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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
EN-7: Employee Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.10 / 3.00 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees (staff + faculty, headcount):
3,227

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program (avoid double-counting):
108

Percentage of employees served by a peer-to-peer educator program:
3.35

Name of the employee educators program:
Emerging Leaders

Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount):
108

A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities:

The Emerging Leaders offers leadership training to SF State Staff and faculty who have been nominated by their managers for participation. The course includes general leadership and management theory and culminates in team projects that address work on improving campus. Instructors and project advisers are SF State's own staff from various areas of expertise.

The projects are aligned with SF State's Strategic Plan, which includes sustainability. Emerging Leaders projects have included a water efficiency campaign in the residence halls, expanding compost collection to additional buildings, solar power for campus safety infrastructure, a campus wide vanpooling program, transitions to paperless processes, and creating a plan to donate excess food to food-insecure students.

Staff participants gain expertise in taking their sustainability projects from the idea phase to learning how to implement them in a complex organization. They learn methods for justifying sustainability projects through return on investment calculations, alignment with strategic goals, and educational impact.


A brief description of how the employee educators are selected:

Employee educators are selected by the Emerging Leaders board. They select educators based on subject area expertise.


A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach:

The Emerging Leaders board gives educators an orientation about the program's goals.


A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination):

The University funds this program via a donor. The university also provides staff time for administrators and educators.


Name of the employee educators program (2nd program):
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Number of employees served (i.e. directly targeted) by the program (headcount) (2nd program):
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A brief description of the program, including examples of peer-to-peer outreach activities (2nd program):
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A brief description of how the employee educators are selected (2nd program):
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A brief description of the formal training that the employee educators receive to prepare them to conduct peer outreach (2nd program):
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A brief description of the financial and/or administrative support the institution provides to the program (e.g. annual budget and/or paid faculty/staff coordination) (2nd program):
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A brief description of all other employee peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs, including the number of employees served and how employee educators are selected, trained, and supported by the institution:
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Total number of hours employee educators are engaged in peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education activities annually:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.