March 16 , 2018
The EC Digest helps you keep up with all the environmental, social, 'green', and sustainability happenings in our community. Every two weeks during the academic year, look for this this little gem of digital media to arrive in your inbox!

Scroll down to learn about Environmental Center events and happeningsto explore community events and initiatives, and to see the latest  job and internship postings   focused on environmental, social justice and sustain ability . . .  and of course, read our ever-anticipated introductory musings. Ready, set, go:
'Tis the season to slack.
What do I mean? Well, it's that beautiful time at the College right after midterms and spring break, but still a considerable distance away from summer, when most everyone loses motivation--and fast. When asked how I'm doing, I find myself consistently answering, "Oh, I'm hanging in there. . ." or "Tired. Really tired . . ." and upon returning the question, I find I hear the same thing from everyone else. So, if we're all this exhausted, unmotivated, and simply DONE, what happens to our school work, grades, and extracurricular activities? We tend to hear from professors that the outcome is entirely up to us, but is it? What's the solution to this post-spring break lag when it come to juggling all of our commitments?
In my mind, that's where the Environmental Center saves our sanity. I continue to see the brilliance in the EC's staff structure more each semester. Instead of placing a project's weight solely on one individual, it's placed on a group. This way, the work load shifts with the eb and flow of teammates' schedules, so the work still gets done and everyone gets to interact with at least a small piece of the end product. Otherwise, we literally wouldn't ever get anything done. One person can only grind through a massive project for so long without burning out, especially in an academic setting. It takes a village. I can't tell you how many times my to-do list has been filled to the rim and Marty or Rachel or a fellow student staff will say, "What can I take off your plate?"
After reflecting more and more on this collaborative structure, I find myself striving to model other projects and teams in my life to function the same way. In our current political and social climate, it's easy to put too much weight on our own shoulders, often in the form of guilt, and never actually make anything happen--to seek change but actually remain more stagnant in the meantime. The solution? Well, again, it takes a village. What's yours?

Anna Thorne  
EC Media & Communications Manager

Environmental Center and Campus HappeningsECHappenings
Superb Herb Workshop

When: March 22nd, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Environmental Center
Cost: FREE!

Folks will walk away knowing how to effectively plant and grow winter herbs, recipes for herbs we are growing, and the importance of local food security. We will strive for activism in our own small way by creating an outlet for personal, local food production.

For more information, email or text Tristan Kraatz at 
Food for Thought Lunch with Native American Center and Environmental Center

When: March 26th, 12-1:30 p.m.
Where: Native American Center (NAC)
Cost: FREE!

Join the Environmental Center's Local Food Security Team and Native American Center for a locally-sourced meal and discussion about the importance of shopping local for your health, the environment and our local economy, as well as, ways to source local foods on a budget here in Durango. 

Contact Gabi Allan in the NAC for more information at

Free Store! Free Store!

When: Every Thursday from 1-2:30
Where: FLC Student Union
Cost: Free! Hence the name!

Free Thrift Shopping! Come by to find something new, every Thursday, while saving previous items from sitting in the landfill. 

We take donations, too! Stop by the Environmental Center with your items any time during normal hours to donate.

Learn more on our Facebook event page: 
More EC and FLC Campus Happenings
The Latest Student Perspective from the Environmental Center Blog

By Jeanett Jansen, Zero Waste Team Free Store Manager


If you live in Durango, you probably understand the intense love for the earth that I am filled with every single day. For a long time, I thought that to really walk the walk Continue reading . . .

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Community Events & Opportunities
Local LocalHappenings
Events and Happenings in our Local Community
Elder Grown Concert to Support Village Aid Project

When: Thursday March 22nd, Doors open at 6:30p.m. Concert starts at 7p.m.
Where:  Community Concert Hall at FLC

Cost:  $15 per seat pre-sale tickets through 3/21/2018 ~ day of show, per seat price will increase to $20

Join Elder Grown for some Funkalicious Rockin-Roots in support of Village Aid Project (VAP).

Get tickets at the Community Concert Hall's Downtown Ticket Office within the Durango Welcome Center at 8th and Main, online at, or by calling (970) 247-7657.
Duane Smith Lecture Series Presents: Charles Wilkinson

When: March 22nd, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Student Union Ballroom
Cost: Free!

