Environmental Management

Environmental Stewardship – Integral to Our Mission

Well before the birth of the modern environmental movement, members of The Texas A&M University System were leading the way to feed the world and advance technology while preserving soils and natural resources, reducing disease, and offering a quality of life that is the envy of other nations. Our rich and distinguished history of environmental stewardship continues to touch our campus communities, state and world every day. In fact, one could say that our mission of teaching, research and outreach in various fields makes us the environmental voice of Texas.

This steadfast work for “the environment” is not simply represented by a single word “green.” Not only can green also be a sign of ill health, but as seen from space, our sapphire and white planet does not appear green at all. No, the environment is not a color; it is the context in which we live and breathe and have our being, an integral part of everything we think and do.  Environment is inherent to our day-to-day work and life, whatever our callings and wherever we are, whether in a high-rise office in a city center or on a farm or ranch far from the urban masses.

So what is meant by “environmental stewardship?” It is the responsible and accountable administration, care, development and enjoyment of resources placed under our control. The faithful steward is rewarded, not necessarily with praise from others, but with a rich inheritance passed down through generations. Stewardship is a unifying concept, excluding no one, in the call to maintain and improve both our built and natural environments.  Yes, there are rules and regulations, but the rules establish a framework for action that reflects our intent.

This view toward stewardship of our human and natural resources has also long characterized how we plan, design and build our own facilities and how we operate them, where, behind the scenes, many professionals, workers, contractors and volunteers have continued to maintain and improve our built environments and their efficient use of resources.

Moreover, environmental stewardship is a commitment that has been codified by the A&M System Board of Regents in System policy 24.01.03 Environment.  The chancellor, presidents and directors of the A&M System heartily endorse this policy and call on our communities to commit to these principles and seek ways to live them out.

If you would like to learn more, have ideas for how we can improve, or would like to play an active role, you are invited to reach out to the A&M System Environmental Manager (TAMUS Environment, Safety and Security safety@tamus.edu ), our contact for environmental matters and coordinator

Environmental Management System

Further Reading

Timely philosophy, essays, articles and presentations on a variety of environmental and energy topics (to come later)

Environmental Laws, Regulations, and Authorities


Key State and Federal Regulations

Applicable Laws and Regulations

Environmental management is governed by a far-reaching set of environmental laws and regulations, many of which apply to at least some of the activities and operations that occur on A&M System campuses and facilities.  The regulations are too numerous to cite here, but they mostly fall under the authority of several major environmental laws, as listed below:

Other environmental laws are less central to the day-to-day management of higher education, but one or more may have some bearing on certain A&M System activities or operations.  These may include:

Regulatory Agencies Having Jurisdiction

In Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the principle environmental regulatory body for most compliance requirements.  Other environmental programs are variously governed by:

 Related A&M System Policies and Regulations

Questions regarding these programs can be directed to Gordon Evans Environmental Manager