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Nominate Someone for an Environmental Leadership Award

Do you know of a student or faculty or staff member who goes the extra mile to help promote environmental leadership and sustainability on campus? If so, nominate that individual for a 2013 Environmental Leadership Award. All nominations are due no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Nominations may be submitted online or via email to the Office of Sustainability.

News Sentinel: Hurling phone books, bottle pitching part of UT effort to recycle

UT’s Recyclympics was featured by the Knoxville News Sentinel. In the spirit of friendly competition and going green, faculty, staff and students competed in six Olympic-style recycling-themed events to win prizes. Crowd-pleasing favorites include the phonebook shot put, plastic bottle free throw, and bottle-cap-in-a-haystack. Recyclympics promotes UT’s participation in RecycleMania, in which colleges across the

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UT Hosts Recyclympics to Encourage Recycling

In the spirit of friendly competition and going green, UT is hosting Recyclympics. Faculty, staff, and students will compete in six Olympic-style recycling-themed events and win prizes. Crowd-pleasing favorites include the phonebook shot put, plastic bottle free throw, and bottle-cap-in-a-haystack. The competition is 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on March 12 in the Humanities/Social Sciences amphitheater.

Baker Center Leads US-EU Summit on Sustainable Economic Growth

The United States European Union Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Economic Growth—organized in part by UT—has produced five reports examining the critical impacts of investments in science, technology, and innovation on sustainable economic growth. The summit involved an interdisciplinary group of scientists, economists, academics, entrepreneurs and policy analysts from the US and EU and was held from 2010 to 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; and Brussels, Belgium.

UT Competes in Recyclemania with Paper Purge

For the third year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is challenging the University of Florida Gators to see who can recycle the most. UT won the first year, but not the second. The Vols want a tie-breaker. The duel is part of RecycleMania, in which colleges across the nation and Canada are ranked in an eight-week competition based on the amount of recycling and trash collected each week.

News Sentinel: UT to invest millions in campus beautification

The Knoxville News Sentinel featured an effort by UT to add greenery and amenities to increase curb appeal. The project is part of an immediate face lift that will bring greenery to Volunteer Blvd., Presidential Court, landscape the engineering buildings behind Ayres Hall, add entrance pillars to Fraternity Park, and extend the existing pedestrian mall.

Green Efforts Recognized by EPA

UT has been selected as a Top 20 green power using university by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. The Partnership’s Top 20 College and University list represents the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership, and the list is updated quarterly.

High School Students Compete in Final Electric Bicycle Competition

High school students have spent this school year designing and assembling electric bicycles, or e-bikes. Now, they get to see whose bike is the best climber, most agile, and fastest. The competition is part of a grant awarded to professors within the College of Engineering by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet competition.

UT Gets Top US Building Council Award

UT has received the Green Light Award from the East Tennessee chapter of the US Green Building Council. The Green Light Award is the highest award given to an organization for advancing sustainability through green building practices and design.