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TCU's environmental efforts include the Rhino Initiative.

In multiple disciplines across campus, TCU is involved in conservation and preservation efforts. This Earth Day, we look back at stories on how TCU is making an impact, both locally and globally.

Grant Awarded to Improve Animal Welfare
Associate Professor of Biology Marlo Jeffries and co-PI Dalton Allen M.S. ’21 were awarded a $10,164 grant from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Sciences to study whether toxicological tests that feature marine fish embryos or invertebrates can replace those that use marine fish larvae.

John Holbrook Speaks on Geothermal Energy Taking Off in Texas
The TCU geological sciences professor is an outspoken advocate for greater investment in geothermal production, especially as Texas continues to encounter questions over its dependence on natural gas to produce electricity.

TCU Biology Professor Responds to Breakthrough in Horned Frog Reintroduction Efforts
A team of Texas horned lizard conservationists including Dean Williams reached a major milestone with the successful release of the 1,000th captive-born reptile. Working to restore their decimated numbers, the Fort Worth Zoo partnered with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and TCU on reintroduction methodologies.

Arbor Day Foundation Certifies TCU as an Outstanding Tree Campus
Texas Christian University has once again been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for its healthy trees and efforts to engage students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To obtain this distinction, TCU meets the five core standards for an effective campus forest management: establishment of a campus tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for tree care, observance of Arbor Day and sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

Liters for Life: More Than a Drop in the Bucket
Three BNSF Neeley Leaders at TCU join forces to render aid to the world’s most impoverished nations. Liters for Life is a fundraising effort to help provide access to clean water for communities across the globe without access to this vital resource.

Confluence of Art and Science
A massive, hyper-realistic drawing masterfully captures a team of TCU students on the Amakhala Game Reserve assisting in rhino procedures performed by South African wildlife vet, Will Fowlds. “The Rescue” was commissioned by TCU Alumnus Larry Brogdon after a trip to South Africa where he had a life-changing rhino experience.

Nursing Students Use Doctoral Project to Get Horned Frogs Outdoors
For their doctoral project, Rachael Taber and Julie Kennedy, both doctor of nursing practice candidates, combine their passions for mental health and the outdoors by encouraging fellow Horned Frogs to spend time in nature — right here on campus. The project is a branch of RxPLORE™ — Prescribing Life Outdoors and Real Exploration — founded by Vicki Brooks, assistant professor of professional practice nursing, and Gina Alexander, associate professor of nursing.

Graphic Design Students Create Collateral for Statewide Recycling Campaign
Department of Design students in Instructor Jan Ballard’s Recognition for Graphic Designers course collaborated with the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling to create collateral for the organization’s #BuyRecycled holiday social media campaign.

Examining Power Quality on TCU Campus
Last year a collaborative effort was launched by TCU’s Department of Engineering, the TCU Electrical Department and the multi-disciplinary engineering firm of Baird, Hampton & Brown in Fort Worth to assess the power quality in TCU buildings. 

Michael Slattery Appears on EarthxTV’s ‘Kids in Conservation’
The director of the Institute for Environmental Studies appears in the latest episode of EarthxTV's Kids in Conservation. He visits the Amakhala Game Reserve and talks about rhino conservation, as well as the role TCU plays in saving the species.

Do you have a conservation or preservation effort currently underway on campus? Let us know.

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