August 29, 2016                                                   Fall 2016 : Issue 0.5
Welcome (back) Fort Lewis College Students!
Hello FLC Students!

We're sending out this special Welcome Edition of the EC Digest to all the students on our mailing list, both new and old (well ok, we won't go so far as to call you "old" just quite yet). We just wanted to take a quick second to say hello and tell you about a few fun events we have coming right up, and to let you all know about ways you can get involved this year, including working for us !

It was great to meet many of you at our table last Friday and many more of you during our awesome Harvest While You Hoe-Down garden volunteer event on Saturday. Scroll down through the rest of the newsletter to see what we have going on this week.

To all our new newsletter sign-ons: we're happy to have you with us! This letter is being sent specifically to all addresses on our Student list including those of you who signed up on our paper sheets over the past week. If you need to update your email preferences/info/settings for this newsletter use the links at the bottom of the message. If you are still having an issue you can email with your request.

We hope the rest of your first week treats you awesomely!

Rachel & Marty
A HUGE Thank You to our Volunteer Garden Work Crew!

F16 Freshman Harvest

The Fall Orientation "Harvest While You Hoe-Down" was amazing. Our crew harvested a crazy amount of hops, apples, and plumbs and did a bang-up job with the demolition and clean-up work (haha get it?). Seriously, there is no way we could have accomplished all this work without the wonderful help of everyone who came by. Our garden, and our staff, thank you!!!

Throughout the time together we were reminded just how rewarding some hard work with friends can be. This kick-off garden work day was the perfect little example of what the EC stands for: coming together and building a strong community while working hard to make a positive impact. We found the day incredibly rewarding and hope you all did, too!

Didn't have a chance to come by? No worries! (bet you're jealous after reading that, though, huh?) The good news is there will be future chances to come help out in the garden and be a part of this cool thing we have going here. Check out the Garden Work Day info below.

Upcoming EC Events at FLC 

Free Store

When: Tuesday, August 30th
11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Where:  Student Union Quad

Are you looking for a fresh outfit to usher in Fall? Need a blanket to stay warm as the mountain air begins to chill? Want some new-to-you plates and glasses for your apartment? PLUS do you want to conserve resources and save money all at the same time? Join the Environmental Center for annual Move-In Free-Store.

Why are we so great to give this stuff away? The EC is committed to working toward a Zero Waste Campus. We will achieve this ultimate goal by supporting ways to REDUCE consumption, REUSE functional items, and RECYCLE (and COMPOST) waste rather than sending it to a landfill. The Free Store is all about that reusing items so that you don't have to spend your money on new stuff.

Have some things that you decide you don't need? Feel free to come by and drop them off so another student can use them!
  Garden Work Days  
When: Every Thursday from
3:50 - 5:00 pm, starting September 1st

Where: Environmental Center
Student Union room 145

Join your Local Food Fellows every Thursday to have fun and learn to grow food in the campus garden and orchard! Meet up will be at the EC office and we'll head out the garden at 4:00 pm.

Garden work days are a great way to learn more about our Local Food Initiative and to meet some rad folks involved in the Environmental Center.  
Get Involved with the EC

The EC offers student staff positions for those looking to gain real-world experience working on environmental projects on campus and in the community. Students with work-study are given preference, though students without work-study are still encouraged to apply. Beyond paid staff positions, we love to have students volunteer with us to work on any number of our projects. We also partner with FLC faculty on various  academic opportunities including internships for course credit.


Environmental Center Student Staff

The Environmental Center is an on-campus, student-driven organization that works to promote sustainability and social justice in our region all while training you in ways to create meaningful social and environmental change. We are looking for passionate individuals excited to gain professional skills, develop their inner change agent, and be part of our amazing team.

Student staff joining the EC participate in one of four current Initiatives:
  • Local Food Security & Campus Garden
  • Zero Waste Initiatives
  • Real Food Challenge
  • Energy Impact
Each Initiative focus area, in turn, has 4-6 student peers working as a team and with the help of our professional staff to identify and implement projects-infrastructure, policy, education, etc.-that will create lasting, meaningful, and positive impact in our area. Along the way, our professional staff provide you with personal and professional development through coaching, mentorship and trainings.

For more information please read the complete Environmental Center Student Staff Job Description.

Start Date: Student staff begin formal work hours the 3rd week of September.

To Apply: Complete the  online EC application from by
Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Student Communications and Media Manager

The Environmental Center seeks an FLC student with interest and existing entry-level skills in Media & Communications. The Student Media & Communications Manager will work directly with the EC professional staff and our staff Graphic Designer to put together consistent messaging, assist with website management, oversee our bi-weekly online publication, and maintain our social media presence. Our ideal candidate will bring a vision for developing and implementing a media/communications strategy that more clearly articulates the Environmental Center's mission, set a cohesive message, and effectively highlight the work that we are doing. We are looking for someone who fits our energetic community, is team player, and is able to work with a variety of people across campus and our community. This position could qualify for internship credit.

Job Responsibilities: 
cultivating our communications network, assisting with website development, managing social media content, managing our EC Digest and other publications, and ultimately assisting with developing a cohesive communications strategy for the EC.

For a full list of Required Qualifications and more information please read the complete Media & Communications Manager Job Description.

Start Date: 
Student staff begin formal work hours the 3rd week of September.

To Apply: 
Please send the following to EC Coordinator Rachel Landis at
  • cover letter
  • current resume
  • writing sample
Applications materials received by Friday, September 9th will be given full consideration. Position open until filled.

Volunteer Opportunities

Don't have Work Study? Don't have the ability to commit 6 - 10 hours per week on our projects? No worries, you can totally still be involved in the EC! Here are the ways to check in on the volunteer opportunities:
  • Stop by our office and chat with Rachel, Marty, or one of our student staff about volunteer opportunities
  • Meet up any Thursday at 4:00 pm for a Garden Work Day - it's a great way to hang out with the EC crew and learn about what else we got going on (see the section above for more information)
  • Stay subscribed to this newsletter
  • Keep an eye out for flyers and other EC event notifications throughout the semester, then come by and ask how you can get involved.