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Certified Bee Campus logoBee Campus

We are a certified bee campus. What does this mean? Learn about the seven requirements for bee campuses (and more).


Everyone Is Welcome, Everything Is Free. Free Store poster.

Free Store

The UT Recycling Free Store is a community-based resource meant to help UT students reduce their environmental impact and save money.


People standing around talking at the Grow Lab gardens.Grow Lab

The Grow Lab is a new campus garden that is a living laboratory to promote experiential and service-learning. Grow Lab demonstrates ecological food production methods and encourages community engagement.


Donation graphicMove-Out Donations

UT Recycling partners with Smokey’s Pantry, Goodwill and other area non-profits at the end of each semester to ensure that items students haven’t used during the semester don’t end up in the trash can. Instead, students can donate new and certain lightly used items in their residence halls during the move-out period.


Recycling iconRecycling and Composting

Our goal is to convert our university into a Zero Waste institution by diverting at least 90% of all waste from the landfill through reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting practices.


Smokey's Pantry logoSmokey’s Pantry

Smokey’s Pantry is the first food pantry at the university and we focus our services on the students, faculty, and staff of our university.


Arboriculture iconTree Campus

UT Knoxville was recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in April 2018. Learn about the five standards that we must meet to be considered a tree campus (and more).