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UTSA Research
4:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

UTSA & Microsoft Strike Partnership In Energy Research

UTSA students and Microsoft staff pose for a group photo.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The University of Texas at San Antonio and Microsoft have joined in a partnership to construct renewable energy for its data centers.

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.

“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.

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Environment
9:10 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ecology And Biology The Main Attraction At New Hardberger Center

Hardberger Park's new Urban Ecology Center is set to open Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, and holds enough space for multiple nature classes and large receptions.
Kelli Epp

San Antonio is opening its first major Urban Ecology Center this weekend in Phil Hardberger Park. The city said the new venue is designed as a gathering place for nature studies and major events.

With over 18,000 square feet, the new facility can offer space for everything from gardening classes to large wedding receptions. Parks Project Manager Sandy Jenkins said the facility is built for the purpose of education on anything having to do with nature.

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Environment Design
9:16 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Low-Impact Development Competition Heats Up, Showcases Water Runoff Designs

San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority is working with architects and planners to think globally about the impacts of new developments on the watershed.

As part of the awareness program, SARA’s Low Impact Development Design Competition comes to a conclusion this week.

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.  

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Energy Efficiency
12:59 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

You May Qualify For CPS Energy's Casa Verde Program

The Casa Verde program is targeting older homes like this one that could use additional weatherization.
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

CPS Energy provided no-cost home improvements to 800 CPS Energy customers last year.

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:

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Green Construction
4:48 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Contest Pits Low Impact Development Against Traditional Building

Sustainable Roof Gardens are a Low-Impact Development technology utilized by Madison High School and the Hippolito Garcia Federal Building downtown
San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority is using a new contest beginning this week to create awareness for the benefits of Low Impact Development.

"Initially we're targeting the private developer community and their engineers, architects, and landscape architects," says Stephen Graham with the San Antonio River Authority.

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Environment Texas
2:36 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Texas Ranks Tenth in U.S. for Sustainable Building

University of Texas at Austin

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 12:52 pm

Texas ranks tenth in the country in Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. That's according to a report issued by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that issues LEED certification.

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.

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Nationwide Building
4:51 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Nationwide Consolidates Operations into Green Building

House Speaker Joe Strauss (right) begins to cut the ribbon of the new building joined by San Antonio City Councilman Ray Lopez, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, and Nationwide Regional Vice President Terrance Williams.
Joey Palacios/TPR Texas Public Radio

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. 

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.

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