Spring 2011 Grant Awards

Spring 2011 Grant Awards



On April 29, 2011, the Aggie Green Fund Advisory Board announced they would be funding nine projects. These nine projects will receive more than $270,000 in funding.

You can learn more about each of the projects by clicking on the project title.

Water Bottle Filling Stations

Filtered water bottle filling stations encourage campus members to utilize a reusable water bottle rather than recycling and/or throwing away disposable containers. Eight stations will be installed in high traffic areas such as Evans Library, Student Recreation Center, and Koldus.

Aggie E-Corps Program

The Aggie E-Corps Program will fund 24 students who will reach out to the residents of on-campus housing to reduce energy and resource use and the campus carbon footprint through the development and practice of sustainable behavior in the on-campus housing community.

Student Farm

The project will establish a certified organic parcel of land for food production, education and research; create a closed system of food production, reducing the campus' waste stream and providing a source of fresh nutrient‚Äźdense food; provide educational opportunities for Texas A&M students in sustainable agriculture through courses, student organizations, and educational outreach; and provide Texas AgriLife Extension and Research Services access to certified organic land for research and community education.

Outdoor Recycling for Main Campus

This project will provide a total of 19 three-stream waste and recycling containers - 13 on Main Campus and six on West Campus. The commodities recycled will include waste; paper; and plastic, aluminum and glass containers. The recycling containers will be installed in high traffic areas surrounding the Academic Building.

Jack. E. Brown Made Green

This project will install a 3.2 kilowatt solar panel system to provide supplemental power to the Jack E. Brown Engineering building and use the installation to raise awareness for alternative and renewable energy sources.

Office of Sustainability Internship

The Office of Sustainability will hire a student intern to assist in the development of programs which promote environmental awareness. This new position will be instrumental in developing the four core platforms of the Sustainability outreach campaign and creating a framework to make these programs a permanent part of our office's campus and community engagement.

Winnie Carter Wildlife Center

The Winnie Carter Wildlife Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine will construct a new composting facility that is larger and more efficient than the current one. The overall purpose of this project is not only to expand the current composting facility, but to serve as an educational tool for students on the process and benefits of composting. Students will learn how organic materials can be saved instead of being taken to solid waste or thrown in a dumpster, and thus be recycled to benefit the environment.

Bike Friendly University (Rec Center)

In an effort to obtain a Bike Friendly University (BFU) designation, Transportation Services and Outdoor Adventures have partnered to enhance bike maintenance tools. These tools will be used as part of the bike maintenance course offered by Outdoor Adventures and be available for use as part of the bike maintenance facility.

TAMU Zimride Rideshare

Zimride provides a new form of efficient transportation that integrates social networking into a customized, private A&M network to help users establish trust, maintain their social profiles and allow individuals to split costs by sharing seats in their car with friends, classmates and co-workers. Zimride's program promotes alternative transportation options that can be integrated into the rideshare program to allow users various options of transportation (for commutes or one-time trips). By taking more single occupancy vehicles off the road, Zimride effectively reduces carbon emissions, promotes "green" living, decreases commuting costs and road-trip costs per user, and saves upkeep and development costs associated with parking congestion and parking lots.