2013 GRANT AWARDS

In the Spring of 2013, the Aggie Green Fund Advisory Board awarded grants totaling $268,218 to the following projects.

Recyling Bins

Recycling in Residence Halls - $48,000

The Department of Residence Life provided three-stream waste containers to be used inside residence halls. The project increases the visibility of recycling to the students living on campus, fosters participation in recycling, and enhances the sustainability effort on the Texas A&M campus.

Joule Bug Logo - Play Save Share

SCVNGR.com for Sustainability Outreach - $960

A year-long subscription to SCVNGR.com allowed for the creation of treks or hunt with clues and challenges for individuals or team participants using their mobile devices. Previous hunts have been successful with around 50 participants taking part and iPads and Camelbak water bottles were prizes.

Installed Single Water Bottle Filling Station

Water Bottle Filling Stations in the Residence Halls - $35,000

The water bottle filling stations encourage campus members to utilize reusable water bottles, which can directly reduce the volume of solid waste generated on campus. By installing water bottle filling stations, Texas A&M can achieve the most sustainable form of waste management - simply, not generating waste.

Zimride logo

Aggie Zimride Continuance - $13,000

Zimride provides efficient transportation that integrates social networking into a private A&M network to help users establish trust and allow individuals to split costs by sharing seats in their car with classmates and coworkers. Zimride’s program promotes alternative transportation options through the social network, which will take single-occupancy vehicles off the road, effectively reducing carbon emissions, decreasing commuting costs, and saving development costs associated with parking.

Set of three exterior recycling bins on campus

Exterior Recycling Bins for High Use Areas of Campus - $77,000

Utilities & Energy Services installed twelve three-stream recycling bins in high volume areas across Main and West Campus. SSC Services Landscape Maintenance collects the waste and recycling and delivers it to Utilities & Energy Management Services for processing.

Installed Single Water Bottle Filling Station

Water Bottle Filling Stations - $24,500

The goal of the water bottle stations is to reduce the amount of beverage waste generated on campus. The second part of this project is to provide 1000 free water bottles at various grand-opening events. The giveaway events were used to educate students about the benefits of reusable water bottles, enhance student engagement, and encourage them to take more sustainable actions.

Bike Rack

Bike Rack-O-Rama - $40,000

With the ultimate goal of having Texas A&M University designated as a bike-friendly university, this grant supercharged our effort to buy more bike racks so we can quickly meet the growing demand for the Aggie community.

Sustainability Staff and student employees and interns

Office of Sustainability Part Time Funding - $26,000

The Office of Sustainability has been actively engaged in environmental programming and improvements to campus for the past five years. Our office spends approximately half of its effort working with students and student organizations to improve Texas A&M’s impact on the environment. We are requesting funding to create two part-time positions that will further enhance program development/implementation opportunities with the Office of Sustainability. Offering wages to work part time in the Office of Sustainability will allow the most flexibility in accomplishing our goals. These paid positions will be a great compliment to our internship for course credit program.