As Earth Day Approaches, Celebrate Texas A&M’s Commitment To Sustainability

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By Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young

From its opening as a land-grant institution in 1876 to the addition of sea-grant and space-grant designations by 1989, Texas A&M University has long been a driving force for conducting purpose-driven research and education that aims to address how we interact with – and impact – our environment. Every day, Aggies are furthering our commitment to meeting the needs of the present while preparing for the future.

Members of our academic family are leading the charge here at home and in more than 150 countries around the world in discovery and innovation related to environmental resilience.

Kathryn Shamberger, assistant professor of oceanography in the College of Geosciences, is conducting research that explores one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world – the coral reefs in Palau – to understand the impact of carbon acidification levels and how to manage it. Her work traverses the globe – from Hawaii to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. For a closer look, view her 360 video here.

Michael Murphy, professor emeritus of landscape architecture, recently published a book that focuses on how a strong understanding of landscape architecture theory can be applied to practical, everyday decision-making and design to create more holistic, sustainable and creative landscapes.

In the School of Public Health, environmental and occupational health professors Virender Sharma, Thomas McDonald and Leslie Cizmas are researching the potential risks that come with using chlorine to disinfect drinking water. The results of their study provide a starting point for researchers and policymakers to make good decisions on wastewater treatment and public health.

These examples and so many more demonstrate the Aggie spirit of dedication and commitment to service that is woven into the fabric of this university and continues to reach new heights. I marvel at the extraordinary transformational learning, discovery and innovation, and global impact surrounding environmental stewardship that takes place here every day.

All great change begins with a catalyst. Here in Aggieland, YOU are the catalyst. Opportunities abound to get involved in environmental sustainment and resilience efforts.

Let’s continue to work collaboratively as we carry on beyond Earth Day this Saturday with bold, impactful work that positively changes the course of people’s lives in their communities and around the world.

Texas A&M Is Leading The Way For Earth Day 2017


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