U of M Initiatives
The University of Memphis is continuing research into a biofuel initiative that would
make it easier to transform common waster materials into fuel for internal combustion
“By taking what some consider waste and refining it into fuel, the U of M is leading
the way when it comes to using green technologies to develop sustainable sources of
energy,” said U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen after announcing a $500,000 grant to the
Center for Biofuel Energy and Sustainable Technologies (BEST). Read more
Watch a video on the biofuel project.
The University’s residence life service is offering “green” options when it comes
to dorm living – just another way the U of M is providing a more sustainable campus
while teaching students the value of sustainable lifestyle. The new Living Learning
Residence Complex, which replaced West Hall, opened last fall and is one of the first
state buildings to meet LEED Silver standards. Read more
How to live green in your dorm? Check out this story
Watch a video on things you can do in the office and on campus to conserve energy and make for
a more sustainable campus.
It took three years of research, design and planning, but the University of Memphis’
TERRA House has become one of the best examples of sustainable living in the Midsouth.
The TERRA (Technologically + Environmentally Responsive Residential Architecture),
located at the northeast corner of North Main and Greenlaw, embodies the idea of "green"
design while blending in with the other residences in the area. The house brings a
new understanding of sustainable architecture and design to Memphis.
The home, designed entirely by Department of Architecture students under faculty supervision,
features energy efficient and environmentally responsible techniques, materials, appliances
and fixtures. It adheres to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division's EcoBUILD program
and to the American Lung Association's Health House standards. The Department of Architecture
will apply for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation, and
the two-story, 1,700 square-foot home will then be one of the first in the region
to conform to U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Green Building Rating System. Read more.
Watch a video on the Terra House.
The University of Memphis is saving about $200,000 annually and providing for a more
sustainable campus with the installation of a computer-driven pumping system. The
station provides cooling only to buildings that need it and will not be wasting energy
by pumping large amounts of cooling water through miles of piping around campus.
Already a major player in sustainable technologies research, the University of Memphis
has added another program that will have a major effect on the greening of America
and bring worldwide attention to the University.
The U of M has announced a major gift from the Fogelman family that will fund a Fogelman
College Sustainable Real Estate program in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics.
The University’s efforts also include reduction of carbon emissions, purchasing green
certified products and implementing major enhancements to the recycling program, according
to interim sustainability coordinator Amelia Mayahi.
“The University has increased the amount and the types of materials that we recycle,”
she says, adding that this results in less garbage pickup, a savings to the U of M.
“In turn, we will also prevent these materials from entering a landfill where they
would remain for thousands of years and release toxins into the air and soil. It is
just the sensible thing to do.
“We are currently in the process of expanding our primary collection sites. There
have also been improvements in our student awareness activities. A recycling truck
has been purchased, which will greatly increase the proficiency of our collection
Click here for more information on U of M recycling.
Read a Q and A with the sustainability coordinator on recycling at the U of M.
Watch a video on how students are recycling on campus.
U of M students introduce recycling at tailgating events. See video
Despite having one of the greenest thumbs on campus, Karyl Buddington doesn’t really
see herself as a gardener: “I feel like we are all responsible for taking care of
the environment,” says Buddington, the U of M’s Animal Care Facility director.
So much so that Buddington initiated a garden project that has proven to be — no pun
intended — wildly popular. Last summer, tomatoes, strawberries, sunflowers, peppers
and dozens of other herbs sprouted on campus, opening up a sort of farmer’s market
at the University.
“The novel concept of our garden is that it is all free,” says Buddington of the project,
dubbed TIGuRS. “We will give whatever we produce to whoever wants it if they can use
Education, she says, is a big part of the project.
“We wanted to show our campus and our community that just because we are in an urban
setting doesn’t mean we can’t grow a good part of the food that we eat.”
The garden continues to grow – read more.
What’s in the garden: Find out here.
Visit the garden through this video.
The U of M and local government offer carpooling databases to help you go green while
saving some green. Read more