New Meadows Center will focus on water research and water’s relationship with the environment.
Texas State’s River Systems Institute was recently renamed “The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment” by the Texas State University System Board of Regents.
The reason: A million-dollar gift from The Meadows Foundation that will establish a $10 million center at Texas State University-San Marcos.
The gift is directly related to The Meadows Foundation’s strategic plan for the environment, which places a priority on environmental issues focused on water quantity and quality, land and habitat conservation, sustainable energy and environmental awareness.
“Establishing the Center is a critical step toward our goal of preserving a sustainable supply of water to support the needs of Texas’ residents, wildlife and natural habitats by providing scientific research on which to base sound water management policies in Texas,” explained Linda Perryman Evans, president and CEO of The Meadows Foundation.
The River Systems Institute was founded in 2002 with support from the Meadows Foundation, which recognizes the Texas State center as the leader in environmental preservation.
When fully funded, the Meadows Center will include a conservation leadership endowment for the center’s director, two endowed chairs and two endowed professorships. Additionally, outstanding students from across the United States will come to Texas State for learning and research opportunities through the Meadows Endowed Graduate Fellows program.
For more information about the announcement: http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2012/August-2012/MeadowsCenter082412.html
For more information about The Meadows Center: http://www.meadowscenter.txstate.edu/
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H2O (Headwaters to Ocean) is a cooperative project sponsored by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University and funding partner, the Ewing Halsell Foundation which supports the project H2O. H2O is an experiential, technology-enhanced education program focused on water, from headwaters to the ocean (http://www.water-texas.org)