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

The University of Tennessee aims to cultivate a sustainable environment for our community to learn, work and live.

The University of Tennessee has acknowledged the environmental and economic impacts of operating the 230+ buildings on campus by establishing the Sustainable Building Policy.

leedThis policy establishes the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system as the standard for new construction and major renovation projects at UT that cost more than $5 million. Under the policy, all such projects must be designed to meet the minimum requirements of LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED-NC). Small-scale renovations utilize the LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) rating system as applicable.mpus. In recognition of the importance of green building, in 2007, UT established a Sustainable Building Policy.

Additionally, in order to ensure UT’s buildings operate with the lowest environmental impact possible, the energy conservation policy states that university purchases of equipment, systems, and appliances will be ENERGY STAR certified whenever possible.

In 2012, UT introduced its first LEED Silver Certified building with the finalized renovations of Ayres Hall.