Monthly Archives: September 2014

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!