SF State’s commitment to sustainability received the endorsement of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which awarded the University a silver rating. The rating is based on SF State’s participation in AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®), a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.
The STARS report evaluates performance indicators and criteria in four comprehensive categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. These cover a broad range of topics and activities across the University, including curriculum design and research, student life, air and climate, public engagement, diversity and affordability, and investment and finance, among others.
The overall goal is to assess the University’s impact in promoting and responding to sustainability issues. Specifically, the reports measures the extent to which the University:
(1) provides opportunities for students, employees, and local community members to acquire the knowledge skills and dispositions to meet sustainability challenges;
(2) contributes to positive environmental, economic and social impacts;
(3) contributes to human and ecological health and mitigates negative environmental impacts; and
(4) secures livelihoods, a sustainable economy and other positive financial impacts.
San Francisco State University commitment to sustainability is longstanding and remains embedded in the University’s strategic plan. Additionally, the SF State Foundation, which was the first public university in the country to limit direct investment in public companies that are fossil-fuel producers remains on the vanguard of socially responsible investing.