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Governor reappoints Newsha Ajami to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
December 3

Disrupting sensitive soils could make climate change worse, Stanford researchers find
November 24, 2017

Two Stanford faculty elected members of AAAS

November 20, 2017 

New techniques for removing carbon from the atmosphere
November 2, 2017
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The latest updates on sustainability at Stanford

Don't forget to Turn Off for Break!

Stanford's two-week Winter Closure has saved more than $4 million in energy costs over 15 years, with last year's efforts alone equivalent to over 800 tons of avoided carbon dioxide emissions. Sign into My Cardinal Green for some quick, impactful energy-saving actions to take before leaving, and help us continue the tradition of conservation over break. More ways to save energy this winter
Announcing the 2017 Building Sustainability Ratings 

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. Explore your building's performance to see how scores have changed for 2016-2017.
Thanksgiving Closure Update

As part of the Cardinal Green Buildings campaign, heating systems in 70 buildings were curtailed over the Thanksgiving holiday. This year's curtailment avoided 250 metric tons of CO2—equivalent to 53 cars taken off the road for a year—and saved campus departments nearly $80,000. Stanford's upcoming Winter Closure will provide an even bigger opportunity for energy savings, with individuals and building managers encouraged to conserve as much as possible before leaving for the holidays. Learn More
October Lab Equipment Share Saves Labs Over $100k

Over 200 individuals from 100 different campus labs participated in October’s annual Fall Lab Share event. A program of Cardinal Green Labs, the biannual event offers a space for labs to drop-off, pick-up, or swap lab equipment for free.

Stanford's four Lab Share events have saved over $360,000 in research dollars through the reuse of donated materials -- featuring everything from unused consumables such as pipette tips, to functioning equipment such as PCR machines. For more information and updates on Lab Share events, visit the Cardinal Green Labs page.
Stanford a Top Performer in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index

Stanford was recognized as the highest performer among research institutions in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) released by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This recognition is based on the university’s recent Platinum rating through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Stanford also earned first place ranking in the categories of Research, Water, and Diversity & Affordability; third place for Energy; and fourth place for Campus Engagement.

The new My Cardinal Green program and Stanford’s biannual lab share events were both featured as highlights in the index.
Heirloom Seeds and Gardening Resources through the Seed Library

Are you an aspiring gardener and lover of local, organic produce? There's an underground library just for you... Residential & Dining Enterprises' seed library! Once you join, you'll have convenient access to a variety of heirloom seeds, as well as workshops and resources to help you garden and save your seeds. Members are notified of featured heirloom seeds each month, and can “check them out” at the seed library on the first floor of Arrillaga Family Dining Commons. All members are encouraged to give back to the library by sharing seeds from their crops.

Joining the Seed Library (now over 1,200 members strong) is free, but members can also sign up to receive a packet of seeds in the mail each month for only $10 per year. Sign up for the R&DE Seed Library email list, or participate in the Seed-by Mail Club.
Sustainability Champions of the Month
Stanford Building Managers

With cold winter weather upon us, Sustainable Stanford would like to recognize building managers for the significant role they play in helping conserve campus resources - and not just over the holidays. Stanford's building managers have helped identify opportunities to reduce building waste, implement new technologies to conserve water, and target specific efficiency upgrades which lead to high resource savings and increased building performance. This year alone, building managers' participation in the Thanksgiving energy curtailment led to nearly $80,000 in energy savings for the university, with Winter Closure savings adding up to over $4 million over 15 years. 

Encourage your building manager to participate in this year's Cardinal Green Buildings Campaign by communicating with occupants about holiday energy conservation - and don't forget to thank them for contributing to a Sustainable Stanford!
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