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November 2020

This month we are highlighting Alternative Transportation! The campus Bike Shelters will be completed this month, events will be looking different due to stricter Covid-19 restrictions, and the waste team has several updates.

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the new covered Bike Shelters on Auraria Campus will be completed this month! The shelters have two locations, one on the South side of the Auraria Library and the other on the Northwest corner of North Classroom. 


 The project was designed and is currently being constructed by the Colorado Building Workshop with the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, Denver.

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What's going on with transit? 

Auraria's RTD CollegePass and COVID Safety

64% of our campus population uses RTD's bus or light rail services to get to campus. Due to COVID-19 and the significant reduction of on-campus classes, the four Auraria institutions decided to suspend the CollegePass during the summer and fall semesters. The institutions are currently trying to decide whether or not to reinstate the CollegePass for the spring 2021 semester and SACAB issued a survey last week in order to collect student feedback. While the survey is technically closed, you can learn more about the CollegePass situation and the latest research on covid safety while using transit by visiting our FAQ page.

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Did you know that 32% of Auraria's campus greenhouse gas footprint is derived from emissions related to commuting behavior? 


As part of the ASCP's climate action planning effort, the Alternative Transportation subcommittee has been working to identify and evaluate strategies to reduce commuting-related GHG emissions. This committee—made up of faculty, staff and student transportation afficionados across all four of Auraria's institutions and local partner organizations—meets bi-weekly to discuss GHG reduction strategies related to a specific alternative transportation topic. The committee will be finalizing a draft list of strategies (evaluated based on estimated cost, GHG reduction potential, feasibility, equitability, etc.) by March, when the campus community at large will have a chance to weigh in 

and provide feedback.  



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The ASCP is assessing campus interest for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations so we can determine whether or not to pursue grant funding for this initiative. Please take this 3 minute survey to help us assess the EV needs of our campus community! 

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The campus sustainability survey concludes soon! 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.

In-Person Event Changes due to Covid-19

5 people or less!

Denver County has recently tightened their group gathering restrictions. Groups can only gather in parties of 5 or less, unless the group is in a classroom setting. This has caused the ASCP to cancel October's Cherry Creek Cleanup and to reassess how we will host events moving forward.

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We still need your help updating our waste bin signage around campus! In groups of five or less, volunteers will go around the buildings of the Auraria Campus and adhere new Landfill, Compost, and Recycling stickers to bins.  

Stay up to date with upcoming events here!

2019 Alternative Transportation Survey

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According to an MSU Denver alternative transportation study conducted in 2019, transportation costs vary by vehicle, with alternative transportation options being the most affordable. 


The research also uncovers the commuters need for more bike lanes in the city, the most popular commuting behaviors of students, faculty, and staff, and more!



For the full report, click here!

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November's Sustainability Hero Spotlight is CCD's Carina Gaz! 

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Remember to compost your pumpkins, squash, 

and other Autumnal produce!

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Fall Sustainability Workshop Series- ROI and the Pitch

November 5th 

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Provides students with an overview of how to justify projects via “Return On Investment” (ROI) and will include real-world examples provided by the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program. Presenters will demonstrate how decisions are made, why certain projects are pursued over others and how to communicate this to constituents. Students will experience a flow mapping activity that demonstrates a realistic timeline and methods for having a project approved and implemented.

Learn more and sign up

Hungry Compost

November 7th

10 am - 5 pm

“Now that the old Jack O Lantern is shrinking and the leaves are all swept up, we would love to feed our compost. Your yummy leaves and frowning pumpkins will nourish our soil for the up coming year.”

Learn more and sign up


Food Recovery Specialist

Deadline November 12th

Help ensure that food in our community gets to those in need and not into the landfill. We Don't Waste reduces food insecurity and and food waste by rescuing leftovers from vendors, caterers, and more.

Learn more and apply for the position

Addressing Hunger and Homelessness at Auraria

November 12th

3:30 - 5 pm

Why are people hungry? Lets talk about food insecurity in America. This event is open to all Auraria students. Zoom link: 941-0793-0297


Legislative Intern

Deadline November 29th

“Conservation Colorado is committed to protecting our climate, air, lands, water, and communities. Our work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects our commitment to racial and social justice particularly by ensuring that policy victories are shared by all Coloradans including disproportionately impacted and frontline communities.”


Please fill out this short questionnaire and send a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Legislative Intern” to Beau Kiklis at by November 29th, 2020. Interviews will start after the application period has closed.



Pictured above is a photo from 

one of our waste audit & bin stickering events.

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