(Feb. 12, 2013) -- For the sixth year, The University of Texas at San Antonio is participating in the national intercollegiate competition, RecycleMania. Running Jan. 20-March 30, the goal for each of the 523 universities and colleges in the completion is to recycle the most pounds of recyclables per capita. After the first week of competition, UTSA sat at 11th of 99 campuses across the United States and Canada in the Grand Champion category.
The participation of the entire UTSA community is encouraged. Besides achieving a greener environment for the university and the community, the contest highlights UTSA's recycling program, which includes education, promotion, teamwork and recognition of participants. Please continue recycling! This year for the first time, Styrofoam cups, plates and take-away food containers can be recycled.
In RecycleMania, Texas ranks second to New York regarding number of participants. This year, UTSA entered the Grand Champion category, which combine trash and each one of the core recyclable materials to determine a school's recycling rate as a percentage of its overall waste generation. UTSA is including trash, paper, cardboard, cans and bottle weights. The winner in this category will the highest recycling rate, which means they have not only reduced trash disposal through waste prevention, but also have a strong recycling program for the acceptable materials.
Besides collecting the usual recyclables, there will be specially organized sensitive-document paper collection days at the Main Campus, including document shredding. The Shred Pod will be at the Main Campus only March 21-22. Staff can bring sensitive documents from home or office for shredding; staff at the Downtown and HemisFair Park campuses also are invited to participate, or contact the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at 210-458-5808 or 210-452-7252 to arrange document pick-up at their respective campuses.
In last year's competition in the Gorilla category, UTSA ranked 69th among 296 colleges and universities, by gathering 247,832 pounds of recyclable materials -- a 31.7 percent increase over the 188,184 pounds collected the previous year, and moving up 34 ranks. Additionally, UTSA placed fourth in Texas, right behind Texas A&M University, which placed third in the category.
>> Think before you throw away items that can be recycled. Recyclables include paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans, glass bottles and Styrofoam food containers (take-out trays and cups). Exceptions include items such as food, liquids, used napkins and facial tissues, coffee grounds and Styrofoam formed packing. Everything else goes in the blue recycling bins across the campuses.
For more information, visit the UTSA Recycling website.
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
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. César E. Chávez Blvd.
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.
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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