Published: March 13, 2023

3-14-23 Staff Update

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Staff Info

  • Tomorrow  Wednesday 3/15  How to represent the E-Center (and future employers) Customer Service/ Public Interaction training
  • Paid training opportunity:  Recycle Like a Buff - Zero Waste 101 Canvas Course
  • Changes to campus Compost Guidelines!

Upcoming Events and Opportunities for Engagement

  • This Saturday Climate Justice Workshop: Housing and Community
  • Food Carbon Labels pilot, tabling this week and next
  • Student Scholarships for 2023 Colorado Summit for Recycling conference

Job Announcements

  • 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

How to represent the E-Center (and future employers)
 Customer Service/ Public Interaction Training
Wednesday March 15th, 6:30 pm  UMC 415-417

Identify common problems that Environmental Center staff face and learn how to succeed in building and maintaining professional, collaborative relationships with students, staff, faculty and community partners.   This is a professional development opportunity that will bridge to other jobs and experiences.  Dinner will be provided.  Friends of the E-Center are welcome too!  No RSVP needed, just show up!


Help test out a new Canvas Course:  Recycle LIke a Buff -- Zero Waste 101 Training!
The Zero Waste Outreach Team has created a new Zero Waste 101 Course that we are working to get integrated into New Student Orientation, but before we move forward, we need help testing out the course! This is a paid opportunity, and Environmental Center student staff can use their hours to test out the course. We are requesting that participants complete the pre-course quiz, 30-minute course, and post-course quiz. All together, it should take about an hour to complete. If you would like to test out the course, please complete it by Friday, March 24th.  Mark the shift on your time sheet as Zero Waste Outreach, and type "Canvas course" in the comments.  If you have any questions or feedback, email Ari at

Link to course:


New Changes to CU and Colorado's Compost Guidelines beginning April 1
Environmental Center staff should be aware of new guidelines to campus compost collections, and all along the Front Range, to clean up Colorado's compost. 

Updated campus guidelines can be found here:
For wider guidelines, check out these resources, which you can share with anyone with questions.



Upcoming Events and Opportunities for Engagement

This Saturday!
Climate Action Workshop:  Housing and Community
March 18th  9:30 am - 2:30 pm in the Idea Forge, Fleming

The E-Center Climate Justice Team spring semester workshop with the theme of Housing and Community will cover the history of CJ, including resilient housing models and communities from around the world.  We will be joined by former students Chelsea Castellano and Jackson Xia.  Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.  Register through Givepulse, spots are filling up!

We will start the day promptly at 9:30 am with Jackson Xia leading us through a Climate Anxiety Dance workshop, helping us to open our emotions around climate and embodying ways to act on those feelings.  Chelsea Castellano brings a wealth of knowledge around community organizing in relation to housing, including experience working in the Bedrooms are for People ballot initiative.  She will talk about the history of housing in Boulder and lead a workshop around creating a ballot initiative. 


Carbon Food Labels:  Action to reduce food-related emissions
Following the lead of the Cool Foods Campaign, CU's Climate Action Team is piloting putting labels on campus dining food (in the UMC Dining area) to help students make low-carbon-emission choices.   E-Center staff can help!  Sign up for a tabling shift to educate others starting next week; and  Take the carbon food labels survey


Apply for Student Scholarships for 2023 Colorado Summit for Recycling
Recycle Colorado is seeking candidates for its Future Leaders conference scholarship program.  The scholarship will provide funds for two college students to attend the 2023 Summit for Recycling May 21-23 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Learn about career opportunities in the recycling, composting, waste diversion, circular economy and sustainability fields, while connecting with private businesses, local government, nonprofits, and university representatives.  The conference agenda includes educational sessions, a variety of subject-matter experts, a business partner showcase, and fun networking opportunities.  Plus you get support from a mentor who is active in the industry.  Review eligibility and apply by April 14th at Recycle Colorado's website.


Job Announcements

Now Hiring for E-Center Climate Justice Team
Hiring in April for work in summer, fall and spring

Coordinate and collaborate to create Climate Justice initiatives and projects on campus and in local communities.  Promote sustainability and social justice through communications, service projects, trainings and outreach campaigns. Knowledge of social and environmental justice issues, ability to work collaboratively with a group to create and implement programs, and good presentation and writing skills required.  Connections and networks with diverse student groups or desire to create these connections, experience working with volunteer groups, and experience with planning events preferred.  $15 to start.  Apply here.


More Environmental Center events listed on our online calendar.



Past E-Center staff email updates

Pay Dates for the Spring 2023 semester

Two-Week Work Period Time sheet Complete and Submit Deadline Friday Pay Day (2 weeks after work period ends)
Dec 25 - Jan 7 Monday, Jan 9 January 20
Jan 8 - Jan 21 Monday, Jan 23 February 3
Jan 22 - Feb 4 Monday, Feb 6 February 17
Feb 5 - Feb 18 Monday, Feb 20 March 3
Feb 19 - Mar 4 Monday, Mar 6 March 17
Mar 5 - Mar 18 Monday, Mar 20 March 31 - Friday of Spring Break
Mar 19 - Apr 1 Monday, Apr 3 - day after Spring Break April 14
Apr 2 - Apr 15 Monday, Apr 17 April 28
Apr 16 - Apr 29 Monday, May 1 - Final Exams Week May 12
Apr 30 - May 13
** Last Day graduating seniors can work is Thursday May 11
Monday, May 15 May 26


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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).

  • 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). 
  • Your earned sick leave balance can be viewed on a tile in your MyCUinfo employee 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 accrued - any time off beyond your sick leave balance will be unpaid. 
    • 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.  
  • Always reach out to your supervisor with advance notification of any work you have to miss.
  • To request paid sick leave on your timesheet 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, especially if you work other CU jobs.  The balance in your MyCUinfo employee portal is correct - if you notice a discrepancy, get ahold of Dana to correct it in TSheets.
  • These instructions are available in every Staff Update, in the Resources section below.
  • 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

Environmental Center Job Postings