The US Environmental Protection Agency has named UT Knoxville the top school in the Southeastern Conference in its Green Power Challenge. EPA’s Green Power Partnership tracked the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation for this academic year. In addition to being named SEC champs, UT was also ranked eleventh out of the EPA’s Top 30 College & University Green Power Users.
Facility Services News
Facilities Services has been working around the clock since Sunday to manage a number of building problems throughout the campus due to the freezing temperatures earlier this week. Problems with various plumbing and heating systems are currently being addressed in academic buildings, sports facilities, and residence halls. The isolated problems have not required reassignment of classrooms, and no buildings have been closed.
Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Services, gives the campus community an update about efforts to implement the Total Cleaning program and bring custodial services back in-house. The goal goal, which was announced last spring, is to provide a more extensive and professional level of cleaning service in every campus building. This involves more attention to both common high-traffic areas and individual offices.
Over the past four years, the campus community has worked together to avoid more than $5 million in energy costs through changing their daily habits as part of our Switch your Thinking effort. The winter months offer a significant opportunity for Volunteers to conserve energy and have a positive impact on the campus’s environment—and its wallet.
The campus wrapped up its twelve-week Spring Cleanup campaign this summer, and the totals are now in. An effort to declutter academic buildings by getting rid of surplus equipment, used furniture, trash, and recyclables, the Spring Cleanup brought Facilities Services crews to twenty-eight buildings between April and July. The cleanup generated more than 650 tons of surplus equipment and more than thirty tons of recycling.
UT Knoxville introduced the Switch Your Thinking campaign in 2008 to encourage energy conservation. Since that time, the campus’ electricity use has decreased by 10 percent. The rising summer temperatures present ample opportunity to cut energy costs and usage by adopting energy conservation practices in your offices and homes.