April 12 , 2018
The EC Digest helps you keep up with all the environmental, social, 'green', and sustainability happenings in our community. Every two weeks during the academic year, look for this this little gem of digital media to arrive in your inbox!

Scroll down to learn about Environmental Center events and happeningsto explore community events and initiatives, and to see the latest  job and internship postings   focused on environmental, social justice and sustain ability . . .  and of course, read our ever-anticipated introductory musings. Ready, set, go:
What Will a New President Bring?

Nope, I'm not talking about the White House. I'm talking about Fort Lewis College. In case you haven't heard, the college is in the middle of the search for a new President. While times of change can be unnerving and even downright scary, us here at the EC see this as an opportunity. It has been an opportunity to share our priorities alongside our fellow students, staff, and faculty. It's been an opportunity to think about what the next years hold.

Over the past weeks FLC has offered the opportunity for the campus and greater community to engage in an active conversation with the potential new candidates. During the open forums, we all had a chance to get to know the candidates better: to understand their priorities, their leadership styles, and their visions for the college. At the same time, it was a chance to see the priorities and concerns of our fellow FLC community members -- sometimes they were the same as ours, and sometimes they were quite different.

Now, the decision ultimately rests with the Board of Trustees. There is another opportunity for the public to comment between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in the FLC Student Union Vallecito room. We have been given the chance to be included and have a voice in this process, so we need to keep being a part! Here at the EC we hope to instill a sense of civic responsibility, to take part in opportunities to shape the future of our communities. Leaders are not just the people who are placed into positions of power; leaders are also those who push to ensure those positions are filled by the right people.

Keep taking part!
Marty Pool
Environmental Center Assistant Coordinator
Environmental Center and Campus HappeningsECHappenings
Events
Celebrate Earth Day with the EC and 'Leaf a Legacy'

Join the Environmental Center and Alumni Office to celebrate Earth Day and the 26 years of graduating change makers . . . by planting fruit trees!  Our day will begin with a real live BBQ featuring humane and locally-sourced meat and veggie options and conclude with digging in the dirt to plant and dedicate our new apple trees -- Heritage varieties generously provided by the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project.
 
If you want to honor someone you feel has "Leaf-ed" a Legacy, on campus and our community, please consider 'sponsoring' a tree. All proceeds will be used to continue to maintain and support the Environmental Center and our Local Food Security Initiative. To sponsor a tree,  please register here and we will follow up with additional information.

When: Sunday, April 22 from 12 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: The EC Orchard & Food Forest
(just north of Pine Hall on the corner of Rim Drive and Skyhawk Ave.

For more information about this event email Rachel at rllandis@fortlewis.edu. For more information about other Earth Day events, click here.
Garden Workdays Are Back!
Come on out on Thursday, April 12 for an awesome Spring afternoon pruning trees, prepping soil, and welcoming Spring into the orchard/food forest. No experience necessary! Please dress accordingly with sun protection and closed-toe shoes.
Get Ready for the Move-Out Collections!

When: Weds - Fri, April 25 - 27
Where: Outside Cooper, Animas, and Bader/Snyder halls
Cost: Free! Hence the name!

No more room in your car for all your stuff? Extra clothes or housewares? Don't toss it, DONATE IT! EC staff will be collecting goods for next year's Move-In Free Store and passing other goods along to local thrift stores.

Oh, and the regular Free Store is still happening these next two weeks.
Thursdays from 1 - 2:30 p.m. in the FLC Student Union
More EC and FLC Campus Happenings
Volunteers Needed for Installing Rainwater Harvesting System!

Looking for some pre-finals stress relief? Would digging in the dirt help?

When: Saturday, 4/14 and Sunday 4/15 between 8-4p.m.
Where: Environmental Center Campus Garden

The Environmental Center and Senior Engineering Design Seminar are looking for volunteers to assist with construction on our new Rainwater Harvesting System in the campus garden this coming Saturday and Sunday between 8-4p.m. Volunteers will aid with pipe fitting, metal siding installation and refilling the stand with gravel.

For more information or to sign up, contact Trujill Sandman tdsandman@fortlewis.edu.
Renter Efficiency Kits!

Save on energy, save on money, save the climate! The EC's Energy Impact team has partnered with 4CORE to bring renter efficiency kits to FLC student renters. Kits are FREE and include easy items like lightbulbs and water saving fixtures.

Interested FLC student off-campus renters (or soon-to be off campus renters) please  email mlpool@fortlewis.edu to request your kit!



