SEAC Minutes (09/09/2014)

Hey SEACers,

Here are this week’s meeting minutes! LOTS of fun opportunities and events coming up this week that you won’t want to miss out on – so read up!

Go-Around: “What do you want most out of life? ;)” Think about it…….To do something meaningful/inspiring, to swim with sharks, to be happy, get some sleep, good karma, eat chocolate cake, hug cats?! We’ve got some cool, crazy kids here in SEAC!


*Quick Note: For anyone having trouble finding the SEAC Office it is in the Campus Center (building with Marketplace) next to ID Office (aka Tribe Card Services) near the Atrium

Gardening: Meeting Wednesday 5 – 7:00pm, SEAC Office

Grove community garden volunteer trip this weekend went well! Yay!

Energy Justice: Meeting Sunday 7 – 8:00pm, SEAC Office

Discussed campaigns from last year to be continued, including: Community work in Surry, biking/transportation initiative, guest speakers (Green Fund with money!), and more!

Recycling: Meeting Wednesdays 7 – 8:00, SEAC Office

Talked about possible projects to take on, including issues with dining services sustainability; combatting use of disposable (plastic) water bottles on campus, and more!


Cookout Friday…was RAD

We didn’t let the rain spoil our fun! Had a great time socializing over yummy foods 🙂 More cookouts in the future!


New Campaign! Take Back the Tap

One of our members, Hannah Dempsey, is starting a Take Back the Tap campaign through the Food and Water Watch! Look forward to more information in meetings to come…In the meantime: Questions/comments/want to get involved?! Email:


EXEC IDEAS/UPDATES: *Open to any and all other ideas – don’t be afraid to share your thoughts/ideas with our friendly Exec!

In-Reach (Ian H., Ashley, and Natalie)

Future Ideas: Bonfires, Netflix movie night, board game night, tree planting, Busch Gardens trip going together as SEAC (near Halloween – W&M student ticket special)

Out-Reach (Ben, Abby M., Elana, and Anne)

Flyered for SEAC; Planning outreach to other clubs/co-sponsoring events, potential partnership with FORKS and Oxfam… more to come!

Historians/Webmasters (Shane, Erin G., Arie)

Blog has been updated! – Can find meeting minutes, past events, campaigns, and other interesting reads – check it out at:

Also, LIKE the New Facebook page! We will be posting pics and other SEAC happenings here as well!

Idea for creating an Oaks and Acorns family tree! *sparkles!*

Treasurer (Kevin)

Kevin presented information on the current SEAC budget, which includes funds awarded to us by Student Assembly and more from past donations.

*We will be voting next week on how we are going to distribute reimbursements if we decide to use some of SEAC’s budget towards Climate March!*



OCE (Office of Community Engagement) Community Mixer: TOMORROW, September 9, 4-5:30pm in Chesapeake C, Sadler Center


OCE Volunteer & Community Internship Fair: TOMORROW, September 9, 5-6:00pm in the Sadler Lobby

Looking to volunteer or intern with a community agency? Meet directly with 30+ organizations who want to partner with you. Including medical clinics, hunger groups, affordable housing organizations, and more. Stop by to learn more about how you can engage this year.  See the full list of organizations on the events page.


SEAC-Sponsored Documentary Showing of Food, Inc: Wednesday, September 10th, Small 230, 7-10:00pm

Come hang out and learn about where our food comes from!

Feel free to bring food to go!

Trailer/Movie Info:


Sustainability Summit Meeting: Thursday, September 11, 7:00pm, location TBA

Last year, The Committee on Sustainability hosted its first Sustainability Summit, a chance for students, faculty and on-campus organizations to make new connections and collaborate on new, green projects. This October, COS will host the Summit again – and you can be part of the planning!

If you are interested in joining the COS Programs and Education Summit Working Group, please fill out this google form: or email Natalie Hurd, Programs and Education Student Co-Chair, at (check for updated location)


First SEAC partayy of the year: Friday, September 12!!

Theme: Dress up like your middle school selves!

Join the group “WM SEAC” on Facebook to be linked directly to the Facebook event

Meet at the Sadler Terrace at 8:45pm if you want to walk over with the group!


Rent a plot in the Campus Gardens: Deadline to apply is 5:00pm September 12

Are you interested in learning more about gardening, or want to grow your own fresh veggies? The Campus Garden has plots available to rent for the fall, which are open to all faculty/staff, students, and the greater Williamsburg community. To apply for a space please go to or for any questions please contact the Gardens Manager, Nora Jackson, at


AMP Movie at Matoaka of Disney Nature’s Chimpanzee on Saturday, Sept. 13th, 8:00pm

Come hang out with Natalie, Madeleine, Anne, and the rest of the AMP Sustainability Crew and enjoy a cute movie, bananas, and bonding!


FORKS First Meeting: Sunday, September 14, 6 – 7:00pm, 3rd floor lounge of Blow Hall

Join us on Sunday evenings at 6:00 in the OCE lounge on the 3rd floor of Blow Hall for a casual weekly potluck. Food for thought and for the stomach is always provided, so stop by even if you don’t have time to cook this week.  Everyone is welcome, from vegans to loca-vores to foodies – our aim is to foster discussion about how as individuals we can and should ‘vote’ with our forks to improve the food system! Check out our page for more info: and email with any questions or to get on the listserv.


Chasing Ice Documentary Showing at the Williamsburg Regional Library: Monday, September 15, 6:30-8:30pm

Come see “Chasing Ice,” the award winning documentary on climate change in the Arctic filmed by National Geographic photographer James Balog.  Admission is free.  Following the 75 minute movie, Professor Carl Hershner of VIMS will host a Q&A session focused on sea level rise.  Sponsored by the League of Women Voters – Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Climate Acton Network.


Green Out with Branch Out, Saturday, September 20, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Join Branch Out Regional on Saturday, September 20th, as we promote environmental sustainability with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in Richmond! We’ll be collecting stream quality data from Reedy Creek and removing invasive species in Forest Hill Park while learning about what we can do to improve the quality of the environment in Virginia. We’ll leave campus around 8 AM and be back by 4:30 PM. There will also be short pre and post trip meetings on 09/17 and 09/24 respectively. This trip is free and breakfast snacks/lunch will be provided, but it does require a $5 deposit that will be returned after the trip. Sign up at OCE’s front desk on the 3rd floor of Blow Hall, and email if you have any questions.


Volunteer with the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market

You can volunteer in the Farmer’s Market main office W/R/F 1-5pm, and at the Market itself on Saturdays (There are 3 shifts between 6am and 12:15pm). Sign-up here or email Tracy Herner with questions.


(In the works) SEAC Trip to Surry, Sunday, September 28th

Voted to plan a group trip to Surry on Sunday Sept 28th – Details to follow, but keep your schedules open/think about what we might want to do and what time might work best!


Campus Recreation: Tribe Adventure Program

SEAC is lucky to have some wonderful leaders/representatives of Campus Recreation’s Tribe Adventure Program in our midst! Stay tuned for some awesome trips! In the meantime, take a look at some of the programs already on their agenda:


Local. Sustainable. W&M Soccer Games, September 27 and 28th

Join us for Tribe soccer with a sustainable twist as we partner with the nation wide group The Football Club to create environmentally conscious soccer events! These two games will run with sustainability in mind and feature tabling for our campus and local organizations.

-Volunteers needed to help show people where to recycle things, etc.

-COS/SEAC reaching out to sports groups!

-Contact Natalie ( if interested in helping out!


Work on Solo Cup Recycling with Kara Newman

Are you a freshman looking to get involved with recycling? Kara needs someone to work with her on editing a green fee proposal! Email for more information!