Sustainability 3.0

Strategic Planning

A group of faculty, staff, and student leaders initiated Sustainability 3.0 in June 2011 with the plan to deliver a strategic blueprint for the future of sustainability at Stanford. The Sustainability 3.0 process sought to identify and map a shared and actionable vision for sustainability at Stanford over the next five to ten years, building on the Initiative on Environment and Sustainability that launched in October 2003 and the formalization of Sustainable Stanford that began in 2007.

Sustainability 3.0 was formally launched at the Celebrating Sustainability event in May 2012.


Major goals stemming from the Sustainability 3.0 effort include leading sustainability by example through on- and off-campus actions, and maintaining a global influence through sustainability in research, education, and operations. To achieve these goals, the planning committee unveiled four key strategies:

  1. Ensure that sustainability is a top and lasting priority for Stanford University in research, teaching, and action.
  2. Establish clear policies for implementing sustainability in every part of campus: implement, monitor, and achieve.
  3. Educate and train the Stanford community to work towards sustainability goals and build a fully committed and engaged community.
  4. Reach beyond Stanford. Influence sustainability research, education, and action beyond the university.

Descriptions of specific actions under each of the Sustainability 3.0 strategies are available upon request to members of the Stanford community. Please contact for more information.

More information

Sustainability 3.0 planning outcomes were shared with the university community at the inaugural Celebrating Sustainability event held on May 7, 2012 at Paul Brest Hall. Members of the planning committee unveiled the common goals, strategies, and actions that helped to guide sustainability at Stanford during this time.