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New Norris House
The New Norris House

As part of the campus’s Earth Month celebration, the Office of Sustainability will host a tour of the New Norris House on Tuesday, April 24. Those interested in joining the tour must reserve a spot online. Space is limited.

The New Norris House is an award-winning, LEED-certified project designed and built by students and faculty from the College of Architecture and Design.

The home reinterprets the historic “Norris example” with twenty-first century sustainable and aesthetic design. Energy-efficient green features include a bio-retention garden that purifies the house’s grey water, low-flow plumbing, and a rainwater catchment system.

The house was built to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Norris community, which the Tennessee Valley Authority established in 1933 during the Norris Dam construction project.

The Make Orange Green bus will depart for the tour at 1:00 p.m. from the second-floor entrance of John C. Hodges Library. The bus will return to campus by 3:00 p.m.

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

For more information on the New Norris House, visit For a recap of UT’s Earth Month activities, visit To learn more about Office of Sustainability initiatives, visit


C O N T A C T :

Courtney Washburn (865-974-7780,