Thursday, September 20, 2007

Erin's Pumpkin Cookies

The turnout at this meeting was just over 30 SEACers. I think everyone at this point is pretty dedicated, so I'm really excited about how many members we've retained this far in.

Our extra-special guest this week was Ethan Nuss from Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). (Guess what! They have a blog, too. All the cool environmentalists are blogging these days.) I don't know about you guys, but I'm super pumped about some of the ideas that he helped us with, and I can't wait to work with him and CCAN in the future. He really helped us in figuring out some direct actions we can perform to put our energy to use. Hopefully, we'll be able to channel all our enthusiasm this year into things that make a difference. Thanks for coming, Ethan! I'm sure we'll see you again.

The main thing we did this meeting was break up into focus groups to think of actions for this year. Specifically, the groups were Green 101, Recycling, Transportation, Consumption, and Campus Environment. We generated some sweet ideas, and I hope to see them get off the ground.

Some things to work on/think about before next meeting:

-Logos for SEAC! We're trying to get a cool graphic to put on all the SEAC materials this year. It would show up on things like fliers, pamphlets, tabling materials, etc. If anyone is into graphic design, we would love for you to donate some creativity.

-Sign up for SGA committees! All students this year have been given the opportunity to be a member of an SGA committee. You all should've received signup forms in your mailboxes. Think about signing up so you can be a voice for the environment.

-If anyone is interested in earning some credit or some money, consider signing up for a work-study program with Larry Hartwick. He needs a student to work on calculating the carbon emissions of St Mary's College, and it sounds like a really neat opportunity.

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