Leading sustainability

Governance

Administrators, faculty, staff, and students throughout the university are working to research and implement sustainability. Following are the key dimensions of the collaborative governance model for sustainability at Stanford.

Provost’s Committee on Sustainability (2012)

An executive committee of deans, institute leads and senior campus leadership, the Provost’s Committee on Sustainability, will formally convene starting in the 2012–13 academic year. The committee will facilitate collaboration across schools, institutes, the Office of Sustainability, and students; exert leadership across campus; bring campus-wide sustainability issues to the attention of the Provost and the President; and implement leadership recommendations. Formation of the Provost‘s Committee is the outcome of one of the many key recommendations derived from the year-long strategic exercise, Sustainability 3.0, unveiled in May 2012.

Sustainability Working Group (2006)

The Sustainability Working Group (SWG) prepares policy and program recommendations to advance and implement sustainability practices on campus. Goals include:

  • Continuously improve Stanford’s leadership in demonstrating environmental sustainability in campus operations.
  • Use faculty, staff and student expertise in the evolving field of sustainability.
  • Advance opportunities for hands-on sustainability-related learning and service in the campus community.

SWG, chaired by the director of the Office of Sustainability, meets the first Thursday of every month and involves representatives from all parts of the university.

SWG Agendas

The Office of Sustainability connects campus organizations and entities and works collaboratively with them to steer sustainability initiatives to fulfill President Hennessy’s vision that sustainability will “become a core value in everything we do.” The Office works on long-range sustainability analysis and planning, evaluations and reporting, communication and outreach, academic integration, conservation behavior and training, and sustainability governance strategy.

Sustainability Working Teams (2008)

The Sustainability Working Teams, assembled in 2008, develop program recommendations, assess progress, and help implement policy recommendations in major operational areas related to sustainability. The teams are composed of campus subject matter experts, representatives from key Stanford community groups, and individuals with authority to take action in the relevant operational areas. Each team activates when a specific initiative is underway and may be dormant when a given project has been implemented.

A description of each of Stanford's Sustainability Working Teams, as well as contact information for the chairperson, is outlined below. Each team activates when a specific initiative is underway and may be dormant when a given project has been implemented.

For more information regarding Sustainability Working Teams, please contact the listed chairperson or the Office of Sustainability.

Operations-Focused Teams

Energy & Atmosphere

Mission: Evaluate measures for energy conservation, energy efficiency, clean energy supply and development and implementation of campus greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Chair: Fahmida Ahmed, Director, Office of Sustainability, SEM

Green Buildings

Mission: Evaluate guidelines and standards for sustainability in new building construction, renovation, ongoing building operation and maintenance, and building demolition and materials recovery.

Chair: Laura Goldstein, Director, Project Management

Food Programs

Mission: Explore and evaluate measures to enhance the sustainability of campus dining and food supply management practices.

Chair: Dara Silverstein, Sustainable Food Program Manager, Stanford Dining

Information Technology

Mission: Work across the university to identify and implement opportunities to reduce energy usage through our Information Technology infrastructure.

Chair: Gerry Hamilton, Director, Facilities and Energy Management, SEM

Transportation

Mission: Explore and evaluate measures to reduce the environmental impact of university-owned private and commercial vehicles, as well as business travel by campus staff via other modes of transportation.

Chair: Brian Shaw, Director, Parking and Transportation Services, SEM

Waste

Mission: Explore and evaluate measures to enhance the sustainability of waste management, reuse and recycling practices.

Chair: Julie Muir, Manager, PSSI / Stanford Recycling Center

Water

Mission: Explore and evaluate measures to advance sustainable water use for the Stanford campus.

Chair: Tom Zigterman, Director, Water Resources & Civil Infrastructure, SEM

Cross-Functional Teams

Communications & Community Relations

Mission: Explore and evaluate measures for communicating information on the Sustainable Stanford initiative, establish relationships with internal and external stakeholders and address topics of equity, university relations and creating a culture of sustainability.

Chair: Fahmida Ahmed, Director, Office of Sustainability, SEM

Evaluation & Reporting

Mission: Develop measures for evaluating and reporting on sustainability activities.

Chair: Tom Fenner, Deputy General Counsel

Green Funding

Mission: Explore and evaluate options for funding the advancement of sustainability in campus operations.

Chair: Fahmida Ahmed, Director, Office of Sustainability, SEM

Contact the Office of Sustainability for more information.