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SEAC Minutes 2/8/2016

Leave comments on this SA Resolution by Thursday so we can represent SEAC. Will discuss more next Monday.

The Go-Around: What would you name this dog? (It was a cute dog, it had spots)

Restoration- met with Henry Broaddus and Calandra to obtain funds
Energy Justice- working on solar panels, vending machines, and Solar Education Week
ESLI- had great after school visit! Made rice maracas and valentines hearts. ESLI has a meeting Wednesday at 3:45 in the SEAC OFFICE in campus center. We will get ready for school visit next week. Email us at with any questions
*needs cereal boxes, other recycled materials that can ESLI be turned into art
Take Back the Tap- stay posted for petition competition
Recycling- Free Market opens on Tuesday and Thursday 5-7
Bike Initiative- Saturday Feb 20 11-15 mile loop along the Colonial Parkway
Gardening- sapped sycamore trees for syrup, looking for people to make educational posters
Solo Cup Recycling- had first collection on Sunday
Quentin, Treasurer, on SEAC $$$:
-Should we move our account to a sustainable/local bank?
-Quentin will follow up with more information (esp. on credit unions) next week so we can discuss further
The SEAC Bank Account: $1,161.44. Comes from fundraisers and donations.
The SEAC SA Budget: gave us $501 for 2015-2016 school year, can only be spent on what has been budgeted for. Cannot be spent on most food, alcohol, homecoming float, politically partisan activities
Discussing the SA Resolution
-We could use this resolution as an opportunity to get more student support and visibility for SEAC and COS
-Could use this to propel bill to ban plastic water bottles in SA events
-Could propose setting aside time in SA meeting to inform them about sustainability initiatives on campus to get the word out more
-Could ask SA to send delegate to COS meeting to report back to Senate
-Stuart will represent us to Jonah in meeting on Thursday
-Campaigns will discuss their ideas for this and we will draft a report next meeting. Comment on the Google Doc.
We voted on new Outreach member(s):
-Nominees: Talia and Jessica
-We consensus voted to appoint both on Outreach
Blog for “Hark Upon The Green”!
-Past topics include: Talia’s trip to COP21, internship reflections, how to get involved in sustainability, how to use WATA, bike alliance reflections
-Would love to hear from SEAC!
-Info about new campaigns, publicity blasts, research projects, reflections
-Chance to foster culture of sustainability @ W&M
-To submit: email post to
-Posts are ~750 words
Green Goat Farm
•Goats, chickens, pigs (babies!), Great Pyrenees dogs, a donkey, ducks, a llama and more
•30 minutes outside of Williamsburg
11am-4pm on Saturdays (very flexible)
•Making and sampling organic goat soaps!
Talk to Hope for more info
Mt. Pleasant Farm
-Speakers coming next Wednesday 8PM Blow 332 to talk about sustainable farming and internships


A variety of prompts were answered during the Go-Around: “What’s your favorite part of the winter holidays?”, “And I ask myself: Well, how did I get here?”, and “Conan! What is best in life?”

  • Members travelled by bike and speed-walk, generally enjoy holiday cheer/smells, pumpkin bagels, spending time with family, fighting for trees


  • Last week’s meeting- Ian had slides filled with “dank memes”, suggests googling the name of any campaign “+ funny”

o   Discussed how to improve SEAC Retreat- spread more info, make it shorter

  • Energy Justice- solar panel project for the Rec is going well, looks viable and set for completion Summer 2016
  • ESLI- kids planted seeds in Solo cups, made t-shirt tote bags, ESLI went to the farmer’s market

o   Last club meeting is this Thursday, last after-school meeting with the kids next Thursday

  • Gardening- got an extension so COS will not destroy it, looking for new leadership (talk to Ben)

o   Garden Corps meeting this Wednesday 8PM @ Matt’s house 508, S Boundary

  • SOLO Cup Recycling- didn’t collect last weekend, still thrilled about their new recycling bin

o   last collection this weekend!

  • Restoration- will be wrapping up for the semester and completing letter to Reveley
  • TBTT- gave 50 water bottles new homes during tabling on the terrace, had bowling and jellybeans, obtained more signatures for petition!

Events & Announcements:

  • BLOWOUT- continuing the tradition of watching Captain Planet in the SEAC Office on Friday at 3PM

o   bring food, come hang out with friends

  • Campus Parks Research Presentation- Dec 1, 2015 in the Ford Classroom in the Swem Media Center from 3:30-6:30, RSVP on Facebook
  • SchoolHouse Block Presents: The Hunger Luncheon Dec 1 6-8PM

o   Join SchoolHouse Block on December 1 from 6:00-8:00PM in Tidewater B for a transformational dining experience! As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to think critically about how food insecurity and malnutrition can serve as barriers to educational attainment and individual growth. The event will feature speakers from USAID Bureau of Food Security, the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank, and the College of William and Mary.

o   The Hunger Luncheon is free, but we will have a full buffet from Nawab that will cost $8 for students and $10 for community members. All proceeds go towards the construction of a gender-inclusive, solar-powered school in Nepal!

