Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 88.00
Liaison Sam Lubow
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
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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 - https://pac-12.com/team-green/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. Some of the sustainability presentations and their related materials are listed below.

1) My Cardinal Green Individual Action Network - award winner: https://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/conferences/stockholm-2018/2018-conference-summary
2018 PAC-12 SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE: http://pac-12sustainabilityconference.com/about/
1) Tailgate Greening
2) Student Athlete Engagement
1) Engagement through Operations: Staff, Fans and Community: http://summit.greensportsalliance.org/
1) From Sourcing to Sorting: Innovations in Waste Management: http://summit.greensportsalliance.org/
1) How University Transportation Practitioners are Transforming USGBC's Global Transportation Emphasis: http://www.aashe.org/conference/
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 2018 Conference
1) Technology to Motivate and Quantify Behavior Change: My Cardinal Green
2) Stanford’s Sustainable IT Program
3) R&DE Student Housing Green Cleaning Program
4) Data Driven Programs to Promote Sustainable Behaviors
5) Sustainable Cleaning Initiatives
6) Mobilizing Data to Drive Engagement and Energy Efficiency
7) Residential & Dining Enterprises’ Sustainable Food Program Local Farm Purchasing: https://chesc.org/wp-content/uploads/CHESCprogramFull_FINAL_WEB3_NObleed.pdf
CHESC 2017 Conference
1) Creating a Climate for Change: From Engagement to Behavior Modification
2) Creating Green Laboratories
3) Predicting Sustainable Transportation Outcomes: Transportation Demand Management Tools at Stanford University
4) Collaboration and Communication is Key to Successful Sustainability Projects and Programs
5) University Residential and Landscape Water Use Reduction Techniques
6) Before Internet: Using Student Ingenuity to Drive Operations Investment and Behavior Change Without Social Media
7) Sustainability Officers Workshop – two tracks: 1. Sustainability engagement in the new political climate; 2. Incorporating sustainability into university procurement: https://chesc.org/wp-content/uploads/CHESCprogramFull_Final.pdf
CHESC 2016 Conference:
1) Sustainability Officers Workshop
2) The Future of Green Labs

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

1) A Data-Driven Approach to Plug Load Energy Reduction Programs

1) Assessing sustainability of lab purchases: https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/summit17/
2017 Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Summit: Developing a rubric for evaluating sustainability of laboratory purchase

1) Engage Building Occupants: How to Reduce Plug Load Energy Use

1) Myth-busting Barriers Associated with Plug Load Controls

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

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):

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.

In addition to the journal articles and award listed above, Stanford has applied for and received the following awards among higher education consortia, both recognizing the Stanford Energy System Innovations project.

1) International Sustainable Campus Network Campus Excellence Award: https://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/conferences/stockholm-2018/2018-conference-summary
2) California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Best Practice Awards - three different awards in the areas of Green Cleaning, Information Technology, and Campus Engagement Programs

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 Bangert, Director of the Office of Sustainability, served as chair of the AASHE Board of Directors for calendar years 2015 and 2016: http://www.aashe.org/about/governance/board Since 2012, Fahmida has also served on the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Steering Committee (CHESC) and currently chairs the CHESC steering committee for 2018 and 2019. In 2018 and 2019, she also served as an advisor for the Behavior Energy and Climate Conference (BECC).

Rashmi Sahai, Assessments Program Manager in the Office of Sustainability, serves on the AASHE STARS Steering Committee, and has been chairing the committee since January 2018. She also serves as co-chair of the Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium.

Moira Hafer, Sustainability Specialist in the Office of Sustainability, serves on the AASHE Advisory Committee in the area of Air &Climate 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:

Stanford staff member Moira Hafer participates as a mentor in AASHE's mentorship program. In 2017-18, Moira was paired with a staff member from Texas A&M and formed a robust mentoring relationship with Texas A&M over the course of the year.

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, such as AASHE and Ivy Plus. 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 with other campuses and local organizations: http://sustainable.stanford.edu/sesi Over 10,000 people have toured the facility through these docent-led tours, representing the Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 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 partners with MIT and the Department of Energy on the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment program (C3E), which aims to advance women’s participation and leadership in clean energy. Key elements of the U.S. C3E program include the C3E Ambassadors, senior leaders who serve as role models and advocates for women in clean energy, and the annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, designed to help women in the clean energy sector build the skills and professional networks needed to succeed. Many participants say that the symposium inspired them to take the next step in their careers, whether by taking on a new leadership role or starting a clean energy business. Each symposium honors winners of the C3E Awards, which recognize the outstanding leadership and achievements of mid-career women working to advance clean energy. C3E Awards are given in eight categories: Advocacy, Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Government, International, Law & Finance, and Research. In 2018, Texas A&M officially joined MIT and Stanford as a sponsor of the program: https://www.energy.gov/articles/c3e-announces-texas-am-energy-institute-joining-collaborative-effort-advance-women-s?utm_source=Stanford+Energy+News&utm_campaign=92a312e336-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_31_11_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2417e9ed82-92a312e336-35597793 Additionally in 2018, Fahmida Ahmed Bangert, Director of the Office of Sustainability, presented on clean energy at the conference.

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