April 2015
In This Issue

Earth. What a beautiful planet. Every day, 52 weeks a year, the Earth continues to rotate, giving us the rising sun, our birthdays and all of our favorite holidays in between. April 22nd marks the annual celebration of all this land has provided us with. The fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change manifest more everyday. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help the world write victories into history.

 

The Environmental Center knows just know much you love this planet and we have created a simple Earth Day guide to get you started giving this planet the respect it deserves.

 

Scientists warn us that climate change could accelerate beyond our control threatening our survival and everything we love. Join the largest climate petition to save the world and rapidly shift our economies to 100% clean energy by 2050 at http://www.earthday.org/ There are also other Acts of Green you can contribute to on this website. The Canopy Project plans to plant 10 millions trees in impoverished areas. For every $1 you contribute, they'll plant 1 tree.

10 Simple Steps to make a difference on Earth Day

 

  1. Vote for renewable energy: LPEA ballots come on 4/25. If you are interested in moving renewable energy forward in La Plata County, consider voting for your progressive candidates. Learn more at the LPEA Friendraiser on 4/23 at Open Shutter Gallery.
  2. Swap out your light bulbs. Why? Compact florescent light bulbs use less energy than regular light bulbs and last up to 10x longer.
  3. Plant a tree.. or 3! With Arbor Day on April 27th just around the corner from Earth Day, this is your chance to practice planting a fruit tree or any other kind of tree. Why? Trees remove CO2 from the air and help fight global warming. How? Check out your local nursery, they'll help you pick one out and give you planting advice!
  4. Turn off Lights and unplug all appliances. This couldn't be easier! Walk around your house, notice unnecessary lights that are on as well as cell phone chargers and appliances that are using electricity even though nothing is on.
  5. SAVE WATER!! Run washing machines and dishwashers only when they're full. Large loads=less water used. Take shorter showers by setting a timer. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  6. Carry your own Water Bottle. Reduce the amount of plastic waste in the world by simply carrying your own.
  7. Care for your body. Only put on your skin ingredients that you'd be able to eat as well.
  8. Upcycle used jars into cups. Instead of taking all of your glass to the Recyling bins, wash them out and repurpose them into cups or use them for flower vases. .
  9. Shop at Durango Natural Foods and let the cashier know that you want to Round Up. Cumulatively, the pennies and cents you contribute over the next months will help the Environmental Center purchase a solar-powered fan for our on-campus greenhouse.
  10. Use Social Media to spread the word about the need to save our planet and challenge your friends to do the same. Show us how you celebrate #EarthDay and tag your #NatureAdventure as #FLCEarthDay2015. Send them to us and we will feature you on the Environmental Centers Facebook page!

Environmental Center Happenings  

Here are some local events to show Mother Nature you give gratitude for all that she does:

 

Plastic Bags become comfy Sleeping Pads

Join the Environmental Centers' Local Food team member, Logan Loven for a workshop to learn how to creatively weave plastic bags into sleeping pads. Open to all! This is a great way to make sure those grocery bags stay away from the landfill. If you have a crochet hook and scissors, please bring them with you. If not, bring a smile!

When: Tuesday, April 21 (TODAY) from 3:00-5:00pm

Where: Senate Chambers, Student Union

Cost: FREE

For more information, contact Logan at lmloven@fortlewis.edu 

 

LPEA Progressive Friendraiser

In support of clean energy candidates for La Plata Electric Association's (LPEA) Board of Directors, the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado invite you for an opportunity to meet two LPEA board members running for reelection. Come earn more about local energy issues, the candidates, SASCO, and share your views with current board members.

When: Thursday, April 23 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Where: Open shutter Gallery (A solar powered business at 735 Main Avenue, Durango

Cost: FREE and open to the public (donations greatly appreciated)

To learn more information about the candidates, visit: facebook.com/bbassett.lpea and facebook.com/pages/Re-Elect_Heather_Erb_to-the_-LPEA-Board

Questions? Contact Katie Waller, Katie@redmountainsurgical.com (970)-759-3179

 

  

Follow the link to watch films about sustainability. Available for Fort Lewis College Students and staff!! http://docuseek2.com/v/x/7Xo also available and at FLC Reed library.

