September

New Students Experience Sustainable Stanford During First Days on Campus

Members of the incoming class of 2018 had the opportunity to experience the thriving culture of sustainability at Stanford …

PSSI/Stanford Recycling Engage Local Elementary Students in Zero-Waste Efforts

Staff from Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc./Stanford Recycling Center hosted a Zero-Waste Assembly for 300 students at Nixon Elementary to teach them how to minimize waste and properly sort common items …

Students Help Build Clean Energy Future in Yearlong, Hands-On Course

Stanford students develop and deploy solutions to energy problems through a new, yearlong course called the Energy Transformation Collaborative (ETC). Led by two consulting professors with decades of business and …

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October

Dealing with Drought: Hamilton Project and Stanford Woods Institute Host Forum of Experts and Government Leaders

California Governor Jerry Brown joined a wide range of water experts at Stanford for a discussion of policy prescriptions and new research on improving water management, hosted by the Hamilton …

Stanford Students Create Interactive Tool to Showcase Story of Global Climate Change

As part of a biology course on understanding the geographic impacts of climate change, Stanford students have created an interactive online map that helps people visualize how global change can …

Bright Award Recipient Encourages Strong Community Relations to Aid in Sustainability Efforts

Art Sterritt, the recipient of the 2014 Bright Award, visited campus to deliver a lecture on the process of establishing the Great Bear Rainforest, a 250-mile stretch of coastline in …

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November

SLAC Partners with Energy Storage Companies to Stimulate Innovations in Battery Technology

The Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford is a partner in CalCharge, a new public-private partnership with the goal of increased collaboration and innovation in the development …

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Symposium Marks Decade of Solutions

For a decade now, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment has served as an interdisciplinary hub for environmental research, dialogue, leadership, and education at Stanford. Founded in 2004 in …

Stanford Earth Sciences Partners with Student Group to Host Panel on Public Perceptions of Climate Change

To more effectively influence public opinion, politics, and policies around climate change…

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December

Record Participation in Campus Cleanup Events

The Campus Cleanup program saw a 50% increase in participation in 2014. To make it easy for faculty and staff to recycle office clutter, this biannual waste reduction program places …

R&DE Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries Opens First Flexitarian Cafe on Campus

In support of the university’s educational mission and commitment to environmental sustainability, Residential & Dining Enterprises Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries seeks to reduce environmental impact, preserve resources, and show sustainability …

Dec 14

School of Medicine Retrofit Projects Expected to Save $1.5 Million

The School of Medicine’s Office of Facilities Planning and Management integrates sustainability into all activities. Green cleaning systems, recycling, composting, water use reduction, and sustainable efforts in new construction are …

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January

Students Bring Focus to Environmental Justice in Sustainability

Students for a Sustainable Stanford and 10 other student groups hosted a series of events to draw attention to local environmental justice issues and pique interest on campus about the …

R&DE Launches Teaching Kitchen @ Stanford with Jamie Oliver

The Teaching Kitchen @ Stanford is a groundbreaking cooking education program launched by Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) Stanford Dining.

Lecturer’s Environmental Documentary Receives Oscar Nomination

Stanford lecturer J. Christian Jensen, MFA ’13, received an Oscar nomination in the documentary short category for his film White Earth. The film served as Jensen’s Documentary Film Program thesis. …

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February

Save Money, Save the World: New Project Pursues the Next Level of Energy Efficiency

A new California law has set goals to use energy in buildings 50% more efficiently and to get 50% of California’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. With regard to …

Students Urge Obama to Veto Keystone XL Pipeline During Campus Visit

In a climate of increased activism on campus, Fossil Free Stanford organized a protest during President Obama’s visit to campus in February, demanding that he veto the Keystone XL pipeline …

With Greater Scope, A New Name for Stanford Earth

The faculty devoted to studying the planet have changed the name of their institution—called the School of Earth Sciences for 50 years—to the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. …

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March

Inaugural “Green Week” Raises Awareness of Sustainability in Stanford’s Ethnic Community

