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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. Additionally, over 100 SJSU Business Marketing students helped curate over 20 interactive tabling activities surrounding sustainable topics. CORAL, the Catholic Charities after school program, encouraged their students to join the event to learn about sustainability. Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Dave Cortese representing District 3 led children in a pledge against littering to show support from the City of San José.

By the Numbers | 2018-19

300 SJSU students engaged
600 residents engaged
2,022 hours of service
$49,923 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
  • 95% of survey participants reported that they learned how to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into their daily lives
  • 96% of respondents indicated they increased awareness of key environmental goals including recycling, reducing, reusing, water and energy conservation
  • 96% of survey participants agreed that this event increased their knowledge of healthy foods

Community Voices

“Working with these kids really reminded me of how bright and capable they can be at that age. It was fun working with them and seeing their creativity come to life.”
–SJSU student & ERC member

“Community value of organizing the community to work together. The importance of recycling and reusing, learning through interactive community programs, and making learning fun.”
–Community member

“We learned about creating our own idea and implementing it and making it come true, which is an essential part of being a leader.”
–SJSU BUS 16 student

This event was funded by: