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The UT Office of Sustainability website serves as a central place for members of the UT community to learn about sustainability-related news, initiatives and features around campus. It also has resources for students and employees to become more involved in on-campus sustainability. Additionally, the UT Recycling website (http://recycle.utk.edu/) has information about campus recycling, compost, and waste reduction efforts, as well as ways to get involved.
The Green Leaf, a newsletter published by the Office of Sustainability, allows UT community members to keep up with on-campus sustainability initiatives and events.
The Office of Sustainability has four main outlets for social media, which help the office to disseminate information about events and volunteering opportunities, as well as to better engage students in on-campus sustainability on a day-to-day basis. These include a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MakeOrangeGreen), a Twitter account (https://twitter.com/MakeOrangeGreen), an Instagram account (http://instagram.com/utsustainability) an a Flikr account (https://www.flickr.com/people/makeorangegreen).
Additionally the UT Recycling office has several social media accounts for outreach and volunteer recruitment, including a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/utrecycling), a Twitter account (https://twitter.com/UT_Recycling), and an Istagram account (http://instagram.com/utrecycling).
Two student writers contribute "Two Treehuggers with an Ax" opinion columns to the Daily Beacon newspaper which cover a range of sustainability topics.
The Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) strives to promote research with clear environmental and sustainability impacts. Each year they publish an annual report that outlines sustainability research done at UT. This report includes student projects and student research done in collaboration with professors.
There are signs in buildings around campus that highlight features such as LEED certified buildings, energy efficiency lighting and geothermal heating systems.
There are signs in the dining halls that highlight organic, local and vegetarian food options, food waste and composting opportunities, as well as pointing out composting stations and the university's use of unbleached napkins.
The UT interactive campus map includes a sustainability layer that marks sustainability highlights around the campus, as well as pedestrian walkways and bike paths.
The Parking & Transit Services website has an Alternative Transportation section that highlights information and resources for bicycles, electric vehicles, travel to other parts of the state, car sharing, smart trips, the Knoxville public bus system, and MegaBus.
Additionally, "the T", the on-campus bus system maintains a website that provides information about routes, schedules, and live tracking of bus locations. The buses are free for any person on campus, regardless of whether they're affiliated with the University or not. (http://ridethet.utk.edu/)
The Office of Sustainability also has a summary of alternative transit resources on campus on their website. http://facserv.utk.edu/sustainability/on-campus/transportation/
On their page on alternative transportation, UT Parking & Transit Services has a section for bicycles that includes information about the bike shop, a local bike map and information about parking and storing bikes on campus.
Additionally, the UT Outdoor Program maintains a section of their website dedicated to resources for bicyclists. This website include information about renting bikes through the University, on the road help for cyclists, local bike maps and shops, and biking groups on and off campus. (http://recsports.utk.edu/Programs/Outdoor%20Rec/Bikes/resources/index.php)
The annual POWER Challenge is a month-long competition that pits UT residence halls against each other in a battle to see which hall is the greenest. (POWER stands for Programs of Water, Energy, and Recycling). Residence halls are given sustainability documents and guides to assist in implementing green actions in their halls for competition points.
The Office of Sustainability publishes an annual Environmental Impact Report (http://environment.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/EIR-Final-Complete.pdf) as well as a Make Orange Green Calendar Series (http://facserv.utk.edu/sustainability/get-involved/make-orange-green-calendar-series/) with monthly sustainability tips.The Division of Student Affairs highlights campus sustainability efforts in their monthly staff newsletter. http://studentlife.utk.edu/; Facilities Services regularly published press releases and articles in Tennessee Today on the progress of the Office of Sustainability and initiatives on campus. http://tntoday.utk.edu/
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