Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Recognized For Sustainability Efforts

Jenae Fleming

February 26, 2016

University Student Housing’s Green Cleaning team receives Green Cleaning Award.

Green Cleaning Team

University Student Housing‘s Green Cleaning team was awarded honorable mention in the December 2015 edition of American School & University magazine for its recycling efforts. The Green Cleaning Award recognizes teams involved in implementing green cleaning programs for their healthy and sustainable programs.

Submissions were judged on the quality of their green cleaning techniques and how well each team executed its program. The program includes the chemicals, equipment, policies, procedures and training that minimize the impact of hazardous cleaning on campus and better protect the environment.


Sean Duggan, managing director for University Student Housing, said he is proud of all the staff involved with helping Texas Tech become more sustainable.

“An award of this nature, in a national publication, promotes Texas Tech in a very positive light and communicates our commitment to being a sustainable university environment,” Duggan said.

Duggan is thrilled that University Student Housing can be a leader and active member in helping Texas Tech become as green as possible.

“Through green cleaning techniques, progressive recycling efforts and sustainable building practices, Texas Tech is a role model for the surrounding community,” Duggan said.

University Student Housing is committed to improving the recycling and energy conservation in all residence halls. Jackie Kimbler, manager of Support Services, said they strive to provide a clean and sustainable environment for everyone on campus and are excited to be recognized for their innovative approaches and cleaning practices.

“To be recognized for our efforts and green cleaning practices gives us tremendous pride,” Kimbler said.

Melanie Tatum, unit assistant director in Sustainability and Warehouse Operations, said one of the largest sustainability efforts on campus is the recycling program. University Student Housing's Recycling Center offers numerous ways for students, faculty and community members to participate in sustainability efforts.

All proceeds received from the recycling efforts support Sustainability Scholarships as well. The rebate value from the recyclables they receive is returned to the students through scholarship money. Since beginning the program three years ago, $55,000 has been awarded to students.

“We feel giving the money back to our students through the scholarships sets us apart from other university recycling programs,” Tatum said.

Texas Tech's sustainability efforts can be seen through continued participation in Recyclemania, a recycling competition for colleges and universities. The eight-week event (Feb. 1- March 28) ranks the campuses based on their recycling efforts.

“To be recognized by our peers for our efforts is very humbling and lets us know we are moving in the right direction and making a difference for our university and environment,” Tatum said.