UTEP just launched the Miner Recycling System in hopes of collecting more recyclables in UTEP buildings and generating revenue to expand and continue the recycling program! Check out their website or their Facebook page for more information.
UTEP also has a Green Fund Grant Making Committee, which oversees the Green Fund, which is a fee referendum that collects $3 per student per semester. This Green Fund raises up to $40,000 per year for campus sustainability projects. Learn more here (http://sa.utep.edu/greenfund/)
El Paso Community College continues to expand their recycling system and encourage waste and energy conservation. If you would like to learn about their program or read their Green Tips for the Week, check out these links below:
This is the first net zero energy housing community in the nation! This grant-funded affordable housing project for seniors was built in 2012 and features solar panels on the roofs, solar-powered car ports, and two wind turbines. It also features passive design and energy-efficient appliances.
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More information about the Housing Authority for the City of El Paso (HACEP) here:
Did you know that Fort Bliss has a commitment to net zero energy, waste and water by 2018? Balfour Beatty Communities partnered with SolarCity to install and maintain the thousands of solar panels that are being added to Fort Bliss houses. They are also exploring geothermal and waste-to-energy possibilities.
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The City of El Paso’s Sustainability Office worked closely with the Community Foundation and David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center’s CTT Classes to develop an educational garden that would supply food for their culinary class and offer a great learning space. Students manage the garden and demonstrate how they are making meals from produce that they grow right next to their classroom.
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The El Paco Academy Charter High School West is currently designing and building a two acre school garden which has brought to life a previously vacant plot of land and has inspired students to become more closely connected to the earth. This garden includes a labyrinth, a human sun dial, garden beds and more! In May 2014, they won a national award from Green America Awards, which gave them $1,500 to buy trees and plants! Check out the links below to learn more.
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