Community Relations and Sustainability
Integrity. Service. Excellence. Diversity. These values define University of the Rockies and our commitment to our community. From our beginnings in Colorado Springs with a free counseling center, to our current location in downtown Denver where we have been involved with a variety of charity groups, we are proud to be active members of the local community. As individual employees as well as the University as a whole, we are committed to making the world a better place and providing opportunities for all. Below are some of the many projects of which we are honored to be associated.
American Red Cross, Colorado/Wyoming Region
Over the course of the past century, Red Cross volunteers in Colorado have provided support for members of the military and veterans during and after every U.S. war; launched programs to teach water safety, CPR, first aid, disaster preparedness and other lifesaving skills; and provided aid during disasters large and small - here in Colorado, across the country, and around the world. University of the Rockies is a Ready365 Bronze Member.
B:CIVIC promotes and advances business philanthropy and community involvement for the betterment of communities across the State of Colorado. University of the Rockies is proud to be a founding member.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
Boys & Girls Clubs provide young people with opportunities to engage in programs that help them achieve academic success, take charge of their health by building healthy habits that will stick with them throughout their lives, and foster the skills they need to become leaders in their communities. In 2014, University of the Rockies proudly helped upgrade the Boettcher Branch Club’s computer lab and continues to partner on various projects.
Denver Public Schools Foundation
Denver Public Schools Foundation generates resources, builds relationships and champions public education to impact system-wide achievement and help every child succeed. University of the Rockies has supported the Denver Public School Foundation for several years. For the 2016-2017 school year, University of the Rockies is lending support to Valverde Elementary School with financial support, literacy tutoring and employee volunteerism.In During the 2015-2016 school year, University of the Rockies supported Maxwell Elementary School through financial support and literacy tutoring. In addition, employees from University of the Rockies, Bridgepoint Education and Ashford University partnered with DPS Foundation and beautified Harrington Elementary School, prepping the garden for planting, painting, organizing and providing general landscaping help, an activity performed for Smith Elementary School previously.
Mi Casa is among Colorado’s oldest and largest Latino-serving nonprofit organizations. Since 1976, Mi Casa has been dedicated to advancing the economic success of Latino and working families in the Denver Metro area. University of the Rockies is the Official University Sponsor of Mi Casa.
Previous community partners with University of the Rockies include:
Book Trust provides books for kids from low-income families—books that they choose themselves and that become their very own. Studies prove that book choice and ownership inspires a child’s passion for reading and contributes to developing strong literacy skills and becoming life-long learners. University of the Rockies has been a member of the Dr. Seuss Book Club.
Brain Tumor Alliance
The Brain Tumor Alliance works to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research while helping those suffering with a brain tumor have a better quality of life. University of the Rockies has been a sponsor of the 5K Walk/Run in Denver.
Junior Achievement prepares students for economic achievement and success through its local in-school and hands-on programs. For several years University of the Rockies participated in a Bowl-A-Thon to raise much needed funds as well as JA in a Day.
University of the Rockies is committed to environmental awareness, stewardship, and sustainability. Resource conservation and optimization through innovative practices are at the center of our program. The University utilizes optimal technologies within our facilities and supports systems that minimize impact on the environment and the Denver campus is housed in a Leeds Platinum Certified building. Some of the initiatives in which the University is involved are:
In 2014 University of the Rockies’ parent company, Bridgepoint Education, conducted a survey to evaluate the local public transportation’s program, EcoPass and its usage. 266 employees responded. Highlights of the report from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG):
- Employees rode transit for approximately 1,500,000 miles
- Community expenses saved approximately $860,000
- CO2 NOT emitted was approximately 700 tons
- Riders avoided using approximately 71,000 gallons of gasoline
The University is striving for a 100% recycling participation rate among employees. The goal is to reach and maintain a recycling rate score that exceeds the national recycling rate of 34.5% as reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Employees and students have the opportunity to participate in composting. Composting accepts food scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, wet paper towels and napkins, and other organic wastes.
The University provides receptacles year round for employees to participate in electronic recycling of computers, keyboards, mice, cables, modems, printers and copiers, TVs, radios, phones, audio and stereo equipment, DVD and VCR players, fans, gaming consoles, speakers, cameras, power supplies, extension cords, batteries, and more.