Published: Aug. 30, 2022

8-31-22 Staff Update

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Staff Info

  • Hold the Date: E-Center All Staff Gathering Thursday, September 15th
  • First Football game this Friday - sign up for paid Zero Waste shifts
  • Environmental Center student position openings
  • Front Desk shifts open for fall semester

Opportunities for Engagement

  • TOMORROW: Thursday 9/1 Bike Fest  used bike sales, music, games, free food and t-shirts!
  • Wednesday 9/7  Repair Your Wear sewing workshop
  • Friday 9/9  Bike Film Night  an hour of short films about biking
  • Saturday 9/10  Boulder Creek Community Clean-Up with the Climate Justice Team


And other Resources for student staff such as schedule of pay days, paid sick time info, staff contact list, and more.

Read on for details…


Staff Info

Hold the Date! Environmental Center Fall Semester All Staff Gathering
Thursday, September 15th
5 - 7:30 pm at Williams Village Center Community Commons

Plan to attend - put the meeting on your timesheet for pay.  Dinner provided.

All staff of the Environmental Center - students and professional - will get together in person to start the Fall semester with introductions, planning, training and community-building.  Activities will be at the Williams Village Commons Multipurpose room.  Meal cards will be distributed for dinner afterward in the Village Dining Center, which provides many options including vegetarian, vegan and allergy friendly choices.


Zero Waste Football - your help needed!
First game this Friday September 2nd

Zero Waste crews staffed by the Environmental Center make zero waste possible at CU Football home games.  Last year we composted and recycled 120,000 pounds of waste at football games!  Through the effort of over 60 student staff we were able to divert 88% of the entire season's waste from the landfill.

The first home game of this season is this Friday!  The game starts at 8 pm and there are several shift times available.  Post-game sorting crews will work late into the night, but we will have food available. 

Sign up here to work paid shifts through the E-Center.  Staff also get a free wristband so you can attend the game.


Student Job Openings at the E-Center

Interested in being involved in a different level of sustainability work while at CU, or know friends and classmates that are?  The E-Center has a few remaining openings for student employment.  See detailed descriptions and apply online at  

  • Food Justice Coordinator - Coordinate volunteers and couriers for the Boulder Food Rescue (BFR) food distribution sites at Athens Court on Tuesdays from 11 am -12 pm and at the UMC on Saturdays from 1-2 pm. Educate Buffs on our partnership with BFR and Feed the Stampede and why we do this; integrate themes of food justice, food waste, and the connection to the climate crisis.
  • Green Greek Coordinator Fraternity Representative - Responsible for recruiting representatives from each Greek House, leading bi-weekly meetings with reps, and spearheading the creation and implementation of effective zero waste and energy/water reduction strategies in Greek houses.
  • Outreach and Engagement Team - Hiring Incoming Freshmen to formulate and coordinate outreach activities to promote general Environmental Center resources and services, working within a team and across E-Center programs.  Table, poster, chalk; give presentations and campus tours; attend and support events including Ralphie's Green Stampede and other zero waste efforts, new student welcome events, residence hall move in and move out, Campus Sustainability Summit, BikeFest and more.
  • Zero Waste Assistant - Work you can feel good about by helping the CU Boulder campus reach its zero waste goals! Learn the business of recycling through hands on work as you sort/process/upstream recycling in the one-of-a-kind Recycling Operations Center located on campus.  Staff will gain practical knowledge on solid waste management, recycling markets, and warehouse operations management.
  • Zero Waste Event Lead Worker - Serve as Lead Worker for zero waste events to ensure that waste is minimized and properly sorted, possible driver responsibilities. Work at athletic games, concerts, special events, residence hall move-in and move-out, and other busy times on the Boulder campus. Weekend and late night work often required. 
  • Anticipated for the Spring semester:  Climate Justice Plan -  Support integrating climate justice and associated themes and principles into the University's Climate Action Plan (CAP) Update.  Primary tasks include working with the CAP Steering Committee and an external consultant team to incorporate themes of equity, justice, and resilience into each of the recommended climate action strategies/projects and to the plan overall


E-Center Front Desk Shifts available for Fall semester
Are you looking to supplement your E-Center work with a few extra hours every week, while also learning more about Environmental Center programs?   The following weekly shifts are open:

Mondays 12 - 3 pm
Wednesdays 3 - 5pm
Thursdays 3 - 5pm
Fridays anytime between 9am - 12:15pm, or 1:30 - 5 pm

Please email with your availability if interested.


When is Pay Day?
Student staff are paid biweekly, on the Friday two weeks following the end of each two-week work period.   For instance, any E-Center work submitted from August 21 through September 3 will be paid on Friday, September 16.

See a schedule of all Fall semester work periods and corresponding pay days in the Resources section of this email.


Upcoming Events and Opportunities for Engagement

TOMORROW Thursday September 1  Bike Fest  2 - 6 pm Farrand Field

Annual used bike sale, repairs, music by the E-Center's own DJ Dan Dasana, games, food and free t-shirts!

2 p.m. Games, food, t-shirts, vendor booths, bike repairs, music

3 p.m. First used bike sale

5 p.m. Games with a chance to win great prizes (even bikes!)

6 p.m. Final bike sale

Bikes will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for CU Boulder students


Wednesday September 7th Repair Your Wear Sewing Workshop  5:30 - 7 pm  at the Fleming Idea Forge

Come learn, connect with others and eat yummy food at this student-led workshop on how to sew and repair your clothing with hand and machine sewing techniques. Together we will prolong the life of the clothes we love and sew a more sustainable world of fashion! This event will start off with food and a presentation about the environmental and social implications of the fashion industry. Attendees will then go through two stations of sewing and learning how to repair their clothing by hand by machine.  Bring any damaged clothing you want to repair, but if you don't have any, we will have plenty of clothing and fabric to practice with!


