We hope everyone had a fantastic February! This semester is flying by, and we love seeing everyone in and around campus! We have so many exciting things coming in with the warmer weather and longer days, and can't wait to share it all! Keep scrolling to learn more about personal energy efficiency, our EcoReps program, events on campus, and more!
We want to answer your inquires about making campus more sustainable, as well as leading a more eco friendly life. We encourage all of you to submit questions you may have about the environment and sustainable living. You can submit them by DMing us on any form of social media, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. At the end of each month we will reveal which question was selected by the staff and address it in the upcoming newsletter!
Thank you @mel_mclaren for this month’s burning question! They asked: “I have CFL bulbs right now, are LED’s better and if so, by how much?”
The quick answer: yes, LED light bulbs are better than CFL light bulbs. LED bulbs are more energy efficient, have a longer life, and cost less to operate.
When comparing CFL bulbs to the LED bulbs, it is important to understand the two major pain points of CFL light bulbs. CFL light bulbs have a slow warm up time and have difficult disposal requirements. That is, CFL light bulbs must be recycled at specific drop-off centers. CFL bulbs are 30% more efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs while LED bulbs are 75% more efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
So how much better are LED bulbs compared to CFL bulbs when it comes does to energy consumption, price, and life? CFL bulbs take 13W on average to operate while LED bulbs take about 9W on average to operate. To operate one CFL light bulb, it will run you $1.57/ year compared to LED bulbs that cost $1.08/ year. Finally, your biggest savings may come from how often you have to replace your lightbulbs. CFL bulbs have an average life of 6-10 years while LED bulbs can last up to 20 years!
Light bulb savings are important. According to ENERGY STAR, if every American home replaced their five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with LED bulbs, we would save energy to light 33 million homes for a year, save $5 billion each year in energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gasses equivalent to the emissions from nearly 6 million cars.
In celebration of our 10 Year Anniversaries, the One World One Water (OWOW) Center and the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program (ASCP) have collaborated to create a Sustainability Trail around the Auraria Campus! The trail highlights 10 sustainable features of the campus, marked by yard signs in the ground. Click here or above to find a map of all the stops and additional information on each feature!
You can walk the tour throughout the whole month of March and participate in exciting events throughout the year with both the OWOW Center and the ASCP. We hope you join us in celebrating our anniversaries and the sustainability initiatives on the Auraria Campus!
Are you interested in sustainability and want to get involved on campus? Come meet like minded individuals and make a difference through our student volunteer organization and become an EcoRep! The first orientation meeting will be on March 9th at 1:00pm via Zoom (ID: 343 814 2420). Sign up and get more information at EcoRep Programor contact Girija at Girija.Kulkarni@AHEC.edu.
Come volunteer with us for our March Bike Count! We're going to go out twice in once day to collect data on how many bikes are in and around campus. This helps us gather information about how many people are using alternative transportation to reduce their carbon footprint. Meet at Tivoli 267 on March 1st and 3rd (11:30am and/or 3:30pm) to join our staff member for this super fun opportunity! Click the photo above to go to our sign up sheet!
Come see YOUR student fees put to work by helping us measure the positive impacts of the newly-added compost bin through a waste audit. We need help collecting this data, so come get messy with some fellow trash fans and compost connoisseurs! Sign up and join us between 1:30pm - 3:00pm on March 31st in the ASCP Office (Tivoli 267). Click the photo above or here to go to our sign up sheet!
Do you cringe when watching someone toss their recyclables into a landfill bin? Are you diligent about sorting your waste into the proper compost/recycling/and landfill containers? If so, we’ve got the task for you! Come join us as a binside goalie in the Tivoli dining area. When: March 29th at 1:30pm and March 30th at 2pm (we will meet early for instruction). Where: meet at the ASCP office (Tivoli 267) 15 mins prior to the listed start time. We will walk to the goalie area together after a quick debrief If you have any questions, please email Rylee at email@example.com.
Say “hello” and give a warm welcome to our wonderful new team members from left to right and top to bottom:
Interested in learning more about how we all help to reduce the ecological impact and dependence on fossil fuels? Check out our team page!
Come one, come all—events are in full swing! We're excited to announce upcoming volunteer activities, educational workshops, and opportunities to connect with our greater campus community. Come help the ASCP and our partner organizations support things like the campus' zero waste vision, transition to alternative transportation, and survey student sustainability interests. Register for events by clicking the links below or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.