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Big SEAC Minutes! (9/29/14)

Hey SEAC,

Here are this week’s meeting minutes! Please read and respond as there are many events & opportunities coming up this week!

Go-AroundWhat is the color of your soul? *ooo magic sparkles*

Guest Speaker: Gabriel Moray & Brianna Buch from the Bike Initiative!

The W&M Bike Initiative is a very active group of staff, students, and faculty looking to create a bike friendly community at William & Mary! Established in Fall 2013, the Bike Initiative seeks to promote bicycling in three broad steps including: updating the College’s infrastructure, establishing an educational component, and launching an on-campus bike-share program. So far, they have installed fix-it stations, worked on signage and informational material (both online and print), organized several group bike rides, and are in the midst of doing research/focus groups regarding future bike friendly infrastructure (including a campus bike share program!)

The Bike Initiative is currently recruiting enthusiastic volunteers looking to make a difference for sustainable transportation on campus! The three main areas in need of volunteers are:

Marketing/advertising (Facebook, social media, twitter, events, talking to local newspapers, etc.)

Advocacy: Building a coalition of like-minded people; connecting with outside groups

Research: Need volunteers to assist with focus groups and other social science research; Committee On Sustainability grant-writing

Take a moment to Like the WM Bike Initiative Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/WMBicycleInitiative

 

Highlighted opportunity: Envirothon!

Envirothon is an opportunity to get involved with a local group of high school kids aspiring to environmental greatness! These high schoolers make up team competing in Envirothon, a competition where students train, compete and are tested on various topics related to environmentalism. This year’s main topic is urban forestry (more info here: http://www.envirothon.org/).

If you’re interested in helping our local high schoolers learn about environmentalism (and hopefully win the competition), email Caroline at cjlebegue@email.wm.edu

The team meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 to 3:55– we’re planning on heading down to Jamestown High School to meet with them as soon as possible. Also- if anyone can drive, that would be fantastic.

 

URGENT THINGS TO FILL OUT:

–>Oaks & Acorns: last call – Fill out ASAP (by tomorrow)<– so that Madeleine & Jacob can organize!

https://docs.google.com/a/email.wm.edu/forms/d/1eVg4fjBWc18keKJIIFBfIaXw_PivwQsAH51T5qqbnx8/viewform 

Kevin Kay, our treasurer, is organizing a trip to a student renewable energy conference (SSERC) at North Carolina State University (WOOHOO NORTH CAROLINA <3) and is trying to gauge how many people would want to go! If you wouldn’t mind filling out this one question Survey Monkey, he would greatly appreciate it! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9HY72RK

 

REPORT-BACKS:

Gardening: Meeting Wednesday 5 – 7:00pm, Sunday 3-6:00pm SEAC Office

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

Cleanup at Surry was on Sunday; Fun times – ferry ride, solar lights, planting, potluck!

At EJ meeting: Talked about getting more awareness of the public transit program in Williamsburg, creation of new campaign Food Justice

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

FREEMarket is starting up again soon! – lots of cleaning

Working on getting 3-7s recycled on campus

**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! Interest meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8:00pm, James Blair 221

Email: hldempsey@email.wm.edu

Another New Campaign! Food Justice

If you are really passionate about this, come forward and help start this campaign!

Will talk more about this next meeting! – come to the Energy Justice meeting this Sunday

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Announcement: The votes are in and SEAC camping trip will be on October 25th! (More details to come) Might be working with the Tribe Adventure Program

Surry solar hearing – Thursday at 7:00pm, meet at Betsy’s at 6:00pm

Contact Ben with more information about this!

Bike Initiative Group Ride to Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Saturday, October 4 10:30am-2:30pm

Come join the Bicycle Initiative to ride down the scenic Virginia Capital Trail Foundation to Chickahominy Riverfront Park! There will be food (CHIPOLTLE!), games, and fun awaiting riders. Departure is 10:30 AM from the Terrace. Limit of 25 Riders.

REGISTER AT: https://forms.wm.edu/17206

Also, here is the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/775353885841451/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Contact Gabriel Moray of the Bicycle Initiative with questions!

Caring for Creation, Saturday, October 4, 2-4 at the Presbyterian Church on Richmond Road (near Sorority Court) See flyer attached to email!

This will be an educational event hosted by WesFel focused upon learning about how we can care for local wildlife. There will be a guest speaker from Wildlife Response Inc., stations focusing on Bees, Reptiles and Amphibians, Birds, and Native Wildlife, craft activities such as making splints for raptor wings, and live animals.

SEAC Office Cleanup Sunday, October 5 at noon!

Need all the help we can get getting the SEAC office ready for hosting meetings and the FREEmarket again!

Farm-to-Fork Dinner! October 8, 5:00pm – Get your tickets before they sell out!

$12 Can pay in Dining Dollars/Flex for delicious, local food!

Tabling in Sadler Center this week

Volunteers needed – work for a few hours and get free food! Talk to Michael Curcio

Also can get tickets online at www.dining.wm.edu

Front Porch Society Presents: Harvestfest 2014! Saturday, 3-5:00pm at the Daily Grind

To benefit Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Featuring the Stairwells and other bands, raffles, fun! Check out the event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1471542636467644/

COS Science and Technology Advisory Committee is looking for students to join their Working Groups this year! Their first meeting is Wednesday, October 1 at 5:15pm in Millington 108!

The Working Groups include:

1.       Greenhouse Gas Emissions: This is an annual inventory managed by a faculty member and run by students. All the energy usage by the campus is quantified and a report is then generated. This is an ongoing group that completes the survey annually.

2.      Stormwater Management: Randy Chambers (Professor of Biology | 757-221-2331 | rmcham@wm.edu) manages this working group. Student-run group working on quantifying the  storm water runoff produced by the campus and a report will be generated. This is an ongoing group that completes the survey annually.

