Shining sun


Stanford’s achievements in sustainability-focused operations and academic research have been recognized by regional, national, and international organizations. The wide spectrum of Stanford’s awards and commendations highlights the multifaceted nature of sustainability. Presented below is a selection of the most significant formal recognitions of campus sustainability initiatives in 2013–14.

  • 2015 Green Honor Roll, Princeton Review. Stanford was named as one of the most environmentally friendly schools in the nation for the second consecutive year, earning 99 points (the maximum possible) in the survey of 861 schools.
  • Gold rating, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Stanford earned a Gold rating under AASHE’s latest version (2.0) of its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Stanford’s raw score is the highest earned by any institution within the new framework as of the date of its submission. A total of 314 colleges and universities report into various versions of STARS.
  • Top 10 ranking, “Cool Schools,” Sierra magazine, for the fifth consecutive year
  • Effective and Innovative Practices Award, APPA, for the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) program. APPA, the largest international association of educational institutions and their facilities and physical plant departments, recognized SESI for the innovative design of the new heat recovery system and Central Energy Facility.
  • Silver Award of Distinction, Annual Reports (Educational Institutions), 20th Annual Communicator Awards, for the collaborative annual sustainability report, Sustainability at Stanford: A Year in Review.
  • Gold Award, Best Workplaces for Commuters, for Transportation Demand Management program. Stanford was one of 23 employers and 12 universities nationwide recognized in the Best Workplaces Race to Excellence.
  • Platinum-Level Bicycle-Friendly University, League of American Bicyclists. This is the organization’s highest designation.
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Platinum certification, for Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2). The first large-scale high-performance building at Stanford, Y2E2 received the highest rating awarded by the US Green Building Council.