Monthly Archives: November 2014

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