Displaying items by tag: sustainability

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
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:48

The Greener Way to Clear Snow & Ice

 

Whether you celebrated Punxsutawney Phil’s findings this year or not, it is likely that Nashville will face a bit more freezing weather. In preparation, the Department of General Services Division of Sustainability wishes to remind employees and residents about best practices for de-icing (the process of removing snow and/or ice from a surface). Safety is the most important consideration for de-icing and snow clearing efforts, but it is important to remember that de-icing materials impact more than the snow or ice they melt. How and when we use these materials is essential to the health of our environment.

 

The most effective de-icing agents have chemical formulas containing chloride and acetate. Salt (NaCl) is the most common. But others, such as magnesium chloride (MgCl2) and potassium acetate (CH3CO2K) are common examples too. Unfortunately, these extraordinary “melters” have negative effects on the environment. Some of these negative effects include preventing plants from absorbing moisture, leaching heavy metals, and creating algae blooms. Although researchers continue to pursue a completely safe alternative to those formulas containing chloride and acetate, none yet exists. Brands that advertise eco-friendly products often still contain large proportions of chloride or acetate; or, these brands are not effective at temperatures below freezing!

 

So what CAN you do? 

1. Wear Proper Shoes
Boots with a solid toe and bottom tread will help increase your grip on icy surfaces.

 

2. Shovel First
Shovel snow early and often; then decide whether to use a de-icing agent. If you must use a de-icer, your shoveling will not have been in vain. De-icers work best on thin layers of precipitation.

 

3. Don’t Over-apply
Use just enough. A general rule is 2 lbs. of de-icer for every 500 sq. ft.  One pound of de-icer is approximately one heaping 12 oz. coffee mug.

 

4. Place Carefully
Apply materials only where needed and keep de-icing materials away from plants and foliage.

 

5. Clean up and Reuse
Sweep up left over salt and store it properly for reuse. This saves money and keeps unused product from washing into streams and rivers, where it can negatively impact the aquatic ecosystem.

 

Material for this blog was compiled from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies’ 2010 report, Road Salt: Moving Toward the Solution. Follow the link to the report below for further reading: http://www.caryinstitute.org/sites/default/files/public/reprints/report_road_salt_2010.pdf

 

Blog author, Mr. Jake Rachels, is an intern with the Division of Sustainability.

 

Published in Blogs
Department of General Services' Sustainability Overview

The ultimate mission of the Department of Metro General Services is to provide beautiful, healthy, safe, sustainable, functional and long lasting public buildings and spaces. Specifically, General Services’ Sustainability Division integrates sustainable practices throughout the department’s projects and operations with the goal to reduce energy, waste, carbon and greenhouse gas emissions while also educating Metro employees and the Nashville community about sustainability.

Published in Blogs
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
Saturday, 21 April 2018 22:02

Earth Day 2018

Nashville’s Earth Day Festival April 21, 2018

Centennial Park

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is a free, family friendly event with live entertainment through out the day celebrated each year in April. Socket will have a table, so come by and say hello. Mark your calendar for April 21 to enjoy music, food, education, and fun!

http://www.nashvilleearthday.org/

Published in Events
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