Botanical Research Institute of Texas awards TCU and John Merrill regional sustainability honors

Nowell-Donovan-picby Jen Truax, Strategic Communications Management intern

On Friday, March 28, Texas Christian University and John Merrill received sustainability awards from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth.

TCU Provost Nowell Donovan accepted the sustainability award on behalf of the university for the Regional Award of Excellence in Sustainability Education. TCU’s sustainability program encompasses many of the University’s operations. From energy and water conservation, design and construction, and food services, to promoting recycling and waste reduction by its student population and offering courses in sustainability, the University is committed to being a model conservation-oriented center for higher education.

TCU is dedicated to sustainability. Its goal is to design all new buildings within the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The Princeton Review recognized TCU as one of three Texas universities named a “Green College.”

John Merrill is the recipient of the Regional Award of Excellence in Sustainability for an Individual. Merrill, TCU School of Ranch Management Director Emeritus, was director of the School of Ranch Management for more than 30 years. He has expanded the focus of the program from teaching basic ranch skills to training students to oversee an entire ranching organization. This expanded curriculum gives students the tools they need to manage any type of ranching operation anywhere in the world. The program has received international acclaim from the agricultural industry for staying true to its roots while keeping up with industry trends and technological innovations.

BRIT is located at 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas. BRIT recognizes individuals and organizations in North Texas for their commitment to sustainability and conservation with regional sustainability awards (to an educational entity, an individual and a business). They started recognizing regional accomplishments in 2013. In addition, they also give an international conservation award presented at the same event.

For more information on the awards presented by BRIT at the luncheon, visit