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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
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

ALL-UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ON SUSTAINABILITY
Charge:
The All-University Committee on Sustainability will assist the University in monitoring its relationship with the environment and in establishing sustainability as a fundamental consideration in meeting the varied and complex needs of our growing campus. The committee will encourage campus improvements in sustainability by identifying and promoting, as appropriate, private sector and higher education institutional best practices and new sustainability technologies. The committee will work with University administrative, academic and academic support units as well as faculty, students, staff, and administrators to stimulate discussion and ideas to facilitate the adoption of practices, policies and projects designed to improve the future environmental, social and economic sustainability of the campus community.

The committee shall develop a sustainability vision statement for the University. This vision should be broadly applicable to both the University’s infrastructure and its operational services. This vision should underscore the role of sustainability as a critical University value in reducing the environmental impact and maximizing efficiency of its operational services, facilities and grounds keeping, as wells as its classroom and academic support activities. Further, the vision statement should provide a framework for University community members to personally understand the importance of adopting sustainable activities such as recycled materials use, water conservation, energy efficiencies, or commitment to public transportation.

The committee shall review existing University administrative, academic and academic support policies and practices related to issues of sustainability. This review should assess campus compliance with CSU, state, and federal sustainability laws, regulations, and codes and evaluate the current state of sustainability best practices in higher education and private sectors. This review could include a “sustainability audit” assessing campus facilities, utilities use, infrastructure development, operations and curricula. A product of this review would be the development of a sustainability plan for the campus to educate and involve faculty, staff and students on sustainability actions they can take at the University and elsewhere. The plan would lead to initiation of a set of clearly articulated campus sustainability goals that are measurable and with timelines to achieve those goals.

Sustainability concerns as set out in the newly adopted Campus Master Plan should be considered as a basic foundation of these goals. The committee should elicit ideas and suggestions from the campus community of faculty, students, staff, and administrators.

The committee will assist the campus community to develop and implement strategies to achieve the campus sustainability goals. Such strategies might include the encouragement of departmental level reviews leading to modification or initiation of new practices, processes, services, policies, and/or the adoption of new sustainability technologies or products. Other strategies might include soliciting, evaluating and recommending campus sustainability policies and practices that might best be implemented administratively or by local mandate. The committee will seek in this way to encourage active campus cooperation at all levels to achieve sustainability goals and reduce the University’s environmental impact.

Other sustainability committees on campus include: EcoLife, a group of Residential Advisors that implement sustainability projects in housing, the Housing Green team that focuses on sustainable facilities in housing, and the Student Sustainability Coalition, our coalition of various green-focused student groups. The coalition includes Associated Students' Sustainable Initiatives, EcoStudents, TGIF, Real Food Challenge, and SFSU Divestment.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

The campus-wide Sustainability Committee has fourteen members, including the Provost for Academic Affairs and the Executive Vice President/CFO for Administration and Finance who will co-chair the Committee, the Senior Associate Vice President of Physical Planning and Development, the Associate Vice President of Facilities & Service Enterprises, the Sustainability Programs Manager, four faculty members elected by the Senate, two staff appointed by the President, and two student members selected by the Student Center Governing Board and Associated Students, Inc. http://sustain.sfsu.edu/members


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability aims to educate students, faculty and staff to embrace the values and principles of sustainability in their daily lives by integrating them into the University’s planning and policies, academics, operations, student activities and community engagement.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Caitlin Steele, Director of Energy and Sustainability; Nick Kordesch, Sustainability Specialist

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Office of Sustainability has two full time employees: the Director of Energy and Sustainability and a Sustainability Coordinator. It also employs 4 part time student interns.

The Campus Sustainability Committee has 14 members from across campus departments. It has subcommittees on transportation, water, and academics. The committee is responsible for SF State's sustainability policies, listed here: http://sustain.sfsu.edu/content/sustainability-commitments-and-policies


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability and Energy, Caitlin Steele

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Sustainability Specialist, Nick Kordesch

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