Displaying items by tag: nashville

Friday, 27 April 2018 12:35

Arbor Day

As Socket relaxed under a shade tree recently, he began to wonder: “Why do we celebrate trees each year on Arbor Day?” Socket did some digging and revealed the answers!

Published in Greenspace
Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:22

Green Grocery Gameplan

April is Earth Month and each of us plays a role in conserving our planet’s natural resources. Fortunately, we can start with something as simple as a trip to the grocery store. Here are some practical tips from Socket to make your next grocery run a green and fun one!

Published in Food
Monday, 16 April 2018 19:42

The Beauty and Benefits of Dark Skies

Can you remember the last time you saw a dark night sky, full of stars and planets, in vivid detail? For many of us living in the world’s cities, the answer may be “no” or “never.” When we think of pollution, we don’t often think of the lights that line our streets and illuminate our buildings. This week is International Dark Sky Week, so let’s dive into some related questions: what is light pollution, what are its effects, and how can we manage it?

Published in Energy

Our health and the health of our planet are inextricably intertwined. When we take a walk in the woods or gaze at a natural scene, our stress levels decrease, and our mental health improves. When temperatures and humidity exceed certain thresholds, incidence of heatstroke and heat exhaustion skyrocket. When we consume fresh, whole foods and pure water, our physical health and energy improve. When air quality is compromised by pollution, cases of asthma flare up.

Published in Wellness
Saturday, 14 April 2018 21:28

Cherry Blossom Festival

Join Socket at the annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival on April 14th in Public Square Park. Learn more at http://www.nashvillecherryblossomfestival.org/

Published in Events
Thursday, 01 February 2018 16:09

Improving Mobility in Nashville

The average Nashville resident drives 34.7 miles per day and spends 34 hours per year sitting in traffic. Just 3% of our city’s residents travel to work primarily by transit, and less than 1% travel primarily on foot or bicycle.[i][ii]

Published in Blogs
Saturday, 03 March 2018 22:12

Weed Wrangle

Want to spend a day outside protecting native plants and keeping our Greenways and waterways beautiful?

The Cumberland River Compact, Socket, and Greenways for Nashville need your help on the Cumberland River Greenway to pull out invasive plants and clear space for native plants. Come out to make a difference in our biodiversity, to learn about the importance of native ecosystems, and to have some fun.

Your help is needed to pull out invasive weeds along the Cumberland River Greenway with hand tools. Please wear pants and heavy, durable shoes. Bring water, and any clippers, loppers, or other weeding tools you might have, and we will supply other tools. SIGN UP HERE.

Weed Wrangle®, is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants.

Published in Events
Monday, 29 January 2018 18:43

Explore Your Greenways

Winter is definitely here, but the days and hours we can spend outdoors in daylight are growing by minutes each day. With Spring just around the corner, now is the time to get familiar with the enjoyable outdoor spaces Nashville offers its residents and guests. It may seem hard to find nature in an urban setting, but in addition to its city parks, Nashville boasts almost 90 miles of paved greenways that connect people and activities throughout the city. It’s time to take a second look at your greenways!

Published in Blogs
Monday, 29 January 2018 17:57

Talking Trash: How To Do Good & Save Money

“By being creative with food waste, utilizing compostable materials, and developing a composting/recycling program a restaurant can save considerable dollars over the long run... I definitely see a future in which Nashville leads the way for citywide composting and the restaurant community will be driving the charge.” – Jeremy Barlow, Owner of SLOCO restaurant

Published in Blogs
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 19:37

Going Green in the Fire Department

January 2018 -- Nashville, TN

 

 

On June 16, 2017, the Metro Nashville Fire Department's Station 19 was awarded the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award in Building Green for its LEED Platinum Certification. Station 19 is the first fire station to achieve this level of LEED certification in the entire southeast, a major achievement for both the Fire Department and the Metro Nashville Department of General Services. 

Read the Tennessee Public Works Magazine article here.

Published in In the Media
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