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Nashville SC Introduces Greener Goals Starting XI Initiative

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June 5, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Nashville SC News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Soccer Club, in collaboration with Urban Green Lab (UGL) and several corporate sponsors, announced today the launch of the “Greener Goals Starting XI,” a pioneering sustainability initiative aimed at addressing critical environmental challenges. This multi-year alliance will focus on helping the city of Nashville meet its citywide sustainability goals over the coming decades, including the reduction of food waste by 50% by the year 2030, and fostering sustainable practices that can be emulated on a global scale.

“Through the Greener Goals Starting XI, Nashville SC and our sponsors are setting a bold example, demonstrating how collaborative, strategic action can address pressing environmental challenges, starting with food waste. Since Nashville produces twice as much trash as the national average and recycles half as much of it, it is our responsibility to do our part and use our platform to make a difference in Middle Tennessee. Together, the Greener Goals Starting XI members are not only aiming to meet local sustainability goals, but to inspire a global movement for change,” said Dan Farrell, Nashville SC VP of Corporate Partnerships.

Urban Green Lab, a local 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to sustainability education, will serve as the official community partner, as it provides educational resources to support the initiative and ensures alignment with citywide priorities and best practices. Their involvement includes advising Nashville SC, training corporate sponsors and supporting community-based projects that educate fans and the community.

Food waste is a pressing issue in Nashville, where up to 40% of food is discarded annually. One in eight Nashvillians faces food insecurity, while discarded food contributes to planet-warming methane emissions in landfills. This waste accelerates climate change and food insecurity disrupts natural ecosystems, and disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations, particularly communities of color.

In the first phase of the project, which started with the club and its members gathering for an educational discussion led by UGL in the lead-up to Earth Day this past April, the Greener Goals Starting XI will take action in:

Back-of-House Composting: Launched April 27 to coincide with Nashville SC’s Earth Day match at GEODIS Park with The Compost Company, this project involves the collection of organic waste, which is…

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