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UT Professor Explains How ‘Permaculture’ Can Help us Help Ourselves

Chad Hellwinckel has a vision for long-term sustainability. A research assistant professor in the Agricultural Economics and Natural Resources department, Hellwinckel hopes to help prepare UT for the challenges of the future linked to the decline in energy availability. These challenges include growing food year round and creating self-reliant energy systems.

UT Family Pitches in to Build ‘Extreme Makeover’ Home for Local Couple

The UT Knoxville family has been pitching in to help build a home for a local couple, courtesy of the ABC-TV program ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.’ UT staff and students joined hundreds of other area volunteers moving dirt, carrying concrete forms and building the walls of the house on Robinson Road in West Knoxville for Daniel and Mandy Watson and their three adopted children.

Knox County Students to Learn from UT Solar-powered House

Knox County middle school students this month will learn about energy efficiency and sustainability through Living Light, UT Knoxville’s solar-powered house. Diane Bossart, research associate and manager of the Tennessee Tour, will present the lessons at one private and four public schools, and students will experience them through hands-on activities.

UT Student Spearheads Calculator Donation to Knox County School

A year ago, after learning that many high schools were desperate for high-end math and science calculators, UT Knoxville physics senior George Duffy began collecting them one by one. Along the way, he met professor Fritz G. Polite, director of the Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity. On Wednesday, the collection project—dubbed Calculators to Classrooms—donated twenty-five graphing calculators and fifteen scientific calculators to the Paul L. Kelly Academy.

23rd Annual Jazz for Tots Program Entertains While Helping Needy Kids

‘Tis the season for Christmas music, community, and a giving spirit. Keith Brown has created a tradition of bundling these elements in the annual Jazz for Tots performance put on by the UT Jazz Program. This year’s performance will be at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27. The event is open to the public and as admission, attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Toys for Tots foundation, run by the U.S. Marine Corps.