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Physical Plant :: Sustainability

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Sustainability Initiatives, 1989 – 2009

The Physical Plant team has completed numerous upgrades and improvements to campus buildings, landscaping and maintenance practices to make TCU more efficient and sustainable. The efficiencies implemented led to lower operating costs, reduced resource consumption and improved sustainability of the campus. The attached report by Green Bean Analysis, LLC highlights the progress made by the Physical Plant over the last 21 years and points to potential accomplishments in the near future.


Click here to download the entire report in PDF format

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

One way that TCU participates in the “Green” building effort is through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program administered through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). On campus, Sherley Hall was the first LEED Gold rated project for a renovated dormitory in Texas. Additionally, all new major buildings on the TCU campus will be designed to achieve LEED Silver rating, or better. The TCU Major Projects/Facilities Planning Department has five LEED certified professionals on staff.

Energy Conservation

The Physical Plant has an ongoing program for upgrading utility equipment in all facilities to state-of-the-art, energy efficient systems. At the same time, the Physical Plant is committed to operating TCU facilities in a manner that conserves energy and resources without compromising the comfort and health of students and faculty. These efforts are significantly enhanced by the active participation of building occupants. Some of the more common energy conserving actions include but are not limited to:
  • Reporting inoperative or malfunctioning systems as soon as possible;
  • Turning off energy consuming devices when they are not necessary or not in use;
  • Maintaining thermostats at optimal levels (ideally, 74 degrees in the summer and 76 degrees in the winter would save significant energy without sacrificing the comfort of building occupants);
  • Keeping doors and windows closed when air conditioning and heating systems are in use;
  • Avoiding the use of space heaters [which are both energy inefficient and dangerous].
  • Additional questions or suggestions concerning energy conservation should be directed to the Electrical Systems Department, ext 7208.


The university has an aggressive recycling program and all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the program.
  • Twelve tan recycling dumpsters are located across campus. Paper and recycling items (no food please) from all administrative and academic facilities should be placed in these dumpsters by occupants and housekeepers. TCU saves approximately $30,000 annually by using the recycling dumpsters.
  • Blue recycling bags are available in all dormitories, so that students can participate in the recycling program. The bags are placed on the curb [by residential services housekeepers] once each week for pick-up by waste management.
  • Members of the campus community should police each other and report any abuses or misuse of recycling dumpsters.
  • Questions or suggestions concerning recycling should be addressed to the Grounds Department, ext 7198.