William R. Sinkin Eco Centro

The William R. Sinkin Eco Centro is a community outreach center for environmental sustainability operated by San Antonio College. The Center was seed funded through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities grant. Currently Eco Centro is supported by the College, through grants and donations and from partnership efforts across the region.

The LEED-certified, 3,000+ square foot facility serves as an example of sustainable building with a solar-photovoltaic system connected to 135 roof-mounted solar panels, a 2,700-gallon water catchment tank and five 40-gallon tanks, water-wise landscaping, four electric vehicle charging stations, a B-Cycle station, and large composting and gardening areas.

Eco Centro Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Students 

 

GARCIA STREET URBAN FARM

Contact us for more information about the urban farm, currently under construction. 

 SAC News: Urban Farm Groundbreaking

 

GET INVOLVED

Visit our Facebook and Calendar or contact us for volunteer opportunities, garden work days, and other events. Many are free and open to the public.  

Donate to Eco Centro

 

OUR MISSION

To cultivate the understanding, progress and practice of sustainability

OUR GOAL

Eco Centro strives to positively address environmental challenges by providing the information needed to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices.
Through education, outreach, service and research, Eco Centro advocates for the adoption of practical sustainable practices.

Our objective is to stimulate greater community, business and household self-sufficiency while supporting entities that further the overarching cause of environmental preservation through collaborative initiatives and educational programming.

WHAT WE DO

The William R. Sinkin Eco Centro serves as a demonstration center for organic gardening, composting, sustainable building, low impact development, water conservation, native landscaping, healthy living, developing community partnerships and more. The center provides meeting space for several local organizations and hosts community based and environmentally related events. By partnering with our local community, other environmental organizations, private industry, governmental agencies, and sustainability experts, the William R. Sinkin Eco Centro furthers its goals of education and advocacy on a local level and beyond.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

Rapid population growth, economic expansion, and excessive consumption of our natural resources necessitates a collective solution to the depletion of those resources most basic for survival and well-being.  Sustainability has emerged as that solution and is of the utmost importance in making sure we have enough water, materials, and resources to lead productive, healthy, and comfortable lives.  Each of us must do our part to conserve the natural environment on which we all depend.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE

Half of the Eco Centro visitors parking lot is currently under construction. See below for information on alternate parking and alternate locations for electric vehicle charging stations. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Contact Information

Tuesday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Third Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
All other times by appointment

*Please check our Facebook and Calendar for additional hours and activities

Contacts

Questions/Comments, Volunteer and Student Opportunities: 
210-486-0417
sac-ecocentro@alamo.edu 

Tours and Meeting Room Rentals:  
210-486-0417
sac-ecomeeting@alamo.edu

Director:  
Meredith Miller
mmiller280@alamo.edu 

Community Relations Coordinator:
Dyhanara Rios
drios87@alamo.edu

 
Find us on Facebook!
Facebook.com/EcoCentro1