Sustainability News

EPA Names UT SEC Champs, Top Thirty Green Power User

The US Environmental Protection Agency has named UT Knoxville the top school in the Southeastern Conference in its Green Power Challenge. EPA’s Green Power Partnership tracked the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation for this academic year. In addition to being named SEC champs, UT was also ranked eleventh out of the EPA’s Top 30 College & University Green Power Users.

UT Earth Month Kicks Off Next Week With “Green” Events

Next week marks the beginning of UT’s eighth annual Earth Month. “This year’s event will feature numerous student and community organizations coming together to increase awareness of what we are doing to make the campus and Knoxville a more sustainable place to live, work, and play,” said UT Sustainability Manager Preston Jacobsen.

Thompson-Boling Arena Among First in World to Use Cutting-Edge Lighting

With the installation of LED fixtures, UT’s Thompson-Boling Arena is one of the first in the world to feature lights that are smaller, brighter, and up to 85 percent more efficient than conventional arena metal halide lights. The technology is being “premiered” at the state’s research university inside the largest on-campus single-sport arena in the country.

UT Donates More Than 600 Pounds of Food

Steps are being taken to reduce food waste at Neyland Stadium while helping those in need throughout the Knoxville community. UT Recycling, in partnership with the UT Food Recovery Network and ARAMARK, donated 606 pounds of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank after the last home football game of the season.

Times Free Press: UT professor to research carbon in soil

The Chattanooga Times Free Press interviewed Aimee Classen, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, who has received more than $880,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to investigate often-overlooked carbon cycle players. Classen and her team will examine factors that influence carbon cycling below the ground and are not included in today’s carbon-cycle models. They

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Solar Decathlon House Continues to Yield Data

Students and faculty hope their innovations from last year’s Department of Energy Solar Decathlon benefit teams gearing up for the 2013 contest. The U.S. Department of Energy’s biannual international competition challenges teams of students to design and build low- to zero-energy homes, learning about solar power and sustainable design along the way.

Noted Environmentalist, Author Bill McKibben to Speak Monday

Noted environmentalist Bill McKibben, whose latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, is this year’s Life of the Mind selection for freshmen, will speak on campus on Monday. His lecture, part of Welcome Week, begins at 5:30 p.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena. While freshmen are required to attend McKibben’s lecture, the event is free and open to the public.

Summer Months Bring Peak Energy Use Times

As summer temperatures begin to rise, peak energy use times return to campus. Beginning June 1 through September 30, our campus is charged more for its energy use between the hours of 2:00 and 8:30 p.m. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors can follow a few simple tips to save resources and lower energy costs.

News Sentinel: Two UT grads first with sustainability degree

The Knoxville News Sentinel featured UT’s first graduates in the sustainability program, Nick Alderson and Alyssa Schroder. The program is an interdisciplinary degree, meaning students take courses that interest them in nearly any college as long as they focus on sustainability — the concept of living in a way that reduces society’s environmental impact and

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Students First to Graduate with Sustainability Major

If you want to irk Nick Alderson and Alyssa Schroder, throw something away that could be reused. Environmental consciousness is engrained in the first graduates with a sustainability major in UT history. Alderson used to play in a creek behind his house in Portland, Tennessee and pick up trash accumulating in the once-pristine water. Schroder grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee, watching her mom recycle and take canvas bags to the grocery store. Now, the two want to influence the world to be environmentally conscious.