Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Jarrett Smith
Submission Date Dec. 5, 2012
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University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
ER-2: Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Jon Bortles
Sustainability Officer
Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration, AHEC
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Does the institution hold a campaign that meets the criteria for this credit?:

The name of the campaign(s):
Sustainable Campus Program

A brief description of the campaign(s):

The Sustainable Campus Program (SCP) is a subcommittee of the Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board (SACAB). The SCP is a student-driven committee with the mission of reducing the campus's ecological impact and dependence on fossil fuels. By ensuring the campus is sustainable, the SCP helps to reduce costs and improve campus life for all students, faculty, and staff of Auraria's constituent institutions; Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver.
In April 2007, the fee structure of the program was voted into effect by the student body. In 2011 Students from all three institutions approved a new Sustainable Campus Program Referendum as stated below:
"Shall the students of the Auraria Campus authorize the Board of Directors of the Auraria Higher Education Center to collect from each institution a supplemental student fee of: $5.00 per student per semester, to include the established institutional collection fee, for the Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters of 2012 – 2015 and the Spring Semester of 2016; for the purpose of extending the funding of the further operations and staffing of a Sustainable Campus Program, including such projects as:
• furthering the current campus renewable energy program;
• supporting alternative means of transportation;
• increasing the overall energy efficiency of campus buildings;
• increasing current recycling and integrated waste management programs;
• reducing per-capita water use on campus;
• supporting sustainable food and agriculture systems on campus;
• supporting other similar initiatives designed to reduce the Auraria Campus' dependence on fossil fuels and the ecological impact of the Auraria Campus overall; and, to support educational and outreach in regards to these programs?"

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign(s):

The following programs are a result of this campaign:
• 100% Wind Offset – $100,000 / Year for Three Years
• Solar Energy Project – $220,000
• Pool and Gym Light Replacement – $400,000
• LED Exit Sign Replacements – $5,500
• Xcel Energy Audits – $4,200
• VendingMiser Project – $11,000
• Campus-Wide Single Stream Recycling Program – $109,500
• Compost Program
• Toilet and Water Fixture Replacement – $75,000
• P.E. / Events Center Shower Retrofit – $55,000
• Hydration Stations – $64,800
• The Sustainable Campus Fair – $1,000 / Semester
• Mile Highdrogen Fuel Cell Project – $14,000
• Energy Dashboard and Utility Sub-metering Project - $160,000

The website URL for the campaign:

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