2019 News and Events

January 2019

  • The Office for Sustainability kicks off its Spring '19 Sustainability Fellows program. Sustainability Fellows are graduate students who receive a scholarship for their collaboration with OFS on sustainability research projects, including the biennial AASHE-STARS assessment of UTRGV's sustainability commitment across the campus. Read more about the Fellowship.
  • Faculty and staff make sustainability connections in D.C.. UTRGV faculty from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and Marianella Franklin, UTRGV Chief Sustainability Officer, attended a "Sustainable Infrastructure and Resilience" conference sponsored by the National Council for Science and the Environment. "We came back with a lot of great contacts for federal agencies and corporations that we hope to collaborate with in the future," said Franklin.

February 2019

  • The Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) is a network of faculty members, students and sustainability professionals supporting higher education in Texas by implementing climate change and sustainability solutions across campus operations, academic curriculum and off-campus fields of influence. TRACS facilitates collaboration between higher education institutions through a variety of means including the Annual TRACS Summit. TRACS is supported by volunteer members representing Texas colleges and universities.

    Huston-Tillotson was proud to host the 2019 Summit that took place on the campus in Austin, Texas from February 17-19, 2019. The year’s theme was “Bringing Environmental Justice to Campus,” so that TX colleges and universities can share what they are doing to advance environmental justice.  


April 2019

  • Earth Day 2019 at UTRGV Edinburg is on from 10am-2pm April 22 & 24. Join us in front of the Edinburg Student Union for this open air celebration of our planet!  

    10-2: You'll have the chance to pledge to "leaf" a positive mark on Earth and learn how YOU can make a difference! We invite you to check out student and faculty research demonstrations on earth/conservation topics and lots of activity booths from different student and community organizations, including an organic farmers market hosted by students, for students! Improve your health with a relaxing outdoor yoga lesson from the WRSC at 10 and a guided nature walk to our campus organic garden at 10:30. There, we're having a Garden Fiesta and another outdoor yoga session at 11Make it back to the student union for an environmental movie screening (title TBD) at 12.

  • Earth Day 2019 at UTRGV Brownsville is on from 10am-2pm. Join us in front of the UTRGV Brownsville Student Union for this open air celebration of our planet!  You'll have the chance to pledge to "leaf" a positive mark on Earth and learn how YOU can make a difference! You can take immediate action at our blood drive, and don't forget to stop by the "Pollinator Cantina" for a refreshing natural beverage and info about the butterfly garden! Check out student research on earth/conservation topics, faculty demonstrations,  an environmental movie screening (title TBD), and lots of activity booths from different student and community organizations.
  • New UTRGV online graduate certificate focuses on global sustainability management under the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship aims at preparing students for careers in international sustainability management.

  • UTRGV opens Center for Vector-Borne Disease to address illnesses spread by insects. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is now home to the UTRGV Center for Vector-Borne Disease (CVBD), a collaborative effort to develop a self-sustaining, research-focused center in South Texas. 

October is Campus Sustainability Month!

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September, 2019 - Sustainability Webinar Series has begun!

The following workshops are open to all faculty. Join us for a workshop and a light lunch.

Introductory webinar series - click for flyer with dates and session titles. 

Sustainability Faculty Development – introductory webinar series. Webinars will be held concurrently at the Center for Teaching Excellence office locations via interactive TV. Light refreshments will be served. Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM. Edinburg EEDUC 1.525, Brownsville: BMAIN 1.212B.

Intermediate webinar series - click for flyer with dates and session titles. 

Sustainability Faculty Development – intermediate webinar series. Webinars will be held concurrently at the Center for Teaching Excellence office locations via interactive TV. Light refreshments will be served. Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM. Edinburg EEDUC 1.525, Brownsville: BMAIN 1.212B.

Business - specific webinar series -  click for flyer with dates and session titles. 

Sustainability Faculty Development – business webinar series. Webinars will be held concurrently at the College of Business and Entrepreneurship (COBE) Dean’s Conference Room in Edinburg and Brownsville’s BMAIN 2.504C. Light refreshments will be served. Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM. Edinburg ECOBE 114K, Brownsville: 2.504C


Sept. 23-27, 2019 Healthy Campus Week

Healthy Campus week Sept 25

Sodexo has partnered with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to build healthier environments for university students, faculty and staff.  As health and wellness departments on campus, we can collaborate to show our campus community the healthy environment we have established during Health Campus Week from September 23-27.  A healthy campus provides services for mental health, physical activity, food and nutrition, food security, public safety, student health and faculty/staff health.
This year we would like to collaborate with your department to host a #HealthyCampus event during Healthy Campus Week on Wednesday, September 25.  The Environmental Club at UTRGV will be hosting the Farmers Market near the quad, as well.  The Environmental Club at UTRGV is a group of students who promote the Farmers Market in an effort to bring awareness to sustainability, healthy food, and support the local community.
Our #HealthyCampus event will provide you with the opportunity to engage with students, faculty and staff to promote any services that involve health and wellness.  You are more than welcome to provide activities, flyers and giveaways.