PROJECTS & PROGRAMS
Library Solar Installation
In efforts to expand our solar portfolio on campus, we have contracted Namaste Solar to install 753 kW of solar energy on the rooftop of the Auraria Library. Here are some quick facts about the array:
753 kW output
Produce over 1 million kWh annually (enough to power over 100 homes)
Offset over 2/3 of library's electricity usage
Will save an estimated average of $45,000 a year in energy costs, which will be used to fund future energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
Prevent 1.2 million lbs CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere each year
One of the largest singular rooftop array in downtown Denver
Over 2,000 total panels
Compost & Recycling
The ASCP has deployed brand new 3-bin systems (landfill, recycle, compost) in the 2nd-floor break room of West Classroom and in the Library Cafe, in addition to the sorting stations in Tivoli and on the Quad. These are part of a 100-day pilot geared toward testing new infrastructure and the operational impact on our custodial staff. Depending on what we learn, we are prepared to expand more comprehensive composting and recycling efforts onto the rest of the campus.
Click here for our waste sorting guide!
LED Lighting Upgrades
Energy efficiency projects have had some of the highest returns on our investment in terms of Greenhouse Gas emissions reductions so we strive to find opportunities to increase our efficiency. We have replaced 463 pedestrian lamp post heads to LED lightbulbs from metal halide light fixtures - saving an estimated 674 MTCO2e per year!
Thank you to AHEC for helping us with this project and funding.
Water Action Plan
The ASCP has been working on finalizing our baseline data for our Water Action Plan to identify water conservation strategies on campus. We are aiming to complete the Water Action Plan by Fall 2019 and then set to work on tackling some of the identified strategies.
Stay tuned for more information on our plan.
Steam Weed Killer
The ASCP is helping to fund a steam weed killer that will reduce herbicide use on campus. A joint proposal of the ASCP and AHEC Grounds, the steam weed killer will reduce our use of Glyphosate (RoundUp) by 50%! Glyphosate has been classified by the World Health Organization as "probably carcinogenic to humans," threatens the gut bacteria of pollinators (bees and butterflies) and leaches into our waterways during storm runoff. We will use the steam weed killer on flower beds, sidewalks, and mulched areas but will not be ideal for grass areas. While the tool does use water, it will only increase our water consumption by 0.0001-0.0002%.
Food & Gardens
LEED Certified Buildings
The Auraria Campus is home to 9 LEED Certified buildings and counting! The Auraria Library’s renovation has earned the Library LEED Gold certification for sustainability achievement from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The ASCP is spearheading a certification program for interdepartmental offices on Auraria Campus. Ranked on points, departmental offices and their green "offices leaders" initiate sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives into campus office environments. The goal is to inspire behavior changes and reduce campus-wide waste and carbon emissions through ecologically-minded sourcing practices, compost & recycling efforts, and reducing electricity usage.
Education & Outreach
Connect Auraria Community Garden
In 2015, the ASCP helped construct a community garden on the south side of the Science Building. This garden has evolved into a community gathering space that provides an opportunty to educate the campus about sustainable agriculture and organic gardening. It also suppots the ASCP's goal to increase local, sustainable food procurement. The 16 plot community garden is available to students, staff, faculty and community members.
Food & Gardens
Waste diversion has been a core focus of the ASCP since recycling was implemented in 2004. Focusing on diverting e-waste (electronic waste) from landfills, we provide receptacle bins for batteries, cords, and electronics. Our e-waste recycling is provided by BlueStar Recycling here in Denver, Colorado.
Do you have personal electronics, cords or batteries you need to recycle? Bring them to our Electronic Waste Bins in the Tivoli and Arts!
Water Bottle Filling Stations
The ASCP has sponsored over 35 water bottle filling stations stations around campus in shared buildings. To date, these amenities have saved over hundreds of thousands of plastic water bottles from entering landfills. Through these efforts, we help provide students and faculty with the resources to make daily, eco-friendly decisions.
Bike Fix-It Stations
The ASCP encourages Auraria Campus students, faculty, and staff to use alternative forms of transportation to get to and from campus.
We provide bike tools and air pumps outside of the Arts Buildings and inside the Tivoli Garage to enable everyone to take proper care of their alternative transporation vehicles!
Click here for our Campus "Bike Auraria" Guide!