Thank you for your interest in our 2018–19 annual report. Together at Stanford, we continue to tackle new challenges with innovative and practical solutions to model an environmentally sustainable institution to help our campus, local, and global community understand, mitigate, and adapt to the changing climate. While the report provides an overview of significant milestones, highlighted links will connect you to examples of the pervasive commitment to and thriving culture of sustainability at Stanford University.
Today, the university functions as a living laboratory of sustainability. Unique Stanford landmarks like the Central Energy Facility (CEF), the Codiga Resource Recovery Center, and the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm, serve as implementation models and learning centers for thousands of researchers and visitors from all over the world, while also providing educational experiences for our students. We have undertaken ambitious initiatives to advance progress and create a thriving environment. Testament to this vision is our commitment to function on 100% renewable electricity by 2021, reducing our campus greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. We are also preparing and aligning this year for a zero waste Stanford by 2030, defined as 90% diversion from the landfill or higher, using the principles of sustainable materials management.
As Stanford works to accelerate progress beyond these goals, it has incorporated sustainability into multiple strategic themes outlined in the vision for the university’s future. Stanford’s robust and holistic approach to sustainability actively supports its mission to benefit the region and the world. As an example, the university recently offered a package of community benefits addressing its long-term land use permit, including housing and transportation solutions, reflecting the university’s values of sustainable development and service to the community.
These and the additional 2018–19 academic year milestones outlined in the report that follow underscore our pledge to meaningful progress and applied innovation. More than 35 academic and operational departments work together to run sustainability, efficiency, and conservation programs that dramatically and collectively reduce Stanford’s environmental footprint, while maintaining a #1 spot as a research university among 940 reporting institutions of higher education. This annual report highlights and celebrates our collective work, deep partnerships, and our resilient future.
With gratitude and regards,
Fahmida A. Bangert
Director, Sustainability and SEM Business Services
Department of Sustainability and Energy Management