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Wellness Zone: Environmental wellness

HOW TO BE SUSTAINABLE THIS SEASON

Winter weather is about to settle in. What does that mean for sustainability efforts on the Auraria Campus and how can you contribute to our collective environmental wellness? While the cold conditions may make things like biking to campus and around town increasingly difficult, there are plenty of ways to stay involved and committed to conservation efforts.

Tired of paying for parking? Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Use your RTD pass! You voted for it, you paid for it, so let’s use it. If you need help finding a route or schedule that works for you, email me at Chris.Herr@AHEC.edu or go to the RTD website for more information.

Baby, it’s cold outside. I know the temperature’s dropping, but keep that thermostat under control. Did you know that 54 percent of all energy expenses for the average home in Colorado go toward space heating? Save money and conserve our resources by setting the temperature between 65 and 68 degrees while you’re home and between 60 and 63 degrees when you’re sleeping or away. Just wear an extra layer and you’ll be fine!

Recycle & compost. We’re fortunate to have both recycling and composting services on the Auraria Campus; but they don’t do any good if we don’t use them properly. We need your help to increase our waste diversion and keep recyclable and compostable materials out of the landfill. The average American will create 90,000 pounds of trash in their lifetime. We can do our part to change that by getting items into the correct waste bins.

YOU are the key. Environmental sustainability and conservation is a goal of our entire campus community, and a big part of our success is you. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing endeavor; a few small tweaks in your daily routine can make a big impact on the environmental wellness for all of us here on the Auraria Campus.

This is one in a series of Wellness Zone articles addressing the seven dimensions of wellness that the new CU Denver Student Wellness Center will be built on: social, physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, environmental, and creative wellness. The center is scheduled to open Spring 2018.

The Sustainable Campus Program was established by a vote of Auraria Campus students from CU Denver, Metro State, and CCD. In his role as Sustainability Officer, Chris Herr facilitates conservation efforts and educational programs. Students interested in getting involved are encouraged to email SCP_Contact@ahec.edu for more information.

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