by Abby White
The idea of living green can be so intimidating. I mean, I care about the environment and want to be a better steward of the earth, but I'm not going to use those free green bikes to get around town because I'm scared of bicycles. I'm not going to grow all of my own vegetables because I can hardly keep the microscopic plants in my terrarium alive. I'm not going to install solar panels on my roof because, well, I live in a condo, so I don't think I'm supposed to do that.
Regardless, there are less drastic measures that any of us can take in order to be a little more eco-conscious, and our friends at Yelp have programmed an entire week of activities to explain them. If the only good thing you did for the environment this year was to change your light bulbs to CFLs, it's time to step it up. We're sponsoring all of this green badassery, so we'd like to recommend:
Monday, July 8th: Turnip Truck's "Not All Produce Are Created Equally" Workshop
Unless you like eating pesticides, it probably wouldn't hurt to learn a little more about organic produce. The experts at Turnip Truck will explain which things you should shell out the $$$ for, and you'll get to sample some seasonal fare.
Turnip Truck in the Gulch, 6-7p, free
Tuesday, July 9th: Trash Dance Film Screening
The Belcourt and Urban Green Lab present a free outdoor screening of the award-winning documentary Trash Dance at the Urban Green Lab grounds. You can also learn all about the Lab, Nashville's first community center for sustainable living.
Urban Green Lab grounds at 1304 McGavock Pike in East Nashville, 8-10p, free
Wednesday, July 10th: Yelp's Sustainable Lifestyles Panel
If you're looking for a crash course on the past, present, and future of Nashville's green movement presented by an impressive group of sustainable leaders, this is it. The interactive panel discussion, led by Laurel Creech of The Office of Mayor Karl Dean and Anne Davis of Southern Environmental Law Center, will set you on the right path. Confirmed panelists include Jaclyn Mothupi (Hands On Nashville), Kelly Bacher (Smile Mommy! Diaper Service), Mary McClendon Vavra (Transit Now Nashville), Jennifer Tlumak (Urban Green Lab) and Jolie Yockey (Nashville Farmers' Market).
Hands on Nashville, 5:30-7p, free
Thursday, July 11th: Sustainable Supper at Fido
This benefit for the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm is presented by Sycamore, who you foodies know for their ridiculously amazing pop-up events around town. Seventy-five bucks gets you four courses with wine pairings, featring sustainable, grass-fed, grain-finished, all-natural Angus beef from Bear Creek Farm in Leiper's Fork. Chris Chamberlain already did a great write-up of this event, so check that out and reserve your spot ASAP.
Fido, 6:30-10p, $75
Friday, July 12th: Pretty Pretty Pop Pop Presents Sustainable Beauty
Remember back in junior high when you tried to give yourself a facial with oatmeal, honey and mashed up bananas? No? Was that just me? Renae and Brannon Morton, creators of Pretty Pretty Pop Pop, a natural, locally-made, and vegan personal care line, will give you the basics on greener personal care that actually works (although I still think my oatmeal-honey-banana face masque tastes better).
Pretty Pretty Pop Pop, 5-7p, free and customers get a complimentary custom face masque and 25% off all purchases in store during the event.
Saturday, July 13th: Spark of Life Cooking Class
Your knowledge of raw food may not extend past that episode of Sex and the City when Samantha picked up Smith at the raw food restaurant, but that's OK, we're not judging, and neither are the good folks at Spark of Life. This "cooking" demonstration will utilize fresh, local and organic produce to create a delicious raw, vegan, and gluten-free meal including raw pesto pasta and raw peach cobbler.
Spark of Life Healing Foods, 2-4p, free