Earth Week 2021

Stanford has an extensive history of engaging with students, staff, and faculty to advance environmental sustainability locally and globally. Stanford highlights this history - and recent progress - each Earth Day. From cutting-edge teaching and research to innovative campus systems, Stanford leads by example in developing and implementing solutions for planetary health. 

 
     

We hosted a series of virtual opportunities aimed to inspire action and motivate innovation for Earth Week 2021. See below for full descriptions and recordings of each virtual event! 

      
    

Sustainable Stanford Earth Week 2021 Event Schedule

Water Conservation Tips & Tricks - Monday, April 19, 12PM - 1PM

Applicable for on and off campus students, staff, and faculty, this training session will provide attendees with common water conservation tips & tricks that you can take to reduce water consumption wherever you live and work. 

Virtual Tour of the Codiga Resource Recovery Center - Monday, April 19, 3PM - 4PM

The William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C) is a groundbreaking facility dedicated to accelerating the deployment and adoption of water and energy resource recovery systems. Join us for a virtual tour of this on-campus facility, which enables pilot testing of promising technologies for the recovery of resources (clean water, nutrients, energy, renewable materials) from wastes.

Energy Conservation Tips & Tricks - Monday, April 19, 6PM - 7PM

Applicable for on and off campus students, staff, and faculty, this training session will provide attendees with common energy conservation tips & tricks that you can take to reduce energy consumption wherever you live and work.  

Waste Sorting  at Home - Tuesday, April 20, 12PM - 1PMfor off-campus students & employees

Proper waste sorting and reducing contamination in waste bins are important to a sustainable materials management program and to a City’s recycling goals. This Earth Week, no matter where you live or work, come get a refresher on how to sort your waste properly at home (off-campus) so that materials and products find their way into the circular economy. 

Waste Sorting  On-Campus during the Pandemic - Tuesday, April 20, 6PM - 7PMfor on-campus students & employees

Proper waste sorting and reducing contamination in waste bins are important to a sustainable materials management program and to Stanford’s Zero Waste goals. This Earth Week, come get a refresher on how to sort your waste properly on campus so that materials and products find their way into the circular economy. 

Virtual Tour of Stanford's Central Energy Facility - Wednesday, April 21, 12PM - 1PM

Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) represents a transformation of university energy supply from a 100% fossil-fuel-based combined heat and power plant to grid-sourced electricity and a more efficient electric heat recovery system that provides heating and cooling to Stanford's buildings from the new Central Energy Facility. Come take a virtual tour of Stanford's Central Energy Facility to learn more about Stanford's pioneering energy system and significant emissions reduction accomplishments.

Expert Panel: Carbon Pricing and the Future of Climate Policy - Wednesday, April 21, 4PM - 5PM

Carbon pricing, in the form of a tax or cap-and-trade system, is a policy mechanism favored by economists to curb CO2 emissions and drive innovation towards clean technology. Despite its popularity among scholars, a national carbon price faces many political challenges. As the Biden Administration crafts its climate and infrastructure package, carbon pricing will need to be a critical piece of the puzzle. In the panel event, join four leading experts to learn about the principles, tradeoffs, and practical obstacles of setting a price on carbon  and mitigating the damages of climate change.

Speakers:

  • Lawrence Goulder, Shuzo Nishihara Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Frank Wolak, Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies
  • John Weyant, Professor of Management Science and Engineering and Director of the Energy Modeling Forum
  • Robert Litterman, Founding Partner of Kepos Capital and member of the Board of Directors of the Climate Leadership Council
  • Moderator: Cathy Luo, class of 2023

Top 5 Ways to Eat Sustainably from R&DE One Plate, One Planet (with R&DE Teaching Kitchen Chef Demo) - Thursday, April 22, 12PM - 1PM

Join us for a fun, practical virtual event all about how you can make an impact through climate- and budget-friendly food choices! You will first learn about R&DE Stanford Dining's new One Plate, One Planet vision: the pillars and programs shaping the bold next chapter in its long history of sustainability leadership. Next, we'll walk through the top five ways to eat sustainably: from enjoying plant-forward eating patterns and opting for sustainable seafood to reduce food waste. Last but not least, we'll bring these concepts to life with a live culinary demonstration of a healthy, sustainable, and delicious dish presented by our renowned R&DE Teaching Kitchen @Stanford Chef, David Iott. If you have a kitchen, be sure to download the recipe ahead of time and cook along with us! Learn more about how R&DE is a leader in sustainability here.

Other helpful links:

Recipe - Organic Lentil Risotto

Earth Day 2021 Menu

R&DE Stanford Dining Sustainable Food Ethos

One Plate, One Planet: R&DE Stanford Dining's Sustainable Food Program

Menus of Change University Research Collaborative

Virtual Stormwater Tour - on your own, anytime!

Stanford has installed and maintains many stormwater treatment facilities, including hydrodynamic separation, pervious pavements, infiltration trenches, vegetated swales, stormwater capture facilities, and bio-retention basins. Take this self-paced virtual tour of Stanford's stormwater facilities anytime you'd like!


Register here to participate in any of the above events! Don't forget you can earn points in My Cardinal Green for participating in Earth Week events!