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Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education

Student Associates for a Greener Environment (SAGE)

 
 

Learn more about SAGE!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87war2IAXTU  

SAGE

 

Remember, for a productive Mentor-Mentee relationship:

Mentors...

Be available, callaborate on ideas, help mentee build connections and point out resources, communicate and be supportive!

Mentees...

Take responsibility, reflect on project, make connections between disciplines, communicate and do good research!!!

 

 

 

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Mission statement

The goals of Student Associates for a Greener Environment (SAGE) is to be a student branch of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. Students who become a member will be nurtured in their leadership capacity and develop their identities as environmentally conscious individuals. Students who become associates are expected to make a serious commitment to SAGE, the mission of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, and to environmental and sustainability education at FGCU. SAGE members will work within the Center's traditions of collaboration, civil dialogue and intellectual integrity.

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How to get involved

If you know of a faculty member that you would like to work alongside on a project, you can establish a SAGE relationship with them and designate them as your mentor for the extent of your work. There are tons of benefits involved in getting on board with the SAGE program!

SAGE provides students the opportunity to successfully realize a goal, project, or vision, in connection with the principles outlined in the Earth Charter, by providing the support, sponsorship, and mentorship necessary to do so.

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SAGE schedule

Call for Proposals

Friday, September 29, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017 Friday, October 6, 2017
Second Informational Meeting                  Friday, October 13, 2017
Deadline for Proposals Friday, October 20, 2017
SAGE Proposal Review October 20-27, 2017
SAGE Grant Announcements Monday October 30, 2017
First SAGE Member Meeting Friday, November 17, 2017
*Individual Group Meetings Monday, December 4, 2017- Friday, March 30, 2018
Final SAGE Member Meeting Friday, April 1, 2018
Deadline for Final Report Friday, April 3, 2018
Research Day Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Civic Engagement Day Friday, April 20, 2018
Deadline for all Reimbursements Friday, April 20, 2018

*Please schedule individual group meetings at your own convenience, you may schedule as many as you want, yet everyone must schedule at least one group meeting.

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Quick facts
  • This is an opportunity to work on a project with an Earth Charter purpose.
  • Projects are designed to be a possible mentor/mentee partnership between a professor and student.
  • Students can be a member of SAGE and start their own project or help guide other members with their projects.
  • Contracts are created between mentors and mentees in order to establish roles in the partnership and goals for the project.
  • The project could be scholarly work, environmental research (chemical analysis research must follow University protocals), raising awareness on an important issue, or a student's own idea.
  • Periodic mandatory meetings will be held for SAGE members.
  • The project offers valuable time with mentors, networking on campus and in the community, and a resume builder.
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Projects

FGCU Food ForestFood Forest

The Food Forest at Florida Gulf Coast University aims to practice and promote regenerative agriculture. In Spring 2017, students united to build a nursery near the entrance of the Food Forest that would last for years to come and provide members of the school, as well as community, a local and organic option for herbs and fruit trees. In Fall 2017, Hurricane Irma passed through Florida destroying the nursery and efforts of students. This project is focused on the revitalization of the nursery, supplying more service-learning opportunities for students and hands-on experience with permaculture, or permanent and sustainable agriculture.

 

 

DROP ProgramDROP

Our project consisted of painting the inside and the outside of a community center as well as a mural in the rural community of “Hoyo de Rafey” in Santiago, Dominican Republic. This community is classified as the most at-risk community by the non-profit organization that we partnered with, Accion Callejera. The community center is located right next to a prison and also faces other risk factors such as, poverty and gang violence. Through painting the community center we were able emphasis a social justice issue. The mural that we painted incorporated a tree of life, a river, and various plants. Our primary focus for this mural was to educate the children about the effects of pollution on the environment and how to prevent it from happening. The mural depicted how beautiful the environment can be as long as people are willing to take care of it. Being that Hoyo de Rafey is one of the most at-risk communities in Santiago, their trash disposal methods are quite concerning. That being said, we were able to clean up all the trash surrounding the community center itself. Additionally, this project also allowed the youth to be empowered and learn how to contribute to a sustainable future by being able to see others like themselves take initiative to beautify their community. Hopefully, encouraging the students to take action in the future.

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Documents

Example Proposal and Budget 1

Example Proposal and Budget 2

For additional information please contact Jordin Medina at jlmedina8937@eagle.fgcu.edu.
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SAGE application

…working toward realizing a sustainable and peaceful future through scholarship, education, and action…

STUDENT ASSOCIATES FOR A GREENER ENVIRONMENT (SAGE)
Project Proposal and Application for Academic Year 2017-2018

The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education works toward realizing the dream of a sustainable and peaceful future for Earth through scholarship, education, and action. The Center seeks to elevate the environmental mission of Florida Gulf Coast University and serve the university community, the local community of the Western Everglades and Barrier Islands, and the wider community of scholars.

In order to advance this mission, we have developed Student Associates for a Greener Environment (SAGE), to involve students in our work in the Florida Gulf Coast University community and beyond. Students who become a member will be nurtured in their leadership capacity and develop their identities as environmentally conscious individuals. Students who become associates are expected to make a serious commitment to SAGE, the mission of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, and to environmental and sustainability education at FGCU. SAGE members will work within the Center's traditions of collaboration, civil dialogue and intellectual integrity.

The purpose of this agreement is for you, the student, to specify the goal(s), activities, and learning objectives for your SAGE project. Please follow the link below to fill out the online application and project proposal. This project cannot begin without a completed application. Completed SAGE Proposals are due by Friday, October 20, 2017.

Decisions about funding will be made by Monday, October 30, 2017. Center reviewers may request further information. A brief project report will be required upon completion of the project with an explanation of how the funding was used. SAGE members will also be required to attend up to three meetings throughout the year. Meeting times will be posted with appropriate advance notice.

For the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018, the Center is pleased to offer small grants up to $500 for Student Associates for a Greener Environment (SAGE) members to support projects that fulfill one or more of the five SAGE goals.

Student members of SAGE will participate in:

  • Innovative educational research projects.
  • Educational projects that promote ecological literacy.
  • Civic engagement activities in local environmental issues, with a particular focus on campus initiatives.
  • Scholarly activity, teaching and service related to environmental and sustainability education.

Student members of SAGE will be responsible to:

  • Present project to SAGE members upon completion.
  • Attend the final meeting when projects are presented.
  • If applying for a project or grant to fund a project you must meet with a SAGE liaison.
  • Responsibilities will vary depending on individual projects.

Benefits of SAGE include:

  • Support to initiate new environmental projects or to take ongoing projects to fruition.
  • Support, mentoring, and financial assistance.
  • Opportunity to publish.
  • Prestige of association with the Center.

By filling out the application you understand and agree to the responsibilities you will have as a SAGE member. You acknowledge that work is on behalf of the Center for Environmental & Sustainability Education and student arm of the Center, SAGE.

Click here to download the SAGE 2017-2018 Application

It is suggested that you complete this step with your mentor. Please complete this form in its entirety.


For questions or more information, please contact:

Jordin Medina
Student Assistant
Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education
305-900-7654
jlmedina8937@eagle.fgcu.edu
Whitaker Hall 213

Dr. Maria Roca
Assistant Director
Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education
239-590-7185
mroca@fgcu.edu
Reed Hall 203