March 28 , 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:

Some may not be familiar with this innocent sounding word and the disturbing implications it holds. The word recently come into common use at the Environmental Center, reflecting a national trend. Indeed, Meriam Webster lists this new-to-us term as a " word to watch ", even if spell-check doesn't recognize it yet. As defined, intersectionality means the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of bias combine, overlap or interact. This term, in effect, gives name to many of the unplanned and unintentional ways that exclusion and prejudice take place and explains how extreme marginalization becomes an insidious phenomenon of society.

As sustainability practitioners, we are tasked not only to create environmental solutions, but - in equal part - to enhance our social good. Key elements of this effort include building social justice, equity and inclusion. And, while I can hopefully assume that 100% of us are on board with this goal, putting it into practice can be tricky. We live in a world where the realities of others are unknown to us. Many of the barriers to equity and inclusion may be masked by the everyday structure of our world. The barriers may be  innocuous as a street address or the grocery store we shop in, but they are very real barriers nonetheless.

Our job, as curators of a better world, is to build awareness of these barriers -- to get to know ALL parts of our community, to see intersectionality at work, and to actively seek out solutions to break down the walls. Achieving these noble goals requires us to be humble enough to acknowledge that we need new tools in our toolbox; we need the right language, the skills, the perspective. Two Environmental Center students, Kaidee Akullo and Aolani Peiper, just schooled all of us on this mandate. Early last week, of their own accord, they signed on for the  Racial Equity Challenge, a 21-day email campaign intended to coach us on ways to build habits around racial equity in the food system. As always, our students have proven to be our teachers and inspiration. I am signing up in order to better build my toolbox to be an agent of change for the environment and social justice. I challenge you to take some time this next two weeks to do the same: engage in at least one thing to help you build your understanding and skills to address intersectionality, and then do at least one thing to fight against it.


Rachel Landis
Environmental Center Coordinator
Environmental Center and Campus HappeningsECHappenings
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.
Eating Animals: Educational Series by Our Real Food Challenge Team

For event details, refer to the flyer to the left or  download it here! The next event is a free screening of What the Health, Mon, Apr, 2 at 6 p.m. in Noble Hall room 130.  

Join the Real Food Challenge team for a deep exploration of the complex environmental, health, social and economic aspects of eating animals as part of our diet. 

Attend any or all of the series' events geared towards providing you with applicable information you can use to inform your personal food choices. If I eat meat, how much is a healthy amount? What is the healthiest meat option for me? Are there meats that have less of an impact on the environment? How do I get protein if I am a vegetarian? 
Free Store! Free Store!

When: Every Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: FLC Student Union
Cost: Free! Hence the name!

Free Thrift Shopping! Come by to find something new, every Thursday, while saving previous items from sitting in the landfill. 

We take donations, too! Stop by the Environmental Center with your items any time during normal hours to donate.

Learn more on our Facebook event page: 
More EC and FLC Campus Happenings
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 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  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.
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. These regionally endemic and beautiful trees are $200 each and will be paired with a plaque honoring the individual(s) you have identified. 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.
Catching the Sun documentary screening

Join Citizen's Climate Lobby and the Environmental Center's Energy Impact team for a screening of this inspiring film that follows the fascinating global race to become the world leader in clean energy!

When: Tues, April 10, doors open 6:30 p.m.
Where:  Fort Lewis College Sutdent Union Vallecito Room
Cost: Free!
The Latest Student Perspective from the Environmental Center Blog

Ali Scheig - Real Food Challenge Team 

I am currently working in conjunction with the Environmental Center and Sodexo to complete my senior research. I am writing my senior thesis on solutions to the waste produced at post-secondary educational institution . . . keep reading . . .

Community Events & Opportunities
Local LocalHappenings
Events and Happenings in our Local Community
Make Your Voice Heard at City-Hosted Open Forums

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
EC Alumna Hayley Kirkman to Unveil "Local is the Way" Mural Along with Other Local Artists
Registration Open for SWCD's Annual Water Seminar

When: Fri, April 6, Registration: 8:00 a.m., Seminar 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Doubletree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio
Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at the door

At Annual Water Seminar hosted on Friday, April 6 (hosted by the Southwestern Water Conservation District), experts will discuss just that: how wildfire impacts to water supplies, the state's response to emergencies such as the 2013 front range flooding, the western slope's risk in the context of Colorado River obligations and drought, as well as avoiding devastating infrastructure failure, among other related topics.

Third Annual Green Man Gathering

When: Sat, March 31, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Buckley Park
Cost: $10 Suggested donation, children get in free

A conscious living, fun-for-all ages, family friendly event that celebrates "Green" living -personal wellness, community wellbeing, and environmental health. Free stone-soup meal included with live music and a local, native, fruit tree giveaway for children.
Durango CCL March Meeting

When: Wed, March 28, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Irish Embassy Pub, underground room
Cost: Free, all ages and political affiliations welcome

Socialize from 5:30-6, order some food and drink, then join Durango CCL's non-partisan and dynamic group of community members who are committed to finding a National Solution to Climate Change. 
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.
March Green Drinks Hosted By SASCO & Durango Nature Studies!
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.

Click to download 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 or to apply today, visit
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:
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 have installed nearly 100 systems to date (around 500,000 Watts in total)!  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. They will then be responsible for the design and installation of PV systems for their clients.

For more information and to apply, download this info sheet! 
Colorado CCL Scholarship Deadline Approaching

When: CCL 2018 National Conference and Lobby Day, June 10-12

How Much: A trip to DC from Colorado costs about $1000 for airfare, hotel, registration, and meals. Scholarships of up to $800 will be awarded to applicants.

Deadline for Application: Sunday, April 1, 2018

How to Apply: Email the Colorado CCL Scholarship Committee at to request an application form. Applicants will be notified of their scholarship awards by April 18.
Durango-based Western Water Projects Specialist Position Opening

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) seeks a full-time Western Water Projects Specialist to formalize and scale up NYFC's Water Bootcamp series across the Colorado River Basin, and to provide drought and climate mitigation resources to Western farmers and ranchers.

Full-time opportunity. Starting salary from $42,000 - $45,000, commensurate with experience. More info at:

How to Apply: Send a one-page cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to . Place "Western Water Projects Specialist" in the subject line. No calls, please.
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:

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:
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 or v isit  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:

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