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.
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.
On a sunny and warm Friday afternoon in March, about 100 students and staff at UT Knoxville could be seen stacking aluminum cans, shot-putting phonebooks and throwing old Lane Kiffin bobble-head dolls down the TRECS intramural fields. It was all part of Recyclympics, an event that featured nine interactive activities aimed at bringing awareness to recycling on campus in an entertaining way.
UT Knoxville wants to beat the University of Florida Gators and help the environment at the same time. That’s why the university is hosting its first ever Paper Purge Party, where everyone on campus is invited to get rid of their unwanted paper. Every day for the week of March 22-26, volunteers with the Facilities Services department will be making the rounds to buildings on campus, going door to door and picking up paper for recycling.
In the spirit of friendly competition and going green, UT Knoxville is hosting its first-ever Recyclympics on March 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the TRECS Intramural Fields. Students, faculty and staff will compete in various events such as a recycled phone book shot-put, dumpster dive, aluminum can crush and recycle pong.
More than 140 billion single-serve beverage containters are thrown away each year. Make Orange Green wants to see photos of your reuseable coffee mug or water bottle in celebration of RecycleMania. Your mug could win you a RecycleManiac T-shirt or a green goody bag. Show Us Your Mug entries are due Friday, Feb. 26.
For the fifth year in a row, UT Knoxville will compete in RecycleMania, an annual, intercollegiate recycling and waste reduction competition that takes place over ten weeks during the spring semester.