Texas State strives each semester to become a more environmentally conscious community. Through innovative infrastructure design, alternative transportation, energy and water conservation, and responsible landscaping, our campus environment is evolving into a living laboratory of sustainable higher-education.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community, and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.
AASHE and STARS Program
AASHE is the leading association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education. They serve a full range of higher education faculty, administrators, staff, and students who are change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation.
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of higher education institutions, from community colleges to research universities. The framework encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions, as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability.
To harvest rainwater and minimize the need for water that is used for irrigation around the Agriculture building gardens, a rainwater collection tank has been installed. By capturing and utilizing this available resource, we can provide not only a model of efficiency to students, but we can also minimize water usage and costs at Texas State University. The catchment surface area in question is on top of the Agriculture building on an approximately 36,000 square foot glass area. The runoff would be diverted around the corner to a Cistern, placed in a largely unused area near the gardens. The designers of the rainwater collection system predict the system will harvest at least 7,500 gallons of water, with only 15,000 square feet of collection space, well enough to keep the cistern full during the dry season.
Recycling on Campus
The Texas State Recycling Program provides recycling services for all students, faculty, and staff of the University. Indoor and outdoor receptacles are located throughout campus, offering a convenient way for everyone to do their part in helping the environment. There is also a drop-off facility at the recycling center if you choose to bring your own recyclables. The Recycling Program is an effort to heighten on-campus recycling awareness through various campaigns and special events.
Dining On Campus
Texas State Dining by Chartwells is committed to fostering and promoting sustainable business principles. Among many other sustainability practices, Chartwells sources as much food locally as is available. They also serve seafood that comes from sustainable sources, promote certified humane cage-free shell eggs, purchase poultry produced without the routine use of human antibiotics, provide milk and fresh yogurt that is free of artificial growth hormones, implement waste reduction practices, and offer packaging made from renewable resources including Eco To-Go containers at Commons Dining Hall. Learn more at: https://www.dineoncampus.com/txstate/sustainable-purchasing-initiatives
Vermicomposting is an initiative begun and coordinated by students and faculty of the agriculture department. The program collects the food waste from Harris Dining Hall and combines it with dirt, other waste products, and worms. Once the solution has been fully composted by the worms, the compost produced will be used to serve and expand the variety of plants within the living library.