SEAC Minutes 9/14/15

Hiya tree-hugging friends. Here are tonight’s minutes

Remember to join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2200248487/

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Google Calendar is here (we will be tweaking it throughout the semester):  https://www.google.com/calendar/render?tab=oc&pli=1#main_7

The Go Around: your favorite celebrity

  • Snoop Dog, Boo the Dog
  • John Muir
  • Emma Watson x3

Report-Backs

  • Restoration- project brainstormed & formed groups
  • Gardening- planted radishes, greens, and broccoli, pulled grass up
    • Looking for someone to help build cold frames and someone to help finish building the gazebo and someone to plan the plant sale
    • Sunday 7PM: Tour of edible plants around the Sunken Garden, starting at Blow Hall
    • Every Wed 5-7pm and Sun 3-5pm
  • Energy Justice-tabled, talked about goals, decided to make a student documentary
    • Needs people to interview in the video (esp outsiders to SEAC)
  • Take Back the Tap-going to start collecting/finding new homes for lost water bottles, brainstormed music video, send them love on social media
    • Tues 5PM SEAC Office- Green Fees work session with pizza
    • Needs help with water bottle refill station Google doc- talk to Josh or Natalie
  • Food Justice- set goals for semester, including concrete actions for food waste and food insecurity in the community, wants to coordinate with Gardening, Campus Kitchens
  • Recycling- organized the Free MarSolo Cup Recycling is starting back up,
    • Next Tuesday is the Grand Opening of the Free Market (open on Tues Thurs 5-7)
    • Donate goods at the bin in Sadler by the info desk
  • ESLI- going to Matthew Whaley 2x / month, planned out which topics/activities the kiddos will be treated to (nature walks, food,
    • This Thursday 1st meeting- 6:30 in SEAC Office, next Thursday is the first school visit
    • Needs cereal boxes to use for crafts for kids, bring them to the next meeting
    • Email Talia if you want to be on the listserv at tjschmitt@email.wm.edu

We voted on which clubs to have mixers with:

  • Young Dems- early October
  • AEPi- possibly with VOX and Lambda
  • Phi Sigma Pi (Honor Fraternity)- late October?

Oaks and Acorns are due WEDNESDAY! Clue Week begins Sep 28. Revelation on Oct 2. Sign up here- we especially need Oaks: http://goo.gl/forms/ZVXc3sRsqB

Check Facebook for a poll on our new logo, thanks to Jacob Herin

This week’s article discussion led by Nick Newberry: Nature & Mental Health

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/june/hiking-mental-health-063015.html

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/how-nature-changes-the-brain/?_r=1

http://www.today.com/health/surgeon-generals-prescription-americans-take-walk-t43091

How we practice mindfulness & enjoy nature on campus:

  • Crim Dell Walks
  • Walks to class w/o phones
  • Sunsets at Matoaka
  • Boat House kayaking, Saturdays 2-5
  • Park’s Research Lab shares cool green spaces on their Facebook page, map going live in a few weeks (learn more from Hannah Cannon)
  • Tribe Strides walking club- Tues/Wed
  • Bike Alliance group rides- Wed 5:15 from the Terrace
  • Tribe Adventure Program & Outdoors Club
  • Birding Club- 2 walks a week on campus
  • Running Club- everyday at 4 outside Barrett, learn about cool trails
  • SEAC Gardening club
  • Greenhouse on top of Millington
  • SEAC trash pick-up’s
  • Pocket Points- gives you $ rewards for local restaurants for not using your phone

Ongoing Announcements:

Meatless Mondays start next week

Bike Alliance seeks Student Marketer: Are you interested in sustainability AND marketing/communications? The Bike Alliance is looking for you! We are a group that advocates for a cycling culture at W&M. We envision a future where cycling is a safe, fun, convenient and widespread form of transportation and recreation at W&M. The student marketing director would run our Facebook page, keep the events calendar updated, secure creative design, and other tasks outlined in the attached doc. If interested, email Gabriel Morey (gtmorey@email.wm.edu) and Erin Goodstein (epgoodstein@email.wm.edu) with a short paragraph on why you want to join!

Help Make Williamsburg Bike Accessible! The Bike Alliance is teaming up with StudentImpact and The Historic Triangle Bicycle Advisory Committee to do a bike traffic volume count between October 20-22. We need all the help we can get! Sign up at:  http://goo.gl/forms/JMzyVrOupD. Please direct questions to Erin Goodstein (epgoodstein@email.wm.edu) and Gabriel Morey (gtmorey@email.wm.edu).

Williamsburg International Food & Arts Festival:  September 19th, 11am – 7pm @ the School of Education

Arie is doing this as part of Literacy for Life and she wants volunteers to help with composting and recycling…you’ll get food and a tshirt! her email is
ahankerson@email.wm.edu.

Help out on a farm about 30 minutes away from campus. They have goats, chickens, ducks, pigs, dogs, cats, and a bunch of other animals.The work load isn’t very hard – mostly feeding animals, doing odd jobs, and cleaning up the barn. Even if you aren’t big into mucking out stalls, just playing with the animals can be loads of fun! There will be a poppin’ mini van going over there on Saturdays from 11am-4pm. Email Hope Wright at howright@email.wm.edu if you’re interested!

W&M in DC: Ever considered studying and interning in DC through W&M’s Washington Office? You can get credits and one of many environmentally-friendly internships with the support and networking pluses of the DC Office. Our capital is the center of it all for advocacy groups and federal environmental legislation/regulation, so this is a great way to get a great internship experience and enhance your perspective.

DC program schedules and logistical information are included in attachments, but you can also email Josh Aurand (jdaurand@email.wm.edu) and Bel Kelly-Russo (iakellyrusso@email.wm.edu) to talk to us about our experience in DC interning at the Dept of Justice, Environment and Natural Resource Division!

Go to Shalom Farms with Branch Out- Anne Davis is leading a trip to help provide food to underserved populations, talk to her!