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UT Recycling is Making Orange Green

The spring semester is under way, and with it, a new semester of recycling at UT. The program provides services to all classroom and office buildings on campus, and collects paper, aluminum cans, and plastic, as well as compostable and other materials. Every office desk should have a blue recycling bin for paper, and there should be a blue recycling bin for paper next to every copy machine. If you notice any places where these bins are missing, e-mail UT Recycling at

Lighting Upgrades Under Way in Four Buildings

As classes resume this spring, you will see some big changes in the lighting in four campus buildings. As part of a comprehensive energy conservation project, work is under way in the Jane and David Bailey Education Complex; the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Building; the Student Services Building; and the Communications Building. Old fixtures are being replaced with energy-efficient lights, manual switches are being replaced with on-off sensors, and other upgrades are being done.

UT Tops SEC in EPA Game Day Recycling Challenge

Greenhouse gases, meet your match. Last September through November, UT competed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Recycling Challenge, finishing first in the greenhouse gas reduction category, and two other categories.

Engineering Team to Use EPA Award to Teach High Schoolers about E-Bikes

How likely is a new teenage driver to trade in his or her keys for an electric bike? That’s a question some UT professors are trying to answer. Together, professors from four different departments within the College of Engineering have won a $15,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The grant is phase one of the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet annual student design competition, which offers students quality hands-on experience that brings their classroom learning to life.

Students Finish First Semester of New Sustainability Major

UT is on the leading edge—a green edge. It is one of the first large universities in the Southeast to offer a major in sustainability. The interdisciplinary major offers a curriculum that enables students to learn the policy and procedures behind reducing the impact on the natural environment to create a healthy economy and meet the needs of citizens.

Massey Hall Wins Annual Conservation Competition

Massey Hall has won the eighth annual Make Orange Green POWER Challenge, earning the title of “greenest” residence hall on campus. Hosted every October by the Office of Sustainability, the POWER Challenge encourages resource conservation, recycling, and environmental awareness in the university’s twelve residence halls.

UT Wins Smart Trips Commuter Challenge

UT has won the Smart Trips 2012 Commuter Challenge in the category of businesses with 2,000 or more employees. The competition aims to increase participation in the Smart Trips program while improving air quality by decreasing the number of vehicles on the road. Two UT employees—Daniel Feller, a history professor, and Peter Krawczel, an assistant professor in animal science—won individual prizes in the competition.

China Daily: US students come to China as part of exchange project

Andrew Campbell, a civil and environmental engineering graduate student and McClure scholar, was profiled in China Daily for his research in Beijing. Campbell is one of graduate student in the 2012 Sino-US Young Professionals in Science and Engineering Exchange Program.

News Sentinel: UT students convert Chevy Malibu for class project

The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed UT’s Eco CAR2 team about their three-year challenge to convert a Chevrolet Malibu into a more eco-friendly car. The team is rebuilding it to run off ethanol and electricity. Their designs, though similar to hybrid cars already on the market, will be different in how the systems interact, said Mitchel Routh, a mechanical engineering graduate student set to finish his degree next week.

Vehicle Arrives for EcoCAR 2 Competition

Ryan Howell, graduate student in mechanical engineering; Mitchel Routh, graduate student in mechanical engineering; David Irick, mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering (MABE) research assistant professor; Scott Curran, research associate in MABE; Emily Wise, graduate student in business administration; Michael Pickelsimer, graduate student in electrical engineering; and Katelynn Routh, senior in communications studies.

A group of engineering students feel like sixteen-year-olds when they received the keys to a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu they are going to remodel to make more eco-friendly. The graduate and undergraduate students are part of a team competing in EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, a three-year collegiate engineering competition established by the US Department of Energy and General Motors.