Virginia Power Shift 2015!!!

Hey everyone!!

Virginia Power Shift 2015 is fast approaching!! For those of you who don’t know, Virginia Power Shift is a statewide student conference aimed at building student power for environmental, social, economic, and educational justice in our state. Our project (as the name suggests) is directly inspired by Global Power Shift, which took place in Istanbul in 2013, and National Power Shift, which took place in Pittsburgh in 2013.

From February 13-15, hundreds of students will be converging at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA for two days packed with training, strategizing, and network-building to mobilize and act on the most pressing issues we are facing on our campuses and in our communities.

A schedule of the event will be up shortly

Help us raise money for the event, share our fundraising page.

Registration is $10 per person; however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds
You can register here:

Hope to see you all there!!!

People’s Climate March!!!

Anybody and Everybody!
This September, we will be going to NYC to participate in the LARGEST CLIMATE MARCH IN HUMAN HISTORY.
This march will coincide with the 2014 UN International Climate Summit.
In addition to this action, you will have all day Saturday (starting at 8am) and all day Sunday to enjoy the beauty of the Upper West Side in NYC, where we will be staying. The march will go by Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, Broadway, and more landmark locations.
— Reserve your tickets as soon as possible. There are only 50 spots available!

If you cannot make it to the march the weekend of September 19- 21st, you can still support Environmental Coalition by donating to our bus fund or by buying someone a ticket using the link above!!

For more information about the march location, route, etc., you can check out the website:

Sign up and join us in New York for the world’s largest climate march EVER!!


Tonight’s breakdown

Facilitator: Michele “Nugget” Newby
Icebreaker: Kelsey and Chris — “Kips and Risch”, a part of a balanced breakfast
Environews: Nevin “What is daylight?” Ounpuu-Adams

See you at the meeting!

Week Two

This week in the EC,

Facilitator: Sam “Neckbeard” Welborn
Icebreaker: Nevin “Frenchy” Ounpuu-Adams
Enviro-News: Drew “White Gandhi” Gallagher

We’ll be talking about divestment facts, working in action teams, and continue to develop our divestment campaign. Be on the lookout for an upcoming opportunity to help bring clean water to West Virginia residents affected by the recent chemical spill in the Elk river.

See you tomorrow!


This fall, 10,000+ youth leaders will converge in Pittsburgh, PA to fight for our future.

Together we’ll build the movement to fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, build a clean energy future, and stop the climate crisis.

Power Shift 2013 will take place October 18 – 21st in Pittsburgh, PA.

Power Shift is a grassroots-driven online community that seeks to empower and serve as a hub for the youth climate movement. The conference offers activists a forum for discussion and a platform to share resources, swap stories, strengthen relationships, and showcase our diverse movement to the media and the world. The community we create helps us to build political power, harness our collective energy, amplify our message and advance our vision of a clean, just and sustainable future. 


More information to come, but you can register at the website:

We are trying to get as many people for as cheap as possible right now. We have around 60 vouchers for students and members who are interested and working on increasing that number. REGISTER NOW.

Looking Forward

Congratulations to all of our newly elected officers for the 2013-2014 academic year! We’ve had a great year, accomplished a bunch of awesome goals, and started some new initiatives. Congratulations as well to all of our graduating members – we wish you the best and are sure that you will accomplish great things. Be sure to visit us every now and then!

President – Drew Gallagher
Vice Presidents – Alex Yang, Nevin Ounpuu-Adams
Secretary – Caitlin Greene
Reporter – Michele Newby
Marketing – Ashley Baboota
Treasurer – Jenn Richman
Recruitment – Kyle Stewart, Taylor Richmond
SGA Representatives – Alex Pelletier, Kyle Stewart
Earth Week Coordinator – Haley Randolph
Webmaster – Nadia Doutcheva
Coalition Representative – Kelsey Pence

Go Hokies.


Elections are here! We’ve had a great Earth Week and year overall, but it’s time now to prepare for the upcoming school year.

