Sustainability is a core value at Stanford, and the campus continues to make significant investments in and strides toward sustainability at the operational, academic, and programmatic levels.
Central to the academic endeavor has been the Initiative on the Environment and Sustainability, which boosted interdisciplinary research and teaching in all seven of Stanford’s schools, as well as in interdisciplinary institutes, centers, and associated programs across campus, in recognition of the fact that solutions to complex challenges demand collaboration across multiple fields. To learn more, visit Teaching and Research.
The Department of Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM) within Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) leads initiatives on campus physical infrastructure and programs in energy and climate, water, transportation, building operations, and information systems. The Office of Sustainability (founded in 2008) connects campus departments and entities and works collaboratively with them to steer sustainability-specific initiatives. The Office works on long-range sustainability analysis and planning, evaluation and reporting, communication and outreach, academic integration, behavior-based programs, and governance coordination. Learn more in the topic areas above.
Stanford's successes and achievements are compiled in the annual report, Sustainability at Stanford: A Year in Review. It presents noteworthy initiatives and accomplishments of both academic and operational departments from the past year. The University's sustainability efforts are frequently recognized by third-party evaluators. Learn more at Recognition and Awards.