10 Tips and Tricks to Help You Navigate Nashville’s Recycling Rules

10 Tips and Tricks to Help You Navigate Nashville’s Recycling Rules

Whether you’re new to Nashville or have lived here your whole life, we all know that recycling can be a challenge. Do you need to remove that plastic film from your envelopes before you toss them in with the rest of the paper? Can you recycle styrofoam? And what’s the deal with pizza boxes?! Earlier this week, we hosted another installment of our Engage Green sustainability workshop series with Urban Green Lab to help get some of your most pressing recycling questions answered. Here are the 10 most helpful things we learned:

1. Envelopes

So do you need to need to remove the plastic film windows from things like envelopes and pasta boxes before you recycle them? Nope! While it certainly doesn’t hurt to remove them and recycle them with the rest of your plastic bags and films (more on this later), the modern paper recycling process is equipped to handle a small amount of contaminants like these little windows, so there’s no need for you to take the time to separate these pieces before recycling your boxes and envelopes. On a related note, you also don’t have to remove tape and staples from cardboard boxes before you place them in with the rest of your recyclables.

2. Pizza Boxes

What’s the deal with pizza boxes? Can you recycle them? Yes and no. If your pizza box is covered in grease, it cannot be recycled because the grease is considered a contaminant in the paper recycling process (oil and water don’t mix, and water is used in the pulping process when paper and cardboard are recycled). Some pizza boxes, however, come with liners on the bottom, protecting the exterior box from being soaked with grease. In this case, recycle your pizza box! If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also cut the top of your pizza box off and just recycle that half, since those little cheese protector tripods usually prevent the top of the box from getting greasy.

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Clean pizza box? Throw it in with the rest of your cardboard recycling! It’ll eventually end up in this pile inside Metro’s curbside sorting facility.

3. Glass

Glass is not recyclable through Metro’s curbside recycling program! Glass is heavy, making hauling costs really expensive, and most curbside bins are not equipped to handle the weight of glass. For this reason, you can only recycle glass at one of Metro’s recycling convenience centers around town. If you do throw glass in your curbside bin, it’s considered a contaminant and will be sent directly to the landfill (more on this later), so don’t do it!

4. Plastic Bags and Films

Plastic shopping bags, bread bags and other films are all part of the LDPE (low-density polyethelene) family of plastics, usually labeled with the number 4. These types of plastic cannot be recycled in your curbside bin, but many grocery stores will take them for free as long as they’re clean. You can also recycle zip-lock bags this way, as long as you cut the zipper portion off first.

5. Styrofoam

All styrofoam is considered to be in a class of waste called “expanded plastics.” These materials are not recyclable through Metro’s curbside recycling program, even if they have a recycling symbol and number on them! On the bright side, some Publix grocery stores will take your old egg cartons and recycle them for you.

6. Black plastic trays

Once upon a time, you couldn’t recycle black plastic trays (like the ones you find in microwaveable dinners) in Nashville. Usually made of plastic #1, these trays are often easily recyclable, but were difficult to detect by sorting machines during the recycling intake process, which is why they weren’t allowed in your recycling bin. Advances in sorting technology have changed the rules on this, so go ahead and throw these in with the rest of your recycling – just rinse them first (more on this later)!

7. Plastic Bottle and Can Labels

Do you need to remove paper labels from plastic bottles or steel cans before recycling them? No way! Both plastics and metals are eventually melted down at really high temperatures (up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit for steel), and these paper labels don’t stand a chance in that heat, so don’t worry about removing them!

8. Food Contaminants

People are often curious how well you need to clean something before you toss it in the recycling. The general rule is to give anything that had food in it a good rinse before you recycle it. You’ll want to try to get rid of any large food particles as well as large amounts of things like sauces and gravies. While all plastic and metal recyclables are cleaned at recycling facilities, large amounts of food residue can contaminate paper and cardboard recycling while in transit (because Metro Nashville’s curbside recycling program is single-stream, meaning all recyclables are placed in the same bin). Basically, small amounts of food won’t hurt, so you don’t have to throw recycling in your dishwasher before you recycle it, but you will want to give things like yogurt or pasta sauce containers a reasonable rinse before disposing of them.

9. Milk Cartons

Yes, wax-coated cardboard milk cartons can be recycled! The same goes for any and all of those Tetra Pak-style containers like what you often find coconut water, orange juice, or easily-portable wine in. And no, you don’t have to worry about removing the plastic spout from these containers before you toss them in the recycling. Drink up, Nashville!

Recycle these! (Image courtesy of Metro Public Works)

10. Aerosol cans

As long as they’re completely empty, aerosol cans can be recycled along with your other aluminum and steel containers in your curbside bin, so you don’t even have to worry about taking them to a special drop-off center.

