May 13, 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!
Summer Opportunities

Even in light of everything, opportunities are still out there for students, recent grads, and community members! While the EC's programs typically slow for the summer, we'll work to tell you about these opportunities as we hear about them. And as always, if you have an opportunity you'd like us to pass along, let us know by emailing Marty at
Environmental Center Happenings
Events, programs, and ways to help make a difference!
We're busy doing a little behind the scenes work from home, but keep an eye out for news on our upcoming summer projects and programs, and *fingers-crossed* chances to help out in our campus growing spaces later this summer!

Community Events and Happenings
What's Going On at FLC and in Our Local Community
The LPEA Election is Here! Be Sure to VOTE NOW for a Clean Energy Future!

Do you have an LPEA account for your electricity? Then you are eligible to vote in the Board of Directors elections! The Board sets the overall direction of our electric co-op and ultimately decide what the future of our electricity grid (and associated climate impact) will look like.

Ballots have already been sent to LPEA account holders in the mail, and must be received back before 4 PM on Fri, May 15, be sure to drop it off right away (too late to mail)!

Check out these resources for more info:

Durango Farmers Market is OPEN for 2020!

Despite our challenging spring, the Durango Farmers Market is opening for the season, albeit in a modified fashion. As an essential food source for our community, they will be functioning as an outdoor grocery store and not focusing on our typical community gathering space until it is safe to do so. As such, please note that they are not scheduling community booths for the time being.

DNF farmers and ranchers have been working hard to get food ready for our community. Our local food supply will be crucial this year as well as incredibly tasty!

For more information and updates, visit the Durango Farmers Market website .

Summer Food Assistance and SNAP Support from Manna

Manna's services are available to anyone in our community who's in need, including FLC students, staff, and faculty. Remote SNAP assistance is available, and application restrictions have been relaxed due to federal COVID-19 response.

For more information contact Marissa Hunt at 970-385-5095, ext. 3
Manna Soup Kitchen Flyer, contact info 970-385-5095 extension 3
Funds and Efforts to Support the Navajo Nation

As you may know, the Navajo Nation and other Indigenous communities of the Southwest have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Western Resource Advocates have put together a list of resources that you can support to in turn help these communities.

Western Water Future Games for Students

Water leaders of today and tomorrow, join Western Colorado University's Water Future games Workshop. With this year’s conference theme of “Western Water and Community Resilience in a Changing Climate,” we focus on solution-based management of water resources and community resilience. By seeking collaborative solutions to issues surrounding our shared dependence on the Colorado River, we aim to foster a deepened sense of community among those working in western water resources.

When: Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21
Cost: Free!

More information and to register, visit
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
Southwest Colorado Research Center is Hiring a Research Technician

The Southwestern Colorado Research Center in Yellow Jacket, Colorado is looking for a hard-working, independent and detail-oriented non-student hourly/ student hourly employee. Duties will be split between assisting a PhD student with research focused on cover crop management and assisting SWCRC staff with crop research trials including alfalfa, legumes, dry beans, wheat, hemp and canola. Job responsibilities will include plot management; sample collection (biomass sampling); soil moisture and fertility sampling; soil sieving and processing; plot data collection; seed preparation for planting; assistance with plot harvest (with plot combine and by hand); and general farm maintenance (moving water and mowing). The employee will be trained on specific tasks and expected to perform them independently. Employee should enjoy working outside and have the ability to perform repetitive tasks with good attention to detail.

For more information and to apply, email Emily Lockard at
Southwest Farm Fresh Co-op is Hiring a General Manager

SWFF is a cooperative of farmer-owned and controleld business supplying wholesale and direct-to-consumer CSAs. The General Manager (GM) directions the operations and growth strategy by effectively managing a small staff, lean budget, and small infrastructure.

For more information and a copy of the job description, email
Student PIRG Action for Change Summer Internships

The Student PIRGs Summer Internship program is designed for college students who are looking to increase their experience in political organizing and strategy. This 5 week long program provides interns with opportunities to build their leadership skills, political engagement, and interest in advocacy careers. Interns will work remotely on a variety of different campaigns and take part in weekly tactical workshops to develop their skills in outreaching to the media, building a coalition, generating grassroots support and more.

For more information and to apply, visit the PIRG website .
COVID-19 Student Action Fund Grants Available

COVID-19 Student Action Fund from the Clinton Global Initiative University is looking for students who are using their skills to make a social impact. Working within the CGI U Commitment to Action model, this fund will provide grants in the range of $2,000-$5,000 to students who want to take the initiative to work on addressing the COVID-19 crisis and the ways it is impacting our communities.

Applications due June 3rd.

For more information and to apply, visit the CGIU website .
Water Fluency Program from Water Education Colorado

Water Education Colorado’s ever-popular Water Fluency Program, now in its 6th year, is coming to Southwest Colorado this summer, and spots are filling up fast! June 23-24 in Durango, CO and September 2-3 in Cortez, CO.

This comprehensive program is designed to help professionals, such as city and county staff, local elected officials, and water board members gain water fluency and develop tools to navigate water management and policy issues. The topics covered include Colorado water legal and institutional frameworks; water resource planning and protection; and Colorado's water for the future. Anyone looking to familiarize themselves with Colorado water law, administration, policy and planning is encouraged to attend!

For more information and to register, visit the Water Education Colorado website .
8th Annual Forest to Faucets Workshop

The Forests to Faucets teacher workshop, teaching kit, and curriculum guide were designed based on the children's book My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains (included in kit). We feel that it is important for local students to know where their water comes from because water doesn't just come out of the faucet! Teachers can greatly benefit from this workshop full of place based, hands-on learning and expert guest speakers no matter which watershed they are teaching from. Lessons are geared towards Colorado state standards for upper elementary but can be modified to meet standards for all grades. Teaches can also receive 16 contact hours for their time.

Volunteer for Agriculture Experience at Root & Fox Farm and CSA's available!

Root & Fox Farm is in need of volunteers during the season. One big goal this season is to offer education and experience with sustainable agriculture.There are a few different ways to get involved, (with social distance in mind) a few very part time positions (work for trade, produce), some volunteer days, and more.

Read more about the farm and their offerings at their website . Or you can follow them on Instagram at @rootandfoxfarm or on Facebook by searching for "Root and Fox Farm".
Be Sure to Share Opportunities with Us!

Understandably, organizations are re-evaluating opportunities for the near future, but we know there's still a lot going on in the environmental and sustainability realms.

We pride the EC Digest in being an excellent resource for students and community members looking for jobs, internships, and other opportunities in this field. We believe in the power of strong social networks to share this important information.

Know of an opportunity? Be sure to email it to the EC Coordinator, Marty Pool at
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