February 2015
In This Issue

Good afternoon, EC Community. From all of us here, we wanted to thank you deeply for helping to keep the spirit of activist and writer, Edward Abbey alive this past Thursday. To celebrate Mr. Abbey's life, the evening started out with a 'call to action'. Local nonprofit conservation organizations including Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Southwest Conservation Corps, Conservation Colorado, the Sustainablity Alliance for SW Colorado, San Juan Citizen's Alliance, the FLC Sociology Club, and the EC were on hand to plug people into their latest campaigns. In addition to these "action stations", our event featured the short animation, A Line in the Sand, by Justin Clifton (http://vimeo.com/105842879)  followed up by the award-winning documentary, Wrenched (www.wrenched-the-movie.com) . The evening wrapped up with live music by the Porchlights, a Real Food Challenge birthday cake, and a lot of kazoo tooting!

All told, the event drew an attendance of approximately 250 individuals, comprised of a wonderful mix of FLC students and community members. We had attendees from as near as the FLC Residence Halls and as far away as Dolores. Additionally, it was wonderful to see a mix of ages and watch the fascinating conversations that ensued-in one instance, I engaged with an 84 year old Cortez resident who met Mr. Abbey in 1967 and an 18 year-old FLC student from Mt. Shasta, California resident who had just learned of him to discuss ways that, together, we could protect the wild places in our back yards---amazing!  
Here is a great article that highlighted Edward Abbey's work, the film, and our event that appeared in the Tuesday, 1/27 run of the Durango Herald: http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20150126/ARTS/150129638/Celebrating-Cactus-Ed-
Until that next time we meet, "may your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view"
Rachel Landis & the EC Staff


Environmental Center Happenings 

Vermicomposting Workshop

Join the Environmental Center on Thursday, Feb to get your hands dirty with some worms and learn how to create a healthy compost for your plants!

Date: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 4:30 PM

Location: The Environmental Center

Cost: FREE

Contact: Russel Panasa rlpenasa@fortlewis.edu  


Community Events & Opportunities

Allen Best presentation "Why Mountain Towns would benefit from a National Carbon Fee"

Allen Best reports on water, energy, and other issues in Colorado, the Great Plains, and the Intermountain West.  A fourth-generation Coloradan, he has worked as a journalist since the 1970s. Join us, and pass on this event to all your friends and skiing buddies.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 4:00-5:00pm

Location: Durango Library

Cost: Free

Contact: Werner.Heiber@gmail.com



Green Business Roundtable: Making Space for Sustainable Industry


Green Business Roundtable (GBR) luncheons are a monthly meet-up (held September through April) for those interested in green business.  Our goals are to: Network, Inspire, Educate, and Improve.  Participants are treated to inspiring presentations, a sustainably-sourced lunch, and exceptional networking opportunities. GBR is non-partisan and attendees include businesses, entrepreneurs, city and county employees and elected officials.

Kerry will speak on the importance of a vibrant business community and give some of her ideas on ways we can partner together to ensure that we are smartly planning for the future businesses of La Plata County.

This month, the winner of this year's Green Business Leadership Award goes to the nominee who most exemplifies leadership, risk, and innovation in utilizing environmentally responsible, healthy, and profitable business practices.  

Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2015 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Henry Strater Theater 699 Main Avenue

Cost: $15 Reserves your seat and a sustainably- sourced lunch. register for this event at San Juan Citizen's Alliance www.sanjuancitizens.org  

Contact: Erika Brown mailto:erika@sanjuancitizens.org 



Fort Lewis Spring Job Fair

Jobs and internships, Practice Interviews, Resume Review and door Prizes.

7 Steps to Success at the Spring Job Fair:

Before the next Job Fair:

 1.     Get your resume reviewed by your Career Services Coordinator. (not required-can do this at the Job Fair!)

2.     Research organizations that will be in attendance.

3.     Wear professional attire to the Job Fair.

4.     Think of questions to ask potential employers.

5.     Come to the Job Fair with copies of your resume.

6.     Be prepared with your 30 second elevator speech

7.     Smile

Date: Febuary 4, 2015 from 10:00am- 3:00pm  

Location: Ballroom, Student Union
Cost: FREE
Contact: Jill S. Kolodzne jskolodzne@fortlewis.edu


Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

FLC's TRiO Upward Bound College Prep Program seeks Leaders to supervise and tutor high school students during our summer residential college preparatory program.

These are summer live-in, full-time/temporary positions scheduled from June 5-July 9, 2015 (approximately five weeks). The Leader position provides experiential learning opportunities for college students wishing to gain practical experience working with youth in academic and social development.

$8.00 per hour (approximately 40-50 hours per week), plus room and evening meal.

More information can be found at: www.fortlewis.edu/upwardbound 

Contact: Marya Corrigan Corrigan_m@fortlewis.edu


United States Forest Service Seasonal Hiring

Individuals interested in these positions are encouraged to create an applicant profile and build their resume in USAJOBS as soon as practical in advance of the opening date and open period. The website for USA Jobs is: https://www.usajobs.gov/ 

Phase 1 January 14 - 20, 2015: Includes all fire fighter and fire management positions

Phase 2 February 3 - 9, 2015: Engineering and surveying technicians, forestry technicians, hydrologic technicians, biological science technicians, archaeological technicians, equipment operators, motor vehicle operators, laborers, and maintenance workers, Recreation, wilderness, trails technicians, and animal packer positions

 Phase 3 March 3 - 9, 2015: Visitor information/guides, office services, Youth Conservation Corps aids/leaders, and other new 1039 hour positions not filled in Phases 1 and 2

 You can see the pre-announcements for these positions as they are being uploaded into our outreach website at: https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/Outreach  includes all 9 regions/locations within the United States Forest Service