We hope you are enjoying your semester so far and that you're staying cozy with the changing of the season! We 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!
Bailey Wallace of the Connect Auraria Community Garden was September's Sustainability Spotlight Hero. Her passion for gardening and building a sense of community is vital to the culture of the campus garden. Head over to the full blog post to learn more about her work in the garden and get a sneak peek at future developments.
Creek Clean Ups - September and October
During our September cleanup, the volunteer and staff team pulled 780 pounds of trash from the Cherry Creek. It was our most successful cleanup since April 2022! Our October cleanup resulted in 564 pounds! Together, the weight of the cleanups equates to the weight of an adult male moose! What a special way to bring the creek cleanup season to an end. Thank you to all volunteers and EcoReps who tirelessly dedicate their time and efforts to keeping the Cherry Creek clean. We can't wait to do it again in Spring. If you are interested in other volunteer opportunities, consider joining the EcoReps Program.
Thank you so much to @nherrin20 for asking us the October Burning Question: "Is there anywhere on campus to recycle soft plastics?"
The answer is YES! We recently developed our newest Hard-2-Recycle (H2R) station near the Tivoli Starbucks.
You can now responsibly dispose of old writing utensils and soft plastics (bags, air packaging, Saran wrap, etc.). These items are sent to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) run by TerraCycle. There, they are sorted, cleaned, shredded, melted, and sold to manufacturers.
All of the ASCP’s H2R stations are student-requested; let us know if there’s a material or item you’d like to see in our next H2R station!
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!
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 email@example.com.
Dec. 1, @ 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Senate Chambers Tivoli - Suite 329
Join us for our 8th Annual Auraria Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (AHHA) during the week of November 14th. This event has been developed by a tri-institutional committee on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver to share community education and resource connections surrounding food and housing insecurities. The event will include resource office representatives from each respective institution on campus as well as all the food pantries, and we will be joined by Denver Health, Lunette Cup, We Don’t Waste, Denver Food Rescue, SNAP to Success and many more. The Auraria Sustainable Campus Program (ASCP) will also be hosting a clothing swap and piloting Share Meals, a food recovery app. The event will run from November 14th to the 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. November 14th and 15th will be a resource fair style event. The events on the 16th and 17th are subject to change, but we will keep you all in the loop with a finalized invitation and itinerary next week. Keep an eye out, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Join us in our fight against hunger and food waste on campus by using the Share Meals app! Sign up to see which events around campus have food that will be available to community members. You can find free food nearby through Share Meals; see how much is available and how long it’s up for grabs. The app also has a list of centers across campus where students can find free food, personal care items, and other helpful resources. Sign up today by downloading the app on your phone or by using the web version! Click here or the image above to be navigated to our webpage for more information and to get started.
Reduce your carbon footprint this season!
Come by the first week of November and drop off your pumpkins and gourds. We will divert them from the landfill and give them a new life as nutrient-rich soil. Bring untreated (bleached or equivalent) pumpkins. Food-safe paint is welcome. We will be accepting pumpkins Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. All community members are encouraged to partake!
This Fall semester our Workshop Series is returning to in-person!
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.