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!

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July Sustainability Newsletter

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A simple way for students, faculty, and staff to reduce their carbon footprint and lead a more sustainable, and healthy, lifestyle is to bike or walk rather than driving a personal car.

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June Sustainability Newsletter

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Over the last 11 years, TRACS has made great progress in promoting sustainability on higher education campuses throughout the state of Texas.

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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[...]

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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.

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!

Donate, Don’t Dump

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

Ride the Aggie Spirit

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

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.

Aggie Green Fund

Residence Life is always striving to make our halls more sustainable and educate and engage our residents. One way we have done this is through submitting and receiving Aggie Green Fund grants. The Aggie Green Fund (AGF) began in 2011 and provides funding for sustainable projects on campus not currently being paid for by A&M. It offers two types of grants that students, faculty, and staff can apply for. Since 2011, they have funded over 60 projects with funding amounts totaling over 1.7 million dollars.

If you are interested in proposing your own sustainable project to the AGF, check out their website at http://greenfund.tamu.edu/ to learn more about how to submit a proposal and the projects that have been done since the fund was created.

To the right you will find a list of grants received from the AGF that were submitted by faculty, staff, and students. If you have any questions about a specific grant or would like help with creating your own proposal, please feel free to email sustainability@housing.tamu.edu.

YEAR RECEIVED

GRANT

FUNDING RECEIVED

TOTAL FUNDING RECEIVED:

$270,587.00

2010-2011

Aggie Eco Reps

$28,300.00

2012-2013

SCVNGR.com for Sustainability Outreach

960.00

2012-2013

Water Bottle Filling Stations (WBFS) I

35,000.00

2014-2015

Residence Life Stainless Steel Recycling Containers & Signage

19,580.00

2015-2016

Light Switch Stickers

4,000.00

2015-2016

Occupancy Sensors

8,750.00

2015-2016

Residence Hall Recycling

48,000.00

2015-2016

WBFS II

35,000.00

2016-2017

Programmable Power Strips

23,122.00

2016-2017

WBFS III

22,800.00

2017-2018

WBFS IV

40,000.00

2017-2018

Water Efficient Showerheads in Residence Halls

1,660.00

2018-2019

White Creek Apartment Sustainability Education Stickers

2,223.00

2018-2019

Laundry Room Stickers

806.00

2018-2019

Glasdon E-waste bins

386.00

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.

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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!