Mary Anne Hoskins from the College of Arts and Sciences and Alisa Meador from the Programs Abroad Office offer green tips to the help you save time, money, and energy during the holiday season. Scaling back on your holiday shopping and having your Christmas tree mulched are two ways you can lessen your holiday’s impact on the environment.
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In the past two weeks the Switch Your Thinking Power Down Pledge Tree has been making the rounds to various buildings on the UT Knoxville campus. The tree is an effort by the UT Office of Sustainability to encourage the campus community to save energy.
Used fabric, old shelving and extra sweaters add up to money-saving and energy-saving tips from UT Knoxville faculty and staff.
Got extra plastic grocery bags and old newspaper comics? Then you can save money and energy this holiday season, with these tips from UT Knoxville faculty and staff.
Experts say household waste often increases more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. An informal poll of UT Knoxville faculty and staff members like Heather Grigsby of the Programs Abroad Office found some unique and easy tips for “greening” the holidays this season.
Experts say household waste often increases more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. An informal poll of UT Knoxville faculty and staff members including Elizabeth Avery of the School of Advertising and Public Relations, pictured left, found some unique and easy tips for “greening” the holidays this season.
This winter, help us meet the Chancellor’s Challenge to decrease campus energy use by 10 percent. December is the start of the winter season for energy use peak times set by the Tennessee Valley Authority. From now until March, the campus will be paying more for energy used between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
With just four months left in the Chancellor’s Challenge to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent, progress on campus has taken a dramatic dip. Since the challenge began last February, the campus decreased overall electricity use by just 1.2 percent. While these efforts saved more than $170,500 in energy costs, they are not enough to reach the 10 percent goal by February 2012.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has signed the Power Down Pledge, have you? By inking his thumbprint on the pledge poster, the chancellor pledged to reduce his on-campus energy use. The Power Down Pledge is an initiative of Make Orange Green and the Chancellor’s Energy Challenge, an aggressive energy-reduction program aimed at reducing UT’s energy consumption by 10 percent.
Faculty and staff can and should take advantage of the new water bottle refill stations that have been installed all over campus. New BPA-free “Switch Your Thinking” bottles will be available for faculty and staff at UT’s Fall Festival on Friday.