One of the nation's top environmentally responsible colleges, according to Princeton Review, SF State has also been ranked by Sierra Club as one of America's 100 greenest colleges.
San Francisco State University engineers have teamed up with Silicon Valley leaders Agilent Technologies and Sun Microsystems to better monitor critical environmental data. The team developed a sensor-based system to monitor and transmit information about ocean conditions via cell phone to other wireless networks, which is being applied to a variety of urgent needs ranging from earthquake and tsunami detection to homeland security. The innovation, dubbed NetBEAMS, won the Duke's Choice Award at Sun's JavaOne conference.
The MBA program with an emphasis in sustainable business aims to transform mainstream businesses. The program provides students with an in-depth appreciation of the environmental and social dimensions of conducting business in a global market. Three aspects of sustainable business that improve a firm's long-term performance are emphasized: managing risks (regulatory, reputation, litigation, market), values-driven leadership, and recognizing market opportunities created by environmental and social challenges.
The College of Business' MBA program has again been recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the world's leaders in socially responsible business education. The University's MBA program is ranked No. 13 in the U.S. and No. 16 in the world for preparing students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business. SF State is the only CSU campus in the world's top 100.
The Sustainable Move Out program in SF State's residence halls encourages students vacating their rooms to donate or recycle unwanted items, helping to divert material from landfill.
The Industrial Assessment Center provides small- and medium-sized manufacturers with free assessments of their plant's energy, waste and productivity efficiency, and offers recommendations for improvements. The center has served more than 340 manufacturers in northern and central California since 1992. The U.S. Department of Energy funds the program in an effort to transfer new, efficient, environmentally sound technologies to industry. The SF State center is one of only 26 in the United States.
Zero Waste by 2050 is the shared goal of SF State and the city of San Francisco, who are working together to promote recycling on campus. As of 2008, the recycling efforts at SF State divert more than 76 percent of waste from landfills.
SF State operates 2.0 MW of cogeneration that produces electricity for campus use and reuses the waste heat for campus heating. Due to the combined efficiency of the cogeneration plant, the campus realizes $500,000 to $600,000 in annual savings over the direct purchase of electricity and gas.
A green cleaning program maintained by the campus custodial service reduces the amount of harmful chemicals released into the natural environment, and improves air quality. The program features cleaning products free of toxic chemicals, aerosol-free containers, and special vacuums that captures dust and particulates.
The College of Business has long emphasized sustainable business in its teaching, faculty research and actions. For more than 25 years, the college has required all graduate and undergraduate students to take a course on business and society. Its MBA emphasis in sustainable business was the first of its kind in the 23-campus CSU system.