"The mission of Austin College Thinking Green is to facilitate attitudes, behaviors, policies, and technologies that promote environmental responsibility, reduce resource consumption, and minimize waste production."
Austin College Thinking Green serves as an umbrella for all campus greening initiatives, including our annual residence hall energy conservation competition, our annual GreenServe event, student-initiated greening proposals (more than two dozen of which have been adopted by the college), our involvement in the Second Nature Carbon Commitment, and all other efforts by staff, students, faculty, and contractors to "green" the campus.
Dr. Mari Elise Ewing, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of Thinking Green Campus Awareness (TGCA), works with a committee of students to identify, organize, and publicize greening activities that lend themselves to broad participation. Student leaders of the Thinking Green Campus Awareness Student Committee for the 2020 - 2021 academic year are Abby Maeng (President), Junior, and Brittany McMillen (Vice President), Junior.
Austin College was once again selected to be part of Princeton Review's 2019 Guide to Green Colleges list!
See the Campus Sustainability Plan for more on Austin College greening initiatives.
Second Nature Carbon Commitment
Dr. Peter Schulze, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies, is responsible for implementation of our obligations as a signatory of the Second Nature Carbon Commitment. Completed greenhouse gas emissions inventories and the college’s climate action plan are available to view or download on the Second Nature website. The college has set a carbon neutrality target date of 2035 and achieved 100% wind-generated electricity in 2015.
All of these efforts depend critically on the role of Kelby Archer, the Coordinator of the Center for Environmental Studies, and David Turk, the Executive Director of Facilities.
Student Sustainability Fund
Austin College students voted to create the Student Sustainability Fund (SSF) in 2011. Each student contributes $5 to the fund annually. Campus greening proposals may be submitted by any member of the campus community for consideration by the Student Sustainability Fund Committee. If you would like to submit a campus greening proposal, please complete the SSF Project Proposal Application. Please send completed applications and inquiries to email@example.com.