Office of Sustainability

SFSU's Office of Sustainability works with partners across campus to create a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable university. We look forward to working with you to make SFSU sustainable! Check out our Instagram and Facebook pages for upcoming events.

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SF State has earned a Gold rating from STARS

We are proud to announce that in September 2023 SFSU achieved a Gold rating from the AASHE STARS report!

SFSU is now the 3rd highest rated university in the California State University system. 

                                                                                                                    WE ARE HIRING!

SFSU Zero Waste Coordinator

Job Type: Part-time, 5-10 hours per week 

Pay: $18.07/hr

Work location: Hybrid

Application Opening: September 11th, 2023

Application Deadline: Open until filled

MUST be a SFSU student

Apply by emailing your resume and a paragraph of why you would like this position and how your experiences would make you a good candidate to


Job purpose

The Zero Waste Coordinator will help San Francisco State University monitor, organize and audit the University’s trash, recycling, and composting programs.  The Zero Waste Coordinator will assist in reducing contamination in the recycling, composting and landfill streams, while maximizing material recovery by providing education and feedback to tenants and staff to improve participation, increasing collection efficiency, and sorting refuse.


Duties and responsibilities

A Zero Waste Coordinator manages refuse materials to achieve proper refuse source separation in compliance with the City’s laws. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessing and improving the university’s existing source separation systems.
  • Assisting with preparation of the Refuse Separation Compliance Ordinance Plan as directed by the City’s Department of the Environment
  • Regularly training tenants and staff about proper separation of refuse into recycling, composting and landfill streams
  • Utilizing data collected from monitoring activities to address specific sources of contamination and regularly provide building management recommendations to improve SFSU’s source separation
  • Providing guidance on proper disposal of hazardous and prohibited items such as electronics, paint, lighting, bulky items, etc.



The ideal candidate will have:

  • An interest and/or knowledge of zero waste
  • Excellent communication skills, including engaging audiences through presentations and trainings
  • Ability to collect data and write recommendations based on findings 


Apply by emailing your resume and a paragraph of why you would like this position and how your experiences would make you a good candidate to

Project Highlights

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Saving energy on campus

We are helping SF State reduce energy usage and cut costs. Read more about our energy programs.


Contact the Office of Sustainability