The William R. Sinkin Eco Centro is a community outreach center for environmental substainability operated by Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College and seed funded by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities grant. The building was completed in early 2014 and hosted its grand opening on Earth Day the same year. It is located at 1802 North Main Avenue, directly across the street from San Antonio College's Service, Trade, and Industry building, which served as the original Eco Centro facility from 2011-2014.
The LEED-certified, 3,000+ square foot facility serves as an example of sustainable building with a solar-photovoltaic system connected to 135 roof-mounted solar panels, a 2,700-gallon water catchment tank and five 40-gallon tanks, water-wise landscaping, four electric vehicle charging stations, and large composting and gardening areas.
- To positively address environmental challenges by providing the information needed to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices.
- To stimulate greater household self-sufficiency while supporting entities that further the overarching cause of environmental preservation through Center initiatives and educational programming.
The William R. Sinkin Eco Centro seeks to engage the community by providing education and outreach dedicated to the understanding, progress, and practice of sustainability. Activities and events held at the William R. Sinkin Eco Centro lay the groundwork for the grassroots behavioral change needed to achieve San Antonio's aggressive environmental sustainability goals.
WHAT WE DO
The William R. Sinkin Eco Centro serves as a demonstration center for areas including: organic gardening, three types of composting, sustainable building, low impact development, water conservation, and more.
The center provides meeting space for several local environmental organizations and hosts small-and-medium-sized environmentally related events. By partnering with other environmental organizations, private industry, governmental agencies, and sustainability experts, the William R. Sinkin Eco Centro furthers its goals of education and advocacy on a local level and beyond.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Rapid population growth, economic expansion, and excessive consumption of our natural resources necessitates a collective solution to the depletion of those resources most basic for survival and well-being. Sustainability has emerged as that solution and is of the utmost importance in making sure we have enough water, materials, and resources to lead productive, healthy, and comfortable lives. Each of us must do our part to conserve the natural environment on which we all depend.