This week marks the start of Earth Month celebrations. Now in its sixth year on campus, Earth Month promotes environmental awareness, conservation, and sustainable practices to the campus community. UT is giving this greenest of months an orange twist with some fun and interactive campus events that everyone can enjoy.
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Lights will be turned off for an hour tomorrow night in two buildings on campus to celebrate Earth Hour and to conserve energy. Earth Hour is a global celebration, hosted annually on the last Saturday in March by the World Wildlife Fund. The event, now in its sixth year, raises awareness of the need for sustainable practices to help save the planet’s biodiversity and natural resources.
The RecycleMania competition is entering its eighth and final week and the campus is celebrating the milestone by focusing on compostable food waste. At three zero-waste events this week, employees and volunteers from UT Recycling and Volunteer Dining will work together to compost 100 percent of leftover food.
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.
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.
RecycleMania, the waste-reduction competition between colleges nationwide, continues at UT this week with one of the campaign’s most enjoyable events: Recyclympics. Recyclympics combines athletic prowess with plastics, paper, and cans to help spread awareness of campus recycling. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Humanities Plaza outdoor amphitheater.
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.
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 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.
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.