2017 Award Winners

We are pleased to recognize these individuals who have helped to spearhead change and implement programs or projects to reduce the environmental footprint of the university. The winners of the inaugural Sustainable Stanford Awards leave a legacy that inspires future action and encourages progress from day to day. 

Faculty Award

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Jeffrey Koseff, William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Professor in the School of Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Presented by: Fahmida Ahmed, Director, Sustainability and SEM Business Services

Jeff has offered consistent and genuine contributions to campus sustainability throughout his tenure. He acted as the driving force behind the conception and design of Y2E2, the anchor building of the Science and Engineering Quad and a flagship sustainable building for Stanford. Y2E2 remains among the most sustainable lab buildings on campus, earning LEED Platinum status in the category of Existing Building Operation and Maintenance. According to the nomination, "Jeff’s passion, knowledge, dedication and stamina exemplify the epitome of faculty engagement in campus sustainability to date.  His inspirational ideas, compassionate demeanor, implementation acumen, and depth of experience makes him one of the most influential change makers in the sustainability legacy of Stanford University from any vantage point."

Staff Award

Scott Gould, Senior Engineer, Building Energy Systems Commissioning, Facilities Operations

Presented by: Joseph Stagner, Director, Sustainability and Energy Management

Scott has worked to support energy efficiency in campus buildings for more than 20 years, most recently leading the implementation of the new 4.4 MW photovoltaic project that came on line in March 2017. According to the nomination, "Scott has created a reputation across the university as a highly pragmatic purveyor of sustainability advice, regularly supporting groups seeking to incorporate sustainability into new projects. His ability to provide positive experiences for the people he interacts with leaves each with a favorable impression of sustainability projects, helping to advance the mission to stakeholders across campus."  He often engages with Stanford faculty as an advisor, and he supports student research projects with by offering guidance as well as data. Furthermore, Scott carries his commitment to sustainability off campus as a docent for the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. 

Student Award

Emma Fisher, Students for a Sustainable Stanford

Presented by: Eric Montell, Executive Director, Residential and Dining Enterprises Stanford Dining

Emma led the Stanford Carbon Offsets to Reduce Emissions, or SCORE, program, to establish one of the first collegiate programs to offset the carbon emissions from varsity sports travel. Last year, SCORE successfully purchased enough carbon offsets to negate 100% of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with travel at the varsity level. The effort involved working with a plethora of groups across campus for successful implementation.  According to the nomination, "From getting buy in among her peers and team members, to working with a plethora of departments on campus, and then working to promote the initiative, the dedication and drive with which Emma led the project was profound, and inspiring." Previously, as an intern for Residential and Dining Enterprises in student housing, she led creative development and market research of branding assets to help encourage sustainable behaviors that are still used today.