Stanford Redwood City Recognized for Best Practice in Sustainable Design

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Directors receive award

Stanford University received the Energy and Sustainability Best Practice Award for overall sustainable design for Stanford’s Redwood City (SRWC) campus at this year’s California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC). The Best Practice Award encompasses many components – from building design, energy efficiency, and waste systems, to education and collaborative implementation.

SRWC is the first significant expansion for Stanford outside its original campus, and serves as a sustainability test bed for the university as a whole. Sustainability has been included in all aspects of design, construction, and operations of the new campus, successfully extending the university’s commitment to sustainability to this satellite campus.

Sustainable design features include daylight harvesting, mechanical shades for passive cooling, and a sophisticated controls system with zone-level temperature monitoring and overrides. These design features, coupled with an open floor plan and central printing, allow for significant reductions in electronic devices, like personal printers and space heaters. Another major sustainability component is a heat recovery system that mimics the main campus’s energy system, which adjusts to the different loads at Redwood City. Further, SRWC features a new waste system, including centralized waste stations with single stream recycling, compost in all kitchenettes, paper towel composting in restrooms, and food donation programs.

In addition to implementing sustainable design features and programs, outreach and partnerships have been critical components of integrating sustainability at Stanford Redwood City.  A Redwood City Sustainability Working Team allows staff from all departments moving to the new campus to be engaged in sustainability, providing unique perspectives that allow sustainability initiatives to be robust and comprehensive.

Overall, the Stanford Redwood City campus upholds best practices for replicating sustainability initiatives and culture in a satellite campus. The new campus functions as a living laboratory to pilot new sustainability initiatives, and measure and refine their impact before full implementation on main campus.