Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

The UT Office of Sustainability website serves as a central place for members of the UT community to learn about sustainability-related news, initiatives and features around campus. It also has resources for students and employees to become more involved in on-campus sustainability. Additionally, the UT Recycling website (http://recycle.utk.edu/) has information about campus recycling, compost, and waste reduction efforts, as well as ways to get involved.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Green Leaf, a newsletter published by the Office of Sustainability, allows UT community members to keep up with on-campus sustainability initiatives and events.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability has four main outlets for social media, which help the office to disseminate information about events and volunteering opportunities, as well as to better engage students in on-campus sustainability on a day-to-day basis. These include a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MakeOrangeGreen), a Twitter account (https://twitter.com/MakeOrangeGreen), an Instagram account (http://instagram.com/utsustainability) an a Flikr account (https://www.flickr.com/people/makeorangegreen).

Additionally the UT Recycling office has several social media accounts for outreach and volunteer recruitment, including a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/utrecycling), a Twitter account (https://twitter.com/UT_Recycling), and an Istagram account (http://instagram.com/utrecycling).


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

Two student writers contribute "Two Treehuggers with an Ax" opinion columns to the Daily Beacon newspaper which cover a range of sustainability topics.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) strives to promote research with clear environmental and sustainability impacts. Each year they publish an annual report that outlines sustainability research done at UT. This report includes student projects and student research done in collaboration with professors.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

There are signs in buildings around campus that highlight features such as LEED certified buildings, energy efficiency lighting and geothermal heating systems.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

There are signs in the dining halls that highlight organic, local and vegetarian food options, food waste and composting opportunities, as well as pointing out composting stations and the university's use of unbleached napkins.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The UT interactive campus map includes a sustainability layer that marks sustainability highlights around the campus, as well as pedestrian walkways and bike paths.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

The Parking & Transit Services website has an Alternative Transportation section that highlights information and resources for bicycles, electric vehicles, travel to other parts of the state, car sharing, smart trips, the Knoxville public bus system, and MegaBus.

Additionally, "the T", the on-campus bus system maintains a website that provides information about routes, schedules, and live tracking of bus locations. The buses are free for any person on campus, regardless of whether they're affiliated with the University or not. (http://ridethet.utk.edu/)

The Office of Sustainability also has a summary of alternative transit resources on campus on their website. http://facserv.utk.edu/sustainability/on-campus/transportation/


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

On their page on alternative transportation, UT Parking & Transit Services has a section for bicycles that includes information about the bike shop, a local bike map and information about parking and storing bikes on campus.

Additionally, the UT Outdoor Program maintains a section of their website dedicated to resources for bicyclists. This website include information about renting bikes through the University, on the road help for cyclists, local bike maps and shops, and biking groups on and off campus. (http://recsports.utk.edu/Programs/Outdoor%20Rec/Bikes/resources/index.php)


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The annual POWER Challenge is a month-long competition that pits UT residence halls against each other in a battle to see which hall is the greenest. (POWER stands for Programs of Water, Energy, and Recycling). Residence halls are given sustainability documents and guides to assist in implementing green actions in their halls for competition points.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

The Office of Sustainability publishes an annual Environmental Impact Report (http://environment.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/EIR-Final-Complete.pdf) as well as a Make Orange Green Calendar Series (http://facserv.utk.edu/sustainability/get-involved/make-orange-green-calendar-series/) with monthly sustainability tips.The Division of Student Affairs highlights campus sustainability efforts in their monthly staff newsletter. http://studentlife.utk.edu/; Facilities Services regularly published press releases and articles in Tennessee Today on the progress of the Office of Sustainability and initiatives on campus. http://tntoday.utk.edu/


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