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Sustainability Day Symposium


Sustainability Day Symposium is our new version of Campus Sustainability Day! On October 22nd, this event will feature dozens of environmentally-focused student and community organizations, student research, and a climate action town hall.


Sustainability Day 11 AM – 3 PM

Various organizations from all over Knoxville will be set up to table on October 22nd from 11 AM- 3 PM at Clement Courtyard and research presentations will take place in the Strong Hall Atrium. Attendees will be given a “passport” to fill out by engaging with tables, research projects, and group discussions. Once this passport is complete, participants will be able to come grab sustainably sourced food and participate in a Zero Waste Event!

Throughout the day, group discussions will be led by students or community members that focus on different topics of sustainability. These will take place inside Strong Hall and anyone is welcome to join! Student groups or research participants are encouraged to step up and help lead a session, or just come to participate in a mindful discussion.

Free Store Flier

We will also be hosting a Free Store Pop Up event during this time. The Free Store is basically what it sounds like, a store where everything is free! In an effort to save a medley of items such as clothing and furniture that students may be looking to get rid of, The Office of Sustainability created the free store to help re-home these items with other students who may need them. We are always accepting donations at our Public Recycling Drop Off on 2121 Stephenson Dr. Come by during the Sustainability Day Symposium to check out all of the used items we have and find something you could use!


If you are interested in tabling or presenting a project, please see our drop-down menus below to learn more and fill out a request! All request forms must be submitted by October 15th.

Tabling:

Tabling will be open to student organizations, local organizations, UT departments, and any other entity related to sustainability. Tabling will be from 11 am- 3 pm at Clement Courtyard. Set up will start at 10:30 am, and we ask that you stay for the entire session. (If you are a student organization, we are willing to work around your members’ class schedules.)

We are no longer accepting Applications.


Projects:

Do you have a project you’ve been working on that relates to sustainability? If yes, please apply! We are looking for students to showcase their past or current research. You can display a traditional research poster or have a table for a tri-fold or other materials.

Please fill out this form to reserve a spot:

  • We ask that anyone with a project stands beside it for at least 30 minutes. Please select all times below that you are available. It doesn't mean you will have to stand there for all of them.


Group Discussions:

Are you interested in discussing environmental topics with other students? Would you or your organization like to help lead one of these discussions? If so, this form is for you! These will be done in Socratic Seminar style with everyone sitting around a table to discuss the topic.

Please fill out this form to reserve a spot:


 

Climate Action Town Hall 6 PM – 8 PM

Starting at 6 pm, we will be co-hosting a town hall with guest speakers and a Q&A session in Auditorium B1 of Strong Hall. We are partnering with The Sierra Club and Sunrise Movement Knoxville to discuss how Climate Change and The Green New Deal affects us as a community in Knoxville. Speakers will take pre-submitted questions from the audience during the event.

Dr. Lisa EastDr. Lisa East

Dr. Lisa East earned her PhD in Political Economy of the Environment in 2017 from the UTK Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on corporate political mobilization and organizations in environmental politics and environmental justice. She is involved in local politics and social movement organizations advocating for more equitable and democratic processes in Knoxville’s local government.

 


Tents and vendors outside during Sustainability Day