From August 17th-21st the ASCP will be providing interactive content to help new and returning students, faculty, and staff get excited about sustainability on the Auraria Campus and while working from home! Tune into our social media accounts, website, and daily mini-newsletters all week to stay in the loop.
Each day we will be highlighting one or two of our seven sustainability pillars which include waste, renewable energy, alternative transportation, and more. Check out our events list at the end of this newsletter for more information!
The ASCP has teamed up with the CU Denver Colorado Building Workshop to design two covered and secured bike parking locations on the Auraria Campus! This will provide more security for those that already bike to school or work and will hopefully encourage others to give it a try. These shelters are student designed and will be a beautiful addition to our historic campus. They will hold about 50 bikes each and include bike ‘fix-it’ stations where tools and a pump will be available for community use. For more information on the bike shelter's purpose and progress, check out our blog.
A New Normal and Inclusive Change
Welcome “back,” Auraria! This fall marks a new “normal” for all of us as we navigate a global pandemic, a racial justice movement and an upcoming presidential election. Now more than ever, the ASCP recognizes the need to address social sustainability and its intertwining with environmental and economic sustainability. We are working on some forthcoming educational programming around environmental justice, but if you have ideas you’d like to share, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainability Workshops, Eco-Rep Updates, and Event Protocol
We will be hosting Sustainability workshops again beginning next month. All Auraria Campus students are able to attend! CU Denver students are eligible for a Sustainable Leadership Certificate. For more information and/or to sign up click here.
We will not be formally running our Eco-Rep program this fall due to limited staff capacity and COVID-19, but we will occasionally have volunteer opportunities for students to get involved on campus (ie: waste bin sticker deployment, campus litter clean-up day, etc.).
Advisory Committee Student Volunteers Needed!
Are you interested in making Auraria more sustainable? We're looking for a student volunteer from each school to participate in our ASCP Advisory Committee! This committee meets bi-weekly, September - April. Click here for more information.
While we won’t see much of each other in person this semester, we’re excited to welcome you to the Fall 2020 semester. Here are a few resources to help you stay sustainable this fall on and off campus:
-Auraria Campus Waste Sorting Guide (applicable on campus and within the Denver metro area serviced by Green for Life recycling/waste)
Our Zero-Waste team has compiled 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. Click HERE to browse the Swag Guide.
Our Sustainability Hero this month is Christa Saracco! Christa is an active participant in the Connect Auraria Community Garden (a partnership with Denver Urban Gardens). Christa's passion for gardening started about five or six years ago when she began experimenting with organic gardening in pots and a small dirt area behind her town house. When a chance to participate in the Auraria campus community garden opened,
A sneak peek at what Welcome Week will entail and how you can get involved with campus sustainability!
Welcome Week Day 1 - Alternative Transportation
Monday, August 17th
Learn about the ASCP and CU Denver CAP collaboration on a new campus bike shelter, RTD pass suspension, bike repair stations, and more.
Welcome Week Day 2 - Education and Outreach
Tuesday, August 18th
Green Offices, Sustainability Workshops, Eco-Reps, oh my! This day will highlight what the ASCP has done in the past, our plans for the upcoming school year, and how students, faculty, and staff can get involved.
Welcome Week Day 3 - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Wednesday, August 19th
How many LEED certified buildings are there on the Auraria Campus? What does LEED certified even mean?! What are our campus solar panels up to?
Bikes Together Outdoor Fix-A-Flat Parties @ Mariposa
Wednesday, August 19th
1060 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204
"Bring your mask & your flat tire and we will show you how to fix your flat. We will provide extra tubes, tire levers, patches, pumps, tools, and friendly instructors. We will be outdoors and socially-distanced. Suggested donation $0-$15 (credit card and cash accepted)."
Welcome Week Day 4 - Food & Garden and Water Conservation
Thursday, August 20th
Tour the Auraria Campus garden and give us feedback on how the garden can serve you, learn about Auraria's steam weed killer, and hear from MSU Denver's OWOW Center on water conservation and protection practices that are implemented on campus.
Welcome Week Day 5 - Waste Diversion
Friday, August 21st
The finale of Welcome Week ia all about waste! Since we are such a large campus, it is important that we are mindful about how we dispose of waste. Today will include waste sorting highlights and statistics about our campus, sorting guides for your home and on campus, and interactive games about event waste.
2020 Summit for Recycling Conference
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 25th-26th
"The annual Summit for Recycling is Colorado’s only conference and exhibition that brings together businesses and organizations dedicated to the principles of the circular economy and material waste reduction, recovery and diversion. This is the 31st year of the conference.
The virtual event is complete with keynotes, interactive networking, and educational sessions and workshops."
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:
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.