Friday September 9th  Bike Film Night  6 - 7:30 pm in the Rec Center Icerink Overlook room

Enjoy an hour of short films about biking. Lineup includes:

White Vans | Bike theft and revenge documentary
Snow Warrior | Follow bike courier, Mariah, as she heads out every day before dawn in the bitter cold of the Edmonton winter
All Bodies on Bikes | Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky aim to make cycling more inclusive by showing that bikes are for all body types
The Amazing Nike Paths of Boulder | Ryan Van Duzer highlights the bike paths of Boulder
Cycling in Boulder | Exploring Boulder by gravel bike


Saturday September 10th Boulder Creek Community Clean Up
Join the Environmental Center's Climate Justice Team for a community clean-up at the Mapleton Mobile Home Park community, this Saturday April 16th from 1 - 3 pm.   Meet at 2365 Mapleton Ave, Boulder.  RSVP to


More Environmental Center spring events listed on our online calendar.



Pay Dates for the Fall 2022

Two-Week Work Period Time sheet Complete and Submit Deadline Friday Pay Day (2 weeks after work period ends)
Aug 7 - Aug 20 Monday, Aug 22 September 2
Aug 21 - Sept 3 Monday, Sept 5 September 16
Sept 4 - Sept 17 Monday, Sept 19 September 30
Sept 18 - Oct 1 Monday, Oct 3 October 14
Oct 2 - Oct 15 Monday, Oct 17 October 28
Oct 16 - Oct 29 Monday, Oct 31 November 11
Oct 30 - Nov 12 Monday, Nov 14 November 25
Nov 13 - Nov 26 Monday, Nov 28 December 9
Nov 27 - Dec 10 ** Monday, Dec 12 December 23
Dec 11 - Dec 24 
** Last Day graduating seniors can work is Thursday Dec 8
Monday, Dec 26 January 6, 2023


E-Center Staff Contact List
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Sick leave - Paid time off for CU student staff
Beginning Jan 1, 2021 all CU student employees accrue paid sick leave to help when you have to miss a work shift. 

  • For every 30 hours you work (beginning Jan 1, 2021), you accrue 1 hour of paid sick leave (.034 hr leave for every 1 hour worked). 
  • Sick leave balances can be viewed on a tile in the MyCUinfo portal, under CU Resources, My Info and Pay.  
  • Hours worked across all jobs at CU are eligible for leave that can be taken at any CU job. 
  • You can only request as much paid time as you have earned - any time off beyond your sick leave balance will be unpaid.  
  • To request paid sick leave for an Environmental Center shift that you have to miss, select "Sick (part time) Paid Time Off" from the Program drop-down list in your Quickbooks Time/TSheets timesheet, then enter the amount of time you want to take (within your balance available).  For sick time to be used at other CU jobs, check with your supervisor or departmental payroll administrator at that job to find out how to request sick time off.
  • Always reach out to your supervisor with advance notification of any shift you have to miss.

    Questions?  Reach out to


Work-Study:  What is it?  Are you Eligible?
Work-Study is need-based financial aid that allows students to earn money for college expenses by working a part-time job.   Work-study jobs are funded by the federal and state government and include both on and off-campus positions.  Work-study is a program that benefits both the employee and employer:  Students earn a pay check, as with any job, but a majority of the wages are paid by financial aid funds rather than the employing department.  When students with work-study awards work with the Environmental Center, our staffing budget goes further and we can hire more students!

Are you eligible for a work-study award?  First you have to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   CU Boulder receives a limited amount of work-study funding from federal and state sources each year. Not all eligible students receive a work-study award.  If you think you might be eligible, please check with the Student Employment office to find out more! 

Ergonomic Recommendations for Healthy Work Habits
When you work on a computer for hours at a time, proper office ergonomics — including correct chair height, adequate equipment spacing and good desk posture -- can help you and your neck, shoulders, wrists, and back stay comfortable and healthy over the long term.

The goal is for your shoulders, neck, back, arms and wrists to be relaxed and not stressed, reaching, or at angles.

  • The top of your display monitor should be straight in front of you or *slightly* below eye level
    • Use a laptop stand or books, box, etc on a table, to prop display up to correct level
  • Use remote keyboard and trackpad/mouse, preferably on your lap,  so that you are not reaching up onto a table or out in front of you, or bending your wrists to type/ point
  • When sitting
    • feet should be flat on the floor or on a footrest
    • back should be straight and supported by the back of your chair
  • Vary positions throughout the day.  Stand sometimes, sit sometimes.
  • Take lots of breaks.  Get up and walk around.  
  • Give your eyes a break too: Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds and focus on something 20 feet away.

More info and visuals available at:

Food Resources

Campus Financial Aid & Payment Assistance


Campus Technology

Health & Well-Being

  • And, anyone on the E-Center staff can provide you with information and resources if you or your family/friends/roommates etc. are struggling or sick and need help. We are here for you!  Email staff individually or at

University of Colorado COVID Updates and resources

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Explore AASHE resources and programs to find materials to support campus sustainability leadership, and ways you can develop and prepare yourself for entering the workforce.

Environmental Center Student Staff Handbook
A summary of best work practices and expectations for student staff

Environmental Center New Hire Information
Info for new student hires at the Environmental Center, including new hire forms, instructions for Direct Deposit, timesheets, required trainings, and more

Past E-Center staff weekly updates