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Each year, the Environmental Leadership Awards recognize one faculty, one staff and one student from UT Knoxville who demonstrates a strong and continuing commitment to campus environmental stewardship through education, public service and/or outreach.

Selected by the Committee on the Campus Environment, award winners will be announced during UT’s Earth Month Celebration on April 22, 2014. Each winner will receive a certificate of appreciation and a “green” goody bag.

To nominate someone for a 2014 Environmental Leadership Award, complete our online nomination form no later than Friday, April 4th.


Recyclympics 2014

March 27th, 1-4 pm Humanities Plaza

Don’t forget to do your push-ups and eat your protein this week – The University of Tennessee will be hosting the 5th annual Recyclympics on March 27th! Head over to the Humanities Plaza between 1:00 and 4:00 pm to compete against faculty, students, and staff in Olympics-inspired, zero-waste games. Recyclympics is designed to promote on-campus waste reduction initiatives, and inform students what, where, and how they can recycle at UT. Glory, fame, and prizes await Recyclympians who place in the individual and team categories. The Grand Champion will win two tickets for the April 9th Cirque du Soleil show at Thompson Boiling Arena.

UT Recycling needs volunteers for this event. For more information or to sign up, visit our website.


2014 Earth Month

April is a time of celebration at the University of Tennessee. It marks the beginning of spring and the ending of another school year. It also marks Earth Month. Earth Month has become an important tradition at UT, one in which students, staff, faculty, and the greater Knoxville community have the opportunity to come together and share their passion for the environment.

Throughout the month, the UT community engages in environmental forums, sustainability networking events, bike-in movies, environmental service and tours of some of the sustainability hotspots on campus and in the greater Knoxville community.

Earth Month kicks-off next week with a Faith and the Environment Panel on Wednesday, April 2nd at 12:30 pm in the Great Room of the International House. Later that evening, be sure to make your way over to the HSS Amphitheatre for an outdoor screening of WALLE.

For more information, visit our website for a complete list of Earth Month events, activities, and volunteer opportunities.


Bags to Benches

Help UT Make Orange Green by getting involved in the Bags to Benches initiative! Every year, trillions of plastic bags are used worldwide while only 1 -3 percent are recycled! One of UT’s environmental, student organizations, the EcoVols, saw this problem as an opportunity. They partnered with a soft plastic recycling facility and set up collection bins in every residence hall lobby. If UT collects 1000 lbs. of soft plastic by the end of April, the partnering organization will donate a bench made from the bags to UT or an organization of our choice!

For more information or to get involved, contact the EcoVols at


Big Orange Orchard

The Big Orange Orchard (BOO) is a series of permaculture, edible forest gardens that Chris Weller and Neil Brown plan to implement. In addition to the planned gardens, BOO will envelop any existing on and off campus edible gardens under its canopy that wish to be branded by us. Moreover, BOO will partner with gardens that want to be associated with BOO but not become part of its canopy.

BOO wants to hear from you! We are looking for student, staff, and faculty input in order to better understand campus opinion on the Big Orange Orchard initiative, as well as the impact this project could have at the University of Tennessee. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey or contact us for more information.


Photo contest Campus Ecology

Vote for the University of Tennessee’s photo entry in Campus Ecology’s RecycleMania photo contest! The photo was taken during the building of Fort Box on February 21st.

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