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.

Submit a Nomination

Judging Committee

The award selection committee will be comprised of representatives from various sustainability groups on campus. The committee may not submit nominations for the award.

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, and submissions must be received by the close of business on Friday,  March 31, 2017 to be considered for this year's award.

Winners Selection and Announcement

The Award Selection Committee will choose three candidates from its pool of nominations who embody the spirit of innovation, collaboration, and leadership as they work to establish solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the campus. Winners will be selected and notified by Friday, April 14, 2017. The inaugural awards will be presented in front of a campus audience at the Annual Celebrating Sustainability Earth Day Festival, taking place on Thursday, April 20 from 11am-1pm at the Science and Engineering Quad. Each winning individuals will receive:

  • A cash prize(s) of $2500 for new ideas and reinvestment (faculty will be awarded as department funds)
  • Plaque/Certificate/Photo
  • Feature profiles in sustainability and campus publications