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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-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education member
Second Nature member
Society of College and University Planning member
United States Green Building Council member


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

California State University Sustainability Officers Group


Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference: Opening Keynote:

Douglas Miguel Guerrero, Recent Graduate, Environmental Studies; Student Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, San Francisco State University

Miguel Guerrero is a Bay Area native and is majoring in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice. Through his work with Sustainable Initiatives at the Student Center, Guerrero was part of a team that secured a $10,000 grant to increase bike culture on campus. During the 2013-14 academic year, he served as the College of Health & Social Sciences representative on the Associated Students Board of Directors and acted as the student representative on SF State’s Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee where he focused on maximizing student success. Most recently, Guerrero was awarded the Outstanding Student Leader Award at the 2014 Annual Dean of Students Leadership Awards for his ongoing commitment to student representation and leadership. After graduating, he plans on pursuing a career in government relations and city planning where he looks forward to continuing his work as a champion for sustainability and social justice.

Greening Food Franchises and Integrating Student-Grown Foods in Dining
Topic Areas: Food Systems
Ripening Efforts
Jargon Level: General Audience
Rm 193, Fine Arts Building

Caitlyn Morrell, Senior Policy & Project Development Intern, Sustainable Initiatives, ASI, San Francisco State University
Jessica Barlow, PhD, Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; Director of the Sage Project, San Diego State University
Ben Thomas, Sustainability Manager, UC Davis Dining Services

Moderator: Betsy Corrigan

Self-care and holistic health initiatives for staff, faculty, and yourself (38)
Topic Area: Health and Wellness
Ripening Efforts
Jargon Level: Interdisciplinary Talk
Rm 237, Burk Hall

Shari Tarver Behring, PhD, Chair, Educational Psychology and Counseling, CSU Northridge
Carolyn Jeffries, PhD, Professor, Educational Psychology and Counseling, CSU Northridge
Ken Burrows, Professor, Holistic Health Studies, San Francisco State University
Allen Doyle, MS, CEM, LEED AP, Sustainability Manager, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, UC Davis

Moderator: Gary Michael Jurich, Director, Recreation, UC Santa Barbara

Campus Bike Tour
Topic Area: Transportation
Ripening Efforts
Jargon Level: General Audience
Meet at SFSU the Bike Barn

Between sessions, come join a relaxed, modest-paced bicycle ride out to Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park.

Jason Henderson, Professor, Geography and Environment, San Francisco State University

Implementing Deep Sustainability in Recreational Buildings
Topic Area: Energy, Health and Wellness, and Student Affairs and Auxiliaries
Ripening Efforts
Jargon Level: Interdisciplinary Talk
Rm 1, Burk Hall

In this session, three campuses will focus on strategies, practices, and lessons learned in ensuring sustainability and energy efficiency in an unconventional building type: recreation centers. San Francisco State will describe the development of their Mashouf Wellness Center, currently tracking to earn LEED Platinum. UC Santa Barbara will illustrate their process of incrementally retrofitting the existing campus recreation center with the goal of reaching zero net energy for the facility. UC Los Angeles will focus on how daylight and ventilation modeling influenced the design of their proposed gym and warehouse buildings in order to meet the new Title 24 building requirements.

Wendy Bloom, MLA, Director, Campus Planning, San Francisco State University
Pam Su, Director, Campus Recreation, San Francisco State University
Mitch Fine, LEEDTM AP, AIA, Partner, WRNS Studio
Jim Stickley, ASLA, LEEDTM AP, Principal, WRT Design
Andrew Riley, MESM, CEM; Sustainability Specialist, Student Affairs, UC Santa Barbara
Gary Jurich, Director, Recreation Center, UC Santa Barbara
Jeffrey Averill, FAIA, LEEDTM AP, Campus Architect; Director of Design; Capital Programs, Design & Construction, UC Los Angeles
Todd M. Lynch, AIA, NCARB, LEEDTM AP BD+C, Principal Project Planner, UCLA Capital Programs, UCLA Planning & Finance, UC Los Angeles

Moderator: Luoluo Hong, PhD, MPH, Vice President, Title IX Coordinator, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, San Francisco State University

Fossil Fuel Divestment and Reinvestment: How To and What’s Next
Topic Area: Social Equity, Climate Action, and Institutionalizing Sustainability
Deep Green
Jargon Level: General Audience
Rm 108, Humanities Building

To date, over $50 billion has been divested globally from the fossil fuel industry. What if universities led the way in tripling that number, leading the way in investing in a low-carbon and just economy? This panel will feature students, members of Boards of Trustees, faculty, and staff from De Anza and Foothill Colleges, the University of California, and San Francisco State University. Panelists will share their rationale for divestment, where their institution stands in the spectrum of divestment, and their strategies for how to divest from fossil fuels. In addition, the panel will discuss what types of reinvestment strategies will work for a campus considering fossil fuel divestment. Panelists will offer a rich and varied perspective on this international movement, and discuss how it will grow on the road to the UN Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015.

