Earth Day on April 22 is just around the corner, so if you’re an environmentalist, a tree-hugger or a simple outdoors lover, you’ll want to take action. Here in outdoorsy Colorado and eco-conscious Denver, there are plenty of opportunities to pitch in, help out and show your love for the planet.
Volunteer or party in downtown Denver
- Party for the Planet at the Downtown Aquarium, April 20
- Earth Day Denver at the Wellington Webb Building, April 22
- Fueling the Future at the Colorado State Capitol, April 22
- Earth Week Festival on the Auraria Campus, April 24-25
- Earth Day Clean-up in Confluence Park, April 27
Winning awards for saving energy
The North Classroom renovation project received an award for energy savings at the Xcel Energy Efficiency Expo. The project – which touched 32 classrooms, as well as mechanical and electrical systems on all five floors of the 1987 building – realized the greatest gas energy savings of any Economic Development Administration project in Colorado in 2018. Funded by CU Denver, the project was a collaboration between CU Denver Facilities Management and the Auraria Higher Education Center.
Celebrate nature in the Rocky Mountains
- Free entry to all National Parks, April 20
- Waterfall hikes recommended by an outdoors expert
- Mountain hikes recommended by a Colorado trail guru
Preserving wild places with data
Five graduate students in Geography & Environmental Sciences are putting their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills to use for the environment through internships with the National Park Service (NPS). Morgan Cameron, David Smith, Caroline Hildebrand, Robert Lavie and Justin Culman design, create and support NPS geospatial services, such as web mapping, national datasets and web content management. Through these unique paid internship positions, they’re acquiring professional experiences, building their portfolios and helping preserve our nation’s wild places.