ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Submitted on October 18, 2007; last updated on January 30, 2014

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
Control Public
Location Knoxville, TN
Community Setting Mid-size city
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name Jimmy G Cheek
Current President or Chancellor's Title Chancellor
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Preston Jacobsen
Implementation Liaison's Title Sustainability Manager
Implementation Liaison's Department Facilities Services
Format of Structure Task Force
Number of Individuals in Structure 21+
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff
Description Chancellor Crabtree established the campus Sustainability Task Force in the fall of 2007. This task force, reporting to the Chancellor, oversees the three subcommittees responsible for implementation of ACUPCC and other campus environmental initiatives. The subcommittees of the task force include 1) Campus Environment 2) Implementation 3) Curriculum/Education. The ACUPCC Liaison also reports directly to the Chancellor regarding strategy and implementation issues. The structure developed to meet the goals of ACUPCC has been designed to include strong academic and facilities partnerships.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

No: No information provided.

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

Yes: From the UT Knoxville Energy Conservation Policy enacted December 1, 2008:

7. ENERGY STAR qualified equipment, systems and appliances (see shall be purchased whenever such products are available and the following two conditions are satisfied:

1) The quality and function of the ENERGY STAR qualified product is equal or superior to that of non-ENERGY STAR qualified products; and,

2) The additional upfront cost of the ENERGY STAR qualified product is less than its resulting lifecycle energy savings.

If it is not possible to satisfy both of these conditions, then the most energy efficient-equipment, systems and appliances possible shall be purchased.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No information provided.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: UT faculty, staff, and students can use city public transportation (Knoxville Area Transit) at a reduced cost through UT subsidization. Additionally UT operates a fare-free shuttle system with access to key areas of the campus and the Fort Sanders neighborhood. The T-Link bus system is powered by biodiesel and natural gas vehicles. All freshman students are eligible for a free city KAT pass. UT participates in Knoxville's Smart Trips program. Smart Trips, targeting specifically faculty and staff, encourages the use of alternative transportation through out the community.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

No: No information provided.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

Yes: UT participates in the annual RecycleMania competition. Additionally:
1) Inter-office reusable envelopes are used for campus mail
2) Library computer labs have implemented activities with discourage unlimited printing by changing students for each page printed, requiring UT affiliation to use campus computers, and having double-side printing as the default print setting.
3) Members of the campus community are encouraged to report wasteful practices and offer suggestions for waste reduction at
4) Waste minimization is provided to students during freshman orientation