3.      Climate Action Plan: This is a new group that will be responsible for developing the campus’ climate action plan!

 

SEAC is officially signed up to make a Homecoming Float for the Homecoming Parade on October 17! Email Michael Curcio to get in the loop to help out with this – sure to be awesome!

The Cove: Movie Screening on October 8

Damnation: Movie Screening on October 9

Tribe Adventure Program: Fall Break Backpacking to Grayson Highlands State Park!

For more information visit: http://www.wm.edu/…/campusrec/outdoorrec/trips/index.php

To sign up/view full itinerary: See front desk at the Rec Center!

COS Celebrates! First event: Friday, October 17th 11am-2pm Sadler Terrace

The Committee on Sustainability is organizing monthly events to promote awareness of the Committee’s Presence on campus. The first monthly event will be a celebration of International Vegetarian Month (October)! Anyone looking to get involved in this event or in future monthly COS Celebrations, contact Natalie Hurd at nlhurd@email.wm.edu.

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 knnewman@email.wm.edu for more information!

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Outreach, Surry, Homecoming Float

SEAC Minutes (09/15/2014)

**Quick PSA — check it out because this is fast approaching!**

GREEN OUT WITH BRANCH OUT:

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 adeverakonda@email.wm.edu if you have any questions.

 

THE GO-AROUND: 

– Name/ Age/ Major…

– Name would you choose if forced to change yours? Yvonne, Lawrence, Starlord, Rodrigo, Map

– Edgy thing you did this weekend?  Giving roommate bronchitis, dancing to a middle school playlist (S/O to the SEAC gathering), climbed over the Governor’s wall, eating cereal with a fork

 

CAMPAIGN REPORT-BACKS:

Gardening: (Wednesday 5-7, Sunday 3-6)

– Worked at the Community Garden, harvested basil and donated it to Campus Kitchens

– If the Garden peeps are late to the gatherings — just stick around and wait!

Energy Justice: (Sunday 7-8)

– Continued the campus transportation campaign

– Discussed Surry County relations! Wooo they’re getting a 1 megawatt solar farm! How awesome! EJ is going to Surry onSept. 28th to help out and eat dinner

– Continued working on the bike initiative (installing more bike racks, fixing stations, etc.); Bike Initiative is starting a Listserv! Holler at Arie (ahankerson@email.wm.edu) if you want to be added.

– Biking trip! Meet at the Terrace on October 4th (1pm – 6pm) for a trip to the Chickahominy Riverfront for 25-mile round trip and a picnic! This trip involves country biking on a paved bike trail.

– Another biking trip!  Meet at the Terrace on November 1st (1pm – 4pm) for an 8-mile round trip to Conte’s Bikes and Munchies in Newtown for merchandise, demos, and food.  This trip involves city biking.

Recycling: (Wednesday 7-8)

– Didn’t meet this week because there was a screening of Food Inc. at the same time!

– Going to team up with Hannah Dempsey and her campaign to mitigate the usage of plastic water bottles on campus

Social Event from this past weekend:

– Lots of fun! Great bonding! Woo! Middle school music! Yes!

– If you went, it’d be very much appreciated if you brought a couple dollars for Michael (the host) because he paid for supplies and he just deserves dollars from you guys.

 

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH UPDATE:

– Meeting on Thursday from 8-10 in the atrium/SEAC office of the Campus Center!

– Come at any point to paint and make signs and creative visuals, bring musical instruments for playing, and hang out to get pumped for the march! Snacks will be provided. We encourage you to bring your recycled posters, cardboard (the mail center is full of empty boxes), and other necessary craft supplies.

– Holler at Anne (akdavis02@email.wm.edu) if you have any other questions.

BUDGET DISCUSSION & VOTE:

– We decided to subsidize the PCM tickets — Woo! (45 votes for, 0 against, 0 blocks)

– $160 (for those who paid $60 for tickets) + $80 (for those with financial need) + $80 (for those on the waitlist) = maximum of $320 total spent on subsidies (44 people in favor, 1 person against, 0 blocks)
OAKS & ACORNS:

– SEAC’s version of bigs and littles!

– We will talk about this next week, but get excited!

CAMPING:

– We will talk about this next week also, but start thinking and getting excited about this!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

– Apply to be a Branch Out Alternative Spring Break Site Leader (we could do Mountain Justice again) – DUETOMORROW

– SEAC Surry trip, Sunday, Sept. 28th

– Local. Sustinable. W&M Soccer Games, Sept. 27th @ 2pm, Sept. 28th @ 7pm volunteers needed! SEAC needs to table – volunteers?

– The Cove Screening with Students for Animals, Wednesday, Oct. 8th.

– Homecoming Float app due October 1st! Who wants to help out with this?

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!

REPORT-BACKS:

*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: hldempsey@email.wm.edu

 

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: http://seac.blogs.wm.edu/

Also, LIKE the New Facebook page! We will be posting pics and other SEAC happenings here as well!  https://www.facebook.com/WMSEAC

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!*

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

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: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/

 

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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BHJ3AUAysmx8E9m_fxoaZhluF9HN1ORjjwAorKCQt2w/viewform?usp=send_form or email Natalie Hurd, Programs and Education Student Co-Chair, at nlhurd@email.wm.edu. (checkhttps://www.facebook.com/cosprogramsandeducation 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 tohttps://forms.wm.edu/16880 or for any questions please contact the Gardens Manager, Nora Jackson, at wmcampusgardens@gmail.com

 

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/forksWM/ and email forks@email.wm.edu 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 adeverakonda@email.wm.edu 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: http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/campusrec/outdoorrec/trips/index.php

 

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 (nlhurd@email.wm.edu) 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 knnewman@email.wm.edu for more information!