Earth Week 2022: Invest in Our Future

Stanford University has an extensive history of engaging with students, staff, and faculty to advance environmental sustainability locally and globally. From cutting-edge teaching and research to innovative campus systems, Stanford leads by example in developing and implementing solutions for planetary health and investing in our future on this planet. This Earth Day, Stanford epitomizes this Earth Day's theme. By investing in its second solar generating station, which came online in March 2022, Stanford University now consumes 100% renewable electricity. On an individual level, there are a number of ways to celebrate within the year's theme like supporting eco-conscious brands and products (if something is needed) or putting time and money towards ethical, social, and environmentally-responsible investments and institutions. One ultimate way to acknowledge the earth is adhering to the 4R hierarchy: refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle.

In honor of supporting a greener economy and Stanford's 2030 Zero Waste Goal, events marked with an asterisk (*) will give all attendees a 20% off coupon for an eco-friendly item at the Stanford Bookstore and a zero-waste gift. Attendees will also be eligible for a raffle prize from Cotopaxi! Don't forget you can earn also earn points in My Cardinal Green for participating in Earth Week events!  

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THU 07
      Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual event presented by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Sea level rise is one of the most tangible impacts of a changing climate. However, the large uncertainties in projections of future sea level make assessment and management of those impacts particularly difficult. The greatest source of uncertainty in sea level projects is the contribution of continental ice sheets. In this webinar, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment brings together experts on the theory, modeling, and observation of ice sheets to discuss the progress, prospects, and path forward in reducing those uncertainties in the context of climate assessment, adaptation, and policy.
THU 14
  The Stanford Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability In Honor of Maria Azhunaova (2020) and India Logan-Riley (2021) - 5:00 PM
Location: Paul Brest Hall, Munger Complex or via livestream
The panel discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities around implementing Indigenous conservation approaches around the world, outlining a path forward that incorporates Indigenous rights and knowledge. With climate changes already causing devastating impacts, and with over 80% of the world’s biodiversity occurring on Indigenous lands, respecting and reviving Indigenous conservation practices will be critical for protecting future ecosystem health and mitigating climate impacts. Please RSVP by April 11th.
MON 18

*VIEW THE RECORDING: Climate-Smart Dining: What It Is, Why It Matters, & How to Help Save the Planet -- One Meal at a Time - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual event presented by the Stanford Food Institute, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and Students for a Sustainable Stanford 
Join us for a dynamic presentation of R&DE Stanford Dining's pioneering sustainable food program, "One Plate, One Planet," given by Sophie Egan, MPH '09, Director of the Stanford Food Institute and Sustainable Food Systems. Take a deep dive into Stanford Dining's brand-new publications showcasing innovative strategies for climate-smart dining, including the Food Choice Architecture Playbook and Food Waste Prevention Playbook, and learn about the important role students can play in climate-smart dining. You won't want to miss two highlights of the session, which are inspiring remarks from Cathy Luo (Co-Director of Students for a Sustainable Stanford) and a live culinary demonstration of Earth Day menu favorites by Alice Pyo (Sous Chef, Central Production Kitchen and Special Projects, R&DE Stanford Dining).

Recipes: Spring Harvest Vegetable & Power Grain Board & Mocha Chia Coconut Pudding


Display of Stanford Earth Photo Contest Winners
Location: Hohbach Hall in Green Library
Check out the winning photographs of the Stanford Earth, Energy, and Environmental Systems community photo contest, on display starting April 18th and lasting 6 weeks.


Sustainable Pizza Making - 5:00- 7:00 PM
Location: O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm
TUE 19
  *Big Data: Sustainability and Energy Efficiency - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual event presented by Sustainability and Energy Management
In this panel event, join leading campus experts to learn how real-time data is utilized for smart maintenance, to fix issues, and for creating an optimal learning and working environment that is also operating efficiently and sustainably. The event content is also intended to inspire more faculty and students to learn from, and collaborate with, operations staff to improve and innovate the physical campus.

Stanford Earth Community Art Project I- 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: White Plaza
A first opportunity to paint on 5"x5" canvases for a community collage. Be inspired by the following Earth Week prompts: What does a sustainable future mean to you? Whare are solutions to invest in to combat climate change? What inspires you this Earth Week?


Applying Environmental Justice Frameworks to Sustainability Science Research - 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Location:  Hohbach Hall (Room 122, first floor of Green Library's East Wing) and Koret Park
​In recent years there has been increasing attention to research practices linked to the environmental justice movement. Such practices engage directly with communities and their expertise in developing research design and solutions to our most pressing environmental problems and work toward healing and repair. Have you asked yourself, what does it mean to frame scientific research under the arch of sustainability and environmental justice?

​In this panel, a group of scholars will describe how environmental justice frameworks can impact scientific research promoting social justice and environmental sustainability. They will discuss questions that researchers should ask themselves if interested in working in this area as well as the values in which EJ methodologies are rooted. This is an opportunity to explore and discuss EJ principles for achieving environmental justice across different practices and disciplinary perspectives.

After the panel, stay for our social event at Koret Park (outside the Green Library) to connect with the panelists and other people interested in EJ topics. Appetizers and drinks will be served!


