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Plan Approval and Report

In December 2011, Stanford’s Board of Trustees gave concept approval to the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) program, which is a collection of operationally distinct projects designed to meet the university’s energy demand while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption. SESI represents a significant transformation of the university from 100 percent fossil-fuel-based cogeneration to a more efficient electric heat recovery system and will result in immense benefits for Stanford in the years to come. When completed, the current set of projects anticipated under the SESI program will reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 68 percent, save 15 percent of campus potable water, open up the energy supply platform to future technologies, enable the campus to better manage its power portfolio, and yield significant utilities savings.

2013 Energy and Climate Plan - PDF

SESI Central Energy Facility Design Fly-Through - MP4/VIDEO