Stanford’s achievements in sustainability-focused operations and academic research have been recognized by regional, national, and international organizations. The wide spectrum of Stanford’s awards and commendations highlights the multifaceted nature of sustainability. 

In 2019, Stanford renewed its Platinum rating through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of its sustainability achievements--making it one of only two higher education institutions in the world to reach this milestone. Its score of 88% reflects significant sustainability advancements such as the Stanford Energy System Innovations project and continual increases in sustainability-focused academic and engagement opportunities.  Stanford’s report is publicly available on the STARS website

In addition to the Platinum ranking, Stanford also performed well in AASHE's Sustainability Campus Index, which recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas. Stanford ranked in the following categories: 

  • First, overall, for Doctoral/Research Institutions 
  • First, for Diversity & Affordability
  • Second, for Energy
  • Second, for Wellbeing & Work 
  • Fourth, (tie) for Water 
  • Fourth, for Curriculum
  • Fifth, for Public Engagement
  • Eighth, for Campus Engagement

Additional Broad Sustainability Recognition includes:


View additional sustainability awards by topic:

SESI | Energy | Water | TransportationBuildings | Food and Living | Waste