By: Jennifer Westerholm, Director
It’s not everyday that a non-profit’s dreams and a 34-foot gooseneck trailer go hand in hand, but for us here at Urban Green Lab, that’s exactly what is happening.
In a matter of weeks, this trailer will soon be overhauled into a sustainability laboratory and classroom on wheels that we call the “mobile lab”. Our mobile lab will enable us to reach diverse and underserved populations to enhance middle and high schools’ science and technology curricula and inspire sustainable behaviors.
The lab explores five important topics in sustainability: energy, water, green building, food & agriculture, and sustainable transportation. It challenges students to make everyday choices that save money, resources, and improve their quality of life. Developed in collaboration with teachers, school staff, and students, the mobile lab prevents the need to spend time, energy, and money on permission slips and school buses by bringing hands on activities directly to the students. The lab connects classroom learning with real world applications, employing problem-based learning and interactive activities. As a service to our Nashville community, the mobile lab will be offered free of charge to Metro Nashville public middle and high schools and will be available for a reasonable rate to other schools, programs and businesses.
One of the most exciting features is the six 300 watt panels currently being installed by Tennessee Solar Solutions that will power 90% of all the lab’s energy needs. The solar panels enable us to save energy and money on operations costs. Even more importantly we are able to give students a real world experience of the power of solar energy. Incorporating green materials and technologies into the lab creates teachable moments and allows us to “walk the talk”.
It is Tennessee Solar Solutions’, along with our other generous sponsors’ contribution of time and materials that make it all possible! If
you are in Middle Tennessee, be on the lookout for
the mobile lab near you, beginning in February 2016.
For more information about the Urban Green Lab contact:
Communications and Community Engagement, Urban Green Lab