October 12, 2017
Welcome to the fourth edition of the Environmental Center (EC) Digest for the 2017-2018 academic year! Every two weeks, this little gem of digital media will arrive in your inbox.

Scroll down to learn about Environmental Center events and happenings and to explore community events, initiatives, and job postings  focused on environmental, social justice and sustain ability...  and of course, our ever-anticipated (and always wordy) introductory musings. Ready, set, go:
"We're going to San Antonio" has been playing on a loop in my mind these past few weeks (with just a *slight* modification to the Johnny Cash and June Carter's classic rock-a-billy lyrics). This weekend, I'm proud to be heading off with five Environmental Center student staff members to the annual conference for the  Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) the preeminent environmental and sustainability organization for colleges and universities.

Our team will be showcasing how they advance social justice, environmental action and economic development through our Vote Real Initiative. The audience for this event includes not only student peers, but also thousands of sustainability professionals and dozens of leadership executives from across the nation. This is an incredible honor and one that speaks to the power and potential of younger generations. It also highlights the importance of the EC's work with Fort Lewis College students - harnessing the passion and vision they have and then providing them the tools and experience to make a difference in this world. Now is the time, this is the generation. To end with another 
(somewhat altered) nod to Mr. Cash: "I hear a * change* a-coming, its coming 'round that bend . . ."
 
If you are interested in learning more about the Vote Real Initiative and seeing our students live and in action, please join us on Facebook for a livestream of the presentation, Tuesday at 8:15a.m. MST: https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentalCenterFLC/

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Rachel Landis
Environmental Center Coordinator

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Events
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The Environmental Center and Native American Center present Souper Monday

Join the EC, Native American Center and Buffalo Council for Souper Monday, a locally-sourced soup gathering featuring produce from the EC garden and Old Fort, as well as bison from the Buffalo Council. 

When: Monday, O ct.16 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where:  Native American Center
Cost: Free and open to all!

For more information, contact Zach Bauer at zlbauer@fortlewis.edu  
Extra Help Needed in the Campus Food Forest

Winter is coming and that means our trees need some TLC. For those who are interested, we will be caging trees to prepare for winter time protection. No prior experience needed, just a willingness to work and a love for trees! 

When: Every Monday 8:30 a.m. -12 noon, Tuesday 8:30 - 10 a.m., Wednesday 9:30 - 11 a.m.
If available to help on other days, contact Grace Ann (contact info at the bottom) to work out a time! 
Where: Meet at the Campus "Food For Thought" Orchard just north of Pine Hall
Cost: Free

For More information, contact Grace Anna Robinson at garobinson@fortlewis.edu or 501-519-3795
Campus Garden Workdays

Join our EC Local Food Fellow, Paula Pletnikoff every Thursday afternoon for a quick break from the rapid-fire world to harvest organic fruits & veggies, digging in the dirt, pruning in our orchard and planting up our new campus food forest. 

In addition to helping to maintain our campus growing spaces, Paula is excited to share tips and tricks for how you can grow your own food. Oh, and did we mention you get to eat raspberries off the vine?

When: Thursdays from 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at the EC Campus Garden - in the rear corner of the Center of Southwest Studies parking lot.
Cost: Free!

For More Information: Contact Paula Pletnikoff at ppletnikoff@fortlewis.edu
More EC and FLC Happenings
EC's Real Food Challenge Team Hits the Road THIS WEEKEND

The EC's Real Food Challenge team has been selected to present our Vote Real program to sustainability professionals nation-wide this weekend!

Four students from the EC's Real Food Challenge student team will be presenting our very own, home-grown Vote Real Initiative to thousands of sustainability professionals at the national AASHE Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Our students will present along with a group from Gonzaga University to showcase ways to advance sustainable dining practices while combating social injustice and encouraging greater democratic participation. 

This is an awesome honor and we are so proud of our students! We'll be live-casting on our Facebook Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. MST:
Durango Green Drinks on Thursday, Oct. 26 - the EC is Presenting!
Join us on Thursday, October 26th for this month's Durango Green Drinks. Hosts this month are San Juan Citizens Alliance and your very own Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College!
Mark Your Calendar for Dec. 5th for the 16th Annual REEL Film Experience featuring Chasing Coral 

Tickets go on sale November 1st.

Suggested donation $12 to support the Environmental Center

Watch the Official Trailer to see what this award winning film is all about.
Support the EC When You Shop at City Market

If you shop at City Market with a rewards card, you can use your grocery shopping to support the Environmental Center at no extra cost to you! 

All you have to do is sign up here:   www.citymarketcommunityrewards.com

Instructions for Enrolling:
-Click on the Enroll Now button
-Create an account
-Register your City Market Value Card and when asked what organization you would like to support, type in Environmental Center and check the appropriate dialog box.

From then on out, City Market's Community Rewards program will make a donation to the Environmental Center each time that you make a purchase. Get your groceries and support the EC in one fell swoop-it's like getting your cake and eating it, too! (food pun intended)
Community Events & Opportunities
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Events and Happenings in our Local Community
Trails 2000 Trailwork Opportunity

Join Trails 2000 and American Alpine Club for Trailwork to give back to the community by servicing a local trail! 

