October 10, 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!
Reflections from Uplift

Attending the Uplift 2019 conference was an empowering experience. Uplift, a youth-led organization, provided workshops, panels and keynote speakers to talk on the subject of climate justice. This year’s theme was reclaiming our narratives which was a great reminder of who we are as individuals and the roles we play.

My biggest takeaway was that we all have our own stories to share and we all have different forms of being resilient/resistant. Finding our narratives can help build solidarity within ourselves and into a community. So, if you ever want a place to share knowledge and connect with like-minded people on climate justice, Uplift hosts a conference every year across the Colorado Plateau.
Kashia Caljesuseso
Environmental Center Team Member
Environmental Center Happenings
Events, programs, and ways to help make a difference!
FLC Sustainability Summit - Find Your Action

Learn what sustainability means to you and how you can get involved to make a difference at this year's Sustainability Summit. It's an amazing chance for students, staff, faculty and anyone from our greater community to get plugged into sustainability. The event will feature updates and stories from FLC's ongoing push for sustainability, inspiration to find your action, and over 20 campus and community organizations looking for folks who want to get involved (or find a job or internship)! Did we mention free food featuring locally grown and environmentally friendly fare?

When: Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 4:30 to 7 PM (open tabling from 6 to 7 PM).
Where: Fort Lewis College Student Union Ballroom
Cost: FREE! Open to all with no registration needed.

For more information or to inquire about hosting a table contact EC Coordinator Marty Pool at mlpool@fortlewis.edu
Fundraise While You Shop

Anyone out there a regular City Market shopper? You can help raise funds for the EC every time you shop - available for anyone with a City Market Rewards Card!
  1. Go to http://www.citymarketcommunityrewards.com and login (or create an account if you haven’t already).
  2. Once logged in go to the “Community Rewards” section under My Account
  3. Enroll in supporting the Fort Lewis College Environmental center (organization AJ646)
  4. Shop at City Market, use your standard rewards ID, and a the EC will receive a donation from City Market at no charge to you!

The EC definitely encourages you to check out all the local and environmentally friendly food options here in town for your groceries!
Join Us for Campus Garden Workdays

The start of school can be stressful. So how about you get outside to de-stress and get your hands dirty!? Join our Growing Spaces Steward, Maggie, for a Garden Workday, this Thursday during College Hour

When : Thursday, from 1-2 PM
Where: EC Campus Garden, located just north of Center of Southwest Studies Parking Lot. ( Link to Map.)
Community Events and Happenings
What's Going On at FLC and in Our Local Community
Support the Garden Project of SW Colorado at a Delicious Dinner Fundraiser

What are you doing Friday night? An amazing dinner in support of a wonderful local cause sounds nice! One Garden at a Time is the theme of this year's farm-to-table dinner and silent auction.

When: Friday, Oct. 11 from 5:30-8:30 PM
Where: Glacier Valley Clubhouse, 600 Glacier Club Dr. Durango, CO

For ticket and more information visit thegardenprojectswcolorado.org
Stories of Saving the Environment

This month the Durango Diaries series theme will be featuring guest speakers with a passion for environmental stewardship. Nic Borst the owner of Durango Cannabis Company, Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk a former co-chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, Shelley Silbert the executive director of Great Old Broads for the Wildernession, and Imogen Ainsworth the City of Durango sustainability coordinator will all be present and share what they can about how they are helping to make an impact.

For more information visit Durango Diaries Facebook Page
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 ebriodypavlik@gmail.com
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.

This month's hosts are the Great Old Broads for Wilderness & Conservation Colorado

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
3-5 PM
Where: Durango Public Library
Pick Fruit with the Good Food Collective!

Fall is upon us, which means that it's time to get food onto plates instead of rotting on the ground or tempting local bears. Use the fruit gleaning program run by The Good Food Collective and Bear Smart. The online platform specializes in matchmaking those with excess fruit on their trees with happy harvesters to eliminate food waste, reduce bear-human conflict, and fight hunger!

When: Every Thursday 5 PM - 7 PM
Where: Meet in front of Smiley Cafe Building

For more information, to list a tree, or to sign up to harvest free food visit FruitGlean.org
Old Fort Farm Stand is Open!

Come get your fresh local food from FLC's own Old Fort Market Gardens! Veggies are sooo much tastier when they're locally grown.

When: Wednesday at 1 PM
Where: Student Union plaza

The Old Fort's Facebook Page for more information
Durango Farmer's Market

The Durango Farmers Market is still open through October 26th!

The Durango Farmers Market is a venue for local agriculturalists, ranchers and artisans to meet and share their harvest and talents with the Durango community. The market also offers hot ready to eat food from local vendors, value added foods such as jams, jellies and sauces and local artisans who make high-quality handcrafted items. And don't forget: Durango Farmers Market accepts SNAP and offers Double Up Food Bucks! 

When: Saturdays from 8 AM to 12 PM until October 26
Where: TBK Bank parking lot, across from the Transit Center on 8th St.

For more information visit www.durangofarmersmarket.com
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
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 www.colorado.edu/menv/
Regional & Beyond
Further Resources and Opportunities
Check back next time for more happenings and opportunities beyond FLC and Durango. If you know of any, you can always email them to us!
Environmental Center | Fort Lewis College | 970-247-7676 | envcenter@fortlewis.edu