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  • SJSU STARS Report | Sustainability @ SJSU | San Jose State University
    on sustainability Altogether our students have 328 such courses available to them Depth of faculty involved in sustainability research important work on pressing sustainability issues of the day from climate change education to organic gardening is taking place in departments all across campus Over half of all our departments have at least one faculty member active in sustainability research This accounts for 18 of our tenure and tenure track faculty members Student involvement at least nine student organizations are focused on sustainability education and activism reaching over 19 000 students a year Transportation 59 of students and 49 of employees use alternative transportation e g bike bus train to come to campus Food almost 24 of our food is purchased from local sources Energy over the five year period from 2005 to 2010 total building energy use was reduced from 447 049 MMBtu to 427 507 MMBtu Human Resources and Diversity our policies and programs demonstrate leadership in the CSU We ensure our employees are paid and treated fairly and that respect for and celebration of diversity is an everyday practice Innovation the Martin Luther King Jr Library and the Green Wave energy auditing program demonstrate how SJSU has successfully partnered with the City of San José on shared sustainability goals of strengthening the community with the City of San José And while our overall rating was good the audit reveals several areas where significant efforts are needed for us to be on par with peer institutions and for us to be in sync with the needs of important Valley employers and partners To improve more attention is needed in the following areas Climate Change Strategy and Planning and Policy while several University or CSU policies and guidance documents exist on specific areas of sustainability e g procurement energy conservation the University lacks a comprehensive framework that has the support of top administration Most universities at the forefront of sustainability have such policies in place Ensuring Student Sustainability literacy about 60 of our students graduate from SJSU without a guaranteed basic understanding of sustainability issues and solutions Sustainability in New Student and New Employee Orientation students faculty and staff have opportunities to engage in sustainability workshops and events on campus but only if they know about them Incorporating short but informative sustainability modules into orientation and training can get everyone off to the right start and strengthen the culture of sustainability that we are building on campus Having LEED Certified Buildings the LEED standard has been recognized across the U S as the mark of a green building For SJSU to be considered a resource for green technology the university should make its own commitment manifest in new and existing buildings Continuing Support of Current Sustainability Efforts with a new administration in place it is important to provide support and resources for people and projects that enabled us to earn a Silver rating in the first place Our current rating is good for three years at which time we hope

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/sustainability/sustainablecampus/ashestarsreport/index.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing | Sustainability @ SJSU | San Jose State University
    Purchasing SJSU can significantly reduce its impact on the environment if we commit to buying with sustainability in mind All university employees are encouraged to follow these guidelines for Environmentally Preferable Purchasing EPP Qualities of EPP products Durable and long lasting Energy efficient Contain post consumer recycled content Water conserving Easy non hazardous maintenance Made using responsible manufacturing fractices Minimal packaging Easy to recycle EPP Guidelines for SJSU administrators faculty and staff General Purchasing Requisitions When making purchasing requisitions you can include a note under Comments to request EPP options Office Supplies When ordering office supplies from OfficeMax Online select Recycled EPP Products from the Catalog drop menu or check Recycled Goods under Advanced Search options Look for products marked with CPG Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines or Recycled Material icons Paper Purchase Purchase recycled content paper Look for 30 post consumer content or the FSC label Cleaning Products To find cleaning products that have EPP qualities look for these labels Electronics Look for the Energy Star label for energy efficient electronics View a list of greener electronics products Recycling and Waste Reduction Learn how to properly recycle or dispose of products you no longer use Furniture Re Use Program Purchasing new

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/sustainability/sustainablecampus/environmentallypreferablepurchasing/index.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Sustainability Map | Sustainability @ SJSU | San Jose State University
    Home Sustainability SJSU Sustainable Campus Sustainability Map Sustainability Map MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to Sustainable Campus What We ve Accomplished Current Future Projects STARS Report Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Sustainability Map View the interactive map below that details the wide range of sustainability efforts on the SJSU campus This map was developed by SJSU Geography students in 2012 View map in new window SJSU Links and Resources

