Happy December everyone! We hope you are looking forward to winter break as much as we are! 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!
We are excited to share that our tri-institutional, 8th Annual Auraria Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week was incredibly successful! Due to the continued support of our wonderful partners and volunteers, we were able to connect our community to a plethora of resources and raise more awareness about hunger and homelessness in and around campus.
We had an incredible group of campus constituents and community members come together to support tabling efforts and facilitate the various projects and programs that we offered. We offered nine projects/programs: the Clothing Swap, event compost, Share Meals registration, a “Right to Rest” viewing and open discussion forum, a cooking class, personal care kit assemblies, food box assemblies, menstrual cup giveaways, and table games. In total, we are thrilled to report that we had over 600 attendees! Here are some more notable achievements:
14 patients for Adventure Kids Services (Dental, Vision, & Orthodontics)
8 attendees for the Cooking Matters class
340 meals from the SECORCares Mobile Food Pantry
209 Lunette Cups (reusable menstrual cups)
47 food bags from We Don’t Waste
100 fall food boxes compiled in partnership with MSU Denver Care Center
We also collected 662.2 lbs. of clothing for the Clothing Swap through donations from kind-hearted campus and community members. We want to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone involved. Big shoutout to MSU Denver, UC Denver, CCD, and AHEC for supporting this work. We can’t wait to do it again next year!
Thank you to @bb_i_s_d_ for November's Burning Question! Their question was: "Which milk (dairy or plant) is the most economical and planet-friendly?"
We learned that dairy milk emits up to 3x more CO₂eq than alternative plant-based milks. Alternative milks (with the exception of almond) also require much less water per liter of milk to produce! So, plant-based milks are much more planet friendly.
Dairy milk is still the most economical choice, costing an average of $1.97/gallon compared to up to $5/half gallon of oat milk. However, you can make plant-based milk more budget-friendly by blending your own at home!
Goto, T., & Goto, T. (2021, May 12). How oat milk can help save the environment. MA in Climate and Society. Retrieved December 13, 2022, from https://climatesociety.ei.columbia.edu/news/how-oat-milk-can-help-save-environment#:~:text=Oat%20milk%20also%20has%20a,around%20%245%20per%20half%20gallon.
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!
We hope you all have a restful break. Although we will miss you, there will be plenty of volunteer activities, educational workshops, and opportunities to connect with our greater campus community upon your return. When the spring semester rolls around, get involved with the ASCP! Help the ASCP and our partner organizations support the campus' zero waste vision, transition to alternative transportation, survey student sustainability interests, and so much more. Contact email@example.com. if you have any questions regarding events.
This year, we had 1,576,589 total lbs. of waste. Of that number:
1,121,975 lbs. (71%) were landfilled
308,890 lbs. (20%) were recycled
77,572 lbs. (5%) were recycled with our Hard-2-Recycle program*
68,152 lbs. (4%) were composted
*The H2R accepts specialty items that cannot be processed in normal recycling streams
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.
Say “hello” to our wonderful team members from left to right and top to bottom, including two new team members Audrey and Lauren:
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.