Good Luck on Finals!

Stress and Finals go hand-in-hand. It's important to study hard and make the end-of semester deadlines but it's equally important to make time to take care of yourselves! Keep an eye on your inbox in the coming weeks for some stress-management and self-care tips from the ASCP.
Go Vote!
(It's not an ASCP initiative, but it's still cool).

Vote on the Auraria Participatory Budgeting Process: November 26th through December 9th!
You and other students submitted over 400 ideas earlier this semester about how to spend a $30,000 grant to improve the Auraria campus and student life. Students then turned those ideas into viable proposals, and now, as part of the first-ever Auraria Participatory Budgeting Process,  you can vote on which projects should get funded !   

All Auraria students can vote from November 26th - December 9th on how to spend $30,000 in independent grant funding! 

You can v ote in-person when you see the Auraria Participatory Budget table on campus or by submitting your votes to campus ballot boxes. You can also vote online at

What is the Auraria Participatory Budgeting anyway?
Auraria Participatory Budgeting  is a tri-institutional group led by students from all three Auraria Campus institutions aimed at supporting democracy, student voice, and collaboration on campus by engaging students and the broader campus community in a process known as participatory budgeting, a democratic process for communities decide how to spend shared money.
To find out more, follow us @AurariaPB on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Invite your friends to vote with you using the Auraria PB voting Facebook event at .

We're Working on Waste!
The ASCP recently visited Alpine Waste's recycling, landfill and composting sites to see where our waste goes after leaving campus. We're working on pulling together some videos to showcase what we learned, but here is a sneak peak of our Recycling tour, produced by MSU film student, Jacob Wilson.
October Bicycle Event Re-Cap
By Karmen Burchett

The morning started out with some grey clouds so we considered moving the event inside, but the weather changed as we were setting up and left us with a beautiful blue sky day.

Bikes Together, a local non-profit organization was there talking with students about their volunteer program, “ Earn- A- Bike”. This program is a great opportunity for students who don’t have a bike to get involved in the community and earn a bike to reduce their carbon footprint! Hooray for clean air!

Shout out to Outdoor Pursuits for helping students with any bike issues or general bike questions at the fix-it station; seven bikes were serviced that day. We also had a graduate student from CU Denver who was conducting a survey about alternative transportation.

Auraria Campus Police registered bikes for students. We (the ASCP) also had giveaways including a heavy duty bike U- lock, lights, a bike specific multi-tool, as well as several seat covers. We provided lots of resources like bike maps, bike safety tips, and rules for the road.

At the event the ASCP asked students “How did you get to campus today?” Bus and Light Rail tied for the top spot, indicating enthusiasm for public transportation. Bicycling took the next spot followed in descending order by Car, Car Pooling, and Walking. A few “others” including skate boards and other non-traditional modes of transportation brought up the rear.

In case we missed you, B-Cycle is offering a free Flex Pass for the Auraria campus. The Flex Pass gives you access to the system for 365 days and then pay just $3.00 per every 30 minutes. Just go to , click Sign Up and create your profile. Use promo code Aura18 and enter your credit card information. Flex Pass promo code is valid until 12/31/2018 and is good for new and renewing members.

All in all it was a great day helping students improve their bike knowledge. Talking shop about bikes and the importance of choosing alternative transportation options that can reduce emissions is a win-win for everyone. The ASCP is looking forward to bringing the bike event back next year.


Buy a Sustainable Christmas Tree!

Sustainable Southern Gables  is excited to be hosting their second annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser on Dec. 1. They have partnered again with the U.S. Forest Service to help cut down trees in areas where they are experiencing overgrowth. You can purchase your Christmas tree locally and enjoy a wonderful Colorado Douglas-fir tree. This year they are only taking pre-orders so be sure to order  here  before they run out of trees! 

Prices will range from:
  •          $25 for less than 6 ft
  •          $50 for 6 ft to 10 ft
  •          $75 for greater than 10 ft
Pick up will be on Dec. 1 from 3-6 p.m. at the community garden at Green Gables Elementary School, 8701 W. Woodard Dr. Residents will be drinking hot cocoa and eating festive treats, so feel free to join for the holiday festivities. All donations are tax deductible and will go to help the Green Gables community garden grow and thrive.
Volunteer Opportunity
The Sustainable Southern Gables team is searching for folks able to volunteer their time and equipment (trucks, trailers and chainsaws) on Dec. 1. All volunteers are given their trees at half price and get to partake in this awesome experience. Those willing to donate their equipment for the day will receive a Christmas tree for FREE! If you are interested in volunteering to help cut and transport the trees, please email Dave Van der Vieren .”
Upcoming Events

Film Screening: The Human Element
When: December 5th, 6 PM
E-mail to attend

Highlight other campus events related to stress relief. Peep Denver office of sust for events their highlighting, alliance center, etc.
Get Involved!

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!