Cynthia Kaufman, Director, Institute of Community and Civic Engagement, De Anza College
Alden Phinney, Organizer, Fossil Free UC; Undergraduate, Economics; Carbon Neutrality Fellow, UC Santa Cruz
Philip King, PhD, Associate Professor, Economics, San Francisco State University; Chair, Finance and Investment Committee; Member, SFSU Foundation Board
Tanvi Pradhan,
Brian Sharpes,

Moderator: Silver Hannon

Worlds Collide: Campuses and Communities Collaborate to Increase Bicycle Ridership
Topic Area: Transportation
Low-Hanging Fruit
Jargon Level: General Audience
Rm 217, Humanities Building

This session will explore San Jose State’s service learning efforts with the City of San Jose in the development of Urban Villages—walkable, bikeable, transit-connected, mixed-use developments that align with the City’s environmental goals. UCLA will share its strategy to improve its Bicycle Friendly University designation. The strategy covers five categories to improve cycling conditions on and around campus: enforcement, education, engineering, evaluation, and encouragement. San Francisco State will update its progress with Power to the Pedal, a campus program funded by the Crocker Trust and staffed by students. The program does bicycle maintenance workshops, establishes relationships with students and local organizations, and hosts guest lectures.

Dayana Salazar, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Department, San José State University; Executive Director, CommUniverCity San José.
Katherine Kao Cushing, PhD, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Department, San José State University; Associate Director, CommUniverCity San José
Hilary Nixon, PhD, Chair; Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Department, San José State University
Penny Menton, Director of Communications and Commuter Services, Events and Transportation, UC Los Angeles
Ryan Tachibana, Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies; Power to the Pedal Manager; Project Intern, Sustainable Initiatives, Associated Students, San Francisco State University
Liana Derus, Undergraduate Student, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Manager, Associated Students, San Francisco State University
Caitlyn Morrell, Senior Policy & Project Development Intern, Sustainable Initiatives, ASI, San Francisco State University

Moderator: Jason Henderson, Professor, Geography and Environment, San Francisco State University

Managing Local Landscapes through Education and Related Application
Topic Area: Curriculum; and Water and Landscape
Ripening Efforts
Jargon Level: Interdisciplinary Talk
Rm 193, Fine Arts Building

We are overexploiting and destroying the environment at a rapid pace unseen of in the past. As many people believe, it is up to the younger generations to fix the problem - and what better way for college students to take that first step than through education and experience? Several Californian universities, such as Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, UC Santa Barbara, and CSU Channel Islands, offer classes on restoring nature and hands-on opportunities to apply such knowledge in their respective classes. Each speaker would discuss the specific course and action his or her campus provide to students.

Gary Clay, PhD, Professor, Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Lisa Stratton, PhD, Director of Ecosystem Management, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), UC Santa Barbara
Darwin Richardson, Restoration Project Manager, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), UC Santa Barbara
Alicia De Toro, MESM, Faculty, Environmental Studies, De Anza College
Jana Clark, MA, Faculty, Environmental Studies, De Anza College
Diana Martinez, Lead Lab Technician and Part-time faculty, De Anza College

Moderator: Wendy Bloom, MLA, Director, Campus Planning, San Francisco State University

Resiliency, Strategic Planning, and Campus-Community Partnerships
Topic Area: Institutionalizing Sustainability
Ripening Efforts
Jargon Level: Interdisciplinary Talk
Rm 108, Humanities Building

Rueben Smith, Executive Director of Facilities & Construction Services, Pasadena Area Community College District
James Matson, AIA, HGA Architects and Engineers
Patrick Thibaudeau, CSI, CCS, LEEDTM AP BD&C, ILFI, Vice President, Sustainable Design, HGA Architects and Engineers
Douglas Miguel Guerrero, Recent Graduate, Environmental Studies; Student Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, San Francisco State University
Shawn Whalen, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, San Francisco State University
Trevor Getz, PhD, Professor, Department of History, San Francisco State University
Chrissy Thomure, LEEDTM AP, AICP, Climate Action Manager, Sustainability Office, UC Santa Cruz
Tiffany Wise-West, PE, LEEDTM AP, PhD, Climate Action Outreach Coordinator, Planning and Community Development Department, City of Santa Cruz

Integrating Sustainability into Procurement and Contract Negotiations
Topic Areas: Procurement and Business Services; and Waste Reduction and Recycling
Low-Hanging Fruit
Jargon Level: Specialized Talk
Rm 237, Burk Hall

Stephen Smith, Director, Procurement, San Francisco State University
Valerie Vergara,
Kevin Mattson, LEEDTM AP BD+C, Sustainable Waste Management Specialist, Facilities Operation, CSU Fullerton

