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Imelda Rodriguez speaking about Safe & Green Halloween on Valley Politics; Community News segment

Safe & Green Halloween is an event that teaches children and families that sustainability and safety can go hand-in-hand during the Halloween season. Sustainable values taught during this event include reuse, reduce, recycle, water conservation, energy efficiency, healthy eating and active living. This event brings together hundreds of residents in our downtown neighborhoods and dozens of San José community members, and SJSU student groups who host hands-on activities that promote sustainability values for the community to enjoy.
This year, students from SJSU’s Environmental Resource Center met with students from Olinder Elementary School and McKinley Elementary School to help them create costumes from upcycled, post-consumer materials. CORAL, the Catholic Charities after school program, encouraged their students to join the event to learn about sustainability. District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez led children in a pledge against littering to show support from the City of San José.

By the Numbers | 2016-17

127 SJSU students engaged
500 residents engaged
3,068 hours of service
$74,061 value

Project Impact

  • Over 500 residents attended and responded that they learned the importance of recycling, healthy eating, safety and sustainability from the fair this year
  • 94% of survey participants agreed that participating in this fair increased their understanding of why they should eat healthier food
  • 91% of respondents agreed that they will reduce, reuse and recycle more
  • 94% of survey participants agreed that the fair helped them understand how to live more sustainably
  • 94% of respondents agreed that they are more interested in growing their own food because of this fair

Community Voices

“[I learned] to teach our children to mend the environment and that the most important thing is education.”
–McKinley Elementary School parent

“[Mi parte favorita es que] La comunidad se conoce.” ([My favorite part is] the community knows each other.)
–McKinley Elementary School parent

“I learned that we should not litter and the three R’s [reduce, reuse, recycle].”
–Elementary School student