Monthly Archives: September 2015

SEAC Minutes 9/28/15

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 (this link might actually work – sorry if the other didn’t):  

https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=seacwm%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

 Go Around: Name, year, favorite band or artist

The Last Bison, John Denver, Florence and the Machine, Hosier…

Report Backs

RECYCLING: talked about ideas for crafts and other aspects of America Recycle’s Day

FOOD JUSTICE: in process of contacting super markets about reducing food waste

GARDENING: work day at Waller Mill garden is rescheduled for this Sunday – meet 10 am on the terrace; still looking for someone who wants to build cold frames

ESLI: did cereal box folders with kids at Matthew Whaley, they had fun and were enthusiastic about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

ENERGY JUSTICE: talked about launch event – October 17th 3-6 on Crim Dell meadow, looking into music and tshirts – let Abby know if you know of good local options for shirts

SOLO CUP Recycling: had a collection Sunday – got cups from two fraternities, still working on going to chapter meetings and talking to city of Williamsburg. There is a spread sheet with signups on the Facebook page!

TAKE BACK THE TAP: working on Green Fees; planning 2 events: 1) tabling with after fall break and 2) a raffle of water bottles that have been lost – maybe at America’s Recycles Day. Reminder: ask people to take lost water bottles to Sadler so they aren’t thrown out

RESTORATION: working in groups, met with Courtney Langley about Virginia Native Plants and Randy Chambers who had ideas about nitrogen eating microbes; tentative workday October 18

Inreach Updates

  • Clue Week this week!!! Talk to Graham if you have questions
    • Revelation is moved to Saturday at 8 pm at Matoaka
  • There will hopefully be a group going to Busch Gardens Day
  • Canoeing on Lake Matoaka will be happening later this month
  • People will be working on Homecoming Float (let Abby know if you’re interested)

Outreach and Other Updates

  • Young Dems mixer at 10 this Friday at Lizzie and Abby’s house
  • Still working on SA co-sponsorship for events
  • Everyone should get CORT trained!! Here’s the CORT Training Schedule: Monday: 10am-1pm, Tuesday: 2-4pm, Wednesday: 10am-1pm, Thursday: 2-5pm, Friday: 10am-1pm, 2-4pm
  • Jordan will present next week about Permeable Concrete

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

Bike Alliance trip to Amy’s Organic Farm: meet at 10:30 a.m. October 4th, signup on the Facebook event, talk to Erin if you don’t have a bike and a helmet

Catching the Sun Movie- Wednesday 5PM Sep 30 Tucker Theater with COS, BikeAlliance, SEAC, and TAP

Green Fee Proposals due Oct. 1 by 5 p.m.

COS Operations Subcommittee Meeting: Wednesday September 30 @ 9 a.m.

Farm to Fork- eat local food in the Sunken Gardens on October 2 with everyone you love, buy tickets ASAP at the dining hall

Bike Alliance needs volunteers for Oct 20-26 bicyclist and pedestrian survey

Meatless Mondays: https://www.facebook.com/Meatless-Mondays-AT-WM-472600662899692/timeline/

SI Eliminate is working to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus: pie eating contest tomorrow at 7 in Blair – talk to Hailey if interested in a raffle ticket

Submit a Blog Post to Hark Upon the Green! Did you have a summer job working in the outdoors? A campus sustainability niche you’d like to showcase? An event you think the sustainability community should know about? Submit a blog post to Hark upon the Green, the Committee on Sustainability’s blog! Email Madeleine (mgboel@email.wm.edu) with any questions or submissions, and check out the blog here: http://harkuponthegreen.blogs.wm.edu/

To all fans of upcycling, crafting, and SEAC- This Wednesday, the informal crafting campaign will be meeting at 8PM in Swem room 134C. Erin Goodstein is going to teach everyone how to crochet beautiful t-shirt rugs that we can sell to raise money for SEAC! We need crafters of any experience level along with A TON of t-shirts. PLEASE bring old t-shirts to Megan (mnchaplin@email.wm.edu, 703-409-9520) and Erin (epgoodstein@email.wm.edu) so you can contribute to this effort!

Join the Virginia Clean Power Plan hearing in Portsmouth on October 6th! – See more information and RSVP at:http://org.salsalabs.com/o/423/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=84823#sthash.8oHGqLQE.dpuf

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