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

STARS v2.2

San Francisco State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 caitlin Steele
Dr of Sust & Energy
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

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

Climate Justice Leadership Committee:
CJLI was created to cultivate San Francisco State University’s exceptionally diverse students, staff, and faculty to become equity-minded climate justice leaders while advancing the economic interests of California. The CJLI is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, campus wide set of initiatives that build student, faculty, staff, and community leadership across campus.

The CJLI was made possible through a generous donation from Neda Nobari, an Iranian-American businesswoman, philanthropist, and alum of San Francisco State University. Nobari’s vision for these initiatives was to support transformative change in our responses to climate change through catalytic approaches grounded in climate justice.

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.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Climate Justice Leadership Committee is made up of faculty and staff and will add students in Fall 2023

This committee is run by three professors:

The campus-wide Sustainability Committee is made up of vice presidents, faculty, administrators, and students. https://sustain.sfsu.edu/node/5

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

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 of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Caitlin Steele, Director of Sustainability and Energy. Vacant, Climate Action Coordinator.

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

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

Sustainability is included in all aspects of planning across campus. Recently sustainability has been included in the Strategic plan, the physical master plan and the WASC reaccreditation process.

Associated Students has multiple student representation positions that cover many aspects of sustainability and social justice to ensure that sustainability is included in all student program planning efforts. The Associated Students representative positions include:
Director of Sustainability and Basic Needs
Vice President of Social Justice and Equity

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

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Climate Action Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Under the general supervision of the Director of Sustainability & Energy, the Climate Action Coordinator (CAT) is responsible for coordinating a culture of sustainability among the community of students, faculty and staff by conceptualizing, planning, coordinating and overseeing campus wide sustainability and transportation programs and initiatives. The CAT also coordinates the development, implementation and maintenance of sustainable transportation programs.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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