(June 3, 2011)--Andrea Nocito is the newest team member of the Sustainable Business Program (SBP) in the UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED).
As the Energy Savings Solutions program survey manager, Nocito will identify small business clients who want to improve overhead costs. She will conduct and supervise energy assessments, a task supported by a grant funded through the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act.
Through energy assessments, Nocito will survey businesses' lighting, equipment and overall energy needs for daily operations. She also will analyze utility bills to determine the amount of energy the businesses consume. From there, Nocito will find strategies to reduce energy consumption that will decrease clients' monthly utility costs.
Aside from teaching energy-efficiency and cost-saving strategies, Nocito sees the energy assessments as an opportunity to encourage companies to incorporate a variety of "green" practices in their businesses.
"We're going to look to find opportunities so we cannot just change the way they do operations, but also look at how they can be more sustainable in the services and products that they provide," said Nocito.
The two-year grant program covers 110 energy assessments. Nocito will work with four students from the UTSA College of Architecture to fulfill the project.
"We already have most of the first 30 signed up and ready to go," said Nocito. "That's really exciting."
Nocito is an expert in developing, planning and implementing environmental assessments and mitigation strategies, and managing projects for homes, businesses and development projects.
She gained four years of experience at CirclePoint, a California-based company that specializes in various services including environmental planning. In 2010, Nocito founded EcoStrategies, a sustainability planning and implementation firm in San Antonio serving large commercial and residential properties.
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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