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Climate Change Certificate

SF State's Climate Change Certificate offers an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the climate crisis. Open to students of all majors!

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Sustainability Research

Faculty and students are engaged in a wide range of sustainability-related research on campus. 

SFSU Graduation

Environmental Sustainability Graduation Requirement

SF State requires students to take a least one course in areas that the campus feels are important, including Environmental Sustainability. 

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School of the Environment

Launched in August 2023, the School merged the Dept. of Earth & Climate Sciences, Dept. of Geography & Environment, and the Environmental Studies Program.

Sustainability Majors, Courses and Scholarships

 

College Corps

SF State’s College Corps will create pathways for 65 students to earn academic credit and receive up to $10,000 in funding in exchange for a commitment to serve 450 hours in a community service assignment during a full academic year. Conduct local community-based service in one of three critical focus areas: K-12 Education, Climate Action & Environmental Justice, or Food Insecurity. 

Climate Action Fellowship 

The Fellowship supports a research project related to climate change or climate justice to both undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study. Participants receive financial support for up to $10,000, as well as professional development. Students apply in the Spring semester for projects they will implement during the following academic year.

James C. Kelley Scholarship 

Awarded to undergraduates or graduate students in the College of Science & Engineering. To support undergraduate and/or graduate students in the College of Science and Engineering (COSE) who show excellent promise in Marine or environmental science and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. One scholarship for $1,000.

The Monteverdi Fellowship

Scholarship to support a graduate student in Earth & Climate Sciences specializing in atmospheric science, oceanography, or climate science, based on academic merit and financial need. Two awards of $10,000. 

Estuary & Ocean Science Scholarship 
The Estuary and Ocean Science Scholarship supports graduate student success in marine and coastal research and science engagement. Criteria: first, second or third year in the Interdisciplinary Marine & Estuarine Sciences MS degree program or other CoSE graduate degree program when the graduate advisor is based at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center. Awards are for up to $2000. 

Estuary & Ocean Science Opportunity Scholarship 
The Estuary and Ocean Science Opportunity Scholarship supports graduate student success in marine and coastal research and science engagement for students who have demonstrated financial need. Criteria: first, second or third year in the Interdisciplinary Marine & Estuarine Sciences MS degree program or other CoSE graduate degree program when the graduate advisor is based at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center. Awards are for up to $2000. 

Scholarships & Fellowships in Earth & Climate Sciences

Various scholarships from the Department of Environment. 

SF State Student Financial Aid

 

Sustainability Careers and Library Resources

 

Climate Action Goals

Updated January 2024

  • Add sustainability learning outcomes (SLO) to more degree programs.
  • Have every student at SFSU take a course in climate justice before they graduate by 2025. 
  • Add climate justice to 40 courses. 
  • Graduate 500 students with the Climate Change Certificate by 2027. 
  • Graduate 60 students with the Climate Justice Education Certificate by 2027. 
  • Have 100 students serve as Climate Ambassadors on campus by 2027. 
  • Have 40 students serve as Climate Action Fellows by 2027. 
  • 40 faculty will have expanded their climate related interdisciplinary research and creative work by 2027. 
  • 160 faculty will have created new Climate Change curriculum that is grounded in social justice for their courses by 2027. 
  • Train 30 students as climate justice leaders through formal positions as Climate Justice interns and Climate Change Certificate Steering Committee members. 

 

AASHE STARS Score

STARS recognizes institutions that have formal education programs and courses that address sustainability with the intent of preparing future leaders to address sustainability challenges. SF State was an early adopter of a sustainability graduation requirement and offers numerous sustainability-focused academic programs. We have room to improve in the way we track sustainability-focused courses and research. We encourage faculty members to notify us if their courses or research are not listed in the STARS report. 

Curriculum Category:
Credit Status Points
Academic Course (AC 1)  Complete 11.52 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes (AC 2)  Complete 7.12 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program (AC 3)  Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program (AC 4)  Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience (AC 5)  Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment (AC 6)  Complete 2.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses (AC 7)  Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory (AC 8)  Complete 4.00 / 4.00

Research Category:

Credit Status Points
Research and Scholarship (AC 9)  Complete 8.19 / 12.00
Support for Research (AC 10)  Complete 2.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research (AC 11)  Complete 1.33 / 2.00