Resolution 23-09: PARK AND PREVAIL

Number 23-09
Description Due to the rising cases of extreme weather conditions, the student government advocates for students who pay for permits that do not include garage parking have the garage open to those students during extreme weather to protect their property. Furthermore, the committee seeks to push the policy of letting there be effective communication of this opportunity of the garages being available to these students.
Authored by Alejandro Tamez
Sponsored by Yaseen Tasnif
Date Submitted Thursday, September 28, 2023
Date Considered Tuesday, October 17, 2023
General Body Vote Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Committee Special Affairs
Result Killed By Committee
Whereas EarthJustice, an Environmental Law-oriented nonprofit organization, has reported that, Across the globe, extreme weather is becoming the new normal, with mentions of deadly heatwaves, torrential rains, and intense winter storms. These trends are becoming increasingly noticeable in the United States, specifically Texas; and
Whereas READY, an education-based U.S. public service campaign on natural disasters, defines extreme heat as, a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two or three days. This comes as Texas has had its second hottest summer on record, with a seasonal average of 85.3 degrees during the entirety of the Summer, reported by the Texas Tribune in September 2023; and
Whereas The Office of the Texas State Climatologist at Texas A&M reported in 2022 that, Texas could experience 30% to 50% more events of extreme rain by 2036 compared to 1950-1999; and
Whereas The US National Weather Service defines 24 degrees or less as, An Extreme Threat to Life and Property from Excessive Cold, while the National Centers for Environmental Information reported that the 2021 Great Texas Freeze lasted nine days with temperatures below zero; and
Whereas Thousands of students at UTA with permits pay up to $1,304.00 a year for access to parking on campus already.
Be It Further Resolved That In case of severe weather, Parking garages at UTA shall become accessible to students with reduce cost permits, which includes but is not limited to excessive heat/cold, winter storms, and torrential rain, as severe weather (as defined by the US National weather Service) is becoming more frequent in Texas. This change would effectively allow students with reduced cost permits to protect their property due to uncontrollable, inclement weather; and
Be It Further Resolved That The policy should be effectively advertised to students and parking enforcement staff through other forms of social media, E-mail and MavAlerts in a timely manner.
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