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Bike Cave

The bike cave logo featuring a bicycle crowned with the star of Texas

The Bike Cave offers assistance with bicycle repairs, free access to tools and low cost basic tune-ups. Quality used bikes are also available at low cost. A guiding principle of the organization is to encourage students, faculty, staff and visitors of Texas State to use alternative transportation modes. For more information visit the Bike Cave website


Bobcat Blend

"Bobcat Blend" composts food waste and cardboard from campus dining halls, paper packaging materials, and invasive plant species gathered from the San Marcos River. Composting bins are located in the LBJ student center dining areas near the waste bins. The composting site will be stationed at Texas State's Muller Farm. Once waste has been composted at Muller Farm, it will be re-introduced to the landscape within Texas State University. The program employs 5 students from several different departments on campus including agriculture and geography. Educations outreach was also performed by giving presentations to other Texas State clubs interested in composting as well as attending school and community events where composting was an appropriate component such as Earth Day, Riverfest, and other events in the quad. Bobcat Blend also participates and partners with other groups in river clean-ups where all groups involved collect the material and then Bobcat Blend composts it.
 
Contacts:
Tina Marie Cade-Horticulture Faculty Advisor: (512) 245-3324, tc10@txstate.edu
Mario Garza-Recycling Sponsor: (512) 245-7733, mg18@txstate.edu

Environmental Service Committee

Picture of members of the Environmental Service Committee

The Environmental Service Committee (ESC) strives to make positive changes to the physical environment at Texas State University and in the Greater San Marcos area. To fund projects, the ESC charges every student a one dollar Environmental Service Fee. These funds can be accessed by students though a grant process. If the ESC approves the grant application, the project will be funded.

To learn more, visit the Environmental Service Committee website


Food for Thought Garden

Food for thought garden featuring terraced gardening beds bordered by concrete blocks

Food for Thought is an entrepreneurial campus, fresh fruit and vegetable production plan, developed by Honors students enrolled in an organic gardening class in 2009. Through the project, a garden supplying fresh fruit and vegetables will be built on Texas State Campus. The crops from the Food for Thought garden will then be available to the student body. As well as offering a fresh food source to the students and community, the Food For Thought garden provides a great opportunity for community service work.

Contact:
Tina Cade-Horticulture Faculty Advisor: (512) 245-3324, tc10@txstate.edu

Location:
The garden is located between the Hines and Agriculture buildings.


Living Library

A stairwell in part of the planted area called the "Living Library" surrounding the agriculture buidling

Through efforts of Horticulture students backed by funds from the Environmental Services Committee (ESC) and private donations, a terraced garden has been built around the Agriculture building on Texas State Campus. The garden is home to plants which cannot be found on any other part of campus. Since the Living Library’s initial construction began in 2001, the garden has been known to attract faculty, staff and students who are looking for a place to relax and study, or enjoy the beauty of the plants, insects and birds in the garden. Students in horticulture classes can maintain personal plots throughout the semester. Also, the Living Library has become a potential area for both county and campus community service hours to be served and hundreds of hours have been logged in the garden in just the past couple of years.

Contacts:
Tina Cade-Horticulture Faculty Advisor: (512) 245-3324, tc10@txstate.edu

Location:
Behind the Agriculture building, just up the street from Hines.


On Campus Dining

With education as the primary focus of our business activity, Texas State Dining by Chartwells is committed to fostering and promoting sustainable business principles to our clients and customers. Our associates will lead by example through activities that minimize our impact on the environment by practicing the 3Rs, with a primary focus on reduction. Our programs will include the necessary information to encourage informed choices on both the food we conserve, and the ways we interact with the natural environment. Charitable donations, funding scholarship and bursaries, and active volunteerism by our associate are just some of the ways that Chartwells re-invests in our communities.

Location:
Commons Hall is across the street from Flowers Halls, in between Brogden and Beretta halls.

Helpful Websites:
Campus Dining Overview


Rainwater Collection

To harvest rainwater and minimize the need of water that is used for irrigation around the Agriculture building gardens, a rainwater collection tank has been installed. By capturing and utilizing this naturally available resource, we can provide not only a model of efficiency to students, but we can also minimize water usage and costs at Texas State University. The catchment surface area in question is atop the Agriculture building on an approximately 36,000 square foot glass area. Runoff would be diverted around the corner to a Cistern, placed in a largely unused area near the gardens. The designers of the rainwater collection system predict the system will harvest at least 7,500 gallons of water, with only 15,000 square feet of collection space, well enough to keep the cistern full during the dry season.

Contacts:
Tina Cade-Horticulture Faculty Advisor: (512) 245-3324, tc10@txstate.edu

Location:
The rainwater collection tank located among the greenery of the living library


19. Texas State Recycles Day

The rainwater collection tank located among the greenery of the living library

Texas Recycles Day is a statewide campaign aimed towards education and awareness about the benefits of waste reduction and recycling. Texas State University participates in Texas Recycles Day on November 15th. Student workers and staff of the Texas State Recycling program will set up in the quad around this time at an informational booth to answer any questions you may have about recycling within the Texas State community. Recycling t-shirts, buttons, and pens will be available for those who take part in various recycling games.

Contacts:
Office of Recycling & Waste Management: (512) 245-7733

Location:
Information will be available in the quad.

Helpful Websites:
National Campaign


20. Vermicomposting

A small shack located in the living library which houses the composting bins used in vermicomposting

Vermicomposting is an initiative begun and coordinated by students and faculty of the agriculture department. The program collects the food waste from Harris Dining Hall and combines it with dirt, other waste products, and worms. Once the solution has been fully composted by the worms, the compost produced will be used to serve and expand the variety of plants within the living library.

Contacts:
Tina Marie Cade - Horticulture Faculty Advisor: (512) 245-3324, tc10@txstate.edu

Location:
Behind the Agriculture building and up the street from Hines. In the living library, below the rainwater collection tank.


21. Wear the Sun-Solar Drying

Net Impact flyer advertising their "Wear the Sun" campaign

Net Impact is an organization committed to fostering sustainability in academia and in the business world. Texas State Students founded a chapter at the University in the fall of 2009. By spring of 2010, the group had received a grant allowing them to work on their first project-a video about solar drying. The students fitted residence halls with drying racks. In order to educate freshmen on why they should line dry their clothing, a seven minute video was made detailing the pros of solar drying. In the summer of 2010, the organization won silver in the Force For Change Award competition.

Contacts:
Janet Hale-Net Impact Mentor: (512) 245-319, jh29@txstate.edu

Location:
The drying racks are being tested in Jackson, Lantana, and San Marcos Halls.

Helpful Websites:
McCoy College "Bobcat" Net Impact Facebook
Net Impact Homepage