November 20, 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 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!
Taking on Climate Change in Every Way Imaginable

Every year, I have the chance to reflect on what it is like to head into Thanksgiving break at an institution that serves over 30% Native and Indigenous students. Well, first it means studying up on the truth beyond the Thanksgiving Myth and understanding common Native American feelings toward the holiday. But it also means giving yourself a chance to reflect on what this holiday can truly be about. For much of recent history, this time of year has been captured by Euro-centrism (Pilgrims) and consumerism (Black Friday). But it doesn't have to be that way. There are a lot of problems and injustices in the world, yes. But everyone deserves to give themselves a moment to focus on the good things.

Harvest celebrations go back thousands of years and span cultures across the globe. And taking the time to be thankful for everything you have is a deeply important part of the human experience. I love this time of year not because of any connection to some stupid myth, but because it's a chance to join together around a meal with friends and family to appreciate the good things in our world. I hope you get a chance to do the same.

Marty Pool
EC Coordinator
Environmental Center Happenings
Events, programs, and ways to help make a difference!
Vote for Buying Better Bulk Food in Our Dining Hall

The Environmental Center’s Real Food Challenge Team, in cooperation with Campus Dining, is giving you the chance to Vote Real! The Real Food Challenge is a national organization which aims to shift institutional food purchasing to at least 20% Real food by 2020 (humane, ecologically-sound, fair, or local/community-based).

Vote Real is our way of giving FLC students, staff, and faculty a say in what product we shift next! Click here to vote your choice of organic oil, organic black beans, or organic brown rice! The winner will be permanently shifted from its current conventional form (non-organic) to it's more ecologically-friendly organic version!
The Local Food Security Team is Hosting a Harvest Jubilee!

Come celebrate the harvest and share a meal with our Local Food Security team! They'll be giving thanks to everyone who helped out in the garden this year with their delicious Harvest Jubilee lunch.

When : Thursday, Nov. 21 from 1 to 2 PM
Where: EC office - Student Union room 145
The Perfect Holiday Gift

A perfect holiday gift for anyone that wants to choose-to-reuse! The Environmental Center is selling these snazzy 8oz reusable mugs for just $10. No more need single-use paper coffee cups, and thanks to a partnership with Campus Dining, you’ll get $1 coffee at Animas Perks anytime you use this mug!

To place an order for your mug simply fill out this simple order form
Community Events and Happenings
What's Going On at FLC and in Our Local Community
Buy Local for Your Thanksgiving and Holiday Meals with Durango Farmers Market!

The Durango Farmers Market is gearing up for their Thanksgiving and Holiday markets. Stock up on local and organically grown fruits, vegies, meats, cheeses and more! Plus, there will be plenty of crafts and products for all your holiday gifts. And as always, SNAP participants can use their Double Up Food Bucks to double their purchasing.

When: Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 AM to 1 PM, and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 AM to 2PM
Where: La Plata Fairgrounds

For more information visit the Durango Farmers Market website
What's the Connection Between Population and Climate Change?
The climate crisis is the key issue of our era. So what can we do to slow climate change? Some people say that the most effective action a person can take is to have a small family. Is that true? Dr. Brian O'Neill, an IPCC scientist, will help answer these questions at this Lifelong Learning talk.

When: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 PM
Where: FLC Noble Hall, room 130

For more information contact Richard Grossman at
Learn About 416 Fire Recovery with Mountain Studies Institute

The MSI 416 Fire Recovery Community Forum will be hosting Rob Powell this Thursday. Rob was the Type 1 Section Chief assigned to Durango for the 416 Fire but is better known for the daily operational updates he gave on Facebook that was part of our daily lives. He was also here for the Missionary Ridge Fire and is very familiar with our community.

When: Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6 to 7 PM
Where: Durango Rec Center
Climate Crisis Protest - Don't Let Our Leaders Stand By!
Every fourth Friday of the month, organizations and community members meet to have their voice heard, and their presence seen. We're entering our climate crisis and our communities need to know.

When: Friday, Nov. 29 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Where: Main Ave and 11th Street
Make Your Voice Heard on Methane

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission is coming to town to hear what the public has to say about methane emissions. The four corners sits under one of the most significant methane "hot-spots" in the US, and methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas. This is your chance to your comments and concerns on this issue.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 PM
Where: La Plata County Office Building (1101 E. 2nd Ave. Durango, CO)

For more information for how to comment contact Nathan from Conservation Colorado:
SJMA Needs Volunteers!

San Juan Mountain Alliance is looking for volunteers to help from November 29 through December 22 with Christmas tree sales all profits will be donated towards their projects and volunteers efforts. And don't forget to get yourself a Christmas tree while you're at it!

For more information contact
Green Drinks at Carver Brewing Co

Green Drinks is a monthly get together that's all about creating a well-connected community around all things environmental and "green". It takes place the last Thursday of every month at Carver Brewing. But November is one week early!

This month's hosts are the Mountain Studies Institute & The Wilderness Society

Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) Student Careers
Now hiring campus leaders to recruit, train, and work alongside student activists on campaigns that get results. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental, public interest and/or student issues, as well as a track record of leadership

For more information visit Careers with Student PIRGs
Build Your Resume with a Great Experience - Apply to be a Community Volunteer Ambassador for the NPS
Choose from over 50 National Park Service Sites! Get hands-on training, professional development, and non-competitive hiring status for federal jobs. Paid plus health insurance!

Get more info and apply at
Applications for the Masters of the Environment program at CU Boulder now open!
The MENV Graduate Program is an innovative, interdisciplinary, professional master’s degree. This immersive, 17-month graduate program takes a systems-thinking approach to problem solving and equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to address the complex environmental challenges of the 21st Century. 

For more information visit
Community Driven Solar Installations with Solar Barn Raising

Want to get out and work with your hands to do your part in the fight against climate change? Join Solar Barn Raising for volunteer solar installations. Installation opportunities arise regularly, so the best way to get involved is to ask to be put on on the group's email list.

To be put on the volunteer notification list, email project coordinator Eli at
What We're Diggin'
NPR has been doing some amazing reporting on plastics. Learn more about one of the most significant environmental issues of our time through their Plastic Tide reporting series.
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