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Green Holiday Fair

  

Who

Students, instructors, faculty, staff, and followers

What

The average person spends $1,000 on holiday-related expenses each year. Learn how to save money, improve your enjoyment, and lower your environmental footprint. The Office of Sustainability will feature one sustainable practice for gifts, food, travel, decorations, and social interactions per day on our Facebook and Instagram pages. On Friday, November 19, we will send an email with a Green Holiday Guide that includes all of these practices. You are welcome to share your practices with us using the hashtag #GreenHolidayFair.

When 

November 15-19, 2021

Where

On PPCC Sustainability's Instagram Page and Facebook Group.

Green Holiday Practices

Gift Practice

Give items that you are confident the recipient will find useful and meaningful. Alternatively, consider planning a meet-up or an activity with this person. 

Sustainability Benefits
  • Financial: Save money on the purchase of needless gifts.
  • Social: Avoid an awkward situation with the recipient not liking the gift.  
  • Environmental: Avoid items going unused or ending up in the landfill. 
Travel Practice

Learn how to check your tires, fluids, and wiper blades before traveling for the holidays.

Sustainability Benefits
  • Financial: Save money from having to get your car towed and repaired.
  • Social: Avoid the inconvenience of getting your car repaired during your trip.
  • Environmental: Extend the life of your car and avoid having to replace it.

Resource: Kelly Blue Book's 10 Tips on How to Winterize Your Vehicle

Decoration Practice

Buy or cut down a real Christmas tree if you do not already have a plastic tree. You can buy a tree from a local tree farm or purchase a permit to cut one down in the forest. 

Sustainability Benefits
  • Financial: Invest in local businesses and sustainable stewardship of forests.
  • Social: Plan a family experience around choosing and decorating a real tree. 
  • Environmental: Recycle your real tree with a local landscaping company after the holidays.
Resources: U.S. Forest Service's Christmas Tree Permit Information and The Nature Conservancy's Real vs. Fake- Which Christmas Tree is Better for the Environment?
Food Practice

Avoid overeating while enjoying delicious holiday meals. Limit snacking between meals, serve yourself smaller portions, and stay in tune with feeling full.

Sustainability Benefits

  • Financial: Save money by having more leftover food for future meals.  
  • Social: Avoid falling into perpetual food comas throughout the day. 
  • Environmental: Reduce the amount of wasted food.  

Resources: PSYCOM's How to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays and Mayo Clinic's 7 Tips for Raining In Holiday Overeating

Social Practice

Visit family and friends with an open and positive mindset. If you feel uncomfortable, redirect the conversation to a different topic, such as the one you share an interest in.

Sustainability Benefits

  • Financial: Make the most of the money spent to visit family and friends.  
  • Social: Maintain healthy relationships with family and friends.
  • Environmental: Make the most of the environmental impact of traveling to visit family and friends.

Resources: Very Well Mind's How to Navigate Difficult Conversations During the Holiday Season and Harvard Health Blog's Navigating Tricky Relationships During the Holidays

Download the Complete 2021 Green Holiday Fair Guide

Sustainability Club

PPCC Sustainability Club

Who

Students

What 

Grow your network, develop emerging skills, adopt sustainable habits, and participate in real-world projects. The Sustainability Club is a student organization with the purpose of bringing awareness, advocacy, and education about sustainability issues and lifestyle habits. You are welcome to participate in the Club’s activities when you have time.

When and Where

To join the movement, fill out the contact form at the bottom of the webpage and we will get you connected.

GreatSandDunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park Trip

Who

Limited to the first 30 students that register.

  • Guests are not permitted on this trip.
  • Please only register if you are certain you can attend. We anticipate this trip filling up quickly. 

What

Join us as we explore the tallest sand dunes in North America, wade in the water during peak surge flow on Medano Creek, and discover plants and animals that live in ten different life zones. During this three-day and one-night trip, you will have the opportunity to camp, hike, swim, sandboard, and stargaze with other students while visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park. 

When

  • Tuesday, May 24: Travel and set up camp*
  • Wednesday, May 25: Enjoy various activities at the park
  • Thursday, May 26: Break down camp and travel back*

*Exact departure and arrival times will be determined as we get closer to the date of the trip. 

