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Friday April 19, 2013

UTSA Fiesta goes Green!

10:00a – 3:00p Sombrilla

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Saturday April 20, 2013

Green Organizations Social

11am @ Raymond Russell Park

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Monday April 22, 2013

Party on the Oval

12pm – 2pm Green oval space north of the Business Building

Come out and celebrate the completion of the UTSA campus gateway monuments at Peace Blvd., the Bauerle Road extension, transit bus hub, and oval and plaza greenbelts completed last fall. Help us kick off Earth Week with a Party on the Oval featuring live music, food, outdoor pursuits, free giveaways, and green day activities and info.

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SWITCH Film Screening and Expert Panel

2:30pm – 5:30pm  Retama Auditorium – UC 2.02.02

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Is fracking polluting our water?

How dangerous is nuclear?

Will gasoline prices continue to rise?

Can we clean up coal?

Can renewables really power our future?

Switch delivers straight answers to today¹s most controversial energy

questions, as energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world,

exploring leading energy sites, from coal to solar,

oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on

film. He seeks the truth from international leaders of government,

industry and academia, then cuts through the confusion to discover a path

to our energy future as surprising as it is practical.

Switch is part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-pronged effort to

build a global understanding of energy. This screening is part of over

250 universities across the country participating in

the GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program, which launched last

fall at over 40 pilot schools with a student ambassador program,

efficiency drive and screening of the film.

Audiences have called Switch ³the first truly balanced energy film.” As no

documentary before it, SWITCH has been embraced and supported by people

across the energy spectrum: environmentalists

and academics, fossil and renewable energy experts, scientists and

economists.

³I took my students to a screening of SWITCH, and we spent most of the

following class discussing it, a testament to its value as an educational

tool. It was amazing…² — Amy Jaffe, Rice University Energy Program

³Every person in America should see and digest this film.² — Douglas

Johnson, Statoil ³SWITCH really puts all the pieces together, and makes me

optimistic for the future.² — Erin Geoffroy, Environmental Defense Fund

THE FILM

What does the future of energy really hold? Join energy visionary Dr.

Scott Tinker on a spectacular global adventure to find out.

Dr. Tinker explores the world¹s leading energy sites, from coal to solar,

oil to biofuels, many highly restricted and never before seen on film. He

gets straight answers from the people driving energy today, international

leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through

the confusion to discover a path to our future that is surprising and

remarkably pragmatic.

Switch is the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by

people all along the energy spectrum ­ fossil and renewable, academic and

environmental.

Flying over Roscoe, the world¹s largest wind farm. Wind makes up 1.3% of

U.S. electricity today ­ but some experts believe it could hit 20%.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Switch is part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-prong effort designed

to build a balanced national understanding of energy.

It includes: the film, a huge video-based website sure to become one of

the web¹s foremost energy resources; a university screening and efficiency

program sponsored by the Geological Society of America and the Verizon

Foundation; and a primary school energy education program co-developed

with the American Geological Institute. The project is produced by Arcos

Films and directed by Harry Lynch.

SwitchEnergyProject.com

 

 

 

 

Tuesday April 21, 2013

Goodwill Donation Station

12noon – 2pm Caparral Village Parking Lot (next to San Saba Hall)

Join the student organization, The Association for Information Systems, at the Goodwill Donation Station. Bring your old books, blankets, clothing, games, toys, hose wares, office supplies, shoes, tv and small appliances to donate on April 23rd from 12 – 2pm

 

 

 

Information Fair and Green Car Show

11:00am – 3:00pm Paseo

Visit every table, and receive a free EarthWeek T-Shirt!

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GreenLove Concert

4:00pm – 7:00pm East Convocation Lawn (outside Chili’s Too)

GreenLove is an On-Campus Music Festival promoting UTSA’s efforts to sustainability. UTSA’s student organization will showcase their individual efforts to making the campus more sustainable. The bands will perform on a solar-powered stage til 7 PM, then we will move to an acoustic set and Outdoor Pursuits will host an on-campus camp out including demonstrations. Brought to you by: The Movement

 

 

 

 

Tuesday – Wednesday April 23, 2013 – April 24, 2013

Earth Week Campus Camp Out

6:30 pm Tuesday, April 23rd – 8:00 am Wednesday, April 24th

East Convo lawn (outside Chili’s Too)

Sleep out under the stars with UTSA Campus Recreation and the Movement. Back country cooking demo 6:30 pm. All equipment (tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, headlamps) provided on- site free of charge.

