To view the story about the work for which Texas A&M received the EPA award, go to: http://tamutimes.tamu.edu/2013/04/08/texas-am-benefitting-by-million-dollar-energy-savings/
COLLEGE STATION Texas A&M University is cited as a “cool school” by Sierra magazine.
The rankings in the newest issue of the magazine published by the environmentally oriented Sierra Club are based on data provided by institutions that reflect efforts to conserve energy and water, among other factors, and conduct “sustainability learning experiences” for students outside the formal curriculum.
In addition to sponsoring programs to involve students in campus sustainability initiatives, Texas A&M officials have successfully implemented major energy and water conservation projects and efficiency improvements in recent years even as the university’s enrollment has increased and numerous campus facilities have been constructed, expanded or renovated.
Earlier this year, the university received a major Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) award for work carried out by the institution’s Utilities & Energy Services Department to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in conjunction with energy consumption reduction and cost savings.
“Texas A&M University has achieved an impressive reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of almost 30 percent over the eight-year period from 2004 through 2012,” notes Les Williams, the university’s director of the Utilities & Energy Services. He points out the university’s GHG reductions have been documented by an independent third party.
Kelly Wellman, Texas A&M’s sustainability officer who compiled the information provided to the Sierra Club, says the “cool school” ranking is a high-water mark for the university. “We are delighted to be recognized by the Sierra Club for our efforts to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste, increase alternative transportation options, and expand high-impact learning experiences for our students. These achievements are the result of the hard work of many people and groups from all across campus.”
The “cool school” list is headed by the University of Connecticut and followed closely by several University of California schools, along with Stanford, Cornell and Georgia Tech.
The only other Texas universities included in the 162-institution list are Texas Tech and Baylor, and Texas A&M is joined by only two other SEC schools — the University of Missouri and Vanderbilt. Texas A&M, at 93rd, is the only institution in those two categories to rank among the top 100.