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Make Orange GreenEarth Month on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus continues on April 20 with the Environmental Leadership Awards and other festivities at Circle Park.

At 10:00 a.m., attendees can peruse the Recycled Art Competition, which will feature student artwork made entirely from repurposed or recyclable material. Entries will be judged and the top three pieces will receive prizes.

At 11:00 a.m., Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK) will host a cookout featuring homemade vegan and veggie burgers from locally sourced, organic ingredients from the three Rivers Food Co-op.

The cookout also will feature interactive sustainability demonstrations from eleven local environmental organizations including United Mountain Defense, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Knoxville Area Transit, and Beardsley Farms.

Free bike tune-ups will be provided, courtesy of the Bike Collective.

At 12:15 p.m., the Environmental Leadership Awards will recognize members of our campus community who have demonstrated outstanding environmental leadership over the past year.

The award for undergraduate environmental leadership has been named the “Ryan Edwards Memorial Award.” Edwards, who died after a spring break accident this year, was a highly motivated and beloved employee of UT Recycling.

Now in its sixth year on campus, Earth Month promotes environmental awareness, conservation, and sustainable practices to the campus community.

For a recap of UT’s Earth Month festivities, visit To learn more about Office of Sustainability initiatives, visit


C O N T A C T :

Courtney Washburn (865-974-7780,

Gordie Bennett (865-974-7780,