February 2015
In This Issue


Environmental Center Happenings 


The Sustainability Summit Returns to Fort Lewis!


The Fort Lewis Environmental Center presents the 2nd annual Sustainability Summit! Come learn about campus sustainability initiatives. The creative celebration will showcase sustainability on the Fort Lewis College campus through art, dancing, an interactive game, speakers, booths, a local band, and free real food. Make a commitment to sustainability on the "Sustainabili-tree", an art instillation hand-crafted by the Creative Commons out of recycled materials, watch robots that recycle, and take the virtual "closing the loop tour" of food's journey on campus. Participants will wrap up the evening feeling inspired by sustainability and enjoying Durango's local band, and Fort Lewis alumni, Elder Grown!

When: Wednesday, March 4th from 4:30- 8:30pm

Where: Student Union Ballroom

Cost: FREE

Contact: emmurphy@fortlewis.edu


7th Annual Homegrown February Food Retreat

The Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado present the 7th Annual Homegrown Food Retreat: Hungry for Change? An interactive conversation mapping the gaps in our local food system and collaborating to ensure that all families have access to healthy, affordable food in our community. Sponsored by: Zia Taqueria, Fort Lewis College Environmental Center, & CSU Extension. The event is FREE and open to the public. For those who can give, we suggest a $20 minimum donation to support the program and food provided. Growing Partners of SW Colorado is a partnership of agencies and individuals working together to support a fair, sustainable local food system that reaches all incomes, ages, and cultures. Since 2004, Growing Partners has collaborated on food projects to increase community food security for underserved populations in La Plata County.


When: Saturday, February 28th 8:30am -1:30pm


Where: La Plata County Fairgrounds.


Cost: Free (donations accepted)


Contact: For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.growingpartners.org 


Community Events & Opportunities


Humans and the Extinction Crisis: Population, Sustainability, and the 21st Century

With more than 7 billion people on the planet, human population growth, along with reckless consumption, is at the root of our most pressing environmental issues. Yet the topic of population, how to slow growth, and how to live more sustainably is often left out of conversations among environmental groups, activists, and the media. Melissa Amarello, from the Center for Biological Diversity, will explain how that organization has been working to address these issues, using common sense solutions that benefit women, families, wildlife and the planet.

In addition to the talk, come a little early to view a magnificent new book of photo essays, "OVER".

When: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Where: Room 130, Noble Hall

Cost: FREE

Contact: Richard Grossman (970) 749-0783 or richard@population-matters.org 


Durango Green Drinks


Beginning this February, 'green-minded' individuals and groups in Durango will have the opportunity to raise their glass and jointly toast the amazing sustainability initiatives going on in our community. Durango Green Drinks is focused on creating an agenda-free, fun, non-politicized venue for the community to gather.


When: February 26th 2015 and every last Thursday of the month from 5-6:30pm


Where: Carver Brewing, Back Room


Cost: Free to attend; cash bar


For More Information: visit www.sustainableswcolorado.org or email DurangoGreenDrinks@gmail.com 



Organic Land Management Choices and Challenges


Please Join Chip Osborne, founder and President of Osborne Organics, to learn more about how you can have a safe and healthy lawn.  Osborne will discuss Durango's Organic Parks and Land Management Program.  


When: February 23rd, 2015 5-7pm


Where: Durango Public Library


Cost: Free


Contact: Tricia triciagourley@hotmail.com


The Pueblo Indian occupation of the Mesa Verde Region

Pueblo Indians occupied the Four Corners area for millennia, creating one of the world's greatest archaeological regions. Dr. Mark Varien has been a part of new and innovative research known as the Village Ecodynamics Project (VEP) that examines the long-term interaction between Pueblo Indians and their environment, including why the Mesa Verde region of southwestern Colorado was depopulated at the end of the thirteenth century and where Pueblo people went when they migrated from the area. Dr. Varien will answer these questions and explore how Pueblo Indian history is relevant to today's world.

When: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Where: Room 130, Noble Hall

Cost: FREE

Contact: Richard Grossman (970) 749-0783 or richard@population-matters.org



Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities


The Environmental Center needs your help!

The Environmental Center is looking for the following items to support garden and orchard operations this spring:

  • Small garden tiller (needed for one day in early March and one day in April; we can come and pick it up/deliver it back to you)
  • Hand pruning sheers
  • Irrigation supplies
  • Shade cloth

 If you have any of the following items that you would like to donate/lend to the Environmental Center, please contact EC Coordinator, Rachel Landis at rllandis@fortlewis.edu or (970) 247-7091. Thank you!