Experts say household waste often increases more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. An informal poll of UT Knoxville faculty and staff members like Heather Grigsby of the Programs Abroad Office found some unique and easy tips for “greening” the holidays this season.
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Experts say household waste often increases more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. An informal poll of UT Knoxville faculty and staff members including Elizabeth Avery of the School of Advertising and Public Relations, pictured left, found some unique and easy tips for “greening” the holidays this season.
As the Volunteers face off against the South Carolina Gamecocks this Saturday, Big Orange fans will compete against other football fans nationwide in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Recycling Challenge to determine which university recycles the most.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has signed the Power Down Pledge, have you? By inking his thumbprint on the pledge poster, the chancellor pledged to reduce his on-campus energy use. The Power Down Pledge is an initiative of Make Orange Green and the Chancellor’s Energy Challenge, an aggressive energy-reduction program aimed at reducing UT’s energy consumption by 10 percent.
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.
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