U of M and Partners Will Showcase Their Environmentally Friendly Initiatives
For release: July 30, 2008
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843
Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day will be celebrated at the University of Memphis on Tuesday, October 7. The free
event will be held on the Student Plaza, adjacent to the Administration Building,
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The campus-wide event will encourage environmental awareness, inquiry, and activism
among students, faculty, and staff. It will feature the numerous eco-friendly initiatives
that have been developed by the University and by its community partners.
It is sponsored by the Center for Biofuel Energy & Sustainable Technologies (BEST),
a group of faculty from various U of M colleges who want to promote causes that will
improve the quality of life for future generations through sustainable energy systems
and practices. Key partners include the Herff College of Engineering, the Master of
Public Health Program, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, and the Environmental
U of M President Shirley Raines will kick off the event at 9:30 a.m. by dedicating
a new Physical Plant sustainability initiative that is expected to save the University
more than $400,000 a year. The new facility will contain the most modern equipment
and a computer-driven pumping system that will provide better, more efficient cooling
to campus buildings. A similar project on the U of M’s Park Avenue Campus will result
in annual savings of $75,000.
Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day will also feature such initiatives as BEST’s Biodiesel Production Unit, funded by
the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, which will convert recycled
cooking oil from the Tiger Den dining facilities into biodiesel fuel for use in university
generators, vehicles, and other Physical Plant motors and engines.
Residence Life will showcase plans for the new West Hall, the first and most sustainable
(“green”) public building to be constructed in the state of Tennessee. Student groups
from Public Health, the Environmental Action Club, and the Ecologic Research Center
will focus on recycling and other actions that reduce health risks, improve our environment,
and improve our economy.
Other participating organizations from off-campus will include the West Tennessee
Center for Clean Cities Coalition; the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department;
the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy; Memphis Light Gas and Water (MLGW); the Memphis
Area Transit Authority (MATA); and the University Neighborhood Development Corporation.
The event supports U of M President Raines’ signing of the American College & University
Presidents Climate Commitment, committing our University to develop a plan to achieve
carbon neutrality through efforts such as reduced energy use, green building, and
recycling. A campus-wide Sustainability Committee, led by Dr. David Cox, is working
in support of that goal.
For more information on Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day, contact Dr. Marian Levy, Public Health, by phone at 901-678-4514 or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. John I. Hochstein, Mechanical Engineering, by phone at 901-678-2173 or by
email at email@example.com.