Make Sustainability Happen

8th Annual Sustainability Summit

For the Now. For the Future.

The biggest issues of the year are all more connected than it may seem: social justice protests, the coronavirus, the extreme wildfires and hurricane season. These events do not happen in isolation, and they are built upon broken systems that propagate inequitable impacts. But there is hope. By finding the common connections we can fight for the most effective change on multiple fronts at once. Join us of an eye-opening exploration of the current and future work in sustainability.

Live Event:

When: Monday, October 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Where: Online at  https://fortlewis.zoom.us/j/99949760086

Free and open to all! RSVP here to receive an event reminder.


Connect and Do More

The organizations listed are doing wonderful work to make our community more environmentally and socially responsible. Check out their information and videos to learn more and see how you can get involved with them!

Know an organization that we should include next year? Email EC Coordinator, Marty Pool, at mlpool@fortlewis.edu

Check out our YouTube playlist of short videos to learn more from each organization, or click on the individual video links below.


Citizens Climate Lobby

CCL empowers everyday people to work together on climate change solutions. Our supporters are organized in more than 400 local chapters across the United States. Together we’re building support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change. CCL is a national organization. The National organization has specific trainings, opportunities to get involved, such as internships, and assistance directed towards students, such as help setting up a CCL Chapter at FLC.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: https://durangoccl.org/ and https://citizensclimatelobby.org/

Contact: Gail Harriss gailh@mydurango.net  970-247-3741


City of Durango

Information about City of Durango sustainability programs: DurangoGov.org/sustainability
Information about recycling in Durango: DurangoRecycles.com 
Information about sustainable transportation in Durango: GetAroundDurango.com 
Sign up for City of Durango notifications and newsletters: DurangoGov.org/notifyme 
Participate in current City of Durango surveys: DurangoGov.org/virtualcityhall 
View Durango City Council agendas and meeting information: DurangoGov.org/meetings 

Watch our short video to learn more!

Contact: 

Imogen Ainsworth, Sustainability Coordinator Imogen.Ainsworth@durangogov.org
Sarah Dodson Hill, Acting Transportation Director Sarah.Dodson@durangogov.org


Conservation Colorado

Powerful interests are constantly pushing to put pollution and profit over public health. We are at the front lines working to protect the air, land, water, and people across our state. For over 50 years, we’ve worked with communities statewide to ensure that our quality of life and our environment are protected. We hold our decision makers accountable to move Colorado forward in protecting our environment.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Contact: Nathan Goodman, Southwest Field Organizer nathan@conservationco.org


Conservation Legacy - Stewards Individual Placement Program

Stewards Individual Placement Program provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.

Website: https://stewardslegacy.org/

Contact: Allie Burdick aburdick@conservationlegacy.org


Durango Farmers Market

We are a venue for local agriculturalists, artisans, ready-to-eat, value-added, and service vendors to meet and share the fruits of their labor with the community in Durango. We work hard to attract and retain quality vendors who fit into our theme of local production, sustainability, and healthy lifestyles. The Durango Farmers Market is held every Saturday Morning from the second week in May to the last Saturday in October, 8am to noon (and 9am to noon in October) in the parking lot of TBK Bank, located at 259 W. 9th street, across from the City Transit Center.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: www.durangofarmersmarket.com

Contact: Tom at music@durangofarmersmarket.com or Melanie at dfmmanager@durangofarmersmarket.com


Durango Trails

Durango Trails is Durango, Colorado’s local non profit trails organization, connecting you to the outdoors. We plan, build and maintain trails; educate trail users; and encourage connectivity on the road, path and trail. We don’t just believe that great communities build great trails and great trails build great communities, it’s how we live our work.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: www.durangotrails.org

Contact: Volunteer for trail work at https://www.durangotrails.org/volunteer/


Indivisible Durango – Environment & Climate Committee

Advocate, at the local, state and federal level, for protection of the environment, against policies that contribute to climate change and for solutions to climate change, and educate the public about these issues.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Contact: Gail Harriss gailh@mydurango.net  970-247-3741


Mountain Studies Institute

The Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) is an independent, 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit center of knowledge established in 2002 in Silverton, Colorado.  A sustaining premise of MSI is that collaborations among researchers, educators and policy makers with an interest in the San Juan Mountains and other mountain systems worldwide can provide increased knowledge and understanding of mountain environments and communities and the issues that affect them.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: http://www.mountainstudies.org/

