August 29, 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.

Environmental Center Happenings
Join Our Team!
Did you hear? Because we've been trying to let everyone know. We want you to be a part of our team! You'll get to be a part of all our amazing change-making, and meet some awesome folks while you do it.

Visit the Environmental Center's webpage for more information and to see how you can make a difference in your community and the world! 

Applications are due by noon on Friday, August 31. So apply right away!
The EC and the GFC
The Good Food Collective and the Environmental Center are joining forces to reduce food waste, feed those in need, and keep bears safe and out of our community. Interested in joining in on this awesome effort (and seeing Rachel again in case you missed her)? Apply to be on the Harvest and Project Crew through the Environmental Center's online application process.

Visit the Environmental Center's webpage for more information.

Applications are due by noon on Friday, August 31.
So apply right away!
Our Eco Roadshow Hit the Ground Running
This year, the Environmental Center joined in on FLC's PEAK Experiences to offer the Eco Roadshow, a 4-day camping and road tour that introduced incoming Skyhawks to some great environmental, agricultural, and sustainable features of our community. It was incredible to hear about the experiences and connections these students made in just a few short days before the semester began.

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: this semester's time is being confirmed; tentatively scheduled for Thursdays during college hour - check in at our office to confirm!
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
Sign up for an Old Fort Farm CSA for a convenient and affordable way to buy local vegetables
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!
Durango Green Drinks
Join one of Durango's top environmental and 'green' social networking events. Join us on Thursday, August 30 5 to 6:45PM at Carver Brewing Company. August hosts are Local First and Trails 2000.

Green Drinks is organized by the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado (SASCO).
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
Durango Organizing Internship with Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado is seeking a part-time Organizing Intern to assist with outreach efforts at Conservation Colorado and take the lead on special projects. Intern will gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable organizing professionals at one of Colorado’s leading conservation organizations. Position is part-time (10-20 hours per week), paid at $10.20/hour, and runs through December 20, 2018.

Applications are due by Friday, September 7th. For more information and to apply, visit:
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!
Regional & Beyond
Further Resources and Opportunities
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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