Meeting Minutes, January 20, the first meeting of 2014!

Hey everyone!

 

Here are the minutes for this week:

 

GO AROUND:  What is your favorite mode of transportation? Train, walking, vespa???

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

 

SEACretary Elections: we need another SEACretary who takes notes every other meeting, so if anyone is interested we will be nominating people next week so come on out! If you’re interested let Natalie or Scott know before next week :)

 

FORKS: Fun group where members make dinner and eat while talking about an ethical issue on Sundays at 6pm - Held in Blow Hall 3rd floor lounge – join us!

 

Committee on Sustainability: If you want to learn how to be involved or have questions about things like Green Fees, check out COS’s page at http://www.wm.edu/sites/sustainability/index.php or email the fabulous Sustainability Fellow Patrick Foley at pjfoley@wm.edu for more info about proposed summer projects & plastic bag recycling project & COS Grants!

 

REPORT-BACKS:

 

Here are our current sub-campaigns: (which have their own list-servs)

 

Recycling: Meets Wednesdays 7-8 in the SEAC office; Email erdale@email.wm.edu to be added to the Recycling listserv! Also the free market is now open Tuesdays and Thursday 5-7.

-There will be some mission planning this week so come on out to the meeting!

 

Gardening: Meets Tuesdays 5-6 and Sundays 3-5 in the Campus Garden behind the Caf/Commons dining hall; also meets on Thursdays at 7pm in the SEAC office. Email mtcurcio@email.wm.edu to be added to the Gardening listserv!

-Some things are under frames for the poor cold winter plants

-Planning stages are right now, so if you want to learn or give input come out to gardening this semester as things get crazy with warm weather!

 

Energy Justice: Meets Sundays, SEAC office 7-8pm; Email nlhurd@email.wm.edu to be added to the EJ listserv!

-Working on divestment campaign from last semester

-Virginia Student Environmental Convergence was this past weekend and some of our very own W&M members went & are planning for VA Powershift (very exciting!)

IN the FUTURE…

Trash pick-up: Sunday 12-3pm, meet in front of the Rec!

Current Events Discussions: talking about recent events and articles in meetings which will be happening :)

Guest Speakers: if anyone knows some interesting speakers that could come to campus, let us know…maybe we’ll have someone from Relayfood

Former SEACers Networking: if you know anyone who used to be in SEAC and would want to come spend time with us, let us know so we can get advice and here their stories!

 

 

Contact info in case any of you need it:

Email Natalie & Scott for any questions, comments, or even just to say hi!

Natalie: nlhurd@email.wm.edu

Scott: swnordstrom@email.wm.edu

Office hours: every Monday in Blair 223 at 8-8:30

SEAC Office: back of Campus Center behind the atrium; if you need access to the SEAC room let Natalie/Scott know but remember to clean up after yourself!

 

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Rachel Cook, SEACretary :)

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Meeting Minutes, November 25 2013

Howdy folks of SEAC. We met today and, on a brisk November evening, discussed the following.

Recycling: had a fun get-together on Wednesday!

Gardening:  They will meet on Sunday if anyone is interested!! Stay tuned! Ben is also interested in doing some tool sharpening, so let us know if you want to help out. Meeting time: 3-5pm Sunday in the Campus Gardens (join the listserv for details)

Energy justice: They are drafting a proposal next meeting, so if you have experience writing proposals or know about economics/investment, please join us! Sunday, 7pm in the SEAC Office

 

The Budget: We need to apply for our budget for the 2014-2015 school year! Please email Scott or Natalie if you have any suggestions, or you can bring them up at the meeting next Monday.

Reflections on John Passacantando and SEAC Retreat: Scott made a cool shirt for retreat. Cool. Mushroom liberation front presentation was awesome, we may want to work with the ENSP department for do some mushroom remediation research in the future. The Greenpeace speaker was awesome!

Announcements:

New Animal Rights club coming up next semester: Fill out the doodle poll (http://doodle.com/62unn44xsp86ghcw) to help set a time! If you’re interested email Mike at mwpanciera@email.wm.edu.

