Archive for September, 2015

Joining Sustainability at W&M

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~By Natalie Hurd, Senior and Environmental Policy & Government Major

Welcome back! Whether you’re new to the College or simply looking to get more involved in Sustainability, this post is here to help! There are many different ways to engage with the environmental movement on campus, but here are a few great places to start:

First things first…

Join the W&M Sustainability Listserv for weekly updates on all things sustainability at the College!

Student Activism

SEAC: The Student Environmental Action Coalition

SEAC is a consensus-based student advocacy organization with the goal of promoting sustainability on campus and beyond. They are currently working on a number of sustainability issues on campus through seven sub-campaigns: Energy Justice, Recycling, Garden Corp, Take Back the Tap, Native Plant Restoration, Environmental Education and Food Justice. The best part? If you have an issue you’re passionate about, SEAC will help you find like-minded students and help you start your own campaign. Email the SEAC Facilitators, Abby Holcombe ( and Ben Olinger ( for more information. SEAC meets on Mondays at 8:30pm in Blair 205.

Students for Animals

Are you passionate about helping animals? Interested in volunteering with fluffy friends or learning more about animal activism through documentaries and group discussion? Email for more information.

Create Change From Within

COS: The W&M Committee on Sustainability

Sometimes working directly with policy and the administration is the most effective avenue for change. The COS Steering Committee is a group of administrators, students, faculty and staff that work together to change policy and influence decision making. COS also awards Green Fee grants, which fund student projects on campus. Students are invited to volunteer with one of COS’s three subcommittees: Science and Technology Advisory, Operations, and Programs and Education.  For more information, visit the website or email Calandra Waters-Lake, Director of Sustainability


Looking for an interdisciplinary way to pursue your future in the environmental field? Look into W&M’s Environmental Science & Policy Major. What about working with both sustainability and business? Try out the Sustainability Concentration at the Business School.


Like I said before, there are many ways to get involved with sustainability on campus beyond the groups mentioned above. William & Mary offers awesome outdoor activities,  great research opportunities , and much more! But the groups above are great places to start, and they will be able to connect you with people and organizations pursuing the causes you care about. Stay tuned for more opportunities throughout the year!

Want to meet some of these groups in person? Come to the 3rd Annual Sustainability Summit on November 7th, 2015:

September 13th, 2015


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