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July 21
Mastering the art of environmental and policy engagement

July 19
Collaboration meets innovation in transformative Stanford environmental projects

July 17
Energy Department awards Stanford $1.59 million for solar research

July 16
Stanford’s Three Books program prompts students to think about sustainability and equity

June 15
What Stanford students leave behind

July 10
Prelude to global extinction: Stanford biologists say disappearance of species tells only part of the story of human impact on Earth’s animals

June 6
Innovation Transfer Program helps students make sustainable energy ideas a reality

June 5
Message from Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Persis Drell on Stanford's commitment to progress on climate change

June 2
Feature: Stanford faculty across disciplines are exploring the science of climate change and seeking solutions
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The latest updates on sustainability at Stanford

Stanford Pilots the Lowest Flow Showerheads of Any US Student Residence

Some of the lowest flow showerheads on the market were piloted last quarter by Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE), in partnership with Stanford’s Water Quality, Efficiency and Stewardship team. The showerhead releases only 0.7 gallons per minute (gpm) of water, compared to the standard 1-1.25 gpm showerheads installed across Student Housing, and well below the 2.0 gpm state standard. The goal of the new showerhead is to reduce water use by getting students to think of their showers as a “spa mist experience.” Reviews on the showerhead were mixed, with 52% of respondents saying they loved it (“it felt like I was in a cloud or waterfall”, “it was extremely relaxing”). One thing most students could agree on: they liked having the option to significantly reduce water use through these new low-flow showerheads. Learn more about campus water conservation.
Campus Emissions Reduced by 18% in 2016

Stanford’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory for calendar year 2016 has completed third-party verification and is now publicly available through the Climate Registry. 2016 emissions totaled 105,030 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is an 18% reduction from 2015 emissions. The decrease is largely attributed to Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI), a transformation of the university's energy supply system from fossil fuels to one based on electricity and renewable energy. Emissions will continue to decrease in 2017 with the addition of renewables. Learn more about SESI here.
Give & Go Donation Program Expanded to Include Food

Stanford’s Annual Give & Go Campaign collects upwards of 100,000 lbs of donated household items from campus housing – but when it comes to food, students typically take it home or throw it out. Last spring, Chris LeBoa ’19, set up a pilot project with R&DE’s Sustainable Food Program to collect unwanted, non-perishable food for donation to local non-profits. This June, the program was expanded with the help of Students for Sustainable Stanford and R&DE's Dining Ambassadors. Forty Give & Go food collection bins were put out in six student residences, resulting in over 350 pounds of food that was collected and donated to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto. R&DE plans to expand the program into more dorms next year. Learn more about sustainable food at Stanford.
Departments Lead by Example with Cardinal Green Events

Congratulations to the following departments for achieving 50% or higher through the Cardinal Green Event Program! The Stanford Alumni Association, Law School, Office of Medical Student Affairs, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, and Department of Electrical Engineering all participated in the Green Events training program and incorporated a high level of best sustainability practices into their events. Learn more about Cardinal Green Events.
Sustainability Champions of the Month
Akhtar Masood, Katya Sadovsky, & Chris Guest 
Sustainability & Energy Management Business Systems Team
Anyone working in utilities knows what a big impact they can have on the environment – and it’s hard to manage that impact when you can't measure it. The Business Systems team in the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management works on designing clear and reliable data platforms to help bring data integration, resource efficiency, and data analytics to engineers and building managers who manage Stanford’s resources. This initiative helps to maximize efficiency in campus operations with analytical tools that improve business processes and enable better, data-driven decisions.  

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