AMP Recycled Christmas Gifts next week, Thursday December 5th

 

Next Semester Meeting Place:

James Blair 205, Monday’s 8:30-9:30, Office hours before the meeting (8-8:30) with Scott and Natalie

 

Final meeting next week!! We’ll be doing plus-minus-delta and talking about plans for next semester!!

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Meeting, November 11

Hi everyone!

 

Here are the minutes for this week:

 

GO AROUND:  What Disney princess does Nicolas Cage most resemble?

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

 

SEAC Retreat Planning: on November 16th from 10am-4pm at the Keck Lab!!! A chance to spend an entire day with SEAC. There will be food (mmm chili)! If you have more ideas, let Natalie know :)

Things to look forward to:

  • Mushroom/foraging presentation by Alex (1 hour)
  • Composting presentation by Scott & Ben (30 minutes)
  • Eco-crafts by Jamie, Katie, Rosemary, Jacob (30-40 minutes)
  • Moss graffiti by Jacob, Scott, Julia (15 minutes)
  • Eating sustainably by Erin, Ben, Katie (30 minutes)
  • Nurdles prezi by Eric (30-45 minutes)
  • VA energy by Anne and Arie (20 minutes)
  • Social justice issues by Jacob, Shane, Natalie (45 minutes)
  • FOOD!!
    • Nobody bring peanuts or peanut butter related things
    • Bagels (Madeleine)
    • Cream cheese
    • Chili & cornbread (Michael)
    • Mushrooms (Scott/Jacob)
    • Cheese & crackers (Eric)
    • Nutella (Anne)
    • Cinnamon rolls (Anne)
    • Banana and cranberry juice (Ian)
    • Bananas

 

AMP Sustainability Fall Speaker: November 18th at 8:00pm in Commonwealth Auditorium (Sadler Center) Join AMP Sustainability & Diversity for a talk with John Passacantando, Former Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, the largest environmental organization in the world! His talk is entitled: “Fostering Change with Grace and Fierceness”

 

Net Impact (Do One Thing campaign) Executive Positions: Net Impact is taking on executives

Applications due Wednesday November 13th at noon… ask Scott where to get the app!

 

*Branch Out Alternative Breaks being led by SEAC members!* March 1-March 8 *Registration starts now

  • Mountaintop Removal Spring Break: Branch Out Alternative Spring Break being led by Scott and Jamie! Planning on having 4 spaces reserved for SEAC members; talk to Scott or Jamie if interested!

 

Campus consciousness grant – $10,000

 

Vegan/Vegetarian/Animal Rights Club Starting Up: Send Mike an email if interested!mwpanciera@email.wm.edu

 

Volunteering at Day Spring Farm: every Friday to see what farming is like or just hang out on a farm; they want students to be more involved with their farm so definitely let Julia know if you’re interested!jjswalchick@email.wm.edu

 

-Shifts for farming: leaving at 7:30am but considering adding transportation to leave around noon as well — email Julia if interested!

-About Dayspring Farm: Farm of Professor Maloney; All produce is ecologically grown; Professor wants to teach more students how to grown sustainably –> This would be a great learning experience and we would love to see more students go!

Business School Big Idea Challenge: choose an environmental problem and come up with an idea to work on that idea, can even get funding for your idea! This will be in November so start thinking about that!

 

FORKS: Fun group where members make dinner and eat while talking about an ethical issue on Sundays at 6pm - Held in Blow Hall 3rd floor lounge – join us!

 

Committee on Sustainability: If you want to learn how to be involved or have questions about things like Green Fees, check out COS’s page at http://www.wm.edu/sites/sustainability/index.php or email the fabulous Sustainability Fellow Patrick Foley at pjfoley@wm.edu for more info about proposed summer projects & plastic bag recycling project & COS Grants!

 

REPORT-BACKS:

 

Here are our current sub-campaigns: (which have their own list-servs)

 

Recycling: Meets Wednesdays 7-8 in the SEAC office; Email erdale@email.wm.edu to be added to the Recycling listserv! Also the free market is now open Tuesdays and Thursday 5-7.

