Jan 10, 2019
Welcome to the Environmental Center (EC) Digest!

Every two weeks, this little gem of digital media arrives 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

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

I love snow. For a long time I liked it because of the fun it afforded me on sledding hills and ski slopes. Then later in my life I liked it more because when it melted, it afforded me more fun on the rivers. I still love snow for those reasons, but at some point along the way, I learned just how many more reasons there were to love snow. Snow suppresses fire seasons. Snow gives farmers and ranchers their livelihood. Snow sustains ecosystems. Snow gives us our drinking water. 40 million people depend on the snow that falls in the Rocky Mountains west of the Continental Divide and throughout the Colorado Plateau. And leaders across those communities are right now trying to figure out how to share this dwindling resource.

During these past few weeks, I could feel the buzz of a community thankful for all this wonderful white stuff. I had a morning where myself and five of my neighbors were all out at the same time shoveling snow with big smiles on our faces - whew knew a common chore could make everyone so happy? The contrast to this past summer is night and day, or I suppose more accurately, fire and ice. Environmental work can weight on the shoulders quite heavily at times. But times of reprieve are critical. In order to have the energy to work to save the world, you also have to take those moments to enjoy it.

Now back to work!
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Environmental Center Happenings
The EC Wants YOU to join our Team THIS Semester!

What are you waiting for? Apply now!

Want to reduce our community's climate impact? Learn to grow your own food? Reduce our campus waste? Or maybe you're all about changing the whole dang national food system.

The EC has openings for Team Members for Spring Semester and we are still accepting applications for this semester, Spring 2019! Not sure exactly what it means to be on our crew? Head over to our webpage to find out more and apply!

Applications due January 10th!
Note: working at the EC may involve sledding, but it's not all we do.
Support the only Fort Lewis College Environmental Center left in the world!

Ok, we're happy to say that we are not an endangered breed. In fact, students around the world are as passionate as ever about creating positive change. It's a movement that we're proud to be a part of.

But, we are indeed one of a kind in our community. If you'd like to support an organization dedicated to strengthening students' commitment to creating a more environmentally and socially responsible world by providing them meaningful opportunities to foster change on campus and in our community, well then, look no further, and donate to the EC today!

On behalf of all our students and the great work they do, a sincere thank you.
Volunteer Opportunities
Another Semester, Another Volunteer Force! Join Us!
The EC is proud to connect passionate Fort Lewis College students to work that fulfills them and makes a difference on campus and in our community.

Are you a student interested in putting in some time for a good cause? Be sure to come by the EC - Student Union room 145 at the start of Spring Semester and ask how to join our work!

Are you a community organization looking for passionate students to help on a project? Email Marty at mlpool@fortlewis.edu to learn how to connect with us!
Community Events and Opportunities
Events and Happenings in our Local Community
An Evening of Amazing Environmental Films to Support a Good Cause!

The Durango Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) is hosting a Wild & Scenic Film Festival to raise funds to send two Fort Lewis college students to their annual conference and lobby day in June 2019.

When: February 17th, doors 3:30, film event 4:00pm
Where: Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave
Cost: $15.00 general admission/ $7.00 students with ID

For more info email info@durangoCCL.org or check out the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/2371042719634254/
Would Time-of-Use Billing Make More Sense for You?

LPEA, our local electric cooperative, offers an alternative way to pay that may save you a big chunk of money in the long run! Peak electricity consumption occurs for a few hours in the morning and evening. If you typically use electricity during the off-peak times listed below, call LPEA to see if it'd make sense for you to switch!
  • Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
  • All day Sunday

Think Time-Of-Use billing would make sense for you? Call LPEA at 970-247-5786 or read more at https://www.lpea.com/time-use-program
Want to Save on Your HEATING Bill? 4CORE Can Help with Two Great Programs!

4CORE joins partners across Colorado to bring Energy Smart Colorado to the region. They will provide an energy assessment, the available rebates and the path to a safe, comfortable and energy efficient home. No income qualifications are required. Call 970-259-1916, ect. 111 to get started!

Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy program (CARE) is committed to increasing comfort, creating a safer living environment, and lowering energy bills for income-qualified Coloradans. CARE leverages Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) funding, utility rebates, and local resources to provide FREE energy efficiency services to participants who meet the income qualifications.

Find out more at the 4CORE website !
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
The Garden Project is Hiring for AmeriCorps Positions

Interested in working at The Garden Project as an Americorps School Garden Educator? Teach in schools across La Plata County, work in local food systems, and grow produce with this opportunity. Partial Year Term is April 2019-July 2019. Full year terms start August 2019 - July 2020.

Mountain Studies Institute is Hiring a VISTA Position

MSI is searching for a talented, motivated, and self-directed individual to grow our mountain education and outreach programs as an Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation (OSMRE) Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). The VISTA position will be located in Silverton, Colorado in the heart of the San Juan Mountains and the position has a start date of March 18.

MSI and SCC are Now Accepting FC-FLIP Applications

FC-FLIP Connects regional college students and recent graduates with resource managers to gain the knowledge and skills – hands-on – of what it means to work with or for a federal agency. This rigorous, paid, 11-week career-building internship program offers an outstanding opportunity to learn from professionals in the field, build skills, and gain networking contacts - all while living in a beautiful place.

Uplift is Hiring an Organizing Fellow

Join the Uplift movement for climate justice. Uplift is looking for young leaders on the Colorado Plateau to take Uplift to new heights in 2019! The 2019 Uplift organizing fellowship will support young changemakers to grow their grassroots organizing skills and make an impact on the southwest regional climate justice movement. Fellows will be awarded a $1200 stipend for a seven month period of organizing.

Learn more at Uplift website !
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is Hiring a Membership Coordinator

The Membership Coordinator will work with Farmers Union chapters along the Front Range and Eastern Plains of Colorado (with some additional work in Wyoming) to deliver services to members and encourage member engagement. Applicants must be prepared to reside along the Front Range or in eastern Colorado. Applicants will need to travel to the Denver office on an as-needed basis.

Gain Skills and Experience at the Environmental Center

Those opportunities above are pretty awesome, but what if you're a full time student? Or what if you're worried you don't have enough experience to get a position like those? Well have no fear, the EC is here! Join our team and gain some great experience and build your resume, all while meeting some rad folks and making a difference in your world!

Regional & Beyond
Further Resources and Opportunities
Check back next time for more regional opportunities. Have something for us? Email it to Marty at mlpool@fortlewis.edu.
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