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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
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Texas A&M University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Ben Kalscheur
Sustainability Assistant Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

AASHE - Association for the Advancement of Sustainability

EPIC-Network - Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

TRACS - Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

AASHE 2017 - The Road to Gold: Sustainability Success REALLY Is Written in the STARS, Dollars are Flying out of Your Green Fund! Does that Equal Success?, Transforming Sustainability at Texas A&M (Presentations), TRACS Networking (Led networking session), Short, Sweet & Powerful: Student Engagement through Campus Tabling Campaigns (Poster)

TRACS 2016 - Sustainability Success is Written in the STARS, The State of Race: Searching for Justice in American & Sustainability

EPIC-Network 2017 - Hosted the 7th annual conference where more than 30 schools from around the country come to discuss and learn from peer institutions about ways to increase sustainability in communities through high impact service learning.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):
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Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

We have two staff members who serve on the Executive Council for TRACS. One is a Co-Chair.

One staff person serves on the executive council of the EPIC-Network.


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

We work with different schools in the Texas A&M System whenever approached. We share best practices and make site visits as requested.

Our Sustainability Director serves as a mentor in the AASHE Mentorship program.

The Texas Target Communities Program (TTCP) and Texas A&M works with and mentors other universities in maintaining and launching a similar high impact service learning program (EPIC-Network). We have worked closely with the University of Tennessee, San Diego State University, the University of Wisconsin and others.


Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Through our work on TRACS we work with other universities to plan the annual TRACS Sustainability Summit. We have been involved with planning the Summit over the past five years.

The Texas Target Communities Program at Texas A&M hosted the 7th annual conference where more than 30 schools from around the country come to discuss and learn from peer institutions about ways to increase sustainability in communities through high impact service learning.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.