 

Gardening: Meets Sundays 3-5 in the Campus Garden behind the Caf/Commons dining hall; also meets on Thursdays at 7pm in the SEAC office. Email mtcurcio@email.wm.edu to be added to the Gardening listserv!

 

Energy Justice: Meets Sundays, SEAC office 7-8pm; Email nlhurd@email.wm.edu to be added to the EJ listserv!

-working on divestment; meeting with Sam Jones with finances soon (like this week!)

IN the FUTURE…

-Apply for SCA spring break programs: they save 5 spots for William & Mary students

 

Contact info in case any of you need it:

Email Natalie & Scott for any questions, comments, or even just to say hi!

Natalienlhurd@email.wm.edu

Scottswnordstrom@email.wm.edu

Office hours: every Monday in Blair 223 at 8-8:30

SEAC Office: back of Campus Center behind the atrium; if you need access to the SEAC room let Natalie/Scott know but remember to clean up after yourself!

 

Have a great week!

 

Katie

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Meeting, November 4 2013

(courtesy of our lovely and capable seacretary Rachel Cook)

Hi everyone!

Here are the minutes for this week:

GO AROUND: The most exciting class OR your WORST registration horror story.

ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

BE SURE TO VOTE TOMORROW!!!

COS Operations Subcommittee: meets this Wednesday at 2pm in the Facilities Building (behind Marketplace)

Webinar on Wind Power on College Campuses: this Thursday at 2pm; you can register online and then listen to it on your computer!

America Recycles Day! : this Saturday on the Sunken Gardens from 11-2

Event with Roosevelt Institute: November 11th (Monday) – Panel on environmental issues. There will be speakers from ENSP department, geology community, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, etc.) — pushing our meeting that day back to 9:00pm to accommodate SEAC members who wanted to go to this event!

Sustainable Business: Friday November 15th and Saturday November 16th from 9-5 in the Brinkley Commons

-SEAC Retreat: on November 16th; a chance to spend an entire day with SEAC. Starts possibly at 10am at the Keck Lab and there will be food (mm chili)! If you have more ideas, let Natalie know :)

AMP Sustainability Fall Speaker: November 18th at 8:00pm (which is, again, a Monday) John Passacantando (former executive director of GreenPeace) is coming to speak!! So we will be cancelling the meeting for this week (2 weeks from now)

Volunteering at Day Spring Farm: every Friday to see what farming is like or just hang out on a farm; they want students to be more involved with their farm so definitely let Julia know if you’re interested!jjswalchick@email.wm.edu

-Shifts for farming: leaving at 7:30am but considering adding transportation to leave around noon as well — email Julia if interested!
-About Dayspring Farm: Farm of Professor Maloney; All produce is ecologically grown; Professor wants to teach more students how to grown sustainably –> This would be a great learning experience and we would love to see more students go!

Student Environmental Educators Discussion (SEED): on November 9th at American University in D.C. so put this on your calendar and keep it in mind if you’re interested!

Business School Big Idea Challenge: choose an environmental problem and come up with an idea to work on that idea, can even get funding for your idea! This will be in November so start thinking about that!

FORKS: Fun group where members make dinner and eat while talking about an ethical issue on Sundays at 6pm – Held in Blow Hall 3rd floor lounge – join us!

Committee on Sustainability: If you want to learn how to be involved or have questions about things like Green Fees, check out COS’s page at http://www.wm.edu/sites/sustainability/index.php or email the fabulous Sustainability Fellow Patrick Foley at pjfoley@wm.edu for more info about proposed summer projects & plastic bag recycling project & COS Grants!

REPORT-BACKS:

Here are our current sub-campaigns: (which have their own list-servs)

Recycling: Meets Wednesdays 7-8 in the SEAC office; Email erdale@email.wm.edu to be added to the Recycling listserv! Also the free market is now open Tuesdays and Thursday 5-7.
-America Recycles Day is Nov 6 from 11-2 on the Sunken Gardens!

