Angelo State Certified as ‘StormReady’
The National Weather Service (NWS) has certified Angelo State University as a “StormReady” community, making ASU just the fourth university in Texas to achieve that designation.
Hector Guerrero, warning and coordination meteorologist at the San Angelo NWS office, presented the campus certification to Joe Muñoz, ASU senior executive assistant to the president, in a public ceremony on May 10, 2010.
StormReady certifications are awarded to cities, counties, universities, government sites and commercial sites that meet a specific set of NWS guidelines. To be certified, a community must:
- Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
- Have more than one system to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings, and more than one method to alert the community
- Create a system that monitors local weather conditions
- Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
- Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and conducting emergency exercises
Out of the 1,602 StormReady communities in the U.S., only 56 university and college campuses are included. Angelo State, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University and Midwestern State University are the only institutions in Texas certified StormReady.
Blue and Gold Go Green
On Nov. 13, 2009, ASU embarked on its “Blue and Gold Go Green” sustainability campaign with a recycling drive. The drive was held in conjunction with Texas Recycle Day and National Recycle Day with participation coming from all across campus. During the recycling drive, ASU collected:
- 3,000 pounds of paper/cardboard
- 150 pounds (nine cubic yards) of plastic bottles
- 30 pounds of aluminum cans
- 12 pounds of glass
- 340 pounds of electronics
To date, ASU has collected more than 45,000 pounds of paper and more than 400 pounds (24 cubic yards) of plastic bottles. The success of this campaign belongs to you. Without your help, we would not be able to collect these quantities of recyclable materials. Thank you, and we hope to have your continued support of this program.
If you would like to learn more about what can be recycled or the locations of recycling bins, visit the campus recycling webpage.