December 6, 2016                         Fall 2016 : Issue 6

The Environmental Center Celebrates:
The End of the Fall Semester!

The Environmental Center 2016 Fall Retreat!
To Our Community,

The semester is finally over even though it feels like no time has passed at all.

I began my journey with the Environmental Center this fall. Working for the EC has been a humbling experience because I get to work with some truly inspiring co-workers and fellow Fort Lewis students.

We are a community of students who refuse to be intimidated and overwhelmed by environmental and social justice issues. Instead we choose to come together in many different ways to create positive change.

The students at the EC are a committed to doing impactful environmental and social work for the college and the community. Our success depends on the relationships we create within the EC, with the FLC community, and all the people and organizations in our greater community.

It is these relationships that I am most inspired by. But I have learned through my work here about the reality of what else it takes to run a successful environmental organization. In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, I wish to make my appeal to ask that you consider a donation to the EC. If you feel so inclined: simply go to the FLC giving page, select the amount you wish to give, and on the next page click 'Select Fund' and chose the Environmental Center Fund.

I want to thank the EC team for a great semester!

On behalf of all the students at the EC, I also want to thank everyone who has supported us: past, present and future.

Sincerely,

Alexandra Lamb 
Environmental Center, ENVS F'16
Media and Communications Manager
Food Audit Results:
Congratulations Real Food Challenge Team!
 
The EC's Real Food Challenge team is excited to announce the results of our 2015-2016 audit!

Real Foods meet the national standards for being fair, humane, ecologically-sound, and or local!

In 2015-2016, FLC increased their Real Food Spending dollars from 2% to 7%
 
What does 7% Real Food look like?
  •  $94,500 went to Real Food purchasing at FLC over the course of our 9-month dining season.
  • 4.5% of our Real Foods were comprised of local foods and 94% were ecologically-sound
  • 37% of our Real Foods came from tea & coffee, 22% from beverages, 26% from groceries, and 6% from fish
Help us increase to 20% Real Food
Great news! -- The above numbers do not take into account our Vote Real shifts in tomatoes and potatoes (which have increased our food percentage by another 2.6-3%), or this year's increased purchasing from the Old Fort Farm and Campus Gardens.
Garden Results:
A Successful Semester for Local Food Security

This year the EC Campus Grown program produced over 500 lbs of organic food ...

This provided 1,345 meals for FLC students & brought in $1,387 to support next years garden operations!
We saved 1,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions

This food also provided fresher, more nutritious produce to campus because it was literally brought to the FLC dining hall kitchen within the same hour of being harvested and at the peak of freshness.
Energy Impact:  
Get a FREE Energy Efficient LED Bulb!

The EC's Energy Impact team is proud to offer the Light Bulb Swap-Out program for FLC students

Current FLC students can bring their old incandescent light bulbs to the Environmental Center (located in the SUB) to receive a LED replacement! Your participation in this program will not only give you a free light bulb, but will also reduce your energy consumption and save you and FLC money. 
 
Why switch to LED?  LED bulbs are 80% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and can last 20x longer. Nor do they contain mercury, unlike CFL bulbs. 
 
Through collective effort, we can influence the energy consumption both on and off campus and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Stop by to learn more about our energy efforts, other EI (Energy Impacts) projects, and how you can get involved!

LED bulbs generously provided by LPEA.
Zero Waste:
Waste Audit 2016!


The Zero Waste team performed a successful (if frigid) pilot waste audit of the Center for Southwest Studies waste stream. This project was in preparation for a larger campus-wide waste audit that our team will be heading up in Spring semester.



The waste audit found that nearly 1/5 of the total waste stream (by weight) could have been recycled.  Additionally, restroom paper towels alone accounted for over 1/5 of the entire waste stream!
Local First:
The EC is Selling Local Coupon Books!
 
Pick up this year's edition of the Be Local Coupon Book!

These books feature great coupons to many of Durango's awesome independent and locally owned businesses.

Favorites always include the 2-for-1 train ticket, discounted pints at all of the Durango's breweries, great meal discounts, offers on health and fitness and more!

These make for great holiday gifts, employee appreciation gestures and creative date prompts!
 
 
Cost: $20 - a portion of the proceeds benefit the Environmental Center at FLC

To buy : Come by the EC to purchase your book in person - cash or check only please (please make checks payable to Fort Lewis College)
A Hidden Gem of Fort Lewis College

By Kelkiyana Yazzie, Real Food Challenge Team

I would probably not have been involved with the Environmental Center if it wasn't for a friend who told me about it during my first semester at FLC. (Thank you Adam!) It amazes me now how many, but not a ton of people, utilize the EC and the amazing opportunities and experiences it offers. Read more . . .
Sharing Memories
EC Alumni: Tell us your story!
 
In many ways, the EC's most powerful work is what comes afterwards! When a student graduates from the EC, they take the values they learned here wherever they go throughout their lives.

If you are an EC alumni or someone that has engaged with the EC in a way that has felt significant to you, please tell us your story. We would love to share our collective story with our community as we celebrate 25 years of great work!

Please let us know how you were involved, and how, in turn, the EC helped inform your life's journey. 
 
Tell us your Environmental Center story here:


 
Support the EC When You Shop at City Market
  
If you are a City Market shopper with a rewards card, you can use your grocery shopping to support the Environmental Center at no extra cost to you!

