Spring 2012 Grant Awards
In the Spring of 2012, the Aggie Green Fund Advisory Board announced funding for seven projects. They awarded $334,710 in grants to the following projects.
Greenhouse and Education Facility - $96,000
The Sustainable Agriculture Student Association and the Howdy Farm envision an educational organic agriculture facility utilizing solar and rainwater technologies to be constructed on west campus near the Howdy Farm’s organic production site. This structure would ensure year-round greenhouse production capability and adequate learning space. The facility will educate TAMU students about sustainable greenhouse production by hosting classes and using the space for research, class projects, and independent graduate and undergraduate research on sustainable crop production.
Outdoor Recycling Bins for Main Campus – Ross Street – $90,205
Texas A&M University’s Utilities & Energy Management (UEM) in conjunction with Facilities Services Landscape Maintenance Services purchase of three-stream (waste, paper and containers—plastic , aluminum and glass) recycling bins is to be used outdoors in a high profile area on the Main Campus. The area identified will be along the newly renovated Ross Street from Military Walk to Bizzell Street. The goal of the project is to increase the visibility and opportunities of recycling to the students, staff, faculty and public who use and visit our campus.
Zachry Engineering Center Green Belt - $60,000
The ZACHRY Engineering Center Green Belt is a project that will recapture and preserve the valuable open green space near Zachry Engineering Center and improve it to be utilized as a common outdoor gathering area for all students, faculty, staff, student organizations and associated special Engineering and University functions. This green belt will be irrigated properly to conserve water, covered with a durable turf, and furnished with picnic tables, park benches, bike racks, security lights and an emergency telephone. This project will reclaim, return and preserve this valuable space as a functional, beneficial and pleasant facade of the University.
Rack ‘Em Aggies - $40,000
This project entails adding new and replacing the current “ring” style and other substandard bike racks seen across campus with a style better suited to secure a bike frame and wheel. This high-density style rack also allows the bike to stand upright using the frame of the bike instead of the wheel which reduces the opportunity for bikes to be damaged from falling into each other and makes bike parking areas significantly neater. This project will include an additional 100 bike racks each rated at 10 bike parking spaces double sided access
Engineering Quadrant Recycling Stations - $26,000
The Engineering Quadrant Recycle Stations project is a centralized, coordinated project that will acquire, install, and maintain three-container recycling stations throughout the main corridors and lobbies of the fifteen facilities within the “Engineering Quadrant” of main campus. The goals of the project are to decrease the amount of solid waste generated from the University (specifically from the College of Engineering), to increase the amount of recyclable materials contributed to local Bryan/College Station recycling centers, and to create awareness for the tens-of-thousands of students who pulse the TAMU engineering facilities daily.
Water Bottle Filling Stations - $20,000
The ultimate goal of the water bottle filling stations is to reduce the amount of beverage container waste generated on campus. The proposed 8 water stations encourage campus members to utilize a reusable water bottle rather than recycling and/or throwing away disposable containers. By installing water bottle filling stations, we achieve the most sustainable form of effective waste management strategies – simply, do not generate waste.
Recycling Stickers for Residence Hall Rooms - $2,505
The purpose of the Go Green stickers is to encourage sustainable habits among students living on-campus. They will also provide extra information and easily accessible resources. The main goal is to increase student awareness of small actions that can make a big impact on increasing sustainability and to make students aware of on-campus resources, such as the recycling containers. The stickers will list green living tips, specifically geared to the on-campus student population.