Contact: Amanda at amanda@mountainstudies.org


Old Fort at Hesperus

The Old Fort at Hesperus is a growing and multi-faceted answer to farmer training in the Four Corners region. Find us at the Old Fort Farm Stand on the FLC Campus by the Student Union Wednesday October 21, October 28, or November 18. Mention you heard about us through the Sustainability Summit and get a free veggie! Email, call, or visit the farm stand to get on our mailing list. You'll find out about 2021 farmer training programs, volunteer opportunities, CSA openings, and more! You can also find us on Instagram.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: www.fortlewis.edu/about-flc/initiatives/the-old-fort/old-fort-home

Contact: for Old Fort Farmer Training and Education Garden, Elicia Wittlesey at ewwhittlesey@fortlewis.edu, 970-385-4574


San Juan Citizens Alliance

San Juan Citizens Alliance advocates for clean air, pure water, and healthy lands – the foundations of resilient communities, ecosystems and economies in the San Juan Basin. Contact us to learn more about the efforts and campaigns we are working on and how you can connect to volunteer with us!

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: https://www.sanjuancitizens.org/

Contact: info@sanjuancitizens.org


San Juan Mountains Association

San Juan Mountains Association is dedicated to the responsible use and preservation of the San Juan Mountains. We are committed to: educating our volunteers, our partners and the public, with a renewed focus on youth; connecting people including the public, land managers and our volunteers; and connecting people to each other and to our natural and cultural resources.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: https://sjma.org/

Contact: Megan Lanigan at mlanigan@sjma.org


Southwest Conservation Corps

Empowering individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment, Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) operates conservation service programs across Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico that engage youth, young adults and veterans on public lands. SCC works to foster inclusive opportunities and collaborative partnerships for positive growth through development of knowledge, leadership, and compassion towards our lands and communities.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: https://sccorps.org/

Contact: Morgan Brandenburg mbrandenburg@conservationlegacy.org 970-946-2029


Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado

The Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado (SASCO) is Durango’s Sustainability Hub and Climate Advocacy Alliance. We serve as the sustainability networking and education hub for the greater Durango area; we also take strong advocacy positions on climate and energy issues. To get involved with sustainability activities in the community, please contact us. ​Check out the Sustainability Alliance Facebook page for current actions and updates.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: www.sustainableswcolorado.com/

Contact: Weylin at weylin_ryan@yahoo.com


Table to Farm Compost

Table to Farm Compost strives to lead the region in organics recycling and benefit our community's climate, agricultural, social, and economic health. Table to Farm offers curbside composting and glass collection service for residential and business customers. We use collected food scraps to create nutritious compost and artisan soil, which improves the health of our region's soil and food systems. Composting is a powerful way to reduce greenhouse gases and sequester carbon in the ground, while simultaneously taking a waste product and transforming it into a highly valuable resource.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: www.tabletofarmcompost.com

Contact: Info@tabletofarmcompost.com or Hannah at hannah.tabletofarmcompost@gmail.com


Visit Durango

Visit Durango is a nonprofit destination marketing and management organization with the mission to promote Durango, generate demand in visitation, create a positive visitor experience, support resident quality of life, and drive economic impact. Destination management refers to the trend of sustainable tourism, which respects local people and the traveler, cultural heritage, and the environment. Learn more about Visit Durango's 5 guiding principles for responsible travel and take the pledge at www.durango.org/care

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: www.durango.org 

Contact: Theresa Graven, Tourism & Communications Director theresa@durango.org  970-247-3500


4CORE

The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a goal of providing programs and projects that ensure immediate energy and cost savings, especially for our lower income residents. We provide beneficial electrification and renewable energy installations, encourage the adoption of clean transportation with electric vehicles and provide water conservation education and best practices, all with the intent of reducing the emissions that produce the harmful effects of a rapidly warming planet.

We have two exciting programs to promote: 1) We are assisting organizations with electric vehicle Charge Ahead Grants and 2) The Four Corners Carbon Offset Fund launches on November 16, the website is currently being built and will launch then.

Watch our short video to learn more!

Website: https://fourcore.org/

Contact: Molly Morris at molly@fourcore.org