Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.74
Liaison Moira Hafer
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Stanford University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

1) Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education - http://www.aashe.org
2) Ivy Plus Sustainability Working Group - http://sustainability.yale.edu/people-partners/strategic-external-partnerships/ivy-plus
3) U.S. Green Building Council - http://www.usgbc.org

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

1) California Higher Education Sustainability Conference - https://chesc.org
2) PAC-12 Sustainability Working Group
3) Silicon Valley Leadership Group - http://svlg.org

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Each year Stanford takes an active role in regional and national sustainability conferences related to higher education. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) annual events provide opportunities for Stanford to interact with other institutions, share best practices, and further develop sustainability in the context of higher education. Specific Stanford presentations from recent AASHE and CHESC events are listed below with a link where the abstract and presentation material can be found:

1) From Sourcing to Sorting: Innovations in Waste Management

1) Assessing sustainability of lab purchases

1) Engaging Laboratories in Sustainability (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/15986/engaging-laboratories-in-sustainability)
2) Project Managing STARS 2.1 Submission Process (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/16001/project-managing-stars-21-submission-process)
3) Getting started with offsite solar (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/16313/solar-best-practices-onsite-vs-offsite-and-leveraging-energy-information-software-and-energy-storage-for-optimal-savings)

CHESC 2016 Conference
1) Sustainability Officers Workshop
2) The Future of Green Labs

1) Campus-wide plug load inventory and resulting energy reduction programs (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/8750/campus-wide-plug-load-inventory-and-resulting-energy-reduction-programs)
2) Navigating the STARS 2.0 Experience: From Data Collection to Strategic Planning (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/8815/navigating-the-stars-20-experience-from-data-collection-to-strategic-planning)
3) Setting Building Energy Use Goals: Tracking Climate Action Plan targets and successes (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/8798/setting-building-energy-use-goals-tracking-climate-action-plan-targets-and-successes)
4) Designing for Scalability: How to take campus solutions to scale for maximum impact around the globe (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/8867/designing-for-scalability-how-to-take-campus-solutions-to-scale-for-maximum-impact-around-the-globe)
5) Sustainability Officers Workshop (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/9279/pre-conference-officers-workshop-leadership-essentials-strategic-planning)

1) Increasing Momentum for Occupant Engagement through the Cardinal Green Office Program (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/9525/stanfords-building-level-sustainability-program-a-retrospective)
2) Utilizing Campus Partnerships to Enhance Campaigns (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/9419/utilizing-campus-partnerships-to-enhance-sustainability-campaigns)
3) Stanford Plug Load Equipment Inventory (poster) (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/9524/lessons-and-outcomes-from-a-campus-wide-plug-load-equipment-inventory)
4) Tracking Stanford's Transportation Program Metrics (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/9840/ev-charging-on-campus-graduating-from-pilot-to-program)
5) Electrification of Stanford's Bus Fleet (poster) (https://hub.aashe.org/browse/presentation/9839/100-battery-electric-buses-the-future-of-sustainable-campus-transportation)

1) Self-Care and Holistic Health Initiatives for Staff, Faculty, and Yourself
2) Dashboards, Feedback, and Incentives – Data-Driven Sustainability
3) Local Transformers: A Tale of Two Projects and Their Energy Shifts
4) Turning Data into Energy Projects: Innovative Approaches to Gather Actionable Data for Savings
5) Sustainability Officers Workshop
6) Navigating the STARS 2.0 Concurrent Session Group A Experience: From Data Collection to Strategic Planning
7) Campus Workplace Engagement through Green Office and Lab Programs
8) Emergence and Growth in Fuel Cell and Electric Vehicle Programs
9) Indoor Composting in Campus Residence Halls
10) New Research: Improving Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and Pedestrian and Bike Safety
1) Translating the Value of Campus Gardens to Decision Makers

1) Increasing Momentum for Occupant Engagement through the Cardinal Green Office Program
2) Utilizing Campus Partnerships to Enhance Campaigns
3) New Building Post Occupancy Energy Efficiency Modeling
4) Stanford Bus Electrification
5) Tracking Stanford's Transportation Program Metrics
6) Stanford's Whole Building Retrofits Program

Stanford also presents and participates in sustainability conferences with a scope beyond higher education. These conferences and presentations are listed below.

