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The six dimensions of collective leadership that advance sustainability objectives: rethinking what it means to be an academic leader

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Iowa State University (IA)
  • Northeastern University (MA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • Salisbury University (MD)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • McGill University (QC)
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan (BC)
  • National Geographic Society (DC)
  • TREE Foundation (FL)

Solutions to our most pressing environmental problems demand the development and application of leadership skills that are not typically fostered in traditional academic programs: skills that advance new transdisciplinary approaches ...


Stanford University Scope 3 Emissions Program

  • Stanford University (CA)

Over the past decade, Stanford University has reduced its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 80% and is on track to eliminate 100%. In June 2020, the Board ...


A Core Curriculum for Sustainability Leadership

  • Stanford University (CA)

In response to the scale, complexity, and urgency of the sustainability challenges societies face, there has been both rapid growth in the broad field of sustainability science and technology, as ...

  • Posted April 28, 2022
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Implementing Centralized Waste Collection as Part of a New Zero Waste System

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University announced its Zero Waste Goal by 2030 in May of 2018 and developed a plan and budget in the fall of 2019. The Zero Waste Plan calls for ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Establishing a Framework for a Scope 3 Emissions Inventory

  • Stanford University (CA)

For over a decade, Stanford has calculated and reported its Scope 1 and 2 direct greenhouse gas emissions and has reduced those emissions by 69% since peak levels in 2011 ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Accelerating Big Levers of Change: Heat Trading, Ground Source Heating and Cooling, and Carbon Pricing - Second Nature Solution Center

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Brailsford & Dunlavey (DC)

We have the tools to solve climate change today. The challenge is how to deploy these solutions fast enough, at a large enough scale and in a way that promotes ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Setting a Path for Elimination of Carbon Emissions through Electrification of Natural Gas Equipment

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University has reduced its carbon emissions by 69% from peak levels in 2011 and is on track to achieve 80% reduction in the next year through procurement of 100 ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Change Management Campfire Stories: Telling Stories About Our Stumbles and What We Learned

  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

This session will provide a virtual campfire story swap where long-time campus sustainability professionals will talk about their  stumbles, unexpected outcomes, how they felt, and what they learned. The saying ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Future of Life on Earth: A Case for Academia’s Role in Advancing Conservation and Biodiversity to Address Climate and Human Health

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (MA)

In a January 2021 executive order addressing the climate crisis, President Joe Biden committed the U.S. to an ambitious conservation goal: to protect 30 percent of U.S. land ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Studying Plug Load Savings from Idle Devices in Unoccupied Buildings during the Pandemic

  • Stanford University (CA)

During the pandemic, some unoccupied buildings at Stanford were reaping less electricity savings than expected. In these particular buildings, heating and cooling had been turned off, and all occupants were ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Carbon and Nitrogen Footprint of Food

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Food purchasing can be a significant component of campus carbon and nitrogen footprints. SIMAP (unhsimap.org) is a web-based campus footprint tool that calculates the carbon and nitrogen emissions from ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sustainability at Stanford 2020-21 Year In Review

  • Stanford University (CA)

Explore the 2020-21 academic year milestones, key initiatives, and performance metrics that underscore Stanford's pledge to meaningful progress and applied innovation on sustainability.


Earth Systems Program (MA, MS)

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary environmental science major and coterminal masters program. Students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human activities in conjunction with ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Human Biology Minor

  • Stanford University (CA)

A minor in Human Biology provides an introduction to the relationship between the biological and social aspects of humanity's origin, development, and future. Many of the serious problems facing ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Sustainability Science and Practice (MS)

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Sustainability Science and Practice program is an interdisciplinary coterminal master's program hosted by the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. The goal of the program is to ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Earth System Science (MS)

  • Stanford University (CA)

The objectives of the masters program are to enable students to develop the skills needed to conduct original investigations in environmental and Earth system sciences, to interpret the results, and ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Earth System Science (PhD)

  • Stanford University (CA)

The objectives of the doctoral program are to enable students to develop the skills needed to conduct original investigations in environmental and Earth system sciences, to interpret the results, and ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Public Management and Social Innovation Certificate

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Stanford GSB social innovation curriculum prepares students to lead global social and environmental change. The Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation is an academic option within the MBA ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program (ENRLP) encourages students to develop their skills in analyzing and solving problems through situational case studies, learn effective teamwork through ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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RaceWorks

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University's Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity has a new resource for educators and facilitators who want to develop students' or coworkers' racial literacy. RaceWorks includes ...


