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June and July Happenings at the ASCP!
We hope you all are having a wonderful and relaxing summer! We miss the excitement of having you all on campus, and can't wait to see you all for a very fun fall semester. In the meantime, we have a lot of exciting materials to share, and plenty of volunteer opportunities to get involved with. Keep scrolling to learn more about different projects and programs we have been involved with, view a recap of some event and project highlights, happenings on campus, and more!
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The ASCP would not be able to make such an impact without the help and involvement of all our campus friends and partners. We would like to highlight some of the amazing things that these individuals have accomplished in conjunction with the ASCP. Please check out some of these cool people and initiatives!
AHEC Employee E-Waste Collection Event 
The ASCP hosted the first AHEC Staff and Employee electronic waste and recycling event! Through this event we were able to collect over 10,000 pounds of electronic waste including materials such as laptops, TV's, audio/visual equipment, printers, ink cartridges, and much more. Thanks to our partners BlueStar Recyclers, all of this waste was diverted and repurposed or recycled. Remember, if you have your own electronics to get rid of, you can recycle them by dropping them in one of our two receptacles on campus, located in the Tivoli and the Arts building.
Waste Diversion - Bin Rollout
The second phase of our compost bin rollout is complete! We've added 26 more tri-stream bins around campus to help make composting more accessible to the Auraria community. Keep an eye out for them in common student spaces around the Tivoli, King Center, and other tri-institutional buildings on campus. If you have questions about how to properly sort your waste swing by the ASCP office or check out the sorting guide on our website:
Tivoli Stanley Cup Watch Party 
The Auraria Campus was proud to host five Stanley Cup Finals Watch Parties as our home team, the Colorado Avalanche, went head-to-head with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Each event saw 6,000 to 18,000 attendees on the Tivoli quad. ASCP staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to make these events as green as possible by managing and sorting waste produced from the food trucks and drink vendors. Before the event, staff and volunteers set up receptacles to collect landfill, compost, aluminum, and general recycling. During the event they top-sorted waste by correctly placing waste in its respective bin. After each event, our sustainability team collected and sorted all of the waste. In total, across the five watch parties, over 8,000 pounds of waste were collected and 75.25% of this waste diverted from the landfill! This is a huge accomplishment that greatly helped the overall campus diversion rate and lessened the environmental impact of the watch parties. We would especially like to thank the Custodial, Grounds, Events, Facilities teams; this was truly a collaborative effort. Special thanks to key players like Sherrie Saur and our very own spectacular, Rylee McCone. This would not have been possible without the countless hours of hard work from our staff and volunteers, thank you to our Waste Diversion Champions for making it happen!

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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 At the end of each month we will reveal which question was selected by the staff and address it in the upcoming newsletter!
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Grass is better for the environment than artificial grass like AstroTurf. Artificial grass produces greenhouse gas emissions, containments, and microplastics. Artificial turf leaches heavy metals into the soil and organic contaminants pollute soil and groundwater. (Cheng et al. 2014). Grass, on the other hand, breaks down pollutants and chemicals safely in the soil (National Park Service, 2018). Artificial turf also contributes 55.6 tonnes of CO2e over its 10-year lifespan. Comparatively, natural grass contributes −16.9 tonnes of CO2e in the same amount of time (Cheng et al. 2014). Grass serves as a carbon sink, absorbing carbon throughout its growth. Throughout its lifespan, artificial turf breaks down into microplastics that pollute soil (Cheng et al. 2014). Further, artificial turf contributes to the heat island effect that makes cities warmer than the surrounding environment. Artificial turf is found to have a maximum ground temperature of 22.6°C higher than natural grass (Yaghoobian et al. 2010). Finally, artificial turf is made from plastic that is difficult to recycle, it usually ends up in the landfill. If artificial turf is not recycled after its life, its total greenhouse gas emissions will double (Cheng et al. 2014). Overall, considering the impact of artificial turf on increasing pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, and high temperatures in cities, natural grass is found to be better for the environment.  
National Park Service. (2018, January 29). Benefits of Turf Grass.
Cheng, H., Hu Y., Reinhard, M. (2014). Environmental and health impacts of artificial turf: a review, Environmental Science & Technology, 48(4):2114-29. Retrieved Jun 24, 2022, from
Yaghoobian, N., Kleissl, J., & Krayenhoff, E. S. (2010). Modeling the Thermal Effects of Artificial Turf on the Urban Environment, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49(3), 332-345. Retrieved Jun 24, 2022, from
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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 
July 21st @ 10:00am to 2:00pm 
EcoReps Orientation/ Informational Meeting
July 19th @ 10:00am 
August 10th @ 10:00am - 2:00pm 
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We will be returning in the Fall, in-person, with our Workshop Series!
To learn more and sign up, visit our workshops page!
Note: CU Denver students have an opportunity to earn a Sustainability Certificate.
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Say “hello”  to our wonderful team members from left to right and top to bottom:
  • Evan Pierpont
  • Chris Herr
  • Anna Zapel
  • Jaxon Mawhiney
  • Cassy Cadwallader
  • Girija Kulkarni
  • Veronica Minster 
  • Amy Nash 
  • Rylee McCone 
Interested in learning more about how we all help to reduce the ecological impact and dependence on fossil fuels? Check out our team page!
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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! Keep an eye out for out next orientation and informational meeting on the EcoReps page through our website. Sign up and get more information at this link to our EcoRep Program  webpage or contact Girija at 
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