EC Digest
Fall 2014: Issue 11
In This Issue




Assistant Coordinator's Note

By Erin Murphy


The weather is getting colder by the day, the EC garden has mostly been put to bed for the winter- though Clay is still pulling out some tasty carrots and beets- and our student teams are working hard on operationalizing their project plans for the year.


The Zero Waste Team is tackling recycling education with super creative, interactive bulletin boards throughout the Student Union.  The Campus Sustainability Team has designed the Green Gurus Program which will help faculty and staff "green" their spaces, and are in the early planning stages for the Sustainability Summit which is scheduled for early March.  The Local Food Security Team is partnering with the National Young Farmer's Coalition to petition the federal Higher Education Act to include new farmers within their Student Loan Forgiveness Program.  The Real Food Challenge Team has drafted a food policy to shift FLC food purchasing dollars to "Real" foods that are fair, humane, ecologically sound, or local.   


This week, members of the EC student staff have partnered with campus organizations including the Native American Center and Sodexo to plan, locally source, and cook lunch for Winona LaDuke.  The team has gracefully managed to balance a delicious menu with all locally sourced foods which is no small feat, especially as the growing season is coming to an end.  Cooking the food and presenting it to Ms. LaDuke will be an honor.  Hopefully the quiche and kale salad will be a hit! 

Community Events & Opportunities


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


Saturday, November 15th @ 3:00pm-10:00pm: Black Mesa Benefit Festival

The donation- based outdoor music show will benefit Dine families in the Black Mesa area who recently had their livestock impounded.  Bands include Discotays, Lo-cash Ninjas, In Vengeance, Bearsnail and Blackkiss. 


Location: 2599 CR 225 Durango, Colorado, along the Florida River

Cost: $5+ suggested donation, free food and camping

Contact:, carpooling encouraged:




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.



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.




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