Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.15
Liaison Kelly Wellman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Texas A&M University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kelly Wellman
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

We have two sustainability-related groups.

First, the Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC) and the The Sustainability Environmental Management Committee (SEMC). The website is https://sustainabilitycouncil.tamu.edu/.

The SAC is charged with fostering and promoting sustainability throughout the university community by formulating a sustainability strategy for the university. The SAC will annually report recommendations directly to President Young.

The (SEMC) serves as an advisory committee to the Executive Vice President and Provost (the President’s designee) and Environmental Health & Safety. The SEMC reviews environmental policy and programs and recommends methods of improving compliance, pollution prevention, and education.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC) Membership:
Dr. Jerry Strawser, Chair
Dr. Lou Tassinary, Faculty Senate
Dr. Debbie Thomas, College of Geoscience
Dr. Jorge Vanegas, College of Architecture
Dr. Carol Binzer, Division of Student Affairs
Mr. Matt Fry, Division of Research
Ms. Wendi Brewer, University Staff Council
Ms. Mary Schubert, Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness
Ms. Rebekah Rabun, Athletics
Mr. Scot Obergefell, Athletics
Ms. Mikey Jaillet, Student Body President
Mr. Eric Mendoza, Student Senate
Ms. Bria Perkins, Residential Housing Association President
Mr. Richard Gentry, SSC Services for Higher Education
Mr. Purna Chandra Doddapaneni, Graduate and Professional Student Council President
Mr. Dirk Anderson, Chartwells

Ex-Officio Members:
Ms. Kelly Wellman, Office of Sustainability
Ms. Jane Schneider, Facilities and Operations
Ms. Ashley Skow, Facilities and Operations

Sustainability Environmental Management Committee (SEMC) Membership:
Howard Meek - Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Brad Urbanczyk - Agri-Life Research & Extension
Casey DuPont - Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
Cody Stewart - Texas Transportation Institute
Gordon Evans - Texas A&M System
Byron Prestridge - Transportation Services
Chris Diekert - Utilities & Energy Services, Energy Improvement Program
Darryl Petersen - Utilities & Energy Services, Water & Environmental Services
Barbara Musgrove - SSC Service Solutions
Zofia Rybkowski- Faculty
Len Bierman - Faculty
Rebekah Rabun - Athletics
Scot Obergefell - Athletics
Carol Binzer - Residence Life
Monica Hartman - Environmental Health & Safety
Ben Kalscheur - Office of Sustainability
Environmental Issues Committee Representative
Graduate Student Council Representative

Staff Members:
Tassie Hermann - Environmental Health & Safety Staff
Jeff Truss - Environmental Health & Safety Staff
Chris Meyer - Office of Safety and Security
Kelly Wellman - Office of Sustainability Staff

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

From its inception as a land-grant institution in 1876 to the additional sea-grant and space-grant designations, Texas A&M University has been a leader in research and education for how we interact with - and impact - our environment. In March 2008, The Office of Sustainability was founded to enhance these efforts by creating a culture of sustainability in Aggieland.

We work to respect, protect, and preserve the financial, environmental, and people resources that make Texas A&M and our community so great, not only for today, but also for future generations of Aggies. When Aggies commit to a sustainable lifestyle, we bring Texas A&M's core values to life.

The Office of Sustainability provides vision and leadership for campus sustainability, implements programs and planning to encourage sustainable practices, coordinates an annual institutional sustainability assessment, and collaborates with other institutions of higher education through regional and national engagement.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kelly Wellman

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The previous three years for the Office of Sustainability (OS) at Texas A&M University have been productive on multiple fronts. In April 2017, OS hired Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) to update the 2010 Sustainability Master Plan. To develop the plan, we established four working groups comprised of 18-22 campus experts. The working groups were 1) Physical Environment 2) Waste Management 3) Social Sustainability and 4) Institutional Effort. We held multiple working group sessions, open houses, and met with a variety of campus stakeholder groups. In the end, over 500 campus members contributed to the final product which was released in October 2018. The entire plan can be viewed at http://sustainability.tamu.edu/Data/Sites/1/downloads/2018SMP.PDF.
OS provides oversight for the Aggie Green Fund (AGF) which awards grants for on campus environmental improvements. From 2013-2019, the AGF has awarded $950,000+ for a variety of projects such as exterior and interior recycling infrastructure, an irrigation pilot program, water bottle filling stations (now over 285 on campus), and funding for the student-led Howdy! Farm which provides local, organic produce for sale within the community.
The Office of Sustainability provides 8-10 internship positions for Outreach Specialists during Fall and Spring semesters. Outreach Specialists are responsible for participating in New Student Conferences, tabling events, canvassing campus and initiating dialogue about sustainability, and hosting formal educational presentations.
The Office of Sustainability is actively engaged in the academic institutional assessment via AEFIS. Our analysis looks at our education and outreach targets, survey analysis of events our office hosts, and increasing participation in the Sustainable Office Certification was updated and rebranded as the Aggie Sustainability Alliance (ASA). The ASA now has individual as well as office certification components. More information about ASA can be found at http://sustainability.tamu.edu/aggie-sustainability-alliance.aspx.
In May 2019, the Office released 2018 Sustainability Highlight report which provides an overview of campus achievements in the 2018 STARS submission. The report can be found at http://sustainability.tamu.edu/Data/Sites/1/Attachments/2018-highlight-report_final.pdf.
Each year, the Sustainability Environmental Management Committee (SEMC) establishes committee goals. Examples of previous goals include recycling and energy reduction. Goals are advanced through working groups which contain SEMC members as well as campus experts. Recycling-related working groups created campus wide signage to be applied to exterior recycling bins across campus. In 2016 a pilot was initiated to use this same labeling system on interior recycling containers. These labels are being made available for the campus community to apply to existing interior bins. While there are numerous types of containers within the many campus buildings, it is the hope of the SEMC that a universal labeling system will reduce confusion and improve overall recycling rates. With respect to energy goals, the SEMC has endorsed the Energy Action Plan (EAP) 2020 which includes 12 initiatives that can be found at https://utilities.tamu.edu/energy-action-plan-2020/. The SEMC anticipates that the goals of the EAP 2020 will be achieved.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Director

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Sustainability Assistant Manager

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Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Sustainability Coordinator

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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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