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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-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Transportation Memorandum of Understanding with City and County of San Francisco

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

SF State has a Memorandum of Understanding with the City and County of San Francisco to address the impact on from the implementation of the Campus Master Plan and subsequent increase in enrollment on the campus. The partnership reduces emissions by promoting alternative transportation through a Transportation Demand Management Plan.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Business Sponsorship of San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

San Francisco State University is a business sponsor of the non-profit San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. The University provides financial support for the Coalition and is an advocate for safe bicycling routes in San Francisco. The Coalition provides educational resources to the campus community and supports campus events. The goal of this partnership is to encourage more SF State faculty, staff, and students to bike to campus as a healthy, sustainable commute method.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Sponsorship of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

San Francisco State is a sponsor of SPUR, a leading sustainable planning education and advocacy non-profit. The organization supports sustainable and equitable city planning practices in the Bay Area. The Campus participates as an active partner, providing speakers at public sessions and many campus community members attend SPUR events.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

San Francisco State has partnered with the US Department of Energy to create the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). The mission of IAC is to transfer new, efficient, environmentally sound technologies to industry. The program provides in-depth, on-site energy, waste management and productivity assessments for small and medium-sized manufacturers, followed by recommendations for specific dollar savings. These assessments conducted by faculty and students of IAC schools are designed to identify energy, waste, and productivity improvements as assessment recommendations (measures) throughout the plant, e.g., production-related services, HVAC and housekeeping. During the 2 to 6 month period following audit report submission to the client plant, the IAC conducts a survey of the client to determine which measures have been implemented. Within 60 days of the assessment, data is provided to the program database. This provides a reasonably accurate and on-going measure of the effectiveness of the program. The IAC services are provided at no charge to manufacturers.
http://www.sfsu.edu/~iac/

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at SF State has partnered with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to create "a semester-long internship at the Golden Gate National Parks that encourages student interns to expand their learning and knowledge outside of the classroom while earning a stipend and academic credit. Student interns support the parks through various capacities such as youth and community engagement, habitat restoration, business management, law enforcement, historical interpretation, and more."
https://icce.sfsu.edu/content/golden-gate-national-parks-academic-internship


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