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Sustainability Initiative

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Once again, Pellissippi State is competiting among hundreds of other colleges and universities across the country in ReycleMania 2016. Learn all about this annual competition and how PSCC compared to its peers! (Hint: We did very well!)


Have an idea for how to make Pellissippi State Community College more environmentally friendly? Pellissippi State takes sustainability seriously, and the College’s Sustainable Campus Committee will be reviewing proposals for sustainability projects, hoping to make those proposals a reality. Proposals are due to the Committee chair, Ann Kronk, by TBD Spring 2016.

Previous sustainable project proposals have included the College’s water bottle filling stations, new outdoor recycling and trash bins, aluminum and plastic recycling and LED lighting in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit project ideas. The Sustainable Campus Committee evaluates proposals based on a rubric, and decides whether to fund the project and at what level. Students’ sustainable campus fees substantially fund the proposals each year. Fill out an application and let us know your ideas! Email Ann Kronk if you have any questions or need more information.


Are you interested in environmental sustainability and want to get involved with Pellissippi State’s sustainable initiatives? Apply to be a member of the Sustainable Campus Committee. The Sustainable Campus Committee determines the use of the funds generated from the sustainable campus fee.  Members of the committee not only vote on the usage of the fee, but they are involved in a number of activities related to sustainability. If you are interested in being a member of this committee, please click here to complete the membership application.

Pellissippi State recognized as ‘Green Achiever’ for sustainability work

sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty: /səˌsteɪ nəˈbɪl ɪ ti/ noun 1. the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

The Sustainable Campus Initiative engages students, faculty, and staff to boost our environmental awareness.  From recycling, reusing, and reducing our use of Earth’s resources, to creating community partnerships and building energy-efficient campuses, there’s something every member of the Pellissippi State community can do to contribute to the sustainability of our living planet.

In 2010, Pellissippi State Community College earned a Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award in recognition of its commitment to recycling and conservation and joined the list of colleges and universities whose presidents have signed a Climate Commitment statement.

Starting Fall 2011, a $10 sustainable Spring and Fall semester campus fee, initiated and supported by students, was implemented.  Funding from the fee is allocated by the Sustainable Campus Committee for various "green" initiatives, ranging from building plans to energy efficient operations, landscaping, purchasing "green" energy blocks, recycling, waste reduction, and educational programs and events.

Campus sustainability takes a village of students, faculty, and staff! Put your empty cans, bottles, and paper in the recycling containers. Bring your refillable water bottle and use the water bottle filling stations to refill it. Car pool or ride your bike.  

Join the “Green PAWS” club! The Club’s purpose is to make a difference of real worth in the community by initiating, promoting, and providing continuity for sustainability practices at Pellissippi State. Email Brad Moats for information about "Green PAWS".

To learn more about Pellissippi State’s sustainability efforts and to get involved, email the Sustainablility Office at sustainability@pstcc.edu or call the office at 865-539-7364.

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