Members of the Xi Beta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha organized an inaugural “Green Week,” with a schedule of events aimed at raising awareness of environmental sustainability in the black …

Stanford’s RecycleMania Video Recognized in Case Study Competition

As Stanford began its ninth year of participation in the annual RecycleMania competition, in which universities and colleges across the nation compete to reduce waste and increase recycling and composting …

Stanford Hosts University Sustainability Leaders for AASHE Board Meeting

Leaders from 14 universities converged at Stanford this spring to discuss opportunities for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to continue to provide valuable leadership …

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April

Spring Break Trip Goes “Beyond Organic”

As part of Stanford’s annual Alternative Spring Break Program, a group of undergraduate students organized a winter-quarter course and a complementary weeklong tour of farms in the Monterey Bay area. …

Earthfest Welcomes New Students to Sustainability Community

Hundreds of students came together at Earthfest on April 24 to celebrate Stanford students’ sustainability initiatives. The festival, organized each year by Students for a Sustainable Stanford, aims to engage …

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Among Tour Groups at New Central Energy Facility

In the spirit of leadership by example and best-practice sharing, Stanford offers public tours of its new Central Energy Facility, which opened on April 1. Offered weekly and by special …

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May

Inaugural “Business of Sustainability” Summit Held

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted its inaugural Business of Sustainability Summit, engaging a diverse cohort of 54 CEOs, chief sustainability officers, and business unit heads from 47 …

How California’s Renewable Quotas and Carbon Limits Could Affect Electricity Markets

In the California electricity crisis in 2000 and 2001, tangled regulations and opportunistic traders led to soaring wholesale prices and rolling blackouts. The state’s wholesale power market today is more …

Student-Led Career Panel Promotes Ocean-Related Careers

Stanford Oceans Group, a student organization, brought attention to the vast opportunities for ocean-related science careers during a speaker panel on May 11. Students gathered at Old Union to hear …

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June

Stanford Launches Comprehensive Research Initiative on Natural Gas

In the transition to a low-carbon energy system, how can society use increasing supplies of natural gas to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, boost economies, and strengthen energy …

Stanford Receives 2015 IBcon “Digie” Award for Most Intelligent College Campus Operations

Stanford University was presented the 2015 Digie Award for Most Intelligent College Campus at the Intelligent Buildings Conference in San Antonio. Presented by Realcomm, the Commercial Real Estate Digital Innovation, …

Give & Go Program Diverts Tons of Reusables from Landfill During Student Move Out

Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) Student Housing organized the third annual Give & Go Move Out Campaign this year, encouraging students to divert their unwanted reusable items from landfill by …

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July

PSSI/Stanford Recycling Expand Composting Program on Campus

The state of California has set a goal of a 75% landfill diversion rate by 2020. In 2015, Stanford diverted 65% of its waste from landfill, so while the campus …

PSSI/Stanford Recycling Manages Stable Waste to Keep Valuable Resources from Landfill

The Stanford Barn creates between 3,500 and 5,000 cubic yards of stable waste, which consists of manure and wood shavings from the stalls. This amount of material equals about 6%-7.5% …

R&DE Student Housing Responds to the Drought with an Irrigation Equipment Overhaul

In response to the California drought and rising water costs, Residential & Dining Enterprises Student Housing replaced all of its irrigation equipment with more efficient models across 57 acres of …

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August

Stanford Maintains Leadership in Third-Party Evaluations

For the third year in a row, Stanford is on the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, which lists universities that achieve the highest score—99—in the review’s annual green rating of …

Sustainable Living Video Released

In time for the freshmen to arrive in the fall of 2015, Residential & Dining Enterprises Student Housing, in partnership with Office of Sustainability, released the first sustainable living video …

Stanford Updates Its Energy and Climate Plan

In October 2009 Stanford released a comprehensive and long-range Energy and Climate Plan aimed at raising the bar for energy efficiency and the use of innovative, clean, and renewable energy …

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