On campus


Stanford is deeply engaged in cutting-edge research and innovative teaching on the environment and sustainability. Stanford’s seven schools, as well as centers, institutes and programs across campus offer an array of courses, degree programs, and engagement opportunities focused on sustainability, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research and teaching that recognizes that solutions to complex challenges demand collaboration across multiple fields. To learn more, visit Teaching and Research.

Sustainable Stanford is a university-wide effort to reduce our environmental impact, preserve resources, and lead sustainability by example across its three pillars - environment, economy, and equity. Dedication to a culture of innovation and outreach has been central to Stanford’s mission since its founding in 1891, when Jane and Leland Stanford exhorted university leaders to “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization.” That sense of purpose drives our commitment to incorporate sustainability practices and ethos into every aspect of campus life. In pursuing its academic mission, Stanford University is committed to being a leader in research, teaching and action (institutional practice) of sustainability, upholding the values of Stanford's IDEAL Engage program
The  Department of Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM), within Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE), provides safe, reliable, high quality, sustainable and cost-effective energy and water services and infrastructure to the university and supports its mission to advance sustainability on campus and beyond.   SEM is also home to Stanford’s Office of Sustainability (OOS), which serves as the engine for the inter-departmental Sustainable Stanford programs. Through this campus-wide initiative to steer, connect, support and streamline sustainability efforts across campus, Sustainable Stanford strives to lead by example as a living lab of sustainability principles in action.  Learn about how Stanford has transformed its campus in key areas, and view the 2019-20 Year in Review for a detailed look at progress this year. 

The Office of Sustainability makes sustainability a core value, value-add and a tangible part of the Cardinal experience. OOS connects campus departments and entities and works collaboratively with them to steer sustainability-specific initiatives and provide a business office in service of sustainability programming, with a focus across seven key areas: infrastructural planning support; assessments, evaluations, and reporting; business systems; conservation programs; communications, training, and education;  collaborative governance; and organizational effectiveness