Highlights From Our SEEC Branches
East Chapel Hill Branch Highlight
In December, students at our Chapel Hill High School SEEC Branch in Chapel Hill, NC, sent letters to every member of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of Orange County asking them to oppose the proposed development of the largest gas station in the world: a Buc-ee’s Travel Center (Texas-based convenience store), 425,000 square feet, to be built on the protected Eno River Watershed. The BOCC then requested Buc-ee’s to revise parts of their zoning application, partially in order to address environmental concerns.
Members of Efland and Orange County, local environmental organizations such as Orange County’s Commission for the Environment and the Eno River Association, and some of our own SEEC members helped contribute to environmental pushback. Thankfully, in February, the company decided to withdraw their zoning application!
(Credits to Annie Qin, SEEC Branch President at East Chapel Hill High School)
Capuchino Branch Highlight
Students at our Capuchino High School SEEC branch in California were concerned with their city’s lack of efforts regarding environmental policy. In February, they decided to express their concerns at a local city council meeting. Three club representatives presented short speeches addressing the most important issues they believed the town should act upon: decreasing plastic usage, planting native plants, and developing a climate action plan.
Following the city council meeting, the Mayor of San Bruno reached out to the SEEC branch, and a meeting was arranged between him, the Vice Mayor, and branch members. During that second meeting, students expanded upon their specific ideas for improving the future of their city in terms of its relationship with the environment, and they elaborated on their previous projects. Thanks to Capuchino SEEC’s hard work, addressing environment-related issues and creating a climate action plan is now a higher priority for their city’s leadership! Some of their SEEC members were even directed to different facets of the San Bruno city government for further correspondence; one student particularly knowledgeable about transportation who had ideas about improving the city’s bus system is working with the transportation department!
(Credits to Kayla Campbell, SEEC Branch President at Capuchino High School, CA)