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Student Environmental Alliance

Student Environmental Alliance

The Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) promotes the ecological health of the campus, Chestertown community, and Chesapeake Bay region. 

  • Washington College students are leading a campaign to increase access to refillable water bottle stations. Their efforts reduce the cost, waste, and carbon emissions of single-use disposable plastic water bottles.
  • What happens when you spend your early childhood traveling the seas? For Kailani Clarke ’20, who lived with her family aboard a 45-foot sailboat for five years, cruising heightened her awareness of human impact on the natural world and helped inform her decision to live her life as an environmental advocate.

  • From the Casey Academic Center to the Appalachian Trail, members of the Student Environmental Alliance traveled to the Shenandoah Valley to spend spring break camping in the mountains.

  • Inspired by permaculture, Washington College students question the consequences of agriculture and begin to establish a perennial polyculture to produce food on campus.

  • The Student Environmental Alliance at Washington College established a garden to promote campus sustainability and experiential learning.
  • Washington College students and alumni explain the significance of volunteering for our communities on a personal, local, and global level.
  • The Student Environmental Alliance at Washington College joined a demonstration coordinated by the Sassafras River Association to protect the ecological health of the Eastern Shore landbase and waterways.
  • Students have the power to make a change on campus and in the town, and SEA has inspired and led many of the initiatives that make Washington College a more sustainable campus.SEA welcomes all majors and disciplines to join at weekly meetings and events. SEA primarily focuses on: Promoting awareness of local, national, and international environmental issues and concerns. 

Join the Cause!

So you understand the benefits (and drawbacks) of recycling and want to improve the system on campus. You see value in growing food locally and composting. You want to become more involved in local environmental activism. You enjoy hiking and waterfront cleanups. You dig community service. Sound like you?

Sign up for our listserv or contact Samantha Howel( to get involved!

Learn about our George Goes Green (G3) Initiatives!


Sustainability and our G3 campaign is about not degenerating the world we inhabit. We work towards making WAC a regenerative campus. SEA inspires ecological thinking at the College. Our members get to weigh in on administrative issues, while also creating a campus culture of sustainability by educating students and inspiring behavioral change. 

Recent topics SEA has advocated

  1. Director of Sustainability in Strategic Plan
  2. Campus Garden
  3. Environmental Honors Society
  4. LEED certification for new buildings
  5. Plastic water bottle ban
  6. Composting in the Dining Hall
  7. …and more!