All you have to do is sign up here:
  • Click on the Enroll Now button
  • Create an account
  • Register your City Market Value Card and when asked what organization you would like to support, type in Environmental Center and check the appropriate dialog box. 
City Market's Community Rewards program will make a donation to the Environmental Center each time that you make a purchase.
 
Get your groceries and support the EC in one fell swoop-it's like getting your cake and eating it, too! (food pun intended)
News & Updates
Extra, extra, Read all about it! 
Annual Impact Report

The EC's Annual Impact Report is now available for your perusal: 9078 hour of student efforts towards a more sustainable world, 79,000 lbs of food waste converted to compost, and a 5% increase in our Real Food percentage. Read the whole report here!
The Durango Herald:
The EC: A Feature Story!

FLC center cultivates students, environmental and social justice

Positive action, integrity, connection, creativity and discovery - these are the values of the Fort Lewis College Environmental Center that, for 25 years, has been training and equipping students to turn values into actions for their own, the community's and environment's, benefit.

Their work advances campus and regional sustainability with hands-on student-driven initiatives, and last year meaningfully engaged almost 4,000 FLC students numerous times in multiple projects and activities on and off-campus.

This year, the center is advancing four major initiatives - energy impact, real food challenge, local food security and zero waste - through which students shape their own personal sustainability ethic, gain confidence, learn what they are capable of and what is possible. . . Read More
Local Film:
The Fierce History of Now
 
Watch the Mini-Documentary produced by FLC's own Shan Wells documenting 25 years of change with the Environmental Center!

On October 2, 1991, a fully funded Environmental Center, or EC, opened its doors in an attic space in College Union Building, marking a permanent change in the way the school operates, and putting FLC on the maps as a green leader.

On this episode of Fortifact, we'll have a look at how the EC fits into half a century of expanding concern for the earth's systems. And we'll look at the the Center's emphasis on graduating students capable of becoming environmental leaders.

We'll also talk to some of the Center's builders, hear about its current goals and programs, and explore the EC's legacy as it prepares to celebrate 25 years of advocacy for the planet and its people . . . Watch it here!
Local 
FLC Summer Class!
Kathy Hilimire Presents: Ecological Agriculture

Course Description:


Analysis of garden and farm management as they relate to ecosystem function and environmental conservation.

Includes agro-ecological analysis of
nutrient cycling, population dynamics, species
interactions, and adaptation.

This course integrates lectures with experiential learning in analyzing and applying horticultural soil management, irrigation management, crop rotations, and
integrated approaches to pest and weed
management.
Comment on the Hermosa Creek Watershed plan!

San Juan Citizen's Alliance invites you to submit your comments 

Nearly two years ago, a tireless and diverse grassroots effort to secure protections for a local watershed culminated in the  Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act. Now the draft management plan is available for comment.

This community secured incredible protections for the Hermosa Creek watershed. Take a moment to make sure it is done right. The SJCA asks you now to 

In an effort to encourage more meaningful comments, we're experimenting with a new approach. Rather than create a pre-written letter, we are asking you to write a short personal letter drawing on talking points from our analysis. We've also created a blog detailing our concerns in more depth. We believe taking a few extra minutes to type the comments in your own words will translate into greater consideration by the Forest Service.'

Thanks for helping us ensure a strong finish to this successful collaborative process.
Environmental Job Postings & Internships!
Learn How to Farm!
Old Fort Incubator Project:
2017 Growing Season Application

Description: Join the Old Fort at the Hesperus Farm Incubator program to take the next step toward your goal of operating a farm in Southwest Colorado.

This program provides educational classes, access to land, water and much needed infrastructure (irrigation, post-harvest sheds, coolers and root cellar).

About us:
The Old Fort at Hesperus is a growing and multi-faceted answer to farmer training in the Four Corners region.

Welcoming everyone from college interns for brief summer experiences to incubator farmers ready to start a business, the Old Fort offers good (and challenging) growing conditions, supportive and knowledgeable staff, and rich resources for high elevation market farming.

To Apply: Contact Beth LaShell for more information!

Applications are due on Dec. 9
Community Stewards:
Tribal Climate Change
Resilience Intern

Who: The Tribal Climate Change Resilience intern will work with the Community Stewards AmeriCorps VISTA project to create a curriculum centered on supporting our VISTA members working across the country in the Native Climate Resilience Network (NCRN) initiative.

Where: Durango, CO

To Apply: Email Rachel Landis, FLC Environmental Center Coordinator, for more information.

The Community Stewards Tribal Resilience intern can have a schedule built to flex around school and additional work obligations.
National Park Service & US Fish and Wildlife Service:
Student Conservation Association Internships

Working closely with the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) has developed expense-paid internships aimed at providing students with the mentorship and hands-on experience needed to build a career in the conservation field.
 
Internships are found in a wide variety of fields--education, historical preservation, resource management, visitor service, and many others--but they all have one thing in common: they promote social, personal, and academic development, and pave the way for professional success.

Learn more at the National Park Service Academy!
Regional & Beyond
National Forest Service Offers Planning Guidance

The USFS Washington Office, working closely with members of the 2012 Planning Rule FedĀ­eral Advisory Committee, recently published the   Citizen's Guide to National Forest Planning an d a guide for state, local and tribal governments

These guides offer users an overview of the 2012 Planning Rule and describe opportunities for members of the public and state and local governments to participate in the forest planning process. They are hugely useful tool for citizens and local governments looking to effectively make their voices heard in the forest planning process.