(May 10, 2019) – UTSA’s commitment to building a healthier, more sustainable campus community has earned it a gold score from the City of San Antonio’s ReWorksSA certification. UTSA is the first university in San Antonio to receive the program’s highest designation, which recognizes businesses for their waste reduction and recycling efforts.
City of San Antonio Solid Waste Management Director David W. McCary presented the award to UTSA staff and leadership at a May 7 ceremony on the university’s Main Campus. UTSA earned high marks for waste reduction and recycling best practices such as proper signage, green purchasing policies and regular recycling training.
“It was a real pleasure to see all the great work UTSA is doing, from all the different types of outreach, to the surplus program and how the university reinvests recycling revenue back into the program for improvements,” said Brian Halverson, environmental services manager in the City of San Antonio’s Solid Waste Management Department. “Very impressive work.”
Richard Garza and Anastacio Alvarez of the UTSA Environmental Health team spearheaded the university’s entry into the program. They manage UTSA’s recycling program and provide updates to the UTSA Sustainability Council.
UTSA was scored on a range of criteria including general practices, equipment and facilities, communication, recycling strategies and networking.
“We are thrilled that UTSA is a leader in the commercial recycling movement, and we encourage other businesses and institutions to join the movement in San Antonio to reduce, reuse and recycle in the workplace,” said Mikel Brown II, City of San Antonio commercial recycling management analyst.
Recent sustainability efforts at UTSA include:
“UTSA’s recycling program, founded by the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management, has grown to be a powerhouse in just a few short years,” said Mei Lani Cabico May, UTSA Director of Sustainability. “The university’s efforts have created a campus culture that embraces a sustainable product stream and engendered a reduce and reuse mode of operation within multiple departments at UTSA.”
Learn more about UTSA’s recycling program.
Learn more about ReWorksSA.
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The third ceremony, scheduled at 2 p.m. on May 19, will recognize graduates from the College of Education and Human Development, College of Sciences and College of Public Policy.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
Jenny Hsieh, professor and Semmes Foundation Chair in Cell Biology and director, UTSA Brain Health Consortium provides an engaging look into the world of gene editing.South Texas Research Facility, 8403 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio
UTSA will offer science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing and language and culture camps for kids, teens and adults. Register now.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Future Roadrunners and families prepare for everything they need to know before the fall semester.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Join us for cupcakes and lots of Roadrunner spirit as we celebrate the day UTSA was created by the Texas Legislature.Sombrilla, Main Campus and Frio Street Commons, Downtown Campus
Join us as we celebrate this momentoud day in UTSA history by paying homage to the moment Governor Preston Smith signed the legislation creating UTSA exactly 50 years ago on June 5, 1969.The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio
The State of Hand Stitch is a survey of eleven women artists in Texas working with thread and needle at a time when embroidery is increasingly recognized as a medium of choice by serious artists. Opening reception is June 5 at 5pm. Exhibit continues through Aug. 9.Arts Building, Main Art Gallery (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
For the 48th year, the ITC brings culture to life with music, dance, artisanship, food and hands-on experiences that connect Texans to their roots.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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