Office of Sustainability

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is the ability to provide equitable resources for current and future populations without depleting our limited resources, protecting the environment, and enhancing economic stability. Otherwise known as the triple bottom line.

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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Land Acknowledgement

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We wish to acknowledge this land on which Texas State University exists and operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Jumano, Cibolo, Cantona, Casquesa, Coahuiltecan tribes. It is also the ancestral land for the Apache, Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa and Wichita, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Alabama-Coushatta, Creek, Kickapoo, the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, the Lipan Apache Tribe and the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians.  Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be in unity in this physical and metaphysical space, to open our hearts to each other in the spirit of sharing our experiences and to learn from each other. 


New Program Alert!

Are you part of TXST Greek Life and want to get more involved with sustainability? Explore the new program, Green Greek! 

 

 

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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


Feb 26th - Battery Recycling + More! 

April 2nd - Groundwater Symposium: A deep dive into local aquifers

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.

Awards

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

Partnerships

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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.