Reducing our impact
TCU currently operates 23 LEED Gold buildings, with more underway. Our sustainability practices also include a campus-wide recycling program, reduced water and chemical use in groundskeeping, an on-campus greenhouse, electrification of our maintenance vehicle fleet, and many other current and future initiatives.
Campus sustainability map
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Members of the TCU Sustainability Committee, groundskeeping staff, and local native plant expert Bill Freiheit installed a pollinator garden between Sadler Hall and the Tom Brown/Pete Wright Residential Community in November 2021. Mostly native species have been planted to support local pollinators and promote a wild pocket ecosystem on campus. It is also a certified Monarch Waystation.
Tree Campus USA
Our 302-acre campus is home to over 3,200 trees and is recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as an Outstanding Tree Campus. There are over 40 species of trees on campus, 14 of which are featured on the self-guided tree walk tour. Carrying on TCU's tradition of tree stewardship, students are often invited to participate in new tree plantings.
Faculty and students are compiling a campus tree inventory. This inventory includes data such as tree species, height, and trunk diameter. Using this data, researchers plan to calculate the ecosystem services provided by these trees, including energy savings and carbon sequestration.