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.
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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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Imagine a world without man-made climate change, energy crunches, or reliance on foreign oil. It may sound like a dream world, but UT Knoxville engineers have made a giant step toward making this scenario a reality.