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5th Annual Sustainability Dinner

October 29th, 2018|Comments Off on 5th Annual Sustainability Dinner

Residence Life hosted their 5th Annual Sustainability Dinner on October 23. The Sustainability Dinner is a relaxed event where students have the chance to network with faculty and staff who teach, research, or live sustainably.

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Upcoming Events

all-day Trex Plastic Film Challenge
Trex Plastic Film Challenge
Nov 20 2018 – Apr 30 2019 all-day
Join the Department of Residence Life for the inaugural Trex Plastic Film Challenge. Help us collect 500 pounds of plastic film in 6 months to raise waste awareness and win a free bench! The challenge will take place from now until the end of April and anyone at Texas A&M can use the bins. Any[...]
10:00 am 12th Can Food Pantry
12th Can Food Pantry
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
The 12th Can is a student-run food pantry located at Texas A&M to serve all students, faculty, and staff in need of assistance. We opened our doors in November 2013, and have managed to serve over 78,000 pounds of food. The 12th Can is affiliated with Brazos Valley Food Bank as a program partner, and[...]
all-day Grocery Give & Grab
Grocery Give & Grab
Apr 22 – May 14 all-day
Grocery Give & Grab Making Sustainability an Aggie tradition Beginning on Monday, April 22, the Department of Residence Life will be hosting bins marked as Grocery Give & Grab in an effort to collect and distribute non-perishable food items to help students get through those last days of the semester. Consonant with “Donate, Don’t Dump,”[...]
10:00 am Swipe Out Hunger
Swipe Out Hunger
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
What is the 12th Can? The 12th Can is an on-campus, student-run food pantry that serves all students, faculty and staff of Texas A&M in need of assistance. Since we opened our doors in November 2013, we have served over 3,500 Aggies with over 90,000 pounds of food! How does SWIPE OUT HUNGER work? If[...]
10:00 am Swipe Out Hunger
Swipe Out Hunger
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
What is the 12th Can? The 12th Can is an on-campus, student-run food pantry that serves all students, faculty and staff of Texas A&M in need of assistance. Since we opened our doors in November 2013, we have served over 3,500 Aggies with over 90,000 pounds of food! How does SWIPE OUT HUNGER work? If[...]

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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.

Utilizing Sustainable Resources

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

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

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.

Trex Plastic Challenge

What is Trex?

Trex is a company headquartered in Winchester, VA. They produce composite decking and outdoor furniture made from 95% recycled wood and plastic film. You can learn more by going to

What is the challenge?

The challenge presented by Trex is to collect at least 500 pounds of plastic film within a six month time period. Plastic collected is then sent to a local retailer where it is then sent to a distribution center from which Trex purchases the plastic. If the 500 pound minimum is met, Trex provides a free bench to the institution.

What plastic can be collected?

Below is a list of all the types of plastic that can be recycled as part of the challenge. Please make sure that all plastic is clean, dry, and free of food residue.

  • Trex Collection ContainerBread and cereal bags
  • Grocery bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Ice bags
  • Ziplock and other re-sealable bags
  • Produce bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packaging air pillows
  • Food storage bags
  • Salt bags
  • Product wrap

Where are the drop-off locations?

Location maps can be accessed by clicking on the location links below or by going to and searching for the location(s). | View map of all 5 locations

Individual location maps can be accessed by clicking on the location links above or by going to and searching for the location(s).


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
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.
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.


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.


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

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!