Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.79
Liaison Lindsey Kayman
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
0.50 / 0.50 Lindsey Kayman
Environmental Health and Safety Director
Public Safety and Risk Management
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
EcoCinema Cafe Film Festival

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

John Jay has held a 3-day, morning till night environmental film festival called EcoCinema Cafe each year since 2014, in collaboration with the 501c3 non-profit, the Environmental Education Fund. (The 2020 festival was cancelled due to COVID-19).
John Jay College houses the festival mainly in our 300 seat Student Dining Hall, although special events are held in various auditoriums. This unique festival routinely has over 1500 people attending during the 3 day period. The festival is open to the public at no charge, and local high schools attend designated sessions
Faculty from a wide range of disciplines bring their classes, including Economics, Criminal Justice, Art, English, Science, Gender Studies, History, African Studies, Latin American Studies and Environmental Justice and offer extra credit for students who attend film screenings without their class. At least 3 classes are present for most films, and a film is selected that is of interest to all of the classes attending. Many attendees are students who happen to be in the room for a meal or to relax, or who attend for the free snacks. Over 1500 people attend over the 3 day period.
There is a Q&A following most of the films with the filmmaker, someone in the film, or with a thought leader. Snacks are provided throughout the festival courtesy of our Environmental Justice program
The EcoCinema Cafe seeks to raise interest in the college's Environmental Justice minor, Environmental Club, and Sustainability Council, to expand motivation for experiencing and protecting nature, to increase understanding of the sustainability challenges of the 21st Century, and to bring awareness of how environmental issues impact a wide range of disciplines. It provides a platform for filmmakers and thought leaders.
Student interns and work study students are involved in the planning and implementation of the Festival. Many of them have no environmental or sustainability backgrounds. They screen films to decide which films to recommend, they visit classes to encourage faculty and fellow students to attend, they develop graphics to publicize the events, and they help run the festival during the event. Recent festival websites are posted at: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/2018-ecocinema-cafe-marathon-film-festival and http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/2019-ecocinema-cafe-marathon-film-festival


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Public Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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