Sustainability News

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.

Campus Honors Environmental Leaders

The university recognized campus leaders in sustainability during the Environmental Leadership Awards ceremony on Campus Earth Day on April 19. The awards are presented each year to a student and faculty and staff members whose environmental efforts on campus help ‘make orange green.’ This year, professor Kenneth McFarland, Claudine Nagal, and student Nick Alerderson took home the awards.

UT’s Vehicle Departs for Second Phase of EcoCAR 2 Competition

After receiving the keys to a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu less than a year ago, students on the UT EcoCAR 2 team have completely redesigned it to make it more eco-friendly. Now, their hard work will be tested against other teams across North America in the second phase matchup. The graduate and undergraduate students on the teamwill have a send-off event at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 29, on the top floor of the Eleventh Street Parking Garage, on the corner of 11th Street and Cumberland Avenue.

Earth Month Kicks off Green Events on Campus

This week marks the beginning of Earth Month at UT. Celebrating its seventh year, Earth Month encourages environmental awareness, conservation, and sustainable practices to the campus community. The month-long event is celebrated across the globe and UT is excited to participate, offering events and activities that are both fun and interactive.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Lindsey Huff and Jordan Norton

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Students Lindsey Huff and Jordan Norton have the big idea of making 20 percent of UT’s food “real food” as part of a national competition called the Real Food Challenge.