(April 19, 2012) -- Each year on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day to raise awareness of the world's precious resources and how we use them.
UTSA has expanded the earth-friendly organization with Earth Week, a weeklong series of events to raise awareness of how individuals treat the environment.
Haven't made it any of UTSA Earth Week events yet? Take a look at these 22 EcoFacts to show a little love to Mother Earth.
EcoFact 1: Tissue and toilet paper use is tearing up virgin forests in North America, as Americans use 50 pounds per person of these items annually.
EcoFact 2: On average, food travels 2,000 miles from its point of origin to its point of consumption.
EcoFact 3: A leaky faucet wastes about 2,700 gallons a year at a drip per second. A
leaky toilet can waste more than 100 gallons per day.
EcoFact 4: Heating water accounts for 15-25 percent of the total energy used in a single-family home.
EcoFact 5: Brazil has more cars that burn ethanol than burn gasoline. Ethanol's carbon dioxide emissions are canceled out by growing the plants used to produce it.
EcoFact 6: Dirty oil from one oil change could pollute one million gallons of water -- a year's supply for at least 50 people.
EcoFact 7: If the nearly 50 billion cans trashed in 2005 had been recycled, we could have saved enough energy to power 1.3 million American homes.
EcoFact 8: 40-50 percent of all food ready for harvest never gets eaten in the United States.
EcoFact 9: The average American adult receives nearly 41 pounds of junk mail each year, about 17 pounds of which ends up in landfills.
EcoFact 10: Americans recycle less than a third of our garbage, which is taking up valuable space in landfills, polluting groundwater and releasing toxic fumes.
EcoFact 11: At the American rate of consumption, we would need more than five Earths to sustain the population.
EcoFact 13: Drive 444 miles in an electric-gasoline hybrid car and you would produce as much CO2 as a 100-mile drive in a conventional SUV (166 pounds, if you were wondering).
EcoFact 14: The species at the top of the ocean food chain -- large, predatory fish -- have declined 90 percent in the last 50 years.
EcoFact 15: Transportation is typically the biggest environmental impact of an American wedding.
EcoFact 16: The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper annually. Switching to recycled paper is the first step.
EcoFact 17: For every $11 spent on groceries, $1 goes toward packaging. Up to 40 percent of the nation's trash is discarded packaging material.
EcoFact 18: Vampire power is energy expended by home electronics when not in use, and costs the United States up to $3.5 billion annually.
EcoFact 19: Textbooks account for about one fifth of the American book-publishing market, consuming 200,000 tons of paper annually (or about 4 million trees).
EcoFact 20: The world consumes more than one million plastic bags per minute.
EcoFact 21: Using a microwave for small- to medium-sized portions can cut in half the energy you use to prepare food.
EcoFact 22: American businesses, individuals and institutions produce approximately 4.5 pounds of trash per day per person, which is at least double what western Europeans produce.
Source: The EcoQuiz Desk Knowledge Cards
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.
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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