Tennessee State University is continuing its efforts to help create a greener Nashville with a new series of sustainable living community workshops presented by the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Sciences.

The workshops are designed to assist area residents in saving energy and money by going green. Funded by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Capacity Building Grant, the workshops educate local residents on water conservation, indoor air quality, and reducing waste.

“All of our workshops take a holistic approach to environmental issues. Most residents want to find ways to cut their monthly utility bills so we feature presentations on how to conserve energy and water, recycle waste, reduce storm water runoff, and more topics,” said workshop coordinator Sue Ballard de Ruiz, an assistant professor in the
College’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The most recent workshop held at Hartman Park Community Center, an area that was heavily affected by the floods of May 2010, featured guest representatives from Mayor Karl Dean’s Office of Flood Recovery and Office of Environmental Sustainability along with Quantum Environmental Services and the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. With the assistance of the local Home Depot store in Madison, participants received household items that help reduce energy consumption and improve indoor air quality such as power strips, compact fluorescent lights, and environmentally friendly cleaners.

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