The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Office for Sustainability Division of Finance and Administration

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  • Congratulations to Dr. Alfonso Mercado, 2017 UTRGV Excellence in Sustainability Education Award winner!  Read more...


Sustainability Events Around the World   

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Past Sustainable Development Events

  • Valley Environmental Summit    The annual Valley Environmental Summit brings together the general public, political leaders, neighborhood associations, non-profits, businesses, and students to identify and implement potential solutions to improve their environment and quality of life. View photos of the 2017 Summit here.

  • Eco Rio Symposium Hosted on Edinburg and Brownsville by Environmental Studies at UTRGV.  Speakers discuss environmentally-oriented research and work happening at UTRGV and in the RGV community. Faculty, students and community professionals present on topics such as environmental justice, natural history, habitat restoration, and agroecology. 
  • UTRGV HESTEC  Since HESTEC (Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology) Week began more than a decade ago, the program has spread ideas about sustainable development to more than 7,700 educators, more than 37,000 students, about 2,000 college students each year at the Career Expo, and an estimated 50,000 members of the South Texas community annually through Community Day. The Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) Week has become a nationally recognized model for promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers among young people in our under-served and demographically underrepresented region, with an ever-present emphasis on real-world change for a sustainable future.  In 2016,  HESTEC was named a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
 Through HESTEC, the University addresses the issue of the lack of STEM graduates and worker shortages, and brings together students, teachers, parents, corporate and congressional leaders to develop new approaches, grow student interest, and provide support for under-served populations. This program highlights the resources, talents and achievements of its university and promotes higher education in the Rio Grande Valley by reaching out to secondary students, university students, and the community.

  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conferences. UTRGV's Chief Sustainability Officer, Marianella Franklin, attended The 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo in San Antonio, the largest event for the higher education sustainability community. It offers networking opportunities, inspiration and key insights on major impacts to the campus sustainability movement.
  • Summer Session Course with Dr. Dirrigl. ENVR 4370:Special Topics/Sustainable Practices 
    This course considers the practical application of sustainable development to wind and solar energy, waste management, habitat conservation, natural resource preservation, food systems, business and industry, transportation, water management, and architecture. An emphasis will be how each of these sectors have assessed, planned, and implemented innovative sustainable practices to addresses the needs of the environment, economics, society, and culture. Students will experience sustainable development in practice through numerous special lectures and field trips, class discussions, and group research and projects. Prerequisites: none. NOTE:  This summer course will be offered in two formats--for credit or in a workshop format. COURSE CANCELED FOR THIS SUMMER.  Please check here for Summer 2018.

  • Earth Fest 2017 Since 2003, UTRGV and its legacy institutions, have been celebrating our world through activities such as Earth Fest.  Earth Fest explores natural facets of our world that affect our daily lives.  

  • 3rd Annual Food Security Forum Farmers, growers, merchants, scientists and scholars, policy makers, school district administrators, health care professionals, and the public discuss how to strengthen our local food system to be healthier, more ecologically sound and sustainable, more accessible, and more resilient to fluctuations in climate, pest pressures, oil prices, and global markets. Event was sponsored by UTRGV Office of Student Life, UTRGV Office for Sustainability, UTRGV Department of Social Work, UTRGV Agroecology and Resilient Food Systems, and the Baylor University Texas Hunger Initiative.

  • Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Summit 2016The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosted the 2016 Annual Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Summit at the South Padre Island Convention Center, one of the largest destinations and most valued ecological regions of South Texas. The summit focused on continued education for sustainability practices, and participants had the opportunity to engage and converse about overcoming the emerging issues arising in today’s society.
  • Arbor Day 2016, Brownsville, Harlingen, and Edinburg campuses.  Office for Sustainability hosted.