Blueways Blues

Blueways Blues

At Lightning 100’s Team Green Adventures, we love the outdoors.  We are passionate about maintaining a clean, sustainable environment for all to enjoy, and it is our goal to get the community of Middle Tennessee involved in our efforts.  That’s why we incorporate as many community service events as we can to help raise awareness about environmental concerns.

Each year Team Green Adventures hosts multiple waterway cleanups to collect litter from our beautiful creeks and streams. In 2015, over 100 volunteers gathered for six different waterway cleanups; together we gathered 167 bags of trash and 118 tires!

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Volunteering 2015: Our Year in Review

Volunteering 2015: Our Year in Review

With 2016 well under way and 2015 fading in the distance in our rear-view, it can be easy to forget all that we accomplished over the last year. Supporting the Nashville community through service is a core part of Team Green’s mission, and 2015 was our best year yet in terms of how much we gave back to Middle Tennessee. Before we dive too deep into the new year, let’s take a look back at all of the great opportunities we had over the last year to lend a hand to the community that so enthusiastically support us day in and day out:

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Community Partner Spotlight: Walk Bike Nashville

Community Partner Spotlight: Walk Bike Nashville

With a thriving music scene, trendy restaurants, and a flourishing community, Nashville is rapidly gaining attention as a top destination in the US. As the city expands, it is increasingly important to invest in its preservation and well-being. This week, we met with one of the key advocates for our community, Nora Kern, Executive Director of Walk Bike Nashville. Nora has channeled her passion for active transportation into a movement that enables people all over Nashville to fall in love with our city in a brand new way.

The Start of a Movement

Walk Bike Nashville was founded in 1998 by a group of passionate advocates in the community who saw a need for increased accessibility to alternative transportation. The mission of the organization is simple: to see more people out riding bikes and walking on the sidewalks of Nashville. When I sat down with Nora, I was instantly drawn into her energy and passion. Within minutes of the start of our conversation, it became clear that Walk Bike Nashville is less about just eliminating emissions and more about an exciting – and contagious – lifestyle.

“For us, it’s all about Nashville, its about the city, and our community,” Nora said. “That’s the great thing about biking. It ties us all closer to our city. When I bike to work I run into friends and I meet new people, and when I’m out walking I see the city from a much more intimate perspective. We want to have more people know about us so that we can get more people out riding and on the sidewalks.”

Nora’s team accomplishes this by focusing on educational programs as well as engaging events to bring together our community.

Get Involved

Whether you’ve never gotten on a bike or use one every day, there are opportunities for you to get involved in a more active lifestyle. Walk Bike University is a program geared towards educating the Nashville community about the world of active transportation. Classes are free or low-cost and cover everything from how sidewalks are made to how to ride a bike. More advanced classes include hands-on experience with city bicycling to build confidence and safety. To get involved, check out the Walk Bike University class schedule here.

If you’re already comfortable on a bike and find yourself riding to events around town, be sure to take advantage of Walk Bike Nashville’s free bike valet.

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Event-based bike valet is just one of the many free ways to utilize Walk Bike Nashville’s services. You can also take one of their free Walk Bike University classes!

“There are more and more great events and festivals in Nashville, but often there is no place to park your bike,” Nora explained. “It’s really important to know that you will have a secure location to leave your bike so that you know it’s not going to be stolen or picked up. It’s a great service because it makes biking a legitimate form of transportation, on the same level as parking a car, and it also helps events that are concerned about the environment and the impact transportation might be causing. The great part about bikes is that there are no emissions and no traffic.”

The process is simple – ride to an event that has bike valet set up and park it with Walk Bike Nashville. They will give you a claim tag, carefully watch over your gear, and return it to you at the end of the night. The service is free to bicyclists and eliminates the need to find and pay for parking. Lightning 100 offers this incredible service during every Live on the Green and parked hundreds of bikes during the festival this past weekend. For more information on Walk Bike Nashville’s bike valet, check out this link.

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Hundreds of bikes are checked each year at Walk Bike Nashville’s free bike valet during Lightning 100’s Live on the Green Music Festival, providing a great alternative for event attendees looking to avoid downtown traffic and parking.

