Community News:


Let's help local restaurants be more sustainable!

Zero Waste Trash Talk needs info from you about local restaurants!

Fill out the Nashville Sustainability Ratings Form on a Nashville area food provider or business that you would like to acknowledge for making a sustainable effort or one that you feel could do better by creating less waste. List as much info as you can -- the info will go towards a Sustainable Restaurant resource page with links.


Nashville Design Week is November 4-8 2019

Nashville Design Week leverages the power of collaboration to bring together design professionals and the public, acting as the amplifier for exhibitions, talks, tours, workshops, and installations that showcase Nashville’s design talent and educate the public on the role of all design professions in bettering lives.

There are many amazing programs going on but we wanted to highlight a few that may be relevant to TWIG members:

Sustainability In Fashion: Challenges and Proposed Solutions

Tuesday November 5, 7:00p-9:30p

It's Only New To You: A Conversation About Redaptive Reuse

Thursday November 7, 1:30p-3:30p

Room At Our Table: A Breakfast with Leading Women In Design

Friday November 8, 7:30a-9:00a

Airlines Take on Waste

From the New York Times

According to one estimate, the average airline passenger leaves behind over three pounds of trash each flight. Airlines are under growing pressure to change their ways in how they provide meals and other items to accommodate consumers worried about their environmental impact. Many have made public announcements on reducing waste but producing no landfill waste can get complicated -- there are different regulations in each country the plane lands in, and variances between the many airlines themselves. Who knew there were so many rules on international catering waste?

Check out the full article here.

Nashville Connector Recognized for Impact on Sustainability

Congratulations to Nashville Connector on receiving a Transportation Sustainability Award at the 5th Annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Expo and Forum! Check out the full press release here.

Nashville Connector is the hub for employers and employees in the Nashville region to plan a better commute -- the one-stop shop for all your commute options. Check them out at

Its OktoberForest: protect our clean water to protect our good beer!

The Nature Conservancy along with our local brewery Jackalope is celebrating this month by spotlighting how we can conserve forests to protect clean water. According to The Nature Conservancy, 95 percent of beer is water, and more than half of America’s water comes from our forests. Here's a highlight from the full article:

"Recently, forests have become threatened by more severe fires, drought and increased pest damage. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that about half of its forested lands are in need of restoration in order to maintain natural benefits for people, water and wildlife. The forest's balance can return. Through science and community collaboration TNC is restoring the health and resilience our forests need to face those threats so that both people and nature can thrive."

If you would like to help, IRISES book club will be attending the OktoberForest event at Owl's Hill Sanctuary on October 26 to remove invasive species. Check out our page for more info.

#ebooksforall Campaign from Nashville Public Library

We'd like to share this message from the Nashville Public Library:



Public libraries need your help!!

On September 11, Nashville Public Library (NPL) joined with our friends and colleagues in the American Library Association (ALA), and libraries across the country, to announce the #eBooksForAll campaign at the Main Library. What’s it all about? Simple: creating equal, unfettered access to literary works and information.

On November 1, Macmillan, one of the “Big 5 Publishers” in the book industry, plans to launch an embargo on new eBooks aimed directly at libraries. Under this new policy, libraries will only be able to obtain a single copy of a new eBook for the first eight weeks after release. After that, libraries can buy as many copies as we like, but they will expire after two years or 52 checkouts, whichever comes first.

Let’s put that in perspective. As I sit writing, Where the Crawdads Sing is still one of our most in demand titles, with just under 2,000 active holds. To meet that demand, we purchased 358 copies so that patrons don’t wait any longer than about three-and-a-half months, at most, before they can read. Can you imagine how long that wait would be if we only had one copy to share between thousands of people? I can—a year or longer.

And, by the way, libraries already pay roughly four times the price for most eBook copies as retail customers.

Given NPL’s mission to provide equal access to all, regardless of their ability or inclination to pay, this is completely unacceptable. We want authors and publishers to be successful. We want to work with them, not against them, to put more books in the hands of more readers. But an embargo is not the way to do it.