Bonus: “Aspirational Recycling”

As mentioned before, contaminants can mess up the recycling process if present in large quantities. Anything that doesn’t fit into Metro’s requirements is considered a “contaminant,” even if those things can be recycled elsewhere (e.g. egg cartons or plastic bags). If contaminants are present at a rate of over 20%, then Metro doesn’t get paid for that batch of recycling, which raises disposal costs in the long run. Given that, Public Works encourages everyone to avoid being an “aspirational recycler,” or the type of person who throws something in their recycling bin with the noble thought that “this seems like it should be recyclable, so I don’t want to throw it away, and Metro will sort it out anyways if it’s not recyclable…”. If you’re unsure if something can be recycled or not, look it up!

In addition to some of these recycling tips, we also learned several other fun facts about waste disposal more generally in Nashville. Here are some of the best ones:

  1. It costs Metro Nashville $34.50/ton to landfill garbage, which added up to more than $5 million in landfill costs in 2014. Conversely, Metro makes money on every ton of recycling they collect, so the more we recycle, the lower our waste disposal costs are and the higher our chances of making waste disposal a net financial win overall!
  2. Metro collects roughly 30,000 tons of yard waste per year and turns much of it into mulch, which is available for purchase to the general public (at a really low cost!) at Metro’s Bordeaux facility.
  3. Metro will haul away your bulk trash items for free if you request it! Eligible items include furniture, appliances, car parts, and more.
  4. Several of Metro Nashville’s Recycling Drop-Off Sites are at local public schools. These schools are in charge of monitoring these areas and keeping them clean, and in return, Metro pays the schools $15/ton of recycled material. That means you can support your local school while recycling your waste – a win for kids and Mother Nature alike!
  5. East Recycling Center is the rockstar of all of Metro’s recycling facilities. As your best one-stop shop for properly disposing of anything and everything, they’ll take things no other drop-off center in Nashville will take, including household hazardous waste and refrigerators. If you need to get rid of something and aren’t sure where to take it, give the East Recycling Center a call first.

Still have questions? Check out the Metro Nashville Recycling Services website for more information. A big thanks again to Metro Public Works for taking the time to show us around their facility, and keep on recycling, Nashville!

– Matt (Team Green’s Event Coordinator)

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.

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.

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)

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!

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.

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: Cumberland River Compact

Community Partner Spotlight: Cumberland River Compact

Here at Team Green, we love working with local non-profits and other community partners to create high-quality and engaging events that range from free workshops to volunteer opportunities. This week, we sat down with Carolyn Wright, program and event director of Cumberland River Compact, who we partner with on the yearly Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival. Check out what she had to say about Nashville’s most beloved source of water, and how we can get involved as a city:

“The Compact started in 1997 when environmental advocacy work became the new trendy thing, and a man named Vic Scoggin came along. Legend has it that one of our current board members used to be a private detective,” said Wright. “One day, he was out filming someone polluting the river, and then this crazy guy swam by. He tracked him down, and the man was Vic Scoggin. To help raise environmental awareness for it, he swam the whole length of the Cumberland River. That’s nearly 600 miles.”

Very soon afterwards, Scoggin ended up assembling an environmentally-conscious group of Nashvillians, and thus began Cumberland River Compact.

While the primary mission of Cumberland River Compact is to “enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through education, collaboration, and action”, this is by no means a boring feat. Every year The Compact hosts the annual Dragon Boat Festival, which entails teams of organizations, corporations, and individual groups paddling across downtown Nashville’s riverfront in colorful Dragon Boat fashion.

“Team Green has a boat in the race every single year now,” said Wright. “They’re The Team Green Giants and it’s always so great to see them show up all hyped up and dressed as a team with their Green Giant drummer-mascot.”

This event is Cumberland River Compact’s largest fundraiser, and a huge opportunity to get people out on the water. This will be The Compact’s 9th year holding the race, and there are annually over 1,000 paddlers, 50 race teams, and 8 Dragon Boats. Each Dragon Boat holds 20 people, and has a drummer of its own to lead its team forwards with a solid paddling cadence.

Everyone is welcome to come, dress up, bring their kids for a bunch of activities, and be merry. This year’s Dragon Boat race will be on Saturday, September 12th at the East Bank Landing.

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We love putting a team together for the Dragon Boat race every year!

To help work towards their ultimate declared mission, Cumberland River Compact breaks their work down into three categories: teaching, protecting, and connecting.

The Compact is all about protecting the Cumberland River through advocacy, and that begins with education. This is especially true as the city of Nashville gains approximately 82 new Nashvillians every day, according to The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Elite. With such growth, it is imperative that we proceed accordingly, and teach our younger generations to do so as well.

“It really affects our work here because with that many people coming, we have to have a louder voice,” said Wright. “It’s great for Nashville when we create new infrastructure, but we have to remember and actively live like it. The more people that come, the more that our resources will be stressed.”

