October 6, 2015
Welcome and thank you for checking in. In this digest I am keeping the intro. short and first giving thanks to Josh Keyes, the artist who created the artwork featured throughout this edition, sharing a few of his words about his art and then leaving you with words from one of our students (I think they both have some inspirational, insightful nuggets to share). Enjoy.

My work often contains a hybridization of concepts an
d imagery that express global concerns about ecological, political, and militarism issues. I try to create work that fuses my
 personal mythology and imagery with these concerns. The result is a continuous and evolving pattern of fragmented imagery that slowly unfolds and folds like a patchwork quilt. The work functions for me as a record of both my personal history and interpretation of events in the world.

- Josh Keyes

As a freshman new to the EC, I am excited to see what is in store. This past weekend we had the pleasure of visting The Fury Family Funny Farm for our annual retreat. We are so thankful for the Fury Family Funny Farm hosting us in the beautiful McElmo Canyon. At our time at the farm I saw what teamwork really looked like. In the midst of planning the year ahead we got to help work in the gardens, build an earthship style foundation for a new adobe straw bale structure, and tend to the many animals. I am excited to be a part of not only an organization but an Environmental Center team and family. The staff are here for you and to make a difference with help from the student body. The retreat was a wonderful way to kick start the year! 

- Aolani Peiper

P.S. Be on the lookout in upcoming editions for more from our students as we will be adding a section where our student teams will share what they are up to and why. 
Environmental Center Happenings

Beginning October 6th: Cream Bean Berry Launches their Annual EC Apple Ice Cream Sales
The EC is excited to have once again partnered with local artisanal ice cream makers and food activists Cream Bean Berry to produce a limited batch of our seasonal apple ice cream! This delicacy not only will make your belly happy, but it will also benefit area bears - it is made from apples that students gleaned from local fruit trees.

Get your scoop at Cream Bean Berry today! A portion of the proceeds go to support the Environmental Center's efforts to bring you fresh, local food!

Where: Cream Bean Berry, 1021 Main Avenue
When: Now until it is gone!

Join Outdoor Pursuits and the Environmental Center for a night of Dutch oven cooking, camp fires, and local food. In this hands-on and tasty clinic, we will harvest potatoes from the EC's organic campus garden and then learn how to chef them up into an awesome stew...in a Dutch Oven! This is a skill that will wow your friends, feed you well on river trips, and put a smile on your face.

Sign up:  at Outdoor Pursuits beginning 10/5
For More Information: Contact Sam Hensold at sthensold@fortlewis.edu

A Haunted Durango Green Drinks hosted by the Environmental Center

The Environmental Center (EC) at Fort Lewis College will be hosting a ghoulishly fun Green Drinks in October. The EC believes that our college youth hold the vision, values, and courage to build a more socially-just, ecologically-responsible world. Our work is to cultivate this latent social leadership by engaging students in high-impact sustainability initiatives that create positive change on campus and within our community. 

Join us (in costume, of course) at this October's Green Drinks to learn how our efforts are aiding our region's green efforts...and how you can help us to cultivate tomorrow's environmental leaders. 

When:  Thursday, October 29th from 5-6:30
Where: Carvers Brewing Company
Cost: Absolutely Free!
For more information: Contact durangogreendrinks@gmail.com or rllandis@fortlewis.edu

Events + Activities
Campus Garden Workdays

Join our Local Food Fellow, FLC Student Duke Jackson, for an hour of garden goodness. Depending on the season and the garden's needs, you may be helping to harvest tomorrow's dining hall dinner, planting up next year's garlic or plucking hops for our beer brewing class. All are welcome and no experience necessary---just show up at the EC Campus Garden (located just north of the Center for SW Studies and across from the new soccer fields).
When: Tuesdays from 4-5
For more information: contact Duke Jackson at dvjackson1@fortlewis.edu  

Free Store

Stop by the Student Union every Tuesday to shop at the free store. The Free Store is a place where reusable items are given a new life and where students and community members can participate in creating a gift economy, reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill and find the clothes, accessories, electronics, and a variety of other things you might need, all for free. 

Want to donate? Bring your re-usable items by the EC in the Student Union or drop your items off at the free store table on Tuesdays.

