Cardinal Green Buildings

Stanford operates and maintains hundreds of campus buildings. While advanced systems ensure these buildings operate efficiently, a critical tool in helping further reduce Stanford’s energy use is the collective action of campus building occupants. 

The Cardinal Green Buildings campaign combines the Cardinal Green Office Program and Winter Closure to provide a streamlined participation opportunity in the fall. This campaign asks all building managers to continue Stanford University’s decade-long history of resource-conscious building operation. The campaign begins with a Statement of Intent (launched in Early October via email) and participation via pledge is managed through this website. Up to $5000 worth of prizes will be awarded as part of this full campaign’s implementation.  

2014 Results

The 2014 Cardinal Green Buildings campaign proved to be a success, with a total of 181 buildings participating in Winter Closure energy curtailment. The resulting savings totaled more than $350,000 in avoided energy costs – which represents 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity or 840 metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided.

During the academic year, 12 buildings were audited through the Cardinal Green Office program, and improvements were made in 11 buildings as a result. A total of 45 smart strips and 35 appliance timers were installed, with an estimated electricity cost savings of nearly $1,500 per year. We thank the building managers who supported these projects:

  • Ai Tran, Building 70/Religious Studies
  • Rob Huffman, Stanford Auxiliary Library
  • Sue Learned-Driscoll, Margaret Jacks Hall
  • Nelia Peralta, Margaret Jacks Hall
  • Tom Koos, Green Earth Sciences
  • Connie Chin, Knight Building
  • Chuck Perry, Faculty Club
  • Dara Silverstein, Stanford Dining Office
  • Keith Ellis, Escondite Cottage
  • Cindy Kirby, Sequoia Hall
  • Suman Chaube, 340 Bonair Siding