“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.”
—Native American Proverb
You can make a difference. Simple daily actions as well as citywide group events all contribute to reducing the negative effects we have on our environment. We invite everyone at UTSA to be a part of making our campus, our city and our world a greener place to live, now and in the future. By coming together in organizations and at events, individuals become unified through common goals. Our collective effort will make a lasting difference in San Antonio.
If you have a sustainable or environmental-related project, you may request funding assistance through the Green Fund Application.
Campus Greening Idea Contest
Thanks to generous support from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Institute for Capacity Building, UTSA is hosting the UTSA Campus Greening Idea Contest. Your ideas can help us reach the next level in sustainability.
UTSA undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit implementable and sustainable ideas to aid the greening of UTSA. A jury of eight representing the administrative, academic and student sectors at UTSA will evaluate submissions and select five winners Tuesday, March 6, 2012.
Through the support of UNCF, there will be cash prizes including $1,500 for first place. Participants will be invited to an awards ceremony in mid-March 2012, during which the winners will be announced.
- Download the contest submission form with guidelines and other details.
The submission deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.
The Movement was started by UTSA students Travis Jourdan and Brittany Keir to focus on sustainability- and philanthropy-oriented initiatives. The first event The Movement held asked students to “Empty Your Backpacks” and collected nearly 500 pounds of paper to recycle with only 200 students participating. The organization has held many more events and has plans for the future.
The Movement has representatives on the Green Fund Committee, Sustainability Council, Student Government, Aramark and more to help create an environmentally oriented mindset at UTSA.
In 2010, UTSA students voted to pay $5 per semester to establish the Green Fund, which supports renewable energy, energy efficiency or other sustainability projects students choose for their campus.
USGBC – UTSA is a student chapter of the United States Green Building Council at The University of Texas at San Antonio. USGBC students encourage other UTSA students from any discipline come together to learn about and promote green building practices.
Transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
The Green Society
The Green Society is a student organization working with UTSA’s Environmental Health and Safety Department to create awareness of environmental issues.
The committed involvement of all members of the UTSA community resulted in 188,184 pounds of collected recyclable material in the 2011 competition. That's 94.1 tons and an increase of more than 35 percent over last year. UTSA placed 103rd out of a total of 363 schools participating in the "Gorilla Prize Competition" category.