Stanford's Newest Residential Complex Opens with Sustainability in Mind

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Hundreds of students will move in to Stanford’s newest residential complex, Escondido Village Graduate Residence, over the next six weeks with the latest in sustainability experiences. Waste collection rooms (pictured), are meant to create an atmosphere so that sorting and getting rid of waste can be a nice experience, and remove the feeling that when you toss something away it just magically disappears. The goal is to connect students with where their landfill waste ends up – their natural environment. Students have access to compost bags for their personal compost buckets, specific stations to collect electronic waste and pizza boxes for composting to keep these items out of the landfill, and a friendly screen at their ground floor elevator that provides helpful waste sorting tips. Sensors placed on all dumpsters at each of the four buildings will alert residents to how well they are meeting the university's zero waste goals weekly, and how they compare in composting and recycling against their peers. Other features include a spray bottle in every apartment to fill up with a free multipurpose cleaner and laundry detergent in the laundry rooms made out of ozone that is as powerful as traditional chemicals, yet converts safely back to water in seven days. The buildings also feature an advanced lighting system that adjusts light levels as students move through common spaces.