What has TCU done for the planet lately?
From organic food service to smart groundskeeping, maybe more than you think.
percent of the paper waste generated on campus. Residential areas have remained a problem due to
contamination of paper products. These areas account for the
remaining 25 percent of the waste stream.
Dining Services uses SpudWare, cutlery made from 80-percent potato starch and 20-percent soy oil that biodegrades in just 180 days, and Ecotainers, compostable chlorine-free cups with an inner lining made of corn instead of petroleum.
In the fall, dining services will stop offering to-go boxes at the new cafeteria opening in the Student Union and utilize reusable plates and utensils.
A number of offices and processes at TCU are now paperless, including financial services, financial aid, human resources, the registration process and room sign-ups in
Instead of making copies, professors post class
assignments and other
Most yard material
(trimmings, tree limbs, etc.) are run through the chipper and composted, to be reused in plant beds.
Pavestone is collected and reused during construction projects. Parking bumpers are recovered, cleaned and reused.
In some campus buildings lights are programmed to go off if no motion is detected.
For the birds
On Earth Day, students put on a fundraising
concert to benefit endangered green macaws in Costa Rica.
TCU's new Union uses paints low in volatile organic compounds and carpets made of recycled
Old furniture, including desks, chairs and filing cabinets, are
sold or given to charitable
institutions, school districts
and police stations.
Bookcases are refurbished
and printers are recycled
by Technology Resources.
Use and reuse
University vehicles with useful life are recycled to other departments rather than sold or traded.
Air conditioning units are reused, or the refrigerant recovered and the parts recycled. Freon is recovered and recycled.
Electrical transformers are recovered and reused or sold for reuse. Parking lot lights are recovered, refurbished with new technology and reused.
The engineering machine shop in the Tucker Technology Building recycles scrap aluminum and other metals from its support operations.
The Physical Plant recycles copper, brass and steel.
Maintenance staff recycles glass
remnants and shards.
A new solar system is being installed to warm the
university swimming pool.
Students, faculty and staff can take Fort Worth/Dallas public transportation free of charge with a special pass.
The green scene
Sociology instructor Keith Whitworth teaches a popular class called "Sustainability is Sexy" in which students are challenged to reduce their environmental footprint.
Whitworth also heads up the growing TCU Purple Bike
program, which allows
students to check out a
bicycle for unlimited personal
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