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What Does Sustainability Mean?

Sustainability means providing a clean, affordable, accessible, and equitable environment that meets the needs of all students, faculty, and staff, while ensuring that future members of the UT community have access to the same resources so that they can meet their needs.

What is the Office of Sustainability?

The Office of Sustainability’s role is to foster sustainable development and promote social and environmental responsibility, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals, by providing services that reduce waste, consumption, food insecurity, greenhouse gas emissions, and water and soil pollution.

Why We Care

The University of Tennessee prides itself on being an institution of higher education. Through this position of power we must enable our students to become future leaders in a world that is constantly changing. We do this by incorporating sustainable practices into all University activities; Everything from football (Zero Waste Game Days) to classroom and office settings (My Tiny Trash). Sustainability is about working together in order to create a better world for all. We can do this by incorporating practices that are not only environmentally sound but also economically viable and socially just.


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What to recycle and where to do it.

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Learn how our campus is truly Making Orange Green!

Supported by the UT Student Green Fee

Student Green Fee

Submit project proposals to make UT a more sustainable campus.

Sustainability Master Plan

How UT is looking towards the future.

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