Environmental Center

Tomatoes Win the October Vote!

Your voice has been heard Beginning in January, all 'whole tomatoes' sourced in San Juan Dining will be organically-grown! This shifts $10,017 to Organic produce in the average academic year and increases our real food percentage by 1.3%!

Watch this youtube video to find out the difference and impact of Organic and Conventional foods!


Join our next Vote Real campaign in January 2017 to keep the momentum going!

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.


Plant Seeds of Change at the EC this Holiday Season!

Our Plant the Seeds of Change Scholarship provides need-based scholarships for Environmental Center volunteers, thus ensuring that any student who sets out to improve the environmental and social state of our world will have access to the education, training, and support to follow that path. 

To support tomorrow's Environmental Leaders, donate here today!

Currently, one-quarter of the Environmental Center’s student staff are not paid for the 6-8 hours of work they provide each week. These students’ contributions are invaluable to our campus and the greater Durango community. Their efforts range from launching campus-wide energy conservation initiatives, to helping local farmers bring in the harvest, to running waste audits for the city, to teaching environmental practices to Durango’s youth. Many of these students choose to volunteer at the EC over paid work opportunities because they have a strong desire to make a positive difference in our world. Unfortunately, for many of these dedicated change-makers, volunteerism is not a long-term option and they are forced to forego experience at the EC in search of paid employment alternatives.

  • A gift of $10 will help fund one-hour of educating 4000 college peers’ on actions they can take to reduce our collective energy consumption by 15%
  • A gift of $70 will fund a week of growing local, organic produce that will feed local underserved populations
  • A gift of $2100 will fund a year’s transformation from a concerned student into an engaged & effective leader in the environmental movement.
2016-2017 EC Student Staff learn the tools for environmental action at our Fall Staff Retreat
“If we can do this, there is no reason that we can’t do something bigger and better. We just learn from this and keep going”. –Logan Loven, Local Food Security Student Team

Please help us build this next generation of environmental leaders by making a tax-exempt donation to our Plant the Seeds of Change Scholarship today.

Click here to learn more about the Plant the Seeds of Change Scholarship fund and how it will directly impact student learning outcomes and campus sustainability.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! The EC 2015-2016 Annual Report

What we do and how we do it chart

What can 9078 hours of student-power, 4 sustainability initiatives, $101,000 in volunteer sustainability services, myriad campus & community partnerships and some vision accomplish? Find out in our fresh-off-the-press 2015-2016 Annual Impact Report.

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

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