Nashville residents will soon have a place to go where they can learn about urban agriculture, home weatherization and a variety of other green topics. The Urban Green Lab, is said to be the area’s first community center dedicated to sustainable living. Automaker Nissan recently announced on its website that it will be providing funding to help build the new facility.
The car maker has donated an initial $100,000 to the project and said it will continue to match other donations up to $100,000, plus cash donations of another $175,000 over the next three years. Urban Green Lab is scheduled to open in 2012 in the Inglewood neighborhood of Nashville. The building is said to be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental design (LEED) platinum certified building slated for construction in Tennessee.
Once completed, visitors to the center will be able to take part in a variety of workshops and enjoy interactive displays. Workshops could include tips on how to reduce environmental impact and save money. A community garden is also planned to be incorporated into the site.
The vision is that everyone from school groups, to small business owners, to public and private agencies will use the facility for programs, public outreach and seminars. The lab will also include a kitchen, which means the space can be used as a venue for film, music, dance, weddings and other celebrations.