We’ll be having a guest speaker talk about water fluoridation. Afterward, we’ll outline the election process and discuss, in further detail, each officer position.

Facilitator: Erica “Free Bird!” Largen
EnviroNews: Justin “Sassy yet classy” Martin
Icebreaker: Megan “Chipotle” Kelley

In other news, the Friends of Stadium Woods benefit concert is coming up! The concert will feature the Moonlight Mariners and Smart Mouth, doors open at 6:30pm and the music will last from 7:00-10:00pm.

A Concert for the Stadium Woods


Stadium Woods Benefit Lyric Benefit Concert

Grab a friend or two May 2nd to revel at the Friends of Stadium Woods Benefit Concert at The Lyric Theater!  We will celebrate the kickoff campaign to raise funds for the SW Endowment Fund managed by The Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV.)

Lined up are local bands Moonlight Mariners and Smart Mouth to rock us from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. (doors opening at 6:30 p.m.) Beer and local Beliveau Estate Wines will be for sale (cash or charge) and there will be free finger foods.  Regional art, crafts and jewelry are included in the silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the Stadium Woods Endowment Fund (cash or check to CFNRV.)  Jeff Kirwan will sign your copy of Remarkable Trees of Virginia and a limited number of books will be available for purchase ($50 cash or check to CFNRV.)  If you already have the beautiful book please feel free to bring it with you for Jeff to autograph!

Please RSVP for May 2nd on Save Stadium Woods Facebook page. Make a reservation for the event by sending your donation in advance with a check written to The Community Foundation of the NRV and note Stadium Woods Endowment Fund in the memo line. Please mail to P.O. Box 11207, Blacksburg, VA 24062. We will have a confirmed reservation list at the front door. A $20 minimum donation is suggested/$10 for students– if donating by check to CFNRV all but $5 of your gift is tax deductible.  To make an online contribution please see

The endowment fund will pool tax deductible financial contributions to support preservation, conservation, education, and research to ensure permanent protection of the precious campus and community old-growth forest. Last year, more than 11,000 people united locally, regionally and nationally to Save Stadium Woods from proposed development. We must again work as a team to permanently preserve the woods from any future threats. The Stadium Woods Endowment Fund lays the groundwork for conservation and continuing appreciation for the rare 11 acre predominately white oak, uneven aged old-growth stand nestled between Blacksburg and VA Tech.

We want to thank our dedicated volunteers as well as our corporate and individual sponsors of the Benefit Concert including Red Hill General Store (selling local items like your garden seeder, bulk beans, bulk floweroil lanterns, glass milk bottles, and solo sprayers),  Back Country Ski and Sport, Vintage Cellar, The Chris Thompson Family Endowment of the Community Foundation of the NRV, Cary Hopper, Kara Dodson, Carl Absher, Jeff and Judy Kirwan, and other anonymous donors. Silent Auction donors include Walt Hewes, Miller Off Main Framing, Art and Antiques, Robert Smith Jeweler, Jeff Kirwan, Carl Absher, Rebekah Paulson, Lynn Brammer, and other pending sponsors and donors.

It Begins

24 events. 5 days. Your EarthWeek at Virginia Tech.
Not signed up to volunteer at our table? Do that. We need you (especially on Tuesday). If you are signed up simply show up at the times you chose.

Caitlyn needs your ART donations for the Thursday night art auction – email her at!

No meeting Tuesday – go to earthweek events. We will be meeting at the Cellar during our regular meeting time and everyone is invited!

Have old batteries, ink cartridges, old clothes, old electronics? VT Environmental Student Organization’s (ESO) annual Junk in Our Trunk recycling drive in squires all through earth week (4/22-4/26). Bins are located on each floor of squires and we will be collecting items that you know you shouldn’t throw away, but are not sure how to recycle.

Also, check out this 45 second spot about Earth Day at Virginia Tech and the tree planting that made it on the local news!