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Join TPR At The Fredericksburg Green Solutions Expo

Apr 6, 2016

On Saturday, April 16, "Fredericksburg Shines" at its Green Solutions Expo, showcasing the best in sustainable living practices in the Texas Hill Country. Learn about rainwater catchment, solar power, electric vehicles, xeriscaping, "cool roof" design, and other green practices at from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. Tickets to the Green Homes tour are available at this link (TPR does not receive any proceeds).

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For decades the world hoped for a clean energy revolution, but the big energy story of the last 5 years has been the rise of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing and a retrenching in fossil fuels.

UHS

  University Health System Thursday accepted a check for half a million dollars in rebates for energy savings. It was the second large, commercial rebate announced this week.

George Hernandez, president and CEO of University Health System, said the new University Hospital Sky Tower is designed to use 20% less energy than a similar structure built to “normal” building codes.

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.

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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