Increasing Vegetable Intake by Emphasizing Tasty and Enjoyable Attributes: A Randomized Controlled Multi-site Intervention for Taste-Focused Labeling

  • Stanford University (CA)

Healthy food labels tout health benefits, yet most people prioritize tastiness in the moment of food choice. In a preregistered intervention, we tested whether taste-focused labels compared with health-focused labels ...


Webinar: Innovation in Cleaning for Custodians and Students

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Stanford University’s Residential and Dining Enterprises has adopted a green cleaning standard that has reduced chemical usage in residences by over 90%. The system engineers water by infusing it ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2019
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Leading with Circular Economy Concepts, Business Cases and Tools

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)
  • Interface, Inc (GA)

A circular economy is an economic system aimed at minimizing waste and making the most of resources. This regenerative approach (in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Planning for Zero Waste and Beyond

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)

Zero waste has been the ultimate goal for many campus recycling and sustainability departments for the last two decades. Stanford has made great strides towards this target, increasing its landfill ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Driving Zero Waste Programming with Data in Dorms and Dining at Stanford

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford is on the path to zero waste by 2030. Stanford's Residential & Dining Enterprises represents one-third of the campus where over 12,000 students live and eat. In ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Improving Sustainable Purchasing Through Business Services Systems and Practices

  • Stanford University (CA)

The purchase of supplies by staff in universities is connected to the use of energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste. The types and quantities of supplies purchased in universities ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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On the Cutting Edge: Great Results From New Approaches to Behavioral Change Cues

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • Atrius (CA)
  • Kriegh Architecture Studios (WA)

The next frontier in energy efficiency is occupants and how they interact with the buildings. Once we have the prescriptive things like codes and building envelopes done, it's about ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Campus Energy Master Planning: Innovations and Best Practices

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • ICF International (VA)
  • United States Department of Energy (DC)

Hundreds of colleges and universities have publicly committed to carbon neutrality, with over 120 targets in the next 15 years. How are schools addressing often the largest source of emissions ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The State of Sustainability in Higher Ed: Managing to Make a Difference

  • Smith College (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Managing a college or university sustainability program is a tough job under normal circumstances. But in the current era of political divisiveness and ideological extremes, sustainability issues and goals can ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Best Practices for Inter-Institutional Emissions Benchmarking

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Yale University (CT)

The Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium is a collective of 14 higher education universities that share and develop best practices for sustainability. In an effort to better understand the consortium's collective ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Are Electric Buildings a Feasible Carbon Neutrality Strategy?

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (CA)
  • EHDD (CA)

The path to campus carbon neutrality is becoming clearer: electrify everything and procure renewable electricity. Electrifying campus energy infrastructure is a complex undertaking that requires a significant financial investment. While ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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MCURC: Universities Scaling Up Sustainability Together

  • The Culinary Institute of America (NY)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

The Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC) is a working group of scholars and campus dining leaders from colleges and universities interested in accelerating efforts to move American consumers ...

  • Posted Nov. 13, 2019
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Sustainability at Stanford 2018-19 Year In Review

  • Stanford University (CA)

Explore the 2018-19 academic year milestones, key initiatives, and performance metrics that underscore Stanford's pledge to meaningful progress and applied innovation on sustainability.


Green Fund (Inactive)

  • Stanford University (CA)

From 2008-2015, the Stanford Student Green Fund provided one-time grant funds for student-led projects that improve sustainability in Stanford’s campus operations. The fund and its grant-reviewing committee empowered students ...