Campus Presidents Speak on Fossil Fuel Divestment
Topic Areas: Social Equity, Climate Action, and Institutionalizing Sustainability
Ripening Efforts
Jargon Level: General Audience
Nob Hill Room, Seven Hills Conference Center

To push for action on climate change institutions around the world are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel (coal, oil and natural gas) companies. California colleges and universities have been leaders in divestment. Les Wong, President San Francisco State University, Brian Murphy, President De Anza College, Thomas Poon, Interim President Pitzer College and Lisa A. Rossbacher, President Humboldt State University will discuss why their campuses decided to divest their endowments from fossil fuels, the key challenges they faced, and what advice they would give those on other campuses considering fossil fuel divestment.

Brian Murphy, PhD, President, De Anza College
Lisa A. Rossbacher, President, Humboldt State University
Thomas Poon, President, Pitzer College
Leslie E. Wong, PhD, President, San Francisco State University

Moderator: Carlos Davidson, Professor, Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University

Dashboards, Feedback, and Incentives – Data-Driven Sustainability (52)
Topic Areas: Green Building Operations and Maintenance and Energy
Ripening Efforts
Jargon Level: Interdisciplinary Talk
Rm. 226, Burk Hall

Quantifying energy and utility usage is a hugely complex. Delivering useful feedback to motivate diverse populations toward conservation actions, requires integrating reams of data across numerous meter points and multiple systems, all delivered through an effective human interface. This session gathers three successful approaches. Stanford’s UMBRS systems initiative unifies utility data, billing functions, analytics, and sustainability metrics to support a user interface portal. At SFSU, data collection technology has enabled Monitoring-Based Commissioning, HVAC retrofit projects, and real-time operational analytics. At UC Berkeley, the Energy Incentive program allowed significant energy upgrades and fine-tuning of Stanley Hall’s remodeled laboratories and classrooms.

Fahmida Ahmed, Director, Office of Sustainability, Stanford University
Jeff McKay, Project Manager, Finance and Administration, Stanford University
Kevin Ng,
Harry Stark, Director, Facilities and Engineering, QB3 Institute, UC Berkeley
Charles A Meyer, Senior Director, Facilities & Service Enterprises, San Francisco State University
Micah Remley

Moderator: Bob Brown,

Lighting Retrofit Successes: Low Tech to High Tech
Topic Areas: Energy and Green Building Operations and Maintenance
Low-hanging Fruit
Jargon Level: General Audience
Rm. 1, Burk Hall

Two best practice award-winning “high tech” lighting retrofits will be highlighted as well as a “low tech” delamping lighting scheme designed by students in an environmental studies course. UC Irvine will discuss a project that replaced approximately 3,200 light fixtures and lamps with new “dimming ready” LED troffers, linear LED light bars, and LED replacements for compact fluorescent lamps. CSU Dominguez Hills will describe a creative solution to retrofitting lights in a dated honeycomb ceiling, using a custom LED fixture and Enlighted smart controls. SF State will present a successful, collaborative approach to delamping that is delivering a quick return on investment and is easy to implement. All three projects are generating significant energy savings and reducing maintenance (relamping) costs.

Joseph Fleshman, PE, Project Manager, Facilities Management, UC Irvine
Vicky Do, Energy Analyst, Facilities Management, UC Irvine
Kenny Seeton, Manager, Central Plant; Energy Manager, Facilities Services, CSU Dominguez Hills
Cain Buckler, Undergraduate Student; Sustainability Intern, Office of Sustainability, San Francisco State University

Moderator: Jordan Sager, LEEDTM AP, Energy Manager, Facilities Management, UC Santa Barbara

Meet Your New Partner: Broadening Opportunities through Cooperative Action that includes Campus Recreation (37)
Topic Areas: Health and Wellness; and Student Affairs and Auxiliaries
Low-hanging Fruit
Jargon Level: Interdisciplinary Talk
Rm. 237, Burk Hall

Campus Recreation Departments have been a growing force for the past decade. By providing a vital component of the college campus experience for students, campus recreation professionals are understanding how to leverage their position on campus to more fully serve in the educational mission for students. Learn what is happening at the national leadership level, through its higher education association, NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. Leave with ideas on how to utilize campus recreation programs, services, and facilities to create outreach to students, alignment with public health goals, and bring about change through the student experience.

