Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.85
Liaison Kelly Wellman
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

Texas A&M University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Kelly Wellman
Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:

The Plan can be viewed here: http://sustainability.tamu.edu/Data/Sites/1/downloads/2018SMP.PDF

Measurable Objectives can be found in Section 9: Administrative Support and Section 10: Instruction, Research, and Innovation at the link above. They are also listed below.

9-5 Incentivize curriculum development and redevelopment that prioritizes sustainability.

10-1 Increase the availability of undergraduate and graduate courses on or related to sustainability

10-2 Increase departments offering courses on or related to sustainability.

10-3 Increase the percentage of students who take a course with a sustainable learning outcome.


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:

The Plan can be viewed here: http://sustainability.tamu.edu/Data/Sites/1/downloads/2018SMP.PDF

Measurable Objectives can be found in Section 8: Education, Outreach, and Engagement and Section 9: Administrative Support from the above link. They are also listed below.

8-1 Increase the number of student organizations that participate in Campus Sustainability Day

8-2 Increase the number of opportunities for campus stakeholders to collaborate on sustainability initiatives

8-3 Report hours of community service per full time equivalent enrollment commensurate with the Texas A&M Core Value of Selfless Service.

8-4 Develop all the outreach collateral types recognized by STARS to better address communications needs.

9-2 Certify faculty and staff through the Aggie Sustainability Alliance (ASA).


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

The Plan can be viewed here: http://sustainability.tamu.edu/Data/Sites/1/downloads/2018SMP.PDF

Measurable Objectives can be found in Section 2: Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the above link. They are also listed below.

2-1 Decrease campus energy use intensity.

2-3 Increase the use of renewable energy.

In addition, The Energy Action Plan 2020 plan can be viewed here: https://utilities.tamu.edu/energy-action-plan-2020/


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:

The Plan can be viewed here: http://sustainability.tamu.edu/Data/Sites/1/downloads/2018SMP.PDF

Measurable Objectives can be found in Section 5: Built Environment and Site Design, Section 7: Social Sustainability and Section 10:Instruction, Research, and Innovation at the above link. They are also listed below.

5-2 Develop public, civic spaces (interior and exterior) to represent a broader cross-section of the Aggie community.

7-1 Increase the demographic diversity of the campus through recruitment and retention.

7-2 Continue to close the gaps in student success rates.

7-3 Increase the amount of recreational space available.

7-4 Increase faculty and staff participation in WELLNESS WORKS! (now called Flourish) and Wellness Release Time.

7-5 Increase capacity for mental health and preventative health services to meet student needs.

10-5 Increase the number of university classrooms that include technology to aid those with disabilities.


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Texas A&M University defines “sustainability” as the efficient, deliberate and responsible preservation of environmental, social and economic resources to protect our earth for future generations of Texas Aggies, the Texas A&M University community and beyond.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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