January 17, 2017                        Spring Edition : Issue 1

Welcome Back Students & Happy 2017! 
The Environmental Center Takes on a New Year
The people have spoken. Democracy is a precious thing; a form of governance that requires the informed and active voice of the populace coupled with the tempered and open ears of its leadership. Transparency and clear communication are both core practices within Systems Theory, a framework critical to success in the sustainability sector. Every day, the Environmental Center strives to be a place where democracy, transparency, communication and community are intently practiced...and actively built upon. Read on....
Author Lecture: 
Anti-apocalyptic, "Real" Lunch with Craig Childs 

Join award-winning author of Apocalyptic Planet, Craig  Childs, for an anti-apocalyptic "Real Food" lunch featuring  a home-cooked feast of fair, humane, ecologically sound and local foods. 

When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 12-1:30

Where: FLC Student Union, Vallecito Room 

Cost: $10 for general admission / $7 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at

For more information: Contact Rachel, rllandis@fortlewis.edu or 970-247-7091
Durango TV:
Learn More About the EC's Inspiring Legacy!
If you are reading this newsletter, you already know how hard the EC works for the community and the environment, but this is a great video to remind you of why we do what we do. 

The EC has accomplished a lot in the past 25 years. What started as a student vision for a recycling program turned into so much more.

To learn more, check out this video created by  Durango TV! Also, see what we have been up to lately, and check out the EC's annual impact report  here!
Zero Waste Team
The Free Store 2017:
Back and Better Than Ever!

We have shirts! We have pants! We have shoes! Sometimes we feel like we have it all!

Stop by and pick up some new items for your 2017 wardrobe while helping the environment. The Free Store is all about reusing items so that you do not have to by new stuff!

Or is it your New Year's resolution to declutter and simplify your life? If so, drop off your unnecessary clothing items here at the EC.

When: Thursdays 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Where: Student Union Building or anytime at the EC
Energy Impact:  
Get a FREE Energy Efficient LED Bulb!

The EC's Energy Impact team is proud to offer the Light Bulb Swap-Out program for FLC students

Current FLC students can bring their old incandescent light bulbs to the Environmental Center (located in the SUB) to receive a LED replacement! Your participation in this program will not only give you a free light bulb, but will also reduce your energy consumption and save you and FLC money. 
Why switch to LED?  LED bulbs are 80% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and can last 20x longer. Nor do they contain mercury, unlike CFL bulbs. 
Through collective effort, we can influence the energy consumption both on and off campus and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Stop by to learn more about our energy efforts, other EI (Energy Impacts) projects, and how you can get involved!

LED bulbs generously provided by LPEA.
Coming Soon!
The EC's Student Spring Blog: Rooted

Look forward to new submissions to the EC student blog coming soon! Our first post will appear on Sunday, Jan 22. 

In the meantime, please check out past student submissions!

Smiley Building: A Day of Free Classes

Respond to Social, Environmental & Economic Injustice

The Smiley Building is hosting several free classes from lectures and workshops on social change and the environment to free yoga and dance. 

Connect with your fellow Durango citizens, and learn how you can positively impact the world and yourself with wisdom, power and unity!

Click here for more information.

When: Saturday, Jan. 21 (All Day)

Where: Smiley Building

Cost: Free

An information and engagement hub for community-driven education, action and celebration around education, environment, social justice and more!

Our 1st 100 Days is a coalition of local organizations supporting an engagement and information hub that provides our community with the opportunity to easily plug in to ways to get educated, take action, get connected and celebrate around issues related to education, the environment, and social justice. We offer up a calendar of 100 days of related activities happening our community, as well as, a directory of different organizations and groups that you can plug in to, if you want to get more involved in a specific action. 

When: Ongoing through the Spring 2017 

Learn more and get involved at: https://www.our1st100days.us/
Durango Green Drinks


Join us for the first Green Drinks of 2017! Durango Green Drinks offers a place for anyone in the area to come, mingle, meet others and chat about local sustainability issues. This information monthly get-together give people the change to learn about community sustainability issues, meet like-minded local and simply have fun.  Please join us on the last Thursday of each month from 5 to 6:45 PM at Carver Brewing Company. 


When: Thursday, January 26, 5-6:45

Where: Carver Brewing Company

Cost: Free

Documentary Screening: 
Age of Consequences

This award winning film investigates climate change impacts on resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of national security and global stability.

When: Feb. 15 at 5 or 8 p.m.

Where: FLC Vallecito Room 

Cost: Free

Southwest CO Council of Governments
Recycling Resource:

Need to know if you can recycle the plastic film on top of your hummus container when you first open it?

Want to know if wrapping paper is recyclable in Mancos?

Check out the Southwest Council of Government's new region-wide recycling resource for a one-stop shop on how to recycle throughout our five-county region.  

Many thanks to the Environmental Center Interns who spent the Fall of 2015 sorting through our region's trash (literally) to help inform this much needed, regional resource! 
Regional & Beyond
Colorado Water Workshop

Join National Young Farmers' Coalition for a half-day workshop on the ins and outs of Colorado water. As part of the pre-conference to the firth Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, NYFC is convening local water professionals for a workshop on the foundations of Colorado water law. 

When: Jan. 20 - 21

Where: Montrose County Fairgrounds

Environmental Job Postings & Internships!

Gain the Knowledge to Change the Future

The C2C's Fellowship Network at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to work in sustainable politics, NGOs and business.

C2C training workshops focus on leadership skills: vision, courage, developing your network, telling your story, and raising funds. Graduates of the workshops join a national network with access to continuing professional and educational opportunities, including dedicated scholarships to attend Bard's Graduate Programs in Sustainability. 

When: March 3 - 5 

Where: Bard College, New York

Apply: C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Training