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TCU's Institute for Environmental Studies (IES) is a collaborative effort between departments, institutions, government, and private businesses that creates a unique educational experience. One of the major goals of the Institute is to foster collaborative research and teaching opportunities across campus and our community. For example, faculty members are currently engaged in a 5-year, multi-million dollar research grant (with Oxford University and Texas A&M) on the environmental and ecological impacts of large wind farms in Texas. We also manage a tropical research station in Costa Rica from which we coordinate several conservation initiatives. Professors with national and international expertise in science, law, and management from various departments are affiliated with the Institute. The Institute's programs emphasize stewardship through field-based projects that involve real problems. Partnerships with environmental non-profits, law firms and businesses bring current issues into class. Students gain a well-rounded understanding of ethical, political, economic and social perspectives framing environmental concerns, which prepares them to become competent scientists and responsible leaders.