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  1. John Marlin speaks at Campus Appreciation Day

    Dr. Marlin spoke on how student initiated projects in the 1970s carried over to the present including recycling, river protection, highway policy and bikeways. The majority of his presentation focused on student involvement in local native planting projects to help preserve biodiversity, especially of pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

  2. SECS Re_home landscaping

    In 2011, students at faculty from the University of Illinois develop the Re_Home for the Solar Decathlon Competition. As a result of a new landscaping and beautification plan, the Re_Home has found a permanent place on campus. In maintaining a “sustainability ideology”, the landscaping plans for this project are geared toward sustainability with the use of native, low maintenance plants as well as vegetables, edible herbs, and fruit trees. The Re_Home is an exemplary embodiment of sustainability and its permanent home will serve as a showcase in sustainability education.

  3. notes from SSLC presentation

    • 6 Project Groups
      • Earth Week Committee
        • Organize events for Earth week
        • Includes speakers, panels, movies, benefit concert
      • Education Project Group
        • Develop environmental curriculum to teach 4th and 5th graders
      • Florida Orchard Prairie (SSC funded)
        • Sustainable landscaping
      • Sustainable Food
        • Introduce ideas about food
        • Work with Student Sustainable Farm
        • Farmer’s Market
        • “group of friends talking about food”
      • Weatherization Committee
        • Design methods to make homes more efficient
        • Distribute packets of information and supplies
      •  Beyond Coal Committee
        • Stop UIUC from investing in “the filthy fifteen” coal companies
        • Design campaigns
    • Past events
      • Powershift conference – social and educational events
      • Keystone XL rally
      • Sierra Club training
    • Meetings
      • SECS – Wednesdays at 6:30p in YMCA
      • Beyond Coal – Thursdays at 8:00p in YMCA basement
  4. SECS newsletter


    Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS)

    As school's beginning to pick up and midterms are right around the corner, so is SECS! We've got a ton of upcoming events this week so check out all the info below and join us tomorrow for our weekly meeting! Be sure to check out the new "Articles of the Week" section on the right side bar. Also be on the lookout for another big social event in October... more info soon!


    General Meeting Tomorrow!


    When: Wednesday, September 25th

    Time: 6:30 pm

    Where: University YMCA (1001 S. Wright Street)

    This week we're announcing the top choices for our lecture/panel educational series from last week's discussion and doodle! We'll also be splitting up and working in our project groups so be sure to come out and join your group for some more awesome training, planning, and updates! Not sure what group you wanna commit to yet? No problem! Join us tomorrow and see which initiatives interest you the most! If you can't make the meeting, be sure to check out all the announcements and upcoming events in this newsletter listed below!


    Beyond Coal Event TODAY!


    WHEN: TODAY! Tuesday, September 24

    TIME: 11am

    WHERE: Business Instructional Facility (BIF)

    The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is targeting Bank of America to agree to divest from all mountaintop removal coal mining operations. In order to do this, RAN is calling on campuses nationwide to disrupt the bank's college recruitment efforts to make it tougher for them to do business and generally increase visibility and pressure.

    Today, we will be disrupting first round interviews for Bank of America taking place in the business career center at the BIF. We will enter the building wearing business casual clothing carrying signs provided by the Rainforest Action Network, walk into the interview room, say a few words detailing who we are to the recruiter conducting the interview, give him/her a letter to give to their supervisor, and leave saying a single chant.

    Meet up with us TODAY at 11am in the courtyard area of the BIF! Remember to bring your orange squares-- we'll have a few if you forget yours or don't have one! Hope to see you guys there!


    "Right to the Common"


    When: Wednesday, September 25

    Time: 8-10pm

    Where: Levis Faculty Center, 3rd Floor

    Who: Michael Hardt

    This is an awesome lecture being given by Michael Hardt, chair of the Literature Department at Duke University. This lecture aims to define what is "common" and distinguish it from what is private vs. public. It will then explore different social movements (like the Occupy movement) and how they relate to "the common". 


    LEED Study Sessions!


    WHEN: every Wednesday, starting 10/2

    TIME: 7:00-8:30pm

    WHERE: 1311 Newmark

    Are you interested in LEED certification? Want to be come a LEED Green Associate? Good news, there are study sessions available for you to prepare for the exam! Check out the class sign ups here or email Savannah Goodman with any questions! Classes are every Wednesday, starting next week 10/2!


    Planting for Wildlife


    WHEN: Saturday, September 28

    TIME: 1-3pm

    WHERE: Perkins Road Wet Prairie

    The Urbana Park District and Sierra Club have been awarded grant funding from the Illinois American Water Company to restore a portion of the wooded stream corridor at the Perkins Road Wet Prairie. Please join us on National Public Lands Day to plant native trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers at this site. (Tools, instruction, and snacks will be provided. Participants will receive a NPLD Certificate. Long pants, long sleeves, and sneakers or hiking boots recommended.)

    If you're interested in volunteering, call (217) 384-4062 by September 27 to RSVP! We'll be meeting at the Urbana Dog Park parking lot on Perkins Road, east of Cunningham Avenue. See you there!

    What is SECS?


    Students for Environmental ConcernS (SECS) is UIUC's oldest and largest environmental group. We work with all things green on campus and around the community. Check us out at our weekly meetings every Wednesday @ 6:30 at the University YMCA.


    In This Newsletter


    General Meeting


    Power Shift

    LEED Study Sessions

    PARKing Day


    Visit our website

    Like us on facebook

    Follow us on Instagram




    Check out the articles below relating to topics about the environment!


    Have any interesting news to share? Share them with SECS by emailing Linda!



    "Dynegy Hearings"



    "EPA Carbon Limits"


    Contact Information


    Linda Qiu

    Secretary of SECS


    SECS T-Shirts!


    SECS t-shirts will be on sale at every weekly meeting for only $8! 



    Holla Back


    Have some content you wanna share on our newsletter, website or facebook? Please feel free to send me updates, events, pictures, comics--anything! Contributions and feedback are always welcome. Thanks!




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    "Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance."           -Theodore Roosevelt

    Linda Qiu, Secretary



    SECS is a program of the University YMCA



  5. News article about an update on the wind project

    On October 31, 2010, the Daily Illini published an article about the prospect of wind project going forward. SECS shared that this week the University has taken the first big step towards getting a wind turbine. -- "After years of waiting, wind changing for turbine".