(April 11, 2014) -- Graduate students at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will present a draft of their sustainability plan for San Antonio at the regular meeting of the Alamo Sierra Club at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at the Witte Museum Auditorium. The students will receive feedback from the public as part of their efforts to develop a realistic and effective plan.
The graduate students are developing the sustainability plan for their Urban and Regional Sustainability class, a requirement of the Urban and Regional Planning program in the UTSA College of Architecture. They have been reviewing sustainability issues as well as sustainability plans and climate action plans from various cities. This preliminary plan for San Antonio is based on research they conducted throughout the semester.
Bill Barker, AICP, UTSA adjunct associate professor, is the guiding the students. Barker is a Sierra Club member and recently retired from the City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability. He joined the City after serving as executive director of Solar San Antonio. He came to San Antonio in 1997 to be the director of planning for VIA Metropolitan Transit.
Previously a transportation and energy consultant, Barker has helped public and private clients in seven states, Canada and Mexico. His federal clients include the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Agency for International Development.
Barker has been a consultant for the Houston Advanced Research Center, Environmental Defense Fund and Gas Research Institute. He has a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in urban affairs.
The Witte Museum is at 3801 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas. Free parking will be available.
The Urban and Regional Planning program in the UTSA College of Architecture includes a research center and two academic programs: the 15-credit-hour graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning and the 48-credit-hour Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning Degree. The Center for Urban and Regional Planning initiates and supports student and faculty research.
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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