Summer 2020 Updates

At the end of June, the ASCP presented the results of our recently completed GHG Inventory to the Auraria Board of Directors in order to begin a conversation on how our collaborative, quad-institutional campus can approach our campus climate action planning process. While the details are still being nailed down, we are hopeful we can kick off the climate action planning process later this summer via a designated task force and a robust public engagement process. Stay tuned, and in the meantime check out the inventory to learn more about where our emissions come from!  

Coming Soon

The ASCP has been working on an interactive campus sustainability map! This map will highlight several sustainable elements of the Auraria Campus including Bike Fix-It stations, Places to compost, rooftops with solar panels, and much more. 

Our Zero-Waste team is compiling a sustainable swag guide that will help the Auraria Campus become more environmentally conscientious when deciding on prizes for events. This guide helps readers understand the process by which many small giveaway items are created an shipped while providing eco-friendly swaps

 for these items. 

Our survey is still going strong! The information gathered by this survey will inform how sustainability efforts are implemented on the Auraria Campus.

All students, staff, and faculty from the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver who have attended or are currently attending classes at the Auraria Campus are invited to participate.


Getting a complete and accurate count will promote racial equality for populations who are typically "under-counted". The Census serves as a tool to help ensure that communities get proper funding and representation for 

the next 10 years. 


The deadline to complete the Census has been extended to 

October, 31st of this year.

Seven Ways to Make your Summer more Sustainable

Tips for cooling your home, utilizing your reusable materials, and how to get the most out of your water usage!

Social Sustainability, Diversity, and Inclusion

On June 26th, former Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at CU Denver's Dr. Brenda J Allen and Texas Tech's Dr. Bryan K Hotchkins hosted a webinar that discussed how higher education and beyond can be better at inclusivity. This panel provides some resources for dismantling racism in the workplace and in Higher Education settings. Watch the full webinar here

"The Denver Climate Action Task Force made recommendations to strengthen Denver’s work to address climate change equitably in the following critical areas: Buildings, Transportation, Electricity Generation, Industrial Energy Use, Consumption Emissions and Resiliency/Climate Adaptation."

Ozone season began June first. To find out how you can help improve Metro Denver's air quality, click here and sign up to receive local ozone alerts.

2020 Summer Bike Challenge

June - September

This summer, Bike to Work Day has created a Pedal Pursuit Scavenger Hunt, which promotes traveling by bike instead of by car throughout Greater Denver. Track your progress via GPS and win prizes. Click this link for the full list of instructions: 

Denver CASR: How to be Sustainable while dining out during Covid-19

July 23rd 10 am

Virtual Discussion

Join the Certifiably Green Denver team as they discuss how restaurants and patrons can still be sustainable in a time where single-use materials are encouraged.

Reframing the Climate Conversation: Telling the Story to Bring About Productive Climate Action

July 29th 10 am 1 pm-2:30 pm

Virtual Discussion

It can be difficult to talk about climate change in ways that are productive, informative, and engaging — but the scale of the challenge in front of us requires that we find a way to do this. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a guessing game. Jessica Moyer, from the FrameWorks Institute, will share the research process her organization undertook to identify the most common reasons that conversations about climate change go wrong. 

The Path to Sustainable Fashion

August 6th 11:30 am - August 15th

The “Yeah - What Lester Said” exhibition and convening will explain environmental dangers while discussing ideas to create productive relationships between local problems, individual and corporate accountability, and the urgent environmental challenges posed by global warming. The show hopes to spur action via data driven art exhibits, films, sustainable architecture showcase and industry and community conversations.

Greater Denver Farmer's Markets

All summer long; end dates vary by location

One of many events that makes Denver summers so special are our numerous Farmer's Markets. Help reduce co2 emissions caused by shipping produce, bread, and other food products by shopping local! Remember to follow social distancing protocols while shopping.

The full list of markets can be found here: 

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