March 12, 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
  • 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!
Sometimes when it comes to work in advancing environmental and social sustainability, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the scale and variety of issues that we have to face. Climate change, global food supply, health issues, social justice and human rights, the plastics problem... the list goes on. We all wish we could change the world with a snap of our fingers, but we can't. What to do, where to begin?

Well I've got good news for you: if you want to work on tackling this stuff, you're not alone. The world is full of millions of people working to make things better in every corner of the globe. You can be part of a global community of people making this world a better place. Think global. Act local. Find that thing that you care about, and connect with others that care too. You can make a difference in your community. And in communities around the world, there are people like you.

It takes millions of drops of water to make a wave of change. Be proud to be a part of it!

Marty Pool
Environmental Center Coordinator
Environmental Center Happenings
FLC Sustainability Summit!
Tuesday, March 19
This year’s theme is creating connections, so what can you expect from this year’s summit?

  • Presentations and updates on Sustainability at FLC
  • An open forum to learn about what’s being done in different areas of sustainability
  • The chance to make connections and get involved with different efforts
  • Community organizations offering volunteer and engagement opportunities
  • Free food featuring produce and beef from the Old Fort Farm and other local and organic fare

When: Tuesday, March 19 from 4:30 - 7 pm
Where: FLC Student Union Ballroom
Cost: Free!
Letter to the Editor Workshop with Energy Impact
Have you ever thought about writing a letter to your local editor but didn't know where to start? Maybe you just want to contribute an effective way to stop climate change? This workshop is the workshop for you.

When: Wednesday, March 13 from 5 - 7 pm
Where: FLC Jones Hall Room 160
Cost: Free!
Local Food Film Series

Join the Local Food Security team for a weekly film series that dives into all the fascinating issues surrounding our food systems. Have your eyes opened and take part in lively discussions about some of the most pressing issues of our time! Films and topics vary from week to week so be sure to Like our Facebook page to keep up with the details of each film!
Volunteer Opportunities
Get Involved, Give Back, Build your Resume!
Spring and summer offer some amazing chances to get involved with environmental work. Not sure where to start? Come by the FLC Sustainability Summit on March 19th to connect with campus and community opportunities. Make sure you're signed up on our volunteer list for additional updates - email Tatyana at to be put on the list!
Camp, Get Dirty, and Care For the Places You Love!
Give back to the lands you love and join the San Juan Mountains Association for a 3 day restoration project along the Dolores River! We will camp at Bradfield Bridge and plant native trees and shrubs in a former agricultural area to help restore the area to its natural beauty. Join SJMA for this fun resume builder for FLC students!

The trip includes dinners and snacks as well as free use of camping equipment.

When: April 29 to May 1
Cost: Free!
To Sign-Up: email or call 970-759-9113

More information at the San Juan Mountains Association Website
Community Events and Opportunities
Local & Fort Lewis College
Events and Happenings in our Local Community and at FLC
Citizens Climate Lobby Wants To Take Students to D.C.

Citizens Climate Lobby is providing a scholarship for two students to go to Washington D.C. and speak about climate change and its impacts. The scholarship would cover air transportation, lodging, conference expenses, and some food allowance. FLC students, don't miss out on this opportunity for an amazing experience!

Application deadline: March 15, 2019

For more information and to apply visit the Durango CCL website
Energy 101 Talk & Navigating the New Energy Market
Come join a community talk with Citizens Climate Lobby and learn more about Power Market dynamics, LPEA buyout potential from Tri-State, Kit Carson and Delta-Montrose Electric Co-ops, 100% Renewable Energy Durango, Local Generation.

When: Saturday, March 23 from 3:15 - 5:45 pm
Where: Durango Public Library
Cost: Free!
Banff Mountain Film Festival 

Banff Mountain Film Festival is back with two nights of unique film line-ups! Join for one or both nights of award-winning adventure, environmental, exploration, and mountain culture films from around the world. In addition to awe inspiring films, you can win gear, gift cards, classes, and epic adventures in the raffle and silent auction sponsored by Osprey Packs.

