Breakthrough Year for Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Cloy and Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C) made new strides in improving wastewater treatment and providing hands-on educational opportunities for the Stanford community. Staff regularly collaborate with industry partners and technology startups to test new energy-efficient treatment processes that could improve sustainable water management. In the 2018-19 year one such partnership resulted in a state-of-the-art mobile laboratory for pathogen monitoring, which will be completed by fall 2019. Additionally, teams from Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Science are working with Vaden Student Health Center to develop techniques for wastewater monitoring that will enable early detection of community health concerns, such as emergence of antibiotic resistance, and will inform planning to protect and enhance community health. CR2C is also furnishing raw materials to a startup company that is developing technology to convert wastewater solids into beneficial soil amendments.

Since its founding in 2017, CR2C has provided hands-on educational opportunities for students, post-doctoral scholars, university employees, and visitors. A Plant Operator Apprentice Program and a new Student Design Course provide an opportunity to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. The design course was implemented in Spring 2019  and allows students to undertake a range of projects, from designing, building, and testing resource recovery systems, to delivering comprehensive technical reports.

CR2C has provided over 250 tours to people who are eager to learn about how Stanford is sustainably managing their resources and wastes. Tour attendees include regulators, utility executives, and public officials in addition to students, researchers, and media partners. The CR2C will also be featured with leading facilities and world-renowned researchers in an upcoming documentary about water reuse, that will be shown at major global water conferences in fall 2019.  Through this and other community outreach, CR2C staff help foster a new perception of waste as a resource, while promoting innovative thinking among key decision makers in utilities, and local, state, and national government. Learn more.