Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.91
Liaison Debbie Andres
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

San Jose State University
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Rachel Blake
Student Assistant
Environmental Resource Center
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Environmental Resource Center (ERC)

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:

The Environmental Resource Center (ERC) was established in 1967 and became the student activist wing of the Environmental Studies Department, with a prideful legacy. To serve the student body and our supporting organizations, we undertake a range of projects each year. The projects are linked to ENvS 181, a course that students take for credit (1,2 or 3 units).

The ERC is run by student directors and supervised by a faculty adviser. In addition to organizing behavior changes via on campus events, the ERC is working to move our campus towards sustainable use of water, energy and materials.

The ERC project of the year is Earth Day, which was founded by SJSU alumni Gaylord Nelson. The ERC oversees the event the day of and coordinates with 5 on campus partners and invites over 40 vendors for our on campus resource fair. In 2019, Earth Day expanded into Earth Week, with 75 faculty members participating in a campus Teach-in. The hope was to engage majors beyond Environmental Studies students. Over 5,000 students were involved with the Teach-In. This year, the ERC was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from their California Legislature Assembly in recognition of the San Jose State University Earth Day Event.

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

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 :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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