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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/

Submit announcements for meetings/minutes here: https://docs.google.com/a/email.wm.edu/forms/d/1ICwy_qsbixYR2-56gI9IQ2W7ArTNI0l7_ytXgFxOgpI/viewform?c=0&w=1

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!

SEAC Minutes 9/7/15

Hello everyone! Here are this week’s minutes:

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

Submit announcements for meetings/minutes here: https://docs.google.com/a/email.wm.edu/forms/d/1ICwy_qsbixYR2-56gI9IQ2W7ArTNI0l7_ytXgFxOgpI/viewform?c=0&w=1

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:  Name, Year, Favorite TV show

Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia, Parks and Rec, West Wing, Bones, The X-files…and many more

Report Backs

Take Back the Tap: Thursdays at 5 in the SEAC Office

had lots of new people and ideas about encouraging people to carry reusable bottles, thinking about a petition to RAs to get refilling stations in dorms, working on inventory of water fountains and filling stations in all buildings, ideas about where we could have water stations…outdoors? other indoor locations? mobile stations/coolers for sports and other events

Eco-Schools Leadership Initiative: First meeting this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the SEAC Office

Will be going to Matthew Whaley Elementary after school program once a month to do fun interactive games and teach kids about environmental topics. We are also accepting people for the leadership core team. If you want to join the listserv or learn more, emailtjschmitt@email.wm.edu

Energy Justice: Sundays 7PM in the SEAC Office Talked about Seize the Grid: grassroots campaign to have 100% clean energy by 2030, focus on solar panels for the rec in the short term, ideas for marketing: haiku about energy justice…haiku contest?? talked about intersectionality (ex: environmental issues have more impact on minority groups…this is important for us all to consider), launch will be Oct. 14, tabling this Wednesday – Friday 11-1:30 on the terrace, Sign the online petition and/or come by the terrace! https://www.addup.org/campaigns/college-of-william-mary-seize-the-grid-for-100-clean-energy-by-2030

 

Recycling: NEW TIME Wednesdays 6:30 PM SEAC Office

this week was mostly info and overview, talked about focusing on education this semester…people are confused about recycling (it’s single stream etc), getting Free Market going soon, will be advertising lots
Gardening: Wednesdays 5-7PM and Sundays 3-5PM behind the Caf
Planning meeting: hoping to finish gazebo, perennial forest garden, standard winter annual crops, plant propagation and how to take cuttings and make new plants

GardenCorp hasn’t figured out best time to meet yet…

 

Restoration: this week Tuesday at 8:30 Sadler couches by swipe line, Friday on site at Crim Dell
Talked about what people want to do, lots of excitement, more help will be needed soon

email Nick Newberry @ nenewberry@email.wm.edu if you want to learn more

Solo Cup Recycling: collections from fraternities will be on Sundays!
There was a sign up sheet at the meeting; email Kara Newman at knnewman@email.wm.edu if you want to learn more.

Food Justice – did not meet…email rdsnellfeikema@email.wm.edu if you’re interested

 

In-reach Updates

  • Earth hour was successful with lots of people and fun!
  • We’re having a party this Saturday 9/12 @ 809 Lafayette: meet at 10:15 on terrace, party starts at 10:30, we won’t have solo cups so if possible bring SEAC mug (label it with your name/tie a ribbon on it), don’t bring everyone you know but a pal is okay
  • SEAC Dinners start this week!!: Tuesday 6 pm Marketplace, bring your own plates and utensils if you can
  • Oaks and Acorns sign-up NOW (make sure you are signed into your w&m email) https://docs.google.com/a/email.wm.edu/forms/d/1zb-uB5s-We07c5mVIoxg5NEgmAW31zwp1sz8RM_ohNU/viewform?c=0&w=1(Oaks = big/returningSEAC member, Acorns = littles…oaks might do clue week, but if you don’t want that, that’s okay)

Announcements

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.

The Office of Sustainability wants to know what you would like to see happen in sustainability, invites you to learn more about this coming year, and wants you to get involved! Open to all faculty, staff, and students. Sept 9, 4-5pm, Small Hall 111. https://www.facebook.com/events/507470092742749/

Hi folks! There is a top notch farm about 30 minutes away from campus that is looking for general helpers! 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!
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!

Elise Orlick, a recent W&M graduate, is recruiting for the Public Interest Research Group’s fellowship program. The two-year fellowship involves research and advocacy related to environmental policy issues. The job description is attached.

CAFO Culture: Visualizing Factory Farming in Virginia

EXTENDED ENTRY DEADLINE: 9/15/15

Event Dates: 10/16/15-10/31/15

Virginia students and Virginia residents are invited to submit entries (Two-dimensional only: painting, prints, drawings, photographs, video, etc.) to be displayed in 1781 Jamestown Road and digital projections on the campus of College of William and Mary To learn more visit:www.youjudgeit.org/cafoculture

 

Other Updates

  • We will be posting a poll about CORT training: useful for sustainable advertising, buttons etc.
  • We will also post a poll for next week’s article topic (there were lots of great ideas!)
  • We had a consensus vote of approval for Tess Mackey to come speak next week; she graduated last year and now works at Chesapeake Environmental Communications, doing cool sustainable ‘yard makeover’ projects.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week! Make sure to spend some time outside!

SEAC Minutes 8/31 – Welcome back!

WELCOME BACK, SEAC!

