(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.
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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