ECO-STRUCTURE recently caught up with Megan Chafin, media spokesperson for Living Light, UT Knoxville’s entry for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon.
Make Orange Green News
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.
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 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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.