Join us in the Commons room 318, every Monday at noon.

Also join the mailing list, sea@lists.umbc.edu at https://lists.umbc.edu/lists (must be logged in)

The organization works on creating a more sustainable campus, a more informed student body, and a greener planet. Keeping in mind “thinking locally and acting globally” we host many events, volunteer opportunities, actions, and trips to connect us with nature, and to protect it. There is something for every eco-conscious student in this club, from thosed interested in gardening and composting, to those interested in recycling or global warming to those to simply love to enjoy the outdoors.

Wish to learn more about sustainability at UMBC? http://umbc.edu/sustainability

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Constitution of the Students for Environmental Awareness

Article I: Name and Purpose

Students for Environmental Awareness(SEA) has been established for the purpose of educating and involving the UMBC community in environmentally related issues and activities.

Article II: Scope

This organization is subject to the jurisdiction of the Student Government Association of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as to the president of the University and his/her designee.

Article III: Membership and Non-Discrimination

Any UMBC student may become a member of this organization by attending any one of its meetings or events.

Membership in this organization may not be denied because of: race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, disabled veteran or veteran status, national origin or religion.

Article IV: Structure, Officers and Elections

SEA will be run by the officers described below as well as any ad hoc committees created by the president. Every officer is responsible for training their replacement after they are elected in February. If membership should drop the first four positions will take priority being filled before the others.

The Officers of Students For Environmental Awareness shall be:

  • President:
    • Duties of this office are to include, but not limited to:
    • 1) Organizing and presiding over general as well as officer meetings
    • 2) In the absence of the Secretary, appointing a member of the organization to take minutes at meetings.
    • 3) Periodically reporting to and consulting with the faculty Advisor of SEA.
    • 4) Maintain accountability of the other Officers and their duties.
    • 5) Serve as the organization’s official representative for all purposes relating to communication with SGA and UMBC staff.
  • Vice President:
    • Duties of this office are to include, but not limited to:
    • 1) Assisting the President as needed.
    • 2) In the absence of the President: Serve as the organization’s official representative for all purposes relating to communication with SGA and UMBC staff.
    • 3) In the absence of: Organizing and presiding over general as well as officer meetings
    • 4) Create agendas for official organizational meetings.
  • Secretary:
    • Duties of this office are to include, but not limited to:
    • 1) Taking Minutes at all official organizational meetings.
    • 2) Update members of the organization regarding, events and new information, relating to the organization.
    • 3) Update and maintain organization website.
    • 4) Attending to the details of Organization’s mailbox, locker and room reservation for meetings.
  • Treasurer:
    • Duties of this office are to include, but not limited to:
    • 1) Managing the organization’s funds and ensuring compliance with all financial guidelines.
    • 2) Serving as monitor for all club monetary transactions.
    • 3) Serving as a liaison with SGA, and business services, regarding financial matters.
    • 4) Responsible for organization fund raising events.
  • Vice President of Service:
    • Duties of this office are to include, but not limited to:
    • 1) Organize volunteer activities.
    • 2) Serve as liaison with all outside organizations regarding volunteer opportunities.
  • Vice President of Education and Outreach:
    • Duties of this office are to include, but not limited to:
    • 1) Organize educational activities for the UMBC campus, as well as the local community.
  • Vice President of Advocacy:
    • Duties of this office are to include, but not limited to:
    • 1) Organize political advocacy events and programs.
    • 2) Serve as a representative to other advocacy organizations, mainly the Maryland Student Climate Coalition(MSCC).
  • Vice President of Group Development:
    • Duties of this office are to include, but not limited to:
    • 1) Organize group building events such as, camping trips, potlucks, and field trips.
    • 2) Organize recruitment events, and initiatives.
  • Vice President of Campus Sustainability:
    • Duties of this office are to include, but not limited to:
    • 1) In charge of all initiatives related to campus sustainability.
    • 2) Work with UMBC staff to promote recycling, and other initiatives.
    • 3) Serve as liaison with the SGA, regarding to matters of sustainability.
    • 4) Serve as organization’s representative to the Climate Change Task Force.

Elections: All officers shall be elected to a term of one year starting and ending the last week of December.

Election of officers shall take place during the 2nd meeting in February, or whenever vacancies occur.

    • At least two weeks notice must be given before the election meeting.
    • Nomination shall be submitted a week before the election meeting.
    • Elections shall be done by ballot, and the candidate with majority of votes, by those present at the meeting shall be elected.

Officers may be removed throughout the year by unanimous vote of all other officers.

Article V: Amendments

The constitution may be amended by a 2/3 vote of members present at an organizational meeting provided at least one week notice is given. All amendments must be approved in accordance with SGA policy before becoming legally binding.

2009 Goals & Victories: A look at SEA

One of our recent accomplishments is the “Green Fee”. Through the SGA elections, students had the option of voting to increase student activities fees through Referendum A and we have arranged to have $1 from each person to fund internships for students to work towards making the UMBC campus more sustainable.

We currently work with Chartwells (dining services), Facilities Management (Landscape Stewardship Committee and RecycleMania), the Commons, the UMBC Serves Committee, the Climate Change Taskforce(CCTF http://umbc.edu/sustainability) with the goals of influencing and assisting in environmentally friendly practices.

Throughout the summer we plan to meet up for hiking, camping, and of course local volunteer and service events as we do throughout the semester.

Please let me know if you have any further questions on any of these topics!

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