Student Orgs

Environmental Action Coalition

Statement Of Purpose/ Mission
The Environmental Action Coalition (EAC) is an on-campus organization promoting climate justice, zero-waste, and campus sustainability through awareness, stewardship, and mobilization at Gustavus Adolphus College.
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Article 1: Environmental Action Coalition (EAC)

Article 2: The purpose of the EAC is to promote climate justice, waste reduction, and community sustainability through initiating events, furthering awareness, and advocating stewardship at Gustavus Adolphus College and in the surrounding community.

Article 3: Membership

  • Section 1: Membership is open to all students, faculty, and staff who express interest in the environmental, political, social, or economic aspects of climate justice, waste reduction, and community sustainability, or other matters related to the EAC.

  • Section 2: New members accepted continuously throughout the year.

  • Section 3: Members cannot be on academic probation.

Article 4: Officer Positions - Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Risk Manager, Campus Connections Chair, Community Outreach Chair, and Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) Representative

Article 5: Meetings

  • Section 1: Meetings will be held on a weekly basis throughout the academic year, in a predetermined location. Currently, meetings are held every Monday evening at 8:00PM in the Dive, located in lower level of the Johnson Student Union.

  • Section 2: The Leadership Team (Exec. Board) will also meet bi weekly to discuss meeting agendas and events, as well as to set activity dates. The Leadership Team will also meet at the beginning of each semester to set tentative meeting and event dates, in addition to creating a budget for the upcoming semester.  The Secretary is responsible for informing members of meetings, events, and any updates discussed.

  • Section 3: The Co-Chairs or Advisors have the capability of calling special meetings for any matters they feel cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled meeting. Members must be given at least 2 days notice of any special meetings, and are by no means required, though are encouraged, to attend.

Article 6: Board of Officers (Leadership Team)

The following officer positions shall exist: Co-presidents, secretary, treasurer, risk manager, campus connections chair, community outreach chair, and DLC representative. Duties of each officer:

  • Co-Chairs: To set, with input from Leadership Team (LT) members and general members from previous meetings, the agenda for the meetings; to organize and initiate meetings; to act as a spokesperson for the EAC; to facilitate communication among members, including students, faculty, staff, and community members; to work with and update advisors and other members of the organization.

  • Secretary: to take minutes at the meetings; to send out emails of the minutes and reminders of the meetings; to keep members informed of what's going on; to assist in the organization's goals; to attend board meetings as needed. The Secretary is also responsible for coordinating and delegating tasks associted with event/org promotion and advertisement on campus, social media, and other avenues of communication. 

  • Treasurer: to maintain finances and accurate records of those; to set a budget for the EAC and to keep track of any sales/transactions; to keep track of fundraising efforts; to assist in organizations goals; to attend board meetings and act as a link to Senate and DLC regarding monetary matters.

  • Risk manager: To make sure that everyone is safe at all costs and to assess risk when collecting and working with donations. Term of office begins with the start of Fall semester and continues through the Spring (September-May).

  • Campus Connections Chair: work with DLC rep to establish connections and collaborations on events with other student organizations on campus; act as the primary contact for other departments, faculty, staff, students on campus; scheduling rooms, updating campus calendar, coordinating advertisment/marketing with Secretary.
  • Community Outreach Chair: To serve as the primary contact for off-campus organizations and events; coordinate youth events/efforts (elementary school educationals, St. Peter High school events, Discover the Outdoors, etc.); bring opportunities for off-campus engagement to EAC members (work especially with Climate Justice  and Community Outreach sub-committees).
  • DLC Representative: to attend DLC meetings (Wednesday nights, 5:30-6:30PM in Anderson Hall) and share the meeting minutes, events, and interests with DLC; to share DLC updates with EAC members during weekly meetings; to facilitate connections and collaborations (for events, etc.) with other DLC organizations.

If the majority of the members feel that a board member is not keeping up with his or her responsibilities or based on another good cause, they should bring it up and nominate a new board member at the next meeting.

Article 7: The EAC will function through four primary committees, each with a specific focus, though all united and connected through the mission of the EAC.

  1. Climate Justice: With a primarily political - though nonpartisan - focus, the climate justice committee will promote citizen engagement, especially in matters of environmental and climate policy, and political awareness (extension of Climate Justice Coalition).

  2. Campus/Community Sustainability: This committee places emphasis on sustainability measures and awareness on campus, including but not limited to: composting, solar/energy, recycling, community building, and importance of diversity (extension of Gustavus Greens).

  3. Zero-Waste/Waste Reduction: Striving for zero-waste involves a focus on food waste/compost, recycling, up-cycling clothing and other materials, reducing energy use, and the like. This branch will also continue the practices of the Gustavus Pop-Up Thrift Shop, which include small clothing/shoes/material exchanges, dorm pick-ups at the end of the year, and facilitation of the Hilltop Knick Knacks Facebook page.

  4. Community Outreach: Establish connections with other organizations, both on and off campus, such as Building Bridges or St. Peter Elementary schools, to further environmental education in all spheres in both communities. This will also involve planning and coordination of the Discover the Outdoors event in the Spring. 

Article 8: Funds for the organization shall be acquired primarily through funds allocated by Student Senate and DLC, as well as fundraising, donations, and if necessary, membership dues.

  • Section 1: Upon dissolution of the EAC, any financial assets will be credited to the two previously established organizations of Gustavus Greens and Climate Justice Coalition in order to continue environmental advocacy on the campus.

Article 9: By-laws

  • Section 1: By-laws can be established and reviewed by members at the start of each semester. Any member can propose by-laws.

  • Section 2: Members will be informed of voting for by-laws prior to the meeting the voting will take place.

  • Section 3: Members must be present at the meeting to vote on by-laws. A majority vote (⅔) will be needed to pass a by-law

Article 10: Amendments

  • Section 1: All members in good standing may propose amendments. Proposed amendments should be submitted to the Executive Board for review. Amendments will be submitted to members in writing at least a week before voting is to take place.

  • Section 2: All members in good standing are eligible to vote, but must be present at the meeting to do so. A two-thirds (2/3) majority is needed to allow the amendment to pass.

  • Section 3: If amendments are passed they take effect at the end of the meeting during which they are passed.

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RoleOrganization TitleFull NameE-mail
AdvisorLaura Tripletttriplett@gustavus.edu
PresidentKendra Heldkheld@gustavus.edu
PresidentAviva Meyerhoffameyerho@gustavus.edu
SecretaryAudrey Ochtrup-DeKeyrelaochtrup@gustavus.edu
TreasurerLily Engebretsonlengebr2@gustavus.edu
Risk ManagerLily Engebretsonlengebr2@gustavus.edu
OtherSocial Media CoordinatorBailey Hoffbhoff@gustavus.edu