UT realizes the importance of large-scale systematic changes in its goals to become greener. Here are some of the policies aimed at doing so:
Campus Environmental Policy
Sustainable Building Policy
Presidents’ Climate Commitment
In 2007, then-Chancellor Loren Crabtree signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), joining UT with other colleges and universities in a pledge to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations and to promote sustainability and climate change research and education.
- As an ACUPCC signatory, UT must fulfill five requirements:
- Complete a GHG emissions inventory.
- Within two years, set a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral.
- Take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions.
- Integrate sustainability into the curriculum and make it part of the educational experience.
- Make the action plan, inventory, and progress reports publicly available.
In 2010, Chancelor Cheek upheld the ACUPCC commitment by signing and making available UT’s Climate Action Plan. This plan outlines the steps UT will take to achieve climate neutrality. Please view the plan here.