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January: Laurel Creech, TWIG's Co-Founder + Assistant Sustainability Director with Metro Nashville

TWIG's Co-Founder and Assistant Sustainability Director with Metro Nashville spoke about Metro Nashville's Green New Deal and her involvement with the US - European Delegation Tour (Green Capitals City Tour). This past June, she was one of twelve delegates from the U.S. to tour leading European cities focused on their efforts to address climate change.

  • Click here to download Laurel's presentation
  • Click here to view the full Harvard White Paper on Climate Change
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February: Elaine Boyd, Senior Advisor at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

TDEC's senior advisor spoke about her 15 years of experience with the department and the development of Tennessee's water plan, TN H2O. 

  • Click here to download Elaine's presentation
  • Click here to view TN H2O

March: Katie Poss, Turner Construction Company

Katie Poss shared her inspiring story about her sustainability efforts within the booming Nashville construction industry. She attributed her hopefulness and success to a number of women in sustainability and places like TWIG that allowed her to connect to these mentors. 

  • Click here to download Katie's presentation

April: Virtual Happy Hour

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, TWIG opted to host a fun, lighthearted happy hour for members to stay connected and encourage each other during difficult and unprecedented times. 

May: Jennifer Smith, Metro Public Works Horticulturalist

This month, Jennifer Smith, Metro Public Works' Horticulturist, shared her personal sustainability story and discussed managing the Emerald Ash Borer epidemic in Nashville. According to the Metro Tree Advisory Committee Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Advisory, this spring is the time to start your EAB management plan and the last best time to treat and save your mature ash trees. Resources are listed below:

June: Kanita Hutchinson, Trap Garden Program Director 

Kanita Hutchinson is the current program director for Trap Garden. Her passion for agriculture & sustainability grew from her love of food and helping others while volunteering to positivity impact the community. Listen and learn a little about Kanita, Trap Garden, and many ways on how you can get involved supporting their mission to engage in a “Trap” experience.

July: Karen McIntyre: Westmeade Elementary  

Karen has a Bachelors degree in History from Chapman University, a Masters of Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas.

She was first introduced to concepts of environmental concern in her undergrad days, and she even organized her hometown’s first Earth Day Celebration and its first Zero Population Growth chapter. She feels a special affinity to the Sunrise Movement and the passion behind the latest youth-led environmental campaigns.

She has been the librarian at Westmeade Elementary for 19 years helping children understand their place in the universe through literature. When she was asked to collaborate on a garden to teach healthy eating and growing fresh food in the food desert area surrounding them, she was all in.


In June, we heard about Karen's journey learning to understand sustainable living, and how a small idea can grow into a comprehensive approach to develop an army of waste warriors and nature changers!

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