Looking to hit the roads more regularly? Give it a shot and bike to work once this week. It will take a bit more planning than usual, but you might find it to be an addictive and energizing way to start your day. Follow this simple checklist before taking off.

  • Check your gear – make sure that your tires are inflated to the proper pressure (indicated on the side of the tire wall), your brakes operate smoothly, and that your chain isn’t rusty or damaged.
  • Bring the necessities – wear a well-fitted helmet and pack a water bottle. If you know you’ll be leaving your bike outside, bring a bike lock as well.
  • Know your route – as the trails and bike routes in Nashville increase, it is becoming easier to get from point A to point B. Check out these bike maps to plan your commute.
  • Plan to pack – bring a bag with a change of clothes, a snack, and your work gear to insure that your day is as great as your morning ride.

Remember that you don’t have to bike to work everyday to improve your lifestyle. Even getting on the roads once a week will help you connect with the city in a new way and invigorate your normal routine. Nora shared several reasons why she enjoys biking to work:

“For me, walking and biking are all about being a part of our city. I’m from Nashville; I know the city really well and have always had an appreciation for it. The last two or three years, I’ve spent a lot of time on foot and on bike and it really made me appreciate the city from a whole new perspective and it makes you feel like you’re actually a part of the city, not just passing through it. I want to help create a city that encourages human interaction, healthy lifestyles – a city that is meant to be lived in, not driven through.”

Taking the Next Step

Interested in learning more about Walk Bike Nashville? Be sure to check out their website and get involved. You might just find that an energizing and exciting new lifestyle is closer than you think!

– Sammi (Team Green’s Fall Intern)

10 Ways to be Green at Live on the Green 2015

10 Ways to be Green at Live on the Green 2015

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again – the weather is hot, school is back in session, and Lightning 100’s Live on the Green is returning! This year marks the 7th time we’ll be taking over Public Square Park for the biggest free concert series in town, and we hope you’ll join us for the fun!

Live on the Green started with a vision to create an event that was by Nashville and for Nashville, and we’ve always tried to make sure the festival embodies the values Music City stands for. For that reason, sustainability has always been a central component of Live on the Green’s mission, as we want to host an event that is as environmentally and socially responsible as possible. The festival takes place in what is perhaps Nashville’s most eco-friendly park, where the courthouse lawn doubles as a green roof over a parking garage and the fountains use recycled rainwater to supply Nashvillians young and old with a place to cool off on a hot summer day.

We do as much as possible to make our event sustainable, but we need your help to make it happen! As a follow-up to our Buzzfeed feature on 10 reasons to be excited about Live on the Green, here are 10 ways you can help us and our community partners make 2015 the most environmentally-responsible year of Live on the Green yet:

1. Ride A Bike

Each year, we partner with Walk Bike Nashville to host a free bike valet for anyone who wants to use a little pedal power to get to Live on the Green. Last year, more than 800 Nashvillians biked to Live on the Green, setting a new record for bike valet usage. We’re hoping for an even greater number this year, and with the capacity to check more than 250 bikes during each show date, we think we can do it! Bonus: You can also ride a Bcycle to Live on the Green, with three convenient check-in locations near Public Square Park, including at the bike valet station at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Union St.

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Our free bike valet took in more than 800 bikes at Live on the Green 2014 – help us break that record this year by riding to Public Square Park and checking your bike!

2. Take the Bus

Taking the bus is one of the easiest ways to get to and from Public Square Park, and it’ll save you a lot of money over paying for parking downtown (one-way fares are just $1.70). Music City Central (Nashville’s main bus terminal) is located just a block from the park, and the Music City Circuit is a great option to get from downtown to Germantown, SoBro, or The Gulch. Bonus: Music City Circuit buses are free! Check out Nashville MTA’s website to learn all you need to know about riding the bus, including how to bring your bike on the bus if you happen to ride to the festival but don’t want to ride home after dark. You can also take a peek at Transit Now Nashville’s handy trip planner if you’re unsure of which bus you need to take to get to the festival – it’s so easy!

