September 13, 2018
Welcome to the Environmental Center (EC) Digest for the 2018-2019 academic year!

Every two weeks, this little gem of digital media will arrive 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 postings

And of course, our ever-anticipated (and always thought-provoking) EC Musings.

Welcome back, friends!
Anna here! I work on the EC's Outreach team doing media and communication. A.K.A. - I'm the one sending this little gem of a newsletter to your inbox twice a month and usually the one posting about our happenings on social media! If we haven't already met, pop into the office; I've love to say hi and drink a cup of coffee together!

I don't know about you, but I am incredibly excited for this school year. Maybe it's because I'm a senior, but I'd like to think that "senioritis" isn't alone in making me look forward to the rest of the year. Upon returning to Durango post-summer, a lot of feelings were running through this body of mine. Anxiety for the school year ... excitement to be back home ... fear for the future of the thousands of acres of land that burned in the 416 Fire this summer ... worry about how drafty and NOT eco-friendly my new house is in town and dread for our future utility bills ... comfort upon peddling familiar roads around town ... and contentment upon gleaning pounds upon pounds of fruit from stranger's backyards through last week.

I know -- it's a lot of feelings. But you know what? The other night when I was sitting in my drafty new house thinking about all these feelings, I remembered something I overlook, but so incredibly important -- I can't take on the burden of these feelings alone. It takes a village. So friends, my pledge to myself and those around me this week is this: I'm not going to try to carry these feelings alone. Before I moved to Durango, I wasn't even aware of most of the sustainability concepts these feelings center around. So with that, how can I even begin to tackle them alone? That's what this beautiful town of activists is all about.

I can't wait to share all of the new ideas, events, and musings circling around the office with you. So until then, stay tuned!

In gratitude,
Anna Thorne, EC Media & Communication Manager and Journalism Student
Environmental Center Happenings
Volunteer With Us!
Are you interested in the environment, but busy with a million other things? Want to help with the Free Store but not every week? Well, we have just the thing for you!

This year, we kick off EC Meetups, our new way of connecting you, our beautiful and passionate environmental friends, with a space to help your ideas come to life.

For more information, stay tuned for an email blast at the beginning of next week with details on EC Meetups and how you can get involved.

Until then, stop in our office and say hi! We'd love to learn more about you and what you're interested in!
Fundraise While You Shop!

Available for anyone with a City Market Rewards Card
  1. Go to and login (or create an account if you haven’t already).
  2. Once logged in go to the “Community Rewards” section under My Account
  3. Enroll in supporting the Fort Lewis College Environmental center (organization AJ646)
  4. Shop at City Market, use your standard rewards ID, and a the EC will receive a donation from City Market at no charge to you!
Volunteer in the Food Forest Orchard

Our campus fruit trees are brimming with delicious fruit this year! Join EC alumni Duke Jackson in the Food Forest Orchard every Thursday from 9 am - 12 noon to learn more about our permaculture growing techniques and help harvest some delicious fruit.

When: Thursdays from 9 am - 12 noon
Where: Campus Food Forest Orchard - next to Pine Hall
Check out the Free Store

Get some free stuff! And donate your old stuff while you're at it. Be thrifty and keep usable goods out the landfill by visiting our Free Store.

When: Thursdays 12 PM- 2 PM
Except Today, 9/ the EC @ 12:45-2 PM
Where: The Student Union quad or lobby
Cost: Free! But we do auction some items off to help support the EC and Free Store efforts.
Community Events and Opportunities
Events and Happenings in our Local Community
Save The Date!
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. The conversation is shifting from "What does a changing climate mean for the future?" to "What do we do about it?"

Join climate scientist and author Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, the Office of Senator Michael Bennet, Yale Climate Connections’ Karin Kirk, and Dr. Travis Rieder, a Bioethicist at Johns Hopkins for an inspiring evening where we explore the science and solutions surrounding climate change .

Date & Time: Tue, 10/30; Two Times: 12:30 PM (12 PM doors) and 6:30 PM (5:30 doors)
Location: Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
Cost: $15; Students free with ID
It's not too late to sign up for an Old Fort Farm CSA!
For $108, you get 9 weeks of vegetables tailored to students, including carrots, potatoes, onions, kale – on campus! That's what makes a CSA (community share agriculture) so great. You can also get your veggies every week at the Old Fort Farm Stand on Wednesdays between 1pm and 4pm through October 31st. The first 10 students to sign up get a free set of reusable produce bags!

Go to to sign up for a CSA and send any questions to .

Or stop by the Farm Stand any Wednesday to sign up with cash, check, or Skycash!
Join the Good Food Collective on Thursday afternoons in front of the Smiley Building for free, delicious, hand-picked fruit while simultaneously saving the bears!

Not able to make it on Thursdays? Don't worry! Check out any time to locate trees in your area, then simply contact the owner and pick away!
Thrive! Living Wage Coalition and Fort Lewis College Life Long Learning present author and activist Chuck Collins, as part of Thrive!’s 2018 Education Program. Thursday, October 4th, 6-8 PM, Fort Lewis College Ballroom.
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
Education Garden work study jobs available at the Old Fort

Interested in growing local food? We're seeking two work study students to work in the Education Garden at the Old Fort. Part of the Old Fort's Sustainable Agriculture program, the Education Garden produces food year-round for the campus community and beyond using two large high tunnels. You can get your hands in the dirt even when it's snowing outside! Students learn the basics of garden bed preparation, harvest and processing, cover cropping, irrigation, and more. Fall Semester work study focuses on preparing the garden for winter, processing storage crops like carrots and potatoes, assisting at campus Farm Stands, and more. Spring Semester work study includes sowing seeds, harvesting greens, and also assisting at Farm Stands.

To apply and view the posting, go to to Skyhawks Job Source . Applicants must have reliable access to a car. Pay is $12/hour. Please contact us with any questions!
Can You Drive a Truck and Trailer?
If the answer is yes, then it's a no brainer -- Apply to work for Table to Farm!

Manage the day-to-day operations of Table to Farm Compost including daily curbside pick-ups of residential and commercial customers and on-farm compost pile management.

Download the application here or visit
Regional & Beyond
Further Resources and Opportunities
2018 Citizens' Climate Lobby Wild West Regional Conference
The CCL Regional Conference is an opportunity for newcomers and experienced CCL members to gather to learn, practice skills, inspire each other, and strategize in moving our country toward climate solutions.

When: Fri, 9/28 at 5 PM to Sun, 9/30 at 12:15 PM
Where: Wasatch Retreat and Conference Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: $90 ($20 for students!)

To register, go to
Uplift 2018!
The annual Uplift Climate Conference is for young people, by young people. We craft and launch climate action, celebrate the diversity of the Colorado Plateau, engage in creative storytelling, build skills, and form lasting relationships for a growing climate action community.

For more information and to register, visit the Uplift Website
EC Musings
Woah! You made it to the bottom of our newsletter! Good stuff huh? In future weeks, check back here for thoughts and stories from the EC students and staff. For now, all we can say is thank you for being part of our great community, and we hope to have you connect with us throughout the coming year.
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