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Impact

Blue sky and clouds over green grass at the Humanities Amphitheater.

To invest in the future of UT is to invest in sustainability.



As we construct new buildings, we are committed to making them energy efficient by adhering to LEED standards. A wind turbine installed at the Facilities Services Complex and a geothermal energy offset at Sorority Village are helping to offset our consumption. We have purchased seven new electric cars to replace gas-powered vehicles in our campus fleet and installed six new vehicle charging stations with solar panels, allowing cars to run on sunshine.

We’ve enhanced our stormwater system with rain gardens on the agriculture campus, an expansion of the Volunteer Boulevard streetscape, and wetlands management at UT Gardens. We’ve installed rainwater capture capacity for irrigation, laundry, and other uses at the new Student Union, Strong Hall, and Dogwood and Magnolia Residence Halls. We have been steadily reducing our environmental impact while also saving the campus hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.

By investing in new technologies, looking for efficiencies, and reducing waste, we are living up to the mission of providing a better life for Tennesseans.

Environmental Impact Report

Environmental Impact Report

This report details the ways in which UT has been steadily reducing our environmental impact while also saving the campus hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.

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Climate Action Plan

Developed in 2010, this document presents technical and physical infrastructure projects the university can adopt in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2061, as well as integrating sustainability and climate change into the curriculum and educational experience of all UT students.