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Take the free Music City Circuit between Public Square Park and Germantown, SoBro, and The Gulch! Photo credit: Nashville MTA.

3. Walk

If you live or work downtown, we definitely encourage you to walk to the festival! Bring a change of clothes to work and show up early to Public Square Park to get a good spot on the lawn. The festival site officially opens at 5pm, meaning you can grab dinner from one of our delicious food trucks and save yourself a trip home. If you walk, you also avoid the hassles that downtown traffic and parking can cause, creating a headache-free Live on the Green experience for you and your friends.

4. Carpool

If you must drive into downtown, please carpool! You’ll save money by splitting parking costs with friends and do your part to help reduce traffic and air pollution downtown caused by idling cars trying to find a parking spot. Parking is easiest in the Nissan Stadium lots just across the river, so please utilize these resources whenever possible and avoid driving downtown altogether. Bonus: For the first time ever, we’re partnering with Uber this year to host an official Live on the Green pick-up and drop-off lane. You can see the drop-off location at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Union Street on our official 2015 festival map, and Uber makes it easy to split the fare with friends!

5. Recycle

We’ve always tried to divert as much of our waste as possible from landfills, but we need your help to make this happen! Recycling stations are clearly marked and located throughout the event site, so please use them. This year, we’re switching to selling all beer in aluminum cans because they’re the most recyclable and eco-friendly option available to us. Bonus: Hands On Nashville volunteers will be stationed throughout the festival to help you dispose of your food and drink waste properly, so be sure to give these folks a high five when you see them and thank them for their help! Want to go one step further and volunteer yourself? Do it.

6. Bring a Reusable Bottle

It’s August in Nashville, and we know it gets hot! Every year, we partner with Metro Water Services to provide you with free drinking water on site to help keep you hydrated and happy. Bring a reusable water bottle to Live on the Green this year and take advantage of this complimentary service! Your body, and your wallet, will thank you.

7. Eat Some Food

Did you know Live on the Green encourages all of its food vendors to use eco-friendly and compostable serviceware? We make sure that nobody is using harmful products like styrofoam, and we also advocate for the use of locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. It makes it even better that all of our food trucks are small local businesses, so eating dinner at Live on the Green means you’re actively supporting Nashville-based entrepreneurs – a win-win for the environment and the local economy!

8. Buy a Souvenir

We partner with Friendly Arctic Printing & Design to produce all of our generally awesome limited-run Live on the Green merchandise, meaning you can both feel and look good when you buy a hand-printed t-shirt, tank, or poster. Friendly Arctic uses only the most eco-responsible methods and supplies (they only use water-based inks, among other things) to print their products, and their high-quality work is designed to last a long time, ensuring you get a truly sustainable shirt.

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Our limited-edition festival posters make a great Live on the Green souvenir, and they’re made using eco-friendly materials!

9. Take What You Need

It’s easy to get excited about all the free stuff at Live on the Green. From the music to the promotional giveaways, there’s so much going on around the festival that won’t cost you a dime that it’s not hard to get carried away. Whether you’re grabbing yourself a super cool Lightning 100 sticker or koozie, some handy Erie Insurance sunglasses, or any of the other swag you find around the festival, be sure to only take what you need and leave the rest for someone else – Mother Nature, and the other festival-goers, will thank you.

10. Clean Up After Yourself

We want you to have a blast at the show, enjoy some food and a few drinks, and dance your heart out to your favorite songs, but sometimes having a lot of fun can get messy. On your way out of Public Square Park, make sure you pick up any trash lying around on the ground and dispose of it properly. As mentioned before, there are tons of recycling bins around the site, so put them to use! We rely on volunteers to clean up anything left on the site after each show, and as much as they love to lend a hand, they’re not your mothers! A little effort on your part goes a long way, and means that we get to keep hosting Live on the Green year after year… for free!

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We’re seriously beyond excited to see you at Live on the Green this year!

If you want to learn even more about Live on the Green’s sustainability efforts, check out the festival’s website, where you can also find out all you need to know about the music lineup, check on VIP ticket availability, and see photos and videos from past years. You can also download our newly-released and seriously awesome Live on the Green festival app to stay up to date on all things LOTG2015. We can’t wait to see you out there on Thursday!

