Sustainable Stanford Awards

The Sustainable Stanford Awards program recognizes individuals who act as catalysts in efforts to reduce the university's environmental impact. This program formally acknowledges and rewards campus champions for their dedication and support as they work to enable progress, spearhead change, and implement programs that directly influence Stanford’s environmental performance.

The award is open to all students, staff, and faculty who work to advance sustainability on campus, and who have had a significant impact on the programs and processes that reduce the university footprint, engage the campus community, and enhance the core value of sustainability in daily actions. This individual prioritizes opportunities with innovative solutions that encourage cooperation and partnership in sustainability efforts to seamlessly integrate sustainability solutions into the campus culture. Each nomination will be evaluated based on performance in the following:

  • Measurable Impact
  • Inclusion and collaborative engagement
  • Leadership by example

The award is restricted to full-time staff, students or faculty. Individuals may not nominate themselves, and those who have sustainability in their job title or obligatory tasks as indicated by their job description are not eligible for the award. 

Judging Committee

The award selection committee will be comprised of representatives from various sustainability groups on campus. 

Nomination Process

Anyone on campus can nominate outstanding individuals who fit the awards criteria as described. Individuals must complete the nomination form on behalf of their nominee. The deadline for the 2018 awards has passed. If you would like to submit your nomination now for the 2019 awards, please email for more information. 

Winners Selection and Announcement

The Award Selection Committee will determine the top candidate in each category (student, staff, faculty) from its pool of nominations who embodies the spirit of innovation, collaboration, and leadership as they work to establish solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the campus.  The awards were presented in front of a campus audience at the Annual Celebrating Sustainability Earth Day Festival, which took place on Thursday, April 19 at the Science and Engineering Quad. In addition to recognition in campus publications, the winner will receive a $2500 prize for continued research and innovation.