Environmental Center

February’s ballot gives you the option of selecting:

 Organic Apples (Sourced from Fresh Pack)

 Organic Zucchini (sourced from Fresh Pack)

 Organic Carrots (sourced from Fresh pack)

Vote Real Here!


You can show your love for our food system by Voting Real this Valentine’s Day. This go round, you get to choose whether we shift our campus’ apples, carrots or zucchinis from their current conventional form to its organic version between January 30th and February 13th. As a truly sweet Valentine’s gift, we will announce our February Vote Real winner on 2/14.

About Vote Real: Vote Real is an initiative launched by the Environmental Center’s Real Food Challenge team in to provide FLC students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to move the Real Food Challenge forward in a way that meets their interests and desires.  When you Vote Real, you choose between 2-3 different food products they would like to see shifted from current conventional standards to a ‘real’ product (fair, humane, ecologically-sound, and/or local). The product that receives the most votes will be shifted on Sodexo’s purchasing roster as seasonally available…students will help create the change that they wish to see…and we will be that much closer to meeting our Real Food Challenge goal (20% Real by 2020) and creating a fair, healthy, and environmentally-sustainable food system.


25 Years of Amazing Work

Help us tell the EC's 25th Anniversary Story!

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This year marks the Environmental Center's 25th anniversary. Over this time, our students, staff, volunteers, and community have worked tirelessly to advance environmental responsibility and social justice throughout campus and our region. The fruits of these labors read like a community organizer's dream list: Launch recycling efforts on campus and - ultimately - Durango; halt timber sales on public lands; aid in the completion of a countywide, food-security assessment; draft the FLC Sustainability Action Plan; prompt the erection of the (at the time) greenest building in Durango; brought hope-bearing super stars like Vandana Shiva and David Orr to town; committed FLC to the Real Food Challenge...and on and on.

In many ways, however, the Environmental Center's most powerful work is what comes afterwards, once a student graduates from the EC and launches into the world, taking with them the values that they explored and developed along the way; the inspiration found in experiencing that, yes, they can affect positive change; the vision they hold for creating an authentic and connected community; and, of course, a deep sense of their commitment to be active citizens.

Last week during the Southwest School to Farm Conference, I had the chance to observe this 'delayed' and truly beautiful outcome. During the opening session, I found myself in the company of seven Environmental Center alumni, each of whom was continuing their work to better our world as farmers, food system advocates, and committed members of their community. 

The power of these alumni's efforts and stories took my breath away...And I suspect that anyone reading this Digest has a similarly powerful story to tell about how the EC has impacted you and your work to advance a greater world. If you are an EC alumni or someone that has engaged with the EC in a way that has felt significant to you, please tell us your story. We would love to share our collective story with our community as we celebrate 25 years of great work!

Tell us your Environmental Center story herehttps://goo.gl/forms/8JHqmD1rRuapOG0A3

Here's to the next 25 Years!

Rachel Landis, Environmental Center Coordinator

Earn up to $5,000 to fund your Campus Sustainability project! The annual Sustainability Initiative Grant is open for application

Did you know that Fort Lewis College is recognized as a Princeton Review Green School? Or that we've reduced our carbon footprint by over 20% in the last five years? Now we're looking to fund your ideas for making Fort Lewis even greener. Apply to receive up to $5,000 to fund your project for improving FLC campus sustainability.

Who can apply: Students, staff, faculty, departments/programs, and RSOs are all eligible to apply.

Due date: ​Applications are due February 25, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Learn more & apply: More information and the application form can be found on the FLC Sustainability webpage. Learn what FLC is already doing for campus sustainability here.

Questions: All projects, large and small, will be considered. Email your questions about the grant to Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Kathy Hilimire: kehilimire@fortlewis.edu

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