That’s why we need your help. Macmillan may tune out librarians all they like. They can’t afford to ignore you—the readers who keep them in business. I invite you all to join with NPL and the ALA and sign the #eBooksForAll petition. Make your voice heard and send a clear message to Macmillan that this isn’t what you want; this isn’t good for libraries, publishers, or readers; and that we will not take this lying down.

Please take a minute and sign the petition at Don’t forget to spread the word on social media with the #eBooksForAll tag.

As always, I’d like to thank all of you, the members of our NPL family, for helping NPL continue to be a modern library for Nashville. It’s a pleasure to serve you and to watch you grow with us. I look forward to joining with you as we set about the task of ensuring equal access and #eBooksForAll.

10 Ways to Re-purpose Pumpkins

Originally published in the Catalyst Newsletter from TDEC's Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices. Sign up here.


Every year nearly 147 million pumpkins (about 1.3 billion pounds) are wasted in the U.S. The majority of these pumpkins end up in the landfill, where they decompose and have the potential to release methane, which is a greenhouse gas that is 28 to 36 times more potent than CO2. What’s worse is that most of the pumpkins that end up at the landfill are carved and displayed for a few days or used a single time. Be more sustainable this fall and find a way to extend the life of that beautifully carved pumpkin so it doesn't go to waste.


Here are 10 ways to repurpose pumpkins:

1. Save and roast the seeds – Everyone knows the first step to carving a pumpkin is taking out all of the guts, seeds included. Take the guts—seeds and all—and place them in a bowl of water. The pumpkin seeds will separate and float to the top of the bowl. Remove the seeds, wash them and pat dry, then put them on a baking sheet and coat with olive oil and salt. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, stir and cook for 10 more minutes. Enjoy!

2. Make vegetable stock – After the seeds are removed, take the rest of the guts and place them in a stock pot, with olive oil. Add onions—skins and all—carrot tops, sweet potato skins, and other vegetable pieces. Strain and use in a soup or stew or freeze for later.

3. Make pumpkin bowls – Cut the top off to form a bowl and roast in a baking dish at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. The skin will darken and become easy to peel when it’s ready.

4. Make pumpkin puree – After roasting a pumpkin (instructions above), scoop out the pumpkin and blend in a food processor.

5. Bake a pie – Use your pumpkin puree to bake a delicious pumpkin pie. Try this recipe!

6. Add some crunch to pumpkin bread - Use your pumpkin puree to make pumpkin bread, and add in some pumpkin seeds for extra crunch. Or you can add them on top before baking the bread.

7. Treat your skin to pumpkin body scrub – Check out this recipe:

8. Feed your pets – Cooked pumpkin puree and roasted, ground pumpkin seeds are great for cats and dogs. It’s good for their digestion, and is good for their skin and coat.

9. Extend the season and make a Thanksgiving centerpiece – Either paint your pumpkin with low-VOC paints, or leave it natural. As Thanksgiving approaches, cut the top off and add mums, or other seasonal blooms. 

10. Last resort: Compost – If you happen to forget about your pumpkin and it goes past the point of consuming, compost it. Whole pumpkins are difficult to compost due to the outer layer providing a defense against bacteria and fungi. However, if the pumpkin is broken up, it will compost just fine, so don’t be afraid to go smashing pumpkins!


Dispose of household hazardous waste safely

Household hazardous waste is any unwanted or spent household product that can catch fire easily (flammable), eat away at or irritate living tissue (corrosive), react violently with water or other chemicals (reactive), or be poisonous to humans and animals (toxic).

According to, the average home in Tennessee produces 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year! Please make sure you are disposing of these items properly and safely. To help aid in collection, there is a mobile collector service. Also, if you are a resident of Knox, Hamilton, Davidson, or Shelby County there is a permanent collection site you can drop items off at.

