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Report Card 2011

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Texas Christian University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Texas Christian University

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Endowment: $1,088 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Ft. Worth, Texas


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
B -
Texas Christian University has a sustainability plan and includes sustainability in the campus master plan. Three advisory committees oversee sustainability efforts on campus, and a faculty member serves as a sustainability coordinator. The university purchases green products whenever possible, and many appliances are Energy Star rated.
The university completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Energy management systems and lighting sensors have been installed in all buildings, and the school encourages conservation through energy audits, competitions, and awareness campaigns.
The university purchases local produce, milk, and meat, as well as organic fruits and vegetables. Some seafood served on campus meets sustainability standards, and fair trade coffee is available. Postconsumer food scraps are composted at almost every meal, and trayless dining began in 2008.
All new major construction projects must meet at least LEED Silver standards. Sherley Hall and Scharbauer Hall are LEED Gold certified, and two other buildings meet LEED criteria but are not yet certified. The new student center sourced over 90 percent of its materials locally. TCU also has a green operations and maintenance policy and has installed water metering in all buildings.
The Green House Living and Learning Community is home to 42 students. New students learn about sustainable practices through presentations, skits, and team exercises at Eco-Frog Camp, an orientation program. The school holds two competitions each year, RecycleMania and the Green Theme Semester, to encourage sustainable living practices. A variety of student groups, such as Chasing Carbon and Green Roof Research, work to implement environmentally related projects on campus.
Students, staff, and faculty receive free passes for public transportation around the urban campus. The TCU Frog Shuttle, which brings students around the campus limits, runs on compressed natural gas. A bike-sharing program was developed in 2006, and the campus is becoming increasingly pedestrian friendly. The campus motor fleet includes ten electric vehicles and four gas-electric hybrids.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and a list of asset allocation available to senior administrators and other select members of the school community. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, including the number of shares, is made available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The university also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university provides its investment managers with specific guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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