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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
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

San Francisco State University
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program or programs that offer incentives for faculty in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses?:
Yes

A brief description of the program(s), including positive outcomes during the previous three years (e.g. descriptions of new courses or course content resulting from the program):

SF State has been the recipient of 6 "Campus as a Living Laboratory" grants from the California State University's Chancellor's Office over the past three years. The courses titles are: SUSTAIN: Students Using Spatial Technology And Integrating Nature, Analyzing the Embedded GHG Emissions Associated with Transportation of Goods and Services for SFSU, Bicycle Geographies, Development of an Introduction to Environmental Science Course Incorporating the Campus as a Living Lab, Incorporating water efficiency projects into a campus sustainability course, and Environmental Ethics.

The courses have resulted in a collaboration between the Physical Planning and Development department and various academic departments. The students in the classes have gained exposure to sustainability issues related to the operation of the physical campus.


A brief description of the incentives that faculty members who participate in the program(s) receive:

The Campus as a Living Laboratory Grant Program provides funds for the redesign of a course that ties elements of sustainability into opportunities for learning using the campus physical plant. Funds of up to $12,000 will be awarded to support the preparation of the proposed course. The funds cover faculty release time to conduct the course design.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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