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January 29, 2019

Envisioning an energy future with less fear, more cooperation
January 25, 2019

The double-edged sword of palm oil
January 16, 2019

To save native grasslands, study invasive species
January 15, 2019

Stanford to go 100 percent solar by 2021
December 3, 2018
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The latest updates on sustainability at Stanford

Help Stanford Become a Zero Waste Campus

Join Stanford on the path to Zero Waste. The university recently announced a goal of becoming a zero waste campus, defined as 90% or higher waste diversion, by 2030, and needs everyone to get involved to achieve the goal.

Will you join our challenge to reduce and reuse as much as possible? Login to My Cardinal Green for a list of actions you can take to get involved and support our goal. Don't miss out on our trainings, tours, and other opportunities to help you minimize your personal waste footprint! Sign In Here.
Volunteer to Support the Zero Waste Game Day Challenges

Each year, Stanford competes against other universities in Game Day Challenges to see who can minimize the most waste from landfills at select athletic events. Help Stanford win by volunteering with Sustainable Stanford on Friday, February 22 at 7pm for Women's Basketball and on Thursday, February 28 at 6pm for Men's Basketball. 

Join us to show your Cardinal Green spirit and help promote sustainability in Athletics, and earn points in My Cardinal Green! RSVP to to sign up. 
Celebrating 25 Years of Waste Reduction Efforts

Julie Muir, manager for Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc. and Stanford Recycling, celebrated 25 years of service at Stanford in 2019. Muir has played an integral role in establishing Stanford's recycling and composting programs, and remains a critical partner as the campus works toward its goal of achieving zero waste by 2030. You can contribute to the effort and learn from Julie by participating in a recycling center tour or waste minimization training. Sign Up Here
Winter Closure Saves Departments Nearly $5 Million in Energy Savings Since 2001

Each year, in conjunction with the Cardinal Green Buildings energy conservation campaign, Stanford curtails heating and cooling systems in campus buildings over the two-week Winter Closure. The campus community also pitches in by "turning off for break" — unplugging electronic devices, closing windows, and in some cases turning off thermostats. In 2018, Stanford saved $427,000 through these conservation efforts, contributing to a cumulative savings to university departments of $4.9 million over the last 18 years. This year, student residences also contributed significantly to these savings, with dorm complexes saving as much as 66% compared to the same time last year and row houses saving as much as 75%! Thanks to all our partners in Sustainability & Energy Management and Buildings & Grounds Maintenance for making this year’s Winter Closure a success! Find Out More.
2018 Building Sustainability Ratings Announced

How sustainable is your building? Find out using Stanford's sustainability map, which provides a performance rating for 135 of Stanford’s buildings across six areas:
energy, water, waste, transportation, purchasing, and occupant engagement. Congratulations to the Carnegie Institute for receiving the highest score among lab buildings (90%) and 408 Panama (92%) for getting the highest score among non-lab buildings. Check out how your building rating compares to others, and learn more about the building ratings and how they are created in a webinar on February 20
Stanford Dining Recognized, Recruiting

Stanford made the Peta2 Dean's List with an A+ rating. Stanford Dining offers at least one hot vegan entree for each meal daily, and regularly offers new options. Find Out More. 

Help contribute to Stanford Dining's sustainable food program through an apprenticeship! The program is now accepting student applications for farm to table apprenticeships. This paid apprenticeship will provide students with broad experiences from growing food, cooking, and baking while working in the Stanford Dining Teaching Gardens, Schwab Executive Dining, and the O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm. Sign Up Here.
Sustainability Champion of the Month
Keith Juricich, Assistant Athletics Director, Operations & Events

Keith is an active sustainability leader who helps make Stanford’s football and basketball games more sustainable. He works closely with the Office of Sustainability to streamline waste distribution and coordinate game day volunteers who encourage and enforce proper waste reduction. He has worked to analyze and strategically place recycling and composting bins for football and basketball games to maximize diversion rates. With the new bins, the diversion rate for football increased more than 13% from 33% in 2017 to 46% in 2018. During the annual Game Day Challenges, which take place during two basketball games and one football game, Keith helps promote sustainability among staff and fans. Keith will be attending the Pac-12 Sustainability Conference in Washington State to learn more about the latest green initiatives and aims to make Stanford become the Pac-12 Zero Waste leader. Support this work at the upcoming game day challenges on February 22 and 28.

Have a sustainability champion in mind? Nominate them by contacting
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