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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Santa Clara University
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Director
Center for Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
BUG (Bronco Urban Gardens program)

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The BUG program began in 2009 through through a partnership with SCU, the Silicon Valley Health Trust, the National AmeriCorps Service Program, and 12 other garden/nutrition focused organizations to promote environmental education and healthy nutritional habits for at-risk families in San Jose. BUG programs work closely with SCU students through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and community-based learning programs. BUG programs conduct hands-on gardening, nutrition education, and science lessons in Gardner Academy, Washington Elementary, and with the Homesafe Women's Shelter.

Each year, more than 100 SCU students and community volunteers, and two AmeriCorps members provide enrichment activities for children, youth, teachers, and families in these marginalized communities. Over 700 youth participate in these programs and are evaluated using pre-and-post surveys during their classes. Results from these surveys indicate that participants leave the program with higher levels of knowledge about healthy eating, healthier eating habits at home, the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, and where to source local vegetables and fruits.

Bronco Urban Gardens is an exemplary program, demonstrating collaborative goals, including internship opportunities, community health and development, garden education, environmental justice, and nutrition awareness.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

50 SCU students participate through ELSJ programs, annually (Arrupe Placements). 700 youth (K-5) participate in BUG programs at three school garden locations (Gardner, Washington, Forge Garden). 1,150 hours of volunteerism from community members in school gardens. Post-surveys indicate strong improvements in awareness about healthy eating and consumption of fruits and vegetables.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services Yes
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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