Energy & Environment


Welcome to the ASSU Energy & Environment Committee Homepage!

Our team has been working hard to promote collaboration among energy and environment student groups, to serve as a liaison between student groups and university resources, and to provide useful information to the community.

Top Accomplishments for 2014-2015:

  1. Established a public “Database of Institutional Knowledge” for energy and environmental student groups to pass along important knowledge to next year’s leadership
  2. Surveyed the student body on energy and environmental interest.  The survey data, also available on the “Database of Institutional Knowledge” can be used to tailor future club activities and advertising to generate greater student involvement. 
  3. Brought together the SSS Biodiversity Subgroup and the Office of the University Architect to get student input into future landscaping and planning.  SSS will be involved in the planning of the Stanford Arboretum. 

Come back later for updated information on the progress or our research projects and initiatives. Thank you! ASSU Energy and Environment Committee

Database of Institutional Knowledge

Database of Institutional Knowledge

Click HERE to access the database! 

Student Groups

Student Groups

Appetite for Change

Appetite for Change is a student group at Stanford that hopes to raise student awareness about our eating habits, with a focus on livestock products. Appetite for Change is trying to get people to think more about their animal consumption choices whether that be the environment, factory farming, worker rights, animal welfare or health.

Energy Service Corps

Energy Service Corps is a joint project of CALPIRG and AmeriCorps that mobilizes college students ramp up energy efficiency in their local community. The Stanford chapter is currently led by a team of 11 student interns.

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

ESW’s goal is to mobilize resources from Stanford and the surrounding area to provide practical, technical solutions to peoples in developing communities. Engineers work on hands-on projects on campus and internationally to address poverty and sustainability around the globe.

Environmental Law Society

This society is the nation’s oldest environmental law group and publisher of the Environmental Law Journal, as well as numerous handbooks on environmental legislation. Stanford Environmental Law Society aims to influence public policy, participate in environmental advocacy, and learn about environmental careers.

Fossil Free Stanford

Fossil Free Stanford is an advocacy group working to influence Stanford to freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies, and to divest within five years from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil-fuel public equities and corporate bonds.

Contact – Michael Penuelas (penuelas [at] Stanford [dot] edu)

Graduate School of Business Sustainable Business Club

The Sustainable Business Club connects students with business, technology and policy leaders in fields such as sustainable services, clean energy, water resources, and climate change; we hold industry speaker lunches, mixer events with across-the-street and e-IPER students, and company treks.

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Green Alliance for Innovative Action (GAIA)

The Green Alliance for Innovative Action (GAIA) is the umbrella group for all student groups with a stake in sustainability at Stanford University. The alliance works with student group leaders, faculty, and administration to coordinate sustainability initiatives.

Contact – Yari Greaney (ygreaney [at] stanford [dot] edu)

Green Dorm Project

A project developed in conjunction with the class CEE 124/224, where students become involved in the design process of the green dorm by providing input for the living lab program and architectural and building systems designs, and second, to provide a structure for student research that will contribute to green dorm development and operation.

Green Events Consulting (GEC)

GEC advises and works with student groups to make their events more sustainable, funding additional costs if incurred. Consultants are recruited annually and trained to lend their expertise to organizations during the year. Past events include Splash, ASB, Dance Marathon, and many others.

Green Grid Radio

The mission of Green Grid Radio is to create engaging and transformative narratives regarding the environment, energy, and sustainability. Through meaningful dialogue about complex subject matter, we seek to educate the public and provoke change on both the individual and societal levels. We also seek to showcase the work of our academic, industry, and student speakers.

Green Living Council (GLC)

The Stanford Green Living Council (GLC) is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability on the Stanford campus. In particular, the GLC focuses primarily on individual behavior and dorm life, educating Stanford students and faculty about both the importance of environmental sustainability and the steps they can take, big or small, to lead more environmentally friendly lives.

Green Store

Green Store is a service run by Stanford University students for the Stanford community. We sell recyclable cups and compostable food serviceware at break-even cost to registered undergraduate and graduate student organizations and deliver purchases to requested on-campus locations for free.

GSB Food and Agriculture Management (FARM) Club

The Food and Agriculture Resource Management (FARM) Club serves to advance the career and educational interests of the GSB community in topics related to food and agriculture. FARM also facilitates cross-disciplinary engagement on topics of agriculture with relevant Stanford clubs and academic departments.

NAACP, Environmental Justice

The Stanford NAACP is a leading green group of color on Stanford’s campus and influential chapter in the climate justice activism throughout the Association’s Youth & College Division because of its Environmental Justice (EJ) Committee. Through the EJ Committee, Stanford NAACP aims to highlight social justice, racial equality, and class conflict into the discussions about the environment and climate change.

SPOON (Stanford Project on Hunger)

The Stanford Project on Hunger (SPOON) was created to collect unused and leftover food on campus for distribution to the hungry and homeless community of Palo Alto. SPOON student volunteers collect extra food that would otherwise be wasted from campus dining halls, row houses, eating clubs, and special events.

Stanford Energy Club

The Stanford Energy Club is designed to be the central hub connecting the energy subcommunities at Stanford University. The club looks to be the first stop for a student searching for energy related events on campus, a local researcher looking for resources at Stanford, or an organization searching for a way to promote and publicize an event.

