Sustainability Resources

The Department of Residence Life 

Our mission is to provide welcoming, educational, and sustainable community living at the heart of the Aggie experience. They provide safe, sustainable, quality physical environments, well-maintained historic and state-of-the-art facilities, conveniently located cost-effective housing options, and reliable and responsive service.

  • Green Dorm Certification

    • Show what a sustainable Aggie you are in the on campus community! Help us make sustainability an Aggie tradition by getting your room Green Dorm Certified.

 

  • 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.

  • Fill It Forward 

    • Residence Life has a Fill it Forward Campaign! The sticker you receive will allow you to track your social and environmental impact all through simply using your reusable water bottle! Every time you fill up your bottle, scan the sticker's barcode in the Fill It Forward app. The app will keep track of the number of times you have used your bottle, the amount of waste, power, and land you have saved, and allow you to see how you contribute to providing clean water to people in need around the globe​

  • TREX Plastics Challenge

    • 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.

    • 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.​ 

      • Ice bags

      • Ziplock and other re-sealable bags

      • Produce bags

      • Bubble wrap

      • Packaging air pillows

      • Food storage bags

      • Salt bags

      • Product wrap

      • Grocery bags
      • Bread and cereal bags

      • Newspaper sleeves

      • Dry cleaning bags

    • Drop Off Locations

      • General Services Complex Lobby – Can be accessed by taking Bus Route 06 – 12th Man

      • Gardens Community Center – Can be accessed by taking Bus Route 04 – Gig ‘Em

      • Hullabaloo Hall 24 Hour Desk (2 bins) – Can be accessed by taking Bus Route 01 – Bonfire or Bus Route 02 – Replant

      • Commons 24 Hour Desk (2 bins) – Can be accessed by taking Bus Route 01 – Bonfire

      • White Creek Activity Center – Can be accessed by taking Bus Route 03 – Yell Practice

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  • E-Waste Bins 

    • The Department of Residence Life is happy to announce that there are now several locations for Aggies to recycle unwanted electronic waste (e-waste). E-waste includes items such as batteries, cords, chargers, computer mice, and similar items. Items that could contain personal information, such as cellphones or tablets, are prohibited from being placed in these bins.

      • E-waste Recycling Bins are located at:

      • Hullabaloo Hall 24 Hour Desk

      • Commons 24 Hour Desk

      • White Creek Community Center Information Desk

      • Gardens Apartments Community Center

  • Donate Don't Dump 

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

  • Residence Life Sustainability Awards 

    • The goal of the TAMU sustainability awards is to reward Aggies with a sense of achievement for their efforts in facilitating sustainable education and habits in TAMU’s residence halls. Awards available are 

      • Waste Reduction Award

      • Creative Innovator 

      • Friend of Sustainability Award

      • Green Custodial Award

      • Green Tradition ​

Office of Sustainability 

Our mission is to educate the campus and local community about the importance of sustainability. We will accomplish this by promoting sustainable practices both on and off campus in academic and non-academic settings, providing resources and support for people who wish to incorporate sustainable practices into their work and life, and advocating for sustainable programs and initiatives.

  • Aggie Sustainability Alliance (ASA)

    • The Aggie Sustainability Alliance is a campus wide program that encourages faculty and staff to participate in fostering a culture of sustainability. Individuals, offices, and student organizations are recognized for their voluntary contributions to major sustainable areas such as energy and water use, transportation, food and purchasing, waste minimization, and social sustainability. The ASA offers certification at the individual, office, or student organization level. 

  • Internship Program 

    • The goal of the Office of Sustainability’s Internship Program is to bring undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives together to create a dynamic team that works to create a culture of sustainability at Texas A&M University. Interns work together to increase awareness and education about the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social. The team focuses on educating the campus community about topics such as: energy and water use, transportation, food services, construction and built environment, purchasing, recycling, and social justice through the development of outreach initiatives and event coordination. Additionally, interns support assessment and planning efforts prioritized by the office.

    • The Internship Program is open to any TAMU undergraduate student and all majors are encouraged to apply because true sustainability must be an interdisciplinary enterprise.

  • Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC) 

    • The Sustainability Coalition is a group of connected student organizations who focus on environmental, social, or economic sustainability. A representative from the Office of Sustainability works with student organization leaders and occasionally attends meetings to stay connected and be available to answer questions about sustainability on campus. Student organizations involved with the coalition are eligible to be certified as a “Sustainable Student Organization” through the Aggie Sustainability Alliance. The coalition hosts outreach events each month focusing on taking action to create a more sustainable campus and giving students tools to become better activists. These free events are advertised to the entire student body. Student organization representatives are invited to attend an end-of-semester event and meeting to share the projects each organization is working on and how the network can help.

    • The SSC has compiled a list of all the sustainable student organizations on campus that you get involved with. Find this list here

  • Sustainability Awards 

    • The purpose of the Sustainability Champion Awards is to recognize and reward individuals - students, faculty, staff, and team members - who have demonstrated exemplary effort, dedication, and leadership throughout the year in fostering a campus culture of sustainability.​

  • STARS 

    • The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™(STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education with broad participation from the higher education community.

      • STARS was developed by the higher education community through a transparent and inclusive process.

      • An institution’s STARS score is based on the percentage of applicable points earned in credits across four main categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration.

      • STARS is designed to:

        • Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.

        • Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements

        • Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.

        • Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.

        • Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.

      • The Office of Sustainability is a charter member of STARS and has been participating in the assessment process since 2012. 

      • TAMU currently holds a Gold STARS rating.  

The Aggie Green Fund is a grant-making organization for sustainability projects at Texas A&M College Station campus, Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen, and Texas A&M University School of Law. It offers Major Grants on an annual basis and Micro-Grants on a rolling basis to empower students, faculty, and staff to take action and bring creative environmental improvements to our campus. Since its launch in 2011, the Aggie Green Fund has awarded approximately $2.1 million to over 90 projects.

  • Projects are reviewed and selected by the Aggie Green Fund Advisory Committee. Any Texas A&M University student, staff member, or faculty may submit a project application. Projects must directly address sustainability on the Texas A&M campus, may not primarily address research aims, and must have publicity, education, and outreach considerations.

  • The Aggie Green Fund is intended for environmental projects that are not already funded by Texas A&M University. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the greatest reduction in Texas A&M University's environmental impact in a cost effective manner and/or to projects with strong student involvement. Any Texas A&M University student, staff member, or faculty member may submit a project application.

AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. We do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. AASHE manages the STARS program.

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TWRI and the IRNR are working together to foster and communicate research and educational outreach programs focused on water and natural resources science and management issues in Texas and beyond.