When: Sunday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: East Animas Climbing Area

Volunteers should meet at the East Animas parking area, located 1.8 miles north on County Road 250 in Durango.

No experience is necessary for trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, water, lunch and snacks for the entire crew. 

Registration is required ; please  sign up at Trails2000.org: 

Attend the Peace Corps Online Info Session Next Monday to Learn More About Service Efforts

Apply your agricultural and environmental know-how overseas to help feed our world.  The Peace Corps needs food security specialists to address global food security, conservation concerns and climate change issues at grassroots levels!

Help improve a community's livelihood and develop sustainable solutions, while gaining global skills for your career. Join the focused information session in celebration of World Food Day to learn about Volunteer experiences from Returned Volunteers, ask questions about service, and hear about how you can join today.
 
When: Monday, Oct. 16 from 1  - 2 p.m.
Where: Online!
Cost: Free

Register in advance at  http://bit.ly/2k1cw5H 
 
Positions departing April - September 2018 are posted on our website ( www.peacecorps.gov/openings). The next deadline is October 1 (April - June departures) then January 1 (July - September departures).

Contact Karen Sweeney at ksweeney@peacecorps.gov for more information on getting involved with the Peace Corps.
There's still several weeks left in growing season!

The Old Fort Farm Stand is still selling produce and the late season items are looking delicious.

When: Every Wednesday from 1 - 4 p.m.
Where: outside the Student Union (weather permitting), or inside the main entrance.
Meeting This Friday for Homes Available to Qualified Households in Bayfield

Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County eases the burden of home ownership on area residents by offering qualified households (1+ persons) a break on housing costs.

You or your loved ones could pay only 30% of your monthly gross income toward mortgage payments by participating in Habitat for Humanity's program!

When: Attend the orientation on Friday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. to apply!
Where: the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

No RSVP required, children welcome, no documents needed.

Email admin@habitatlaplata.org or call (970) 382-2215 for more details.
Participate in Your Democracy
Public Comment Periods Open for Important Issues!
Contribute Your FLC Voice to Durango Transit Service Reduction

Due to budgetary constraints, which include a decrease in funding form state transit grants, Durango Transit will not be able to operate at current service levels in 2018. In order to be fiscally sustainable, service cuts are necessary.

In light of upcoming cuts, it's imperative that we provide feedback on which transit routes and services are the most important to our community.

Take Action Here: Contribute to the public comment period at  http://www.durangogov.org/VirtualCityHall
Rio Grande National Forest Hosts Four Forest Plan Public Meetings

T he public has until December 29 to review and comment on the proposed forest plan.
The forest plan guides all management decisions and activities on the Rio Grande National Forest.

Representatives from the Forest will present an overview of the draft forest plan and environmental impact statement, and answer questions from the audience. Meeting participants will have an opportunity to review maps and have further discussions with Forest Service employees following the presentation.

Take Action Here: Attend a meeting for public comment!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1 - Creede Community Center, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 2 - Rio Grande County Annex, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8 - Guadelupe Parish Hall in Conejos, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 9 - Saguache Community Building, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
For more information visit the Rio Grande National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande
or contact Erin Minks, Forest Planner, at 719-852-6215
Make sure Southwest Colorado gets its fair share of electric vehicle infrastructure spending!

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is currently taking comments on how to spend the $68 million they will be receiving from Volkswagen as part of their diesel emissions settlement

We need to make sure that SW Colorado is included in the plan to help promote the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) in our region. As EVs begin to catch on, we'll want to be sure that we can support our residents and our visitors with a strong charging infrastructure!

Transitioning to EV will only invest in a healthier public and environment, as electricity is highly versatile kind of energy that can be produced by geothermal, solar, wind, and hydro methods  with reduced emissions . Let's tell the CDPHE to start ALL of Colorado on the path toward a cleaner transportation system.

Take Action Here: Please send your comments/public opinions to this e-mail address: cdphe.commentsapcd@state.co.us   by Friday, Oct. 13. Be sure to mention where you live (zip code or city) and why EV infrastructure is important for our region!
Opportunities Opportunities
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
Learn How to Perfect Your USA Jobs Profile

Learn tips from United States Forest Service employees on how to apply to federal jobs online and create an effective federal resume.  

Creating a USA Jobs profile is not easy, let experts help you get ahead of the game! Join in on  Workshop Wednesday - Federal Jobs.

When: Wedneday. Dec. 18, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Cascade Room, Student Union 112
Cost: Free!

For more information, contact Jill Kolodzne at jskolodzne@fortlewis.edu
Market Manager Position Available

The Durango Farmers Market is hiring for their Market Manager position.

The Market Manager is responsible for providing the day-to-day operations of the Durango Farmers Market (DFM) and is one of only two paid positions at the DFM. 

If interested, go to
http://www.durangofarmersmarket.com/applications.html to find more details and read the job description.

Contact dfmmanager@durangofarmersmarket.com with any questions or concerns.
Regional & Beyond
Further Resources and Opportunities
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