How Does the ECOalition work?
The ECOalition holds meetings twice each quarter where participating organizations send representatives to speak and vote on their behalves.
Types of Events
Town Hall Meetings (2 per quarter) – learn about what projects, campaigns, and events groups are working on and discuss and vote on specific matters brought to the Council
- Open to the public.
- Only groups that have been formally inducted into the ECOalition Council may vote on projects and campaigns that are brought up for endorsement. Each group may cast one vote (yea, nay, or abstain) per project or campaign.
- In order for voting to occur, at least half +1 of all council groups must have a representative attendance.
- Votes may be cast by a representative of the group. It is the responsibility of the representative to make an informed vote based on the position of the group as a whole.
- A representative may give up their chair to another member of their organization on any issue brought to the Council. Only one person can represent the member organization on a given agenda item, but the representative of a member organization can change from one agenda item to the next.
- Proxy representatives may be appointed by ECOalition representatives as needed. The proxy does not need to be the same person every time.
- Representatives may not represent more than one organization.
- Organizations have the opportunity to network and make announcements after group presentations (~15 minutes each) have concluded.
- Groups seeking an endorsement for a project or campaign must submit a description and statement of purpose to the ECOalition Coordinator 10 days in advance of town halls. This is to ensure that each representative has ample time to discuss it with the rest of their group and make an informed vote.
- Groups seeking to present or make an announcement but do not wish to have it put up for endorsement must notify the ECOalition Coordinator at least 24 hours in advance of the town halls.
- Each meeting will conclude with public forum where anyone may speak, including people not from member groups. Priority will be given to people who notify the ECOalition Coordinator in advance. Anyone else may speak if time permits. Speaking in public forum is limited to 3 minutes per person.
- Groups seeking to join the council must follow the same procedures as putting a project or campaign up for endorsement, including providing a description and statement of purpose for the organization. The existing council will vote on whether to induct the group based on how its mission aligns with the goals and values of the ECOalition.
Socials (~1 per quarter) – Members of organizations within the ECOalition are brought together in order to promote collaboration through interactive fun and/or educational opportunities.
- In the 2016-2017 school year, the ECOalition held a group hike, a vegetarian potluck, and a dinner at Aladdin’s Cafe in Isla Vista.
- Activities are always either free or low-cost, accessible to those without reliable means of transportation, and in line with values of sustainability.