Climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions is the greatest environmental and socioeconomic challenge and opportunity of our time. To address it, Stanford is developing global solutions and implementing them on campus. High performance buildings, continued efficiency improvement in existing buildings, a cutting edge energy system, and a greener campus lifestyle continue Stanford’s legacy of environmental leadership in teaching, research, and action.
In October 2009, Stanford released a comprehensive and long-range Energy and Climate Action plan, which was further updated in February 2013. In December 2011, Stanford's Board of Trustees gave concept approval to the energy supply component of the plan – Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI).
Click on one of the topics below to see how Stanford University has crafted an Energy and Climate Action Plan that fulfills the promise of sustainability to green the environment, as well as the bottom line.
Since the 1980s, Stanford has employed energy metering on all of its facilities to understand how and where energy is being used. In addition, the campus has used efficient natural-gas-fired cogeneration for virtually all its energy supply since 1987. For many years Stanford has employed best practices on both the supply and demand sides to reduce the cost and environmental impact of energy used to support the university mission of teaching, research, and public service. Stanford accepts the challenge of our time to go beyond these efforts and raise the bar in energy efficiency and the use of innovative, clean, and renewable energy supplies.