Where

  • Leave from and return to the Centennial Campus. 
  • Visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (near Alamosa, CO).
  • Camp at the group sites at the Pinon Flats Campground at the park.

Important Details 

  • You must ride in the free shuttle since parking is limited at the campground. 
  • You must be on time for departure and stay for the duration of the trip. 
  • We will hold a pre-trip information session during the Spring Semester 2022 to cover important information, field questions and complete any paperwork and training. 

Included:

  • Transportation (shuttle buses)
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Campground Fee
  • Meals at the campground 

Not Included:

  • Two lunches while traveling to and from the park. We may plan to eat lunch at a restaurant on the drive there and back. 
  • Camping and activity gear (tents, snacks, backpacks, hydration packs, sleeping bags, sand boards, etc.)

This first of its kind trip is hosted by the Fitness Center, Office of Sustainability, Student Government Association, and Events and Activities Board. 

Register Here Submit Questions Here

Online Activities

Here is a list of free online activities that you can access anytime. We are not responsible for the content and security of these pages. Use the contact form below to recommend an online activity or notify us of any issues. 

Recycling Roundup by National Geographic Kids

Help clean up the park! Your job is to sort the stuff people throw away and put it in the proper bin. Is it recycling, compost, or trash?

Litter Critters by ABCya

Learn the basics of recycling with the Litter Critters! Kids will sort trash into four different litter categories: recyclables, compost, electronic waste, and landfill waste. In Easy Mode, users sort trash into one category of litter at a time. In Hard Mode, users must sort trash into all four categories at once.

Recycle City by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Recycle City Challenge will test your knowledge of how everyday decisions can cut waste and energy use – at home, school, and throughout your community. In the Dumptown Game, you're Dumptown's new City Manager! When you begin, you'll see Dumptown at its worst – it's littered, polluted, and nothing is being recycled or reused. In your new position, you can start programs that encourage Dumptown's citizens and businesses to recycle and reduce waste. You'll be able to track costs and benefits – and see the results!

Coming Soon...Sustainability Literacy Test by Sulitest.org 

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Trash Art Competition

Who

We challenge you, PPCC students, to look at trash differently, seeing beauty and potential where there is waste.

What

We invite you to use your resourcefulness and creativity to create art from reused materials that illustrate one action you have taken to restore our earth.

When

Competition: February 1 – 22

Voting: February 23-24

Show: February 25 (online and possibly in-person)

Where

PPCC Sustainability's Instagram Page and Facebook Group.

Awards

  • 1st Place and a $500 Bookstore Gift Voucher
  • 2nd Place and a $300 Bookstore Gift Voucher
  • 3rd Place and a $100 Bookstore Gift Voucher
  • People's Choice and a $50 Bookstore Gift Voucher

Resources

Trash Art Competition Guidelines: Learn about the competition rules, judging criteria, and step-by-step instructions for creating your artwork.  
 
Trash Art Competition Participant Waiver: All participants must complete a waiver before they are officially entered into the competition. Use Adobe Acrobat to open and complete the form digitally. 
 

Trash Art DIY Videos: Visit the PPCC Sustainability's Youtube Channel to watch videos that walk you through step-by-step on how to create trash art. 

Trash Art Examples: Visit PPCC Sustainability's Facebook and Instagram pages for more examples and inspiration. 
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Creek Cleanup

Who

The Creek Cleanup is open to the public. Your family, friends, and classmates are welcome to join us. All youth/child volunteers aged 8 years through 17 years must be supervised by a responsible adult aged twenty-one (21) years or older, with a ratio of one adult per four (4) youth/children. One adult must be paired with one child under the age of 8 at all times.

What 

Help us pick up litter along our adopted portion of Monument Creek. We partner with Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup: Pikes Peak Partners in the spring. We join the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District's Creek Week Cleanup in the fall. 

