UT seeks to cut utility bills with conservation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The University of Tennessee has launched a new campaign called "Switch Your Thinking" that aims to reduce campus energy consumption by 10 percent this year.

Students, faculty and staff are being encouraged to save energy and cut utility costs, which are expected to rise $8 million campus-wide this year and $6 million next year.

At UT's College of Social Work, staff and students have been turning off lights and computers when they're not in use, or relying on natural light from the 1930-era building's large windows while working.

The university launched a similar campaign a couple of years ago called "Make Orange Green."

Karen Sowers, dean of the College of Social Work, says in a lot of cases, students are leading the push for energy conservation with administrators following their lead.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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