Our host institutions sincerely welcome you to the region and invite you to explore their sustainability programs. Together we can engage campus change agents to lead the global sustainability transformation.

President's Welcome

Dallas County Community College District welcomes you to AASHE’s annual gathering in San Antonio. We are excited to serve as a master-level host institution for the conference – the largest higher education sustainability event in North America.

October is Campus Sustainability Month, and we will have many opportunities to explore and share exactly what sustainability means with all of the colleges and universities represented. DCCCD’s seven colleges – Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland – all support and practice sustainability. A sustainable footprint is a legacy we want to leave for others.

Our sustainable practices include reducing pollution and waste; conserving water; educating others; and modeling sustainable behaviors to set an example for community members to follow.

Our district offers a number of programs that sustain our environment, energy resources and community needs. Some examples include:

  • Providing free DART bus passes for eligible students at all seven colleges;
  • Infusing sustainability into all courses in the curriculum;
  • Participating in EPA’s Energy Star Partners program;
  • Presenting a free annual Sustainability Summit for the community;
  • Sponsoring or exhibiting at events such as Earth Day Texas, Green Source DFW and the Sierra Club’s Earth, Wind and Fire Conference;
  • Earning awards for sustainability efforts, including Recyclemania.

Please visit our colleges when you are a guest in North Texas so that we can show you what sustainability means in the Dallas County Community College District. Enjoy the conference!

Joe May


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


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Annual Conference and Expo. A proud member of AASHE, Trinity University is committed to a sustainable future.

Trinity University is a private, liberal arts and sciences institution where bright, motivated students discover their passions, grow their talents and become visionaries who make the world a better place. Sustainability is part of the Trinity ethos, as every member of our community is encouraged to participate in initiatives that increase energy efficiency and reduce the University’s environmental footprint.

As part of the transformational experience we offer our students, the Trinity curriculum explores environmental and sustainability issues. Through academic research, our students address local environmental issues, form supportive relationships with the community and city leaders, and integrate changes into the life of our campus community and beyond. For example, students annually lead the Recyclemania competition designed to reduce-reuse-and-recycle rather than landfill waste.

Trinity’s Sustainability Committee works to reduce Trinity’s global footprint.
The University supports on-going campus-wide energy efficiency improvements and water conservation initiatives. Trinity was the first commercial institution to tap into the City of San Antonio’s recycled water program for use in landscaping irrigation. Recent major renovation and new construction projects were completed in accordance with the USGBC-LEED® green building certification program. Our campus has four LEED® buildings.

I hope you enjoy your time in our beautiful host city and explore all the great things San Antonio has to offer.

Best regards,

Danny Anderson
Trinity University

On behalf of The University of Texas at Austin, I welcome you to San Antonio for the AASHE 2017 Conference.
UT Austin is the world’s premiere energy university. Our educational and research programs focus on new futures in energy and water, infrastructure, business and social networks. New interdisciplinary degree programs will explore sustainability across business, technology and medicine.

A commitment to conservation and efficiency drive how we build and maintain the Forty Acres. UT was an early adopter of energy efficient standards and participated in the development of STARS. The university’s first-ever Sustainability Master Plan, unveiled last fall, guides how we develop and move toward common goals that improve campus facilities and operations while saving money to reinvest in core educational and research missions. This plan demonstrates our confidence in the potential of Longhorns to change the world.

I extend a warm welcome to the students, staff and faculty who drive sustainability in higher education. UT representatives look forward to sharing our stories with you and, more importantly, learning from you.


Gregory L. Fenves

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors