Redwood City Campus
As with the main campus, sustainability is a cornerstone of the Redwood City campus design and culture, with extensive thought given to opportunities to advance progress and innovations. If you have specific questions or ideas, or would like to get involved with sustainability at Redwood City, please e-mail SustainableRWC@stanford.edu. You can also check out our quick overview of what's new (or stayed the same), and consider getting involved in the Sustainability Working Team.
With the first major expansion of the Stanford campus in its history, the sustainability working team plays a critical role in embedding sustainability programs and progress into the culture of the new campus, acting as ambassadors for the nine departments who occupy the campus.
Department membership includes:
- Business Affairs
- Health Improvement Program
- Medical School Office of Development
- Office of Research Administration
- University Human Resources
- University Information Technology
The working team typically meets every third Thursday of the month but is currently on hiatus. If you are interested in participating when the group meetings resume, please reach out to SustainableRWC@stanford.edu for more information.
Waste is managed through Recology in Redwood City but incorporates the same waste building system as the Stanford campus. Stanford University is working towards a zero-waste campus, defined as having 90% landfill waste diversion or higher, by 2030. A key component of the diversion effort is a streamlined recycling system that combines plastic, metal, and glass with paper into one bin. Centralized waste stations in common areas rather than individual bins at work stations reduce the amount of chemical cleaning supplies needed, further simplify sorting for occupants, and offer wellness benefits by encouraging a respite and movement from workstations to recycle and compost. All kitchenette stations and bathrooms, as well as the fitness area of the Redwood City Recreation Center, also offer paper towel composting.
All Redwood City buildings follow California’s Title 24 requirements to incorporate water-efficient fixtures, including toilets, faucets, showers, and urinals. Water meters will monitor consumption to ensure that plumbing fixtures reduce overall potable water use by 20% compared to normal. Additionally, recycled water is used prominently throughout Redwood City, and on the Stanford Redwood City campus it primarily serves as irrigation for the landscape and is utilized in toilets and urinals. Advanced irrigation controls and sub-metering specifically for the landscape features will help to identify further opportunity for efficiency.