(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
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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