Monthly Archives: November 2015

SEAC Minutes 11/30/15 LAST MEETING OF FALL SEMESTER

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

Report-Backs:

  • 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 http://bit.ly/1c7hem3
  • 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 11/23/15

Hello everyone! Today we had record attendance of four people plus Ian facilitating in place of Abby and Ben (who, unfortunately were both sick)…But Ian’s slides were amazing (try googling: funny + *insert name of each campaign*). We also watched some fun YouTube videos…Here are the rest of the minutes:
 
GO AROUND: what is a food you really like but would go terribly with Thanksgiving dinner?

  • jelly beans, sushi, curry, rainbow sherbet, tacos
REPORT BACKS (didn’t have all of them represented…)
  • ESLI- made t-shirt tote bags, planted seeds, and decorated posters with the kids at Matthew Whaley; also walked around at the Farmer’s Market
  • Recycling- had America Recycles Day!
  • Restoration- finished letter to Reveley, Richie made a map of all the plants in the Crim Dell, Randy Chambers got green fee for de-nitrifying substrate
  • Solo Cup Recycling- made a flyer to tell people in Williamsburg about what they can and can’t recycle
  • SEAC Retreat– also was a pretty low turnout out…we will probably redesign/reschedule/reorganize next semester.  The people who were there learned about birds, calendar gift bags, sustainable systems, AND a new idea for combining guac and chips *see attached picture* 

We also talked about…Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving!

  • carpool home
  • take time away from electronics while spending time with the family
  • use reusable dishes instead of single-use plates, utensils etc.
  • save all your leftover food
  • consider reducing or cutting out meat
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS
Campus Parks Fall 2015 Research Symposium
December 1, 2015 from 3:30pm – 4:50pm – Swem Media Center, Ford Classroom
Please join the ENSP 249: Campus Parks Research class as we present the results of our semester research project examining the effectiveness of ecotherapy on the W&M campus. Food and beverages will be provided.
Please RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524431217873590/?

Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo
Opportunity for recent university graduates to spend an academic year working at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Egypt.

*FLYER ATTACHED WITH MORE INFO*

Climate Countdownnew web series on climate policy and COP21
This is a resource to learn more about the negotiations that will be going on in Paris this December.  Here are some links about COP21,INDCs,implementation, carbon pricing, and China. There is also a screening of Climate Countdown with expert panel discussions on Nov 15th at Columbia University. Here are the event details and livestream.

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!

Announcements:

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

SEAC Minutes 11/9

Go Around the World and Share Your Favorite Land Mass

  • Pangea, Randy Chambers’ Floating Wetland of the Crim Dell, National Parks, New River Gorge, the Blue Ridge Mountains
Report Backs:
  • Sustainability Summit 2K15- Natalie & Josh presented about Take Back the Tap, keynote speaker was a marine biologist, learned about river walks
  • Energy Justice- met with the VP and Director of Sustainability to talk about getting solar on campus. Set a goal to get 200 more signatures for their petition and have more 1:1 meetings.
  • ESLI- taught kids about where food comes from through a game
  • Gardening- helped out at the Grove community garden. Dinner & poster making at Matt’s house at 5PM on Sunday (504 S Boundary St, will coordinate rides)
  • Recycling- planning for America Recycles Day Nov 22, meeting Swem 168 if the SEAC office door problem is not resolved
  • Restoration- planted all the plants! Have a working draft of a letter to Reveley to get donation funds for restoration.
  • Solo Cup Recycling- new recycling bin was a success! Finished in under an hour, despite SEAC door hardships!
  • Take Back the Tap- presented at the Sustainability Summit. Presented their video at both the summit and our meeting​
  • Litter Pick-up- hit 117lbs, the weight of a human being! Recovered glass from Matoaka, going to use at America Recycles Day
Announcements:
  • Still looking for someone to represent SEAC on the Earth Week Team, talk to Abby
  • America Recycles Day on Saturday November 21, 1-4PM
  • SEAC Office door is not working, so meetings are being relocated but the problem is being fixed so no worries!
  • Taking submissions for No Title Needed– members who do a lot of good things for us without a special title
  • There are 2 farmers in Surry County who are looking for help with gardening and livestock initiatives, talk to Ben and stay tuned for a presentation in the future
  • Campus Parks Research study- needs more people! Only 30 minutes, 3:30 tomorrow/ Tuesday. Talk to Natalie or Julia!