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 Northwest Vista College Library 
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon to Thur: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4:00pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm
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Greening Your Classroom Experience  

Northwest Vista College is committed to protecting the environment. In 2008, all five Alamo Colleges signed the American Colleges and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which addresses energy, waste, and water resource use, in addition to greenhouse gas emissions and transportation. Since then, NVC has invested in thermal storage, efficient lighting, and solar arrays, among many other resource-conserving projects. But NVC needs the help of all students to make an even larger impact on the environment, while saving us all money for more educational opportunities at NVC. 

  • When possible rent your textbooks 
  • If renting is not available for a textbook, inquire if it is available as an e-textbook or e-book 
  • If you must purchase a printed textbook, ask instructor if you can use an older edition of the textbook so that you can purchase a used one. The difference between two textbook editions is often negligible 
  • Ask your instructor to provide syllabi, assignments and other course instruction materials online instead of printing them 
  • If your instructor must print assignments ask them to print the handout double-sided 
  • Ask your instructor to allow you to submit assignments electronically 
  • If you are required to print assignments for submission instead of submitting them electronically, then print them double-sided 
  • Take class notes on a laptop, tablet or other device instead of using paper 
  • When you must purchase notebook paper or notebooks, purchase recycled paper products 
  • Utilize the recycling bins in classrooms and hallways to deposit your soda cans or bottles 
  • Use a refillable water bottle instead of purchasing bottled water 
  • If possible, ask your instructor to turn off the classroom lights and utilize the natural light from windows instead 



Voices on the eNVironment 

"Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and gives strength to body and soul alike." 

-- John Muir, naturalist, explorer and writer (1838-1914) 

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Get Involved!

Recycle - there are large blue recycling containers (totes) throughout the academic and student areas on campus. Use them. Deposit your plastic bottles and aluminum cans there, not in the trash cans.

Arbor Day Observance Event - Nov 9th  9:30 am - 10:30 am. Join us to plant trees and shrubs at the circle turnaround in parking lot 8 at Juniper Hall and the new LOH bridge. Tree planting, poetry readings, and free giveaways.


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