In the Fall of 2007, Professor Galbreath founded the Institute for Sustainable Practice, the Southeast's first, comprehensive, academic sustainability program. His courses include Earth systems, water management, renewable energy, and creation care. Professor Galbreath has studied sustainability throughout the United States, China, and eight European countries. He provides consulting services and facilitates issue discussion forums. Three mayors of Nashville have appointed Professor Galbreath to leadership roles, and currently as Vice Chair of the Metro Stormwater Management Committee and Co-Chair of the Livable Nashville Climate and Energy Subcommittee. Before Lipscomb, he created one of Tennessee's first corporate sustainability consulting practices. Serving two Tennessee governors of both parties, he led passage of six state laws to manage surface and groundwater use, to designate scenic rivers, and to restore natural rivers and wetlands. He also co-chaired one of the nation's first, state environmental justice plans. Over his 35 year career, Professor Galbreath has also served in the federal government, at three university research centers, and has received two statewide leadership awards.