SEAL Student Environmental Action League
We aim to support sustainability on campus and within the local community, increase student awareness of environmental issues, and take the initiative towards preserving, researching, and ultimately enjoying our natural environment. By increasing environmental awareness, the club aims to create a better, healthier, and more sustainable community at Washington and Lee, the Rockbridge Area, and aid in raising awareness and ameliorating local, national, and even global problems.
Contact: Katherine Cheng '19
SEAL has been around for at least the past four years as a way for students to get involved and engage with the community. Most schools have some version of an environmental action league that aims to promote these sustainable efforts.
We aim to support sustainability on campus and within the local community, increase student awareness of environmental issues, and take the initiative towards preserving, researching, and ultimately enjoying our natural environment.
Requirements for membership
All members must attend at least one meeting or event per month.
Benefit to the Washington and Lee Community
By increasing environmental awareness, the club aims to create a better, healthier, and more sustainable community at Washington and Lee, the Rockbridge Area, and aid in raising awareness and ameliorating local, national, and even global problems.
Organization of Leadership/Officers
President: The president is in charge of organizing regular meetings with officers and general body, ensuring that everything which needs to be discussed at meetings is discussed, and keeping the organization on track.The president will also be in charge of reserving appropriate on-campus venues for all SEAL events
Vice-President/Activities Coordinator: The Vice President is in charge of helping the President in whatever capacity is required as well as being the activities coordinator. Duties will include drafting a calendar early in the semester and taking care of logistical concerns for off-campus activities/field trips (in the past these have included a cleanup/picnic in Goshen, a trip to the Waynesboro Wildlife Center, a trip to Polyface farm, etc.) Proposed trips for next year include a trip to the Chesapeake Bay and a trip to a nearby pumped hydro plant.
Treasurer/Budgeting: The treasurer will be in charge of drafting a budget for next year based on this year's budget. Ideally you can be on campus during Spring Term to appear before the EC for budget allocations. The treasurer will also be in charge of purchasing documentaries that SEAL will be showing. Finally, the treasurer is in charge of helping members be reimbursed for club-related expenses in a timely fashion.
Secretary: The Secretary is in charge of taking meeting minutes and sending them to all officers and the general body after each meeting. The Secretary is also in charge of keeping the general body up-to-date with regular announcements about upcoming events and help needed from general body members.
Social Media/Communications Chair: The Social Media/Communications chair is in charge of all forms of advertising for events via various social media platforms (facebook, twitter, etc.), campus avenues (email Kelsey Goodwin to spread the word, work with LexVegas Blog publishers, keep the SEAL webpage updated, communicate with @wlulex publishers, and publish Campus Notices), and emailing department heads of relevant departments for all campus-wide events.
Community Liaison: The Community Liaison is in charge of working with organizations on campus and in the community to provide opportunities for SEAL members to engage in environmentally-minded community service, including on-campus trash cleanups, Nabors Service Day activities, and Boxerwood volunteering opportunities. Also in charge of leading all other on-campus initiatives such as invasive species removals, "Earth Hour," and other educational demonstrations (such as World Water Day posters). Serve as a liaison between SEAL and the rest of the W&L student population to encourage environmentally responsible behavior.
Marketing Chair: The Marketing Chair is in charge of promoting events verbally and with fliers both on campus and in town. Also in charge of designing all event fliers, as well as taking the time to post them around campus and in town. Additionally, the Marketing Chair is in charge of working with professors of relevant courses (Intro ENVS, intro GEO, etc.) to establish times for SEAL officers to speak with their classes to promote SEAL and its upcoming events for the semester.
Elections take place in May. They are done via an electronic application and decided upon by the current board members.