October 23, 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".

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  • 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 a Sharing Science Workshop

Communication is so important in the science field! The American Geophysical Union recently came to FLC to provide a half-day workshop about how we can talk about all things science related, how to keep science relevant, and why high-quality science communication is so crucial in this day and age.

It's important to know who the audience is. The most important skill that I took away from this workshop was how to effectively communicate to members of Congress. Simple changes in your vocabulary (depending on who you're talking to) can make the difference with something as major as getting a bill passed. Some congressman will stop listening once they hear the words "climate change", but they will listen to the term "a changing climate". It's such a small difference in vocabulary, but it packs a punch! I believe congressmen want to find a middle ground for the environmental crisis that we're entering, but it needs to be in words and approaches that are familiar to their worldview.

If you're interested in hearing more about this topic, I recommend this article!

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 Us for Campus Garden Workdays

Have some fun in the garden before it gets too cold! Its the best way to de-stress, get your hands dirty, and be an environmental steward. Join our Growing Spaces Steward, Maggie, for a Garden Workday, this Thursday during College Hour

When : Thursday, from 1-2 PM
& 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
What's Going On at FLC and in Our Local Community
Feed Pigs with Your Unused Pumpkins!

Residents are encouraged to drop off jack-o-lanterns and other festive fruits. Thanks to The City of Durango Sustainability Division, The Good Food Collective, Bear Smart Durango, the Town of Bayfield and the CSU Extension Office we can use them to feed pigs, not the bears! Please make sure there is no wax, paint or bleach prior to drop off.

When: Friday, Nov. 1 from 12 to 6 PM &
Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 AM to 2 PM
Where: La Plata County Fairgrounds
(2500 Main Ave.)

For more information visit Durango's Sustainability Site
Donate Your Leaves Too!

The Good Food Collective is looking for leaves! They love maple, ash, and fruit tree leaves but will accept others. They cannot accept walnut, cottonwood, or aspen leaves. Leaf donations can be dropped off at Manna Soup Kitchen's garden, the La Plata Country Fairgrounds, or GFC will pick them up from you.

To have leaves picked up contact: The Garden Project
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 to 5 PM
Where: Durango Public Library
Old Fort Farm Stand is Open!

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

When: Wednesdays at 1 PM
Where: Student Union plaza

The Old Fort's Facebook Page for more information
It's the Last Durango Farmer's Market of the Season!

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 live music, 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: Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 AM to 12 PM
Where: TBK Bank parking lot, across from the Transit Center on 8th St.

For more information visit www.durangofarmersmarket.com
Learn About the Relationship of our Forest with Fire

This will be a three part discussion that can delve deeper into forest ecology, how the 416 fire has affected our landscape, and how we can move forward with community resilience.

When: Wednesdays (Oct. 23, 30, and Nov. 6) from 6 - 8 PM
Where: The Powerhouse - Science Center & MakerLab
1333 Camino Del RioDurango, CO

For more information visit Mountain Studies Website
The Human Element - An Earth Vision Film

Citizens Climate Lobby will be showing a free film from the producers of RACING EXTINCTION, THE COVE and CHASING ICE, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change.

When: Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 PM
Where: Durango Public Library
1900 E 3rd Ave, Durango, Colorado 81301

For more information visit CCL's Facebook Event Page
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
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 www.colorado.edu/menv/
Diversity and Inclusivity Training at The Grand Canyon
Hosted by the National Park Service, at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Walk away an understanding of how public land agency employees, partners and visitors representing different races, genders, and cultures view public lands and identify how to make public lands more inclusive for all. Scholarships for this training are awarded on a first come basis (Up to $800).

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 5 and 6
For more information and to register, visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/diversity.htm
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 ebriodypavlik@gmail.com
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