Alternative Energy and Transportation Coordinator – UT

Location of Service: UT Office of Sustainability – 2040 Sutherland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37996

About UT Office of Sustainability:

The UT Office of Sustainability is committed to promoting the responsible consumption of human, economic, and environmental resources on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. We use holistic data collection and analysis to inform sustainability initiatives and develop collaborations with campus and community partners to reduce the environmental impacts of the University’s operations, all while engaging the campus community in what it means to Make Orange Green.

Position Summary:
  • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all energy sources, as it represents the largest contributor to GHG emissions at UTK.
  • Serve on campus committees including but not limited to the Sustainable Energy Working Group, the Committee on the Campus Environment, and the Energy Task Force.
  • Collaborate with Facilities Services and other entities to research and assess opportunities for energy efficiency projects, create innovative solutions to energy needs, perform energy audits, and study the feasibility of implementing alternative sources of energy on campus or off-site with appropriate partners to maximize GHG reductions through various efforts.
  • Create and deploy educational materials about current and future projects for energy conservation on campus.
  • Find ways to reduce carbon emissions from campus transportation, the second largest contributor to GHG emissions at UTK.
  • Serve as the Chairperson for the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) on campus to assist UTK in becoming designated as a bicycle-friendly university and improving bike infrastructure on campus.
  • Facilitate collaboration between several key groups on and off the UTK campus, including but not limited to UTK Fleet Management, UTK Facilities Services, The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), and the Knoxville Area Transit (KAT).
  • Research best practices at other institutions regarding alternative energy and transportation, and find ways to incorporate those activities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Serve as a representative of the Office of Sustainability at campus and community events that may occur at night or on weekends, and work as a Zero Waste Gameday team member, especially during the football season.
  • Participate in Office of Sustainability projects of varying types.
  • Assist other team members and Sustainability Manager with various projects and tasks as assigned.

The member(s) in this position will have the opportunity to gain the following skills/credentials:

  • Supervision, leadership
  • Chairing a university committee
  • Survey creation, distribution, and analysis
  • Proposal and professional report writing
  • Data tracking and analysis, particularly for energy, fuel usage
  • Volunteer management
  • Public speaking, communication
  • Proficiency in WordPress
Site Preferences/Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, planning, sustainability, or environmental field strongly preferred
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of sustainability efforts within higher education or community organizations or experience working with a college or university sustainability office
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on a wide range of tasks
  • Ability to create and give presentations to small and large (30+) groups

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.

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