding this pandemic.

Lakendra Davis is Owner / Executive Chef of City Farm Co. in Nashville, TN. Located in Marathon Village, Lakendra serves up traditional Southern fare with a fun modern twist. She prizes using local ingredients and works with many farms in the Middle Tennessee region to supply her guests with a unique culinary experience.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – Register

How to Help Local Wildlife Thrive in Your Own Backyard

Many of us know that preserving our native wildlife is an important piece of maintaining environmental stability. But not many of us know that there are direct actions we can all take to ensure our local flora and fauna thrive in our own backyards. Tune in as we speak with Debbie Sykes, Executive Director of Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center, and discover steps you can take to preserve Nashville’s wildlife. Debbie is a certified Tennessee Naturalist and founded NWCC with a mission to help the community connect, conserve, and coexist with nature.


Debbie Sykes – Executive Director @Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center
Debbie was inspired to create the Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center because she didn’t believe that anyone should be denied access to nature. Debbie has worked as a Wildlife Rehabilitator for over five years, taking every opportunity to learn as much as she can about rehabilitation, education, and behavior. Beyond her experience in animal rehabilitation, Debbie has been educating children of all ages for several years, and is a certified Tennessee Naturalist.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – Register

The Life of Litter in Our Environment and Ecological System

Litter is a key component of environmental distress. Not only is it an eyesore but it affects humans as well as wildlife. In this session, we’ll hear from a panel of experts and learn about the interconnectedness of our local environment, what you can do to keep it healthy, and a small native species that you may not know about but is an indicator of our environmental health.


JD Lane – Commission Coordinator, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission

Metro Public Works and Urban Green Lab are partnering on a new educational series “Sustainable in the City: Thinking Upstream” focused on how Nashvillians can better reduce, reuse, and recycle and live more sustainably that was launched in January 2021 (news link). 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  features interviews, webinars, and panel discussions with Nashville’s top experts in all areas of waste and sustainability.


February 10 @ 12:00 pm
March 24 @ 1:00 pm
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Urban Green Lab
(615) 442-7072