Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
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University of Tennessee at Knoxville
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

Committee on the Campus Environment:The CCE was organized in 1999 as a standing committee in the Office of Chancellor and now reports directly to the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration. The mission of CCE is to advise the Vice Chancellor on policies and actions that promote environmental stewardship at UTK in an advisory capacity.
The CCE provides advice on ways to:
-improve the physical environment of UTK;
-incorporate environmental stewardship principles into design, construction, operation, and maintenance decisions and practices at UTK; and
-increase the day-to-day environmental awareness and knowledge of students, faculty, and staff at UTK.

Sustainability Working Group: To create a campus-wide community of faculty, staff, and students who are engaged in interdisciplinary education, research, and service in support of a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable world.

Energy Task Force: The Energy Task Force is a group of energy related and focused personnel within Facilities Services, which oversee, discuss and implement short and long term energy efficiency and utility related projects. This task force is also in charge of managing the Green Revolving Fund implementation, in addition to supporting the efforts of the SEC Energy Road Map.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Committee on the Campus Environment: The committee members change from year to year, but traditionally the committee members consist of Christie Kennedy and Jay Price as co-Chairs, 6 - 10 faculty members that have a relative connection to sustainability either through their background or current course offerings, a representative from Parking Services, Office of Research and Engagement, Athletics, Facilities Services (including the Sustainability Manager) and various student sustainability organizations. Each committee member is recommended to serve on the committee via the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration. Current members can be viewed at http://cce.utk.edu/membership/.

Sustainability Working Group: Comprised of faculty and staff from diverse disciplines and offices, including the Sustainability Manager. A voluntary participation with over 55 members as of Fall 2015.

Energy Task Force: All members work in Facilities Services and are from the following departments within Facilities Services; Zone Maintenance, Utilities, Communication and Information Services, Plumbing, Electrical, Building Services and Rapid Response Teams.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Established in 2008, the Office of Sustainability aims to foster sustainable development and promote environmental stewardship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville by strategically bridging the gap between campus operations, teaching, research, and outreach.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Preston Jacobsen, Sustainability Manager

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Committee on the Campus Environment:
-Creation of the Environmental Stewardship Fund
-Management of the Annual Environmental Leadership Awards
-Creating and updating the Environmental Progress Report every three years
-Establishing seven Working Groups to work on updating the university's Climate Action Plan

Sustainability Working Group:
-1st ever group formation of group of 50 plus faculty dedicated to increasing sustainability focused educational offerings on campus as well as online.
-Development of the Sustainability Asset Map

Energy Task Force:
-Numerous energy efficiency projects, saving the university hundreds of thousands of dollars per FY
-Management of the Green Revolving Fund
-Formation and implementation of campuses Utility Master Plan
-Management of the SEC Energy Road Map pilot project for the TVA
-Management of facilities during extreme weather events; cold outbreaks, severe weather, heavy snow, etc.


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