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SEEING SUSTAINABILITY IN NASHVILLE IS BELIEVING

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When potential students approach us about joining the profession of sustainability, I usually take them to an infamous farm-to-table restaurant downtown where they can see food on the menu growing just outside. Then we tour Nashville’s growing LEED certified skyline and landscapes. Even local residents are very surprised to learn how green both have become. The numbers and features of this progress, show just how far Nashville and our young profession have progressed. As of...

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Reflections on the Roots of Sustainability Travel Course

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Reflections on the Roots of Sustainability Travel Course by Mija Nichols Mija Nichols is an Arkansas native and current graduate student in the Institute for Sustainability with an Undergraduate degree in Environmental Technology and Management from North Carolina State University.  On July 8, a group of seven students and Professor Dodd Galbreath set off on a journey to New England. Their goal was to see true sustainability in action and its catalysts. I was lucky enough to...

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Sustainability: A View From Boston to Burlington

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Every year, a group of graduate students from Lipscomb University migrate to New England for a week to study the roots of our American sustainability culture. You may ask: “Why New England and what do you really find when you get there?“ It is true that one might prefer to travel to Europe to see the most radical and progressive examples of sustainability in practice. And, it is true that Europeans have installed massive wind,...

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Want a Sustainability Career? See These Highlights from Our First Annual ISP Alumni Reunion

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On Saturday, June 20, 2015, the Institute for Sustainable Practice celebrated our first annual alumni reunion. We hope this forum will become a regular part of our effort to stay connected to our growing professional sector of sustainability leaders and transformers. Here are some brief highlights: Each alumni attending shared inspiring and exciting stories about their efforts to impact our world such as: educating children, writing for the media, leading large businesses and manufacturing units,...

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Nashville's Flood Management Should Combine Protection & Sustainability

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Updated on June 20, 2015. Over the last few weeks, reporters from The Tennessean, USA Today, The New York Times and a local television station contacted me for insights about Nashville’s proposed downtown flood protection system. As one national reporter put it: “I called you in part because I was intrigued by the word sustainability in your job title.” The epic 2010 Nashville flood, devastating impacts from Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey,...

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