The challenge of coordinated civic climate change education

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland (MD)
  • University at Albany (NY)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • James Madison University (VA)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Bard College (NY)

Many sustainability educators want to more effectively engage their students with climate policy. They also seek to support students’ civic and change agent skills and dispositions to take on critical ...

  • Posted Dec. 11, 2018
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How University Transportation Practitioners are Transforming USGBC's Global Transportation Emphasis

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MA)

Transportation is the fastest growing source of global C02 emissions. Two years ago, the USGBC added Parksmart, a parking-structure and transportation certification program, into its suite of offerings. Universities have ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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A Framework for Sustainability Competencies for Your Campus

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Stanford University (CA)

Last fall we published a study on competencies for sustainability, 'Developing a framework for sustainability meta-competencies,' based on interviews and focus groups with Penn State University employees serving in a ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Motivating and Quantifying the Impacts of Behavior Change

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

In today’s increasingly technological and individualized world, how do sustainability professionals provide opportunities to engage their audience in a way that is relevant to them, but still quantifies the ...

  • Posted July 19, 2018
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Stanford R&DE's Student Living Laboratory

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University’s Residential & Dining Enterprises in partnership with students and academic departments have transformed its facilities in to a living laboratory by performing cutting edge research on student ...


Stanford R&DE Student Housing Innovation in Cleaning

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford’s R&DE Student Housing Operations (SHO) adopted a green cleaning standard that has reduced chemical usage in residences by over 90%. The system engineer's water by infusing it ...


Using Technology to Motivate and Quantify Behavior Change: My Cardinal Green

  • Stanford University (CA)

In today’s increasingly technological and personalized world, sustainability professionals must provide opportunities to engage their community in a way that is relevant for them, while also quantifying the impacts ...


Urban sustainability education: Challenges and pedagogical experiments

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Tsinghua University

The twenty-first century will witness massive urban expansion and growth of the urban population, which has global implications for future pathways of sustainable development. Addressing new and heightened demands on ...


Developing a Framework for Sustainability Meta-Competencies

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Stanford University (CA)

Sustainability is a critical issue in higher education curriculum development and organisational culture, yet its contested nature necessitates a shared understanding to support a distinct mission across institutional efforts. Therefore ...

  • Posted April 25, 2018
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Civil & Environmental Engineering (BS)

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Civil and Environmental Engineering department is committed to finding solutions to our major sustainability challenges this century, as well as educating and training the leaders who will have a ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Earth Systems Bachelor

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary environmental science major. Students learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human interaction with natural systems. Earth Systems majors become ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Science, Technology, and Society Program

  • Stanford University (CA)

The mission of the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Program is to provide Stanford undergraduates with intellectually stimulating education that will prepare them for life in the contemporary era, one ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Urban Studies (BS)

  • Stanford University (CA)

The Urban Studies program treats urbanism as an interdisciplinary field; it brings together students, faculty, and outside specialists concerned with cities and the impacts of cities on society and people ...

  • Posted April 12, 2018
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Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI)

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Maastricht University
  • University of Toronto (ON)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • University of Hamburg
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Cambridge
  • University College London (London)
  • University of Zurich
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Otago (Otago)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Stockholm School of Economics
  • Central University of Finance and Economics
  • Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Imperial College London

The Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment was founded in 2017 by a network of global research universities in order to promote rigorous and highly impactful academic research ...

  • Posted March 14, 2018
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Leading High-Functioning and Resilient Sustainability Offices - Making a difference via practical and effective leadership

  • Stanford University (CA)

This workshop will focus on one of the key leadership and professional development skills - building/leading the most effective and resilient sustainability organization possible. This workshop will cover the best ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Motivating and Quantifying the Impacts of Behavior Change

  • Stanford University (CA)

In today's increasingly technological and personalized world, how do sustainability professionals provide opportunities to engage their audience in a way that is relevant to them? Stanford has taken the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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