October 24, 2018
Welcome to the Environmental Center (EC) Digest for the 2018-2019 academic year!

Every two weeks, this little gem of digital media will arrive in your inbox full of all things environmental, sustainable, socially responsible, and just plain "green."

Scroll down to check out:
  • Environmental Center happenings
  • Community and campus events, initiatives, and opportunities
  • Jobs, internships, workshops and trainings postings

And of course, our ever-anticipated (and always thought-provoking) EC Musings.


I don't understand people that don't vote. I've never heard a convincing argument for not voting. So here's my quick rebuttal to both genuine and lame arguments for not voting:

It's boring - make it not boring! Invite some friends over for some food and drinks to discuss the issues and candidates. If you want to be private, make a personal list of how you plan to vote based on what you learn at the party, less worried about your voting record around your friends? Fill out your ballot then and there!

It's complicated - other people have done the research for you! Find a person or non-profit organization you trust and see what candidates and issues they endorse. Compare the "YES on ___" and "No on___" websites and look for more endorsements there. Pro tip: newspaper editorial boards are not neutral, they are biased, but bias isn't bad as long as you're aware of the bias. For truly neutral information use the Colorado Legislative Council blue book, or use a site like Ballotpedia.

My vote doesn't matter, it doesn't make a difference - really? Do you use that logic for everything in your life? Just because you're one person in a group of many automatically means your actions are hopeless? Wow, what an inspiring philosophy to live by. If voting is so insignificant, I suggest you save up and visit a country where people can't vote and see how great it is there. Meanwhile, I'll be here. Voting.
Marty Pool, EC Coordinator
Environmental Center Happenings
Snag your ticket before it's gone... 6 days until Climate Change Solutions!
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. The conversation is shifting from "What does a changing climate mean for the future?" to "What do we do about it?"

Join climate scientist and author Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, the Office of Senator Michael Bennet, Yale Climate Connections’ Karin Kirk, and Dr. Travis Rieder, a Bioethicist at Johns Hopkins for an inspiring evening where we explore the science and solutions surrounding climate change .

Date & Time: Tue, 10/30; Two duplicate sessions: 12:30 PM (12 PM doors) and 6:30 PM (5:30 doors)
Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
Cost: $15; FLC students/employees and community students free with school ID
We're Partnering with SJCA This Week to Host Green Drinks! Don't Miss This One...
Our Campus Garden Needs You!

Join EC staff Grace Ann and Tristan every Thursday to help bring in the rest of this year's harvest. Learn about sustainable farming and be healed during the school day by our garden's rich soil and great community. Wear clothes that can get a little dirty!

When: Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: Campus Garden - adjacent to the Community Concert Hall
Check out the Free Store

Get some free stuff! And donate your old stuff while you're at it. Be thrifty and keep usable goods out the landfill by visiting our Free Store.

When: Thursdays 12 PM- 2 PM
Where: The Student Union quad or lobby
Cost: Free! But we do auction some items off to help support the EC and Free Store efforts.
Hey! Did you know you can raise money for the EC by doing your normal grocery shopping? It's true!

Available for anyone with a City Market Rewards Card
  1. Go to http://www.citymarketcommunityrewards.com and login (or create an account if you haven’t already).
  2. Once logged in go to the “Community Rewards” section under My Account
  3. Enroll in supporting the Fort Lewis College Environmental center (organization AJ646)
  4. Shop at City Market, use your standard rewards ID, and a the EC will receive a donation from City Market at no charge to you!
Volunteer Opportunities
Join the EC's New Volunteer Force!
Are you interested in the environment, but busy with a million other things? Want to help with the Free Store but not every week? Well, we have just the thing for you!

This year, we kick off our EC Volunteer Force , our new way of connecting you, our beautiful and passionate environmental friends, with a space to help your ideas come to life.

Join our weekly meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-3:30 PM!

Until then, stop in our office and say hi! We'd love to learn more about you and what you're interested in!
Community Events and Opportunities
Events and Happenings on Campus
Dorm Spotlight: Bader Snyder Introduces Composting Initiative

The Fort Lewis College Bader Snyder Student Housing Complexes in partnership with Table to Farm Compost brought composting into the residence halls for the 2018-2019 academic year. With the designation of the “Adventure House,” they feel it is important to pair their enthusiasm for the outdoors with a commitment to environmental sustainability. The Sustainability Initiative Grant Committee provided the funding to compost in the residence halls. They are also exploring different forms of marketing to determine the most effective way to communicate composting to dorm residents. Go Bader-Snyder!
Events and Happenings in our Local Community
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
Education Garden Jobs Available at the Old Fort

Interested in growing local food? We're seeking two work study students to work in the Education Garden at the Old Fort. Part of the Old Fort's Sustainable Agriculture program, the Education Garden produces food year-round for the campus community and beyond using two large high tunnels. You can get your hands in the dirt even when it's snowing outside! Students learn the basics of garden bed preparation, harvest and processing, cover cropping, irrigation, and more. Fall Semester work study focuses on preparing the garden for winter, processing storage crops like carrots and potatoes, assisting at campus Farm Stands, and more. Spring Semester work study includes sowing seeds, harvesting greens, and also assisting at Farm Stands.

To apply and view the posting, go to to Skyhawks Job Source . Applicants must have reliable access to a car. Pay is $12/hour. Please contact us with any questions! theoldfortathesperus@gmail.com
Gates Family Foundation Hiring for Entry-Level Position!

The Gates Family Foundation is seeking to hire a new Program Associate (entry-level) or Program Officer (for more experienced candidates) to support the Natural Resources and Community Development team. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume no later than November 2. Details are at link below.

This position is based in the Foundation’s Denver, Colorado office. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The Foundation also offers excellent benefits and a flexible work environment.

Regional & Beyond
Further Resources and Opportunities
Southwest Intertribal Food Summit This Weekend in Taos!

Enjoy Historical Presentations including: The Pueblo Revolt, The Return of Blue Lake, 'Tribal Leaders and La Donna Harris', Indigenous Foods, Hands-on Workshops, Culinary Teachings with Native Chefs and a Traditional Pueblo Feast in the Pueblo Village.

Join the BFR Team and Have the Coolest Job EVER
Boulder Food Rescue is hiring a full time Logistics Director to work with their team to support the every day logistics and maintenance of their Food Redistribution Program.

Check out more info and download the job description on this awesome position at their website: https://www.boulderfoodrescue.org/logistics-director/
Low Income Solar Opportunities!

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) has implemented two cost-effective low-income solar energy offerings as part of an effort to comprehensively address household energy burden. Find out more about the programs at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/energyoffice/low-income-solar
EC Musings
Woah! You made it to the bottom of our newsletter! Good stuff huh? In future weeks, check back here for thoughts and stories from the EC students and staff. For now, all we can say is thank you for being part of our great community, and we hope to have you connect with us throughout the coming year.
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