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Environment & Sustainability Committee

The Green Cat Challenge Award 2022

Annually, the Environment and Sustainability Committee at Texas State University recognizes the individuals and organizations that are actively involved in sustainability efforts on campus and in the San Marcos community.

There are four Green Cat Challenge award categories: individual student, student organization, individual faculty or staff, faculty or staff department/organization/unit.
There are three selection criteria, which applicants will address via short-answer survey questions:

  •     What is your (or your group’s) contribution to sustainability on campus?
  •     How are your efforts related to the “three pillars” of sustainability (environment, economics, and social)?
  •     What is the impact of your work on Texas State University or the wider community?

The application for the 2022 Green Cat Challenge Award opens on February 14, and the deadline to apply is March 31. Winners will be notified by April 15 and the Green Cat Challenge Awards will be awarded at the campus Earth Day Festival on April 23.



Works to increase communication and create synergy around environmental and sustainability efforts of administrators, staff, faculty, and students by monitoring, coordinating and communicating with departments and relevant committees and student organizations. Its goals are to promote and publicize best practices, increase sustainability across the university, and strengthen Texas State's stewardship of our environment. The committee meets twice monthly during long semesters.

The Environment and Sustainability Committee's annual Green Cat Challenge Awards honor and recognize the importance of the environment and best sustainable practices as an important university goal. The 2021 winners were announced during a Zoom meeting on May 4, 2021

Student: Haley Tacker
Student Organization: Gamma Theta Upsilon
Faculty member: Maedeh Dabbaghianamiri
Staff organization: Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing

2021 - 2022 Members

College Environment and Sustainability Committee Term Exp Email
Applied Arts Portia Gottschall Senior Lecturer, OWLS 2022
Applied Arts Tina Cade Associate Professor, Agricultural Sciences Ex officio
Business Sidney Anderson Assistant Professor, Marketing 2024
Education Michelle Forsythe Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction 2022
At Large-Education Kyle Patek Lecturer, Health and Human Performance 2023
Fine Arts and Communication Lindsay Timmerman Associate Professor, Communication Studies 2024
Health Professions Ranjini Mohan Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders 2022
Liberal Arts Colleen Myles, Chair Associate Professor, Geography 2024
Library Laura Waugh Librarian, Alkek Library 2022
Science and Engineering Jason Martina Assistant Professor, Biology 2024
Staff Council Amy Wong Coordinator, Round Rock ex officio

Gordon Green Associate Vice President, Facilities ex officio

Nancy Nusbaum Associate Vice President for Finance and Support Services Planning ex officio

Student Representative Cody DeSalvo