Proceeds from this event benefit San Juan Citizens Alliance and Rocky Mountain Wild, and are used to help keep Wolf Creek pass wild! Learn more about the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

When: Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16 from 6 - 9 pm 
Where: Community Concert Hall at FLC
Cost: $15 - $25

Buy tickets or find details at San Juan Citizens website !

Join the Good Food Collective as part of the Local Food Film Series for an evening learning about the issue of Food Insecurity and what it means for the 49 million Americans, 13% of La Plata County Residents, and 28% of FLC students afflicted by it. This event will feature the award winning film, A Place at the Table, followed by a panel discussion and round-table brainstorm about ways to address the issue of hunger and food inequity in our region.

When: Monday, March 25 from 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Fort Lewis College Noble Hall, Room 130
Cost: Free, though donations of cash or healthy, shelf-stable foods to support the GFC’s food security efforts are welcome

Find details at Good Food Collective Facebook Page or contact Rachel via email
Inspire Change at Green Drinks

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 4CORE and the Sustainability Alliance of SW CO (SASCO)

Find out more at the  March Green Drinks Facebook event page !
SWCD Annual Water Seminar
Since 1981, the Southwestern Water Conservation District has coordinated the Annual Water Seminar to bring together individuals who are passionate about water resources to hear expert speakers from around the state and region. Mark your calendars for this year's event!

When: Friday April 5th
Where: Doubletree Hotel (501 Camino del Rio)
Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at the door
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
The Garden Project is Hiring for AmeriCorps Positions

Interested in working at The Garden Project as an Americorps School Garden Educator? Teach in schools across La Plata County, work in local food systems, and grow produce with this opportunity. Partial Year Term is April 2019-July 2019. Full year terms start August 2019 - July 2020.

Summer Job in Ignacio as Wildland Firefighter

Work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Southern Ute Agency in Ignacio, Colorado. Learn about the environmental impacts of wild land fires and how you can help.

For more information or to apply visit USAJOBS
Conservation Colorado Hiring a Field Organizer

Conservation Colorado is seeking a Field Organizer based in Durango, Colorado who will work primarily on public lands, climate, and water issues, building a cohort of activists and local leaders who engage with key decision makers, influence policy and advocate for conservation practices.

Impact Organizer Positions Available!

Real change only happens when people are organized to take action. That’s what Impact organizers do. The theory behind our work is simple: Winning and sustaining positive social change requires a solid foundation of public and political support. Impact campaign organizers build strong, enduring networks of support that help win positive change for our health and environment now, and provide the power to win more change in the future.

Learn more at the Impact website !
Mountain Studies Institute is Hiring a VISTA Position

MSI is searching for a talented, motivated, and self-directed individual to grow our mountain education and outreach programs as an Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation (OSMRE) Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). The VISTA position will be located in Silverton, Colorado in the heart of the San Juan Mountains and the position has a start date of March 18.

MSI and SCC are Now Accepting FC-FLIP Applications

FC-FLIP Connects regional college students and recent graduates with resource managers to gain the knowledge and skills – hands-on – of what it means to work with or for a federal agency. This rigorous, paid, 11-week career-building internship program offers an outstanding opportunity to learn from professionals in the field, build skills, and gain networking contacts - all while living in a beautiful place.

Farm Runners is Looking for New Employees

Farm Runners is currently looking to make a few additions to our team based out of Hotchkiss, CO and are looking for team members to be located within the North Fork Valley. Positions start May/June with commitment through at least October. Applicants should have Interest in local foods, intuition, and positive communication skills. Positions include Local Food Sales and Distribution Driver, Retail Store Staff/Manager, and Pack House Administrative Professional.

For more information or to apply email with the subject "Team Opening"
Regional & Beyond
Further Resources and Opportunities
Prune and Graft with MORP
I t's time to learn to prune and graft with MORP! Upcoming MORP Workshops (Saturdays from 10am to noon) include Pruning in an historic apple orchard, grafting at the Experimental Station in Yellow Jacket, grafting at the Animas Valley Grange, and grafting at the Old Fort in Hesperus. 

When: March 2nd - April 6th 
Where: Locations vary
Cost: Cost of workshop is free to current MORP members; $30 otherwise.

Sign up or receive more information at Montezuma Orchard Website
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