Texas A&M University is pleased to welcome you to San Antonio, Texas for the 2017 AASHE Conference.
With the release of our Sustainability Master Plan in 2010, Texas A&M University set out to embrace sustainability in a holistic, intentional and meaningful way and began utilizing the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). In 2016, our efforts were formally recognized when we achieved our 2018 goal of receiving our first STARS Gold rating. This rating was significant, as it incorporates the operational elements of our campus as well as the transformational education we offer to our near 60,000 students. We are extremely pleased with the progress we have made and will continue our robust stewardship efforts in the future.
To formulate strategies and promote sustainability throughout our university community, Texas A&M created the President’s Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC) in 2016. The SAC is charged with monitoring our STARS performance, facilitating implementation of the Sustainability Master Plan and reporting to me annually with institutional sustainability recommendations. With support from this impactful initiative, Texas A&M is moving fearlessly forward to deepen our commitment to sustainability.
We are excited you are joining us in San Antonio to strengthen the bonds between campuses so we can collectively move forward to respect, protect and preserve the financial, environmental and people resources that support our institutions not only for today, but for future generations.
Michael K. Young
President, Texas A&M University