Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.94
Liaison Caitlin Steele
Submission Date July 21, 2023

STARS v2.2

San Francisco State University
AC-1: Academic Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 11.52 / 14.00 caitlin Steele
Dr of Sust & Energy
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Figures required to calculate the percentage of courses offered by the institution that are sustainability course offerings:
Undergraduate Graduate
Total number of courses offered by the institution 1,900 753
Number of sustainability-focused courses offered 44 13
Number of sustainability-inclusive courses offered 401 45

Percentage of courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Total number of academic departments that offer courses:

Number of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of academic departments with sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

A brief description of the methodology used to complete the course inventory :

The Office of Sustainability created this list of courses by starting with courses that qualify for SF State's graduation requirement "SF State Studies" which includes four interdisciplinary topics: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM), Environmental Sustainability (ES), Global Perspectives (GP), and Social Justice (SJ). We supplemented this list by manually searching course descriptions in the SF State course catalog.

We designated each of these courses as either "sustainability courses" or "courses that include sustainability." This designation was made using the AASHE STARS definitions, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Earth Charter Principles, and relevant keyword searches. Courses that qualified as "sustainability-inclusive" included social, environmental, and/or economic aspects of sustainability. Courses that qualified as "sustainability-focused" directly listed sustainability as part of their curriculum.

The list of courses was then reviewed for accuracy and approved by faculty and department chairs.

How were courses with multiple offerings or sections counted for the figures reported above?:
Each course was counted as a single course regardless of the number of offerings or sections

A brief description of how courses with multiple offerings or sections were counted:

Courses with multiple offerings were counted as a single course. Courses that list a lecture plus a lab or discussion section were counted as a single course.

Website URL where information about the sustainability course offerings is available:
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