9th Annual REEL Environmental Film Festival/ Fundraiser

9th Annual Reel Environmental Film Festival/ Fundraiser

This week we hosted our 9th Annual REEL ENVIRONMENTAL Film Festival as our annual fundraiser.

This year our feature films were Generations and Swift.Silent.Deep, two ski films that, together, explore the consequences of climate change on our winters and the history of the pioneers of big mountain skiing.

In addition to these films, attendance included:

  • Appetizers from Raider Ridge & Zia Taqueria
  • Cash bar with beer and wine from Carver Brewing Company
  • Winners of the innagural sustainability film competition
  • Silent auction with great holiday gifts

See pictures of this year’s film festival and fundraiser:

Local Food Team Update

The food team just finished sheet mulching the garden and are preparing to make it into a garden co-op for students at Fort Lewis College in this next spring. Email Coordinator Ashley Moody at ammoody@fortlewis.edu if you are interested.

The Sociology Club, Center for Civic Engagement, Manna Soup Kitchen, and the food team, are working to bring a food bank pantry into the Sociology lounge (bottom of Berndt Hall).

This will be open for students with their skycards to come pick up food on a weekly basis. Students are also assisting the Garden Project of Southwest Colorado on the back yard garden giveaway.

Volunteers are welcome!

Media & Communications Team Update

In addition to working on our usual projects (the weekly Making Waves radio program and writing for the Independent column), we have started to actively work on the website redesign and  brainstorming about how our team can best serve the EC.

We also just released some new articles in the blog, so please be sure to check them out and submit your comments.

There are also some new photos on our Flickr account (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flcenvironmentalcenter/) and would like to keep our media library updated, so if you have any pictures and/ or videos taken at EC related events, it would be appreciated if you could get them to us!

Education & Outreach Team Update

The Education and Outreach team is working on another Residence Hall program to be held this Wednesday night at 6:30pm in West Hall to inform students where and how they can support themselves and their community in a healthy way.

They are also working on the Film Festival/Fundraiser that is happening on Nov. 18th.

After that we will be making plans for some exciting upcoming events in the next semester like the Hunger Banquet in January and an Adventure Race in the spring.

Zero-Waste Team Update

This team has been organizing and running the free store that is held in the front of the Student Union every other Wednesday.

They have also been planning and will be running the Trash Mountain Waste Dome Audit being held near the clocktower on Wednesday November 3rd.

They are also consistently running and working on the FLC composting system.

Driven to act: The EC’s Waste Audit makes local news

Waste Audit 2010 - The Durango Herald - STEVE LEWIS

Driven to act

Environmental Center’s new coordinator ready to work

By Dale Rodebaugh Herald Staff Writer

The new coordinator of the Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College wants to strengthen ties with students, community members and campus administrators in promoting sustainability.

Sustainability drives Rebecca Schild, who said the FLC post she took in June seemed “too good to be true.”

She received an undergraduate degree in international sustainable development from Colorado College and a master’s degree in environmental management and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.

Schild’s master’s project centered on institutionalizing sustainability at Colorado College, where she developed and coordinated a peer-education network.

“We’re looking forward to continuing collaboration with many groups,” Schild said Tuesday.

Schild has her hands full.

The Environmental Center has 30 work/study students divided into six teams to tackle various aspects of sustainability – local food; climate action; sustainable business; media and communications; educational outreach to campus, community and schools; and zero waste.

Each team can have several projects under way at the same time, she said.

“The Environmental Center played an important role in moving the campus to adopt a sustainability action plan,” Schild said.

The administration has made a strong effort to be environmentally conscious, Schild said. Among the ways:

The campus is a signatory to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, which promotes efforts to manage climate change.

New construction is designed for sustainability. Animas Hall, a student residence, has Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, called LEED, certification, and two others – the Student Union addition and Berndt Hall – are aiming for the same designation.

Nonpotable water irrigates landscape.

The first full-time teaching position in environmental studies has been hired as a result of student interest in the field.

Schild, who chairs the president’s advisory council on environmental affairs, is the link between students and the administration. Professors, a physical plant representative and community members also sit on the council.

Students’ support for Environmental Center projects is evident, Schild said. They voted to pay a nickel extra for each credit-hour they take, a surcharge that raises about $5,000 a year for projects.

Other student-proposed projects are taking shape, Schild said. Among them:

A campus demonstration garden from which participants share the harvest could be formalized to provide planned distribution through a food bank.

A student proposal to compost dining hall waste is being studied.

The elimination of plastic water bottles and the installation of a hydration station is under review.

Schild is looking forward to moving from the trailers that house the Environmental Center to new quarters in the Student Union next year.

daler@durangoherald.com

Source: http://durangoherald.com/article/20101104/NEWS06/711049983/Driven-to-act