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Supported by the UT Student Green Fee

Green Fee

Refill, Research, and Real Money… 

The Office of Sustainability is working to best serve the University of Tennessee with the Green Fee funds, but we need your help! We are currently looking to support more sustainability-related projects and fill staff and faculty positions on the Student Environmental Initiatives Committee.

What is the Green Fee?

The Green Fee, officially known as the Student Environmental Initiatives fee, was established by SGA vote in 2005 to provide funding for campus sustainability and clean energy projects. It is administered by the Student Environmental Initiatives Committee (SEIC), a representative body of students, faculty, and staff. Each year, the fund will generate about $840,000 that will be used for on campus projects that will be used to positively contribute to the University’s sustainability goals.

Get InVOLved

The Student Environmental Initiatives Committee (SEIC), also informally known as the Green Fee Committee, is looking for new faculty and staff members committed to doing what is best for UT! If you have a passion for sustainability and would like to make an immediate and visible impact in our march toward carbon neutrality, please apply here

Need Water? 

Through the Green Fee, the Office of Sustainability is looking to increase access to water bottle refill stations, but wants your help in determining where to place them. Any building with high student usage and an existing water fountain is eligible! If you’re interested in receiving more water bottle refill stations in your building fill out this form!

Project Funding

There’s always a need for fresh ideas. If you are looking for funding for a project for a sustainable initiative on campus, submit your ideas here! This includes conferences, course related projects, or campus wide initiatives.

Do you need funding for a research or design project? Apply here for the Student Design and Research funds.

The Green Fee has provided many initiatives including the following: 

  • The Grow Lab
  • Hand Dryer Installations
  • Bike Share Study
  • Water Irrigation Reduction 
  • The Drone Project
  • And so many more!