January 2015 : Issue 25
In This Issue




Happy 2015 from the Environmental Center!!!

As you know, the Environmental Center is a busy student hub that bustles with events, projects, ideas, and an abundance of good intentions.  2014 was no exception- here are some highlights of our 2014 accomplishments:

  • Fort Lewis College became a signatory of the national Real Food Challenge committed to shifting 20% of our annual food purchasing budget (roughly $450,000) to foods that are fair, humane, ecologically-sound, and/or local by 2020.
  • The Rocket Composter diverted 60.3 tons of food waste from the landfill and used it as an amendment in our campus garden and orchard.
  • EC student staff grew 563 lbs of organic, local produce to be served to their peers in campus dining through the Campus Garden Grown project
  • 1697 students engaged in environmental & social action, education and advocacy through EC workshops, events, and projects. 
  • Sixteen Environmental Center staff members graduated and went out into the world to do amazing things
  • The EC successfully spearheaded efforts to create a part time Sustainability Coordinator position and charge a Campus Sustainability Council to enhance our ability to change the world for the better!

Environmental Center Happenings

Still Available Local First Be Local Coupon Books!

The Environmental Center is honored to be a supplier of the 2015 Be Local Coupon Book featuring thousands of dollars of savings at our unique, locally-owned, independent businesses. 

We only have a few left so get yours today! Swing on by the Environmental Center or place your order via email (rllandis@fortlewis.edu) or phone (970-247-7091) and we will place your books on hold until you are able to pick them up (In town deliveries available upon request).


Contact:rllandis@fortlewis.edu, 970-247-7091

Cost: $18 with proceeds benefiting Local First and the Environmental Center


Ed Abbey Birthday Bash

Thursday, January 29th join us to celebrate Ed's birthday and spread his fabled activist spirit!  The FLC Environmental Center and Environmental Studies Department will kick off the night with a showing of ML Lincoln's award-winning documentary Wrenched, which explores the 'monkey wrenching' era of environmental activism, and will culminate with music and birthday cake.


Date: Thursday, January 29th, Doors at 5:00pm; Screening at 6

Location: Fort Lewis Student Union Ballroom

Contact: rllandis@fortlewis.edu

Cost: Free- though donations will be gratefully accepted


The EC is Hiring Student Staff

Do you want to become part of an awesome community, save the world, and have fun...all while earning your Work Study?  The  Fort Lewis Environmental Center is looking for Work Study or Volunteer staff for these positions:

  • Free Store Manager
  • Real Food Challenge Team Members
  • Recycling Tracking Guru

Apply by January 16th at http://tinyurl.com/kshhouc


Community Events & Opportunities

Soil Conservation and Stewardship Workshop

Friday January 9th the NRCS and other local conservation organizations will host a workshop on "Basic Principles of Livestock Grazing Management for Long Term Sustainability."


Date: Saturday, January 10, 9am-11am

Location: Fort Lewis Elementary School

Contact: social.media@co.laplata.co.us 970-382-6212

Cost: Free



Green Business Roundtable- Agriculture on the Edge 

The first Green Business Roundtable of 2015 will kick off with Kate Greenberg, of the National Young Farmers Coalition, discussing the changing demographics and enormous challenges facing farmers over the next twenty years.


Date: Wednesday, January 14th, 12-1pm

Location: Henry Strater Theater, 699 Main Ave., Durango

Cost: $15 for a delicious sustainably-sourced lunch

Contact: info@sanjuancitizens.org, register by 9 am Monday, January 12th-  https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51166/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=2201 



Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks an Inter-Tribal Youth Program Developer

The FWS seeks an environmental steward to assist with the advanced planning of the week-long Native American high school youth leadership training event - the Inter-Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress (ITYCLC) to be held at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV from June 28 - July 3, 2015. The Steward will assist the project leader in all logistical planning and administration for the event, as well as managing a mini-grant program post-event.

Apply on-line at: http://www.environmentalstewards.org/join/current-openings/

Contact: Trever Garfield, Environmental Stewards Program Coordinator, 970-403-8729 Trever@ConservationLegacy.org

Durango Nature Studies is Looking for Volunteers and Interns


Durango Nature Studies is looking for volunteers and interns to lead environmental studies-based field trips for the students of Durango and the surrounding area. Learn the flora and fauna of the four corners and how to facilitate an outdoor classroom. Meet some amazing people and become a naturalist!


Contact: rob@durangonaturestudies.org


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