A prime event to promote their theme of education is the annual Catfish Rodeo. This is a yearly free festival for kids and families to learn to fish, see some booths, and have some fun with over 1,700 lbs of catfish at Sevier Lake in Shelby Park.

Right next to educating the people who make use of the river, Cumberland River Compact’s most common form of advocacy is the physical protection and up-keeping of the river, its streams, and the surrounding land.

“Team Green adopted a stream!” smiled Wright. “Groups can go online on our website and, through us, can adopt streams. Then, these groups will have their own quarter-mile segments that they can have to clean up and take care of.” Team Green’s adopted section includes a one-mile stretch of Mill Creek near Ezell Road Park and the Mill Creek Greenway, and we’ve done 5 cleanups to date on that section.

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After 5 cleanups on our adopted section of Mill Creek, we’ve pulled more than 100 bags of trash and other debris from the waterway!

Stream adoptions, tree planting, and rain gardening are just a few of the ways that both groups and individuals can get involved and do some of the grunt work that keeps our beloved river clean and healthy.

“After all, we use and drink the water that comes from the Cumberland. Might as well take care of what we have to put in our bodies,” said Wright.

The last, and certainly not least, principle of The Compact is to connect with people while helping others to connect.

Over the years, countless organizations, businesses, and people walking down the street have been able to form partnerships, friendships, traditions, and an overall stronger community for Nashville as a city through the work of Cumberland River Compact.

“To anyone who’s looking to be outside more, or help the community, or do something with their weekend, I definitely say check out our website because everything you could want to know about volunteering will be there,” said Wright. “We have a new recreation map on our website in the resources area. If you’re looking for anything to do around Nashville, check it out!”

Cumberland River Compact’s website is http://cumberlandrivercompact.org/ . You can also get involved by helping out at Team Green’s next stream cleanup, coming up on October 4th!

– Aziza Cunningham (Lightning 100 Summer Intern)

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.

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)

We’ve Got Workshops!

We’ve Got Workshops!

As we noted in last week’s blog, making New Year’s resolutions can be both an empowering and daunting experience. We’ve all got a lot of goals for 2015, whether it’s to improve our fitness, focus on our health, or to be a little greener or more adventurous. Here at Team Green, we want to give you as many resources as possible to help make these goals a reality all year! For that reason, we’re ramping up our regular, monthly workshop offerings to start 2015. Here’s a little sneak peek at what workshops we’ve got coming up and how they can help you achieve your goals all year long:


Want to be a little greener in 2015? We’ve got you covered! Our Engage Green workshop series, in partnership with Urban Green Lab, is designed to give you monthly opportunities to get down and dirty with all things sustainability-related. These workshops are often hands on and will expose you to a range of topics, from gardening to green building, hopefully sending you home with some tips to make your own life a little more sustainable. Topics and locations change monthly, so be sure to check our calendar regularly to stay up to date on what we’re offering. Upcoming topics include a behind-the-scenes look at Metro Water Services’ treatment facility in February and a rain barrel workshop with the Cumberland River Compact in March.
(First Wednesday of each month at 6pm)

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Our August 2014 workshop on what makes home brewing sustainable!


Looking to work off that extra holiday weight and stay in shape all year? Try our fitness workshop series, in partnership with Metro Parks’ Centennial Sportsplex! You’re guaranteed to work up a good sweat during these classes, where a certified fitness instructor will guide us through an hour-long bootcamp-style workout routine. Each month features a different bootcamp theme, but each workout will be similar in that they all involve a series of fast-paced, high-intensity intervals that work different muscle groups and get your heart rate up. Like our sustainability series, you’ll walk away from these classes with tangible workout ideas that you can do at home or on your own, helping you get fit when it’s most convenient for you! Upcoming classes include a full-body “jungle gym” workout in February and a “booty camp” hamstring- and glute-focused workout in March.
(Second Sunday of each month at 3pm)

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Our January 2015 “Get Strapped” Boot Camp workout!

Health and Wellness

Our wellness workshop series, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is designed to answer any and all questions you might have on a range of health topics. We’ll bring in wellness experts from around Nashville, connecting you with the professionals who know how to best help you get healthy and tackle any issues you might be having. Our first workshop in this series is coming up later this month, where we’ll learn about the benefits of massage therapy (be ready for hands-on demos!). Other upcoming topics include Understanding Cancer in February and Indoor Air Quality in April.
(Fourth Thursday of each month at 6pm)

In addition to the series mentioned above, we’re also working on putting together a food and nutrition workshop series with the Nashville Farmers’ Market, as well as occasional outdoor gear workshops with Cumberland Transit. Keep your eyes on our calendar in the coming weeks and months as we continue to post more workshops and topics! Have topic suggestions of your own? Feel free to leave a comment below to let us know the kinds of things you want to see us cover! We love extra input, and are here to help you achieve YOUR goals.

See you there!

– Matt (Team Green’s Events Coordinator)