Rsvp to Campus Recreation Outdoor Pursuits, 458-6720. Walk-ups welcome, while supplies last (first 40)

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2012 Events

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Online Green Thread Pledge Contest

April 1st – 22nd

By using social media we’re putting a paperless twist on the typical pledge drive. Choose to pledge how you will go green at UTSA by using Twitter to tweet your pledge to @aramarkutsa with the hash tag: #GTpledge to be automatically entered to win some awesome prizes from us and our off campus partners. We will do a giveaway every day and have grand prize winners during Earth Week for the best/most creative pledges! Don’t have a Twitter account? Post it to the Aramark Facebook page  and we’ll enter it for you! You can enter as many green pledges that you can come up with (and stick to).

To celebrate the success of the contest, come to Roadrunner Café on Monday, April 16 for an interactive event that will project the pledges from you and your peers in real time. While you watch the feed, enjoy the Earth Week Dish of the day and participate in the Weigh the Waste activity.

If you need help getting started, see the ‘Pledges’ note on the Aramark Facebook page for examples of Earth Week pledges at UTSA! #GTpledge

Monday April 16, 2012

Weigh the Waste

12:00p – 2:00p and 6:00p – 8:00p Roadrunner Café

Ever wonder how much food is wasted per day? Well, we intend to find out how much food goes uneaten here at UTSA at the Roadrunner Cafe. Plated leftovers will be collected from students and weighed in a container. The ultimate goal is to minimize the amount of wasted food through awareness!

Green Film Series

6:00pm – 10:30pm Sombrilla

Carbon Nation

Green Fire

The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute hosts an outdoor solar powered Green Film Series! Join UTSA students and community members in the Sombrilla for an evening of films and fun. UTSA student organizations will be selling popcorn and other goodies. First 50 people to attend receive a free EarthWeek T-shirt!

Campus Greening Contest Award Ceremony

5:00pm – 6:00pm AET Bottom Floor

The Campus Greening Contest was a competition held in March 2012, created to stimulate ideas from students to make the campus more ‘Green’. Cash prizes include $1500 for first place. All are welcome to attend this Campus Greening Contest Award Ceremony. All entries will be on display, and winners will be announced and honored.

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Tuesday April 17, 2012

Information Fair and Green Car Show

11:00am – 3:00pm Sombrilla

Visit every table, and receive a free EarthWeek T-Shirt!

Weigh the Waste

12:00p – 2:00p Roadrunner Café

E-Waste Recycling

3:00p – 6:00p South Parking Garage

Ever wonder how to dispose of all that Electronic Waste? Well the student organization, The Movement has your answer. Bring it to E-Waste Recycling event, where we will be collecting everything from celphones and batteries to large computers and small appliances. The collection station will be near the vehicle entrance of the South Parking Garage.

Wednesday April 18, 2012

Green Careers Panel

10:00a – 11:30a UC Hawthorne Room

If you want to pursue a career in the field of Green Energy/Technology, then you won’t want to miss this panel discussion. “Green experts” from San Antonio organizations will discuss Green initiatives taking place within San Antonio and throughout Texas. You will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • The types of careers and jobs that can be found in the field of Green Energy
  • What San Antonio is doing to promote sustainability and encourage growth in the Green Energy sector
  • What are common job titles and where can “Green Jobs” can be found

Come early! First 25 people to attend will receive a free EarthWeek T-Shirt!

Recycled Art Fair

11:00a – 3:00p Sombrilla

Buy, Sell, Make Recycled Art! The Movement will be hosting UTSA’s 2nd Annual Recycled Art Fair. Come be a part of using what we have to make the world more beautiful. Booths will be set up to purchase and make Recycled Art.

Town Hall Meeting on Hydraulic Fracturing

Seminar 4:30pm – 5:50pm Advanced Visualization Lab on Ground floor of MS building

Meeting 5:00pm – 6:30pm UC Ballroom I

The Geological Society hosts a Town Hall Meeting about Hydraulic Fracturing with a brief Seminar presented by the SiViRT Center at the Advanced Visualization Lab.

Thursday April 19, 2012

6th Annual UTSA Student Conference

All Day – BSE Building

Conference Theme: Promoting Sustainable Energy for South Texas

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is hosting the Sixth annual Engineering, Science and Management Student Conference on April 19, 2012. This Conference is designed to showcase student accomplishment, promote research excellence at UTSA, and highlight science, engineering and management education in San Antonio. The conference theme is “Promoting Engineering, science and Business for the Future of Texas” reflecting expectations for UTSA and its alumni to emerge at the forefront of research and development excellence at state and national levels.

The UTSA ABES Student Conference 2012 will provide UTSA students with an exceptional opportunity to present research projects or to exhibit other significant accomplishments, such as capstone senior projects, to the UTSA and San Antonio community.

Participants and attendees will gain professional presentation experience, network with their peers and faculty, and learn about graduate education and science as a career. Special session on career building will be organized by a panel of faculty and industrial individuals

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Trust the Tap

10:00a – 12:00p University Center II Corridor

Thanks to the first UTSA Green Fund Proposal ever passed, The University is now in the process of constructing new Hydration Stations around campus! On Thursday, members of The Movement will be at the Hydration Station in the UC II Corridor (by UPS) to create awareness about UTSA Hydration Stations. Come early to claim you’re free reusable water bottle. Last year, The Movement gave away over 150 reusable water bottles provided by the University Center and Campus Rec! Plastic water bottles significantly contribute to landfill waste, so ditch that ‘one use’ water bottle, and Trust the Tap!

