We wish you a warm welcome back to campus! We are getting back in the swing of things and have so many volunteer opportunities and exciting events to share with you. Keep scrolling to learn more about different projects and programs we have been involved with and upcoming ASCP events and happenings on campus.
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 these cool events and initiatives!
Water Conservation Volunteer Event
The Auraria campus uses an estimated 70 to 80 million gallons of water a year. So, how much water usage is due to leaks? The last analysis done on the Denver Water meters was around 25,000 gallons of water per day, yet it covered only about half of the meters and did not include leaks in the well water system. The ASCP hosted a water conservation event in coordination with the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) and our amazing friends at the One World One Water Center (OWOW). Our wonderful volunteers helped identify leaks, breaks, and campus water systems. In total, they completed 4 controllers, checking 270 zones.
We are overjoyed to announce that Bailey Wallace of the Connect Auraria Community Garden is this month's Sustainability Spotlight Hero! Keep an eye out for our blog for an upcoming article about Bailey's dedication to involving the community and empowering them to grow their own food. The community garden has had an incredible growing season and very high engagement from plot holders. We could not have done this without her! Wallace's leadership, passion for gardening, and focus on inclusivity and building community is vital to the success of our garden.
Congratulations to EcoReps: Lauren Hart and Sukru Karaoglu!
We would like to take a moment to recognize and celebrate two of our wonderful EcoReps for achieving the Bronze Level, VolunTIER Certification! Lauren Hart and Sukru Karaoglu have been tirelessly dedicated to our cause, volunteering their time and energy to help us make the Auraria Campus as sustainable as possible. From picking up trash out of the Cherry Creek, to identify leaks within the water system, and fixing up a shade garden for everyone to enjoy, Lauren and Sukru have been exemplary cornerstones of what it means to be an EcoRep, and a steward of the planet. Please join us in congratulating these two incredible individuals for all of their hard work - Lauren and Sukru, we are so grateful for you both! Thank you so much, and once again heartiest congratulations from all of us here at the ASCP!
Hear from our Graduate Assistant, Girija Kulkarni, as she shares crucial information about storm water pollution and the impact that we have on our local waterways. Its important to note that the groundwater is not grossly contaminated, however, groundwater naturally contains elevated salts and metals which exceed what is allowable in surface water stormwater discharges. These elevated salts and metals also clog our surface soils making it hard on trees and plants, and thus is another reason to change our irrigation practices over time. To get involved with these efforts and learn more about storm water systems in the Denver Metro Area, join us at our Creek Clean Up on September 23rd and/or our Water Conservation Leak Detection Audit on October 7th.
Thank you so much to @nessy14 for asking us the September Burning Question: "I'm renting and my landlord doesn't offer recycling. What are some tips to DIY?" Here are some of the best steps to take when your landlord doesn't offer recycling at your apartment complex:
If you're willing to try and make a change in your apartment complex or plan on living there for a long time consider talking to your landlord about possible recycling plans.
Do your research first and find available plans and their prices near you.
Ask your neighbors if it is also an issue that they are concerned about. The more tenants you can get to voice their concerns the better!
Negotiate prices with your landlord and explain the benefits that setting up a recycling plan can have for them and their tenants. Here is a great source on the benefits of recycling to present to your landlord: How Recycling Can Benefit Your Apartment Complex.
If this doesn't work or you can't approach your landlord about it, Earth911 is a great source to find places near you that recycle. This service also allows you to find what places near you recycle specified items and materials.
Finally, try your best to reduce your consumption of single use materials and products. Reuse and repurpose any containers or other products that can have a longer life.
Plastic forks, cups, containers, glass jars, plastic bags and many more products can be used many many times before they need to be tossed!
Any Hard to Recycle items can be brought to campus!
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 email@example.com. At the end of each month we will reveal which question was selected by the staff and address it in the upcoming newsletter!
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.
Note: CU Denver students have an opportunity to earn a Sustainability Certificate.
Say “hello” to our wonderful 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!
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: EcoReps! 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 Programwebpage or contact Girija at Girija.Kulkarni@AHEC.edu.