The University of Tennessee’s EcoCAR3 team, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will be on hand Saturday at Earth Fest at World’s Fair Park. Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22.
Earth Month News
Putting a green twist on the university tradition of Big Orange Friday, the first ever Big Green Friday on Friday, March 27, will celebrate UT’s sustainability achievements and showcase the campus community’s green pride.
The university recognized campus leaders in sustainability during the Environmental Leadership Awards ceremony on Campus Earth Day on April 19. The awards are presented each year to a student and faculty and staff members whose environmental efforts on campus help ‘make orange green.’ This year, professor Kenneth McFarland, Claudine Nagal, and student Nick Alerderson took home the awards.
UT will mark Campus Earth Day on Friday, April 19, with events from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Circle Park. A highlight event of Earth Month, Campus Earth Day features the Recycled Art Contest, Environmental Leadership Awards, and a delicious vegetarian cookout.
This week marks the beginning of Earth Month at UT. Celebrating its seventh year, Earth Month encourages environmental awareness, conservation, and sustainable practices to the campus community. The month-long event is celebrated across the globe and UT is excited to participate, offering events and activities that are both fun and interactive.
Faculty, staff, and students who are at the forefront of the campus’s environmental efforts were honored last week during at a ceremony held in Circle Park. Maria Rosales, a senior in environmental studies, and Carlos Gonzalez, a graduate student studying materials science, were honored along side Ruth Anne Hanahan, a senior research associate with the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, and Claudia Rawn, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
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.
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.
As part of the campus’s Earth Month celebration, the Office of Sustainability will host a tour of the New Norris House on Tuesday, April 24. Space is limited, and those interested in joining the tour must reserve a spot online. The New Norris House is an award-winning, LEED-certified project designed and built by students and faculty from the College of Architecture and Design.
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.