Pam Su, Director, Campus Recreation, San Francisco State University
Janice DeMonsi, Director of Recreation, Santa Clara University
Krista Smith, Director of Recreation, Associated Students Inc., Cal Poly Pomona
Brigitte T. Lossing, Associate Director, Recreational Sports, U Berkeley

Moderator: Gary Jurich, Director, Recreation Center, UC Santa Barbara

San Francisco State University Waste Tour
Topic Areas: Waste Reduction and Recycling
Low-hanging Fruit
Jargon Level: General Audience
Meet at the Registration Desk at West Campus Green

A guided tour of SF State’s efforts to become a Zero Waste campus. We will follow common waste items from the point of sale to where they are picked up by Recology, the campus’ waste hauler. We will view different disposal setups in academic buildings, outdoor areas, food preparation areas and discuss how SF State has worked with custodial managers to adjust to compost as an additional waste stream. We will discuss recycling and compost training programs for custodial staff, kitchen staff, and students. We will also talk about procurement strategies that support our Zero Waste goal.

Nicholas Kordesch, Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, San Francisco State University

Mendables: A ReUse Community Project
Topic Areas: Local and Waste Reduction and Recycling
Low-hanging Fruit
Jargon Level: General Audience
Nob Hill Room, Seven Hills Conference Center

This session focuses on the presentation of opportunities and projects to revalue discarded textile products, viewing them as a resource, hence reducing their disposal into landfills. Attendees will be given an opportunity to learn about Mendables, a community event designed to sell and mend damaged merchandise from a local manufacturer, Levi Strauss donated to Goodwill Industries, sold and mended on our San Francisco State campus by students in the Apparel Design & Merchandising program. This interactive presentation will introduce the challenges and opportunities of textile waste and reuse, attendees will leave with tangible best practices to enact on their campuses.

Constance Ulasewicz, Professor, Apparel Design & Merchandising, Consumer/Family Studies Department, San Francisco State University
Hamid Khani, Professor, Broadcasting Electronic & Communication Arts Department, San Francisco State University
Tim Murray, Vice President of Brand, Marketing & Communications, Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin Counties

Curricular Inroads to Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Carbon Footprint Reduction
Topic Areas: Climate Action; Transportation; and Curriculum
Ripening Efforts
Jargon Level: General Audience
Rm. 217, Humanities Building

California is a national leader in the reduction of GHGs and a commitment to low emission vehicles; yet 96% of vehicles are still petroleum-based and produce 38% of GHGs. Understanding advanced vehicle technology is necessary to achieve energy and environmental goals and will require an educated and skilled workforce. This session provides examples of academic efforts to advance hydrogen fuel cell, hybrid, and electric vehicle technologies through curriculum, laboratory experiences, and program implementation. Also highlighted is a classroom experience requiring carbon footprint analysis of real world situations providing the next generation with a better understanding of the relationship of policy and advanced technologies.

Susan Cholette, PhD, Professor of Decision Sciences, San Francisco State University
David Blekhman, PhD, Professor, Department of Technology, CSU Los Angeles
Michael G. Dray, Hydrogen Station Manager and Technical Operations Manager for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, CSU Los Angeles
Fred Barez,

Moderator: Ronnie Lipschutz

Fuel Cell Tour
Topic Area: Energy
Ripening Efforts
Jargon Level: Interdisciplinary Talk
Meet at the Registration Desk at West Campus Green

Charles A Meyer, Senior Director, Facilities & Service Enterprises, San Francisco State University
Joshua Valdez

SFSU Landscape Tour
Topic Areas: Water and Landscape
Low-hanging fruit
Jargon Level: General Audience
Meet at the Registration Desk at West Campus Green

Visit habitat gardens, housing's urban orchard, low-water use vegetation, greenhouse. Low use water habitats, sub-terreanean drip irrigation for lawn, university park north (housing area); Weather Stations (CalSense); Rain Gardens; Rainwater Collection Tanks.

Linda Jo Morton

San Francisco City Bike Tour (SOLD OUT)

Monday, July 20th, 2015
1:00pm-5:00pm
Meet at the Bike Barn, SFSU
$20 Registration Fee

Join a relaxed-pace bicycle ride around San Francisco. The tour will highlight challenges and opportunities for accessing SF State University by bicycle, while also emphasizing the tremendous potential for increasing the bicycle mode share to campus. Attendees of this tour will be given a complimentary bike rental and helmet for the length of the tour. Please note that attendees will have to return the bike at the end of the tour. If you are interested in a bike rental for the duration of the event, you can sign up for an extended bike rental on the registration page.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Drought Efficient Irrigation System submitted to California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Best Practice Awards and CSU Facilites Management Conference


Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

SF State hosted the 2015 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference and had two staff members on the steering committee for the conference. In most other years, SF State staff and faculty serve as committee members for the conference in a capacity that involves reviewing award and presentation submissions.


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

SF State's sustainability team participates in a California State University-wide sustainability officers' working group that has a goal of continual knowledge sharing. Officers from the various capuses. The campus also shares knowledge with other campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area including University of San Francisco and UCSF.


Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

SF State is part of a California State University-wide AASHE STARS support group. The members share tactics for completing stars and collaborate on documentation that is common among all campuses.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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.