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January-February 2015

Sustainability News

Zero Waste Midterms at Anderson Academic Commons

(Feb. 3, 2015) This week, the Anderson Academic Commons is aiming for zero waste going to the landfill. “Zero waste” means all trash that can be diverted from the landfill is directed to recycling (blue) or composting (green) containers. Tri-bins make depositing trash in the right receptacle easy, and volunteers can answer questions about proper waste disposal. A waste audit of the Academic Commons near the entrance will show how well we’re doing with diversion. AAC staff are on the lookout for people being sustainable; you could win a pizza or a T-shirt! The Anderson Academic Commons is working toward a sustainable future, and we hope that you will join in making Zero Waste Midterms a resounding success.

Feedback for Enhancing Sustainability Strategic Initiatives task force

(Jan. 20, 2015) The Enhancing Sustainability Task Force, as a part of the Engaging Community: A Strategic Implementation Initiative planning efforts, was tasked with implementing ideas recommended through the 2014 Sustainability Plan. The task force has prepared draft recommendations inclusive of many areas of campus, reflecting the broad scope of sustainability. The task force requests your review and feedback through the survey found at this link as we finalize these recommendations.

Bike Mechanics classes

(Jan. 20, 2015) Members of the DU community have the opportunity to learn bike mechanic skills through classes offered by the Bike Depot in the Nagel basement bike shop. Sign up for classes to feel safer about riding and save yourself the cost of tuneups!

  • Mechanics 101 ($10): Jan. 15 and Feb. 12
  • Mechanics 201 ($20): Jan. 22 and Feb. 19
  • Six-week Master Mechanics Class ($200): Jan. 21-Feb. 25  

Colorado Aquaponics

Thursday, Jan. 22, 4-5 p.m. – CCESL suite 18, Driscoll South

Join the Center for Community Engagement and Service learning to learn more about Colorado Aquaponics in conversation with Tawnya Sawer. Colorado Aquaponics combines the practice of aquaculture with hydroponics to create an integrated and balanced system that allows for sustainable community-based local food production. More

Kick start your heathy eating resolution with local food


Sign up by Thursday of each week for a Monday delivery of organic produce (locally grown when possible) from GrowHaus, a food justice nonprofit in north Denver. Open to students, faculty, and staff, your purchase of a family sized ($37.50) or basic box ($20) will help you eat healthy while supporting food access in Elyria-Swansea and Globeville. All food will be delivered to the Center for Sustainability for pickup. More

Community Supported Agriculture

Start the year focused on local, organically grown, seasonal vegetables by signing up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. In this program, you buy a share of the farm, receiving weekly deliveries of whatever produce is in season. Sign up for a full share (15 weeks) or a half share (eight nonconsecutive weeks). Shares will begin arriving June 14, with pickup available at the Center for Sustainability. Note: shares are large amounts of food, especially by mid-summer; you may sign up with a friend or co-worker and split the share.

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