Thank you for choosing to complete our bi-annual survey about environmental sustainability on the Auraria Campus! Your responses are greatly appreciated.
The purpose of this study is to gain information on how students at the Auraria Campus understand sustainability and what sustainability-related initiatives are most important to you. The information gathered by this survey will inform how sustainability efforts are implemented here at Auraria. Click here to be directed to the survey.
All current and past students, staff, and faculty from the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver are invited to participate. E-mails are only collected to prevent duplicate submissions.
Again, thank you for your participation. If you have any questions, please reach out to Girija Kulkarni at Girija.Kulkarni@AHEC.edu.
Thank you to @preciousjada17 for February's Burning Question! Their question was: "Which candles are the most sustainable?"
We found that when candles are made using soybean oil extract rather than paraffin wax, there is a lower production of soot and toxic pollutants released into the environment. Pollutants that are produced by petroleum candles include particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, and lead (Ojewumi et al., 2019). This means that when candles are burned in inside spaces there are more hazardous gasses left in your living space if you burn a paraffin candle. Not only is it better for the environment to use soy candles, but it may be better for your health as well.It is also important to consider the production and sourcing of soybeans when looking into the sustainability of these candles. If the soybeans are sourced from farms with sustainable practices, such as crop rotation, reduced-till, water and nutrient management, and cover crops (Sustainable Soybean Production), then the environmental impact of these candles is lowered even further.
Ojewumi, M. E., Olanipekun, O. O., Obanla, O. R., Ojewumi, E. O., & Bassey, R. S. (2019). Production of Candle from Oil Extract of a Legume–Soybean. International Journal of Engineering and Advanced Technology (IJEAT)-ISSN, 2249-8958.
We want to answer your inquiries about making campus more sustainable and 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!
ASCP Diversion Disco
Join us at the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program for the Diversion Disco as we celebrate an exciting milestone: the Hard to Recycle program has collected and diverted 100,000 pounds of waste! The ASCP has a multitude of Hard to Recycle Programs, including:
Cosmetics & Care Products
Oral Healthcare Products
The Diversion Disco will be held in the Tivoli Student Union- Suite 346, on Tuesday, February 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The festivities will include disco-themed music and outfits, e-waste collection, information concerning all of the ASCP’s exciting initiatives and upcoming events, and extended free store hours! If you have any questions, contact Veronica Minster at
We are excited to announce that planning for Earth Week 2023 (April 17th to April 21st)is underway! We will have two days full of programming (April 17th and 18th). Monday, April 17, is Bike-to-Campus Day, with programming focused on encouraging alternative transportation. Tuesday, April 18, is our general Earth Week programming day. It will include our clothing swap, e-waste collection, Tivoli lighting upgrade highlight, etc. There will be more information to come, such as locations and times. We would love to have your organization be a part of the festivities, so if you are interested in tabling either one or both of these days, please reach out. Email Maya Pojar at maya.pojar@AHEC.edu
Welcome to the ASCP Free Store!
Opened by our Waste Diversion Team in the Fall of 2022, the Free Store reduces waste, promotes community on campus, and supports a sustainable lifestyle. Our donation-based "store" has free products, such as clothing, home goods, and school supplies. The items are available to the campus community. Our goal is to promote conscious consumerism by emphasizing the value of reuse through donating usable goods, buying second-hand, and recognizing the environmental impact of our consumption. To shop, stop by the ASCP Office, Tivoli Suite- 346, Monday, Thursday, or Friday from noon to 2 p.m.
We are accepting donation items for our free store on the following dates: Feb. 2 and 3 March 2 and 3 April 3, 6 and 7 May 1, 4 and 5
We will accept items such as:
- Any wearable clothing: not stained, torn, or wearing thin.
- Household items in good condition (kitchenware, fans, mirrors, etc.)
- Usable school supplies (blank notebooks, binders, folders, etc.)
We will NOT accept anything with stuffing/filling (pillows, stuffed animals, down comforters, etc.)
Bring accepted items to Tivoli Suite 346 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the specified dates.
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.
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. Help the ASCP and our partner organizations support things like the campus' zero waste vision, transition to alternative transportation and student sustainability interests. Register for events by clicking the links below or contacting email@example.com.
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, including our new Waste Diversion Graduate Assistant, Amanda:
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.