Sustainability in Academics and Research

"As we confront such problems as environmental sustainability and climate change in our classrooms and labs, we recognize our responsibility to help forge resilience in the communities we serve." —SF State Strategic Plan

Our Goals

Goal: Add sustainability literacy to the General Education Requirements and continue to involve students in the steps of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment (from 2010 Climate Action Plan)

Status: Achieved

Highlights: Sustainability in Academics and Research

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Sustainability majors and minors

SF State offers majors, minors, graduate programs, and certificates related to sustainability and environment.

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Sustainability Research

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

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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. 


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 1.67 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes (AC 2)  Complete 0.58 / 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)  Not Pursuing 0.00 / 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 8.52 / 12.00
Support for Research (AC 10)  Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research (AC 11)  Complete 0.00 / 2.00