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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 Americas (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)
  • Lucid (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

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

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)

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

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
  • Research Centers & Institutes
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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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Engaging Students in Sustainable Living Without Social Media/Internet. Discussion for Sustainability Staff in Student Housing.

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises in partnership with students and academic departments have performed cutting edge research on student behavior and facility efficiency. Within just a few years ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Students Counting Kilowatts - Student-engagement in energy conservation and master planning

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • Stanford University (CA)

Universities are constantly undertaking studies and master planning efforts for all kinds of functions. These are opportunities for student learning and can be an important role for sustainability staff. Join ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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4.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Installations

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

In February 2017, Stanford completed the installation of 4.5 MW of solar spread across the roofs of 15 campus buildings: Braun Music Center; Automotive Innovation Facility; 340 Bonair Siding ...

  • Posted Oct. 14, 2017
  • Green Power Projects
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Stanford Be Cardinal Green photo

  • Stanford University (CA)

Launched in April 2017 the My Cardinal Green individual action program at Stanford University provides an online engagement tool and incentive program to encourage conservation among the Stanford community.


Stanford 2017 Lab Swap Meet

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford hosts a biannual lab swap meet that invites lab users to donate items no longer needed for their own research and find items of use donated by others.


Stanford raises environmental standard for Middle Plaza project following concerns

  • Stanford University (CA)

Following concerns raised by a local nonprofit, Stanford agreed to raise environmental standards for its Middle Plaza Project in Menlo Park. The new 8.4-acre mixed-use project will include 215 ...

  • Posted Oct. 11, 2017
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67 MW Stanford Solar Generating Station

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

Covering approximately 200 acres in a western valley of the Mojave Desert, the 67 MW (DC) Stanford Solar Generating Station produces the equivalent of about half of the electricity used ...

  • Posted Oct. 11, 2017
  • Green Power Projects
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Effects of a College Course About Food and Society on Students' Eating Behaviors

  • Stanford University (CA)

This paper aims to examine whether an innovative educational course focused on societal-level issues related to food and food production (Food and Society) would promote healthful eating among college students.

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2017
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Calibrating MBA Job Preferences for the 21st Century

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

Our research studies what MBAs in the 21st century care about during their job searches. We update the MBA job preference literature by using adaptive conjoint analysis to calibrate the ...

  • Posted July 21, 2017
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Moving the Needle on Commute Mode through Transportation Demand Management (TDM)

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of South Florida (FL)
  • AASHE (PA)

Offering sustainable transportation options to students and staff is the easy part. What more can you do to foster improvements in sustainable commute mode share? Transportation demand management (TDM) professionals ...

  • Posted June 30, 2017
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Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus and Cross-Disciplinary Models

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)
  • Vanderbilt University (TN)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

This is a study of the disctintive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to ...


Stanford University's R&DE Creatively Responds to the California Drought

  • Stanford University (CA)

Sustainability is a core value to Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE). R&DE is responsible for about 1/3 of Stanford's campus, housing over 13,000 residents ...


Stanford achieves dramatic greenhouse gas emissions reductions to surpass state, national, and international climate targets

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) is a new campus energy system powered by renewables, designed to meet the current and future energy needs of Stanford University in an environmentally, socially ...


Quantity and Electricity Consumption of Plug Load Equipment on a University Campus

  • Stanford University (CA)

The percent of energy consumed by plug load equipment in commercial buildings is on the rise. Research conducted in the past has included surveying plug load equipment, measuring plug load ...

  • Posted April 3, 2017
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Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility

  • Brown University (RI)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

We characterize rates of intergenerational income mobility at each college in the United States using administrative data for over 30 million college students from 1999-2013. We document four results. First ...

  • Posted Jan. 30, 2017
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Engaging Laboratories in Sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • My Green Lab (CA)

Laboratories contribute significantly to a university's environmental footprint. At research institutions they can account for more than half of the campus energy consumption, consume hundreds of thousands of gallons ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Project Managing STARS 2.1 Submission Process

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

A STARS submission requires a coordinated data collection effort across dozens of departments and individuals. This panel will explore the pros and cons of employing various project management strategies for ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Best Practices for Growing Your Green Events Program

  • Stanford University (CA)

From small departmental meetings to large-scale campus gatherings, Stanford hosts thousands of events each year. In 2015, Stanford's Office of Sustainability launched the Cardinal Green Event and has since ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Solar Best Practices: Onsite vs. Offsite and Leveraging Energy Information Software and Energy Storage for Optimal Savings

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • SunPower Corp (CA)

Universities and colleges are often limited in their ability to implement large-scale solar projects due to space constraints on campus. To solve this challenge, some academic institutions are turning to ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Stanford Photos for Top Performer Categories

  • Stanford University (CA)

Below are some photos that capture sustainability on Stanford's campus in the four categories in Research, Buildings, Water, and Diversity & Affordability.

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2016
  • Photographs
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Stanford's Building Sustainability Rating System

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford's building sustainability rating system recognizes buildings that are meeting their performance targets and motivates occupants to reduce their environmental footprint to improve their building's performance score.