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.
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More than a quarter-ton of paper, a half-pound of food waste, and 1.25 pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans per faculty, staff, and student. That’s just a sample of what the campus collected in this year’s RecycleMania competition. In total, the campus community collected 299,000 pounds of recyclable material and finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference in the Per Capital Classic category.
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.
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.
UT’s Community Action Committee is hosting an hour-long weatherization workshop at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, as part of ongoing Earth Month celebrations. UT alumnus and AmeriCorps member John McCollum will discuss some simple and easily applied solutions that can reduce home energy consumption and cost and provide health and environmental benefits.
UT Knoxville received the Presidential Award for making the largest purchase of green power from the Tennessee Valley Authority in 2011. The university purchased nine megawatt hours of green power from TVA last year. That is the equivalent of eliminating the yearly greenhouse gas emissions from 1,535 passenger vehicles, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
More than twenty environmental organizations from UT and the surrounding community will showcase their work at the Go Green Fair at from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, on the Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Mall. The fair is part of the campus’s Earth Month celebration.
This week marks the start of Earth Month celebrations. Now in its sixth year on campus, Earth Month promotes environmental awareness, conservation, and sustainable practices to the campus community. UT is giving this greenest of months an orange twist with some fun and interactive campus events that everyone can enjoy.
Lights will be turned off for an hour tomorrow night in two buildings on campus to celebrate Earth Hour and to conserve energy. Earth Hour is a global celebration, hosted annually on the last Saturday in March by the World Wildlife Fund. The event, now in its sixth year, raises awareness of the need for sustainable practices to help save the planet’s biodiversity and natural resources.
In February 2011, Chancellor Cheek challenged the campus community to work together to reduce our energy consumption. The Chancellor’s Challenge is now over, and the results are in. The campus has reduced electricity use by one-kilowatt hour per square foot over this past year. We have also saved more than $900,000 in electricity costs.