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More May Features:

Lindner Receives Highest Honor
The U of M Steps into India
Study Abroad a Perfect Cup of Tea
AUSP Lends Helping Hand
Distinguished Teaching Award
Two Honored with Briggs Award
Research/Creative Awards go to 5
Going the Distance
Taking Note
Poteet Honored with Award
Green Fee
Rushing School of Music Director


May 2010 Briefs

The popular “The Delta. Everything Southern!” conference is returning to the University of Memphis June 3 at the Fogelman Executive Center. The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. and has an impressive list of experts on the history, life and culture of the Delta. Past conferences have sold out in advance. New this year is online registration: visit http://www.memphis.edu
for registration information and other details.

The U of M Moot Court travel team finished second in the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Boston last month. After winning the Southern Regional Championship, team members LaChina Algers and Joseph McKinney advanced to the national competition.

For More Information:
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Phone: 901/678-3811
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e-mail: grussll@memphis.edu

Green Fee playing large role in sustainability efforts taking root on University’;s campusGreen Fee playing large role in sustainability efforts taking root on University's campus

The Green Fee has allowed the U of M to dramatically   increase its recycling efforts.
The Green Fee has allowed the
U of M to dramatically increase
its recycling efforts.
The recycling efforts and other noticeable “green” initiatives at the University of Memphis didn’t just appear out of thin air: several projects around campus meant to make the U of M more sustainable are the result of the Sustainable Campus (Green) Fee.

Approximately $360,000 is generated annually by the fee, which was initiated, approved and ultimately funded by U of M students. After approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents, the fee went into effect in the fall of 2007, at $10 per student.

Projects funded by the Green Fee include:

  • HVAC Energy Savings Projects in Jones Hall and Brister Testing Area. The Physical Plant project in Jones Hall will utilize the heat produced in the building’s computer room to heat the Jones Hall dining area in the fall and particularly in the winter. The Brister Hall Testing Area project will replace the existing HVAC in an area that operates on many Saturdays and holidays when the University is closed with a state-of-the-art variable refrigerant system that will be independent of the building system.
  • Increased recycling on campus. Provides for salary and benefits for two new Physical Plant employees (Sustainability Programs Coordinator and an additional employee to pick up recycled material), student labor, communication and education expenses. Includes the purchase of a specialized recycling vehicle, additional collection containers and other needed equipment. This will expand recycling on campus as well as provide a new staff member to provide leadership and support for sustainability programs at the University.
  • Motion sensors. Install approximately 500 motion sensors in offices, classrooms and other spaces on campus in an effort to reduce power consumption from unused lighting.
  • Tiger Initiative for Gardening in Urban Settings. Provides labor and supplies to support use of open or underdeveloped areas of the campus to produce edible plant products. This effort involves faculty, staff and students from several University departments.
  • Carbon Sequestration Pilot Project. This pilot project, conducted as a research partnership involving mechanical engineering, biology and Physical Plant, will involve placing indoor plants in one or more campus buildings in an effort to reduce energy usage and improve indoor air quality. Potential energy and cost savings could result from utilizing the plants to clean the air and thereby reduce the amount of outside air needed in the summer and winter months.
  • Attic Insulation at Graduate and Family Housing. This project will install blown cellulose attic insulation over existing batt insulation to move from the current R value of 19 to an R value of 38, which could result in student residents saving approximately 20 percent on utility bills.
  • Seed Oil Extraction for Biofuel. This project by mechanical engineering involves the purchase of a seed oil press that will enable the production of additional biodiesel fuel that can be substituted for petroleum diesel in campus vehicles. The press will also be a training tool for both undergraduate and graduate students and further enhance the department’s ability to participate in research projects involving biofuels.
  • Fuel Ethanol Production System. This project, also by the mechanical engineering department, involves the purchase of equipment and supplies to further enhance production of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline for use in campus vehicles. The system will also be a valuable tool for both undergraduate and graduate teaching and will also enhance the department’s ability to participate in projects involving biofuels.
  • Institutionalizing Recycling Behavior at the U of M. This project by the biology department is subtitled “Bringing the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – to the Incoming Freshman Class.” It involves various programs to raise the awareness of students to actively participate in recycling on campus.
  • Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day. Funding provided for the annual Sustainable Technologies Awareness Day, which is a campus-wide event to encourage environmental awareness, inquiry and activism among students, faculty and staff. This year’s event is scheduled for Oct. 5 on the Student Plaza by the fountain and will include dozens of booths and exhibits by faculty, staff and community members.
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