Weigh the Waste

12:00p – 2:00p Roadrunner Café

Trash or Recycle?

12:00pm – 3:00pm The Paseo

The Green Society will set up a display of trash and recycling materials in order to show the difference between the two.

Milieu Exterior: Translations of an Immediate Environment 

Group Exhibition of Environmentally Themed Digital Art presented by the Center for Simulation, Visualization, and Real Time Prediction

6:00p – 7:00p Advanced Visualization Lab – MS Building 1.03.06

Over the last century as industrial progress has peaked production on many fronts, scientists are beginning to speculate on the limited level of natural resources available for our unlimited potential.

As part of UTSA’s Earth Week events, Milieu Exterior: Translations of an Immediate Environment brings together a combination of artists who present their reaction to these issues in several ways.

  • Francesca Samsel is inspired by the need to provide a deeper understanding of environmental science to a more informed public audience.
  • Sabra Booth shows “Slick”, an animated short that satirizes the impact of the 2010 BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast. The animation uses actual events but also creates potential fantastic outcomes.
  • Jayne Lawrence uses subtle imagery to represent our physical selves and the environment that we construct for ourselves to inhabit.
  • Jennifer Kennedy alters common industrial environments to blur the difference between purpose and visceral self-expression.

Green Tie Affair

7:00p – 8:30p UC Ballroom II

Green Tie Affair is an event that is intended to showcase UTSA “green” student organization’s initiatives to better the Institution and the City as a whole. The event will include a formal sit down dinner, provided by partner Aramark. The Green Tie Affair is a for-profit event that raises funds through ticket sales – and further appropriating the funds evenly amongst the presenting student organizations to stimulate their future initiatives.

Use the following PayPal link to purchase your tickets today!

Friday April 20, 2012

UTSA Fiesta goes Green!

11:00a – 3:00p Sombrilla

Main Campus

All Week

UTSA Green Out

All Day – All Week

As a simple way to show you care, the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute asks you seriously consider the amount of energy used in a single week. Make a pledge to change at least one habit this week. Walk, ride, or carpool one day. Remember to turn off the lights when leaving a room. Buy a power strip and cut off appliances from wasting electricity. Make the pledge and make it happen!

Visit the Pledge Tree at the UC Information Fair on Tuesday April 19th from 11a-3p to make a visible commitment to do your part. Can’t make it to the UC? Make a pledge here on our Pledge Page. Pledges will be collected and counted to see how much of a difference was made by UTSA!

Monday April 18, 2011

Bag the Plastic

10:00a – 3:00p   Sombrilla

The Movement, a sustainability and philanthropy based student group, will be collecting and displaying over 10,450 plastic bags in the Sombrilla from 10:00a – 3:00p. Bags are being collected by Movement members to create awareness of the environmental threat petroleum based plastic bags can create. Today only 2% of plastic bags in the USA are being recycled. Bring your plastic bags and join The Movement in raising awareness for this cause. Come and – Bag the Plastic!   

Tuesday April 19, 2011

UTSA Earth Week Information Fair

11:00a – 3:00p   University Center II Corridor

The entire UTSA community is encouraged to attend to learn about how they can live more “green” and sustainable lives. Participants will also be given a stamp card and will earn an organic or recycled cotton t-shirt with a limited edition student design if they visit a certain number of booths.

Pledge Tree

11:00a to 3:00p  University Center II Corridor

As part of the Information Fair, the Learning Communities will be hosting a Pledge Tree. Come and make a pledge, small or large to make a difference. Watch the tree fill up with a single leaf for each pledge. What will you pledge?

Green Career Panel

1:00p – 2:30p   Harris Room

As part of University Center’s Earth Week, the University Career Center will be hosting a Green Employer Panel for students. Make sure to attend and learn of all the green initatives.

A Quake Felt Round the World: Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Energy, Globally and Locally

4:00p – 5:00p   Riklin Auditorium (Downtown) & Live Web Broadcast here, and on TexasEnergy.utsa.edu

Mr. Andrew Orrell, the Director of Nuclear Energy & Fuel Cycle Programs for Sandia National Laboratories, will speak on nuclear energy and how it affects us all. This presentation, followed by a question and answer period, will review the pre-quake global and domestic nuclear energy forecast, summarize the factors that helped alleviate or exacerbate the Fukushima situation, and examine some of the potential impacts of Fukushima to our own nuclear energy future.

