(June 2, 2011)--The UTSA Sustainable Business program will team with Habitat for Humanity Texas to offer training for business owners and Habitat for Humanity affiliates on building sustainable homes and neighborhoods at the 2011 Texas Sustainable Development Conference June 13-14.
The conference is 10 a.m.-5:15 p.m., Monday, June 13 and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, June 14 in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.
>> Registration for the two-day training is $100, which includes materials and meals. Register online for the conference.
"What we're seeing is that for federal, state and local requests for proposals, there is increasingly language requiring sustainable requirements," said Ruben Lopez, business development specialist with the Sustainable Business program. "This is the wave of the future."
Topics will include sustainable building, value engineering, water conservation, universal design, sustainable building materials and financing for green construction, among others. Presenters will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge about the topics to the conference.
On Tuesday, June 14, Joe Koizen of the Green Building Research Institute in San Antonio, will discuss how he planned, designed and built two LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum townhouses during a tough economy for San Antonio builders.
Registration is open to the general public and in particular to small business owners, builders, architects, designers, Habitat for Humanity staff and volunteers, and anyone interested in incorporating sustainable building practices into home construction and neighborhood revitalization.
The UTSA Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and fostering economic development. Its 13 centers and programs provide professional business advising, technical training, research and strategic planning for entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders.
Programs serve San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international stakeholders. Together with federal, state and local governments, and private businesses, the IED fosters economic and community development in support of UTSA's community engagement mission.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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