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December 2020

Happy end of Fall semester, Auraria!

This month we are highlighting Waste


We have an update from the waste team, a new competition for students, faculty, and staff, an exciting Sustainable Spotlight Hero, 

and so much more!

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We recently won an award from Downtown Denver Partnership for the Auraria Library Solar Array that was completed November 2019! The largest single rooftop solar array in Downtown Denver has 2,100 panels and will keep 1.2 million lbs of co2 from entering the atmosphere each year. Thank you so much Downtown Denver Partnership for the honor of receiving this award!


Watch the full video about the Solar Array and Award here

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 #WalkTheWalkASCP is back this month,

 and waste is the theme!

December is our Waste Diversion month! Share a photo, video, or tips, tricks, and resources for how you divert your waste for a chance to win these awesome prizes!! Check out how to win for more info!


This month's prize includes:

Bee's Wrap® Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps

ChicoBag Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

ASCP Branded Bambooware

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The winner of this giveaway will be contacted on January 1 via email for shipment method!


Submit your videos, photos, and tips by tagging #WalkTheWalkASCP and/or @Aurariascp on social media.


Not on socials? Email your submission to

Our first #WalkTheWalkASCP 

competition re-cap

In November we held an Alternative Transportation show-off competition! We asked students, faculty, and staff to send us the ways that they utilize Alternative Transportation everyday. Participants were also asked to fill out the competition form and complete the campus sustainability survey.

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The winner of of November's #WalkTheWalkASCP Alternative Transportation contest is Diane Yee of MSU Denver! Diane shared the tip:

“There are several electric scooter companies around campus, and they give out discounts for your first rides and each time you refer a new rider.”


A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated!
Check out our WalktheWalk highlight reel @aurariascp on IG 
to see November's submissions.


The ASCP Survey concludes soon!

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Auraria, you may be wondering why we constantly ask you to take our sustainability survey. It’s because we want to find the absolute best ways to utilize your student fees! In the past, the survey has indicated that students care about waste (recycling + compost bins on campus), solar energy, and more! Its important that you take the Campus Sustainability survey so you can see the environmental changes that you want on our campus. It only takes 2 minutes to fill out, so head to our website to make your voice count!


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.

December's Waste Month

All throughout December we will highlight past, present, and future ASCP waste projects and data on our social media accounts.


This content will include: The Truth Behind The Trash chronicles, our waste sorting guide, monthly and annual waste reports, previous Did You Know? graphics, our Sustainable gift giving guide, and past events full of student, faculty, and staff engagement!


Canvas & Conversations

Tune into CU Denver student Kait Kostelnik's interview with our very own Waste Diversion Specialist Cassy Cadwallader! 

The two discuss their involvement with sustainability in their lives. Cassy shares how she transformed her passion for sustainability into her life’s work through a Human Geography degree from MSU Denver. She realized that social and environmental justice are the inextricable link between sustainability and self. 


Tune into the video above or read the blog for the full interview.


Stumped Over How to Celebrate the Holidays Sustainably?

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We've compiled a list of ways to sustainably decorate, cut down on travel, and gift give during the holidays. Head over to the The 12 Days of Sustainability for the full list!


Eco-Cycle has also compiled a list of useful resources for all things waste during the holidays.

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Meet The ASCP Team

As part of our December theme of Waste, the ASCP would like to introduce you to Cassy Cadwallader, our Waste Diversion Specialist.

From working for CityYear, finding her place at MSU Denver and the ASCP, and significantly developing waste diversion on the Auraria Campus into what it is today, Cassy has an impressive resume and undeniable talent in 

the sustainability world!

Read more!

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December's Sustainability Hero Spotlight is Tivoli Brewing Company!

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Colorado Gives Day

December 8th

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Donations are accepted through


Support your favorite bike shop, local radio station, a favorite restaurant, those that are food and/or housing insecure or an organization doing great things for Sustainability in our state, the possibilities are endless!


Learn More

Virtual Plastic Pollution Lobby Day

December 9th and 10th

10 am - 4 pm (Different timeslots to sign up for)

Please a group of Colorado non-profits on December 9th and 10th as they meet with Colorado legislators about the plastic pollution crisis. Below you will find two-hour shifts. Please sign up for as many as you would like. During those two hours, you will speak with a few legislators about the policy proposals we hope to pass the next legislative session that would address plastic pollution. 

Learn more and sign up

DU Fireside at Five-Taking Action for the Betterment of Denver

December 10th 

5 pm to 6 pm

How can communities best take action to address insecurities in their own backyard? What does the process look like? What is the relationship between grassroots and city governance and can these efforts ever be supported by larger policy? Find out on this Fireside Chat!

Learn more and sign up

RYM Recycling Webinar

December 13th + every Sunday

4 pm

Slow Living is meant to bring the community together by inviting individuals from diverse disciplines to share their knowledge, facilitate conversation and encourage sustainability through their respective professions.

Learn more and sign up



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