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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 Silver
Overall Score 50.89
Liaison Nicholas Kordesch
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

San Francisco State University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Rachelle Caterson
Student Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
M.A. in Geography (Concentration in Resource Management & Environmental Planning) and M.S. in Geographic Information Science

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The M.A. and M.S. graduate programs in SF State's Geography & Environment meet the academic needs of individuals seeking careers in environmental management and policy, urban and regional planning, Geographic Information Science (GIS/remote sensing) or as academics at the community college level, as well as students who wish to pursue doctoral studies elsewhere. ​Our programs support international and local field research on a wide range of topics related to faculty expertise. Together these provide multiple perspectives and tools to understand the relationships between people and their environments, and solve problems related to local and global change. The graduate programs support international and field research on a wide range of topics related to faculty expertise.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
M.S. in Marine Science at Romberg Tiburon Center (RIP TIDES, Research Intensive Pedagogical Training for InterDisciplinary Estuarine Scientists)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

RIP TIDES MS in Marine Science provides students with in-depth training in interdisciplinary science research, technology, communication and teaching skills, professional internship experience, career development workshops and dedicated program advising. This two-year program prepares students for leadership in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related professions, to solve the critical challenges facing urbanized coastal ecosystems in a time of rapid global change.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
M.S. in Biology w/ Concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EECB)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

This concentration is designed for students aiming to go on to Ph.D. programs or enter the workplace in fields such as systematics, evolution, conservation, population genetics, genomics, behavior of organisms; community, population, reproductive, physiological, and evolutionary ecology; taxonomy, biodiversity, and biogeography.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:

M.S. in Biology w/ Concentration in Marine Biology: http://biology.sfsu.edu/graduate/marine_biology


Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
MBA Concentration in Sustainable Business

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The Sustainable Business concentration provides students with skills to address environmental and social dimensions of conducting business in a global market.

The program emphasizes four aspects of sustainable business that improve a firm's long-term performance:

managing risks (regulatory, reputation, litigation, market)
recognizing market opportunities created by environmental and social challenges, and
applying innovation tools and concepts to meet unmet needs.
Students in the program learn how to articulate the business case for sustainability; develop innovative products and services; lead internal and external coalitions needed to drive organizational change; and implement metrics to measure progress and provide accountability.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Master of Science in Engineering: Energy Systems

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

Issues related to limited energy resources, energy efficiency and conservation, and renewable energy, as well as the effects of ever-increasing energy production and consumption are prompting a significant surge in the need for professionals with an advanced education in energy systems.

A newly developed concentration area for the SFSU Master of Science in Engineering degree addresses this rising demand for energy professionals. The Energy Systems concentration area includes coursework in:
Energy Resources and Sustainability
Renewable Energy Systems
Energy-Efficient Buildings
Energy Auditing, Measurement and Verification

Research areas for program faculty include industrial energy efficiency, advanced materials for solar cells, internal combustion engines, energy and emissions life-cycle analyses, and energy storage.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Master of Science in Engineering: Structural/Earthquake Engineering

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The Structural and Earthquake Engineering master’s degree program at the School of Engineering focuses on research and design studies towards resilient and sustainable civil engineering infrastructure.
The coursework includes Principles of Earthquake Engineering, Advanced Concrete Structures, Advanced Steel Structures, Structural Design for Earthquakes, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Advanced Topics in Seismic Engineering, Advanced Topics in Structural Engineering, Bridge Engineering and Prestressed Concrete, and Structural Design for Fire Safety.
Students completing the master’s program at SFSU are prepared for professional practice and for doctoral study in structural engineering. Students can conduct research activities using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:

Master of Science in Biology, concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EECB): http://biology.sfsu.edu/graduate/ecology-evolution-and-conservation-biology-eecb-0


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Had help with collecting data from Eva Allen, Associate, Academic & Institutional Studies
Academic Institutional Research, as well as further data entry from Erin Blackwood, M.Ed. Outreach Coordinator at Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.