Lights will be turned off for an hour tomorrow night in two buildings on campus to celebrate Earth Hour and to conserve energy. Earth Hour is a global celebration, hosted annually on the last Saturday in March by the World Wildlife Fund. The event, now in its sixth year, raises awareness of the need for sustainable practices to help save the planet’s biodiversity and natural resources.
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In February 2011, Chancellor Cheek challenged the campus community to work together to reduce our energy consumption. The Chancellor’s Challenge is now over, and the results are in. The campus has reduced electricity use by one-kilowatt hour per square foot over this past year. We have also saved more than $900,000 in electricity costs.
This is the final week to nominate a university faculty or staff member or student for a 2012 Environmental Leadership Award. If you know of someone who goes the extra mile to promote environmental leadership on campus, complete the online nomination form by the end of Friday, March 23.
UT has received a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a new program that measures sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
The New York Times mentions UT’s electric bike share program in an article about an electric bike share program in San Francisco.
During the month of October, students living in residence halls competed in the seventh annual POWER Challenge to see which hall could reduce the most waste, conserve the most energy, and best promote sustainability on campus. The results have now been tallied and the winner is…
From crafting your own wrapping paper to skipping gifts all together, Aly Chapman from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Gordie Bennett from the Office of Sustainability offer tips to help lessen your holiday’s impact on the environment.
From hand-dipping your own chocolates to hosting friends for a holiday potluck, Jay Price from UT Recycling and Anne Hulse from the Programs Abroad Office offer tips to help lessen your holiday’s impact on the environment.
Jerri Daoust from the College of Engineering and Tiffany Morrison fromthe Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences offer green tips to help you save time, money, and energy during the holiday season. Daoust plans to give sustainable gifts to her family and friends. Morrison has a creative alternative to scented candles for a festive atmosphere.
Now that the fall semester has ended, the campus has a tremendous opportunity to reduce energy consumption and utility costs. Facilities Services has set back or turned off heating and cooling systems in campus spaces that do not house research laboratories, animal care facilities, server rooms, or other temperature-sensitive operations.