March 27, 2020
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 and chances to get involved
  • Community and campus events, initiatives, and opportunities
  • Jobs, internships, workshops, and trainings

And of course, our thought-provoking opening thoughts from EC students and staff. Enjoy!
Perspective and Priorities

Two weeks ago, I went to buy coffee from coffee shop and was told that, for health reasons, I couldn't use my reusable mug. I was a little put off since I try to keep my disposable coffee cup use under ten per year (nobody's perfect), but given the circumstances, I understood the reasoning behind extra measures like this. At the time, I had any way of knowing just how many more measures we'd be ask to take in just two weeks time.

It's been fascinating, challenging, and uplifting to see how our community, and communities around the world, have responded to this pandemic. In many ways our immediate day-to-day priorities have shifted drastically. At the same time, our core priorities like health, safety, livelihood, and connection have remained in place and have become as apparent as ever.

I've found my mind drifting to thoughts about how the world works. How societies function, how people behave when put in different circumstances, and the natural systems that dictate how all life on Earth exists. Some people have begun to picture a world where nature takes back what humans have impacted - even though these stories are unfortunately quite overblown. It is interesting, though, to think about the fact that humans are probably the only beings that understand or care about what's going on right now. (Check out #QuarantineCats to see what I mean).

In the short term, many people may set aside concerns about protecting our natural resources and focus the immediate and pressing needs of fighting this pandemic. But when the dust settles, I hope that our societies internalize another lesson of just how intertwined we are with everything else on this planet.

Marty Pool
Environmental Center Coordinator
***Important COVID-19 (coronavirus) update***
FLC is continuously reviewing and updating its response to COVID-19 based on regional and state guidelines. As you may know, on March 25, a stay at home order was issued for the State of Colorado to protect public health and safety. All in-person events and gatherings have been postponed or canceled through the rest of the semester.

While this newsletter should not be your go-to resource for COVID-19 updates, we will continue to try our best to reflect updated information for environmental and sustainability happenings and opportunities in our community. To stay completely up to date on the status of anything we reference, we recommend you visit the associated web page, Facebook page, or reach out to any listed contacts directly.

For more information on FLC decisions and policies, visit FLC COVID-19 updates
Environmental Center Happenings
Events, programs, and ways to help make a difference!
The EC Goes Online

With many of our in-person events postponed or canceled, we have been busy working to move much of our work into the digital world. Thanks to all the hard work by FLC's IT staff, we're all set up to begin web-based team meetings where we'll be discussing how we can shift our work in this new world of social distancing. Beyond that, we're just excited to see smiling faces over webcams and read funny texts and chats from our team members.
The Alumni Update!

Amber Barbella, who worked on our Zero Waste Team and recently graduated, has been putting her skills to work in Costa Rica! After graduation, Amber got a position helping establish a zero waste program, including sorting waste all the way down to cigarette butts. We're so proud to have our alumni continue to push for a more sustainable world!

Want to share your story? Email with your update and pictures!
The EC is seeking Leaders for our PEAK Experience - Earth In Your Hands

The Environmental Center (the EC) is looking for student leaders for our pre-campus Peak Experience – Earth In Your Hands. The program is a four-day, off-campus experience designed to introduce incoming first-year FLC students to environmental ideas and provide a strong sense of belonging. The experience will be based out of the Old Fort at Hesperus with activities and programs on site and in the surrounding area.

For information on how to apply, email EC Coordinator, Marty Pool,

Know an incoming FLC Skyhawk? Encourage them to register for PEAK Earth In Your Hands !
Community Events and Happenings
What's Going On at FLC and in Our Local Community
San Juan Citizen's Alliance can still use volunteers for (remote) LPEA elections work

LPEA elections are still happening and SJCA is working to support candidates that are in favor of pushing for local, clean, and cheaper energy solutions. Remote activities include help with phone banking, envelope addressing, and letters to the editor – activities you can readily do from the comforts of home!

