Organizations

UT Recycling and the Office of Sustainability encourage faculty, staff, and students to get involved with campus and community sustainability efforts. Visit the sites listed below to learn more about how you can make a difference. Additional service opportunities can be found through the UT Center for Leadership & Service. The Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment also maintains an excellent list of UT-affiliated sustainability initiatives, demonstrations, outreach, and research.

  • Alternative Breaks
    • Contact info: kbrowna@utk.edu.
    • Overview:  Alternative Break trips provide a fun and educational opportunity for University of Tennessee students to experience something unique during their university Fall or Spring break.  The trips provide an affordable option for students who are interested in giving back to the national community through meaningful and collaborative community service.  Each trip is centered on a theme that addresses a specific social issue unique to the community being served.

  • Committee on the Campus Environment (CCE)
    • Contact info: John Nolt, Professor, Philosophy Department-jnolt@utk.edu
    • Overview: The mission of the Committee on the Campus Environment is to promote environmental sustainability at UTK, including but not limited to promoting reductions in the University’s carbon emissions, other pollutants, waste, and the consumption of resources.
  • Eco-Vols
    • Contact info: ecovols@utk.edu
    • Overview: A peer-to-peer environmental education program within the residence halls aimed at reducing energy and water usage, reducing waste and increasing recycling, and promoting other sustainable living habits.

  • Environmental Law Organization
    • Contact info: elo@utk.edu
    • Overview: The Environmental Law Organization seeks to connect its members to each other and the broader environmental law community, inform them of the environmental law and policy issues they are likely to encounter during their careers, and empower them to confront those issues thoughtfully and practically.
  • Nourish International – UT Chapter
    • Contact info: jsmit238@utk.edu
    • Overview: Nourish is a student movement to eradicate global poverty. During the school year, we undergraduate students organize as a Nourish Chapter in which we raise money through small businesses called Ventures. Using the money we earn, we select a sustainable development Project to fund. Over the summer, we will travel abroad to work alongside members of an international community to implement the project.

  • Progressive Student Alliance – UT Chapter
    • Contact info: psa@utk.edu
    • Overview: UT’s Progressive Student Alliance organizes for social justice. As an activist student group, we fight for issues on our campus and in our community through grassroots organizing efforts and popular education.

  • Project VEGGIE
    • Contact info: veggie@utk.edu
    • Overview: Through maintaining a student run community garden on campus, we seek to educate students in order that they might make a difference when they leave campus by living a sustainable life or even starting their own community gardens. Additionally, though providing a source of fresh organic produce on campus, we seek to raise the living standard of current UT students.

  • SGA Environment and Sustainability Committee
    • Contact info: Justin Hickerson, Julianna Burchett
    • Overview: The Environment & Sustainability Committee strives to keep the university’s campus clean and green. We achieve this goal through our Campus Cleanup each semester, our Pick Up Your Butts event in the spring, and other events throughout the year.