Kits were funded by a generous donation from 1st Southwest Bank!
Reduce Waste and Cost - Surrender Your Dishes!

Each year reusable dishes, cutlery, cups and other items stowaway from the San Juan Dining Hall into the dorms. 

Please help us keep our prices at campus dining down, while reduce the number of these items that end up in the landfill. 

Return your dishes to the Sodexo Amnesty Box conveniently located in each residence hall during finals week.  Every dish, utensil and drinking vessel that stays out of the landfill is a victory! Many thanks!
 
For information on your Amnesty Box's location, talk with your RA.
Supporting the EC Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

The Environmental Center just joined Obsidian's Think Local Card™ Program, which provides us with a new source of funding to advance environmental and social change. This new payment card allows you to round up every Think Local Card purchase to the nearest $0.25, $0.50, or $1.00 and donate that money to support our mission.

Even better, the card rewards you for shopping at local businesses and giving back to our community. Each time you use the Think Local Card at a local business, you'll earn reward points that you can use to purchase awesome local rewards. Check out durango.thinklocalcard.com for more information.

The card works anywhere that Discover® is accepted. So just use your card the way you would use your traditional bank debit card, and you'll be keeping more money in Durango and supporting the EC!  Ready to do more good with less effort? Use the link below to sign up* for a Think Local Card today:


*IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROCEDURES FOR OPENING A NEW CARD ACCOUNT: To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens a Card Account. What this means for you: When you open a Card Account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see a copy of your driver's license or other identifying documents.
 
The Obsidian Think Local Card™ is issued by Central Bank of Kansas City, Member FDIC.  Discover® and the Discover Acceptance Mark are service marks used by Central Bank of Kansas City under license from Discover Financial Services. Certain fees, terms, and conditions are associated with the approval, maintenance, and use of the Card. You should consult your Cardholder Agreement, Privacy Policy, and the Fee Schedule available at https://thinklocalcard.com/legal.  If you have any questions regarding the Card or such fees, terms, and conditions, you can contact us toll-free at 1-855-929-0799. Customer Service is available 24/7.
 
Central Bank of Kansas City is not affiliated with the ability to earn points, rewards redemption or charitable donations. Central Bank of Kansas City does not endorse or sponsor these offers.
 
Come Honor our Mother Earth at the Hozhoni Days Pow Wow!
Click here for schedule and more information

The Latest Student Perspective from the Environmental Center Blog


By Grace Ann Robinson, Local Food Security 

On Thursday, March 22nd, the lives of many were born-a Great Awakening of sorts. It was the birth of herb seedlings! Fellow students came together for a union of growing their own food . . . continue reading . . .

Community Events & Opportunities
Local LocalHappenings
Events and Happenings in our Local Community
Make a Difference for the Future: VOTE in the LPEA Election!

If you pay an electric bill to La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) then you are a member-owner of our rural electric co-op. YOU have the power to affect the future of our electric grid and the transition to cleaner renewable energy. 

If you receive an electric bill, you'll receive a ballot in the mail.  Ballots will arrive in your mailbox around April 18th. All you have to do is fill it out and mail it back before May 8th!

Not sure who you want to vote for? Interested in learning more about the issue and the candidates? San Juan Citizens Alliance has been following the issue closely. Check out their website!
Join EC alumna Hayley Kirkman and other local artists at the
"Local is the Way" mural unveiling at Durango Joes!
On Earth Day, Sunday April 22, take part in the  Climate March  before heading up to FLC to Leaf a Legacy with the Environmental Center!
Make Your Voice Heard at the Next City-Hosted Open Forum on April 16th!

When: Mon, April 16, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 949 East 2nd Avenue
Cost: Free!

What do you value about living and working in Durango? The City of Durango is facing difficult budgetary constraints and needs input from citizens like you to help guide critical decisions regarding the limited resources we have to work with. Make sure your priorities, values and vision are part of the conversation by joining the City at a Community Forum on April 16th.

For more information, visit DurangoGov.org/Engage
The MAIN Event - Live Music, Food, Games, and Activities for All!

When: Sat, April 21st, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: North Main Ave from 26th to 30th street
Cost: Free and open to all!

Discover something new in the North Main District during the MAIN Event! There will be fun for the entire family including: live music, food, historical tours, a slack line, quarter pipe, tortilla making, chalk art, and more!

More info on the Facebook event page:
Food Justice Symposium

When: April 27-29, doors open at 6:00 p.m. on the 27th
Where: near Dolores, CO (more info upon registration)
Cost: $25 tickets at doors

There are two ways to attend this event: you can join in on Friday or Saturday night to hear keynote speakers M. Karlos Baca and Rowen White, or register to attend the Weekend Intensive for an in depth opportunity address racial inequity in the food system. 

