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.
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.
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!
August: Shelby Moran and Kate Myers: Warner Music Nashville
In addition to their demanding roles as the head of Tour Development and the WEA Radio & Streaming Coordinator, respectively, Shelby and Kate are co-chairs of the Warner Music Nashville Green Team, WMGreen. The employee-driven enterprise has made strides toward their goal of 90% waste diversion by implementing composting and additional recycling services, donating surplus food from events to local organizations, eliminating single-use items from offices, working with sustainable vendors and more. WMGreen has partnered with numerous organizations in the local Nashville community to drive change and encourage sustainability. Warner Music Nashville has also been recognized by Get Food Smart TN, a statewide program that seeks to promote using food wisely and enhance the sustainability of Tennessee’s food resources, for its commitment to reducing food waste and increasing food recovery. The successful initiative has proved a catalyst for the entirety of Warner Music Group, with local WMGreen committees beginning to form across the globe.
September: Megan Gill, The Good Fill
Our September Virtual Meeting with Megan Gill, the owner of The Good Fill, was incredibility informative and inspiring. Megan's passion for sustainability started while she was volunteering in Costa Rica. When she came back to the US she started researching zero waste products. Using the knowledge she learned while she was a hair stylist, she started researching and working with a local chemist to create the perfect formula for many of the products she sells. Equally as amazing, she allows anyone to drop off difficult-to-recycle waste for her to include in her TerraCycle boxes.
She's moving to a larger location in a few weeks off of Woodland Street where the Art Invention Gallery used to be.
October: Kelly Tipler, TN Parks Conservancy
Kelly shared her story and inspired us with the lessons she has learned throughout her life and her amazing dedication and work for causes that positive impact our communities today -- check out the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, Pet Community Center, and the Actors Bridge Ensemble.
"Caring for myself is a loving thing to do. If I don't take care of me I can't take care of you."
You will find your tribe wherever you go, and if you are not in a place with a great enough support system -- get out of there and take the people that have become your chosen family with you!
It was great seeing the amazing extended TWIG family this morning and we hope these messages motivate and encourage you in many aspects of your life.
November: Marcia Masulla, ROAR Nashville
For November's program we learned from Marcia Masulla who spoke about Nashville Fashion Week, the Nashville Fashion Week Fund and sustainability in the fashion industry. We enjoyed learning about the importance of small batch manufacturing, fair wages, the use of recycled materials and more.
Thanks to everyone who was able to join!
December: Members' Roundtable
We finished out this year with our December Roundtable Meeting. Our TWIG Seed Fund recipients, Nicole Avendaño, Diana Andrew and Anya Hudyncia, all spoke about how the grant money helped them with their careers.
We are grateful for the positive feedback we received on successfully pivoting from in-person meetings to Zoom meetings. We loved watching our footprint expand and seeing so many women from outside middle TN. This was a positive side effect of this crazy year.
We look forward to seeing all of you next year and stay tuned for our end of the year promotion!