Honors & Awards

UT has been recognized on the local, regional, and national level for its environmental sustainability efforts. Here are some recent examples:

  • In November 2013, UT was recognized by the EPA as the #10 Green Power Purchaser of Colleges and Universities in the nation and earned the top spot in the SEC with 32% of our energy portfolio coming from renewable resources.
  • In December 2012, UT was one of four college and university campuses selected to participate in the TVA EnergyRight Solutions for Higher Education program.
  • UT is profiled in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges.
  • The university won TVA’s Green Power Switch Presidential Award for making the largest single purchase of green power blocks during 2011.
  • Also in 2011, UT received a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its leadership in campus sustainability.
  • The Sustainable Endowments Institute gave UT a grade of A in the Climate Change & Energy category of its 2010 College Sustainability Report Card.
  • UT won an Energy Efficiency Leadership Award at the 2009 Summit for Campus Sustainability organized by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
  • In 2007, UT became the nation’s first university certified for its green cleaning practices.