Bill Clark ’74, a chemical engineering graduate, believes that sustainability efforts are vital to allow Texas A&M to meet its goals of impacting the world.
“Texas A&M is a world leader in many areas that benefit humankind,” Clark said. “However, we have a lot of work to do when it comes to reusing, recycling and using renewable energy for our buildings and transportation. For example, the university has some of the finest scientists in the world performing research on sustainability issues, but they are carrying out this great work in buildings that are largely powered by non-renewable energy.”
To advance campus sustainability efforts, Clark recently donated funds to the TAMU Sustainability Account, which provides support to the Texas A&M Office of Sustainability. Additionally, the account now accepts donations from other former students and friends who are passionate about sustainability.
Clark said his motivation to act came from his parental instincts. “A parent who courageously preserves and protects the environment is protecting their children just as a parent would prevent a stranger from entering their home to harm their child,” Clark said. “It’s about our kids—it’s about their future.”
The TAMU Sustainability Account has a set of guidelines for the use of its funds. This includes support for re-use and recycling programs and initiatives that can reduce pollution; increase renewable energy for buildings and transportation; help the university’s many branches achieve compliance with environmental standards.
"Because the Aggie Green Fund is a vehicle for environmental improvements, the TAMU Sustainability Account can extend the scope of resources and potentially provide funding for larger-scale projects that are not currently achievable such as investing in alternative energy, water and energy conservation projects, and green roofs," Wellman said.
Clark said it was programs like these that gave him confidence that the account will truly make a difference.
“Kelly Wellman and her staff impressed me with their enthusiasm and leadership concerning sustainability improvements at Texas A&M,” Clark said. “They are talented and committed, just underfunded. I am confident that once the word gets out, other former students and friends will step up to the plate to make Texas A&M a true champion of sustainability efforts.”
To contribute online gifts of $25 or more (for immediate use and benefit) to the TAMU Sustainability Account, click here.
If you are interested in making an endowed-level gift of $25,000 or more to the TAMU Sustainability Account, contact Stephen Cisneros ’05, director of major gifts, at (979) 458-0348 or email@example.com.