SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is part of the on campus Aggie experience.

Engage and explore the sustainability efforts supported by the Department of Residence Life. We strive to engage and educate our diverse student population about sustainability with the mission of making sustainability an Aggie tradition!

News & Announcements

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Donate… Don’t Dump!

May 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Residence Life strongly supports sustainability and asks you to Donate... Don't Dump!

The U-Challenge Launches and Aggieland Saturday!

February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

TAMU Residence Life launches the U-Challenge, has fun being sustainable at Aggieland Weekend!

Upcoming Events

Oct
14
Sat
7:45 am TAMU Stream Clean
TAMU Stream Clean
Oct 14 @ 7:45 am – 11:00 am
It’s that time of year when Aggies come together to clean up our area streams! Texas A&M Environmental Health & Safety cordially invites you to attend the 9th Annual Stream Clean. Participants will meet in the EHS parking lot (same as the University Police Department) around 7:45 to sign in and pick up equipment and[...]
Oct
22
Sun
9:00 am Aggie Replant Day
Aggie Replant Day
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Replant Day is the largest, one-day, student-led, environmental service project in the nation! Replant Day strives to improve the Bryan/College Station community, bring students together through tradition, and provide an avenue for environmental service in action through an annual tree planting event. Shifts run from 10:00am – 12:00pm (check-in starting at 9:00am) and from 1:00pm[...]
Oct
25
Wed
9:00 am Campus Sustainability Day
Campus Sustainability Day
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come out and celebrate sustainability in higher education with your fellow Ags! CSD raises sustainability awareness and encourages education about the initiatives Texas A&M takes to become a more sustainable university.

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What You Can Do

There are many ways students can engage with sustainability while you live at the heart of the Aggie experience. Levels of engagement vary from utilizing the recycling bins to being a leader in sustainability by joining a student organization. Please see the “Projects” tab for more information about these opportunities.

U-Challenge (Utilities Challenge)

The U-Challenge will provide students the unique opportunity to gain access to the data about the residence halls here at Texas A&M University. Students will use this information, and draw upon the expertise of the staff from Utilities and Energy Services and Residence Life, to learn about the current proficiency of the buildings and propose ways to increase the buildings’ efficiency to a panel of staff, faculty, and administration. All majors and classifications are encouraged to participate. For more information, download the Utilities Challenge Outline. To apply, complete the U-Challenge Application online.

Aggie Eco Reps

Want to be more involved? Join the Aggie Eco Reps and represent your residence hall or apartment in this student organization that educates and engages students on campus while having fun!

Ride the Aggie Spirit

Reduce your carbon footprint by riding the Aggie Spirit bus system and not driving your car.

Don’t Dump, Donate

At the end of the spring semester, donate your unwanted items to Goodwill in our Don’t Dump, Donate program.

Utilizing Sustainable Resources

Recycle your recyclable material at any of the locations in your residence hall.

Sustainability Challenges

Download the Eco Aggies app from Joulebug and play in any of the ongoing challenges on the app. Also, receive notifications about sustainable events on campus!

Sustainability Awards

The goal of the Texas A&M University sustainability awards will be to reward Aggies with a sense of achievement for their efforts in facilitating sustainable education and habits in Texas A&M residence halls

Projects

Eco Aggies is a sustainability app that provides TAMU students the opportunity to learn about the environment, engage with other students from across campus, and earn prizes from our sponsor, Siemens, in ongoing challenges. The challenges highlight a new theme each month and encourages students to earn points by performing sustainable actions. For more information, please visit http://ecoaggies.joulebug.com/
The Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University works tirelessly to ensure students in the residence halls can recycle. With over 100 recycling bins in the residence halls, all students have the opportunity to recycle and protect the environment. Funding for the bins come from various projects like the Aggie Green Fund and the Keep America Beautiful campaign, to name a few. In 2013, Residence Life received funding from the Aggie Green Fund to install three-stream recycling bins in the residence halls. These bins enable students to conveniently recycle plastic, aluminum and paper. For a map of recycling bins close to you, please see the attached map. https://utilities.tamu.edu/campus-recycling-locations/
Because of its direct impact on carbon emissions emitted from generating energy for our residence halls, we work closely with the award-winning Utilities and Energy Services on a regular basis to address any concerns about inefficiencies. By addressing these issues early, we increase the effectiveness of the residence halls’ systems and maintain a high living standard for students living in the residence halls.
In 2015, Residence Life installed 74 water bottle filling stations throughout the residence halls, thanks to a grant from the Aggie Green Fund. This project reduces the amount of waste generated by encouraging residence to use refillable water bottles while also providing clean, fresh water to our students.
Texas A&M strives to renovate and expand its buildings and infrastructure, which means LOTS of construction! Residence Life creates strategies to ensure we minimize wasted material from construction projects, saving resources in the process.

Have you ever started preparing to move out of the residence halls in the spring and discovered you acquired more stuff than you remembered?

Instead of throwing away goods and contributing to the landfill, donate your material to the Don’t Dump, Donate program! TAMU ResLife partners with Goodwill during move out to give students that opportunity.

Locations include parking lot 32 by Haas Hall, beside the south side parking garage, the White Creek Activity Center, and near the Activity Center at the Gardens Apartments. Drop-off times will be May 2-12 at 8:30am-4:30pm everyday (weekends included). Accepted items include electronics, small appliances (not including microwaves or TVs), clothing, towels and rugs, shoes, and other household items.

If you have nonperishable food, you can also donate it to The 12th Can program at the Commons Front Desk, Hullabaloo and at the Goodwill trucks.

The Sustainability Office offers to evaluate your office’s sustainability levels. The qualifications for this certification range from easy tasks to more in-depth responsibilities. For more information, please check out the Sustainable Office Certification program.

Partners

Residence Life graciously partners with various offices, departments, and units across campus in our efforts to make sustainability an Aggie tradition. The following departments and organizations are a few of the people with whom Residence Life coordinates our efforts to meet our goals.

Resources

TAMU Sustainability Guide

Do you know what it means to have a green office? Maybe? Not really? This TAMU Sustainability Guide is a great resource!

Office of Sustainability 

The Sustainability Office advocates many programs and ongoing projects. For all information related to sustainability at TAMU, they will be a good place to start.

Utilities and Energy Services

Are you curious about TAMU’s award-winning energy plant? Maybe you would like to schedule a tour of the plant? Contact them at utilities@tamu.edu.

Environmental Health and Safety

To report environmental concerns, please check out the Environmental Health and Safety website. 

Aggie Green Fund      

Do you have a great idea for sustainability initiatives around campus but you just don’t know how to acquire funding? That’s why the Aggie Green Fund exists! Check out how to submit an application for the AGF at their website.

Biennial Report

Are you interested about what TAMU’s broader goals are and how it pursues them? Check out the biennial report from the Sustainability Office and find out!