The structure of YSEC can be a little confusing–what is a coalition anyway? Click here to view the YSEC constitution. It clearly outlines what resources are available to project groups, and what responsibilities they have.
Each YSEC Project Group and general YSEC member has the opportunity to apply for money to fund new ventures, events, travel to conferences, and the like. To qualify for funding, email the Treasurer at email@example.com with
1) Subject line “YSEC Funding Proposal”
2) Your name and the name of your group, if applicable.
3) Brief description of proposal. Include websites if relevant, e.g. conference website.
4) List your expected expenses and the total amount requested.
The treasurer will send you a confirmation email if your request is approved–sending in the form will not guarantee funding. You must receive a confirmation email to get reimbursed.
In the past, we have helped send YSEC undergraduates to the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University conference, the Power Shift 2011 rally, the Keystone XL Pipelone protest and Appalachia Rising in Washington, DC, to the Winter Green Energy Conference, and to Wesleyan for a landscaping and permaculture charrette, among others. These funds are not solely for traveling, though!
The YSEC Library (in the YSEC Office)
Need an environment-related book that the library doesn’t have, or just looking for a good read? We have roughly 100 books and a growing library of pamphlets, papers, periodicals, and books on environmental science, activism, grassroots organizing, YSEC history, and more. Check out what we have here. We work on the honor system, but please type your name next to the book in the GoogleDoc if you take one with you. Pamphlets, papers, and periodicals cannot leave the office.
We are always looking for new materials. If you have books you’re going to get 10 cents for at the bookstore, why not give them to the YSEC library? Contact any of the board members if you have something to donate.
The YSEC Office
We are in the process of revamping our YSEC office. It has a long, storied history–from a converted bathroom in Pierson to the basement of Silliman to our current space in the basement of Welch B on Old Campus…the YSEC office has seen it all. We envision it as a space for project groups to meet, for YSECers to hang out and study, and a place where students can find resources like our extensive library and DVD collection, art and office supplies, and YSEC archives. Keep checking in for updates on our progress.
As a member group of Dwight Hall and the Social Justice Network, YSEC has access to all the rooms in and fantastic resources of Dwight Hall, including administrative support, supplies, and workshops and trainings on activism and non-profit organization. Check out their website for more information.
The Undergraduate Program in Environmental Studies
EVST has a wealth of resources for both majors and non-majors, including funding for summer research projects and a comprehensive weekly newsletter with environmental-related events happening at the Forestry School, the School of Management, campus museums, and around the region. The members of our faculty board include the current chair of the department, the Director of Undergraduate Studies for EVST, and other faculty in the department. Explore their website to find out more.