|Submission Date||Feb. 15, 2017|
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Office of Sustainability
Professor of Geography and Environment Barbara Holzman created a general education course that will introduce concepts of environmental science to undergraduate students. Using the campus as the primary lab site, students will investigate campus biodiversity, air quality, waste streams and other environmental concerns.
The Campus Sustainability course in the Environmental Studies department uses campus buildings as a test case for lighting surveys, water efficiency upgrades, and energy use. The Facilities Department frequently uses their research to direct efforts to upgrade buildings.
The Office of Sustainability and Facilities have worked with numerous classes to conduct energy efficiency audits of buildings. Projects implemented as an outcome of the course have included motion sensors for lighting, energy efficient lighting upgrades, de-lamping, and energy efficiency audits.
The student-run Environmental Resource Center has created a vendor sustainability certification that rewards campus vendors for sustainable practices. The criteria, outreach and audits are conducted by students.
The campus also has a vegetable garden and fruit orchard that is used to educate students about urban agricultural practices.
The Hospitality and Tourism department's restaurant management class hosts an annual locally-sourced, vegetarian community lunch in partnership with the Office of Sustainability to educate the campus community about where their food comes from.
Biology classes frequently use the campus grounds as a botanical garden and to observe habitat. The Grounds department maintains educational signage. A biology course also uses our campus orchard to learn about urban agriculture. The campus Grounds department receives feedback on their operations from faculty.
Associate Professor of Decision Sciences Susan Cholette redesigned an upper-division elective within the decision sciences department as a part of a Campus as a Living Lab grant. Students analyzed SF State’s purchased goods and service deliveries and developed recommendations for ways to reduce emissions. Outcomes have included a preference for electronic hand dryers instead of paper towels where possible.
SF State has a Bicycle Geographies class in the Geography department that was funded through a California State University Campus as a Living Lab grant. The course focuses on researching and recommending policies and infrastructure changes to increase cycling for transportation. Outcomes have included new bike racks, fix-it stations, directional signage, and increased interaction with the SF Bike Coalition.
Students in the Campus Sustainability class use SF State's recycling and composting program to understand outreach and education. Associated Students maintains an ongoing compost outreach program that teaches their interns how to conduct effective zero waste outreach to students, faculty, staff, and food vendors.
SF State's Campus Sustainability class has conducted a water efficiency audit of campus buildings. The class recommended efficiency upgrades to fixtures based on potential water savings.
SF State's Bicycle Geographies class advocates for bike-friendly city planning.
SF State's Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign started as a class related research project. Students used their research to start a conversation with the University Foundation board. The major outcome of this interaction was a commitment to divestment of the University's edowment from coal and tar sands.
SF State's Philosophy Department is teaching a course on Environmental Ethics, funded by a campus as a living laboratory grant, that involves training students to give educuational tours to local high school students. The goal of the tours is to educate the local community about environmental ethics issues related to campus sustainability.
From the California State University sustainability policty: The CSU will develop employee and student workforce skills in the green jobs industry, promote the development of sustainable products and services, and foster economic development.
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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.