Last October, the campus competed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Recycling Challenge, a friendly nationwide contest to determine which university can reduce the most waste during a football game day. In total, seventy-five universities competed in five categories: recycling, trash diversion, greenhouse gas reduction, organics reduction, and waste minimization.
Students and employees across campus are now taking advantage of a new progressive sustainability campaign: the Mug Project. Members of the campus community can bring their own mug of twenty-four ounces or less and receive ninety-nine-cent drip coffee and fountain beverages.
UT Knoxville is celebrating Make Orange Green with a kickoff event at Presidential Court on Thursday, September 22 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. The event will offer students, faculty, and staff a look at what the campus and local organizations are doing to save energy, reduce waste, and promote environmental leadership.
UT Knoxville has won the coveted award for Outstanding Achievement for Commitment to Alternative Commuting. The award was presented at the annual Smart Trips award ceremony held this week. UT won by tallying the most points during the Smart Trips Commuter Challenge, effectively removing 36,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the air.
With the cut of green ribbon, UT Knoxville marked the opening of the New Norris House, a nationally recognized model for efficient and sustainable living. The UT student-led team has worked for more than three years to bring the concept, first conceived in a classroom, to the modern and appealing 750-square-foot structure.
The U.S. Department of State has selected the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Purdue University as participants in one of six new US–China EcoPartnerships. The partnerships will spur collaboration among US and Chinese researchers and focus on sustainability issues in the two nations, including the environmental challenges posed by alternative energy development and climate change.
UT Knoxville has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible college campuses in North America by the Princeton Review. The education services company selected UT Knoxville for inclusion in the second annual edition of its guidebook, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition, released April 20.
UT Knoxville Environmental Coordinator Jay Price and senior Maria Rosales were interviewed by WBIR’s Robin Wilhoit about the ongoing efforts of RecycleMania, an eight-week competition among more than 630 college and university recycling programs that kicked off on Feb. 6. Price and Rosales discussed efforts such as recycling shoes at basketball games and the Paper Purge party, where everyone on campus was invited to get rid of their unwanted paper.
UT 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. Next week, UT is hosting its second Paper Purge Party, where everyone on campus is invited to get rid of their unwanted paper.
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.