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With tech company moves to S.A., UTSA is key to growing energy economy

Mayor Julian Castro

At UTSA Downtown Campus on Monday, Mayor Julian Castro announces move of five energy technology companies to San Antonio
(Photo by Patrick R. Dunn)

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(June 22, 2011)--The UTSA Downtown Campus hosted an historic event Monday, June 20, where San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby announced that five major clean-energy companies plan to move to San Antonio. The development will have enormous implications for UTSA.

The companies that pledged to relocate to the Alamo City include Raleigh, N.C.-based Consert, which provides energy management and conservation systems to residential and commercial customers; Boerne-based GreenStar, which manufactures LED lights for cities and commercial and industrial sites; and Boerne-based Cold Car USA, which manufactures electric-powered refrigerated trucks.

Additionally, Maryland-based SunEdison will open a regional office in San Antonio to provide CPS Energy with 30 megawatts of solar power from three regional locations, and Seattle-based Summit Power Group LLC will open a San Antonio Summit Texas Clean Energy customer relations office and build a clean-coal plant near Odessa, Texas.

As San Antonio's clean-energy industry grows, UTSA will serve as a center for new and renewable energy education and research. Initially, UTSA will receive support from:

  • SunEdison, which will donate $300,000, primarily to UTSA and also to CPS Energy and the City of San Antonio, for clean energy research and development;
  • GreenStar, which has pledged to give $10 to the city for every LED light it manufactures in San Antonio to support local clean-energy education;
  • Philips Lumileds, which supplies GreenStar's LEDs and plans to establish a Center for Excellence in LEDs at UTSA;
  • Texas Instruments, a GreenStar partner, which will support UTSA's engineering curriculum by providing Texas Instrument development tools for use in UTSA engineering laboratories;
  • Summit Texas Clean Energy, which will host its national Carbon Management Advisory Board in San Antonio at UTSA; and
  • Consert, which will partner with UTSA and others in smart grid research and development.

In 2010, UTSA established the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute to coordinate the energy-related expertise of UTSA faculty and to position UTSA as a leader in energy education, research and policy to partner in transforming the energy future of the San Antonio, Texas and the nation.

"San Antonio has the opportunity to seize a mantle that no city in the U.S. holds today -- to be the recognized leader in clean energy technology," said Castro. "By building a critical mass around research and development that will grow and attract the brainpower of the 21st century, San Antonio can be for the new energy economy what Silicon Valley is to software and what Boston is to biotech."

 

 

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Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)


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