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Visit the University of Tennessee's SPECTRUM solar energy exhibit Saturday at Knoxville Center Mall and learn the ins and outs of solar energy, courtesy of UT, the city of Knoxville, Aries Energy and TN-SCORE.

From 10:30 a.m.-noon March 14, ARiES Energy will present information about installing solar panels for residential and commercial customers, including the process, pay-back period and impact on electricity bills.

The exhibit is on the mall's second level, next to JC Penney.

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Residents have an opportunity to recycle documents and safely dispose of old medications at this year's America Recycles Day celebrations 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 1, in downtown Knoxville on Market Square.

Photo: Wayne Bailey and Scott Harmon, hidden, public service workers with the City of Knoxville, deliver recycling cartsfor the free curbside recycling program. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

ZeroLandfill East Tennessee and Workspace Interiors are again working to collect expired project materials from the Knoxville-area design community this year.


The organization invites area architects, interior designers, marketers and others to bring unwanted materials to its warehouse, 2820 Middlebrook Pike Ste. 104, September 16-18 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Items will be available to the public, artists, crafters and educators for upcycling in projects for free 9 a.m.-1 p.m. September 20, also at the warehouse.

Some materials accepted include:

  • Fabric
  • Paper products
  • Catalogues/magazines
  • Marketing materials
  • Windows
  • Stucco
  • Paint Chips

For a full list and more information visit the ZeroLandfill East Tennessee Facebook page. Volunteers are also needed and can find the signup there.


Knox County organizations aiming for lower or zero waste events can now get a free helping hand from Keep Knoxville Beautiful.

Thanks to a grant from the Alcoa Foundation, KBB now offers an Event Recycling Trailer that holds 35 recycling containers and bags to be set up throughout any event.

The group can also help with planning a reduced-waste or waste-free event, said Allison Teeters, KBB executive director.

In addition to the recycling containers, the trailer includes bags, event signage, instructions, a fold out table and stop litter information.

KBB is also accepting sponsors for the trailer, which will feature their logos on the back.

For more information or to schedule an event visit the Keep Knoxville Beautiful website.

In June of this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new guidelines regulating emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act.

The public can learn how these new regulations could affect Tennessee and the Southeast at the EPA Clean Power Plan forum, presented by the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee 1-5 p.m. August 26.


The public is invited to learn about solar energy and its impact on Tennessee at the Community Solar Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at Knoxville Center Mall.

The University of Tennessee presents its SPECTRUM interactive solar exhibit, which illustrates how solar energy is powering states and creating new jobs across the U.S. and in Tennessee.

At 10:30 a.m., ARiES Energy will present information on installing solar panels on your home, including the process, pay-back period, impact on electricity bills, and more.

Learn about Tennessee Valley Authority's Green Power Providers program at 11:30 a.m. The program provides technical support and incentives for the installation of renewable generation facilities like solar to residential and commercial customers.

Children's activities and games will take place from noon to 1 p.m. The Muse Knoxville will be on-hand to provide fun STEM activities.

Representatives from all three organizations will be available for questions during the event.

Lisa New hesitated to have the Knoxville Zoo take part in the GoGreenET Business Recognition Program because she, its board and staff have a lot they still want to accomplish to make the zoo sustainable.

Sustainability, however, for most of us is a journey. None of us have the resources to make improvements overnight -- it's generally one step at a time and those steps vary depending on the time, money and attention we can spend at any given time.

The GoGreenET program is about recognizing that all of us can play a role in making our community greener.

The program's Green Achievers have downloaded the survey form that outlines 100-plus ways organizations can reduce their carbon footprint. Each checked at least one item in each category and scored at least 30 points -- most many more.

More than 100 private companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies have taken the GoGreenET challenge in the program's fourth year.

Thanks to sponsors KUB, the Knoxville Chamber and Thermocopy for their continuing support.

In particular, we've highlighted several organizations that have undertaken initiatives that others can model to create their own. Their stories are below.

Knoxville Locomotive Works - Startup manufacturer's locomotive powers efforts cut emissions

Gerdau Knoxville Mill - Steel rebar manufacturer aims for zero landfill waste

Knoxville Zoo - Zoo reduces its own energy use, footprint

Oak Ridge Associated Universities - Two-day event at ORAU collects 10,000 pounds of trash

A full list of participating organizations is below, or find them on our Green Achievers page.


galbreath.jpgDodd Galbreath, head of the Institute for Sustainable Practice at Lipscomb University, right, with students and solar panels

Dodd Galbreath, head of the Institute for Sustainable Practice at Lipscomb University, will discuss sustainability practices in European and American culture 7 p.m. April 10 at the Pollard Auditorium in Oak Ridge.

The sustainability report is cosponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory Board.

Galbreath's presentation will showcase photographs and technical information from his tour of European sustainability sites, as well as lessons learned during four years of leading travel courses in Vermont and New England.

Topics to be covered will include history and practices involving food, energy, waste, water, transportation, land, building, communities, and culture.

For more information call Sandra Goss, TCWP executive director, at 865-583-3967.

Ed McMahon, a national consultant on sustainable development, will be the next speaker for the ETcompetes series presented by the Plan East Tennessee Consortium.

He is the author or coauthor of 15 books including Conservation Communities: Creating Value with Nature, Open Space, and Agriculture, a guide for urban planning professionals.

McMahon, senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C., presents "Secrets of Successful Communities" 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 27 at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St. He will discuss building a prosperous community and how to take inventory of community assets as part of a development vision.

Other topics include:

  • What's next in real estate?
  • Calculating the economic benefits of preserving and enhancing community character
  • Changes in the retail paradigm
  • Economic changes and effective solutions

AIA and GBCI continuing education credits available.

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PlanET is a regional planning collaboration among East Tennessee local governments and organizations that seeks to establish a framework for potential growth in the region that addresses challenges regarding jobs, housing, transportation, a clean environment, and community health.

From 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26th, at the Krutch Park Extension on Gay St. Knoxville and Knox County residents will be able to shred documents or dispose safely of old medications as part of Amercia Recycles Day events sponsored by the City of Knoxville, Knox County Solid Waste Offices and area organizations.

Old or unwanted documents will be confidentially shredded and recycled by Goodwill. There is no limit to how many documents residents can bring for secure disposal.

Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union representatives will provide free information on how long old documents should be kept and when it is appropriate to dispose of them.

An Unwanted Unused Medication Collection event is provided by the Knoxville Police Department. Residents can turn in unwanted and outdated prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines and used mercury thermometers. The mercury thermometers can be exchanged for digital thermometers for free.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will demonstrate using recycled goods to create art.

Also part of the event, the Knoxville Recycling Coalition will be giving away home recycling bins and the Water Quality Forum will answer questions about water quality and the Adopt-a-Stream program.

Other groups scheduled to be on site are the City Parks and Recreation Department, Fort Loudoun Lake Association, Waste Connections and the Knox County Solid Waste Office.

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