(March 22, 2010)--To raise awareness of the environmental and social impact of food waste, ARAMARK Higher Education is hosting the semester-long "Weigh the Waste" competition. The UTSA Roadrunner Cafe and the Lee Dining Hall at Southern Methodist University in Dallas are competing to reduce food waste. The UTSA Green Society is sponsoring the program for the second semester.
Upcoming "Weigh the Waste" events are 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 24 and 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 19 at the Roadrunner Cafe on the Main Campus. At the weigh-ins, students at their respective universities will collect food leftovers for weighing with the objective of having less waste per person than the opposing university. The April 19 concluding event is part of a weeklong celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
The first "Weigh the Waste" event was Feb. 19. The UTSA Green Society collected 98.6 pounds of waste from 571 diners at the Roadrunner Cafe for a weight per person of 0.173 pounds. However, SMU took the early lead in the competition by measuring just 0.131 pounds per person in their dining hall.
While UTSA currently lags behind, Megan Mutschler, ARAMARK's student sustainability manager is optimistic that the Roadrunners can come from behind. "We will continue to build awareness of the program through our Love Food Hate Waste campaign. I am confident that our campus community will waste less overall than the Mustangs of SMU."
"Reducing food waste is an easy way for us to make UTSA a greener place," said Cathy Bass, UTSA Green Society president. "According to the USDA, at least 27 percent of edible food in America is wasted each year. This food waste has a profoundly negative impact on the environment and is even more concerning when we stop to consider the millions of Americans who go hungry each year."
"By creating an environment in which students are mindful of how much they throw away," said Bass. "We can work together as a community towards a more sustainable future."
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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