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.
Before you head out to spring break and eliminate your thoughts of work, purge your workspace of its paper. March 22 through 28 is UT’s Paper Purge Party, where faculty and staff are invited to purge unwanted paper. Simply put paper in a box, bin, pile, or bag, mark it for “recycling” and set it outside your office door. Volunteers with the Facilities Services department will make the rounds and do the heavy lifting. The Paper Purge Party is part of the RecycleMania Tournament, a competition between colleges and universities to see who can recycle the most.
In the spirit of friendly competition and going green, UT is hosting Recyclympics. Faculty, staff, and students will compete in six Olympic-style recycling-themed events and win prizes. Crowd-pleasing favorites include the phonebook shot put, plastic bottle free throw, and bottle-cap-in-a-haystack. The competition is 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on March 12 in the Humanities/Social Sciences amphitheater.
For the third year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is challenging the University of Florida Gators to see who can recycle the most. UT won the first year, but not the second. The Vols want a tie-breaker. The duel is part of RecycleMania, in which colleges across the nation and Canada are ranked in an eight-week competition based on the amount of recycling and trash collected each week.
More than a quarter-ton of paper, a half-pound of food waste, and 1.25 pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans per faculty, staff, and student. That’s just a sample of what the campus collected in this year’s RecycleMania competition. In total, the campus community collected 299,000 pounds of recyclable material and finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference in the Per Capital Classic category.
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.
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.
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.
UT Knoxville is in its final week of Recyclemania and has overtaken its opponent Florida in per-capita recycling. To date, UT Knoxville has recycled a cumulative total of 7.89 pounds per person, while Florida has recycled a cumulative total of 7.36 pounds per person.
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.