Office of Sustainability

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is the ability to provide resources for current and future populations without depleting our limited resources, protecting the environment, and enhancing economic stability. 

What is the Office of Sustainability?

The Office of Sustainability is a resource for all Bobcats and is the point of contact for sustainability throughout TXST. From utilities and facilities to administration and student engagement, learn how you can become a more sustainable Bobcat. 

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Bobcats Give Back April 26-May 7

Make your campus move-out sustainable by donating your items to the Bobcats Give Back program. From clothing, non-perishable food items, bedding & home décor, to office & school supplies and more! This move-out season, donate more, waste less

Residential Hall Donation Collection: Friday April 26 - Thursday May 2

Drive Thru Donation Collection: Bobcat Stadium West Parking Lot May 6 & 7

For accepted donations, locations, and more information explore here

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About Us

The Office of Sustainability is a division of the Utilities Operations Department and was created at the request of the Vice President of Finance and Support Services (VPFSS) in the Fall of 2018. Learn more about us.

Get Involved

From sustainability-related courses, volunteer work, and internships, to events and workshops, getting involved with campus sustainability is simple.
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Student watering plants inside the greenhouse

Campus Sustainability

From waste management and recycling, getting around campus on the Bobcat Shuttles, to the food on your plate, sustainability can be found across campus.

Resource Conservation

Explore our recommendations and enhance your knowledge on conservation strategies
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Looking Ahead 2024

April 20th - Earth Day San Marcos Festival 

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Earth Day San Marcos Festival, returning to Spring Lake on Saturday, April 20, 2024! This FREE community-wide, family-friendly event is your chance to celebrate our local natural resources and connect with nature.

April 22nd - TXST Celebrates Earth Day 

Join the Office of Sustainability and other campus departments, student organizations, and community groups in celebrating our planet! Celebrations will take place on the LBJ Mall from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m

April 26 - May 2 - Bobcats Give Back

This campus move out season, make your move more sustainable by avoiding the landfill and donating unwanted goods to the Bobcats Give Back program. Donate more, waste less. 

News & Updates

Drought status for the San Marcos campus: Stage 2

The Edwards Aquifer Authority is a groundwater district, mandated by the 1993 Edwards Aquifer Authority Act. The EAA regulates the portion of the Balcones Fault Zone Edwards Aquifer – a jurisdictional area that provides water to over 2.5 million people, and covers more than 8,000 square miles across eight counties.


Texas State University earned STARS Silver in Spring 2023 for our achievements and efforts for campus sustainability. 


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Texas State University is a proud member of the Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS). 

Sustainability Coordinator, Emma Parsley, sits on the Executive Committee of TRACS and is the Texas State University liaison. 

Big Ideas TXST Podcast

Learn more about campus sustainability with Sustainability Coordinator, Emma Parsley, in Episode 39 on the Big Ideas TXST podcast with Daniel Seed. Available now on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 

Sustaining Green Spaces

Approximately 48 acres of Texas State's campus is considered environmentally sensitive and is maintained under guidelines set by the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).

Currently, there are 8 known species listed as endangered or threatened that live in the San Marcos region of the Edwards Aquifer, Spring Lake and the upper 4 miles of the San Marcos River.