2016 Greenbuild Conference
1) Myth-busting Barriers Associated with Plug Load Controls

2016 Better Buildings Summit
1) Engage Building Occupants: How to Reduce Plug Load Energy Use

2016 Climate Leadership Conference
1) Achieving Carbon Reduction Targets through Building Design & Retrofits, Alternative Energy & Fuels, and Internal Carbon Pricing

2015 Behavior Energy and Climate Conference (BECC)
1) A Data-Driven Approach to Plug Load Energy Reduction Programs

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Although Stanford has not submitted a case study inclusive of multiple campuses in the previous year, it has Stanford has applied for and received the following awards among higher education consortia, both recognizing the Stanford Energy System Innovations project.

1) 2016 CHESC Sustainability Champion Award: https://chesc.org/best-practice-awards/sustainability-champion-award/
2) 2015 AASHE Sustainability Award (Case Study Category): http://www.aashe.org/about/aashe-awards

In addition to the awards listed above, in October 2015, Stanford released a white paper entitled "Inventorying Plug Load Equipment and Assessing Plug Load Reduction Solutions on a University Campus" that was widely shared with the higher education community. The white paper can be found here: http://sustainable.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/resource-attachments/Plug%20Load%20White%20Paper%20FINAL.pdf

In January 2017, an article was released in the journal Energy Efficiency based on the same study titled "Quantity and electricity consumption of plug load equipment on a university campus." The article was released online through Open Access and can be found here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12053-016-9503-2. The article appeared in the print version of Energy Efficiency in August 2017.

The journal article was also submitted to AASHE's Campus Sustainability Hub in April 2017 and thus was automatically entered for the AASHE Campus Sustainability Research Award.

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Fahmida Ahmed, Director of the Office of Sustainability, served as chair of the AASHE Board of Directors (http://www.aashe.org/about/governance/board) for calendar years 2015 and 2016. She also serves on the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Steering Committee.

Rashmi Sahai, Assessments Program Manager in the Office of Sustainability, serves on the AASHE STARS Steering Committee. She also serves as co-chair of the Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium through the end of FY18.

Moira Hafer, Sustainability Specialist in the Office of Sustainability, serves on the AASHE STARS “Air & Climate” Technical Advisory Committee and the Better Buildings Alliance Higher Education Steering Committee.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

In 2017, Stanford’s sustainability staff are currently mentoring sustainability staff at Columbia University in setting up a greenhouse gas reporting process that follows The Climate Registry Protocol. Stanford’s staff have shared the tools and resources they use to conduct the GHG inventory with their Columbia colleagues and have answered many questions over the phone and via email and will continue to do so until Columbia’s process has been fully established.

In addition to this most recent endeavor, Stanford sustainability staff frequently take on mentoring roles with other institutions on relevant categories that arise through the various networks and consortia through which Stanford participates. Topics frequently covered include plug load electricity reduction, emissions reductions, heat recovery energy systems, staff and student engagement, behavior change, green lab programs, food systems, and much more. Overall, Stanford is an extremely active member in the higher education community and consistently participates in knowledge sharing whenever asked to do so.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Stanford has made a concerted effort to share concepts of the Stanford Energy System Innovation project (http://sustainable.stanford.edu/sesi) with other campuses and local organizations. Over 4,000 people have toured the facility through these docent-led tours, representing the DOE, LBNL, the AASHE Board of Directors, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Merced, MIT, University of Utah, Princeton, the Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium, Oracle, Tesla, Google, and Johnson Controls, among many others. In addition to these on-campus tours, staff in the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management have given many more off-site presentations to governmental organizations, non-profits, and corporations throughout the Bay Area to spread the technology and encourage other entities to explore the potential of heat recovery.

Stanford also partnered with MIT and the Department of Energy to host the 5th Annual Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium in 2016. This year’s theme was “the role of women internationally in decarbonizing our energy future.” The daylong event was presented by Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy, the MIT Energy Initiative, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Keynote speakers included U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, World Energy Trilemma Executive Chair Joan MacNaughton, and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. During the symposium, eight midcareer women received C3E Awards for outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievements in advancing clean energy. Sarah Kurtz, co-director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Center for Photovoltaics, received a lifetime achievement award.

Finally, in 2015, Stanford led a joint effort between Ivy League schools, the University of California campuses, and a handful of other research institutions to provide recommendations on improvement to the STARS Steering Committee as the committee prepared for the release of STARS 2.1. (This occurred prior to Stanford staff serving on STARS committees).

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.