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May Happenings at the ASCP

Welcome! May's theme is food & gardens.


As we conclude the Spring 2021 semester, we wanted to share with you a special Auraria Campus event, upcoming volunteer opportunities, food and gardening tips, and so much more!

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The event features displaced Aurarians and community activists telling their stories followed by a discussion with community members, student leaders, and Auraria faculty and staff on how to use the campus’s history to plan for the future. CU Denver, MSU Denver, the CCD, and AHEC will be putting on this event in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. 


The planners hope the panel will bring to life the complex histories of the campus while also seeking solutions to political tensions that remain between campus institutions and displaced Aurarians. The panel and discussions increase awareness about how institutionalized discrimination created the conditions to build Auraria Campus and the legacies of those decisions. While participants may be concerned about contemporary issues of gentrification and displacement, the event highlights how these issues are not new, but rather ongoing social processes in Denver.


Campus Volunteering is Back!! (Safely)

Rooftop Gardening Event (5/6)

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Join the ASCP on May 6th from 10am – 12pm on the CCD Confluence Green Roof for a springtime volunteering opportunity! We will be pulling weeds, clearing some planter beds, and enjoying the view from this rooftop garden. If you want to get your hands in the dirt and help improve the look and feel of this garden, then this opportunity is for you! If you’re interested in joining us, we will meet outside the main door of the Confluence building (North Side) from 9:45 – 10:00am on May 6th then head up there together.


Waste Bin Stickering Event (5/6)

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Join us after the gardening event this Thursday for a waste bin stickering extravaganza from 12pm - 2pm. We will meet at the picnic tables near the main entrance of the Tivoli (South side) to rebrand the campus with new stickers that help educate our students and staff on how to properly sort their waste. 

All supplies will be provided. Just bring you!

Masks are absolutely mandatory and strict social distancing will be observed for both events on Thursday, May 6th.

 If you have questions, please email please email Chris Herr at and/or Cassy Cadwallader at We look forward to seeing you!

Speaking of Gardens…

The Auraria Community Garden still has two plots available for the 2021 growing season! 


This organic garden is run through a partnership with Denver Urban Gardens and hosts 16 raised beds on the south side of the Science Building. If you or your department is interested in owning a plot and can commit to 1) being on campus at least 1-2x a week this summer and 2) contributing 3 communal volunteer hours per month to the garden, we'd like to hear from you! Plots are filled on a first-come-first-served basis, and after the plots are filled we keep a waitlist that carries over year-to-year. Email ASAP to express your interest!


Campus Compost Bin Survey

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Help the ASCP put YOUR student dollars to work! Phase one of the rollout will be taking place over the summer so you will come back to fresh new bins starting Fall '21 semester. Please take 5-10 mins to fill out the survey and tell us where you think would be the most impactful.


Take the Brief Survey!


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For May's WalktheWalk competition, we're asking you to answer:


What sustainable food choices do you make to reduce your environmental impact?


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For extra help coming up with ideas for submissions, 

head to the foodprints calculator!

How to enter: Participation is easy! Comment on our #WalkTheWalkASCP Instagram post with your ideas anytime this month! Not on social media? No problem! 

Send your responses to

For bonus entries share a photo or video of your sustainable food choices.

DM and/or tag @aurariascp in your post and you'll be entered into the prize drawing a second time!


#WalkTheWalkASCP home page 

The prizes for May's #WalkTheWalkASCP include a hanging organic tomato kit, and locally sourced, fair trade coffee and/or tea!

April's #WalkTheWalkASCP winner is CU Denver student Stephanie Chesler!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Climate Action Planning forum in April. We have chosen at random CU Denver student Stephanie Chesler as the winner of the $50 gift card to Somebody People!!

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Kait Kostelnik (left) and Marlena Fay Harwood (right)

We have two very special Sustainability Heroes this month, CU Denver students Kait Kostelnik and Marlena Fay Harwood!!


Kait has done some fantastic work for the Auraria Sustainable Campus program in the past, like animating our Truth Behind the Trash film. She is a a Colorado native and an artist focusing mainly on acrylic painting and photography, but also works in design and videography. Much of her work is based on sustainability and nature due to her deep connection and passion about preserving it. 


Marlena is a second-year graduate student in the M.S. Environmental Science program in the Dept. of Geography and Environmental Science at CU Denver. Marlena’s interest in Environmental Science stemmed from a naturalist internship she had after receiving her B.S. in Biology from UT Austin. She spent the summer leading nature hikes, snowshoe excursions, and teaching residents and visitors of Eagle County, Colorado of the importance of conservation and science, and she knew it was time to start practicing what she preached.

Congratulations Class of 2021!

The ASCP congratulates all of the Spring 2021 graduates on a job well done! We wanted to give an extra special shoutout to ASCP student employees and CU Denver Spring graduates Phoebe Loyd (left) and Abi Shea (right). 


Phoebe is our Digital Media and Marketing Specialist and is graduating with dual Masters degrees in Landscape Architecture + Urban and Regional Planning. 


Abi is our Student Marketing and Media Associate who oversees Social Media. She is graduating with a BA in Digital Strategy Communication and a minor in Sustainability.

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Jack's Solar Garden Tours


Saturdays from 10 am - 11 am


“Join a guide from the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center on a 1-hour interpretive tour of Jack's Solar Garden, the largest agrivoltaic research site in the nation.”

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Displaced Aurarians Event

May 5th

3 pm

A Cinco de Mayo special event hosted by the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver. Featuring a panel with displaced Aurarians and community activists telling their stories and a discussion with community members, student leaders, and Auraria faculty and staff on how to use the campus’s history to plan for the future.

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Art Installation at St. Cajetans

5/5 & 5/7

(5/5) 2 pm - 7 pm 

(5/7) 5 pm - 7 pm

St. Cajetans, Auraria Campus

“Through the art of Rozales and Fresquez, both of whom identify as Displaced Aurarians, viewers will be transported to a time when Auraria was the home of a large and proud Latinx population. The photos by Rozales feature his family and their deep ties to Auraria, such as the communion photo of his aunt which happened within the walls of St. Cajetan's. The paintings by Fresquez not only focus on his Latinx heritage, but also commemorate the unique cultural pride of old Auraria."

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ASCP Volunteering Extravaganza (Gardening and Waste Bin Stickering)

May 6th

Gardening: 10 am - noon

Bin Stickering: noon - 2 pm

Join the ASCP on May 6th from 10am – 2pm for some springtime volunteering! You can choose from the following two opportunities, or join us for both!! More information can be found at the top of this newsletter.

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Jobs and Internships On and Off Campus

Sodexo- CU City Heights- Auraria Campus, Denver

Field Marketing Coordinator

Inspire students through food, teach them what’s possible through sustainable resources. Sodexo is hiring a Field Marketing Coordinator for the Auraria Campus, University of Colorado,  Denver.  This position oversees all marketing on campus. Sodexo’s Marketing staff work with operations teams to develop marketing strategies that provide a high level of service and innovation for multiple cafes, catering, micro markets, brands and retail stores. Marketing is focused on growth strategies for increasing sales for the unit, improving customer satisfaction and promoting Sodexo’s Brand.

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we have new waste bins in the tivoli! These bins are for hard to recycle items such as electrontics, beauty products and oral hygiene.


Stop by all of our social media accounts each tuesday to learn more about the ASCP student and full time staff!

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