 
 

Fort Lewis Sustainability Webpage

Check it out- Fort Lewis has a new sustainability webpage to showcase all of the great things happening at FLC www.fortlewis.edu/sustainability 

   

 

Community Events & Opportunities


 

Durango Nature Studies' Earth Day 5k and Family Fun Run Celebration

Join Durango Nature Studies for our 6th annual Earth Day 5k and Family Fun Run Event. The race will start at Rotary Park. Apre's-Race: Music, Free beer and pizza, kids boat race. Even if you don't run, come out for an Earth Day Celebration!

 

Date: Sunday, April 26

Place: Rotary Park

Time: 11:00-1:00

Cost: $15 advance, $20 race day (includes backpack for first 60 registrants), $10 per family for 1 mile fun run

 

Race Registration: Brown's Sport Shoes, Backcountry Experience, or online at http://www.durangonaturestudies.org/earthday.htm 


 
 


 

April Green Drinks

Mountain Studies Institute is pleased to host the March installment of Durango Green Drinks Thursday, April 30th from 5-6:30 p.m. at Carver Brewing in downtown Durango.

For more information, contact: durangogreendrinks@gmail.com

 

A Friendraiser

In support of clean energy candidates for La Plata Electric Association's (LPEA) Board of Directors, the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado invite you for an opportunity to meet two LPEA board members running for reelection. Come earn more about local energy issues, the candidates, SASCO, and share your views with current board members.

When: Thursday, April 23 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Where: Open shutter Gallery (A solar powered business at 735 Main Avenue, Durango

Cost: FREE and open to the public (donations greatly appreciated)

To learn more information about the candidates, visit: facebook.com/bbassett.lpea and facebook.com/pages/Re-Elect_Heather_Erb_to-the_-LPEA-Board

Questions? Contact Katie Waller, Katie@redmountainsurgical.com (970)-759-3179


 


 

Colorado Permaculture Weekend

Experience 2 days of workshops and seminars while enjoying great company, exotic food and classic rock and roll. Marvel at Permaculture experts as they talk about their plans to turn the four corners into an oasis of abundance. Join Durango's own 

Katrina Blair and her wild Weed Walk

 and others at the 2015 Colorado Permaculture Convergence in the Four corners.

When: May 23 & 24

Where: Hanaiah's Rest Ranch, 10501 Road, Cortez, CO 81321. (Call to have a map emailed to you)

Cost: Student weekend tickets $25

For more information: Call 970-769-1351 or check the website at www.permacultureprovision.org


 


 Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

 

Food Recovery Network Executive Director Position

Food Recovery Network is the largest campus-based food recovery movement in the country. We empower college students to donate surplus prepared food from their campus dining halls to local food pantries in order to reduce waste, feed hungry people and fight climate change.

 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and an additional sheet containing three references, salary history, and any compensation requirements to hiring@foodrecoverynetwork.org. See flier for more information.

 

Ancestral Lands Intern Coordinator- Southwest Conservation Corps

The Intern Coordinator's primary role is to provide support to our Ancestral Lands-National Park Service Career Institute Interns and seasonal conservation crews by offering mentorship and guidance, moral support, and ensuring program integrity through policy enforcement and positive mentoring.

 

Application Deadline: May 10th, 2015

 

Send a cover letter and resume to Chas Robles, Program Director at chas@conservationlegacy.org or 970-403-0146 for questions about the position.  See flier for more information.

 

New Mexico Wildlife Federation (NMWF) is hiring

NMWF seeks Conservation Director and Development Director. New Mexico Wildlife Federation, which was founded in 1914 by Aldo Leopold and today is New Mexico's oldest, most effective sportsman's conservation organization. For more information visit their website.

 

Volunteer at the Manna Garden 

Manna Garden Workdays will be every Wednesday from 10 am - noon, April 1st - October 31st. All of the food grown in the garden goes directly into the Soup Kitchen meals and fresh produce boxes for Manna families. 

 

For more information visit http://www.thegardenprojectswcolorado.org/