What is the role of the university in meeting the nation and world’s energy challenges? University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek is part of a conference being held this week at The Ohio State University (OSU) to explore that question.Sponsored by OSU, Colorado State University, and the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities, the three-day event has brought together public university, industry, and government leaders from around the country to discuss the evolving role of the university in solving substantial questions about energy in the twenty-first century.
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Faculty, staff, and students who are at the forefront of the campus’s environmental efforts were honored last week during at a ceremony held in Circle Park. Maria Rosales, a senior in environmental studies, and Carlos Gonzalez, a graduate student studying materials science, were honored along side Ruth Anne Hanahan, a senior research associate with the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, and Claudia Rawn, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
The campus’s Earth Month celebrations continue Friday, April 20, with the Environmental Leadership Awards and other festivities at Circle Park. The community is invited to enjoy the Recycled Art Competition, a cookout hosted by Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK), free bike tune-ups and more. The fun begins at 10:00 a.m.
In celebration of Earth Month, an outdoor screening of the movie “Wall-E” will take place at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Humanities Plaza outdoor amphitheater. This all-ages event combines the beloved past time of drive-in movie theaters with a cleaner, more environmentally friendly vehicle: the bicycle. Walkers are welcome, too.
UT’s Community Action Committee is hosting an hour-long weatherization workshop at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, as part of ongoing Earth Month celebrations. UT alumnus and AmeriCorps member John McCollum will discuss some simple and easily applied solutions that can reduce home energy consumption and cost and provide health and environmental benefits.
UT Knoxville received the Presidential Award for making the largest purchase of green power from the Tennessee Valley Authority in 2011. The university purchased nine megawatt hours of green power from TVA last year. That is the equivalent of eliminating the yearly greenhouse gas emissions from 1,535 passenger vehicles, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
As part of the campus’s Earth Month celebration, the Office of Sustainability is hosting a ‘brown bag’ lecture series at lunchtime each day this week. Employees and students are invited to bring their lunches to these entertaining and educational sustainability-themed lectures, which run from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center.
UT’s Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism will host two events allowing university and state leaders to discuss critical issues that impact the state’s environment and economy. The events will be held 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium on April 10 and 12.
More than twenty environmental organizations from UT and the surrounding community will showcase their work at the Go Green Fair at from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, on the Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Mall. The fair is part of the campus’s Earth Month celebration.
This week marks the start of Earth Month celebrations. Now in its sixth year on campus, Earth Month promotes environmental awareness, conservation, and sustainable practices to the campus community. UT is giving this greenest of months an orange twist with some fun and interactive campus events that everyone can enjoy.