The mobile household hazardous waste collector continues through October and early November. The following counties will be served on select dates: Cumberland, Sullivan, Weakley, Carter, Jefferson, Sumner, Lawrence, Marion, Unicoi, Madison, and Rutherford.

For a list of acceptable and unacceptable items, check out the State website.

Add your input on the Greater Nashville Region

Your community leaders want to know what you think are the most important issues facing you and your family, as well as your opinion on the Greater Nashville Region. This survey conducted by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is your opportunity to let them hear your voice in an anonymous yet powerful way. Please take the time to let them know what you think is important.

This year's survey is focused on five areas:




4)Solid waste


ESPECIALLY if you live outside of Davidson County, make your voice be heard!




Trick or Treat! Are you making a sustainable candy choice?

The Nashville Zoo has released an informative blog on palm oil, and how your candy choices can make a huge difference. Read on to learn more about the issues with palm oil harvesting, and how to find goods certified to have come from sustainable sources.


IPCC Special Report: key findings to limiting global warming

Forwarded from a TWIG member:

For an educational dive into the science behind global warming policy issues, take a look at this report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Mitigation and adaptation solutions in the form of Sustainable Development Goals are highlighted as well.


Why You Can't Shop Your Way to Sustainability

Do you ever think about how to best spend your dollar when shopping in order to promote what you want to support? Check out this thought-provoking article on what kind of questions we could be asking of the fashion industry.

"Active citizenship is the true path to sustainability"

Read on here.


Tennessee Makes Way for Wildflowers

From The New York Times:

"The Tennessee Department of Transportation — like many other state transportation departments across the country — now practices swath mowing, a strategy that allows wildflowers to bloom unmolested in rural areas till after the first frost. Instead of clearing the entire space between the road and the right-of-way fence, mowers clear only a 16-foot-wide area next to the road.


The mowed swath preserves clear sightlines for drivers while allowing wildflowers to grow in the deep margins between the mowed area and the fence. After the wildflowers have gone to seed, and the seeds have had time to ripen and drop, mowers clear the entire area again to keep trees from becoming established too close to the road. In Tennessee, this plan began as an experimental program in 2013 and now encompasses all rural highways managed by the state. That’s 13,807 miles of blooming flowers across Tennessee."

Read the full opinion piece here.

Greta Thunberg's Full Speech from the U.N. Climate Action Summit

From NPR:

Read or watch climate activist Greta Thunberg's message to all world leaders!


Deregulation Concerns

From Inside Climate News:

"While dozens of world leaders committed at the UN to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, here at Louisville's opulent Seelbach Hilton Hotel, officials from more than a dozen southern states huddled up in a fossil fuel bubble that blocked out the sense of urgency found in the scientific consensus on climate change."

Read on here.

come post your compsot.jpg

Come Post Your Compost Turns 1

If you are composting at home, you need to join Tennessee Environmental Council's Come Post Your Compost community! In just one year, 161 tons of food waste have been collectively composted. If you share your progress you can even win prizes!

Learn more here.


Congratulations to the winners of the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards!

The winners of the 2019 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards have been announced! This is the 33rd year of the awards which recognize projects and organizations in the categories of building green, clean air, energy and renewable resources, environmental education and outreach, environmental education and outreach for schools, land use, materials management, natural heritage, and sustainable performance. Check out the winners below, and read more here.














Materials management

Clean air

Natural heritage

Land use

Sustainable performance

Building green

Energy and renewable resources

Environmental edu. and outreach

Environmental edu. and outreach (schools)

Pursuit of Excellence



Preserving Natural and Historic Landscapes

The Land Trust for Tennessee was recently featured in Tennessee Home & Farm. Check out the full article to see the great work they are doing to conserve land in our state.

Image from The Land Trust for Tennessee

Mailing Address

901 Broadway, Unit 22117

Nashville, TN 37202

Email Contact

  • White Facebook Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
This site was designed with the
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now