Our free Spring 2020 Sustainability Workshop Series for all students.


Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the last four spring workshops will be offered online as online recordings. If you have any content-related questions following the lectures, reach out to chris.herr@ahec.edu or jackie.slocombe@ahec.edu.


Some people are experiencing long load times with the videos on Google Drive. If videos are taking more than 5 minutes to load, try downloading them and opening with a video viewing application or reach out and let us know (we may upload them to YouTube in need be).


If you are pursuing a Leadership Certificate in Sustainability through CU Denver, you will need to take the associated quizzes to demonstrate that you “attended” the workshops in order to receive credit. For any questions related to CU Denver’s Leadership Certificate can be directed to tierza.watts@ucdenver.edu.


The Spring 2020 Sustainability Workshop Series is free to all students and designed to introduce sustainability or expand current knowledge with several workshops throughout the spring 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 Spring 2020 Sustainability Workshop Series can be found below! All workshops will be held from 12:30-1:45p in Tivoli 640.

*CU students can earn a Sustainability Leadership Certificate by registering through MyLinks! Learn more and register for this certification here!

Upcoming Workshops

Sustainability 101*

Feb 6 | Mar 4 | Apr 7

*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.

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The State of Waste & the Impact of our Campus

Feb 18

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.

Food Waste: An Issue of Social & Environmental Sustainability

Feb 26

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.

ROI & the Pitch: How to Get Things Done

Mar 12

Provides 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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The Triple Bottom Line

Mar 18

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.

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Water: Planning for the Future

Mar 31

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.

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