– Matt (Team Green’s Events Coordinator)

Sustainable Beer Recap With Little Harpeth Brewing!

Sustainable Beer Recap With Little Harpeth Brewing!

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you may remember that we did a feature on making your beer drinking a little more eco-friendly back in January. In that blog, we highlighted some of the efforts local breweries are making to minimize their environmental footprint, focusing on the work being done by our friends at Little Harpeth Brewing. This past Wednesday, Little Harpeth invited us to their brewery to take a little tour and chat more in depth about their sustainability mission as a part of our Engage Green workshop series with Urban Green Lab. We learned a ton, and wanted to showcase some of that new-found knowledge for you here if you weren’t able to make it to the workshop!

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Michael Kwas, Founder of Little Harpeth Brewing, educates us on their brewing process and how they take the environment into consideration during every step along the way! Their office space (seen in the background) was created almost entirely from reused materials.

Little Harpeth’s sustainability mission began long before Michael Kwas, Founder, and Steve Scoville, Head Brewer, started producing beer in their current facility at 30 Oldham Street, a nondescript warehouse on the bank of the Cumberland in East Nashville. To prep their building for brewing, the Little Harpeth team had to completely gut the existing space and rebuild it to suit their needs, creating the potential for a lot of demolition debris. Kwas jokes that they’re not sure if they did this because they’re cheap or because they care about the environment, but they managed to salvage roughly 80% of their demolition debris for reuse in the construction of their new space, saving or recycling everything from electrical wire and wooden studs to doors frames and hardware. To outfit their new space, they utilized local resources like Habitat ReStore and Metro Nashville E-Bid, and were able to purchase the paneling for their walk-in cooler from a nearby scrap yard, making reuse a cornerstone of their build-out mission.

Not only was the construction of Little Harpeth’s space a highly-sustainable endeavor, but they also made it a point to show us how they take the environment into consideration throughout their brewing process as well. They source much of the corn used in their brewing process from mills in Middle Tennessee and North Georgia, minimizing the environmental impact of their ingredient sourcing when compared to other breweries that get their supplies from farmers in the Midwest and West. They also source 80% of their malt from Rahr Malting, who produces malt without the use of electricity. Additionally, Little Harpeth utilizes a high-efficiency boiler and only boils their wort for 15 minutes, allowing for a 60% reduction in energy use during the boiling process when compared to their peer breweries.

Finally, the whole beer-making process wouldn’t be sustainable without thinking about how the end product is distributed and consumed. Little Harpeth utilizes donated used pallets to ship their kegs around Middle Tennessee, and they tie these kegs down with reusable ratchet ties, rather than the traditional heavy-duty plastic wrap, eliminating the waste that is often generated through keg distribution. The team is also looking into canning their beer in coming months. Why canning, you may ask? Aluminum is lighter than glass to distribute and also takes up less room, allowing canned beer to be shipped in a more environmentally-friendly manner than glass bottles (more beer per delivery truck). Additionally, recycling rates are much higher for aluminum than for glass in Nashville because Metro Nashville only accepts glass at specific drop-off facilities and not in their curbside pickup program, making the immediate environmental benefit to Nashville clear.

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Little Harpeth’s eco-friendly offerings include their ever-popular Chicken Scratch Pilsner, Upstream San Francisco Lager, Iris India Pale Lager, Davy Bavarian Hefe Maison, and so many more. If you ask us, the beer always tastes better when it’s sustainable!

If you want to learn even more about Little Harpeth’s sustainability initiatives, brewing process, and beer varieties, including the work they’re doing to support the Middle Tennessee honey bee population, check out their website!

To round out our learning experience, Little Harpeth generously offered everyone some beer samples in return for donations to the Harpeth River Watershed Association, a local non-profit focused on preserving and protecting the Harpeth River and its tributaries. We may be a little biased in saying this, but the beer tastes that much better when you know it’s brewed with the environment in mind. Cheers to Little Harpeth and all the other craft breweries that are making an effort to brew responsibly, and here’s to more breweries big and small making greater efforts towards increased sustainability in the years to come – a win for both beer drinkers and Mother Nature alike!