UTSA Sustainability Forum

5:00p – 7:00p   Denman Room (UC 1)

The Student Government Association presents “UTSA Sustainability Forum”. This event will feature faculty and staff panelists from various UTSA departments, working on sustainability initiatives. Come hear discussions about sustainability programs and how they effect current and future Roadrunners. The event is open to all students and employees of UTSA and a Q&A session will follow the discussion. Refreshments will be served and a tabling opportunity for environmentally-based student organizations will be held outside of the Denman Room before and after the event.

Wednesday April 20, 2011

Recycled Art Fair

10:00a – 3:00p   Sombrilla

Buy, Sell, Make Recycled Art! The Movement will be hosting UTSA’s first Recycled Art Fair. Come be a part of using what we have to make the world more beautiful. Booths will be set up to purchase and even make Recycled Art.

Weigh the Waste

10:00a – 12:00p    Roadrunner Café

Ever wonder how much food is wasted per day? Well, we intend to find out how much food goes uneaten here at UTSA at the Roadrunner Cafe. Plated leftovers will be collected from students and weighed in a container.  The ultimate goal is to minimize the amount of wasted food through awareness!

Thursday April 21, 2011

UTSA Unplugged

10:00a – 3:00p   South Parking Garage & Front of HSS (MH)

Ever wonder how to dispose of all that Electronic Waste? Well, Earth Week UTSA  has your answer. Bring it to UTSA Unplugged event, where we will be collecting everything from celphones and batteries to large computers and small appliances. No fear, UTSA Unplugged is here! Collection stations at South Parking Garage (for drive-thru convience) AND in front of the HSS (MH).

Trust the Tap

10:00a – 3:00p  University Center II Corridor

Free Filtered Water at all 15 Hydration Stations around campus! As much as you can drink. The filtered water is actually free and available year round. But if you can’t find these Hydration Stations, guess what? You’re not the only one. On Thursday, members of The Movement will be at the Hydration Station in the UC II Corridor (by UPS) to help you find all 15. Come early to claim you’re free reuseable water bottle. Plastic water bottles significantly contribute to landfill waste, so ditch that ‘one use’ water bottle, and Trust the Tap!

 

Friday April 22, 2011 – EarthDay!

Sustainable Business Program Guest Speaker

1:00p – 2:30p BB 3.04.18 with Live Broadcast to FS 2.520 (Downtown) and & Live Web Broadcast here and on TexasEnergy.utsa.edu

Roy Pachecano from the UTSA Sustainable Business Program speaks on sustainable business practices, and the mission of the new center at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development.

Paper Shredding

10:00a – 3:00p   Convocation Center

Join UTSA students, faculty, and staff in a University-wide event to shred and recycle! Bring your old tests, forms, and unwanted paper materials to the Convocation Center and watch it shred.

EarthDay Signature Movie: March of the Penguins

6:30p – 8:30p   Retama Auditorium

Popcorn will be served during the viewing of Academy Award winning film, March of the Penguins, in the Retama Room at 6:30p. A look at the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march — single file — to their traditional breeding ground.

Down Town Campus Events

Monday April 18, 2011

Tuesday April 19, 2011

A Quake Felt Round the World: Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Energy, Globally and Locally

4:00p – 5:00p   Riklin Auditorium (Downtown) & Live Web Broadcast here, and on TexasEnergy.utsa.edu

Mr. Andrew Orrell, the Director of Nuclear Energy & Fuel Cycle Programs for Sandia National Laboratories, will speak on nuclear energy and how it affects us all. This presentation, followed by a question and answer period, will review the pre-quake global and domestic nuclear energy forecast, summarize the factors that helped alleviate or exacerbate the Fukushima situation, and examine some of the potential impacts of Fukushima to our own nuclear energy future.

Wednesday April 20, 2011

EarthWeek Signature Movie: The Green Dragon

12:00p – 1:00p    Downtown Durango Building – Student Activities Center

Over the summer of 2007, three young people – one Chinese, one American and one English – traveled to China to investigate common misconceptions about the potential for mass-scale sustainable construction there. Over 65 people were interviewed and filmed in 9 cities within 9 weeks. The results of this trip are both eye-opening and inspiring

Thursday April 21, 2011

Friday April 22, 2011 – EarthDay!

Sustainable Business Program Guest Speaker

1:00p – 2:30p BB 3.04.18 with Live Broadcast to FS 2.520 (Downtown) and & Live Web Broadcast on TexasEnergy.utsa.edu

Roy Pachecano from the UTSA Sustainable Business Program speaks on sustainable business practices, and the mission of the new center at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development.

UTSA Earth Week Information Fair

10:00a – 2:00p   Bill Miller Plaza

The entire UTSA community is encouraged to attend to learn about how they can live more “green” and sustainable lives. Participants will also be given a stamp card and will earn an organic or recycled cotton t-shirt with a limited edition student design if they visit a certain number of booths.

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