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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-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability

Criteria

Institution advocates for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability. The advocacy may take place at one or more of the following levels:

  • Municipal/local,
  • State/provincial/regional,
  • National, and/or
  • International.

The policy advocacy must have the implicit or explicit support of the institution’s top administrators and/or governing bodies to count. For example, advocacy by administrators, students, staff, or faculty who are acting as representatives of the institution or its governance bodies may count. Advocacy by students, staff, or faculty conducted in a personal capacity does not count unless it is formally endorsed at the institutional level.

Examples of advocacy efforts include supporting or endorsing legislation, ordinances, and public policies that advance sustainability; active participation in campaigns aiming to change public policy; and discussions with legislators in regard to the above.

This credit acknowledges institutions that advocate for policy changes and legislation to advance sustainability broadly. Advocacy efforts that are made exclusively to advance the institution's interests or projects may not be counted. For example, advocating for government funding for campus sustainability may be counted, whereas lobbying for the institution to receive funds that have already been appropriated may not.


Applicability

This credit applies to all institutions.


Scoring

Institutions earn 0.67 points for each level outlined above at which they advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability. A maximum of 2 points are available for this credit.

 


Measurement

Timeframe

Report on sustainability policy advocacy efforts that took place during the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission. The report does not have to include all advocacy efforts.

Sampling and Data Standards

Not applicable

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.