In 2013, after working with student activists, the SF State Foundation voted unanimously to divest from all coal and tar sands companies, becoming the first public university and the first school on the west coast to do so. It also committed to researching the possibility of divestment from all fossil fuel companies.
In 2015, the SFSU Board was in the process of allocating $5 million to establish a green fund, as well as establishing a $500,000 student-managed investment fund. The goal of the student-managed fund is to expose students of different academic backgrounds to different aspects of SRI investing—for example, exposing business students to ESG principles or exposing environmental science students to finance. The SF State Foundation also conducted a carbon footprint of its portfolio and will measure the change in its footprint over time.
San Francisco State University is a participant or member of the following Initiatives & Commitments:
- IEN Founding Member (2016)
- AASHE STARS: Yes, Silver
- ACUPCC: Yes, Climate Neutral by 2020
- Billion Dollar Green Challenge: No
- CDP: No
- Committee for Investor Responsibility: No
- Divestment Goal: Yes, Coal and Tar Sands
- INCR: No
- Montreal Carbon Pledge: No
- Sustainable Investment Fund: Yes
- Sustainable Investment Policy: Yes, Section 2.H.
- Principles for Responsible Investment: No
Other Sustainable Investing Practices:
- "SF State Strengthens its Commitment to the Environment" April 2014
- San Francisco State University Sustainability
Resources from SFSU:
- Vice President for Advancement, Robert J. Nava, Speaks at International Seminar on Higher Education Innovation (2016)
- Socially Responsible Investing: Lessons from the Field, Trusteeship (2014)