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January: Laurel Creech and Jennifer Westerholm, Metro Nashville General Services, "Socket Unplug Nashville Sustainability Outreach Program"
Laurel Creech leads General Services’ new Division of Sustainability and brings to this role vast experience in running sustainability campaigns and programming as Chief Service Officer, Sustainability Director and Livability Director in the Office of Mayor Karl Dean. She was one of the first ten Chief Service Officers in the nation as part of the national Cities of Service movement and has since mentored other cities across the US and UK. She developed and implemented the city’s first service plan - Impact Nashville- and led Mayor Dean’s health and sustainability programs while engaging citizens to be active, healthy and involved. Laurel was also founder and director of Team Green Adventures and a radio air talent for thirteen years. She received her BA in English from Emory University and is active on the board of several Nashville nonprofits effecting positive environmental change. Jennifer Westerholm is the Sustainability and Outreach Manager for General Services' Division of Sustainability. Her experience includes federal government work for the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. as an energy efficiency analyst and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia as a climate change research fellow. Jennifer has worked with nonprofit organizations focused on justice, health, and the environment in Nashville and beyond, both as staff member and Board member. Most recently, she was the executive director of Urban Green Lab, Nashville's nonprofit dedicated to improving wellbeing through sustainable living. She currently serves on the board of directors of Greenways for Nashville. Jennifer is a Nashville native and alumna of Metro Public Schools who graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with honors in history. She holds a Master of Public Health in environmental health with honors from Emory University.
February: Emily Stutzman, Lipscomb University's Institute for Sustainable Practice, "What the social sciences can tell us about why some people don’t accept climate science"
With a M.S. in rural sociology and PhD in forestry from Auburn University, Dr. Stutzman joined the Institute for Sustainable Practice in January 2015 as full-time Academic Director. She is the first academic director to fully embody many of the holistic attributes of sustainability through her unique interdisciplinary academic journey and skills. As a social scientist of natural resources and agriculture, she teaches the applied social science course in the M.S. in Sustainability program, Zero Management (SU 6153). Dr. Stutzman’s academic inquiry applies the sociology of conservation and natural resource management in the context of sustainability. Her past research includes surveying behaviors and attitudes of fish farmers in Uganda and fruit and vegetable growers in Florida. Her dissertation research focuses on forest landowners and forestry professionals in Alabama practicing an innovative multi-benefit land use system called silvopasture, which combines trees with crops and/or livestock. Dr. Stutzman also worked as a writing consultant, specializing in science writing. To renew herself, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and singing shape-note music.
March: Candace Listz,Nissan, President of the Nissan Green Team, spoke on Nissan's Corporate Sustainability Program.
April: Jennifer Masley,Entrepreneur & Owner, EIO & The Hive Restaurant
Jennifer Masley is a Nashville resident, creator and owner of the successful Michigan based Sip Organic Juice Bar and Jenergy Nutritional Food Bar
and the latest success EiO & THE HIVE, an all organic restaurant in West Nashville. Masley is best known as a wellness & sustainability entrepreneur.
While Masley is dedicated to raising awareness on sustainability measures, local food systems and food justice, she prioritizes doing so in a way that makes these foods delicious and accessible to everyone. Masley puts a strong emphasis on building, and strengthening relationships with farmers and producers as well as
creating zero waste systems within each business model. Masley builds on her fundamental belief that strong community is essential for real health.
Masley has most recently joined Masaya World, as a partner and Director of Business Development. The company is launching their 100% hemp CBD oil, with a proprietary blend that offers the most efficient and effective delivery system on the market. Masaya World Foundation is working in Ghana to create sustainable hemp farming systems to assist the African country in building awareness and education along with a sustainable economy. Every Sunday from 3-4 p.m., Masley hosts Acme Radio’s “The Hive Hour,” an in-depth look at all things Nashville has to offer in local food and wellness. The program’s format includes
thought-provoking interviews with local experts and entrepreneurs, and feature such topics as food justice and politics, local farming and sustainability, and overall mental and physical wellness.
May: Member Roundtable Meeting - Members shared their background, passions, and reasons they are involved in TWiG!
June: Susan Inglis, Sustainable Furnishings Council
Susan Inglis is Executive Director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and resident expert with the organization she helped found in 2006. She has led SFC to work with industry leaders to establish criteria to gauge the sustainability of furniture products and practices; develop programs for educating all sectors of the industry; and attract hundreds of companies to membership. Inglis is also founder and owner of From The Mountain, a company that imports hand spun cashmere yarn from Afghanistan, providing safe income for over 100 women there. Inglis serves on the Board of the American Sustainable Business Council and was awarded a 2017 Visionary Leadership award by the NC Business Council. For more info, check out https://sustainablefurnishings.org/
July: Margie Hunter, Tennessee Naturalist Program
Margie Hunter has been recognized as the Conservation Communicator of the Year, presented by Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Hunter lectures across the state on nature-related topics and is the author of "Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee." Hunter will speak on the Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) which is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. Graduates join a critical corps of Tennessee Naturalist volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the appreciation, understanding, and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The purpose of the TNP is to teach Tennesseans about our natural world, inspire the desire to learn more, instill an appreciation of responsible environmental stewardship, and channel volunteer efforts toward education of the general public and conservation of Tennessee's natural resources. Margie Hunter was a 2017 Board of Director member for the TNP.
