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UTSA graduate students to present sustainability plan for San Antonio

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(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.

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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.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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