Sustainable Stanford is a university-wide effort to reduce our environmental impact, preserve resources, and lead sustainability by example across its three pillars - environment, economy, and equity. Dedication to a culture of innovation and outreach has been central to Stanford’s mission since its founding in 1891, when Jane and Leland Stanford exhorted university leaders to “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization.” That sense of purpose drives our commitment to incorporate sustainability practices and ethos into every aspect of campus life. In pursuing its academic mission, Stanford University is committed to being a leader in research, teaching and action (institutional practice) of sustainability, upholding the values of Stanford's IDEAL Engage program.
The Department of Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM)
The Office of Sustainability (OOS)
Stanford is deeply engaged in cutting-edge research and innovative teaching on the environment and sustainability. Stanford’s seven schools, as well as centers, institutes and programs across campus offer an array of courses, degree programs, and engagement opportunities focused on sustainability, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research and teaching that recognizes that solutions to complex challenges demand collaboration across multiple fields. To learn more, visit Teaching and Research.
What are Stanford's goals for becoming a sustainable leader?
Learn more about our leaders in working towards Stanford's sustainability goals.
Areas of Work
Find out more about the seven categories guiding the work of the OOS and SEM.