green construction http://tpr.org en UTSA & Microsoft Strike Partnership In Energy Research http://tpr.org/post/utsa-microsoft-strike-partnership-energy-research <p>The University of Texas at San Antonio and Microsoft have joined in a partnership to construct renewable energy for its data centers.</p><p>The UTSA band lead the fanfare in the announcement for the partnership with global computer giant Microsoft. The goal between the two is to develop new methods of creating sustainable energy.</p><p>“The important thing is to not just gather power but to measure power and measure how the building uses its power and to find ways how about how find ways in which we can reduce the use of power,” said Ricardo Romo, president of UTSA.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:10:37 +0000 Joey Palacios 30159 at http://tpr.org UTSA & Microsoft Strike Partnership In Energy Research Ecology And Biology The Main Attraction At New Hardberger Center http://tpr.org/post/ecology-and-biology-main-attraction-new-hardberger-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Antonio is opening its first major <a href="http://www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/directory_hardberger.aspx" target="_blank">Urban Ecology Center</a> this weekend in Phil Hardberger Park. The</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> city said the new venue is designed as a gathering place for nature studies and major events.</span></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:10:24 +0000 Eileen Pace 17984 at http://tpr.org Ecology And Biology The Main Attraction At New Hardberger Center Low-Impact Development Competition Heats Up, Showcases Water Runoff Designs http://tpr.org/post/low-impact-development-competition-heats-showcases-water-runoff-designs <p>The San Antonio River Authority is working with architects and planners to think globally about the impacts of new developments on the watershed.</p><p>As part of the awareness program, SARA’s Low Impact Development Design Competition comes to a conclusion this week.</p><p>It seems like a simple concept: Design a project, building or parking lot from the beginning to efficiently and effectively make water go to the right places.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:16:04 +0000 Eileen Pace 14506 at http://tpr.org Low-Impact Development Competition Heats Up, Showcases Water Runoff Designs You May Qualify For CPS Energy's Casa Verde Program http://tpr.org/post/you-may-qualify-cps-energys-casa-verde-program <p>CPS Energy is looking for new applicants to its Casa Verde energy-efficiency program, a weatherization program designed to help families in need reduce their monthly utility bills.</p><p>CPS Energy provided no-cost home improvements to 800 CPS Energy customers last year.</p><p>CPS Spokesman Albert Cantu says the program offers free energy recommendations for the customer’s individual needs and home, and even sends workers to replace or upgrade items on the list:</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:59:27 +0000 Eileen Pace 5931 at http://tpr.org You May Qualify For CPS Energy's Casa Verde Program Contest Pits Low Impact Development Against Traditional Building http://tpr.org/post/contest-pits-low-impact-development-against-traditional-building <p>The San Antonio River Authority is using a new contest beginning this week to create awareness for the benefits of Low Impact Development.</p><p>"Initially we're targeting the private developer community and their engineers, architects, and landscape architects," says Stephen Graham with the <a href="http://www.sara-tx.org/" target="_blank">San Antonio River Authority</a>.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:48:17 +0000 Eileen Pace 5831 at http://tpr.org Contest Pits Low Impact Development Against Traditional Building Texas Ranks Tenth in U.S. for Sustainable Building http://tpr.org/post/texas-ranks-tenth-us-sustainable-building Texas ranks tenth in the country in Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. That's according to a report issued by the <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/home" target="_blank">U.S. Green Building Council</a>, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that issues LEED certification.<p>The LEED 100-point scale rates the design, construction, and operation of buildings, neighborhoods, and homes to promote sustainable infrastructure. It looks at factors such as sustainability, water and energy efficiency, materials, indoor environmental quality, as well as design and innovation to issue one of four different levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:36:11 +0000 Austin Feldman 5213 at http://tpr.org Texas Ranks Tenth in U.S. for Sustainable Building Nationwide Consolidates Operations into Green Building http://tpr.org/post/nationwide-consolidates-operations-green-building <p>Nationwide Insurance is opening a new green building in San Antonio near Sea World with the hopes of hiring an additional 500 employees in the coming years.&nbsp;</p><p>Nationwide previously had four call centers in San Antonio. Now the insurance provider is opening a single 280,000 sq ft. building for its 1,400 San Antonio employees. Regional Vice President Terrance Williams says the company chose to stay in San Antonio due to a friendly business climate and the skills job seekers here have to offer.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:51:21 +0000 Joey Palacios 68 at http://tpr.org Nationwide Consolidates Operations into Green Building