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Report Card 2008

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Texas Christian University
College Sustainability Report Card 2008

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Texas Christian University

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Endowment: $1,200 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Ft. Worth, Texas


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
D +
Texas Christian University is taking preliminary measures to address issues pertaining to sustainable development, particularly in the fields of green building and energy conservation. However, there is not yet a formal policy addressing sustainability, nor is there a sustainability coordinator at the university.
Since 1996, the university has pursued an aggressive energy conservation and retrofit program, spending in excess of $30 million to replace all chilled water production systems, pumping systems, air handling units, and boilers with high-efficiency units. Lighting was retrofitted with energy-efficient lamps, electronic ballasts, and motion sensors. However, the university has not made any attempt to purchase or utilize renewable sources of energy.
The Main Grain, a university dining hall, offers some organic items. A few campus locations offer fair-trade coffee. In response to student feedback, TCU food service has switched to utensils made of potato starch, as well as straws and to-go containers made from paper pulp. The grounds crew composts yard waste, and although no official recycling program exists, a moderate amount of recycling takes place.
The university has a stated goal to design new buildings and major retrofits for LEED certification. The most recent new building currently under design, a 145,000-square-foot university union, will be registered for LEED certification. Additionally, the university has four LEED-certified engineers and architects.
TCU’s new Purple Bike Program was created in an effort to reduce the number of vehicles on campus by encouraging students to ride bicycles free of charge. The facilities master plan moved parking to the perimeter of the campus to support a pedestrian- and bike-friendly campus. Buses and trains can be used free of charge with a valid university ID.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record. Therefore, there is no known ability to access this information.
The university aims to optimize investment return and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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