Bike to Work Day
Bike to work day was a huge success! The ASCP hosted two tables, one at the community garden here on campus and another at the CU Denver party outside the College of Architecture and Planning. Over 19,000 residents registered for the event and it definitely showed. Check out some of the photos we took, and make sure to keep up that spirit as we turn Denver into one of the most bike friendly cities in the US. For more information on biking in the city, make sure to check out their website providing detailed maps and instructions on how to stay safe.
Compost in the Science Building
The ASCP recently set up compost bins in the Science building! They are next to the student lounges on the 1 st and 2 nd floors. If you are in the building this summer you might have noticed some signs we put around to remind you. Make sure to use them for any food and paper waste you have, and spread the word to other students and staff so that everyone is aware. Taking incremental steps like this is vital to the big picture of waste diversion that we are tackling together as a campus, and every item we prevent from going into the landfill is a step in the right direction! Thank you for all your help!
Bird Scooters Now On Campus

Bird Scooters are now allowed on campus and can be parked in select locations! Until recently, scooter riders would be charged for parking on campus (the meter would keep rolling). Bird has worked together with the Auraria campus to develop parking zones where Bird scooters are allowed to remain parked. Look for the orange parking boxes (pictured below) and make sure to leave your Bird scooters inside them to avoid charges! Download the app on your smartphone and use promo code BEFREE to access $5 in first time user credit. Bird is a last-mile electric vehicle sharing company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally friendly transportation solutions to communities across the world.

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Fighting the Heat

Although we were dealing with a pretty bizarre cold and rain spell in June, it seems that summer is finally here, and it is going to get hot! That means a lot of energy will be used. In fact, according to the US Energy Department, on average 6% of annual energy production is consumed by air conditioners, which costs $29 billion and releases 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually. Fortunately, the Energy Department also has some tips that we can all take to reduce our impact and stay cool. First is using our windows to regulate and control air flow. At night open your windows to let in cool air and close your windows and blinds in the morning to trap cool air in your house. Make sure to set your thermostat at the highest you can while staying comfortable. According to the DOE, “a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 o F with no reduction in comfort”. Avoid keeping hot objects like TVs near your thermostat and focus on using less heat intensive appliances, like the stove top, to cook rather than the oven. Lastly, make sure to keep any openings and cracks sealed to hold cool air in and keep warm air out.

Meet this month's Sustainability Hero, Mark Martinez! Mark is the Student Services Coordinator for CU Denver's Office of Student Life...and he bikes 11 miles ( each way) between Thornton and campus every day! In fact, Mark went car-free a little while ago because he's able to commute using this electrical-assist bike, and uses carshare and car rental programs for major errands. We certainly appreciate Mark's dedication to alternative transportation--which helps minimize the air pollution, smog and greenhouse gas emissions associated with driving an automobile. Ride on, Mark! Thanks for doing your part.

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Xcel's Carbon Reduction Plan
Recently, on the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast, host Bill Loveless took some time to interview Xcel Energy’s CEO, Ben Fowke, about the company's recent ambitious proposals to cut carbon emissions. Xcel is planning on cutting carbon emissions (relative to 2005 levels) 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. Fowke was questioned about Xcel’s plans to meet these goals, the importance of taking climate change seriously, the role of nuclear energy and natural gas, and how Xcel’s customers are reacting to the transition. Given that Xcel is a major provider of energy to Colorado, this episode is well worth the listen. It helps listeners understand, from the person heading the company, where they stand and where they plan to go. The Columbia Energy Exchange podcast can be found through apple, spotify, or online at their website here.
Taken directly from their website, this graphic shows the intense strides Xcel will be taking in the years to come to meet their goals. This includes a 42% reduction in carbon emissions in the next 11 years!
Campus Kitchen Project Needs Your Help!
Campus Kitchens Project is looking for a place to prepare and distribute meals when they launch this coming fall. Ideally, CKP is looking for a commercial kitchen space to be able to prepare food from produce donations. If we can't locate that, however, we're looking for a space that would be suitable to house a refrigerator and a space to repackage already-prepared meals into individual meals to distribute. If you have access to either of these types of spaces, PLEASE reach out to so we can make Campus Kitchens Project a reality, rescue would be wasted food and feed some hungry people! This is a really important mission that we hope someone on campus will step up to support.
Cherry Creek Fresh Market
Saturdays 8am-1pm, Wednesdays 9am-1pm – E. 1 st ave and University Blvd.

City Park Fresh Market
Sundays 9am-1pm – 2551 E. Colfax Ave.

Highlands Square Farmers Market
Sundays 9am-1pm – 32 nd ave. and Lowell Blvd.

Rino Fresh Market
Saturdays 9am-1pm – 2502 N. Broadway

Rino Farmers Market
Sundays 9am-2pm – EXDO Event Center

Golden Triangle Farmers Market
Sundays 9am-1pm – North Side of 11 th ave. between Lincoln st. and Broadway

Stapleton Fresh Market
Sundays 8:30am-12:30pm – E. 29 th Ave. and Roslyn St.

Union Station Farmers Market
Saturdays 9am-2pm – Denver Union Station Plaza

South Pearl Street Farmers Market
Sundays 9am-1pm – On the 1500 block of Old South Pearl st. between Florida Ave. and Iowa Ave.

Highlands Ranch Farmers and Street Market
Sundays 10am – 2pm – 9288 Dorchester st.

Littleton Farmers Market
Wednesdays 10am – 2pm – 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr.

Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market
Saturdays 9am-2pm – 7043 W. 38 th Ave.

Southwest Plaza Farmers Market
Saturdays 8am-2pm – Southeast Parking lot at Wadsworth and Bowles

Lakewood Farmers Market
Saturdays 10am-2pm – Mile Hi Church, Alameda Ave. and Garrison st.

Golden Farmers Market
Saturdays 8am-1pm – Golden Public Library Parking Lot 10 th and Illinois
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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