Office of Sustainability News

UT Celebrates its Efforts to Make Orange Green on Earth Day

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As UT prepares for Earth Day, faculty, staff, and students can celebrate the strides they’ve made in making orange green. UT is a leader among large universities for successful resource conservation and environmental stewardship programs, and it leads the Southeastern Conference (SEC) for several green initiatives.

Facilities Services to Host Sustainability Workshop April 21

Looking for tips to help you adopt more sustainable practices at home and work? Facilities Services is hosting a campus workshop, “Facilities Fundamentals: Everyday Sustainability for Home & Work,” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the International House Great Room. The event is open to the public.

Big Green Friday Puts a Twist on Tradition

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Putting a green twist on the university tradition of Big Orange Friday, the first ever Big Green Friday on Friday, March 27, will celebrate UT’s sustainability achievements and showcase the campus community’s green pride.

Wallpapers to Green up Your Desktop and Phone

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Each month in 2015, Make Orange Green will roll out a set of themed desktop and smartphone wallpapers for you to download and enjoy. Looking ahead to spring showers, this month’s focus is on water. Conserving water and learning how to prevent water pollution are two of the best things we can do to preserve this precious and dwindling resource.

UT to Celebrate Sustainability Day October 23

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On October 23, the campus will celebrate Sustainability Day, a showcase of the sustainable initiatives taking place in and around campus and the Knoxville community.

New Sustainability Manager Aims to Seize Opportunities

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UT’s new Sustainability Manager Preston Jacobsen is ready to hit the ground running. Coming from Haywood Community College in North Carolina, Jacobsen is eager to implement a variety of initiatives on the large scale afforded by the UT campus. “The pride of being a Southeastern Conference school is something that I want to tap into,” he said.

Massey Hall Wins Annual Conservation Competition

Massey Hall has won the eighth annual Make Orange Green POWER Challenge, earning the title of “greenest” residence hall on campus. Hosted every October by the Office of Sustainability, the POWER Challenge encourages resource conservation, recycling, and environmental awareness in the university’s twelve residence halls.

Brown Bag Lecture Series Focuses on Environmental Issues

As part of the campus’s Earth Month celebration, the Office of Sustainability is hosting a ‘brown bag’ lecture series at lunchtime each day this week. Employees and students are invited to bring their lunches to these entertaining and educational sustainability-themed lectures, which run from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center.