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October 2
Tending Your Fall Garden

October 2
Application Deadline: Grow It, Cook It, Eat It. An Experiential Exploration of How and Why We Eat What We Eat

October 2
Assessing California's progress towards its 2020 climate target

October 3 - Hagey
October 4 - Y2E2

Free Lab Recycling Bin Give-Away

October 11

DLCL Fall Film Series Screening: Chasing Ice 

October 12
Is an Electric Vehicle Right for You?

October 16
Charles D. Kolstad: What Is Killing the US Coal Industry?

October 17
Lab Equipment Share Event
School of Medicine Herb Garden 

October 30
Enabling 100% Clean Energy for All
2017 Bright Award given to green energy innovators
September 20, 2017
New book warns climate change is making us sick
September 20, 2017

What causes a campus chilled-water curtailment?
September 10, 2017
Seeing is Believing: Stanford researchers visualize California’s drought
September 10, 2017
Stanford Earth team a finalist for $1 million Indonesian sustainability prize
September 2, 2017 

Q&A with Stanford experts on climate change, infrastructure and the economic impacts of Hurricane Harvey
September 1, 2017 

Precourt Institute for Energy

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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Stanford Sustainable Food

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The latest updates on sustainability at Stanford

Stanford Receives Platinum Ranking for Sustainability

Stanford recently achieved the highest score of any school to date in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS is the most comprehensive sustainability reporting framework for higher education, and Stanford’s Platinum-level score of 85.74% recognizes achievements across topics ranging from “Campus as a Living Laboratory” to “Sustainable Dining” and “Affordability and Access.” Read More
Sustainable Stanford Welcomes New Students and Transfers!

Sustainability partners welcomed new students to campus with a busy week of activities, designed to give new students an introduction to Stanford's thriving culture of sustainability. The annual Zero Waste Lunch served as a highlight for all incoming freshmen, hosted by Residential and Dining Enterprises, in partnership with PSSI/Stanford Recycling, and the Office of Sustainability. The event emphasized best practices with delicious, sustainable food (including vegan and vegetarian options) in 100% compostable packaging, and more than 30 student and staff volunteers who were able to meet new students and talk about ways they can get involved.  

The conversation continued when nearly 60 incoming students toured Stanford's Central Energy Facility, which contributes to a 68% decrease in campus greenhouse gas emissions, and on-campus recycling center, where students learned how the university manages waste. To book a tour or get involved with campus sustainability, email
50 New Reasons to go Zero Waste at the Next Game

Over 50 new compost and recycling stations have been added to the Stanford Stadium and tailgate areas, as part of an ongoing effort to reduce waste by the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation. At your next football game, take advantage of a total of 160 different compost stations throughout the stadium and tailgate areas where you can deposit uneaten food, soiled napkins, and paper products (including pizza boxes!). In addition, PSSI/Stanford Recycling has added new signage to three-stream bin stations, making it even easier to distinguish recycling from compost from trash. Learn more about Cardinal Green Athletics 
Cardinal Green Labs Finds New Ways to Reduce Waste, Save Energy

With one researcher going through up to five pairs per day, lab gloves are a common part of the waste stream in labs. The Cardinal Green Labs glove recycling program is tackling this by expanding glove recycling in five buildings: Lorry Lokey Stem Cell, MSLS, CCSR, Falk, and Shriram now all host Kimberly-Clark glove recycling collection points, for a total of 25 participating labs on campus. Approximately 500 pounds of gloves have been collected to date. Contact Rashmi Sahai ( to set up a recycling collection point for your building. Learn more about Cardinal Green Labs
R&DE Stanford Dining Expands Sustainable Seafood Offerings

As part of its commitment to serve only sustainable seafood, R&DE Stanford Dining is offering two new types of healthy and sustainable seafood to dining hall menus. Stop by one of the dining halls to try Pacific rockfish, a mild-tasting white fish that is part of the recently re-opened West Coast groundfish fishery, or taste grilled Chesapeake Bay catfish, an invasive - and delicious - East Coast species. Now Stanford students can help restore balance to native fish populations in the Chesapeake Bay, one tasty meal at a time.
Both Pacific rockfish and Chesapeake Bay catfish are Seafood Watch “Best Choice” seafoods, offered in accordance with the Menus of Change principle to “Serve More Kinds of Seafood More Often.”
Sustainability Champion of the Month
Clark Center Staff & Facilities Energy Management

Heideh Fattaey, Stanford's Bio-X Executive Director of Operations & Programs, and her team at the James H. Clark Center completed a comprehensive Whole Building Energy Retrofit Project (WBERP) in collaboration with Leslie Kramer and Gerry Hamilton in the Deptartment of Sustainability and Energy Management, reducing the Clark building's energy use by more than half. A combination of initiatives, including transitioning building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) to an electric system and implementing energy saving strategies, helped contribute to a dramatic reduction in energy use.

Since the project's inception, it is estimated that Clark Center saves over $2 million/year from building upgrades, retrocommissioning, and server relocation. This represents a savings of over 50%, with an overall payback of under two years. Other innovative sustainability initiatives at the Clark Center include a new styrofoam recycling program, which diverts three cubic yards of waste from the landfill each week.
Learn more about Stanford's Whole Building Energy Retrofit program.
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