UT’s EcoCAR 2 team won sixth place overall at the EcoCAR 2012 Competition in Los Angeles. The fifteen universities competing in EcoCAR 2 gathered for six days of judged competition in May with $100,000 in prize money up for grabs. The team also won second place for the mechanical presentation.
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John Utley, a senior in mechanical engineering, was interviewed via satellite by WREG-TV while in Los Angeles for the EcoCAR 2 competition. EcoCAR 2 is a three-year collegiate engineering competition in which students design and build their own hybrid car.
What do you do with those old cell phones you can’t use anymore? Or the laptop that has outlived its usefulness? Bring them to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Saturday, May 19, to be recycled.
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.
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.