(March 30, 2012) -- One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce water use is to replace outdated fixtures with those designed to conserve water. With the help of the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) commercial toilet retrofit and rebate program, more than 300 urinals will be replaced with high-efficiency units (HEUs) at the UTSA Tri-campuses.
As the second-largest water consumer in San Antonio, the conservation potential at UTSA is significant. Using the SAWS estimate of 3 million gallons saved per 100 HEUs, the installation of the water-saving fixtures will reduce water use by an estimated 8 million gallons per year. HEUs use half a gallon or less per flush compared to one gallon per flush in the older units.
In March, Facilities Operations and Maintenance teams began work with SAWS contractors in the urinal retrofit installations. Inconvenience for the university community is expected to be minimal since retrofit schedules will ensure that one restroom per building floor remains open. The project will be completed by May.
For more information, contact UTSA Facilities at 210-458-4268.
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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