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Mayors Rogero, Burchett to Take Part in Earth Fest with UT EcoCAR Team


It might seem odd for a car to be the focal point of an Earth Week celebration, but the EcoCAR3 is no ordinary car.
The University of Tennessee's EcoCAR3 team, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will be on hand Saturday at Earth Fest at World's Fair Park. Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22.


Batter Up: New First Tennessee Park to Feature Green Roof on Concession Area

Batter Up: New First Tennessee Park to Feature Green Roof on Concession AreaThe Nashville Sounds baseball fans will find themselves under a LiveRoof® living roof system when they step up to the new concession area for hotdogs and peanuts when First Tennessee Park opens on April 17.

As Nashville Sounds baseball fans eagerly await the famous words “Play Ball,” construction crews are putting the finishing touches, including a green roof feature, on the new First Tennessee Park. The state-of-the-art ballpark is slated to open for Mayor Karl Dean’s first pitch on April 17.


Three Facilities in Tennessee among 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States

Three Facilities in Tennessee among 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States   Across the country, Energy Star manufacturing plants are leading their industries by saving energy and money, combating climate change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households. From implementing corporate energy management programs to implementing energy efficiency projects, there are many ways plants can save energy with EPA’s Energy Star program.   “Energy Star certified manufacturing plants are leading their industries by advancing energy efficiency and making cost-saving improvements while combating climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Through their work with EPA, the 2014 Energy Star manufacturing plants are demonstrating that making sustainability and energy efficiency improvements is a smart business decision.” Energy Star certified plants are independently verified on an annual basis to have reached the top 25 percent of energy performance for their industries nationwide. Among these are plants from the auto assembly, cement manufacturing, corn refining, food processing, glass manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and petroleum refining industries. Seven are certified for the first time: • ConAgra Foods’ American Falls, Idaho frozen fried potato processing plant; • ConAgra Foods’ Ogden, Utah cookie and cracker baking plant; • Essroc Cement Corp.’s Martinsburg, W.Va. cement manufacturing plant; • Essroc Cement Corp.’s Nazareth, Pa. cement manufacturing plant; • Lehigh Cement’s Glen Falls, N.Y. cement manufacturing plant; • Lehigh Cement’s Leeds, Ala. cement manufacturing plant; and • Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s Illinois Refining Division petroleum refinery.


Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Unveils New Crowdsourcing Website for Building Technologies

As part of the Energy Department's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the nation's homes and buildings, lower energy costs, and enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing, the Energy Department launched the new Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website. Administered by the Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the new site,, will help technology innovators collect, share and evaluate input from customers and other stakeholders about next-generation building technologies.


UT Reaffirms Focus on Energy With Newest Car Charging Station

The Sunsphere at the University of Tennessee peeks out from behind a new solar array atop the 11th Street GarageAdvances in solar technology may come as the result of a new electric vehicle charging station and solar panels at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, created in partnership with UT’s West Tennessee Solar Farm.
The charging station and accompanying solar panels are atop the 11th Street Garage and are the reason for recent construction and space closures there. 


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