WE ARE… Creating a sustainable campus and community.
Marshall’s chapter of the Student Environmental Action Coalition is a student inspired and student managed organization. We take ideas and concerns from the student body, to form educational campaigns and advocate for projects that benefit the students of Marshall University. We are constantly assessing interests and issues, so if you have any comments please use the contact us tab to tell us about them.
Students drive our organization at every level of involvement. Just doing simple things like hanging up some flyers or inviting your friends on facebook is an important part of our outreach to students. Our groups largest success can be attributed to the simplest ideas and smallest deeds. Of course we need project coordinators and event planners too, but we have many opportunities to get involved to fit into your schedule.
We welcome all students, alumni, faculty and supportive members of the community to attend our weekly meetings. SEAC members use meeting time to catch-up, plan events, coordinate campaigns and relay information from our state and national networks. Sometimes we will have a presentation from a faculty member, learn about a new community project, watch a documentary or host an educational event during our Monday meeting time.
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is a model for community that respects environmental limits, human rights, practices fair economics and encourages an attitude of coexistence. There are many injustices facing people in developing nations around the world but there is also an unique set of issues facing the Appalachian region. The Picture across the top of this page shows Kayford Mountain, a site of Mountaintop removal Mining. Since 1986, the mountain has been slowly stripped of its coal, human inhabitants, plant and animal life. This has reduced property values around the mining site and spreads thick dust into the air that affects the downhill communities health.
The greatest economically driven ecological destruction occurs in the areas of greatest poverty. Mountaintop Removal mining practices are most prevalent in the central Appalachian Region and especially in the southern counties of West Virginia. The same situation is seen when water is extracted for the production of Coca-Cola products in developing countries, while most of the citizens do not have access to clean water. These injustices are created because multinational corporations value profit more than people or maintaining an inhabitable environment. the goal of sustainability is to raise the standard of living in central Appalachia and the developing world without depleting our natural resources. Sustainability is the model of a more equatable future and Marshall as a large institution is learning to do its part.
Check out ABOUT SEAC for more information about the beginnings of sustainability and recent additions on Marshall’s campus.
SEAC works very closely with Margie Phillips, Marshall’s Sustainability Department Administrator. Since 2009, she has made great efforts to reduce utilities and implement sustainable technology on campus. Margie leads the Greening Marshall Committee and has taken Marshall Sustainability Department on the road to the Kanawha Sustainability Fair.