The university has undertaken major ongoing initiatives to reduce energy and water use, apply stringent environmental standards to all new buildings, encourage sustainable living, promote low-impact transportation, conserve natural resources, and decrease waste, even with continued campus growth. Stanford continues to analyze the effectiveness of its sustainability programs and identify opportunities for improvement. In addition to tracking absolute consumption and intensity trends, Stanford considers annual per capita resource use. For a complete review, please view the Sustainability at Stanford: A Year in Review 2017–18 annual report.
Stanford actively manages it performance and tracks its progress via campus-wide dashboards aimed at increasing efficiency across all operations. As the university continues to grow to support its academic mission, responsible growth is both a priority and a tool for informing long-range strategic planning. Stanford is dedicated to driving resource conservation at the individual and operational levels, and the efficiency and conservation programs implemented by the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management and its partner organizations ensure that each individual footprint shrinks. The performance snapshot below showcases progress compared to baseline years of measurement.