Sadly, this will be my first and last blog post for the UT Office of Sustainability. On January 17, 2013, I will leave UT to serve as Milwaukee County’s Sustainability Director. It’s a bittersweet time for me, as I’ve greatly enjoyed working at UT as Sustainability Manager since August 2008.
And what great years they’ve been!
Who could have predicted all of the wonderful sustainability initiatives we’ve seen at UT? Faculty, staff and students have taught, researched, and implemented projects involving biofuels, electric bikes, solar power, recycling, composting, energy conservation and efficiency – the list goes on and on. I’m constantly impressed by the depth and breadth of our sustainability work.
What’s more, several exciting sustainability projects are in the works for 2013 and beyond.
Facilities Services is collaborating with TVA and Willdan Energy Solutions to launch an on-campus energy efficiency internship program for UT students. In addition, UT will soon be recognized by the EPA as one of the Top 20 green power purchasers among U.S. colleges and universities. The 2013-14 Life of the Mind book and program will focus on environmental sustainability. And, campus’ interest in sustainability issues like clean energy and socially responsible investing is high and shows no sign of waning.
In short, sustainability is on the radar screen at UT. I’m proud to have played a small role in making this happen.
So long, everyone, and thanks for helping to ‘Make Orange Green!’
– Gordie Bennett
UT Sustainability Manager, 2008-2013