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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.81
Liaison Kelly Wellman
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Texas A&M University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ben Kalscheur
Sustainability Assistant Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Master of Natural Resource Development

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The MNRD degree (non-thesis) is designed for students who want professional graduate training with a management orientation in natural resources. It aims to develop an understanding of the interrelationships among ecology, economics, policy and culture as factors that influence natural resource conservation and management.It is intended to emphasize the problem solving skills involved in the use of science and technology to benefit humanity, not as a research degree.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Water Management & Hydrologic Science

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

Our Mission:
To prepare the next generation of water scientists, hydrologists, and managers through teaching and research that improves the reliability and quality of water resources for human well-being and development.

Our Goals:
To provide students with strong technical skills in disciplines relevant to water resources, including a broad understanding of hydrology and the interconnectedness of the biophysical and social sciences in water management.

To provide a teaching and research base for collaborations, lectures, seminars, and workshops to improve the communication and exchange of knowledge among students, faculty, professionals and citizens.

To encourage all water users to adopt wise water-management
practices.

To improve the availability, security and reliability of human water supplies.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):
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The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Sustainable Urbanism

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

Sustainable urbanism is a framework for interdisciplinary planning and design of contemporary settlements. It explores sustainability and urban design in a rapidly urbanizing world by focusing on the processes that shape the form and function of the built environment in its full complexity--infrastructure, land development, built landscapes, and facilities--that collectively make up metropolitan regions.

Sustainable urbanists at Texas A&M are members of innovative learning and practitioner communities that investigate and apply collaborative practices to design and plan sustainable urban settlements that are livable, equitable, energy efficient, ecologically sound, and prosperous.

The certificate in sustainable urbanism address the integration and interdependence of these aspects of the built environment:

Land use and urban design
Energy, materials, and wastes
Land, air, water, and fire
Ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity
Infrastructure and transportation networks
Healthy communities and public health
Pedestrian environments and livable places
Natural hazards and extreme events
Social and economic justice and accessibility
Housing, community, and economic development

The sustainable urbanism certificate consists of a series of courses that are open to students from any graduate program at Texas A&M University. The Sustainable Urbanism Certificate is awarded in recognition of those who have acquired a requisite degree of knowledge and skill in the field. It is awarded after the completion of the program of study and is signed by the head of the student's academic department and the dean of the college. It is awarded at the college ceremony that preceded the official university commencement ceremony.


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Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
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A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
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Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
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The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.