Gardening: Meets Sundays 3-5 in the Campus Garden behind the Caf/Commons dining hall; also meets on Thursdays at 7pm in the SEAC office. Email mtcurcio@email.wm.edu to be added to the Gardening listserv!
-renting super cheap plots in the gardens for the spring so let people know about this
-Movie screening on November 7th – more info to come

Energy Justice: Meets Sundays, SEAC office 7-8pm; Email nlhurd@email.wm.edu to be added to the EJ listserv!
-working on divestment; meeting with Sam Jones with finances soon

Sustainability Summit Reflections: finding out where all the groups on campus stand on environmental issues & what they do
-Hannah saw some composting cones outside of Landrum so hopefully we can make that a campus wide thing!
-the lodges are going to be transformed into an ECOVILLAGE which is awesome

Other report-back from Scott and Natalie
-Nonprofit educational organization inspiring students to find creative solutions to environmental problems
www.cellonline.org
Dave and Sue Oakes, Managers/Founders of the CELL program: daveoakescell@gmail.com
YouTube Video: Search: Lessons in Sustainability from Iceland <– Watch it!

IN the FUTURE…
-Apply for SCA spring break programs: they save 5 spots for William & Mary students
-CCAN and Sierra Club: on November 16th day long event so start thinking about this

Contact info in case any of you need it:
Email Natalie & Scott for any questions, comments, or even just to say hi!
Natalie: nlhurd@email.wm.edu
Scott: swnordstrom@email.wm.edu
Office hours: every Monday in Blair 223 at 8-8:30
SEAC Office: back of Campus Center behind the atrium; if you need access to the SEAC room let Natalie/Scott know but remember to clean up after yourself!

Hope y’all have a wonderful week! :)

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New Campaign Announcement: SEAC Transportation Justice!

SEAC is excited to announce one of our new campaigns, Transportation Justice!

This campaign will focus on sustainable transportation on campus and in the wider community. Ideas include forming partnerships with bike organizations, working with the Williamsburg City Council to provide sustainable transportation options to all, and hosting workshops on biking, bike maintenance and bike safety. The campaign will meet on Wednesday nights at 8 pm in the SEAC Office, so if you are passionate about transportation issues, come out to the next meeting!

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SEAC Member Rides from New York to D.C. to Fight Climate Change!

Greetings! This summer I went on a bike-ride in order to donate to the awesome group of people at 350.org. I had the good fortune of meeting some of 350′s employees and volunteers on the ride–trust me when I say my donations are in good hands. The founder of the organization that raises awareness about climate change, Bill McKibben, is a well known author. His books, Eaarth and Deep Economy were and are major successes. 350′s commitment to the environment has been successful including in their fight to delay the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Picture of me getting arrested protesting Keystone last August

Check out the picture of the route!

Highlights of this New York-to-D.C. ride included the countryside of Lancaster, the hospitality of the Mennonites, locally grown picnic lunches, my riding buddies Steve and Sam (see picture below,) swimming in creeks after a long days ride, the serenity of tent life, and the coherence of the passions of those involved.

The ride well organized, insightful and left me with friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. I would encourage anyone with interest to consider signing up next year (I promise a personal donation!) Please follow up with me if you are interested or just have additional questions about the ride (jokane@email.wm.edu)

It felt great to bike into DC alongside my 200 fellow riders. It felt even better knowing that behind each of those people was a group of generous people forming an army of individuals capable of making change.

Your fellow carbon conscious citizen,

Joseph Kane

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Apply to be a Spring 2012 EcoAmbassador!

The Committee on Sustainability is accepting applications for EcoAmbassadors for the spring of 2012:

“Still looking for a few credits to round out your schedule? Have an interest in sustainability? Then apply to be an EcoAmbassador! The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 8, 2012. The EcoAmbassador class is a one credit, directed independent study course. Students spend 5 hours per week working on a sustainability related project, and produce a 5 page final paper and a short Power Point presentation at the end of the semester. Students also attend monthly meetings with the class instructor and their fellow EcoAmbassadors. Previous EcoAmbassadors have worked on a tennis shoe recycling project, mapping fisheries using GIS, improving transportation on campus, writing articles for the COS blog, and more. Spring 2012 EcoAmbassadors will be helping to plan Earth Week, working on getting W&M certified as a bike friendly campus, mapping campus features using GIS for Facilities Management, and working on Swem Library’s sustainability website. To apply, please visit the following website: .”

