Sustainability Week

It’s that time of year again. The time of the year where the Office of Sustainability partners with the student club, S.P.E.A.K., to host Sustainability Week! Many might be curious as to what Sustainability week actually is so I will give you a breakdown of the week in a nutshell.

A Week at a Glance


Monday-Alternative Energy

This day focuses on alternative energy and transportation options on campus. For those of you who are choose to ride your bikes, UTOP will have a booth on Pedestrian walkway that will offer free bike tune ups for all who wish to utilize this service. Additionally, if you have just finished with class stop by the smoothie bike booth and make yourself a smoothie simply by peddling a bicycle. These are just a few of the many booths we have that allow you to learn about ways to reduce your environmental footprint in a fun interactive manner.

Tuesday-Water conservation, recycling, and waste reduction

One of the biggest challenges is exposing problems that we take for granted. Water conservation and waste reduction, though they might seem to not make much of a difference, are a growing issue in our current world. Did you know that the average American uses about 100 gallons of water per day? And if you really may attention to how much stuff you throw into 5the trash every day, you may be shocked. I never really realized the amount of waste I used to accumulate until I began using the university recycling bins. Now, I barely even have to take out my actual trash. So come to pedestrian walkway this coming Tuesday to learn how you can participate in stream cleanups, properly dispose of certain waste material and simply learn more information at one of our other highly informative booths.


This day Pedestrian Walkway is being rented out by the Vol Awareness fair. Although unrelated, this is another great opportunity to get involved on campus and I would highly recommend attending. However, I am going to pose a challenge for this day. Try utilizing something you learned from the booths Monday or Tuesday. Snap a picture of using a re-usable mug and post it to Make Orange Green’s Facebook Page or twitter. Sometimes getting the word out can be just as important as doing the activity itself. Finally, make sure you check out the UT farmer’s market which takes place from 4-7 on the agriculture campus.

Thursday-Environmental Justice

This is a brand new topic to Sustainability week. It focuses primarily on the social aspects of environmental action as well as how it is dealt with in the political sphere. After hearing about some of the groups we have attending, I am excited to see what this day has in store for us.

Friday- Sustainable food practices

I think this is arguably one of the most fun days in Sustainability week. S.P.E.A.K. will be attending this day and will be providing their campus famous veggie burgers free of charge. Additionally, you can stop by the Project VEGGIE booth to learn how you can grow your own food right here on campus. As if that were not enough we have tables that will provide information about the UT Farmer’s market as well as composting on campus just to name a few.

So as you make your way to class or you swing by the library, we hope you make the extra effort and join us for what should be a spectacular week. Have a great weekend!

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