The Sustainable Campus Program (SCP) is a subcommittee of the Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board (SACAB). The SCP is a student-driven committee with the mission of reducing the campus's ecological impact and dependence on fossil fuels. By ensuring the campus is sustainable, the SCP helps to reduce costs and improve campus life for all students, faculty, and staff of Auraria's constituent institutions; Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver.
In 2011 Students from all three institutions approved a new Sustainable Campus Program Referendum as stated below:
"Shall the students of the Auraria Campus authorize the Board of Directors of the Auraria Higher Education Center to collect from each institution a supplemental student fee of:
Five years ago SACAB presented a proposal, by the Auraria Clean Energy Campaign, to create a new student fee for the purpose of providing clean, renewable electrical power to the Auraria Campus for the cost of $1.00 per student including the institutional collection fee per semester. The Auraria Board of Directors approved the proposal.
In April 2004 the Clean Energy Fee was successfully passed by the Auraria Campus student body. The new student fee was created for the explicit purpose of "purchasing clean renewable electrical power for the Auraria Campus from August 23, 2004 through May 12, 2007."
As of July 1, 2006 half of the funds collected by the Clean Energy Fee were spent on a wind energy offset purchase that places the Auraria Campus as the number one higher education user of green power in the state with 45% of the campus electricity now wind powered. The Clean Energy Subcommittee of SACAB (Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board) has allocated the remaining funds collected from the student fee program on seven small solar powered lighting projects on campus.
Conversations between students within the Clean Energy Subcommittee began to center around expanding the Clean Energy Program Fee into a more comprehensive Sustainable Campus Program. In the spring of 2007, SACAB proposed a vote on an escalating student fee, beginning at $3 in 2008, raising to $4 in 2009, and extending to $5 in 2010 and 2011 (including institutional collection fee) per semester per student for the creation of the Sustainable Campus Program.
Auraria Campus students went to the polls on April 25th and 26th, 2007 and collectively voted in favor of paying this proposed fee. Of the 2883 votes, 96% were in favor of the program and the associated fee. The program and fee became official in September 2007, after being approved by the Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors, the University of Colorado Board of Regents, Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees, and the State Board of Community Colleges.