I was an EcoAmbassador this past semester, and had a great time developing the COS blog, Hark Upon the Green. The program is a great way to learn more about the sustainability community at William & Mary and to play an active role in strengthening it. I encourage everyone to apply!

Sharon

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SEAC End-of-Year Meeting

Even though we’re reaching the end of the semester, SEAC has a few more great events coming up.

On Wednesday from 3-7 pm, the International Justice Mission, is holding an Alternative Gift Fair in the Sadler Center, where organizations – including SEAC – will be selling socially and environmentally friendly gifts for the holiday season.

On Satuday, SEAC is hosting eco-band Wes Swing, who will be playing on campus that afternoon. Wes Swing is a folk band currently raising funds to buy a touring van powered by biodiesel. If that isn’t enough to convince you to see the show, here’s a stop-motion music video of their song, Sleeping Moon:

Oaks and Acorns, a training program to provide mentorship to new members and improve SEAC’s retention, is getting off the ground at the start of next semester, facilitated by Jamie and Sara. New members will have the option of joining a “tree” as an acorn, paired with a mentor Oak as well as a whole family of support. We hope that Oaks and Acorns will plug new folks into the SEAC experience in a personalized way.

The Surry Campaign has seen some interesting developments in the past few weeks, with the fight against the coal plant moving from the state permitting level back to the level of local zoning following a successful lawsuit by citizens of Surry County. The Campaign will stay in touch over winter break to keep up with these developments.

We closed out the semester with a review of SEAC’s mission statement, and an open-ended discussion about the role we envision our organization having in the larger environmental movement. If you’ve been around this semester, you’ll know that this was a fitting end to a semester of philosophical questioning and organizational soul-searching. Hopefully, we will be able to implement what we learned about our organization and ourselves as we start a new semester. May the Captain be with you:

Captain Planet

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SEACSPACE – An Invitation to Create

Last week, SEAC had a discussion that was both sobering and illuminating. We felt as if we were losing momentum as an organization, as if the energy to start and sustain new projects was absent, as if the spark of creative energy that keeps us innovating as activists had sputtered just a little bit. Nothing serious; we’re still active as an organization. It was just a nagging feeling that maybe we’re not active in all the ways that we could be. While talking about this problem as a group, it became apparent that there was varying interest in sitting around and discussing our direction as an organization, and that maybe big SEAC meetings weren’t the most effective place to hold such discussions. What to do?

From these questions, a new campaign, SEACSPACE, was born. From the description on the website, “SEACSPACE is a place to bring your thoughts, concerns, and ideas. All of these impulses, positive and negative, are forms of energy. By facilitating a space to talk about anything and everything, we hope to channel that energy into creative projects that might never be born if we fall too deeply into the rut of thinking that environmental issues can be sorted into five campaigns. We hope to provide an undercurrent of creative energy, new ideas, and fresh perspectives that can be applied to revitalize both our organization and the movements we represent.

SEACSPACE can be summarized as a campaign of creation. Whether you want to create visual or performance art, or to create new philosophical frameworks for exploring environmental issues, SEACSPACE is for you. Most importantly, we want to create a sense of community and support, so that our organization is as strong and capable as the people in it.”

SEACSPACE is a place to figure out those questions of “Where our organization is, and where is it headed” It’s a place to discuss ideas, and to foster new projects and campaigns. It’s a place to think about environmental activism and how we can be more effective in achieving our goals. It’s also a place to provide support for each other as activists. We’re excited to see where this campaign goes!

The SEAC office will now be open on Thursday nights from 7:00-10:00, for anyone to come and talk or create. Hope to see you there!

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Vintage Environmental Posters Use Stark Imagery

 

Anti-pollution poster (Kenji Ito, 1973)

Anti-pollution poster (Kenji Ito, 1973)

 

The above environmental poster powerfully illustrates the harmful effects of pollution on humanity’s unborn children.

 

More vintage political posters can be found here:

http://pinktentacle.com/2010/11/vintage-political-posters/

Not all the posters express a purely environmental message, but all are worth a look at.

 

 

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