Student Environmental Coalition in search of green-minded students

Johanna Poppel

The Student Environmental Coalition (SEC) is starting back up and looking for like-minded members to help promote environmental awareness among campus, community and city. SEC is holding meetings for the next two Tuesdays, February 19 and 26 at 3 p.m. on the west end of the fourth floor of Flarsheim Hall. The meetings are intended to discuss future events and goals for the semester.

The student organization was originally known as the Environmental Studies Student Association (ESSA) until Spring 2012, when the name was changed to its current name. The name was changed to encourage more students from different areas of study to come together to promote a more environmentally friendly campus.

Students are encouraged to come share their ideas or simply to meet students with the same interest. SEC has many possibilities for students’ ideas to form into action.

In the past the student organization has hosted guest speakers, movie showings, campus events, volunteering opportunities, and conference trips. The student organization has also sponsorsed a rain garden on 51st and Troost streets since 2004 as a continuous project.

Last Spring, SEC hosted World Water Day, Earth Week, and even a trip to Power Shift, the largest student environmental conference, 2011 in Washington D.C., among many other events. SEC has many volunteer, leadership and networking opportunities and has maintained a good reputation in the community. SEC has been involved with community organizations such as Bridging the Gap and Cultivate K.C.

“We have done a various number of cleanups with the Missouri River Relief to clearing invasive species in Swope Park and around the Blue River,” said SEC member Julie Bauer

On April 6, Jackson County Parks and Rec is sponsoring a Blue River Rescue to clean up the river.

“This is a great volunteer opportunity event to help clean up one of our local rivers. It is a Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the past they have provided coffee and donuts in the morning and lunch. It is a lot of fun and is a great way to get involved in the community,” said Bauer.

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