– Matt (Team Green’s Events Coordinator)

Community Partner Spotlight: Urban Green Lab

Community Partner Spotlight: Urban Green Lab

Here at Team Green, we love working with local non-profits and other community partners to create high-quality, engaging events, ranging from free workshops to volunteer opportunities. This week, we sat down with Jennifer Westerholm, the Executive Director of Urban Green Lab, who we partner with on our monthly Engage Green sustainability workshop series. Check out what she had to say about Nashville’s growth, being green, and reaching the next generation of sustainability leaders:

“’Sustainability’ is a term used by many different people and organizations in many different ways. The truth is, it’s a huge and dynamic concept, and it’s easy to get lost in all the hype around it. At Urban Green Lab, we define sustainability by sticking to the triple bottom line of ‘people, profit, planet’.” The organization’s website gives a solid overview of their strictures of sustainability, and to expand upon those principles, Executive Director Jennifer Westerholm sat down with us to talk a bit more about the mission of Nashville’s Urban Green Lab.

“The goal is to improve all around health and well-being through sustainable living,” said Westerholm. “We teach classes and workshops in schools and in the community about how we can make a healthier planet by implementing practical and green practices in our houses and businesses.”

According to “Nesting In Nashville”, approximately 85 people move into the city of Nashville every day. In an ever-growing small town gone rogue, expansion and sustainability are two concepts that tangibly collide every day, with this tension most common in trendier areas of town such as Hillsboro Village and 12 South.

“For us, it’s the perfect time to be in this line of work because it’s so needed. As Nashville expands, the need for sustainable development is higher now than ever before,” said Westerholm. “Our goal is to make this the culture of Nashville as it becomes a bigger city; inspiring the next generation of sustainability leaders.”

Since December of 2013 Urban Green Lab has been an official partner of Lightning 100’s Team Green, and together the Engage Green sustainability workshop series was re-born. These monthly workshops take place around Nashville, teaching skills such as making homes more energy-efficient, the environmental benefits of home brewing, small scale gardening techniques, and everything in between. While the non-profit does the majority of its work with classes of adults after work, they also reach out into Nashville’s community of middle and high schoolers in an attempt to enrich science curricula and teach towards real-world applications.

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We had a packed house for our Home Brewing Engage Green workshop last summer!

“We did a six week engagement series at Bailey Middle School last fall, and for the last couple of weeks the kids created these poster boards with drawings and collages and things that they presented at a community expo type thing,” said Westerholm. “It was very exciting for me to see 5th and 6th graders get excited about sustainable living and be like ‘Yeah, saving the planet! This is cool!’ It really gives you hope for the future.”

Starting this July 21st, Urban Green Lab will be kicking off an Indiegogo campaign  to raise the funds needed to run their up-and-coming Mobile Lab. The Mobile Lab will showcase five areas of improvement through sustainability: water, energy, food/agriculture, transportation, and green-building.

“It’s kind of a mobile interactive museum of sorts with activities to do, and it’s all hands on, for both children and adults. We’re building it now and will be launching it towards the end of this year,” said Westerholm.

The hope for the Mobile Lab is to not only reach a larger audience in Nashville with the benefits of mobility, but also to advertise the non-profit and its mission of improving the health and well-being of our city on a personal level.

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Rendering of Urban Green Lab’s Mobile Lab, which will help deliver hands-on sustainability education to Nashville’s schools.

“I invite people to get involved in our work in whatever way they feel excited about!” laughed Westerholm. “We have a lot of volunteer opportunities, so it’s great if folks have a special use or talent we could use, or help us grow by connecting us with a company, or something like that, that would be interested in our work.”

Urban Green Lab can be found on Facebook and on their website, which has information on booking the Mobile Lab as well as a calendar of upcoming events. The next Engage Green event will take place on Wednesday, August 5th at Little Harpeth Brewing from 6-7pm. Like all Engage Green events, this workshop on Sustainable Brewing will be free of charge. Spots can be reserved on the Team Green Adventures website.

