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Big SEAC Minutes! (09/22/14)

Greetings SEAC Peeps!
 
Here are the minutes from tonight’s meeting — 

THE GO-AROUND:

  • Name, Year, Occupation of your dreams:
    • professional ballerina, teaching on an island, reading Wikipedia articles, engineer, mermaid, POTUS 
REPORT-BACKS: 
  • Gardening: Wed 5-7 Sun 3-6
    • Planted carrots and things! Good times!
  • Energy Justice: Sun 7-8
    • Bike Initiative Meetings — Thursday @ 7 in Miller 1069
  • Recycling: Wed 7-8
    • Figuring out what to do for America Recycles Day
    • Recycling other plastics soon?? Hopefully
  • Take Back the Tap:
    • Meeting next Tuesday @ 8
    • Location TBD
    • Stay tuned for next week’s minutes
RECAP ON THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH:
  • GREAT TIME
  • 400k people come! Biggest climate march in history! Wow! Awesome!
  • Comments about it from SEAC peeps who went:
    • Large age range! Lots of older adults as well as kiddies
    • Great posters! This quote stuck out — “respect our existence or expect our resistance”
    • Cool bee-keepers and demonstrators
    • Powerful to be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people who share the same passion
OAKS & ACORNS:
  • Sign up on the Google form if you want to be an oak or acorn (big or little) which has been sent out by Madeleine!
  • Please do your best to finish it by Monday, September 29th
  • Ask Madeleine (mgboel@email.wm.edu) or Jacob (jrherrin@email.wm.edu) if you have any questions.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
  • SEAC does Busch GardensFriday the 26th
    • WoOo0o0OO0oo0ooooo fun
    • Tickets $25 @ Candy Counter or Info Desk of the Campus Center
    • Bus leaves starting at 2pm (we will have a group that meets at 4)
    • Email Ian if you have any questions! (ishuber@email.wm.edu)
  • Surry TripSunday the 28th @ noon
    • Holler at Shane (sdgrzegorczyk@email.wm.edu) with any questions
    • Town hall meeting Oct. 2 about the solar thing in Surry! Woo! Let’s get there early in the day to install these solar light things for them.
    • Leaving at noon
    • Who’s coming? (15)
    • Who can drive? (Kevin – 5 people, Scott – 5 people, Hannah – 5 people)
    • EVERYONE NEEDS TO REIMBURSE YOUR DRIVER WITH DOLLARS $$$ please
  • SEAC Tabling at Soccer Game Saturday the 28th, 7pm
    • We need people to table and talk about SEAC! Gotta raise awareness of our club.
    • COS needs volunteers too.
    • Click HERE for the volunteer sign-up.
  • The Cove and Dam Nation Screenings
    • The Cove is in Commonwealth — Oct. 8th
    • Partnering with Students for Animals for The Cove — Evil people inhumanely capture dolphins and bring them to zoos. Let’s get together and stop this.
    • Dam Nation is in Tucker (the creators will be there at the screening!) — Oct. 9th
  • Camping! 
    • We are going to send out a Doodle Poll for a weekend in October that works best tomorrow.
    • If the day works for you but the time doesn’t, don’t let that stop you! Times are negotiable.
    • If you know cool spots around the Williamsburg area for camping, let us know!
  • COS Operations Meeting — Thursday @ 2pm
    • Metering energy on campus, addressing cigarettes litter, etc.
    • Meeting in Facilities Management Building (in the big glass building behind the Campus Center)
  • COS Celebrates Working GroupWednesday at 5:30
    • Come help plan monthly environmental events and celebrations!
    • (Room TBA)
    • Email Natalie with questions (nlhurd@email.wm.edu)
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • Green Fee Proposals 
    • Due Oct. 5th @ 5pm (if you have a good sustainability idea you can get dollars to implement it)
    • Contact Calandra Waters-Lake (the Dean of Sustainability) (waterslake@wm.edu) if you have any questions
  • Hampton Roads Solar TourOct. 4th
    • Tour of all solar homes in the area
    • It’s free! So talk around with other SEAC peeps and check it out
    • Click HERE for more info

SEAC Minutes September 1st 2014: First Meeting!

Salutations SEACers!

Here’s what we did at this evening’s meeting:

What is SEAC?
We are the Student Environmental Action Coalition!  We operate through a non-hierarchical system, having two wonderful facilitators (Jacob and Madeleine — contact info at end of message).  We promote environmental activism and awareness on campus!  We are fun!
Some events that we participate in: 
— Earth Week
— The Free Market
— Campus-wide cleanups
— SEAC Retreat (we all prepare presentations to teach others about fun eco-stuff)
— Documentary screenings
Our past/current/future activism initiatives:
— Powershift (Rally in PA)
— Mountain Justice Spring Break (Branch-Out trip)
— Divestment (reaching out to school administration to divest their funds from fossil fuel companies)
— Promoting food and social justice (letter to Sodexo with concerns of efficiency/waste mitigation, usage of campus gardens)
— *UPCOMING* People’s Climate March on Sept. 21st — KEEP READING if you’re interested
Some other fun things we do:
— Oaks and Acorns (our bigs and littles system! yay)
— Cookouts (like the one this Friday — keep reading!)
— Camping
— Day trips to Surry County
SEAC’s Subcommittees:
— Recycling: Wednesday SEAC Office 7-8pm (focus: recycling on campus)
— Energy Justice: Sunday SEAC Office 7-8pm (focus: divestment issues and are starting a bicycle initiative on campus!)
— Gardening: Sunday 3-4pm; Check the doodle poll for other info: http://doodle.com/2epgc2dfaideh4tx (focus: the campus gardens and composting)
— Facilitator office hours: 8-8:30 Blair 205 (contact info is at the end of this email)
COME HANG OUT WITH SEAC!
— Cookout this Friday, Sept. 5th, 5-7pm @ Jamestown Field Grills (Click THIS for the Facebook event page)
— Screening of Dam Nation on Wednesday, Sept. 10th, 7-10pm in Small Hall room 230
Quick Environmental Plugs:
— Ecoambassador App due TONIGHT (see Student Happenings for more info)
— AMP Bike Smoothie tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, 4-6pm on the Terrace
— SEALS Chasing Ice documentary screening on Sept. 5th, 6:20pm @ the Williamsburg Regional Library
— AMP Movie at Matoaka of Disney Nature’s Chimpanzee on Sept. 13th
— Sign up for this fun class before the end of add/drop! ENSP 249: Campus Parks Research
People’s Climate March Info!!!
— Talk to Anne Davis for any information (akdavis02@email.wm.edu)
— NYC on Sunday, September 21st!
— Click THIS for a promotional video
— Interest meeting this Friday at 2:30pm (location TBD)
— Click THIS for the interest form
— People who want volunteer/ table at Sadler, click THIS
— Every hour you volunteer, you get a raffle ticket for a drawing to get your bus ticket for free/at a reduced price!!! Woo!
— Price of bus ticket to NYC = currently $10; buy them before they go up! Any question about money issues, talk to Anne.
CONTACT INFO:
Madeleine Boel (facilitator) mgboel@email.wm.edu
Jacob Herrin (facilitator)
Thanks for those of you who came out! See you next Monday!