UT 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. Next week, UT is hosting its second Paper Purge Party, where everyone on campus is invited to get rid of their unwanted paper.
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The recycling totals are in and UT Knoxville is victorious. While fans may have been watching what was happening on the field this football season, UT Recycling, the campus crew in charge of recycling, had been working hard collecting cups, bottles, leftover food, etc. in an effort to recycle 50 tons of trash.
The grades are out and UT Knoxville continues its leading position among the greenest universities in the Southeast, according to the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card. UT Knoxville’s B grade for 2011 puts it in the top half among Southeastern Conference universities in an annual grading report by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. UT Knoxville’s overall grade is up from a B- in 2009.
The kickoff of a name design contest for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s new recycling truck is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 on the Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Mall. America Recycles Day will kick off the contest for students to create a name design that will be displayed on the campus’s new recycling truck.
This WBIR story features the renovation of UT’s iconic building, Ayres Hall, built in 1921. Ayres Hall now has a front patio, marble walls and clocks on its bell tower as was intended in 1921. The building will be one of the oldest structures to receive LEED certification.
As the Volunteer football team battles the University of Alabama on the field, UT Recycling will be battling the Crimson Tide and other universities off the field in the EPA Game Day Recycling Challenge in which universities fight to see who recycles the most.
UT Knoxville is being honored again for its sustainability efforts. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy gave UT the Green Power Leadership Award for the campus’s commitment to advancing renewable energy.
UT Knoxville introduced the Switch Your Thinking campaign in 2008 to encourage energy conservation. Since that time, the campus’ electricity use has decreased by 10 percent. The rising summer temperatures present ample opportunity to cut energy costs and usage by adopting energy conservation practices in your offices and homes.
“As a college campus, we are called on to find solutions to global problems,” Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said. “It’s a challenge that we each face daily, and I am continually impressed by the innovative thinking that takes place on our campus. It is with that challenge in mind that I am proud to announce the completion of the first version of the UT Knoxville Climate Action Plan, and I can think of no better time than on Earth Day to share it with you.”
UT Knoxville is among the nation’s most environmentally responsible institutions, according to The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s top education service and evaluation companies. UT Knoxville is one of only five universities in Tennessee to be included in the company’s newest guidebook, “Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” and is mentioned for its “Make Orange Green” program and other initiatives.