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Get Involved for Earth Month!

We're getting excited for a busy Earth Month, and hope you’ll join us for the multitude of events taking place throughout April.

Stanford's annual Earth Day festival, Celebrating Sustainability, will return to the Science and Engineering Quad lawns on Thursday, April 19, from 11am-1:30pm, showcasing a range of innovative campus work spanning clean energy, local food, waste reduction, green living, sustainable behavior change, and more. Also in April: an Earth-focused data hackathon, diversity and nature events, Earth Day volunteer opportunities, and more. Click here to RSVP and see the growing list of Stanford Earth Month events.
Last Chance to be a RecycleManiac 

There are only a few days left in RecycleMania, a nationwide competition against hundreds of other schools to reduce waste and recycle and compost more. The results are nearly in: while Stanford is a high performer when it comes to generating recyclables, we're one of the lowest when it comes to minimizing waste generation. Take action here to help Stanford reduce its collective waste footprint - every cup, snack wrapper, and to-go box counts!
Sustainable Stanford Internship Applications Due on April 25 - Over 17 Paid Positions Available

Interested in having a real impact on campus sustainability? The Sustainable Stanford Internship Program offers summer and year-long paid opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to support campus sustainability projects that bring about tangible results. Intern responsibilities include everything from analyzing utilities data to designing behavior change programs, implementing waste reduction projects, developing outreach materials, and more. Browse available positions and apply here by April 25!
Stanford Dining Showcases Deliciously Imperfect Produce 

From farm to fork, Stanford Dining is committed to reducing food waste throughout all parts of the food system. That’s why the “Deliciously Imperfect” program – which purchases produce deemed to be “ugly” from over 50 small and midsize local, organic family farms – is working to help stop food waste starting in the fields. Fruits and vegetables that are too large, small, misshapen, miscolored, or scarred are considered unsellable and would otherwise be left in the fields or discarded. The program not only reduces food waste, but gives local farms an additional source of income. In 2017, R&DE Stanford Dining purchased 43,300 pounds of organic, local “ugly” produce, for a total of over 100,000 pounds purchased since the program’s inception in 2015. More on Stanford's Sustainable Food Program.
New Ways for Labs to Save Money with Expanded Rebate Program
Saving energy and saving money go hand-in-hand with the Cardinal Green Labs Program, which just expanded rebates offered for energy-efficient appliances. Results from a recent life-cycle assessment study conducted by Stanford graduate students revealed that certain lab freezers (liquid nitrogen, or LN) were over ten times more efficient than their compressor-based counterparts, and are therefore eligible for some of the highest rebates offered. Similarly, labs will be eligible for up to $2,800 in rebates when they replace their old bio-safety cabinets with direct current ones, which conserve 70% more energy than older models. More ways to conserve with the Cardinal Green Labs program.
Sustainability Champion of the Month
Emily Gwynn - Administrative Associate, Stanford Department of Pediatrics

When it comes to sustainability, Emily truly walks the talk. Using My Cardinal Green to get inspiration for easy, impactful sustainability actions she can take right from her desk, Emily has opted for a free energy audit of her workspace, had SmartStrips and equipment timers added to her office’s electronic equipment, and taken steps to conserve office energy use. All of these actions have reduced her personal energy use by over 167 kilowatt-hours per year – that’s equivalent to avoiding the amount of greenhouse gases produced by driving 300 miles.

Emily also enjoys thinking of new, practical ways to get her office involved in reducing waste -  such as always purchasing sustainable office supplies for her team. She strongly believes that practicing waste reduction and energy conservation at the individual level is critical to maintaining the health of our planet.
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