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Welcome Back, SEAC!

Here at SEAC, we can’t wait to get started on our initiatives for the new year, and to get introduced to all of the new friends the Lorax made at the Activities Fair! (Lorax was very happy to meet you all.) Our first meeting this year is on Monday, August 29th – stay tuned for the location. If you aren’t sure what SEAC is all about, check out the rest of our website. As a brief overview, we are a student organization that works on a variety of initiatives related to sustainability and environmentalism. Our four major campaigns are Biodiversity, Recycling, Energy, which tackle related on-campus issues, and the Surry Justice League, which is working against a new coal-fired power plant in Surry County. We have a lot of great opportunities to get involved in environmental issues on campus and in the local community, and always welcome new faces at our meetings. Hope to see you soon!

Sharon Hartzell, SEAC webmaster/blogmaster

Earth Week!

From April 18th to April 23rd this year, SEAC and the Committee on Sustainability put together the very first Earth Week.

SEAC has put together a campus-wide celebration of Earth Day every year for almost a decade, and it’s a holiday we always love. It’s a chance to sit down with friends and free food, listen to music, and celebrate successes in sustainability efforts at the college and beyond. This year, thanks to a collaboration with the Committee on Sustainability, the College of Arts and Sciences, Dining Services, and Homebrew, and thanks also to the infinite dedication of our Sustainability Fellow Sarah Hanke, our Earth Day Celebration was expanded into a week-long extravaganza:
MONDAY: Campus Gardens Day
On Monday, we sent volunteers to the various Campus Gardens to weed, plant, and get them in working order for the summer growing season.
TUESDAY: Ciclovida Documentary
On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to host a bicycle-powered  documentary screening and discussion with the farmers behind Ciclovida. Ciclovida was inspired by a tour, conducted by the landless farmers Inácio de Nascimento and Ivania de Alencar through Brazil in search of natural seeds. The screening was of a movie, describing their 3000-mile journey, after which we held a Q&A with Inacio and Ivania themselves. They are currently biking up the East Coast. Check on their progress at:
http://ciclovida.org/en

WEDNESDAY: Ciclovida Workshop
On Wednesday, Ciclovida held a workshop in which they explained the roots of the landless movement in Brazil, as well as the necessity for natural seeds and self-controlled and self-sustained agriculture.
THURSDAY: Sustainability at W&M Screening
On Thursday, William and Mary’s environmentalist filmmaker-in-residence Jes Therkelsen screened his film Sustainability at W&M, which details the creation in the past few years of most of the sustainability efforts we have on campus today, especially the Green Fees program. After the screening, a panel discussion was held with the leaders of campus sustainability, including President Reveley, the chairs of the Committee on Sustainability, and our very own Lauren Edmonds, a member of both SEAC and the COS.
FRIDAY: Fresh: the Movie Screening
On Friday, SEAC hosted a screening of the film Fresh, which discusses local agriculture and the challenges it faces across the country. This film features Joel Salatin, farmer and founder of Polyface Farms, which is a Virginian farm located near Staunton, which delivers the freest of free-range meats to Williamsburg on a regular basis! Check them out:
http://www.polyfacefarms.com/default.aspx
SATURDAY: Earth Day Celebration!!!!!
As we do every year, this year we had our outdoors Earth Day celebration, featuring vegetarian food by Dining Services and music by Homebrew, and many caterers and tablers. President Reveley, in what is our favorite new tradition, read the Lorax to the crowd, and the Rock River Gypsies, a band made up of William and Mary (and SEAC!) alums, came down despite their increasing fame to perform at their seventh W&M Earth Day.

We had a great Earth Week 2011, and we hope to see you there next year!

Hey, SEACers! What are you doing this week?

As you may have heard,  William & Mary is celebrating Earth Week this week, April 18-23. The celebration centers on a theme of sustainable food and agriculture, and has a full schedule of workshops, concerts, films and speakers which we are very excited about.

An outline of the scheduled events:

Monday, April 18

12pm-1pm: Book Discussion in Swem Library: The Nature Principle by Richard Louv (must RSVP to Karen Berquist, kaberq@wm.edu for this event)

5-7pm: Service Day in the Campus Gardens (meet at 5pm at the Sadler Center Terrace)

SEAC Secondhand Sale Collection, donation boxes located in all residence halls

Tuesday, April 19

Student Sustainability Poster Display in the Sadler Center Lobby (open all day)

SEAC Secondhand Sale Collection, donation boxes located in all residence halls

8pm-10pm: A night with Ciclovida, a movement of farmer-activists from Brazil, including a documentary screening, Q&A session, and music, Andrews Hall room 101

Wednesday, April 20

Student Sustainability Poster Display in the Sadler Center Lobby (open all day)

SEAC Secondhand Sale Collection, donation boxes located in all residence halls

1pm-2pm: Biofuels, Agrofuels, Farmers and Climate Change workshop led by Ciclovida, Chesapeake C in the Sadler Center

6:30pm-8:00pm:  The True Cost of Coal presentation by the Beehive Collective, a collective of artists, storytellers and activists: Andrews Hall room 101

Thursday, April 21

Student Sustainability Poster Display in the Sadler Center Lobby (open all day)

SEAC Secondhand Sale Collection, donation boxes located in all residence halls

8pm-9pm: Sustainability at W&M Documentary Screening and Open Forum, Swem Read and Relax Area

Friday, April 22

Student Sustainability Poster Display in the Sadler Center Lobby (open all day)

SEAC Secondhand Sale Collection, donation boxes located in all residence halls

10am-1pm:  Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Day, W&M Hall parking lot

2pm-4pm:  Chesapeake Bay Game, Tyler Hall room 102 (must RSVP to Randy Chambers rmcham@wm.edu for this event)

7pm-9pm:  Screening of Fresh: The Movie, Washington Hall room 201

Saturday, April 23

Student Sustainability Poster Display in the Sadler Center Lobby (open all day)

8am-12pm:  Williamsburg Farmer’s Market, Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg

11am-4pm:  Earth Day Celebration, Crim Dell Meadow

11:00 – Student and community environmental group tables open (including SEAC Secondhand Free Yard Sale)

11:15 – Band plays-Austin Powell

12:00 – Vegetarian feast provided by Dining Services

12:15 – President Taylor Reveley reads Dr. Suess’s The Lorax

1:00 – Band plays-David Adley and Friends

2:00 – Band plays-Thelonious Funk

2:50 – Band plays-Squash Blossoms

3:20 – Band plays-Rock River Gypsies

4:00 – End of Earth Week 2011

More details and further information can be found at the Earth Week website,http://www.wm.edu/sites/sustainability/Earth-Week-2011/index.php. Hope to see you there! Check back with the SEAC blog throughout the week to see pictures and updates.

In other exciting news, the recently-dormant SEAC blog is officially up and running.  Here, we will keep you updated on SEAC’s activities, as well as environmental issues on campus, in the community, and in the world at large. If you want to learn more about how to get involved with environmental issues on campus, come to Tyler 102 at 8:30 pm on Mondays for our weekly SEAC meetings. Hope to see you there!

-Sharon