More info can be found here, at the iCollective's website.
How Healthy Are Our Forests?
Learn more from 6 - 8 p.m. next Weds, April 18 at the Powerhouse Science center


April Green Drinks Hosted by Conservation Colorado and Thrive!
Old Fort CSA Shares are Going Fast! Get Yours Today!

Peak Season Veggies (only share remaining):
Weekly from August 1st - October 3rd, $210
Delighting in summer: zucchini, green beans, and tomatoes.
(with biweekly meat, $280)

Sign up here!
Opportunities Opportunities
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
Openings for Old Fort Internship Program

Learn about sustainable farming at high elevations! Fulfill your internship hours by joining the Old Fort team for 3 months of growing vegetables.

Download an application: Old Fort Internship Application 2018
Amazing Opportunity for Young Climbers and Outdoor Enthusiasts!

High Mountain Institute, or  HMI, offers
Gap Semesters in the American West and Patagonia, providing an uninterrupted journey of self-discovery, growth, and adventure through some of the world's wildest places.

For more information and to apply: https://www.hminet.org/about-hmi-gap-programs/
Paid Summer Internships with BLM

Western Colorado Conservation Corps is hosting paid summer internships with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)!
 
For more information visit: http://www.wcccpartners.org/blm-internships
Solar Panel Internship + Workshop

Solar Barn Raising is a local non-profit group providing support to homeowners interested in a do-it-yourself approach to installing their own solar photovoltaic (PV) system.  They are looking to hire interns to support the design and installation of these systems. Interns will be trained by an electrical engineer with extensive solar training and experience.

For more information and to apply, download this info sheet! 
High Country Conservation Center Summit CSA Internship
What is CSA?
What is CSA?
Apply to intern this summer at the Summit CSA farm in  Frisco, Colorado.   Interns farm 100-125 hours, complete a project, and are awarded a scholarship upon program completion.

Application Deadline: Fri, April 20

For more information and to apply: http://www.highcountryconservation.org/summit-csa/

Research and Extension Experience for Undergrads at CSU

Spend Summer 2018 in a  USDA-NIFA Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates (REEU) exploring your scientific interests and work with leading scientists at Colorado State University (CSU).

When:  June 3 - July 27, 2018
Where:  Colorado State University (CSU)

More application information at: https://tinyurl.com/CSUREEU2018
Apply to Be a Citizens' Climate Campus Leader!

Citizen's Climate Education seeks students who want to live as change makers and join the #PutaPriceonIt campaign, which activates young people on climate change.

Applications taken on a rolling basis.  Find out more information and  
Growing Spaces in Pagosa Springs to Hire Part-Time Greenhouse Gardener 

Pay is $15/hr and approximately 20 hrs/week (more in summer, less in winter).

Contact:  (970) 731-2120 or info@growingspaces.com or v isit  https://geodesic-greenhouse-kits.com/  for more info.

Buddy Program Job and Great Outdoors Colorado Positions - Roaring Fork Valley Area

The Buddy Program is seeking qualified candidates for a Program and Marketing Assistant position. Download application here:  Buddy Program Application

Two additional opportunities in the Roaring Fork region are funded through a Great Outdoors Colorado grant.  These are 3 year grant funded positions. Both are FTEs and will be employed through Garfield School District 16. They are looking for bilingual applicants, as well as people with strong project/coalition management experience. 
  • A Hub Coordinator will serve both Re-2 and D16 (school districts in western Garfield County)
  • An Outdoor Education Coordinator will serve D16.

For more info, visit: http://www.garfield16.org/employment-680235e3

Regional & Beyond
Further Resources and Opportunities
AASHE is Hiring a Paid Resources Intern

AASHE is now seeking applications for two PAID student interns within the Programs division: a Resources Intern and an Education Intern! Both interns, students at an AASHE member institution, will work from their virtual home office up to 40 hours per week during Summer 2018 and then continue during the 2018-2019 academic year at about 10 hours per week.

For more information and to apply, go to: 
National Young Farmers seeking Communications Director

NYFC seeks a Communications Director to be the point person on organizational and campaign-driven communications to the media, our members, elected officials, and the public. Based out of the Hudson, NY office.

How to apply: Send a one-page cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to jobs@youngfarmers.org Place "COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR" in the subject line. No calls, please.

For more information, visit: http://www.youngfarmers.org/about/jobs/
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