“Most everything we do is free or really cheap and open to everybody, so come out to see us at Engage Green!”

– Aziza Cunningham (Lightning 100 Summer Intern)

CSAs 101

CSAs 101

On the third Wednesday of each month, Team Green Adventures partners with the Nashville Farmers’ Market to host different Nutrition Workshop topics about seasonality. This month, CSAs are in season.

What does that mean?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and they are currently “in season” because right now is the time of year when local farmers are planting for the Spring growing season. Community Supported Agriculture programs are membership-based purchase plans in which consumers directly support the farm by helping to cover the upfront costs of farming. In return, the farmer shares the bounty of their farm with their CSA members BEFORE allocating produce to sell at Farmers’ Markets or grocery stores. Each farm has their own unique farming practices and offer different CSA features, so it’s best to speak with the farmer before investing in their CSA.

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We Are (Still) Nashville

We Are (Still) Nashville

During the spring and summer, Nashville is blooming with community service opportunities. The enthusiasm and pride that our city takes in improving one another’s quality of life is without a doubt one of the reasons we became the “It City.” The big question is, how do you choose which service projects to commit your time to? Team Green Adventures is no stranger to the world of Nashville non-profits. We work closely with nearly every non-profit that puts an emphasis on improving our environment, feeding the hungry, and building lifetime skills for both volunteers and beneficiaries. This week’s blog spotlights some of our favorite non-profits and community projects we’ll team up on throughout the year!

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Partner Blog Shout Out!

Partner Blog Shout Out!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been spending a lot of time gearing up for our first-ever Resolution Health & Recreation Fair. Coming up Sunday, January 25th from 11am-3pm, this event will showcase a ton of our local partners and the work they do around town to help Nashvillians lead healthy, active, and green lives. All this prep work has got us thinking about how great a resource many of these organizations really are, so this week, we’ve decided to showcase some of their great work by giving a shout out to their respective blogs and news pages. Here’s a quick list of some of our favorite partner blogs!

Walk/Bike Nashville

The official blog of Walk/Bike Nashville, Footnotes gives readers insight into all things pedestrian happening around Nashville. More than just a great source for news on events, legislation, and more, Footnotes highlights the stories of everyday Nashvillians who have made active transportation a centerpiece of their daily lives. This blog does a great job of showcasing the strength of the cycling community in Middle Tennessee, and is a pleasure to read for anyone who has an active investment in walking or cycling (a.k.a. everyone!).

Climb Nashville

In case you haven’t caught on yet, we’re huge fans of everything Climb Nashville-related, and their blog is no different. The Climb Blog is your one-stop shop for staying up to date on all the happenings at Climb Nashville. With stories on everything from their involvement with local schools to current membership specials, and climbing competition results to squeezing more yoga time in at work, there’s something on their blog for everyone interested in living an active lifestyle!

Bliss Holistic

Offering great content on a range of wellness topics, Bliss Holistic’s blog is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to get healthy in the new year. Focusing on diet and nutrition, this blog decodes a lot of common questions people have on how they should be eating, making complex nutrition topics simple. The Bliss Holistic blog also contains tons of great recipes for you to try at home and includes so many delicious-looking pictures that there’s no way you won’t get hooked on reading it!

Hands On Nashville

Show of Hands, Hands On Nashville’s official blog, is a great resource for anyone interested in volunteering more in 2015. Featuring lots of engaging content on their current service projects, their blog is one of the best ways to stay up to date on the work they’re doing in the community. They also take time to highlight special events going on around town that you can take part in to help support their mission, giving you opportunities to lend a hand (pun intended) even if you can’t make it to one of their many service projects every week.

Cumberland Transit

If you’re in search of some inspiration to get outdoors this year, then the Cumberland Transit blog is for you! Though this gear outfitter is based locally right here in Nashville, it’s staff are most certainly not afraid to get out and do a little traveling outside of Middle Tennessee. With a plethora of adventure stories and pictures, Cumberland Transit’s blog takes its readers on a journey through some of the most beautiful natural areas in the country. The blog also features tons of great stories about outdoors happenings around Nashville as well, providing readers with a great mix of local and global content.

