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Welcome to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) Office of Campus Sustainability website! Since Earth Day 2010, when TAMUK students signed a petition requesting a recycling program, our campus has grown greener and greener. Be inspired by the people, events, and projects that are making TAMUK a sustainability campus. Blue and Gold make Green!

Our Definition: Sus-tain-a-bil-i-ty

Sustainability is adherence to principles and practices that meets the needs of the present without compromising the future.

Our Mission

Through education, practice, and example, Texas A&M University-Kingsville promotes environmental, societal, and economic qualities that exist in balance to meet the resource needs of today and of future generations.

Sustainability at Texas A&M University-Kingsville began in 2010 when students signed a petition on Earth Day to start a recycling program. Their voices were heard and campus administrators acquired funding from the Student Service Fee for a recycling program and the Environmental Service Fee to hire a full-time Sustainability Coordinator.

President Tallant officially endorsed going green in his 2012-13 annual State of the University speech. In a Weekly Message to the university staff and faculty Tallant said, “one of our initiatives for 2012-13 is increased sustainability efforts.”  Through President Tallant’s encouragement, a campus-wide University Sustainability Committee (USC) was formed. Chaired by former Provost Rex Gandy, the committee was charged with the task of compiling a university wide sustainability plan that encompasses academics, energy, technology, operations, student co-curricular affairs, marketing and communications. In its first year the USC achieved its goal and President Tallant signed the document, establishing the universities’ commitment to the implementation

 University Sustainability Plan.

Today we have an Office of Campus Sustainability, which has grown into 2 full time staff with 5 interns and 5 student recyclers, and we continue to grow and build upon what was created from the passion of our student body. Come visit us at the Javelina House and join our community as we move towards sustainability!

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This page was last updated on: April 16, 2018