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Posted by Morgan White on September 24, 2013


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!


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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