When: Tuesdays from 11:30-1
For more information: contact Amaya McKenna at akmckenna@fortlewis.edu

A special thanks to our amazing food community for their donations and support this past month. We are so blessed to have such generous souls working to support a stronger, more secure food economy here in our region. 

Community Events + Opportunities
Volunteers are needed for sampling farms

FLC students and faculty have begun sampling crops, weeds, and soils from farms in the Animas River Valley.  These samples will be analyzed for heavy metal concentrations at FLC Chemistry.  The harvest season is upon us, so sampling needs to take place over the next couple of weeks.  

Contact: Kelsey Berg (FLC Biology major, keberg@fortlewis.edu ) if you are interested.  Time commitment will be 2-3 hours in the field to collect the samples and ~3 hours in the lab to prepare samples to be dried and stored for analysis.  Kelsey will contact volunteers with dates and times for sampling.  

Political Internships with Impact
If you want to make an impact on our environment, our democracy and our future, apply to be an Impact intern today: www.weareimpact.org/internship-apply.html 

What do interns with Impact do?  

You'll help us educate and engage more students and citizens on the most critical issues of our time. You'll help us get our issues into the media, build coalitions, organize events and lobby decision-makers. Ultimately, you'll help us build the kind of public support it takes to make a difference.

If you agree that it's time to solve these big problems, the best thing you can do to get involved is to apply to intern with Impact today www.weareimpact.org/internship-apply.html 

We're looking for students who care deeply about the environment and our democracy, and are ready to make a difference now.

As an intern:
  • You'll learn how to analyze problems, push for smart solutions, and build the public support it takes to win
  • You'll work side-by-side with one of our organizers, learning the ropes.
  • And you'll attend briefings and trainings to learn even more about the issues and gain organizing skills
And if you're thinking you might want to make a career out of solving big problems like global warming - interning with Impact is one of the best ways to get started. Not only will you get the training and experience you need, but we hire our most talented and committed interns to join Impact as campaign organizers when they graduate: weareimpact.org.

Job Opening - Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition seeks an Assistant

The Assistant is repsonsible for helping to plan and provide logistical support for various aspects of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition's work, and to assist the Intertribal Coalition and its staff in administrative duties. For more information about this opportunity click here
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona with flexibility to travel within the southern Colorado Plateau
Position:  Minimum 40 hours per week, plus extensive travel including nights and weekends
Term:  September 2015 - September 2016, with option to renew
Compensation:  Competitive salary among non-profit conservation organizations and commensurate with experience. In addition to salary, vacation, holiday and sick leave, together with individual health insurance and 401(k) benefits provided. 

Please submit a resume, writing sample and three professional references to Darcy Allen at dallen@grandcanyontrust.org. No phone calls, please.
Take Action Bibliophilia

I started writing about a number of pivotal moments, turning points, tide changes - all in favor of a saner world where the environment matters. They are there and they keep coming in a significant way. Yet, there is something I cannot shake that has compelled me to hit you up with this story showcasing the depths of corruption which "a better world" is up against. 

InsideClimate News has revealed how deep the insanity can go by exposing the oil industry's unbelievable efforts to keep the status quo. 

Over 30 years ago, the oil industry did their own thorough research and in their own words came to realize, "Mitigation of the greenhouse effect would require major reductions in fossil fuel combustion... There is concern among some scientific groups that once the effects are measurable, they might not be reversible... There are some potentially catastrophic events that must be considered". 
The oil industry reacted to their own findings by  burying it and then spending millions denying Climate Change. 

The EC Library featured find:

Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population size, isolation distance, techniques for caging or hand-pollination, and also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds.

Seed to Seed is widely acknowledged as the best guide available for home gardeners to learn effective ways to produce and store seeds on a small scale. The author has grown seed crops of every vegetable featured in the book, and has thoroughly researched and tested all of the techniques she recommends for the home garden.

This newly updated and greatly expanded Second Edition includes additional information about how to start each vegetable from seed, which has turned the book into a complete growing guide. Local knowledge about seed starting techniques for each vegetable has been shared by expert gardeners from seven regions of the United States-Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast/Gulf Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Central West Coast, and Northwest.