Wildlife Research at Jasper Ridge: The Wild Side of E.coli & Jasper Ridge's Web of Life - 4:30 PM
Virtual event hosted by Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Escherichia coli is a well-known and important species of bacteria to humans, but is understudied in wild animals. E.coli residing in the guts of wild vertebrates is genetically diverse, something human-derived and includes pathogenic strains and those carrying resistances to antibotics. Therefore, E.coli in wildlife have implications for conservation and public health. Global biodiversity is threatened by the anthropocentric restructuring of animal communities, rewiring species interaction networks in real-time as individuals are extirpated or introduced. In Jasper Ridge, we developed a way to non-invasively measures and monitor the direct and indirect impact of these specifes interactions, providing a promising toolkit for biodiversity and ecosystem management.
WED 20
  *Sustainabili-Tea - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Stanford Redwood City Campus, Cardinal Brew (Cardinal Hall)
Commemorate Earth Week with us. Bring your own empty or full reusable cup/mug and join Land, Buildings, Real Estate (LBRE), the Office of Sustainability, and Cardinal Cafe for tea, treats, and good company.
THU 21

*Sustainabili-Tea - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm
Commemorate Earth Week by spending time outside! Bring your own empty or full reusable cup/mug and join the Office of Sustainability, Stanford Food Institute, and the Farm for tea, treats, and good company.

Stanford Earth Community Art Project II - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Meyer Green
A second opportunity to paint on 5"x5" canvases for a community collage. Be inspired by the following Earth Week prompts: What does a sustainable future mean to you? Whare are solutions to invest in to combat climate change? What inspires you this Earth Week?

Stanford Grounds Service Day - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Arizona Garden
Join Stanford Grounds during Earth Week and volunteer in the Arizona Garden by pulling weeds and restoring the historic cactus garden.

Earth Day Dinner - 5:00-7:00 PM
Location: Arillaga Family Dining Commons (AFDC)
Hosted by Residential and Dining Enterprises, join us for an Earth Day themed menu, featuring vegan, organic and local options!

The Story of Stuff Film Screening & Panel Discussion - 5:00-7:00 PM
Virtual event hosted by ReThink Waste
Hear from our very own Julie Muir, Zero Waste Programs Manager,  on an interactive panel discussing "The Story of Stuff" video and related themes.

Earth Day 2022 ReThink Panel Discussion Flyer

FRI 22
  Implementing Natural Capital in Policy & Finance - 6:30- 8:30 AM PT/3:30-5:30 PM CET
Virtual event presented by Natural Capital Project
Globally, governments and the financial system are increasingly recognizing the risks and opportunities that must be managed due to the interconnectedness of dynamic climate forces, biodiversity, and economies. This Earth Day high level panel brings together global leaders in natural capital science and approaches from academia, government, and finance. The panelists will discuss two main topics: Part I: Taking stock: successful implementation of natural capital approaches and advances Part II: Mainstreaming implementation of natural capital approaches: Leading edge challenges and opportunities Incorporating nature’s values into investments in infrastructure, agriculture, climate adaptation, and other development needs can bring substantial benefits to both people and the planet. Recent years have seen an explosion in demand for natural capital approaches in policy and finance, but successful implementation requires leadership, compelling demonstrations, actionable data and tools, improved capacity, and ongoing collaboration. This high level panel is intended to set the stage for natural capital conversations at Stockholm+50, aiming to spur actions that tackle inequalities and create sustainable prosperity.


TEACH Conference on Sustainability and Teaching - 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Location: Paul Brest Hall, Stanford's main campus
The TEACH Conference is an in-person event held on campus that brings together diverse people from across the University for professional development, networking and socializing around teaching and learning. At the Spring 2022 TEACH Conference, we will explore what we have learned about, and what we can contribute to, sustainability in education. We aim to convene work in pedagogy around three major aspects of sustainability: Sustainable practices of the pandemic. Sustainability for the planet. Sustainable work in teaching. The conference includes a keynote address, student panel, conference hall presenters, social networking session, and a variety of concurrent sessions. Concurrent sessions include interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, collaborative working groups, pedagogy demonstrations, and lightning talks.


Stanford Conservation Program Work Day - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Lake Lagunita (Barbecue Pit)
Stanford community members can participate in a community work day to help weed invasive species at Lagunita. By clearing species like mustard, we hope to improve habitat for California Tiger Salamanders and narrow leaved milkweed. Join us any time! Meet at the Lagunita Firepit and follow the signs to the work site.

PDF icon Earth Day 2022 Celebration Tabling Fair: Sustainability in Your Daily Practice - 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Stanford Hospital Promenade between 300 and 500 Pasteur Drive
Celebrate Earth Day with Stanford Healthcare Sustainability Program Office for a tabling fair with live cooking demos, fun giveaways, a new gift shop, sustainable products, exciting games, and more!

Stanford Earth Community Art Projects Showcase - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Student Lounge, Geocorner 114
Drop by anytime, grab some food, and admire the collective collage that we all created together this past week!

Recycling Collection Event - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Collection Event

SAT 14
  Earthtones - May 14, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm
Save the date for Stanford's Annual Environmental Justice Arts Festival!

Check out other Earth Day 2022 pages around the university!  Woods Institute