Catch up on what is going at Alamo Colleges. This section features news stories, blogs and past events related to Sustainability at Alamo Colleges.
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December 8, 2016: Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Company have awarded 90 recycling bins to Alamo Colleges through the 2016 Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant program. As part of the grant, Alamo Colleges will order an additional 30 bins, providing a total of 120 23-gallon recycling bins. These will be placed next to trash cans and waste baskets in hallways, commons areas, workrooms and/or large classrooms at Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College. The goal of the program is to address one of the main barriers to recycling in public spaces by making access to recycling bins more available and convenient.
August 10, 2016: On August 4, Alamo Colleges joined the EPA Green Power Partnership through the solar array located at St. Philip's College Southwest Campus. The installation produces more than 500,000 kilowatt-hours of green power annually, representing over 10 percent of the campus' electricity use. That is the equivalent to the power used by 45 average American homes. Find Alamo Colleges' St. Philip's College Southwest Campus on the Green Power Partner List, and learn more about the benefits of green power here: www.epa.gov/greenpower.
January 15, 2016: The
first of three B-Cycle stations to be installed at San Antonio College was
recently installed outside the William R. Sinkin Eco Centro. The
solar-based station houses 22 docks and 10 bikes. Future stations are
scheduled for installation at SAC between the Candler and McCreless buildings
and outside the Tobin Lofts.
B-cycle is a
public bike sharing system that allows users to rent bikes for a modest
membership fee. With 55 stations throughout downtown San Antonio in highly
visible and trafficked areas, members can pick up a bike at any station and
drop it off at any station.
B-cycle offers three levels
of membership: a 24-Hour Day Pass, 7-Day Pass, and Annual pass. All membership
levels can be purchased online and 24-Hour Day Passes are also available for
purchase at any B-cycle station for $10. Discounts of up to 20% off Annual
Memberships are available for students, military and senior citizens
January 10-14, 2016: John W. Strybos, P.E., C.E.M., Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities, presented at the 96th Annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) Conference in New Orleans, LA. Mr. Strybos discussed promoting diversity in atmospheric sciences and AMS Climate Studies implementation at San Antonio College.
September 25, 2015: Alamo Colleges and the Sierra Club hosted a farewell event for Doyle Beneby, the CEO of CPS Energy, at the William R. Sinkin Eco Centro. Mr. Beneby has pushed clean energy aggressively in San Antonio, putting the city on the national map as a leader in integrating clean energy sources like solar and wind into its grid.
September 24, 2015: Alamo Colleges accepted the Bill Sinkin Solar Technology Award granted by the City of San Antonio's SA Tomorrow team who acknowledged the district for its leadership in promoting clean energy. The award showcased the 400-kilowatt solar array at St. Philip's College and the Green Training Institute, that trains students on installing and maintaining solar panels.
September 22, 2015: Article published in Rivard Report featuring solar projects taking place at Alamo Colleges.
September 19, 2015: Alamo Colleges' Eco Centro hosted San Antonio Drive Electric Day organized annually by Alamo City Electric Auto Association. The event brought together over 30 electric vehicles (EV) and EV owners who offered free test rides. Vehicles that appeared included the Tesla Model S, Telsa Roadster, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf and the Cherolet Volt. In addition, the event also exhibited VIA's all-electric bus, electric bicycles, solar cars, self-designed electric vehicles and a energy lab. The transition to electric modes of transportation allows San Antonio to embrace clean sources of energy like solar and wind and will significantly improve San Antonio's air quality.