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Sustainability Projects

Some of the ways in which our projects are funded are outlined here:

Green Revolving Fund

This program was enacted in the fall of 2013, and through the years, the project fund has grown from $100,000 to $450,000 as of FY 18 due to its proven successes. These funds are used for retrofitting and energy-saving projects in campus buildings. The cost savings from each project over a five-year period is placed back into the Revolving Fund to continue funding additional projects.

Fund highlights

  • Completed 9 projects last FY, yearly savings of $92,800
  • Replaced 6,500 lights with LEDs for a yearly savings at the Conference Center of over $72,000
  • 40 percent completed Hodges Library lighting upgrade, $229,000 in lighting cost savings


Design and Research Fund

This fund is dedicated to design/research projects across all academic departments that will benefit the university, with an emphasis on operational projects to be completed by Facilities Services or an outside firm as needed.

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Student Green Fee Proposal

Supported by the UT Student Green FeeDo you have an idea for a project? In the fall of 2005, by request of student vote during SGA elections, the student facilities fee was increased to establish funding for green power and campus sustainability initiatives.

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We always have numerous projects in the works. We have featured a few here on this website, but you can request a list of all of the projects our office has completed.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our archived projects email us for more information at sustainability@utk.edu.