October 11, 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.

On Tuesday at the candidate debate at Fort Lewis College, candidates were asked a yes or no question: “Do you believe that it is extremely likely that the climate is changing and humans are the primary cause.” Don Coram, the current Colorado House Representative for District 6, did not answer yes or no, but simply: “Change is a constant.”

It’s an interesting response. It’s true, and actually quite thought provoking, even if it completely dodges the question at hand. Change really is a constant, but determining how we shape that change is what our democracy is all about. What do we stand to gain or lose from a possible change? It’s up to all of us to determine if we think a given change is a good thing or a bad thing, and whether we want to fight for change or whether we want to keep things the way they are.

This year has been one of change here at the Environmental Center. I've stepped into the Coordinator role after two years as the Assistant Coordinator. We have a brand new (and awesome) Assistant Coordinator, Sadie. We launched our new Eco Roadshow pre-campus Peak Experience. We created a new Outreach team and Volunteer Coordination effort (more info below!). We launched an amazing partnership with the Good Food Collective, and so much more! But we've also stood by what we know works: providing a place for students to learn, grow, and feed their desire to create a better world. This year, we'll be hard at work pushing for the kind of positive changes we want to see on campus and in our community.

So remember what that famous bumper sticker once said: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Marty Pool, EC Coordinator
Environmental Center Happenings
We're Just a Couple Weeks Out, Snag Your Ticket Today!
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
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!
Bring in the Last of Durango's Fruit Crop with GFC
Come on out at 4:30 PM every Thursday to help bring in the last of our local apple harvest, take home some amazing local fruit, and feed our community! Each Thursday during the growing season, join our Good Food Collective team as we head out to backyards in our area to harvest otherwise unwanted fruit. Take some home at the end for free, too! Check out the event page on FB for more info:  https://bit.ly/2Cybh6n
Help Us Poster For Climate Change Solutions!
In a time when our river is the lowest it's ever been, fires are burning everywhere, and our precipitation is suddenly coming earlier and heavier than normal, many of us know that something's up. Help us advocate for Climate Change Solutions by getting the word out!

Are you looking to get some energy out after this dreary week we've had? Do you like walking/biking around Durango with your friends? Of course you do ... the Outreach Team needs help putting up posters around Durango for Climate Change Solutions and it sounds like you're the one to help.

Grab a friend and contact Anna, our Media & Communication Manager, with your available times at afthorne@fortlewis.edu to sign-up and to collect necessary supplies.
Community Events and Opportunities
Events and Happenings on Campus
Learning to live with megafires presentation 10/12

Award-winning journalist and University of Colorado Boulder instructor Michael Kodas will share insights about the causes and consequences of megafires, gained from extensive interviews with firefighters, incident command teams, resource managers, policymakers, scientists and citizens.

When: Friday Oct. 12, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m
Where: Powerhouse Science Center
Events and Happenings in our Local Community
Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project, MORP for short, invites you to their Orchard Social to celebrate our area's fruit-growing heritage this Saturday in Mancos. Here's a glimpse of the fun to come:
  • Annual Heritage Apple Tree Sale!
  • Outlier Cellers will host and begin serving their deeeelicous Fencline Cider starting at 2:00 PM
  • Sweetwater Gypsies' wood-fired pizza will join the event at 4:00 PM
  • The Great Contention will play live music from 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Family friendly!

When: Sat. Oct. 13 from 2:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: 141 South Main Street in Mancos
Cost: Free to participate, bring a little money for cider and food!

Check out MORP's website for more information on the event: https://bit.ly/2NARKTV
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
Know How to Pull a Trailer?
If the answer is yes, then it's a no brainer -- Apply to work for Table to Farm!

Manage the day-to-day operations of Table to Farm Compost including daily curbside pick-ups of residential and commercial customers and on-farm compost pile management.

Download the application here or visit https://www.tabletofarmcompost.com/
Regional & Beyond
Further Resources and Opportunities
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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