Details for University of San Francisco
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
San Francisco, CA, United States
Sign Up Date to PRME
22 Sep 2017
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
Letter of Commitment (2017)
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
More than 25 courses and programs, including undergraduate majors and graduate programs throughout all of the university’s schools and centers, include curriculum on sustainable practices. For example:
• Students have the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a wide range of courses, ranging from Sustainable Supply Chain Management to Why Sustainable Art?
• The School of Management is a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability education, and the MBA program has been ranked the 22nd most sustainable program in the nation.
• For the future, a new LEED-certified science building on campus could serve as a working lab for students who want to study sustainability in action.
• Each year, Computer Science and Environmental Studies students host a Sustainability Hackathon on campus.
• In executive education, the university offers a certification in Sustainable Development Leadership and is considering creating a certificate in Environmental Studies.
• USF also hosts innovative conferences on important topics including current developments in China’s innovation policy and its evolving role in global sustainability.
• An annual speaker series, the José de Acosta Lecture Series in the Environmental Science program, focuses on important topics, such as “The Future of Water: Finding a Path to Sustainability.”
• Our location in San Francisco positions USF well to engage the business and entrepreneurial community to support corporate sustainability. As a business and technology center, USF weaves sustainability into everything the university does, creating structures and systems that won’t impinge on the well-being of future generations.
• In dining halls and in the hospitality management program, the philosophy is simple: Food service for a sustainable future. That means cooking up food made from scratch, using seasonal ingredients.
• USF students learn about urban gardening in the campus garden, and the harvest is used for weekly summer meals at a local church where students cook and eat with the community.
• The USF Seed Library is living laboratory for students, faculty, and staff interested in sustainable agriculture.
• In the future, USF can connect educational content to the physical plant by getting students involved in saving water with dorm competitions.
• The future also calls for ending some of the duplication that is happening in the curriculum and focusing on a university-wide effort focused on sustainability, as we do with service learning or diversity and inclusion.
• Another future goal includes study of whether creating a Sustainability and Social Justice Center of campus would be feasible.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Faculty and students have participated in multiple research projects, including:
• Sustainable design and systems thinking, and consumer behavior in relation to sustainable practices in the lodging, meeting, and event management industries.
• The evolution of sustainability for global firms and their supply chains.
• Research on wetland restoration, climate change effects on tidal wetlands, and wetland carbon dynamics.
• Multiple aspects of climate change (science, ethics, policy), the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives, the greening of religions, tensions between economics and ecology, and the relationship between care for the environment and care for the poor.
• At USF School of Law, faculty are researching global environmental law and politics in relation to the UN, international law, and the state response to international efforts.
• The connection between religion and environment and the moral dimensions of climate change.
• Environmental sociology, social movements, sociology of health and illness, and urban sustainability.
• Urban sustainability and environmental risk assessment.
• The sustainability of energy systems, and aligning fiscal and environmental sustainability.
• How public agencies and property owners can restore aquatic ecosystems in a manner that contributes to sustainability of power supplies and economy.
• Future ideas for research include a topic that was developed at a talk on campus by tech leaders, speaking about sustainability and workforce development.
• A future student research project could include an assessment of carbon credits and whether purchasing them locally is a more sustainable solution.
• In addition, an alumni event in the Bay Area created a potential research topic on sustainability practices and brewing techniques for local craft beer companies.
• In the graduate Energy Management program, students are researching the dramatic transformation in electricity underway today, driven by environmental sustainability, bottom-up decentralization, and rapid technology advances.