Earth Day and UT Health Science Center Green Initiatives in April

SAWS Water People will be on campus for Earth Day activities, planned for April 20-21.

The Green Initiatives Committee of the UT Health Science Center is planning events on April 20-21 to help spread the word about “green” practices that will promote sustainability on our campus and at home.  Activities will include a noon presentation on April 20 from NuRide, which offers rewards to members who walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation to get to work.

On April 21, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., a Go Green Fair will be held in the Pestana Lecture Hall Foyer. It will feature exhibitors including SAWS, San Antonio River Authority (SARA), State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), VIA, and Solar San Antonio, among others. These exhibitors will be available to explain how everyone can promote green practice.

At the Go Green Fair, librarians from the Briscoe Library will demonstrate the National Library of Medicine’s Environmental Health & Toxicology databases. The library has recently revived its Green Team.  One of the team’s  immediate objectives is to prepare an interactive, 3-D exhibit on ways to protect the environment and conserve energy.  The Green Team promotes the concept of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”  One of the initiatives in the works is installation of a box for collecting used batteries in the Briscoe Library, a collaboration with the Office  of Environmental Health and Safety. More information is available on our website, or check out our page on Facebook.

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and has been observed on this date every year since. Earth Day is now observed globally to raise awareness about environmental issues and impact public attitudes.  On campus, Health Science Center students in 2007 proposed to the administration some instances where the university could reduce energy use and save money.  The Health Science Center created a Green Initiatives Committee to develop recommendations for reducing the university’s impact on the environment while also cutting costs.  On April 22, 2009, the campus celebrated Earth Day by planting trees on the lawn at the corner of Floyd Curl and Medical Drive.  In the weeks following that event, recycling sorting bins were installed in buildings all over campus.  The Briscoe Library was one of the first buildings to take delivery of the recycling bins. A Go Green website was created that now includes the location of recycling bins on the Long Campus, and a growing list of accomplishments and plans for green initiatives and projects on Health Science Center campuses. One of these projects is installation of solar panels at the South Texas Research Facility, which is currently under construction.

For more information, visit the Go Green website ( or to keep up with developments, “Like” the Go-Green-UT Health Science SA page on Facebook.

Jonquil D. Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library Services