Urban Green Lab

Can’t make it to all of Urban Green Lab’s events in-person? Their news page is a great way to learn about the work they do, as they often take time to recap many of their best events around town (including some of our Engage Green workshops). They also highlight a lot of their ongoing work and showcase many of their community partnerships and collaborations, giving you a well-rounded picture of the work of one of Nashville’s most innovative and dynamic sustainability non-profits. Definitely a must-read for even the most casual of environmentalists!

Nashville Paddle Company

If you love getting on the water, then you’ll want to take a minute to check out Nashville Paddle Company’s blog. With content about all things stand up paddle boarding, their blog is a great way to stay up-to-date on the paddle season schedule, to keep in the loop on SUP events taking place around Nashville, and to see recaps on hilarious happenings like the annual Santa Paddle!

Go Green Home Services

If you’re not familiar with them, Go Green Home Services is a joint venture of Hands On Nashville and Village Real Estate designed to retrofit homes to make them more energy efficient while providing the added benefit of providing financial support for HON’s Home Energy Savings Program. Their news page is a great way to learn about the work they do and to pick up some tips and tricks to make your home more efficient, safe, and comfortable – practical information for homeowners and renters alike!

Love what our partners are doing and want to get involved? You can meet all of these great organizations (plus many more) at our Resolution Fair next weekend! Featuring dozens of local vendors, interactive workshops, great food and drink, tons of giveaways, and more, this event is sure to be a blast. See you all out there!

– Matt (Team Green’s Event Coordinator)

‘Tis the Season for Giving Back

‘Tis the Season for Giving Back

Here at Team Green Adventures, we love being involved in the Nashville community as much as possible. From hiking local trails to canoeing nearby rivers, maintaining a close relationship with Middle Tennessee and the people and organizations that make it unique is vital to our identity as adventurers. Part of our duty, then, is to give a little back to the place we call home by lending a hand to help keep it a little greener, a little cleaner, and a little healthier.

We partner with great local organizations year-round to get out and volunteer, and we thought right now would be a great time to reflect on all we’ve done so far, and to thank all our volunteers for helping make change happen this year! Check it out:

This year, we partnered with Hands On Nashville, the Nashville Tree Foundation, and Belmont’s Massey School of Business to plant more than two dozen trees in local neighborhoods.

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We teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to distribute more than 24,000 pounds of food to 112 families in need, sort nearly 11,000 pounds of food in their warehouse, and pack more than 2,500 backpacks for hungry schoolchildren. 

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Speaking of schoolchildren, we took part in Hands On Nashville Day again this year, helping to beautify Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School by planting greenery and cleaning up the landscaping around one of Nashville’s most innovative public schools. 

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We partnered with Bridgestone Americas’ Tires4ward program, paddling more than 25 miles of local rivers to remove 55 tires and 50 bags of trash from our scenic waterways.

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We joined forces with the Cumberland River Compact and Hands On Nashville to clean up multiple sections of Mill Creek, including our very own mile-long adopted section adjacent to the Mill Creek Greenway. Over the course of 3 cleanups, we removed 62 bags of trash and tons of other large debris from the waterway.

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We worked with both Hands On Nashville and the Nashville Food Project in their community gardens, helping to provide access to healthy food for Nashvillians in need.

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We helped out at multiple Habitat for Humanity builds, working towards providing eco-friendly and affordable housing options for low-income families in Middle Tennessee.

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We even lent a hand to Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary, helping them prepare for their annual fall fundraiser so that they can continue to care for horses that have been neglected, abused, or are suffering from disabilities.

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For a quick little summary of everything we’ve done, check out this cool infographic!

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Last but not least, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who helped make these projects possible over the last 12 months. It took 272 volunteers a grand total of 1074 man hours to accomplish everything listed above, and we couldn’t have done it without all of you! We’re so thankful to have such a dedicated group of people who help us make Nashville a better place, and we can’t wait to continue to lend a hand to our friends and neighbors in 2015!

Happy holidays!

– Matt (Team Green’s Event Coordinator)