EC Digest
Spring 2014: Issue 1
Coordinator's Note
by Rachel Landis

Six years of ski patrolling has drawn my awareness to a fairly interesting temporal phenomenon known as the Gravity Storm. On any given day in a patroller's life,  the radios will remain silent for hours...until that fateful period of 15 minutes when everything that can happen does---enter the Gravity Storm. These periods of syncronized activity are an incredible reminder of the nature of the work that we do, and inherently its value.


These past two weeks, I have been experiencing the most pleasant of Gravity Storms here at the Environmental Center---acute, closely-spaced reminders of why this Center exists and the immense import of the work that we are doing to empower our student body and cultivate their civic leadership. I have had the opportunity to meet with six new interns and share in their vision for the world that they want to see, but don't know yet how to generate; I have worked with our returning student leaders and been awed by the growth in their leadership capabilities that has come from the coaching adn opportunities they have received at the EC; and I have had the distinct pleasure of interacting with several incredible alums to learn about the creative, value-driven and proactive lives that they are leading as a sequel to the experiences they had here at the Environmental Center. 


I invite you all to join in our Gravity Storm of Good Things Happening at the EC and join in any of the student-led projects, programs and events that are arriving hot on the heels of February's arrival. 

In This Issue
Way to Go! Club Launched

The City of Durango has developed an innovative sustainable transportation program to reward those who choose NOT to drive alone! It works like an airline mileage rewards program...without the blackout dates! The more you choose sustainable transportation (biking, walking, busing, car pooling etc.) for your daily trips, the more points you earn. Points can then be redeemed for great rewards and also accrued toward milestone gifts.


It's easy to join and easy to log your trips! Just travel to the link on our web site: and sign up

Southwest Seed Library's Introductory Town Meeting
Sat, Jan 25: 1pm 
@ Durango Public Library Conference Center
Southwest Seed Library  is hosting an introductory town meeting this saturday. They will be accepting seed donations that day as well. See their website for information at 

Lecture: Wilderness Management: What's So Hard about Doing Nothing?
Mon, Jan 27: 6pm
@ FLC Center of Southwest Studies: Lyceum Room 120

The Center of Southwest Studies presents a lecture by Mark Stiles, a retired San Juan Forest Supervisor. The lecture is part of the Wilderness 50 Lecture Series

2014 Homegrown Food Retreat
Sat, Feb 21 & Sun, Feb 22
@ Fort Lewis College

Save the Date for the 6th Annual Homegrown Fodo Retreat. Sign ups and more info can be found at


Denver Foundation Non-Profit Internship Program

Each summer, interns partner with Community Grants Program grantees for a ten-week internship.  Internships develop students' leadership in the community, expose students to several aspects of the work of a nonprofit organization, such as programmatic work, fundraising, governance, etc., and introduce interns to a community of their peers who are also interested in improving Metro Denver.

Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project

The Hawaii Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project is looks for volunteers to monitor and protect endangered hawksbill sea turtles. They are looking for at at least a 10 week commitment between May until December. The position involves camping 6+ days a week and hiking 7-12 miles per day. Dorm housing and a food stipend are provided. Email hawksbillturtleproject for more information. 

Farmer Wanted for Cyprus Cafe's Garden
 Cyprus Cafe is looking for an individual or individuals who want to grow food for Cyprus Cafe and Eno's Kitchen. The garden is located 2 miles north in Animas Valley. If interested, contact Alison at or call at 970-769-1217
Campus Housing Recycling Survey

The Environmental Center is seeking resident's perspectives on the current campus housing recycling program. The survey only takes 5-10 minutes and you will be eligible for PRIZES


*only for those currently living in campus housing at FLC* 


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