  • Conferences- apply for funding by Dec 2
  • Meridian is having a clothing swap at 7pn on Dec 3
  • SEAC Space is going to plan a few fun de-stressing activities for finals
  • The Mid-Year Student Organization & Activities Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 19th from 6:30pm8:30pm in the Sadler Center

SEAC Minutes 11/16

SEAC Retreat is this Sunday, October 22, 9AM-3PM in the Keck Lab! We will be:

  • presenting on topics you like to your friends (like TED Talks but way cooler)

o   Already scheduled: IAN on ecology & environmentalism in the Himalayans, JESSE with reusable calendar gift bags, ABBY on The Beatles, BEN on multifunctional landscapes, LYDIA on origami, SYDNEY on Intro ENSP, BENNETT leading a litter pickup, GRAHAM on candles (jk- but it will be lit)

  • sharing & eating food, Bird Walk, helping with the gazebo

o   Volunteered so far: guacamole, chips, blueberry muffins, mac & cheese, vegan-GF friendly casserole, gummies

The Go Around: Pulp Preferences

  • Very strong opinions, pulp is evidently polarizing

Report Backs:

  • Energy Justice- got stickers, Megan Embrey is leading the making of a documentary on student opinions of energy, planned for next semester (incl. research proposal). Sundays at 7PM
  • ESLI- planned for kids to plant seeds (needs containers!) and bringing the Tribe farm truck
  • Food Justice- intending to join with Food Recovery Network to donate extra food from dining halls to people in need
  • Gardening- dug post holes, went to Waller Mill Park garden to help the Avalon Shelter, mounded mounds of soil, planning to work with COS to work on multi-use spaces with plants, have a big meeting this week about permaculture garden, installing gazebo floor on Sunday
  • Recycling- washed cool jars found on trash pickups to plant plants in on America Recycles Day, got money for America Recycles Day, Rose went to the COS working group on recycling to make campus-wide plans
  • Restoration- worked on letter to Reveley, made bamboo cups with sealant (so can hold liquid!), wrote thank-you notes to plant donors
  • Solo Cup Recycling- all vols came, no cups to be gathered
  • Take Back the Tap- cleaning lost water bottles to give out for free during tabling, visit them on the terrace for gamez, petition signing
  • Litter Pick-Up Crew reached 164lbs!


  • America Recycles Day this Saturday in the Sunken Gardens! Music, food, recycling, crafts, fun, good things
  • SEAC Office door has been fixed, campaign meetings will resume there
  • Flooring the Gazebo on Sunday, part of SEAC retreat but also starting at 10
  • SEAC Retreat on Sunday!  9AM3PM in the Keck Lab

Natalie Hurd is bringing back SEAC Space– dedicated weekly time/area to decompress with your environmentalist friends. Talk to her if you’re interested in helping get this started back up.

Remember to join our Facebook group:

 Submit announcements for meetings/minutes here:

 Google Calendar is here:

SEAC Minutes 9/7/15

Hello everyone! Here are this week’s minutes:

Remember to join our Facebook group:

Submit announcements for meetings/minutes here:

Google Calendar is here (we will be tweaking it throughout the semester):

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,

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!


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 @ 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 if you want to learn more.

Food Justice – did not meet…email 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) = big/returningSEAC member, Acorns = littles…oaks might do clue week, but if you don’t want that, that’s okay)


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

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.

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 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 ( and Bel Kelly-Russo ( 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


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


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!

Big SEAC Minutes! (9/29/14)


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:


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:

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

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.



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

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!



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


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



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.


Also, here is the Facebook event:

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

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:

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 | 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:…/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

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 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 — 


  • Name, Year, Occupation of your dreams:
    • professional ballerina, teaching on an island, reading Wikipedia articles, engineer, mermaid, POTUS 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ( or Jacob ( if you have any questions.
  • 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! (
  • Surry TripSunday the 28th @ noon
    • Holler at Shane ( 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)
  • 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 (
  • 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) ( 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!**


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 if you have any questions.



– 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



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 ( 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.



– 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 ( if you have any other questions.


– 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)

– SEAC’s version of bigs and littles!

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


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



– 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!


*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:


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:

Also, LIKE the New Facebook page! We will be posting pics and other SEAC happenings here as well!

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!*



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:


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: or email Natalie Hurd, Programs and Education Student Co-Chair, at (check 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 to or for any questions please contact the Gardens Manager, Nora Jackson, at


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: and email 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 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:


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 ( 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 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: (focus: the campus gardens and composting)
— Facilitator office hours: 8-8:30 Blair 205 (contact info is at the end of this email)
— 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 (
— 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.
Madeleine Boel (facilitator)
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 ( or Jacob Herrin ( 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!