Make Orange Green News

Campus Makes Strides Toward Climate Action Plan Goal, Completes Chancellor’s Challenge

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.

Final Week to Nominate Someone for Environmental Leadership Awards

This is the final week to nominate a university faculty or staff member or student for a 2012 Environmental Leadership Award. If you know of someone who goes the extra mile to promote environmental leadership on campus, complete the online nomination form by the end of Friday, March 23.

UT Recycling Hosting Off-campus Landfill and Recycling Facility Tour

Have you ever wanted to know where all your trash and recyclables end up? Faculty, staff, and students are invited to jump on the Make Orange Green bus and join UT Recycling for a tour of the Chestnut Ridge Landfill and Rock-Tenn Recycling Center. The tour is scheduled for noon to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5.

UT Researcher Helps Develop Green Toy Standards

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Catherine Wilt, director of the Center for Clean Products at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, is working to make toys healthier, safer, and more environmentally-friendly.

UT Knoxville Receives Silver STARS Rating for Campus Sustainability Achievements

UT has received a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a new program that measures sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

RecycleMania Competition Hits UT Campus Today

Today is the first day of RecycleMania. What have you recycled today? RecycleMania is a friendly eight-week competition between universities across the country to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

UT Scores Big on EPA Game Day Recycling Challenge

Last October, the campus competed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Recycling Challenge, a friendly nationwide contest to determine which university can reduce the most waste during a football game day. In total, seventy-five universities competed in five categories: recycling, trash diversion, greenhouse gas reduction, organics reduction, and waste minimization.

Last Fall’s POWER Challenge Saves UT Campus Energy And Money

During the month of October, students living in residence halls competed in the seventh annual POWER Challenge to see which hall could reduce the most waste, conserve the most energy, and best promote sustainability on campus. The results have now been tallied and the winner is…