We Value Sustainability

By Jaclyn Khoury
Hands On Nashville’s Director of Sustainability

Hands On Nashville has recently launched its new sustainability webpage! Check out our new initiatives and happenings.

In the past two years, Hands On Nashville has created three exciting programs to help serve the needs of our community in the wake of the May 2010 floods. Each of these programs are focused on engaging volunteers in long-term recovery while sharing a common thread of sustainability. Each have a strong emphasis on conservation of resources, environmental stewardship, and awareness within our communities; as a result we are able to better address current community needs while reducing the threat of future natural disasters.

In addition to our programming we strive to make our workspace as healthy and green as possible. Earlier this year, we moved into a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver office space, an old historical adaptive reuse building.

Our office has also committed to taking the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge this spring, and we were proud to receive the highest rating of gold. The challenge is a new city initiative to recognize and encourage organizations’ efforts to be green, healthy, and involved in the community. Businesses and organizations can click here to sign up for the challenge. An online scorecard includes questions about workplace policies and practices as it relates to being green, healthy, and promoting volunteerism.

To sign up to volunteer with any of our in-house programs, click here. We look forward to seeing you on the volunteer project site!

About Jaclyn: As Hands On Nashville’s Director of Sustainability, Jaclyn developed the organization’s Home Energy Savings Program, which launched in early 2011. She works with volunteers, homeowners, and her hands to create more sustainable homes in Nashville’s low-income neighborhoods. Before her move to Nashville in 2009, Jaclyn worked with Habitat for Humanity as a Construction Facilitator in Minneapolis and Central America. As a LEED ID+C and certified energy auditor, Jaclyn is determined and devoted in her commitment to integrate sustainability into the fabric of working communities. She recently earned a Master’s Degree in Sustainability and Green Building from Lipscomb University. She has a passion for mangos, hand stands, and hand-written letters.

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