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UT recognized for green power use

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus has been recognized for it's commitment to renewable energy by a regional clean energy organization.

UT has received the  Green Power Leadership Award from The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Founded in 1985, SACE is a regional organization focused on developing clean energy solutions throughout the Southeast.

The Knoxville campus was selected due to its participation in TVA/KUB's Green Power Switch Program in which the Student Environmental Initiatives fund purchases renewable energy for the campus.

UT Knoxville is the largest purchaser of green power in the Southeast and was the first university in the state to fund the green power through a student-approved fee, according to a press release.

"Thanks to the leadership of our student body and a commitment from our entire campus community, UT Knoxville is a leader in campus sustainability efforts and our plan is to build upon all of our initiatives that help us to be a good steward of the earth's resources," said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. 

Gordie Bennett is the campus's sustainability manager, and accepted the award.

UT Knoxville recently adopted a Climate Action Plan as part of being a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. The campus's sustainability efforts are part of the comprehensive Make Orange Green program that promotes and coordinates environmental stewardship activities on campus.
Earlier this year, The Princeton Review listed UT Knoxville in its "Guide to 286 Green Colleges," citing the Student Environmental Initiatives fund and recognizing the campus's 2007 sustainable building policy.
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