EC Digest
Fall 2014: Issue 10
In This Issue




Coordinator's Note

By Rachel Landis


This note begins with a simple word: WOW! We here at the Environmental Center are exceptionally grateful for all of the support that you, our amazing community, showed this past week


During the EC's 13th Annual REEL Film Experience. Your attendance and generosity ensured that the EC hit its fundraising goal, gave us all the chance to reconnect as a community, and helped to engage our student base. We had students from six different academic departments and ten different classes attending to weave information from the film back into their curriculum.


Additionally, DamNation's amazing imagery and the powerful voice of our panel provided us all with the battle cry to Take Action Now about something we all value deeply-water. Capture that energy now, take up your (digital) pen and post your public comments to the Colorado Water Plan:  Feel free to make note of your particular thoughts or on our Southwest Basin Roundtable's Proposed Implementation Draft Plan (the Executive Summary and goals of this plan can be found by clicking here).


Thank you again for your support of the Environmental Center! 



Upcoming EC Events & Opportunities



Wednesday October 29: Bike Walk or Bus Day

A group of six Environmental Studies students at Fort Lewis College are conducting a research project on transportation habits of commuters to the FLC campus. Bike, Walk, Bus day will be hosted by this group of students at the FLC Student Union to share their current findings and promote participation in their study.

For more information contact: Emma Kurfis ( or Emily Ciszek ( 


Thursday, November 13th @ 7:00 PM: Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on sustainable development, climate change and environmental justice in Native America.


Location: Ballroom, Student Union
Students: free; adults: free
Coordinator: Community Concert Hall
Contact: , 970-247-7657



Community Events & Opportunities


Tuesday, October 28th @ 6:30 PM: Film

Attend the film premiere of "Resilient: Soil, water and the new stewards of the American West." A film by the National Young Farmers Coalition. Produced by Rumplefarm Films and the � Lexicon of Sustainability Featuring local farmers. 


Location: Powerhouse Science Center,1333 Camino del Rio,Durango, CO.

Doors open at 6:30; film and farmer/rancher panel begins at 7pm. 

Beer generously donated by Ska Brewing; cash bar available


Email or for more information



Tuesday, October 28th @ 6:00 PM: Seed Exchange

Bring to share, come to learn! There will also be produce distributed.

Seed Donations to the Durango Seed Library welcome.


The Durango Seed Library is located at the Discovery Museum at 1333 Camino Del Rio. Ask the front desk, entry and seeds are FREE! 


Location: Durango Natural Foods Cooperative on 8th and College


Wednesday, October 29 @ 6:30: Andrew Gulliford

 Andrew Gulliford will speak on "Solo in the Southwest: Going Out and Coming Back and the Wilderness Within." This is the next talk in the Durango Wilderness 50 Lecture Series.


Location: Pullman Room at the Strater Hotel

Doors open at 6:30 pm for the cash bar,  talk begins at 7pm, book signing, and chance to buy raffle tickets for Broads Wilderness 50 Commemorative Quilt will follow.


Contact for more information.


Wednesday, October 29th @ 12:30 PM: Senator Udall in Durango

Senator Udall Bus Tour Stop in Durango. Get out the Vote! Free and open to all supporters.

Location: La Plata County Democratic Headquarters, Crossroads Building 3rd Story Rooftop Patio (corner of Main and 11th St.)


Contact 970-759-9346 for more information


Tuesday, November 4th: Election Day

Election day is approaching, be sure you're informed about the candidates running for office.

This website gives you a guide to learn about the candidates running for office in our community and where they stand on the issues.


Get Educated: Theses are a couple of the important issues you might want to know about before you vote.

Colorado amendment 67 Definition of person and child:

An initiated amendment to Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution that would add "unborn human being" to the definitions of "person" and "child" in the Colorado Criminal Code and Colorado wrongful death statutes.

Colorado Proposition 105 mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Food:

An initiated amendment adding provisions to section 401 of Article 5 of Title 25 of the Colorado Revised Statutes commonly known as the "Colorado Food and Drug Act" requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods.

for more information, visit 


Friday, November 7th @ 6:00 PM: Film

Join Great Old Broads for Wilderness for the free showing of Wrenched 

Produced and directed by ML Lincoln, the film explores how Edward Abbey lit the flame of environmental activism and gave the movement its soul.


Location: The Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio, in Durango.

Doors open at 5:30. ML Lincoln and Doug Peacock will be on hand for a lively discussion after the film. The event is free, donations will be accepted.


Contact for more information. 


October 24th - November 15th @ 5:00 PM: "An Enduring Wilderness" Exhibition 

Durango Arts Center announces an "An Enduring Wilderness," Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act; Annual Members Exhibition on display October 24-November 15 with an opening reception on Friday, October 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. 


Visit DAC at or call (970) 259-2606 for more information.




Phone Banking and Canvassing Help for Senator Udall's Campaign:

In coordination with Senator Udall's visit to Durango, a phone bank and door-to-door canvass will occur at 1:15 PM. We will also be making calls every evening until November 4th.

Contact 970-759-9346 for more information.


FLC Crop Mob:

Crop mob is primarily a group of young, landless, and wannabe farmers who come together to build and empower communities by working side by side. The FLC Environmental Center will be rounding up volunteers to make weekly trips out to area farms where you will help harvest, sheer sheep, who knows!?! In exchange, you will be working to actively build a healthy community, get to know our amazing area farmers, and get your pockets stuffed full of free, local food.


To sign up to receive Crop Mob alerts (dates, etc) and register, visit the FLC Environmental Center or contact Crop Mob Coordinator, Danielle Duni at 


Campus Garden Grown Lunches:

As part of Fort Lewis College's Real Food Challenge and in celebration of Eat Local Month, our campus' San Juan Dining Facilities will feature produce grown by students in our organic, on-campus garden and the Old Fort Farm each Tuesday during lunch. San Juan Dining is located within the FLC Student Union and is open to the public for lunch between 11:30-1:00p.m. with a la carte pricing


Find out what is for lunch by visiting the EC Facebook Page: Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College or check out the Campus Garden Grown board located in San Juan Dining.


EC Garden- Get Your Hands Dirty:

Come out to the garden to do some work if you want to or just to check out what we have going on out there. This is a great opportunity to learn more about gardening or to share any knowledge you may have and make our garden better!  No sign up is necessary, just show up to the garden when you can!  Since it's the end of the season contact Clay to verify dates and times, generally Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12:30.


For more information contact Clay Tomcak



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