For more information and to sign up, fill out this volunteer from through SJCA .
The Good Food Collective has put together a Food Resources Guide

The Good Food Collective's Food Resource Guide is live now on their website. You can check out nonprofit and institutional ways to get free and reduced cost meals in our region. This guide is live, so please keep in mind that it's information is changing and evolving as more services are verified and hours are changed.
Durango Helps: Ways to Donate & Resource Information

One of our incredible community members, Anna Peterson, hall pulled together a list of information and resources for Durango and surrounding communities.

If you have additional resources or updated info for the list, email Anna at Anna@ConservationCommunications.Org 
Uplift has put together a Southwest Resources Document

To support our community across the greater Southwest, the Uplift Organizing Team has compiled a COVID-19 Resources for the Southwest document. It includes a list of mutual aid groups in the region and links to helpful resources compiled by organizers across the nation. If you know of a mutual aid network or important resource that is missing, please let them know!

The Uplift Team can be reached at: or more info at their website .
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
National Water Resources Association Internship
The NWRA Summer Internship Program is designed to provide participants with a variety of learning experiences. The internship provides a behind-the-scenes look at NWRA’s work with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and provides insights into government relations, communications, and nonprofit management. It contains three core components; government relations, project management, and a research project. This is a paid internship with a $5,000 stipend.

Applications due April 10, 2020.
For more information and to apply, check out the NWRA job posting .
Paid Summer Internship - Water Audit at FLC

The Four Corners Water Center (FCWC) and the Environmental Center are looking for a student who is passionate about water conservation and interested in understanding more about how FLC uses water. This opportunity will provide a chance learn more about water consumption and building and irrigation systems, and provide experience performing a professional technical audit. Excellent professional experience for a student interested in engineering, mechanical systems, environmental science, or environmental studies.

For more information and to apply, email Marty Pool at
Work for the National Young Farmers Coalition

Join the Young Farmers team! 
The National Young Farmers Coalition is hiring a Colorado Organizer. Young Farmers seeks a dynamic, part-time Colorado Organizer to support Young Farmers chapters and members across the state and to help drive forward farmer-led change in the Colorado General Assembly. Check out the job description here. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.

Applications due April 6, 2020.
Applications and instructions can be found at the NYFC jobs page .
Sustainability Programs Coordinator Position

Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, CO is hiring a Sustainability Programs Coordinator whose primary focus will be Actively Green Sustainable Business Program. This position will also coordinate the Sustainable Film Series and provide certain marketing support of the Sustainability Programs Department.

For more information and to apply, visit the Walking Mountains Website
EC Alum, Duke Jackson, is Hiring for Sol Vista Farm
This is an awesome opportunity for anyone interested in getting some serious hands-on experience at a small farm. Duke worked in the EC's campus garden, consulted on our food forest orchard, and has honed his skills working at the Old Fort and Turtle Lake Refuge.

Get more information and apply by contacting Duke at
Be a Ranger for San Juan Mountain Association
The San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) is hiring a crew of wilderness rangers to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to educate wilderness visitors on “leave no trace” practices, conduct trail work, and monitor wilderness characteristics throughout the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests.

Find out more details here

To apply email resume, CV, and references to
San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District is Hiring
This opening is for three technicians. Technicians will assist BLM Rangeland Management Specialists with resource specific monitoring within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office of Farmington, NM. Field work will include pre- and post-treatment monitoring for sagebrush thinning projects, as well as an opportunity to be involved with other assessments and project partners.

To apply, send cover letter and resume with contact information for 3 references to

For questions about the position contact Range Management Specialist Barbara Witmore at (505)490-2073 or
Old Fort Summer 2020 Internship Applications Open
The Old Fort at Hesperus offers part-time, unpaid internships in market farming. Students gain vital skills in all aspects of sustainable small-scale agriculture. The internship is hands-on; interns participate in the daily operations of productive, fun, and fast-paced vegetable farm operation. Interns work both in the Student Farm and Farmer-In-Training plot, experiencing multiple scales of production, including high tunnel, hand-worked, and tractor-cultivated. Apply if you are curious, enthusiastic, willing, and enjoy working as part of a team!

For information on how to apply, email Elicia at
What We're Diggin'
News and Inspiration from Our Community and Beyond

  • The coronavirus outbreak has drastically cut air pollution, giving us new insights into the sources of air pollution and how to push for long-term reductions.

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