Stanford’s achievements in sustainability-focused operations and academic research have been recognized by regional, national, and international organizations. The wide spectrum of Stanford’s awards and commendations highlights the multifaceted nature of sustainability. 

In 2017, Stanford earned a Platinum rating through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of its sustainability achievements--making it one of only two higher education institutions in the world to reach this milestone. Its score of 85.74% is the highest of any submitting institution to date and reflects significant sustainability advancements such as the Stanford Energy System Innovations project and continual increases in sustainability-focused academic and engagement opportunities.  Stanford’s report is publicly available on the STARS website

In addition to the Platinum ranking, Stanford also performed well in AASHE's Sustainability Campus Index, which recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas. Stanford ranked in the following categories: 

  • First, overall, for doctoral/research institutions (compared to #2 in 2016)
  • First (11-way tie) for Research (same as 2016)
  • First, (2-way tie) for Water (same as 2016)
  • First, for Diversity & Affordability (compared to #3 in 2016)
  • Third, for Energy (new in 2017)
  • Fourth, for Campus Engagement, with My Cardinal Green included as a highlight (new this year)

Stanford has also been recognized in the Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year, ranking in the top ten on its 2018 Top 50 Green Colleges List

Awards by Topic

SESI | Energy | Water | TransportationBuildings | Food and Living | Waste

Sustainable Stanford Awards

Sustainable Stanford also recognizes those on campus who act as champions in advancing sustainability efforts on campus. The inaugural Sustainable Stanford Awards were presented at the Celebrating Sustainability Festival on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Stay tuned for annoucements about the 2018 awards.