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About UTSA Sustainability

UTSA President Ricardo Romo established the UTSA Sustainability Council on Aug. 27, 2010, to enhance university efforts to support a "green" environment.

The standing committee is developing a five-year plan for UTSA programs and collaboration with community organizations.

"The Sustainability Council was established in response to UTSA community interest in taking a more proactive role in this important area," said Romo. "I am enthusiastic about what I think will be an important contribution to making UTSA and our community greener."

How does UTSA define Sustainability?

In the UTSA Handbook of Operating Principles (HOP 9.43)

Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present users without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This can be accomplished by seeking a balanced approach between the economic, social and environmental needs of the community and university operations. Understanding that sustainability can be viewed in a very broad context, this policy is initially directed towards the environmental and energy aspects as they relate to the UTSA community. Further evolutions of this policy may include the social and historical aspects that are often associated with broader sustainability efforts.

UTSA Sustainability Council Members

  • John Frederick, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Executive Champion of UTSA sustainability)
  • John Murphy (co-chair), Dean, College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
  • Rogelio Saenz (co-chair), Dean, College of Public Policy
  • Pam Bacon, Associate Vice President for Administration
  • Kim Bilica, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, College of Education and Human Development
  • Itza Carbajal, Sophomore, English major, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
  • Ann Eisenberg, Associate Dean, Honors College
  • Xavier Johnson, Student Government Association President, Sociology Major
  • Travis Jourdan, Marketing Major
  • Lionel Maten, Director of Housing and Residence Life
  • John McCray, Associate Professor of Management, College of Business
  • Barry McKinney, Director of Student Activities
  • Les Shephard, Director, Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, USAA Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Roy R. Pachecano, Program Manager, Sustainable Business Program, Institute for Economic Development
  • Harrison Pierce, Junior, Construction Science and Management major, College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
  • Hazem Rashed-Ali, Assistant Professor of Architecture, College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
  • Les Shephard, Director, Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, and USAA Robert F. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Engineering
  • Dave Riker, Associate Vice President for Facilities