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Fee Supported Projects FY 13

New projects:


  • Reusable bags - $3950
  • ECO Game Day Recycling - $485
  • Bobcat Blend - $26,596
  • Jute Bags - $2375
  • Trashnation - $350
  • Propeller Guards - $2700
  • Paws Magnet/Chip Clip - $325
  • Outdoor Classroom/Living Library - $19,635
  • Vermicomposting Program - $1168
  • 3D Signage for Bobcat Blend - $1204
  • Duel Flush Toilets in JCK - $6333
  • Spring River Clean Up - $325
  • “Switch” Screening - $2000

Continuing projects awarded in previous years:

Bobcat Blend

Bobcat Blend
2013 TEEA Winner Education Category

(May 1, 2013)

The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards- a program of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality-
celebrating outstanding waste reduction and pollution prevention projects.


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Bobcat Blend Expansion at Jones Dining Complex and the Den ($667)>

Bobcat Blend is a composting project that allows students to separate their waste into designated stations that are marked as organic, bottles & cans, and trash. The organic waste from the university cafeterias along with cardboard, food packaging paper products, and invasive river plant species gathered from the San Marcos River are mixed together and composted at the Texas State composting facility.The program educates students on compost production and strives to make them more aware of their own use and production of waste products. The final output from the waste is nutrient rich soil amendment that is placed on the campus landscape.

Collections bins, signs, a screen, and exterior holding bay will be installed at the Jones Dining Complex and The Den. The expansion helps Bobcat Blend towards its goals of composting at all campus dining establishments and further proves that Texas State is aiming to be on the forefront of environmentalism and sustainability.

Bobcat Blend Recycle Station

Removal of Chinese Tallow at Aquarena Center ($6000)>

Chinese Tallow (Triadica sebifera) is a highly invasive and noxious tree that is firmly established in the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Chinese Tallow produce toxins that irritate skin and causes vomiting if consumed by humans or livestock, and secretes allelopathic chemicals that kill native plants and trees. Seeds survive on water for several weeks, enabling them to be distributed downstream. Removal with chemical treatment is the only solution for eradication.
Chinese Tallow at Aquarena Center
Chinese Tallow at Aquarena Center
Tallow Seed Pods
Chinese Tallow seed pods


Rain Water Collection System ($3971)>

The Rainwater collection project began in 2009 as means to irrigate plants that are used for teaching, research, and landscaping. The system helps the university save money on water usage costs, and promote and reflect efficient use of a valuable renewable resource to students, the community and other universities. Environmentally, collecting rainwater reduces flow to storm water drains, reduces non-point source pollution, and reduces the amount of water that needs to go to water treatment plants. Plants irrigated with rainwater are overall healthier than plants receiving tap water, which translates in to less money spent on replacing plants used for teaching each semester. In August 2011a new, 10,000 gallon rainwater collection tank was purchased to support the Department of Agriculture's Food for Thought garden. Installation of the new tank is underway.


Food for Thought Garden and Rainwater Collection Tank
Food for Thought Garden and Rainwater Collection Tank

Recycling Game ($3000)
Sustainable Farm ($29,662)>