UCCS Office of Sustainability Newsletter

 August 2015  

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Join us for the following events:

Bike Jam
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

El Pomar Plaza Students, staff and faculty! Join us for a day filled with bike related activities, from a friendly ride around campus to bike-powered blenders!


Bike for Bagels7 AM - 9 AM
Columbine + SOLE CenterBike to campus on the tenth and join us for some FREE and delicious bagels!

Bike Clinic
12 PM - 1 PM
SOLE Center
Join us for a free bike clinic to learn some commuter cycling skills!

Beat the Hill 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lot 573 - Columbine

Come join us for some friendly competition in a race up the Hill from the Lane Center to Columbine! Bikes will be available to borrow and there will be prizes!

Clean Bike Ride2 PM - 6 PM
Sole Center
As part of Creek Week, join us on a guided trail ride to help cleanup the riverside!

Clean the Stream
11 AM - 2 PM UHALL Parking Lot

Join us on our Creek Week exploration to clean up the Templeton Gap floodway!

Bike Month Finale
11 AM - 1 PM
West LawnJoin us in our celebration for the end of Bike Month! Awards and prizes will be handed out to the top teams and individuals, and there will be a drawing for a free bike! There will be a slideshow of participants and free food!

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Team Up For Bike Month

It's that time of year again; traffic is gummed up on I-25, the parking lots are busy, and cars have never felt so stuffy. There is a prize-worthy, exciting, and sustainable solution for commuting to campus. Think small, light, convenient, and fun. Think bicycles.


Recycling Reel: Behind the Scenes at Bestway

Sodacans, water bottles, milk cartons, glass jars, notebook paper - there's a good chance you've recently tossed one these items into a recycling bin. But have you ever wondered what happens to them afterwards? Sure, they're "recycled," but how in the world does that old essay you never want to see again become... new paper? This summer, some sleuths from the Office of Sustainability did some digging to find out more.We took a field trip to the Bestway Disposal MRF, or Material Recovery Facility, where our recyclables are separated, processed, collated, and shipped to manufacturers to make "new" aluminum, plastic, glass, paper and more.


Tips for Bike Beginners

Using a bike as a main source of transportation can seem a bit daunting to new cyclists, especially when they take it on alone. Cycling doesn't have to be a solo sport though, and there are resources readily available to those in need of help, including educational clinics hosted at UCCS's very own SOLE center. The SOLE Center also has a bike workshop that offers free services such as brake adjustment, derailleur adjustment, tire changes, and hub adjustment. New cyclists could definitely learn a lot about bike confidence and maintenance at the SOLE Center, even experienced riders could learn a thing or two.


Faces of Sustainability at UCCS

No, it's not just you. You're not the only one trying to be more sustainable! We have launched a new photo campaign to highlight those who strive to live more sustainably every day. It's the frat guy sitting two rows down from you, your professor, that girl riding her bike... it's you. UCCS is full of enthusiastic people who try to live life differently than the average mountain lion.

UCCS Police Thwart Bicycle Thieves, Provide Theft Prevention Tips
Following a string of bike thefts that plagued campus during the summer session, the UCCS Police Department recently arrested two suspects and recovered a number of bikes thanks to old fashioned detective work.

According to the department, seven bikes were stolen from campus between July 7 and 16.
"The trend appeared pretty quickly. We had two bikes stolen within two hours, so our first step was to send acampus wide email giving people a heads up," Officer Jerod Heidrick said. "Our next step was starting to dig around and hit up pawn shops, which are the go-to places to get rid of stolen goods."


Green Action Fund Update
The Green Action Fund (GAF) was created to reduce theecological footprint of UCCS and promote sustainable environmental, social and economic values through a variety of student-sponsored projects. The GAF Committee is a student run organizationwith a couple of faculty and staffadvisers. The committee reviews, rates and approves projects with the intent of creating a more sustainable campus culture.
  • If you have a project, submit your proposal to the GAF! You can find us on Mountain Lion Connect, or check our our website: www.uccs.edu/gaf
  • Our Fall semester deadlines are:
    • Large Grant (Over $15,000): October 19th
    • Small Grant (Under $15,000): November 23rd
  • Find us on Facebook
  • Email us questions at greenfun@uccs.edu
Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability Update
S.E.A.S. was founded in 2003 by a group of impassioned students, including our very own Linda Kogan, that wanted to bring sustainability to UCCS. S.E.A.S. is a student-run group that aims to educate the campus about conservation and sustainability practices. S.E.A.S. has been actively initiating change at UCCS, including taking the lead on the first UCCS LEED gold building, implementing the successful Take Back the Tap campaign, establishing the Heller student garden, and leading the UCCS divestment campaign.
  • Meetings: Every other Wednesday 10:30 a.m. @ University Center
  • Student Garden - Located in the Heller Center, the Student Garden is aimed towards forming a permaculture with sustainable design, promoting the importance of mindfulness when it comes to the environment.
  • Find us on Facebook
  • Check out our website:http://www.uccs.edu/~seas/
Volunteer Spotlight

Brittany Fisher

A sophomore Mechanical Engineering major at UCCS, Brittany has helped us quite a bit over the summer with cardboard recycling and research. The Office of Sustainability would like to thank Brittany for all of her hard work and dedication. 
We couldn't do it without you!
Thank you,Brittany!
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