The Clean Energy Initiative

is a student initiative promoting a clean energy future for the University of Tennessee. Through the support of renewable energy (like wind and solar power) we can ease the burden of our energy use on the environment.

The Clean Energy Initiative is a progressive movement which aims to do the following:

  • Make East Tennessee a safer and healthier place to live.
  • Decrease the University of Tennessee's dependence on fossil fuels and other "dirty" energy sources.
  • Conserve energy on campus with facilities management projects to make more efficent use of energy.
  • Make the University of Tennessee the largest purchaser of clean energy in the Southeastern United States.




  • The first step towards securing a clean energy future for the University of Tennessee is a referendum which would recommend an $8.00 student fee for clean energy. The funds raised by this fee would be implemented as follows:

  • Half the funds would be used to buy into TVA's Green Power Switch program which is the Southeast's largest program for large scale renewable energy production.
  • A quarter of the funds would be used to promote energy conservation and efficiency on campus through facilities management projects and education in residence halls, etc.
  • Another quarter of the funds would be used to generate renewable energy on campus. Imagine having a photovoltaic solar panel on top of the University Center!




  • Click on the following links to learn more about the Clean Energy Initiative at the University of Tennessee.

  • Environmental justification for the Clean Energy Initiative
  • Facts about UT's current energy consumption
  • Student Energy Survey
  • SGA Referendum on the Clean Energy Initiative






  • If you would like to become involved with the Clean Energy Initiative at the University of Tennessee please contact David Epley at depley@utk.edu or come to one of SPEAK's meetings on Monday nights at 8pm in UC224.