July: Guest speaker Katherine Bomboy, Environmental Voter Project
"We need to start viewing the act of voting as one of the highest forms of environmental citizenship" - Nathaniel Stinnett
August: Kelly Marett and Grace Robertson, Lightwave Solar
Kelly Marett and Grace Robertson of LightWave Solar will discuss solar energy in Tennessee. Topics will include recent projects, trends, financial incentives and NES’s Music City Solar park, Nashville’s first community solar project.
Kelly Marett is a LEED AP for Green Building O&M. Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Kelly fell in love with the idea of sustainability and renewable energy during her time teaching English abroad. After returning to the States, Kelly knew sustainability would be her focus. She enrolled in the Masters’ program for Sustainable Practice at Lipscomb University. Kelly has now worked in the solar industry for over 4 years, joining LightWave Solar in 2015. At LightWave, Kelly serves as operations coordinator, managing projects from contract signing through design, engineering and installation. Kelly also manages and develops Operations and Maintenance contracts and coordinates service dispatch.
Grace Robertson is the Marketing Manager at LightWave Solar, a Nashville native and a Vanderbilt University Anthropology graduate. After learning about climate change, Grace knew she wanted to be a part of the clean energy revolution. In 2008 she joined LightWave Solar eager to help grow a new solar company. As Marketing Manager, she is responsible for marketing and outreach efforts that help keep LightWave’s sales and operations departments busy.
September: Tana Comer, Eaton’s Creek Organics
Eaton's Creek Organics (ECO) is a certified-organic, community-based farm serving Middle Tennessee by growing vegetables, herbs and berries of the highest quality in taste, freshness and nutrition. They have been in production since 2000 and are proud to have been the first certified-organic farm in Davidson County.
They believe in the importance of sustainable agriculture in our local economy and that all people deserve access to fresh, wholesome (healthful, nourishing) food.
On 12 acres of rich, organic soil, they work to accomplish those goals while growing a variety of select and heirloom varieties of produce, fruits and herbs. All burst with flavor, color, aroma and nutrition—a feast for all the senses!
Learn more at http://ecorganics.net/
Tana and her farm were featured on PBS' A Chef's Life with national chef and food author Vivian Howard.
October: Jennifer Horne, Lendlease
Jennifer Horne has served in many roles at Lendlease, and is currently the Director of Portfolio Operations for Lendlease Communities. In this position, she is responsible for operational management and stakeholder engagement to achieve annual goals and business strategy across the Communities Department of Defense portfolio. Previously as a Development Manager Jennifer delivered an award-winning LEED Platinum corporate office that was the first registered WELL office in the state of Tennessee! As Director of Sustainability, Jennifer was responsible for leading sustainability development and operations programs for the Lendlease public partnerships business. Jennifer oversaw the sustainability activities for a portfolio of 42,000 homes across 10 military installations and 39 privatized army lodging facilities across North America.
Jennifer holds a LEED Green Associate credential and is an alumnus of Vanderbilt University. We can't wait to hear about her experience and sustainability projects!
October 11 2018: Women In Green Leadership Breakfast co-hosted with USGBC Tennessee
The Women In Green Leadership Breakfast provides a platform for women in the green building and sustainability fields to share their stories and learn from each other's experiences.
Donna Thompson, TWIG President, TN Concrete Association
Laurel Creech, Assistant Director Sustainability, Metro Nashville,
Elizabeth Eason, Principal Architect, Elizabeth Eason Architects LLC,
Kelley Cureton, Program Director, green|light, Green Spaces Chattanooga,
Jane Pate, Memphis Area Regional Manager, Entegrity,
November: Carla Nelson, NES
We welcomed Carla Nelson from Nashville Electric Service!
For more information about our community solar project, Music City Solar, click below!
Check out our TWIG members throughout our Nashville community in 2018:
USGBC/Tennessee Women in Green's
Women in Green Leadership Breakfast: Oct. 11, 2018
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Congratulations on 11th Place overall at the 2018 Dragon Boat Festival!!!
Thank you to all of our Weed Wrangle volunteers! We joined a group led by the Cumberland River Compact, Greenways for Nashville, and the Metro Department of General Services. We pulled out many invasive species along the riverbank and planted native trees on this sunny day!