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

Energy Conservation Policy

Enacted in 2008, this policy identifies energy conservation as a significant issue for UT and outlines steps to manage and reduce campus energy consumption. The policy establishes that, during normal occupied hours, target indoor air temperatures in campus buildings shall be 68 degrees Fahrenheit for heating and 76 degrees Fahrenheit for cooling. In addition, the policy sets guidelines for energy-efficient purchasing, computing, lighting, and water use by UT faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Read about our other campus environmental policies here.

Green Power Purchasing

epa green power partnerUT has been recognized by the EPA as the #1 Green Power Purchaser of colleges and universities in the nation. In 2005, UT began purchasing green power through TVA’s Green Switch Program to stimulate demand for renewable energy in the Tennessee Valley and southeastern United States and offset a portion of the campus’s energy consumption. As of fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), the annual green power usage is 250,070,000 kWh or 250,070 RECs, accounting for 106% of our total electricity use.

Energy Conservation

During fiscal year 2017, UT consumed (generated and purchased) 235,148,607 kWh.

Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are urged to reduce campus energy use by incorporating the following actions into their daily routine:

  • Turn off lights when not in the office for more than one hour.
  • Turn off computers when not in the office for more than an hour.
  • Use a power strip in the office, and turning it off at the end of each day.
  • Turn off window AC units at the end of each day.
  • Be mindful of Peak Energy Hours.


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