November 7, 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

There are so many different ways that we can help reduce climate change, it can feel boundless! Some people make a difference with their everyday habits, by being involved in the community, or by taking political action. One unusual path that has been on my mind lately, is to make insects into a a meat replacement. Many other countries eat insects and think nothing of it, however that is not something that we are accustomed to in the US. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Justin Timberlake have been known to serve insects at their gatherings. Last summer I had grasshopper tacos for the first time, they were delicious! I have to admit that I'm pretty excited to see that start of a whole new industry for our future, that feels like we are going back to the past.

Siarrah Gomez-Boyiddle
EC Communications Manager
Environmental Center Happenings
Events, programs, and ways to help make a difference!
The Free Store is Back!

Did we say free? Yes we did! Free clothes, and home items. Take some, bring some, and support a closed loop system with our Zero-Waste Team.

When : Tuesdays 10:30-12:30 PM
Where: In the Student Union
Join The EC Team Meeting and Social

Do you love and support the EC? Or maybe have always wanted to see what we're about but haven't had the chance. Come join our All EC Team meeting to meet our team members, hear what teams are up to, and learn how you can help out. It's a great chance to connect with us for the first time, especially if you're interested in possibly applying to be a team member at the start of spring semester!

When : Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Where: in the Colorado Room (next to the Ballroom in the Union)
Join Us for our Last Food Forest Workday of the Season!

We're wrapping up the season and it's your last chance to help us out with some super important end-of-season work. Join us and take a break from the craziness of school!

When : Fridays from 12 - 2 PM
Where: EC Campus Garden, located just north of Center of Southwest Studies Parking Lot. ( Link to Map.)
Community Events and Happenings
11th Annual Mountainfilm Tour

Sponsored by Durango Nature Studies, the proceeds for this fun filled adventure film will benefit environmental education programs which give more than 4,000 students the opportunity to learn about the environment in real case scenarios.

When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 PM, 5 PM, & 8:30 PM
Where: Durango Arts Center
802 E 2nd Ave, Durango, Colorado 81301

For more information visit Mountainfilm Tour Event Page
Sustaining Mountain Regions with Less Snow

What changes decrease risk and increase resilience as we plan for the future? Globally, snow cover and depth are decreasing, with greater variation among years, and glaciers are shrinking. If we're ready for the change before it happens we can be prepared to put our mountain town in the best place that it can be. Join Green Business Roundtable for a presentation from FLC Professor Dr. Heidi Seltzer.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 12 to 1 PM
Where: Henry Strater Theater
699 Main Avenue, Durango

For more information vsit: The Green Business Roundtable
How Can Durango Transition to Clean Energy?

Come learn how Durango can lead the four corners area in clean energy. Leave knowing how to help.

When: Saturday, Nov. 9 from
3 to 5 PM
Where: Durango Public Library
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
Durango Beyond Plastic is Giving Public Comments to City Council

Durango Beyond Plastic is a new community campaign focused on drastically reducing our dependence on single use plastic. And they're starting with working to rid our community of plastic bags. Durango alone uses over 100,000 bags per day! There public commenting will have 1 or 2 spokespeople surrounded by supporters of all ages with their reusable bags in hand. 

When: Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 PM
Where: City Council Chambers, 949 E. 2nd Ave. in Durango
For more information email
Citizens Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting

Come join CCL and find out what they're all about. They will be hosting a National call to discuss their goal of getting legislation passed on the Carbon dividend and Energy Innovation Act.

When: Wed, November 20, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Himalayan Kitchen, 992 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301

For more information visit CCL's Facebook Event Page
SJMA Needs Volunteers!

San Juan Mountain Alliance is looking for volunteers to help from November 29th - December 22nd with Christmas tree sales all profits will be donated towards their projects and volunteers efforts.

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
San Juan Citizens Alliance is Hiring a Communications Manager!
Are you tech-savy and good at communications? SJCA is in search of a passionate, dynamic, organized, and technology-savvy communications professional to help grow their presence in the Four Corners.

For more information visit San Juan Citizens Alliance Careers
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
Capital Programs Management group seeks a Program Coordinator
Capital Programs Management Group seeks a Program Coordinator to perform a variety of administrative tasks of a specialized nature to support the project teams. Provide administrative/document support to Project Managers/Project Coordinators on project related issues.

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'
How can being outdoors improve your life? Find out on this NPR Podcast as psychologist Ming Kuo explains her findings after thirty years of studying the effects of nature on humans. 
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