The Students for Sustainability Club, in partnership with the ASCP, are proposing a student fee increase of $3 per student per semester to primarily fund the addition of composting services and the enhancement and ongoing maintenance of waste diversion among campus buildings and exterior spaces. The new total ASCP fee amount of $8.58 per student, per semester, would take effect beginning in the fall of 2020.
Tell us what you think! Take our bi-annual survey to give us your perspective on the ASCP and its priorities. The information gathered by this survey will inform how sustainability efforts are implemented on the Auraria Campus.

All students, staff, and faculty from the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver who have attended or are currently attending classes at the Auraria Campus are invited to participate.

By participating, you will be entered for a chance to win a gift card for a campus food vendor!
Green Events and Event Compost
The ASCP is now offering:

-Compost bins for all sizes of events (no-cost for Student Organizations)
-Customized signs and
zero waste assistance
-On-site staff members
for sorting help
-Impact Reporting post-event
We have also completed a preliminary (Mini) Green Events Guide to help you make your smaller events more sustainable. A big shoutout to Jessica Godo from CU Denver for her work in co-creating this!
Tri-Institutional Sustainability Workshops
March is the final month of our Spring Workshop series.This series is designed to introduce students to general sustainability concepts or expand knowledge on specific sustainability pillars. Workshops are free to all Auraria students.

*CU Denver students can earn a co-curricular leadership certification!

Green Grants
Do you have an idea to make the Auraria campus more sustainable? No matter how big or small your idea is, we want to hear it! Partner with classmates and friends to develop a "Green Grants" proposal for the chance to see your project implemented and/or win a prize. Proposals due April 1st!
Click here for more information.
Coming Soon
Share Meals is an app that allows students to see where free and leftover food is available on and around campus. This will help us combat food waste and food insecurity. The Auraria Campus will be have the Share Meals app available on campus beginning in March!

The learn all about the app, check out the Launch Party happening on April First in the Tivoli Garage. Event details here.


According to a report published by the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):

  • The global average water footprint of lettuce is about 32 gallons/lb
  • One egg has a water footprint of about 53 gallons
  • The global average water footprint of beef is about 2,000 gallons/lb (this is predominantly [94%] green water, which is water from plants used to feed livestock)

Reducing your intake of animal products helps reduce the amount of water used to raise livestock.

Consider switching to Meatless Monday!

Pro move: switch to Meat Monday, where you limit your animal product consumption to one day per week.
Ambient Energy
Ambient Energy helps newly constructed or renovated buildings meet different certifications like LEED or WELL through three main services:
Building Performance, Commissioning and Sustainability. Located on the Auraria Campus within the MSU Denver Aerospace Engineering Science Building, Ambient Energy significantly helps both the Auraria Campus and Downtown Denver become more green. They boast a is a 15-year history in green energy consulting and is a proudly women owned business. Last year they played a role in planning our summer Bike to Work Day and they've been a great partner to the ASCP. Thank you, Ambient!
For more on Ambient Energy and information on how you can intern for them,
check out our blog post !
Zero-Waste Update
The 2019 annual waste report is here!
In 2019, we avoided 939,690 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions! For a comparison, that is equal to…
· 1,722,064 lbs of coal being burned
· 2,041 Acres of forest sequestering and storing carbon through photosynthesis
· 3,878,080 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle in carbon emissions

Is the Auraria Campus still on track to reach is 2022 goal to have 35% waste diversion?

Check out the full report here
Waste Events galore
The zero-waste team has several binside education sessions and waste sorting events coming up and they need volunteers to make it happen!

A full events calendar is featured below this passage.

Email Cassy to sign up! If these event times do not line up with your schedule, please reach out to Cassy for opportunities that work for you!
Are you a student, faculty, or staff - looking to volunteer with the ASCP's sustainability initiatives on campus? Our Eco-Rep program now has more opportunities, events, and workshops to get involved with! Sign up for the newsletter with the button below, and join our Facebook group for updated events and detailed information.
To see upcoming Eco-Rep opportunities, check the event calendar here in the newsletter!
Every year, the ASCP reviews or drafts dozens of proposals brought to us by students, staff, and faculty. Do you have an idea that could make the Auraria Campus more sustainable? Let us know!
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