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  • What You Can Do | Sustainability @ SJSU | San Jose State University
    More About Us Academics Research Sustainable Campus What You Can Do News Events Campus as a Living Lab Project What You Can Do Sustainability at SJSU begins with you Find out how you can get involved and read helpful everyday tips on green living and reducing your carbon footprint Learn from the examples of a few engaged Spartans who took the eco footprint challenge in 2009 and discovered new ways

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/sustainability/whatyoucando/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Get Involved | Sustainability @ SJSU | San Jose State University
    You Can Do Get Involved Get Involved MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to What You Can Do Get Involved Reduce Your Footprint Spartan Sustainability Stories Learn More GET INVOLVED Here are some ways you can join in the sustainability efforts here at San Jose State Get Credit for Making a Difference Sign up for Environmental Studies 181 a 1 3 unit class open to any SJSU student and work on campus sustainability projects as part of the SJSU Environmental Resource Center Join the Veggielution Founded by SJSU students Veggielution is an urban farming project that engages the community by providing access to healthy and local food creating youth leadership opportunities and developing creative solutions to social and environmental justice issues G R O W Growing Roots of Wellness G R O W is a SJSU Campus Garden Collective connecting and empowering students faculty staff and community members to reclaim and cultivate fresh local and healthy food by establishing expanding and maintaining multiple urban garden plots For more information send email to Growingroots sjsu gmail com Attend a Conference The annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference highlights cutting edge research as well as case studies with proven successes

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/sustainability/whatyoucando/getinvolved/index.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Reduce Your Footprint | Sustainability @ SJSU | San Jose State University
    Your Footprint Spartan Sustainability Stories Learn More Reduce Your Footprint Here are some tips for living greener every day and reducing your own carbon footprint Learn Kung Food Check out the quirky series of award winning Green Ninja films that are written and directed by SJSU students and faculty Manage your E Waste Anyone can drop off scavenge any electronic equipment in the e waste area located in the Student Union 360 Top Floor at 211 South 9th Street San Jose Hours are M TH 8am 10pm F Sat 10am 4pm Sun 5 10pm 408 924 6976 Use Public Transit With a Tower ID card and Eco Pass sticker SJSU students staff and faculty can enjoy unlimited rides on all Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority VTA Buses and Light Rail Find Other Transportation Solutions See the SJSU Transportation Solutions website for bike sharing programs discount train fares and other sustainable ways to get around Break the Bottle Habit Use reusable washable stainless steel or BPA free plastic water bottles instead of bottled water Avoid Paper Waste Send documents electronically whenever possible Print double sided Create a collection box for usable one sided scrap paper Faculty can utilize D2L Learning Management

