Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.
Read more about what Utilities & Energy Services does on campus everyday to make a difference:
The Energy Stewardship Program (ESP) was created to educate and raise awareness about the cost and environmental impact of energy and water consumption at Texas A&M University. Energy Stewards work closely with students, faculty, staff, building occupants, departmental representatives, facility managers, building proctors, and technical staff to educate, inform and raise awareness about opportunities for improving energy efficiency and conservation, obtaining feedback to ensure customer needs are met while improving building operating conditions, eliminating waste, and effectively stewarding the responsible use of energy. Each Energy Steward is designated to various sets of buildings, ensuring that all the needs throughout campus are met.Read more about UES Energy Stewards
Recycling Services began at Texas A&M University in 1990 as a custodial pilot project in six campus buildings to recycle white paper and aluminum cans. Utilities & Energy Services assumed management of the university solid waste and recycling services program in 1994, and overall recycling volumes continue to increase and improve at TAMU. Operational improvements to the program and building an effective partnership with local firm Brazos Valley Recycling has provided substantial operating cost savings, increased the quantity of recycled material, and allowed for improved equipment and infrastructure – all while operating in a more sustainable manner. As the chart shows, UES has increased the diversion rate from landfill to recycling from 7.7% in 2004 to over 65% in 2015.
To learn more about Texas A&M Recycling Services, visit utilities.tamu.edu/recycling/
CHP Power Generation
Texas A&M University is home to the newest development of conservative power generation. TAMU was only one of nine recipients nationwide to receive a DOE grant to help finance a $73.25 million major Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system upgrade. The new CHP plant is an integral component of comprehensive mission‐critical utilities and energy services provided at TAMU, which includes utility production and distribution combined with comprehensive demand‐side energy management. CHP has been an important component that has made it possible for TAMU to reduce energy consumption by over 40 percent per gross per square foot since 2002, resulting in close to $200 million cost avoidance.
To learn more about Combined Heat and Power, please visit our site.
For a first-person experience of our Central Utility Plant, the UES Department offers facility tours and interactive learning opportunities to students, faculty, and visitors on a regular basis. To sign up for a tour, visit utilities.tamu.edu/tour/
What Can You Do?
Report Energy Waste. Many do not know that there is a standard for temperatures within Texas A&M buildings, which outlines temperature ranges for buildings when they are either occupied or unoccupied. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to report energy inefficiency to AggieWorks.