A campus community cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, when Earth Day is celebrated globally. UT’s Knoxville and agricultural campuses and the Fort Sanders neighborhood will get a spa treatment from the Campus Beautification Committee, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Team VOLS, Rec Sports, and the Office of Sustainability.
While most of Knox County’s air quality measures in the green or good range today, the Knox County Health Department is advising that areas near the downtown-area mulch fire are likely still being impacted by unhealthy air due to smoke. While the impact area changes due to weather conditions and wind direction, health officials said Wednesday that if you can smell smoke, the air quality is unhealthy.
More than a quarter-ton of paper, a half-pound of food waste, and 1.25 pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans per faculty, staff, and student. That’s just a sample of what the campus collected in this year’s RecycleMania competition. In total, the campus community collected 299,000 pounds of recyclable material and finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference in the Per Capital Classic category.
This semester’s finale for the Ready for the World Café will be held Thursday, April 26, featuring hearty German cooking.
Caitlin Conley Wise will never forget the day she met Steve and Laura Morris, who are making her college dreams a reality. Wise is part of the university’s first-year class of Haslam Scholars and the first student to benefit from the M. Steven and Laura Capps Morris Endowed Honors Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding student each fall.
The campus’s Earth Month celebrations continue Friday, April 20, with the Environmental Leadership Awards and other festivities at Circle Park. The community is invited to enjoy the Recycled Art Competition, a cookout hosted by Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), free bike tune-ups and more. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m.
In celebration of Earth Month, an outdoor screening of the movie “Wall-E” will take place at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Humanities Plaza outdoor amphitheater. This all-ages event combines the beloved past time of drive-in movie theaters with a cleaner, more environmentally friendly vehicle: the bicycle. Walkers are welcome, too.
The recent expansion of the new Student Union construction site has limited pedestrians’ access routes to Volunteer Boulevard from the east side of campus. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the South Pedestrian Bridge from the Hill to the Haslam Business Building walkway.
Two VolsTeach students have been awarded Noyce Scholarships that total more than $30,000. Mallory Campbell, a junior majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, and Maria Owens, a senior majoring in chemistry, will each receive $12,000 for two academic years and a $10,000 induction stipend.
UT’s Community Action Committee is hosting an hour-long weatherization workshop at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, as part of ongoing Earth Month celebrations. UT alumnus and AmeriCorps member John McCollum will discuss some simple and easily applied solutions that can reduce home energy consumption and cost and provide health and environmental benefits.