Speaker: Charles Wilkinson, Distinguished Professor and Moses Lasky Professor of Law, University of Colorado

For more information, contact Julie Tapley-Booth at 970-247-7456
Food Justice Symposium

When: April 27-29, doors open at 6:00 p.m. on the 27th
Where: near Dolores, CO (more info upon registration)
Cost: $25 tickets at doors

There are two ways to attend this event: you can join in on Friday or Saturday night to hear keynote speakers M. Karlos Baca and Rowen White, or register to attend the Weekend Intensive for an in depth opportunity address racial inequity in the food system. 

More info can be found here, at the iCollective's website.
High Pine CSA - Community Supported Agriculture
March Green Drinks Hosted By SASCO & Durango Nature Studies!
Opportunities Opportunities
Jobs, Scholarships, Internships, and more!
"Your Shot" Photo Assignment for Rocky Mtn. Wolf Project

You are invited to participate in a fun, free, "Your Shot" photo assignment by National Geographic photographer/artist Asher Jay, on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project. This particular Assignment, entitled "The Tale of Two Wolves," seeks photos of wolves, Colorado landscapes that would benefit from the presence of wolves, and other images that "conceptually examine wolves through the lens of science and storytelling."

This assignment ends on Monday, March 19, 2018, so submit your photos soon! It's totally free. National Geographic editors will review your submissions (up to three photos per assignment), and may select one to appear on the Nat Geo website and/or in National Geographic magazine!

National Geographic's "Your Shot" photo guidelines are here:
Colorado CCL Scholarship Deadline Approaching

When: CCL 2018 National Conference and Lobby Day, June 10-12

How Much: A trip to DC from Colorado costs about $1000 for airfare, hotel, registration, and meals. Scholarships of up to $800 will be awarded to applicants.

Deadline for Application: Sunday, April 1, 2018

How to Apply: Email the Colorado CCL Scholarship Committee at to request an application form. Applicants will be notified of their scholarship awards by April 18.
MSI Paid Summer Positions--Deadline Approaching

Check out Mountain Studies Institute's (MSI) website to view their open position list and apply for jobs!

Example jobs include: Range Management, GIS, Field Archaeology, Visitor Info Specialist, Collaborative Forestry, Timber Management, and more!
US Forest Service Jobs Open For Limited Time

Apply between March 12th-16th at

200 summer and temporary jobs plus paid internships with the United States Forest Service open this week! 

Example jobs include: GS-3, GS-4: Social Science, Office Support, Biological Science, Engineering, Information, Business, and Physical Sciences.
Durango-based Western Water Projects Specialist Position Opening

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) seeks a full-time Western Water Projects Specialist to formalize and scale up NYFC's Water Bootcamp series across the Colorado River Basin, and to provide drought and climate mitigation resources to Western farmers and ranchers.

Full-time opportunity. Starting salary from $42,000 - $45,000, commensurate with experience. More info at:

How to Apply: Send a one-page cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to . Place "Western Water Projects Specialist" in the subject line. No calls, please.
High Country Conservation Center Summit CSA Internship
What is CSA?
What is CSA?
Apply to intern this summer at the Summit CSA farm in  Frisco, Colorado.   Interns farm 100-125 hours, complete a project, and are awarded a scholarship upon program completion.

Application Deadline: April 20th

For more information and to apply:

Research and Extension Experience for Undergrads at CSU

Spend Summer 2018 in a  USDA-NIFA Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates (REEU) exploring your scientific interests and work with leading scientists at Colorado State University (CSU).

When:  June 3 - July 27, 2018
Where:  Colorado State University (CSU)

More application information at:
Apply to Be a Citizens' Climate Campus Leader!

Citizen's Climate Education seeks students who want to live as change makers and join the #PutaPriceonIt campaign, which activates young people on climate change.

Applications taken on a rolling basis.  Find out more information and 
Growing Spaces in Pagosa Springs to Hire Part-Time Greenhouse Gardener 

Pay is $15/hr and approximately 20 hrs/week (more in summer, less in winter). 

Contact:  (970) 731-2120 or or v isit  for more info.

Interns Wanted at Two Bears Farm in Animas Valley

Interns will learn the basics of crop farming, livestock raising, farm maintenance, sales and marketing of farm products, and the business planning essential to a successful endeavor. The work here will give the student a sense of what the homestead life would have been like.

For more information and to apply, contact Scott Perez at
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