About us:

  • We are a non-hierarchical organization, creating action.
  • Networking- great way to meet people who care about the same things you do and make connections for change -Ian
  • Consensus voting
  • We “sparkle” to signal agreement/support
Join our awesome club IRL and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2200248487/
 
Co-facilitators: Abby Holcombe and Ben Olinger

Our campaigns:

  • Take Back the Tap– working to end use of disposable water bottles, got grant money to install more refilling stations, has “pretty rad stickers”
  • Eco-Schools Leadership Initiative– Do you like to educate kids about the environment? We go to the local elementary schools to do fun interactive games and teach kids about environmental topics. We are also accepting people for the leadership core team. If you want to join the listserv or learn more, email me at tjschmitt@email.wm.edu
    • Talia Schmitt
      Thursdays at 6:30pm at Campus Center starting Sept 10!
  • Energy Justice– launching a Seize the Grid for grassroots 100% clean energy campaign this semester
  • Recycling– plans America Recycles Day, runs the Free Market
    • Lydia Francis and Rosemary McDermott
    • Wednesdays 7PM SEAC Office (Campus Center)
  • Gardening– learn to garden, connect with Williamsburg communities. GardenCorp and Permaculture Garden project
    • Ben Olinger
    • Wednesdays 5-7PM and Sundays 3-5PM, GardenCorp Tuesdays 7PM Blow 3rd Floor Lounge
  • Food Justice– improve ethics and sustainability of food in community and on campus, improve conditions for workers, reduce food waste
    • Rafael Snell-Feikema
    • Saturdays at 3PM (may be changed)
  • Restoration– started campaign to restore the Crim Dell, remove invasive species, working with HOPE to make spaces for restorative mental health
  • Solo Cup Recycling– collected over 3000 cups from frat parties last year
    • Jesse Smyth and Kara Newman

Cool things we did last year:

  • Went to the People’s Climate March- “we got to yell about good things”
  • Had fun “social gatherings”, including a GOP themed mixer
  • Graham learned that “goats are like puppies with horns”

Upcoming Social Events:

XOXO Megan, SEACretary

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

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 (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!

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!

Happy Summer!

Welcome to SEAC! If you are a new member or incoming freshmen, please keep an eye out for the date of our first meeting! Until then, email the SEAC facilitators Madeleine Boel (mgboel@email.wm.edu) or Jacob Herrin (jrherrin@email.wm.edu) if you have any questions, are looking to get involved or even if you just want to chat.

Have a wonderful rest of the summer!

SEAC Minutes March 31st/Elections

HELLO EVERYONE!  Here are the minutes for this week:

GO AROUND: Your favorite CHEESE! Smoked gouda, mozzarella balls, cream cheese??

Guest Speaker: Katie from Relay Foods!

Appointments to Executive Board Happened! The positions are:
  • Co-facilitators: Madeline and Jacob
  • SEACretaries: Katie J. and Abby H.
  • Historian/Webmaster: Shane, Erin G., and Arie
  • In-reach: Ian H., Ashley, and Natalie
  • Treasurer/Fundraiser: Kevin
  • Outreach Coordinator: Ben, Abby M., Elana, and Anne

Congrats to all our new exec members! 🙂

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Trash Pick-Ups: Meets Sunday, 2pm meeting on the terrace!
  • AMP Sustainability Matoaka Day:Saturday April 5th, 12-3pm at the Keck Lab
  • College Creek Cleanup: postponed to April 12th (Saturday 9-12pm)
  • SEAC Retreat!: Sunday April 13th: we will be at the Keck Lab from about 10am-3pm and there will be guest speakers and fun times!
  • Camping in Surry: April 18th yay!
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REPORT-BACKS:

 

Here are our current sub-campaigns: (which have their own list-servs)

Recycling: Meets Wednesdays 8 in the SEAC office; Email erdale@email.wm.edu to be added to the Recycling listserv! Also the free market is now open Tuesdays 5-6 and Thursday 6-7.

  • -will have a table at Earth Week!

Gardening: Meets Tuesdays 5-7 (outside) or 6-7 (inside) and Sundays 3-5 in the Campus Garden behind the Caf/Commons dining hall; also meets on Thursdays at 7pm in the SEAC office. Email bmolinger@email.wm.eduto be added to the Gardening listserv!

  • -went to a community garden which was really cool
  • -will be working in the gardens tomorrow also so come on by if ya want

Energy Justice: Meets Sundays, SEAC office 7-8pm; Email nlhurd@email.wm.edu to be added to the EJ listserv!

  • -went to Surry and picked up trash and got dinner and it was great
  • -will return to Surry
  • -organizing a camping trip 🙂

IN the FUTURE…

Current Events Discussions: we are going to talk about recent events and articles in upcoming meetings

Guest Speakers: if anyone knows some interesting speakers that could come to campus, let us know!

Former SEACers Networking: we have three confirmed alumni who maybe could talk at the SEAC retreat so again if you know anyone let’s get in contact

SEAC Retreat: things you want to teach us? good food you want to eat? crafts you want to share? 

-Come to our upcoming SEAC Retreat (and email Scott or Natalie if you have ideas)! It will be happening on a Saturdayin April, and graduated SEACers will likely be coming to talk to us.

 

*email us with ideas if there is something specifically you want to talk about*

 

Contact info in case any of you need it:

Email Natalie & Scott for any questions, comments, or even just to say hi!

Natalie: nlhurd@email.wm.edu

Scott: swnordstrom@email.wm.edu

Office hours: every Monday in Blair 223 at 8-8:30

SEAC Office: back of Campus Center behind the atrium; if you need access to the SEAC room let Natalie/Scott know but remember to clean up after yourself!

 

Hope y’all enjoy this fabulous week 🙂

Rachel Cook, SEACretary