Published: Dec. 7, 2022

12-7-22 Staff Update

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Staff Info

  • Monday 12/12:  Staff Appreciation Sweets and Drinks at the Environmental Center
  • Congratulations E-Center December graduates!
  • Finals and Winter Break E-Center office hours
  • Spring events preview

Opportunities for Engagement over the Break

  • Winter Break Zero Waste Basketball work opportunities
  • Watch Right Here Right Now Climate Summit recordings
  • Watch Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education recordings through 12/31/22

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

Staff Appreciation Drinks and Sweets at the Environmental Center
Monday, December 12th
9:30 am  - 6:30 pm

Hot Drinks and Sweets

Take a break during finals and stop by the Environmental Center to fire up your engines with sugar, caffeine, and friends. 

The office will be open all day Monday for studying or socializing, with makings for hot chocolate, cider, plus some sweet snacks.    If you can't make Monday, stop by Tuesday morning to see if there are any leftovers!


Congratulations E-Center December Graduates!

Happy Graduation to the following student staff who complete their CU studies this month!  Click on the Kudoboard links next their names to add your congratulations to electronic cards for them.

Michael Creager

Bike Warehouse mechanic

Physics Engineering

Seth Greer

Zero Waste, (former EcoVisits)


Elsa Johnson

Climate Action Team


Landon Nurge

Bike Station Mechanic

Aerospace Engineering

Morgan Rose



Kendall Tinianov


Double major Psych and EBIO

Emily Vander Pol

Former Zero Waste Event lead



Environmental Center Office Hours during Finals and Winter Break

  • Now through Friday, December 16th - regular office hours, Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm
  • Monday, December 19th - Friday, December 23rd - office closed, staff working remotely
    • University Memorial Center (UMC) closed December 20th - January 1st
  • Saturday, December 24th - Sunday, January 1st - CU Boulder campus closed
  • Monday, January 2nd - Friday, January 6th - office closed, staff working remotely
  • Monday, January 9th - office reopens with regular office hours, Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm


Spring 2023 semester events preview

The Environmental Center is already planning for some great events next year!  Here is tentative preview, with dates and more info coming next semester:

  • E-Center student staff monthly luch meet-ups at the E-Center!  Tentative dates: Tuesday, February 7th; Wednesday, March 8th; Thursday, April 9th
  • Impact Accelerator workshops (with links to Sustainable CU grant funding, sustinability innovation microcredentials, President's Sustainable Solutions Challenge, and Climate Action Expo)
  • President's Sustainable Solutions Challenge pitch night
  • Campus Sustainability Summit
  • Climate Action Expo
  • and more!


Upcoming Events and Opportunities for Engagement over Winter Break

Zero Waste Basketball Game work over Winter Break

If you are interested in finding out more about or signing up for work on the zero waste crews at Winter Break basketball games, send an email to  

Right Here Right Now Global Climate Summit at CU Boulder - recordings available

Watch on-demand video recordings from last week's RHRN Summit:

Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education

On demand recordings of keynote speakers and select sessions and workshops can be viewed through December 31st.  Send an email to to get access to the log in to watch recordings.


See you in 2023!


More Environmental Center events listed on our online calendar.



Past E-Center staff email updates

Pay Dates for the Fall 2022 semester

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
Online list of all E-Center student and professional staff contact info

Follow Environmental Center social media channels!

  • Connect on LinkedIn
  • Redditor?   Upvote Anabel as she shares resources and engages in dialogue, and helps bring sustainability to the CU subreddit.  Search for posts @ justasustainablebuff
  • Tweet us
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Sick leave - Paid time off for CU student staff
All CU student employees accrue paid sick leave to help when you have to miss a work shift (for any work since Jan 1, 2021).

  • Always reach out to your supervisor with advance notification of any work you have to miss.
  • 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. 
  • Sick leave may be used for physical illness, mental illness, health condition, medical treatment or diagnosis, preventative medical care, or non-work injury, or to care for a family member.  It can also be used when an employee or family member has been the victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment and needs to be absent from work.  There are some other instances when sick leave can be used, which can be viewed here.
  • You can only request as much paid time as you have accrued - 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.  Note that the sick leave balance in TSheets is an estimate and may not accurately reflect your balance if you work other CU jobs.
  • 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 Job Postings

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