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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
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

The Office of Sustainability maintains a central website that serves as an introduction to sustainability activities at the university. It focuses on describing sustainability goals, data showing progress towards goals, and ways for the community to get involved through student groups, green teams, and events.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

SF State has a Sustainability email listserv for staff and faculty. Sustainability news is also included in the main campus newsletter, the Campus Memo. The Administration and Finance department newsletter includes a regular sustainability corner.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability maintains Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts that publicize events, highlight sustainable behavior, and educate the campus about sustainability. https://www.facebook.com/greensfsu, https://twitter.com/greensfsu, https://instagram.com/greensfsu/


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

Each semester, a student reporter from the Golden Gate Xpress newspaper is assigned to the Environment/Sustainability beat. Coverage includes events, new sustainability initiatives, and investigations in to new sustainability opportunities. http://goldengatexpress.org/topic/office-of-sustainability/


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Urban Planning students have started their own journal that focuses on student projects in Urban Planning.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :
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The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Sodexo, the company that operates SF State's dining center publishes signage, digital screens, and brochures that highlight sustainable food choices, origins of their food, and information on decreasing food waste.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

SF State's Grounds department is cultivating a landscape that maintains urban biodiversity, requires no irrigation with drinking water, and exports no green waste. Signage throughout campus teaches visitors about all the sustainable practices that are in place.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

SF State maintains print and digital copies of sustainability maps that allow visitors to find sustainable features on campus.

http://sustain.sfsu.edu/content/librarys-landscape-learning-laboratory-5


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

SF State maintains a transportation website that details how to take transit, carpool, walk, or bike to campus. The website is advertised throughout campus on buses and digital screens.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

SF State maintains a portion of the Parking and Transporation website that focuses on bicycle commuters. Associated Students also has a bicycling page that highlights bicycle events and educational events.

http://www.sfsustudentcenter.com/sustainability/


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

SF State publishes a green guide for residents and provides training each semester to resident assistants.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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