DECEMBER 8, 2020 — UTSA has received a prestigious honor for its sustainability efforts in higher education.
The university earned a silver rating on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, known as STARS, from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for advancing sustainability in the Roadrunner community.
“The Office of Sustainability focuses on increasing the narrative of campus sustainability. We provide a conduit—and financial support—to empower UTSA students to realize their passion through sustainable action,” said Lani May, director of UTSA’s Office of Sustainability. “UTSA’s silver rating is recognition of the outstanding efforts by students, staff and faculty to create a more sustainable campus, which has tremendous positive impact in our community.”
The STARS system recognizes higher education institutions, from community colleges to research universities, on long-term sustainability goals to goals that are being taken for the first steps toward sustainability.
The STARS rating system looks at and evaluates curriculum, research, campus engagement, public engagement, air and climate, buildings, energy, food and dining, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, water, coordination and planning, diversity and affordability, investment and finance, well-being and work, and innovation and leadership.
Over the past few years UTSA has established a culture of sustainability through academic research, operation of university business, the president’s strategic plan and the implemented Campus Master Plan.
In 2019 the UTSA reestablished the Office of Sustainability through a fund—Supporting University Sustainability through Action, Initiatives and Narratives—to be allocated toward university-wide sustainability initiatives. The university’s Sustainability Council, made up of university staff and student representatives, focuses on their core responsibility, to lead the narrative on UTSA’s campuswide sustainability while increasing impact in our community. Students on the Sustainability Council also represent the student body as members of the Student Initiatives Review Committee and are responsible for approving Office of Sustainability funding.
In its latest initiatives the university has designed and will implement a water quality treatment for the new Downtown Campus extension adjacent to the San Pedro Creek Culture Park to treat storm water from the new School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center building. Additionally, UTSA developed a low-impact development bio swale, completed in November, on Main Campus. This bio swale treats about 9.5 acres of untreated storm water runoff.
The Dreamer and Undocumented student conversation consists of a panel discussion that will center in the immigrant experience while attending college and as a new professional. Our panelist will discuss their experiences as immigrants from different Latin American countries, and as current or former members of the undocumented community.Virtual Event
Come learn more about the Whataburger Resource Room and what you can do to fight food insecurity on our campus!Student Union, Paseo Principal Staircase, Main Campus
Join us for the grand opening of our new office space! There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Noon with an open house at HSU 2.206, and student organization tabling on the Paseo. We will have DJ Loko along with snacks, give aways, and activities.H-E-B Student Union, 2.206, Main Campus
This year we will have a NNO kickoff party at the Downtown Campus - Frio Building breezeway. The event will be on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. We will have snow cones, music, and door prizes! The is a free event for all our DTC community. The NNO main event will be held at Main campus on October 5.Frio Breezeway, Downtown Campus
A virtual conversation about how we can take action to improve our wellbeing to prevent future mental health burn out.Virtual Event
No matter your first language, Coffee & Conversation can help you expand your horizons. We invite all UTSA students to come spend your lunch hour with Coffee & Conversation, where international and domestic students gather and build inter-cultural connections.Anaqua Room, 2.03.08, Student Union, Main Campus
For Hispanic Heritage Month this year we will be reading two books, starting in September with "I, Rigoberta Menchú", an autobiography. The October book will be "Cemetery Boys" by Aiden Thomas. Students who join the RJBC are eligible to receive the book free.Virtual Event
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UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
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