When

Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 -11:00 am

Where

Goose Gossage Park at 3950 Mark Dabling Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (look for yard signs directing volunteers to the staging location)

What to Bring

  • Masks (optional)
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Sturdy closed-toed shoes
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Sun protection
  • Note: Make sure to go to the bathroom before leaving your home

What Supplies We Will Provide

  • Gloves
  • Trash Bags
  • Trash Grabbers (limited number)

Register Here

Colorado Bike Month (June)

Who

PPCC Students

What 

Win a PPCC Bookstore gift voucher by taking a selfie riding your bicycle and posting it on our social media pages. You must say in your post which category you are submitting for. You can submit pictures for multiple categories to increase your chances of winning. However, you can only win one gift voucher. Pictures will be assigned a number and randomly selected using a random number generator tool. A wheelchair or adaptive cycling equipment counts for this competition.  

When

June 2022

Where

Facebook, Instagram, Email

Competition Instructions

Step 1. Take a selfie doing one of the following:

  • Mountain Biking
    • $25 PPCC Bookstore Gift Voucher
    • The picture must capture you and your bike on a single or double track trail set in the backdrop of nature.
  • Commuting
    • $25 PPCC Bookstore Gift Voucher
    • The picture must capture you, your bike, the sign for your work, a college campus, or the business you are running for an errand.
  • Family and Friend Bike Ride
    • $25 PPCC Bookstore Gift Voucher
    • The picture must capture you and at least one other friend or family member on your bike. You do not need to have your friend or family member's faces in the shot.
  • Fun Ride
    • $25 PPCC Bookstore Gift Voucher
    • The picture must capture you and your bike in your neighborhood or nearby park or trail.

Step 2. Post the selfie on PPCC Sustainability's Facebook or Instagram page. You can also email the picture to sustainability@ppcc.edu. Ensure you provide a short description of your bicycle ride and what category you are submitted it for.

Step 3. Please take a look at other student's posts and comment on them. At the beginning of July, we will randomly select the winners. We will contact them and arrange to have them pick up their gift vouchers. We will combine all of the submissions into an album for our social media followers to view.

Why

Pikes Peak is a premier bicycling region in Colorado. To celebrate bicycling for transportation, fun and health, Colorado has designated each June as Bike Month. At the same time, Colorado joins a nationwide effort to encourage cycling novices and enthusiasts to experience the fun and freedom of safely riding a bike to work, school, errands and recreation.

While Bike to Work Month is still in June, Bike to Work Day has been postponed due to COVID-19 to Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Resources

  • Google Maps: Use this tool to navigate the many trails in the region.

  • PPCC Bike Month 2020 Youtube Playlist: Watch our Sustainability Coordinator, Konrad Schlarbaum, commute to and from PPCC while also sharing biking tips and safety information. 

  • Colorado Bike Month: Use this source to learn what Bike Month is all about and additional resources on bike safety. 

  • Bicycle Safety Tips: Use this source to view a bike safety presentation, videos, and guide. 

  • Overcoming Excuses: Here a few common reasons people don't bike and how to overcome them. 

  • Bicycle Efficiency Tips: Use this source for a few tips on good bicycle practices.

  • Colorado Springs Bike Maps: Interactive map of different bike trails in Colorado Springs.

  • Local Bicycle Organizations

    • Bike Colorado Springs: Use this resource for biking from maps, information on where to park your bike, and biking clubs to get involved in throughout the city. 

    • Trails and Open Space Coalition: Find trails and open spaces around Colorado and learn about local projects, news, and events.

    • Kids on Bikes: Learn about the Earn-a-Bike program for kids and how Kids on Bikes helps our community. 

    • Mountain Bike Project: Find bike trails throughout the mountains with a quick search on the site. Obtain detailed information about trails such as what to expect, how to get there, and local businesses near the trails. They also have a free app that works without cell service and features the bike trail maps, conditions of trails, and where you are on the trail.

    • Adaptive Cycling Equipment: Discover resources and opportunities for riders with disabilities and injuries, as well as older adults who want to learn about modifying how they ride.

Seed Bomb Drop-in Workshop

Who

PPCC Students, Faculty, and Staff

What 

Learn how to make seed bombs out of clay, compost, and wildflower seed. These bombs do not require water to grow and can improve areas where it is difficult for plants to survive. We will have plenty of materials for you to make many seed bombs. There will be an opportunity at the Centennial Campus to throw them in designated areas in the Courtyard.

When and Where

TBD

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Contact Us

Location: Centennial Campus, Room C-203

Email: Sustainability@ppcc.edu

Phone: (719) 502-2342

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