TCU Sustainability Program


academic initiatives & student activities

Overview of Sustainability at TCU

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Energy Institute and the Institute for Environmental Studies

The Energy Institute is providing academic support and research in various energy arenas, including the Barnett Shale and several alternate energy sources like solar and wind. TCU’s Institute for Environmental Studies, which works closely with the Energy Institute, is partnering with Oxford University and FPL Energy in a five-year, $3.2 million research study examining the impact wind farms have on the avian population.

"Ropin The Wind", TCU Magazine article

TCU-Oxford-NextEra Energy Wind Research Initiative


Tropical Research Station. Costa Rica

The Institute for Environmental Studies recently completed a research station in the cloud forests of Costa Rica. The facility sleeps 20 students and will be TCU’s base for studies on sustainability in Latin America.

"Our Place in the Clouds", TCU Magazine article


Saving the green macaw

On Earth Day, TCU students staged a fundraising concert to benefit endangered green macaws in Costa Rica. The students raised $3,000 to buy two nesting trees, purchase and plant 18 new saplings and support a new rehabilitation center for the macaws.


Green Psychology

The Center for Applied Psychology is hoping to develop cognitive/behavioral tools with regional organizations to help individuals and organizations more easily adopt and sustain green lifestyles/initiatives.

Energy Futures Conference

In 2007, TCU Students hosted an Energy Futures Conference to bring together academics and business people to discuss the issue of our changing energy situation. Students are currently planning a second conference for April of 2009.


Green Roof Research

TCU Environmental Sciences graduate student Jon Kinder and David Williams are researching which plants and soil types will perform best atop Texas roofs for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, which will use the research to design a 20,000 square-foot green roof for its new building adjacent to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
"Up on the Roof", TCU Magazine article
Green Roof Research at TCU


Green Student Organizations

The TCU Environmental Club (Adduco Viridis) adopted 27 acres in Trinity Park along the Trinity River in Fort Worth, where members periodically pick up debris, recycling cans and bottles when possible. The Society of Sustainability is a new student organization that focuses on the environment, social justice, and economic development aspects of sustainability.


Eco Frog Camp

In the summer of 2008, incoming TCU freshman had the option of attending the four-day Eco Frog Camp, an environmentally friendly pre-orientation camp that emphasized sustainable living and community involvement, including weeding a community children’s garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.

"Fight Songs, Cardboard Boat Races and Weeding", TCU Magazine article


TCU Sustainability Film Series

The TCU Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, & Anthropology developed the series in 2007 and presents three films per semester related to issues of sustainability.


Green theme semester

To support the “Think purple, live green” theme during the 2008 semester, the University sponsored environmental awareness activities and sponsored guest speakers and workshops pertaining to greening the ivory tower.

"Think Purple, Live Green" web site


TCU Energy Club

The TCU Energy Club is designed to provide educational events and networking opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in the energy industry.