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March-April 2015

Sustainability News

Sustainability Council: Call for nominations

(April 28, 2015) You are invited to apply for a voting position in the Sustainability Council for academic year 2015-2016. While council meetings are open to everyone, voting members must attend monthly meetings and participate in at least one committee. Among the goals for the upcoming year is advancing the actions outlined in the chancellor’s Imagine DU – Engaging Community implementation plan. If you wish to be considered for a position, please email a brief statement (less than 300 words) outlining your qualifications and interests as well as a resume or curriculum vitae to

April is Earth Month!

DU Earth Month image(April 14, 2015) Subscribe to the sustainability listserv to keep up on all of the sustainability activities on campus. Mark your calendars (and make a reservation) to eat at Session Kitchen on Earth Day, April 22, from 4-10 p.m. Mention you’re there to support sustainability at DU and a portion of sales will go to efforts out of DU’s Center for Sustainability.

Sixth annual Sustainability Summit

Saturday, April 25, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Sturm College of Law

This student-run event includes two sustainability keynote speakers from the Colorado community, two break-out sessions with several speakers, student presentations and an organic catered breakfast and lunch. This year’s theme is “Our Concerns. Our Communities. Our Colorado.” Register now.

Furniture Sharing

(April 14, 2015) Furniture (and office supply) sharing is taking a new form this year. If you have lightly-used office furniture and/or supplies to share, or you want to receive notice when such offerings are available, please subscribe to the i-share listserv. This is one of many efforts to reduce overall waste on campus.

Community Supported Agriculture

(April 14, 2015) If you are interested in having seasonal, local, sustainably grown food delivered to campus all summer and fall, consider purchasing a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share through Leffler Family Farms. This year the Leffler family is offering a full share (15 consecutive weeks) or a half share (eight non-consecutive weeks). A good way to learn how a CSA works is to split a share with a friend or colleague. Signups are due soon; don’t delay! Deliveries start June 14.


Chopp’d Food Competition

(April 7, 2015) The 2015 Chopp'd Food Competition is a campus event for faculty, staff and students. The competition will be similar to the Chopped television series: we will announce a secret ingredient and your team must plan a sample-sized original snack to be served to more than 100 people at the Farmers’ Market on Thursday, May 21. All food costs will be covered by the University. The competition has reached capacity, but you may   request a spot on the wait list .  

Sustainability Forum: Dialogue Across Disciplines

Friday, April 3, 1:30-3 p.m. – Driscoll Underground

The DU Center for Sustainability and Sustainability Council invite faculty, students and staff to creatively envision possibilities for interdisciplinary research and teaching related to four potential projects: Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance, Multimodal Transportation Hub, Farm-to-Table Network and Solar Partnerships. Please RSVP

Celebrate Anderson Academic Commons’ LEED Silver certification

Monday, April 6, 3 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Join Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, Dean and Director of the University Libraries Nancy Allen and University Sustainability Coordinator Chad King in acknowledging achievement of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification for the Anderson Academic Commons building. The University completed the major renovation of the Penrose Library into Anderson Academic Commons in 2013; from the beginning, DU purposefully designed the project to increase efficiency, reuse or recycle materials and to make the building healthier for its occupants. The University learned last fall that AAC earned the Silver, or third highest category, for “green” qualities, which include a new high-efficiency heating and cooling system, water conserving faucets and toilets, high-efficiency light fixtures and use of low-e glass windows. The AAC joins the Ricketson Law Building and Nagel Hall as the third LEED-certified building on campus. The other two buildings, as new constructions, earned LEED Gold status. 

DU reduces carbon footprint by 27 percent

(March 3, 2015) Thanks to a number of sustainability efforts, the University of Denver has reached the first of its carbon-reduction milestones six years ahead of schedule.