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Sustainability Day Symposium

Sustainability Day Symposium is our new version of Campus Sustainability Day! On October 22nd, 2019, this event featured 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!

To learn more about each section of this day, click the drop-down menu that interests you!


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.


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.

We are no longer accepting projects.

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.

  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: The Future of Climate Action at UT- Climate Action Plan 2.0 with Office of Sustainability
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Alternative Transportation with East TN Clean Fuels Coalition
  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM:¬†Ending Hunger on Campus & Beyond with Dept of Nutrition, Food Recovery Network, Swipe Out Hunger, etc

We are no longer accepting leaders.


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. Mike McKinney

Mike McKinney has been at UT for over 30 years, having received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1985. He is currently the Director of the Environmental Studies Program.

Mark OgormanDr. Mark O’Gorman

Eighteen years teaching environmental public policy and environmental sustainability.






Dr. Lisa EastDr. Lisa East

Dr. Lisa East earned her Ph.D. 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.


Julianne Geleynse

Emma Heins

Emma Heins

Emma Heins is a senior at UT studying geology and environmental studies. She has been involved with multiple environmental committees on campus, is the president of the Campus Events Board, and is the former director of the Environment and Sustainability director in Student Government. She has spent 3 summers working with environmental non-profits across the world and hopes to continue to do so after she graduates in May.



Tents and vendors outside during Sustainability Day