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Andrea Nocito joins Institute for Economic Development energy savings program

Andrea Nocito

Andrea Nocito

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(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.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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