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Volunteer Dining Composting Efforts Presented at National Conference

Representatives from UT Knoxville and ARAMARK Higher Education, the university’s food service provider, recently spoke at a national conference focusing on creating sustainable campuses and communities. The 2011 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, held from October 9-12 in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the largest North American conference focused on sustainability in higher education, drawing more than 2,500 participants.

UT’s Make Orange Green Begins Month-long POWER Challenge

This week marked the beginning of the sixth annual POWER Challenge for UT Knoxville student residents. Each week during the month of October, the POWER Challenge presents a different sustainability theme. This week’s focus is recycling, followed by sustainable living, energy conservation, and finally water.

UT Celebrates Greening Efforts at Make Orange Green Kickoff on Thursday

UT Knoxville is celebrating Make Orange Green with a kickoff event at Presidential Court on Thursday, September 22 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. The event will offer students, faculty, and staff a look at what the campus and local organizations are doing to save energy, reduce waste, and promote environmental leadership.

UT Wins Smart Trips Commitment to Alternative Commuting Award

UT Knoxville has won the coveted award for Outstanding Achievement for Commitment to Alternative Commuting. The award was presented at the annual Smart Trips award ceremony held this week. UT won by tallying the most points during the Smart Trips Commuter Challenge, effectively removing 36,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the air.

WBIR: UT gameday crowd produces lots of trash that won’t end up in landfill

The UT Parents Association’s annual Big Orange Tailgate on Saturday was a zero-waste event, and WBIR-TV was on hand to cover what was being done with the plastic bottles, aluminum cans, plates, food, and utensils. All waste from the event was either recycled or composted for the UT organic farm. Between 30 and 40 volunteers

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UT Launches Nation’s First Fully Automated E-bike Sharing System

UT Knoxville is home to the nation’s first automated electric bicycle (e-bike) sharing system. The pilot program is the subject of a research study by civil and engineering assistant professor Chris Cherry and Stacy Worley and David Smith from biosystems engineering. If successful, it may be adopted into a full-scale program by the university.

Call to Conserve Energy During Peak Hours of 2-8 p.m.

With temperatures soaring into the nineties, it is no secret we are using more energy—and we use the most energy between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. It is also during these hours that our campus is charged more for its energy usage—by almost 50 percent more than other months.

UT Among Princeton Review’s Top 311 Green Colleges

UT Knoxville has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible college campuses in North America by the Princeton Review. The education services company selected UT Knoxville for inclusion in the second annual edition of its guidebook, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition, released April 20.

RecycleMania Enters Its Final Two Weeks; Totals Up Over Last Year’s

There are just three weeks left in this year’s RecycleMania and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is off to a great start! In the first five weeks, the campus has 40 percent more materials this year compared to 2010. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, recycled more than 63,060 pounds of cardboard, paper, plastic and cans — about 1.5 pounds per full-time staff person — last year during RecycleMania.

UT Travel is Going Green

The University of Tennessee has now begun accepting paperless travel claims. The plan is to move the travel claim process to a paperless basis by July 2011.