Survey to determine community’s understanding of sustainability

The environmental science department’s Chasing Carbon course will conduct a survey testing students, faculty and staff on their knowledge of the university’s sustainability policies.

According to an e-mail sent by Shannon Jones, a student in the class, the survey was designed for the class to gain insight for future university sustainability and energy-saving projects.

Becky Richards, an environmental science professor, said the survey is meant to gauge the whole student populace’s understanding of sustainability, not just those already with an interest in the topic.

The Chasing Carbon class was created to fulfill the university’s responsibilities to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

In 2008, Chancellor Victor Boschini signed the commitment, which is an effort focused on creating more sustainable, carbon-neutral institutions of higher education, according to the website.

Richards said, “Chasing Carbon is the class that we put together for the students to do the work that’s required of TCU to live up to their commitment.”

Currently there are 676 signatories.

University students, faculty and staff can complete the survey from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chasing Carbon table outside the library. The survey can also be completed online.

Free water bottles will be given to those who complete the survey either at the table or online. If completed online, participants may bring the “Certificate of Completion” to the table to claim their water bottle, according to the survey website. The survey takes about five minutes to complete.

Sustainability Survey

When: 10 a.m.&-2 p.m. Thursday

Where: Library Mall, Chasing Carbon table

The survey can also be completed online at