Office of Sustainability and its campus partners are pleased to present the 2015-16 digital edition of Sustainability at Stanford: A Year in Review, which showcases the actions and achievements of the university to advance campus sustainability during the academic year. This annual publication presents a comprehensive view of Stanford as an institution that deliberately integrates sustainability across all aspects of campus life.

The Features in this report provide background and outline progress on sustainability initiatives across key operational and programmatic topic areas. They describe the operational milestones and performance achievements of the past year, with an emphasis on Stanford’s many accomplishments and its effort to push ever forward as a leader in the practice of sustainable campus operations.

Monthly Snapshots support the features to highlight the steady pulse of sustainability on campus throughout the year and showcase the multitude of activities that take place across the different sustainability topics. These vary from bold and ambitious projects to grassroots efforts, and the stories help to convey the strategic and collaborative elements of Stanford’s integrated, flourishing culture of sustainability.

All of the initiatives highlighted in our report represent collaborative efforts across multiple entities and areas of expertise at Stanford. To demonstrate the fundamental interconnectedness of these campus initiatives, each piece is also classified by topic, which you can also use to navigate the report.

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Sustainability Key Performance Indicators

Stanford 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 …