Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.92
Liaison Caitlin Steele
Submission Date June 8, 2018
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San Francisco State University
IN-1: Sustainability Course Designation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution formally designate sustainability courses in its standard course catalog or listings?:

A brief description of the formal sustainability course designation program, including the methodology used to identify and approve courses for inclusion:

SF State designates sustainability-focused courses in its online course bulletin and online class schedule. The online catalog includes a "Course Attributes" listing for each course and one of the attributes is "Environmental Sustainability."

These courses reflect SF State's graduation requirement called "SF State Studies," which requires students to take a course designated "Environmental Sustainability." The requirement is meant to ensure that students take a least one course in areas that the campus feels are important to graduates of our university. There are currently four graduation requirements that students must meet:

American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM),
Environmental Sustainability (ES),
Global Perspectives (GP) and
Social Justice (SJ).

Courses approved for the SF State Studies Environmental Sustainability requirement must examine some aspect of environmental sustainability. The perspective can be from any area of the university curriculum, such as social sciences, natural sciences, arts, humanities, business, or engineering. Faculty can apply to list their courses with the designation.

An example of a course with this listing is ENVS 570 Applied Local Sustainability: https://webapps.sfsu.edu/public/classservices/classsearch/detail/2183/REG/9202

Information on the "Environmental Sustainability" designation:

Does the institution designate sustainability courses on student transcripts?:

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source: Environmental Sustainability requirement website (formerly Overlays) http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/undergraduate-education/sf-state-studies/es/

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