Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.22
Liaison Jay Price
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Daniel Covington
Data Analyst and Office Administrator
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Office of Sustainability has a public website that includes detailed information on all of the services it provides, initiatives that it manages, and goals.

The Office of Sustainability distributes a monthly newsletter titled The Green Leaf. This newsletter details volunteer opportunities, local sustainability-related events, on-campus surveys, updates on sustainability-focused projects and initiatives, and much more.

The Office of Sustainability also has social media accounts for most platforms, currently including the following: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and TikTok. Some subsections of the office, such as the Free Store, have their own independent social media accounts. The majority of all posts are made on Instagram and Facebook; however, the other accounts are active.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Information about sustainability-focus or related projects and initiatives is distributed via both physical and digital fliers throughout campus.

As part of an initiative called inSTALLments that started in 2018, the Office of Sustainability has numerous plastic sleeves that hang in bathroom stalls in several buildings on campus. These sleeves contain fliers with information about recycling, composting, and the Mug Project. This allows the office to reduce the amount of paper it produces while still educating students about sustainable efforts on campus.

The Office of Sustainability also posts stickers on certain fixtures that are related to sustainability-focused initiatives. For example, Mug Project stickers can be found on soda fountains across campus. These stickers encourage students to bring their own mug in order to receive a discount at checkout.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The UTK interactive map encompasses both UTK and UTIA. Using this map, students, faculty, and staff can toggle icons that show the locations of water bottle refill stations, recycling drop-offs, accessible compost bins, bike racks, electric vehicle charging stations, solar arrays, storm drains and rain gardens, food pantries, community gardens, and green roofs.

The Office of Sustainability also hosts tours at both the Public Recycling Drop-off and the Compost Facility to learn where solid waste goes after it's put into a recycling or compost bin.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or 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. An example of one Power Challenge Brochure has been uploaded as an additional document to support submission.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

The Office of Sustainability publishes a triennial environmental impact report.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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