Earlier this year, UT’s Office of Sustainability was recognized as a STARS Silver Institution and a Top Green Power User by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Green Power News
The News Sentinel reported on the delivery of a new 40-ton boiler to the steam plant Monday as part of the move away from coal-fired boilers to natural gas and fuel oil boilers. In March, UT marked the end of coal use for campus energy needs.
UT has been selected as a Top 20 green power using university by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. The Partnership’s Top 20 College and University list represents the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership, and the list is updated quarterly.
UT Knoxville received the Presidential Award for making the largest purchase of green power from the Tennessee Valley Authority in 2011. The university purchased nine megawatt hours of green power from TVA last year. That is the equivalent of eliminating the yearly greenhouse gas emissions from 1,535 passenger vehicles, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
UT Knoxville is being honored again for its sustainability efforts. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy gave UT the Green Power Leadership Award for the campus’s commitment to advancing renewable energy.