    Original URL path: http://www.sjsu.edu/sustainability/whatyoucando/reduceyourfootprint/index.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Spartan Sustainability Stories | Sustainability @ SJSU | San Jose State University
    for free Even just like walking down to the street to the farmers market at San Pedro Square I m just a lot more conscious Innocence is bliss you know But being exposed to what we re doing to the world is important Especially if I m going to have kids someday in the future How has the experience integrate with her areas of study and her profession I definitely try to get students to be more aware like getting a white board at home instead of using more paper And I ve been quite a Nazi on the water bottle thing I think everyone has a reusable bottle now We use more electronic documents instead of paper One year I started book recycling among their peers to save money Every year I try something new Counseling is a form of passing along knowledge So everything I know I pass along to my students Karin Jeffrey Graduate Student and Lecturer Kinesiology Karin Jeffery s involvement on the SJSU campus is extensive In addition to her Master s student standing in the Department of Kinesiology with an emphasis in sports psychology she also teaches the SJSU course in Stress Management and is faculty advisor to Zeta Chi Epsilon a largely community service focused fraternity that will soon be seeking non profit status She is also faculty advisor for the recently formed Quidditch Club She also volunteers at the Listening Post table outside the Student Union occasionally which offers a safe place for students to go and just be heard in a lay counseling setting Jeffrey took part in the SJSU Ecological Footprint Challenge back in October for both personal and professional reasons It s sort of funny she explains I first found out about it because your Footprint Quiz Drive recruiting table was set up right next to our Listening Post table where we were almost being drowned out for all the enthusiasm going on there I thought it was great though and it made me proud to be a part of a campus where this was going on She confesses that while she was excited to get the word out about the footprint challenge by every avenue available her across the campus on a personal level she might not have even taken the quiz I thought I was already doing pretty well It was quite a surprise to see just how much of an impact my daily living truly still is She was also a little surprised that her ecological footprint actually went up upon reentering her data this spring from 4 61 to 5 02 Earths This metric represents a rough calculation of how many planets would be required were all current humans to consume at the same levels Jeffrey entered Though disappointed she does have some guesses as to why her footprint went up instead of down As part of my thesis research I ve had to do a lot of extra driving around to conduct interviews She also took an airline trip back East over the holidays to visit family and holds a new appreciation for just how costly air travel is from a carbon standpoint She was encouraged to hear that purchasing carbon offsets can be very helpful in this regard when some travel cannot be avoided Despite her increases in the area of transportation she has observed herself making a concerted effort in her dietary choices by choosing organic as much as possible and lowering her meat consumption considerably She is also more careful to turn off lights TV wireless modem and placing her computer on hibernate when not in use Though she admits that she doesn t use public transportation as much as she might she has been trying to organize and cluster her errands when she does go out with the car instead of going out quite as often or less planned She feels the most significant effect on her as a result of her involvement is being motivated to find more reasons not to drive Suddenly volunteering to go all the way back onto campus to attend an optional meeting on my night off doesn t have the same rewarding feeling it used to knowing the other larger impacts I was making Telecommuting helps this Her own personal revelations aside Jeffrey immediately knew she would offer extra credit in the stress management course she teaches for each student who participated in the Footprint Challenge Because it s a General Education course she was eager to be able to engage a broad cross section of different majors among her students in the topic of sustainability As far as directly helping these students in her stress reduction course via matters of sustainability awareness she says This is the generation that is going to fix things They need to understand themselves and better stewardship is part of that I can t recall right now exactly who said it but there s a quote that goes something like You can t be truly fulfilled and totally self focused at the same time In addition to likely getting people into the great outdoors more how does her concern for sustainability relate to her graduate academic specialization in sports psychology A lot of people are resistant to see a regular psychologist but will readily see a sports psychologist even though we use a lot of exactly the same methods when learning to overcome internal obstacles Exercise enhancement is shown to be the most effective way to improve mood It s my job to help people live happier more fulfilling lives which then allows them to be better Earth stewards Although she has been an avid long time supporter of several causes that protect endangered species Jeffrey has felt this conviction expand even more in her daily life Instead of just recycling I m now trying to actually reduce what I consume Now when I buy something I find myself wondering What effect is this having on polar bears

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  • Learn More | Sustainability @ SJSU | San Jose State University
    to What You Can Do Get Involved Reduce Your Footprint Spartan Sustainability Stories Learn More Learn More Want to learn more about sustainability at the local national and global level Check out some of these links The City of San Jose s Green Vision outlines a fifteen year plan for economic growth environmental sustainability and an enhanced quality of life for the local community The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition is a non profit organization engaged in research advocacy and grassroots organizing to promote human health and environmental justice in response to the rapid growth of the high tech industry Bioneers are social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for restoring the natural systems on which all life depends and healing our human communities The Sierra Club is America s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization with 1 4 members working together to protect our communities and the planet Treehugger features the latest news and top stories on sustainable design technology living transportation energy science and business from around the globe GreenChange is a place to connect with people who are growing the movement for peace democracy justice and the planet Seven Revolutions is an ongoing research effort

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