Our free Sustainability Workshop Series for all students.


The Sustainability Workshop Series is free to all students and designed to introduce sustainability or expand current knowledge with several workshops throughout the semester. Each workshop is tailored to a specific concept within sustainability parallel with our seven pillars. Upon completion of this workshop series, students will be able to create proposals to address sustainability challenges within their community. Students can elect to complete the workshop series entirely, or à la carte selecting only specific workshops pertaining to their interests. The topics discussed in the Sustainability Workshop Series can be found below! All workshops will be held virtually this fall (zoom room information forthcoming).

If you're looking to satisfy volunteer hours, check out our list of local organizations here!

*CU Denver students should register separately through MyLynx (using the designated link below) and have the opportunity to earn a co-curricular Sustainability Leadership Certificate!

Upcoming Workshops

All workshops will be hosted on Zoom from 3:30-4:30 PM on Thursdays. 
Zoom login information will be provided to participants upon registration. 

Sustainability 101*

February 4th and March 4th

*Entry-level workshop; be sure to take this first!

What is sustainability? How do sustainability efforts affect our campus? Participants will be exposed to

  1. Each of the resources we work to conserve (energy, water, waste, and food).

  2. Learn why it matters.

  3. How future workshops in this series will build your knowledge on the social/economic reasons to engage in sustainability work personally and professionally in your current and future workplace.

The State of Waste & the Impact of our Campus

February 18th

Explores the status of recycling and composting in the United States, Colorado, and on the Auraria Campus. Students will look at the costs and benefits of expanding these programs and clarify misconceptions. As part of this workshop, students will participate in creating a behavior change campaign to experience applying critical thinking skills concerning messaging, intended outcomes, etc.

Water: Planning for the Future

February 25th

Explores water conservation through the lens of the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program's water action planning efforts. Beginning with a high-level overview of global water concerns, students will take a close look at how the Auraria Campus uses water, how we can be better water stewards, and the steps we have prioritized to attempt a 10% reduction in water consumption by 2022.

GHG & Climate Action Planning

March 18th

Come learn about Auraria's greenhouse gas emissions footprint and how we're hoping to address campus emissions through our current climate action planning effort! The Auraria campus, like many universities and cities, conducts greenhouse gas inventories so that we can take action to address emissions sources (spoiler alert: building energy and transportation!). In this workshop you will learn about the process of GHG accounting, the results of Auraria's annual GHG inventory, the current landscape for state, local and university climate policy and how the ASCP's Climate Action Plan is being compiled...and how you can get involved with it!

Food Waste: An Issue of Social & Environmental Sustainability

March 25th

Approximately one third (or 1.3 billion tons) of the world food supply is lost or wasted—enough to feed 2 billion people each year. Students will look at the issue of food waste on a global, national, and local (campus) scale, applying both a social and environmental lens. We will discuss the factors contributing to food waste, the EPA’s food recovery hierarchy, and local organizations and efforts working to address the issue.

The Triple Bottom Line and ROI

April 1st

Focuses on what many sustainability professionals are charged with addressing: sustainability from an environmental, economic, and social perspective. It’s not enough to look at one of these factors as we often need to justify projects via all of these topics. Participants will learn about the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program and how it addresses these issues via our seven pillars and how that translates to projects on the Auraria Campus. Students will have an opportunity to fill out a carbon footprint calculator to determine the impact they have via their daily choices, which we will then tie to larger societal impacts.

The ROI focus will provide students with an overview of how to justify projects via “Return On Investment” (ROI) and will include real-world examples provided by the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program. Presenters will demonstrate how decisions are made, why certain projects are pursued over others and how to communicate this to constituents. Students will experience a flow mapping activity that demonstrates a realistic timeline and methods for having a project approved and implemented.


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