William R. Sinkin Eco Centro
Eco Centro is currently closed to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please sign up for our newsletter and check back on this page for updates and resources.
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.
UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19: Eco Centro is currently closed. Over the next few days, we will be compiling information about food pantries, meal plans and other resources here and on our Facebook page. Please feel free to share with us as well.
Visit our Facebook and Calendar or contact us for volunteer opportunities, garden workdays, and other events. Many are free and open to the public. We can schedule volunteer workdays for large groups.
GARCIA STREET URBAN FARM
Contact us for more information about the urban farm, currently under construction. Save the date for a volunteer workday and family fun day at the farm on Saturday, April 4. Follow us on Facebook or check our calendar for more information.
To cultivate the understanding, progress and practice of sustainability
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.
As of March 16, 2020, we are currently only open by appointment.
Tuesday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Third Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
All other times by appointment
Questions/Comments, Volunteer and Student Opportunities:
Tours and Meeting Room Rentals:
(No tours or meeting room reservations will be scheduled through May 2020)
Community Relations Coordinator: