UCCS Office of Sustainability Newsletter

 October 2016  

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Join us for the following events: 

Tues, 11/15
Cafe Scientifique
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Ellen Wohl, Professor, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University will present on "Messy Rivers are Healthy Rivers: The Role of Physical Complexity in Sustaining Ecosystem Processes" 

Th, 11/17
Mt. Trashmore
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
El Pomar Plaza
Join us to sort a day's worth of UCCS trash! We'll determine what could have been diverted through composting and recycling. FREE pizza and swag for volunteers. 

Th, 12/1
Sea to Shining Sea
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Roaring Fork
UCCS Dining and Hospitality Services will be hosting guest chef, author and TED Talk speaker, Barton Seaver. He will be at Roaring Fork to teach about sustainable seafood, host a dinner and partake in a panel.

Fri, 12/2
GES Colloquium
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Columbine Hall 329
Danica Lombardozzi of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will present on "The ozone pollution problem: Damage to plants and ecosystems"

- Green Action Fund -

The Green Action Fund reduces the ecological footprint of UCCS and promotes sustainable environmental, social, and economic values through a variety of student-sponsored projects. 
Fall Deadlines:
Large Grant ($15,000+)
Fri, Nov. 4th

Small Grant (>$15,000)
Fri, Nov. 18th


Faces of Sustainability
Why do you shake hands when you meet someone? Would it be okay to go to the grocery store in your pajamas? Finding it hard to come up with an exact reason to explain why? 

Our society molds our lives and decisions without us even thinking about why. In a field where we encourage people to make changes in their lives toward more sustainable choices, what can we do to make turning off the lights, bringing reusable bags to the grocery and recycling a social norm?

Dining and Hospitality Services earns seafood certification
UCCS recently became the first university in Colorado, and one of 15 institutions of higher education in North America, to lead the way in committing to serving Marine Stewardship Council certified seafood in its dining centers.

Fountain Watershed 3rd Annual Creek Week Draws Thousands
What do grocery carts, cigarette butts, straws, and abandoned bikes have in common?
These are just some of the things that our community volunteers cleaned up from our local watershed as part of the third annual Creek Week!

New Environmental Studies & Sustainability Course
This fall, UCCS offered an exciting new course taught by Dr. David Havlick. Environmental Studies & Sustainability (GES 1500) is the introductory course in environmental sustainability offered through the Geography and Environmental Studies department. We interviewed Professor Havlick to learn more about the course. 

Gallogly Recreation and Wellness earns green building award
The Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center recently was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification.  Linda Kogan, director, Office of Sustainability, recently shared the results of an external review that certified the recently expanded home for recreation and wellness activities as a leader in energy and water conservation, sustainability and efficiency. The addition of Gallogly Recreation and Wellness brings the UCCS total...

Building a Better Campus Community
"Leaders help others achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty." 

This is the maxim of Dominic Frongillo, environmental activist and five-time delegate to the United Nations. Frongillo recently shared his experiences on building better communities at the 2016 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) annual conference. 

2016 Pikes Peak Regional Sustainability Report - Celebrating our Successes
Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future recently published the 2016 Pikes Peak Region Sustainability Report in alignment with the Pikes Peak Region 2030 sustainability plan. The report highlights the successes of our community and encourages others to push the envelope on sustainable design and implementation.

Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability Update
  • Meetings: Every other Wednesday 8 a.m. @ Sanatorium Grounds in 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: Ben Hargrave

You can find Ben helping our Recycling Assistants collect cardboard all over campus. A Geography and Environmental Studies major, he is most interested in energy and water conservation. 

We couldn't make UCCS more sustainable without you!
Thank you, Ben!
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