Many universities around the nation are taking initiatives to promote greener campuses. UTSA is no exception. Beginning in Summer of 2012, UTSA printers will automatically print double-sided pages as opposed to traditional single-sided printing, effectively reducing the amount of paper used by nearly half and yielding significant economic benefit.
Initially, the issue was brought up by UTSA’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) as a way to save money without creating a hindrance for students. However, in order to implement the change—which would affect students’ day-to-day lives—OIT had to seek the blessing of the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Faculty Senate. With the consent of these two organizations, OIT made sure this was a favorable change among students and faculty.
The bill was written by SGA members Travis Jourdan, Merced Carbajal and Kort Jackson. Jourdan and Carbajal also serve as presidents of two campus environmental groups, The Movement and The Green Society respectively. The bill was sponsored by SGA member Anthony Herrera, who is also a member of the Green Society.
The green resolution was passed by the SGA in the last general assembly of the fall 2010 semester, and it did not encounter any negative feedback as it was being examined. SGA President Xavier Johnson signed the bill into place under the official title,