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Energy and Emissions

In order for our campus to reach its sustainability goals, we must take responsibility for how our energy is generated and how we utilize it.

Clean Energy on Campus

In April 2018 a wind turbine was installed at the Facilities Services Complex. The turbine will soon have a live-time online energy dashboard.

Solar panels placed around campus charge electric vehicle stations, so cars can run on sunshine. These produce 150,000 kWh/yr.

Geothermal placed at sorority village helps reduce energy consumption and provides the majority of heating and cooling for the village.

Energy consumption is the largest contributor to our greenhouse gas profile, accounting for roughly 30 percent of the campus carbon footprint. In addition, it remains one of the most controllable and, at the same time, most fleeting contributors as we work to build a more energy-efficient campus, all the while working to educate, inspire, and incentivize behavior change to reduce consumption.” —Preston Jacobsen, Sustainability Manager

Green Power Purchasing

EPA Green Power Partner logoUT has been recognized by the EPA as the #1 Green Power Purchaser of colleges and universities in the nation.

In 2005, UT began purchasing green power through TVA’s Green Switch Program to stimulate demand for renewable energy in the Tennessee Valley and southeastern United States and offset a portion of the campus’s energy consumption. As of fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), the annual green power usage is 250,070,000 kWh or 250,070 RECs, accounting for 106% of our total electricity use.