Contact – Sam Steyer – (ssteyer [at] Stanford [dot] edu)

Stanford Farm Project

The Stanford Farm Project is a newly formed group addressing food issues at Stanford. Main projects include the Community Farm, the Stanford Farm Stand, and the Campus Garden Network. The group aims to promote sustainable food on campus, change our relationship to food, and empower students to tackle food and agriculture related projects.

Stanford Free Store

Union Underground grew out of several needs on campus: the vast amount of reusables discarded by students annually, the need to reduce consumption of new material goods, the lack of affordable shopping options nearby, and the absence of a consistent creative space for students on campus.

Stanford GRID Alternatives

Stanford GRID Alternatives is the first campus chapter of GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services in low-income communities.

Stanford Ocean Group

The Ocean Group is a marine conservation group on campus that seeks to raise awareness among students concerning ocean issues, with the goal of instigating action. Relevant activities include beach cleanups and documentary screenings.

Contact – Hannah Chen (hkchen5 [at] Stanford [dot] edu)

Stanford Outdoor Outreach Program

The Stanford Outdoor Outreach Program is a group of undergrads and grad students who take high schoolers from East Palo Alto on hiking, camping, and backpacking trips to give them an opportunity to experience the natural world that they ordinarily wouldn’t have.

Contact – Hannah Black (hmcblack [at] Stanford [dot] edu)

Stanford Solar and Wind Energy Project (SWEP)

The Stanford Solar and Wind Energy Project (or SWEP) student group, aims to promote, assess, and develop the solar and wind energy resources on and around Stanford’s campus.

Stanford Solar Car Project

The Stanford Solar Car Project is America’s top solar car team. The project began in 1989 and is an entirely student-run, non-profit organization fueled by its members’ passion for environmentally sustainable technology. The team designs and builds solar powered cars to race in the 2000 mile long World Solar Challenge in the Australian Outback.

Stanford Students Environmental Consulting

Stanford Environmental Consulting is a student-run organization with the goal of promoting sustainable practices that emphasize environmental, financial, and social performance. We provide consulting services for companies and other organizations already working with or interested in exploring, adopting, and spreading environmentally friendly practices and ideas.

Contact – Burjis Godrej (bgodrej [at] Stanford [dot] edu)

Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS)

SEEDS is an education program of the Ecological Society of America. Its mission is to diversify and advance the profession of ecology through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students. Focused at the undergraduate level, opportunities sponsored by the program include student field trips, undergraduate research fellowships, ESA Annual Meeting travel awards, and campus ecology chapters.

Contact – Michael Penuelas (penuelas [at] Stanford [dot] edu)

Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS)

Students for a Sustainable Stanford was formed in the Spring of 2000 to encourage green building on campus and to reduce Stanford’s greenhouse gas emissions. Since then we have grown and evolved into one of the most prominent environmental-focused student groups on campus and have extended our work to all kinds of issues, from local topics like water and food to international problems like climate change.

Contact – Zachary Gold (zgold [at] Stanford [dot] edu)



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University Resources

Centers (and Programs)

Bill Lane Center for the American West -  the Center supports research, teaching, and reporting about western land and life in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Carnegie Institution at Stanford

Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) Center for Conservation Biology Center for Innovation in Global Health Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program (ENRLP) Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Haas Center for Public Service Hoover Institution Hopkins Marine Station Institute of Design at Stanford Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies Precourt Institute for Energy - serves as the hub of a broad and deep network of experts from various science, technology, behavioral, and policy disciplines who are working independently and collaboratively to solve the world’s most pressing energy problems

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Program on Urban Studies Stanford Center for Reservoir Forecasting Stanford Center on Ethics Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance Sustainable Stanford / Office of Sustainability   Need help with a project? Have a question about a center?  Reach out to us at

Drought Information ACT, LEARN, and ENGAGE in water and drought issues. Below is a compilation of resources with information and opportunities to be more involved on the topic of water and drought. This list is meant to be fairly comprehensive and representative of the different opportunities available to Stanford students, but it is not exhaustive.

  • Act to conserve water and help lessen the impact of drought.
      1. Water Waste – Report water waste on- or off-campus.
        1. For on-campus, call 650-723-2281 to report any leaks, irrigation runoff, etc.
        2. For off-campus, use the “Access Valley Water” smartphone app or online form ( to report water waste throughout Santa Clara County.
      2. Student Sustainable Living Guide – Tips for students on saving water and making other sustainable choices at Stanford. Prepared as a collaboration between Stanford student groups, the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford Athletics, and several administrative divisions. URL:
      3. Student Housing Water Conservation Tips – Facts about water use in student housing and tips for reducing your impact. Prepared by the Stanford Residential & Dining Enterprises. URL:
      4. Students: Be a Part of It – Various resources for Stanford students to become involved in water and sustainability issues. Prepared by Sustainable Stanford. URL:


  • Learn about water and the drought at Stanford and beyond.
      1. At Stanford:
        1. Stanford Sustainability Course List – An extensive list of courses across the University that include a sustainability component. Prepared by Sustainable Stanford. URL:
        2. What We’re Doing:Water – Sustainable Stanford’s website on water issues. Includes news about water and drought and what the University is doing to conserve water. Hosted by Sustainable Stanford. URL:
        3. Stanford Facilities: Water Efficiency – Contains news about Stanford’s water supply and describes Stanford’s water efficiency programs for facilities. Hosted by the Stanford Department of Sustainability & Energy Management. URL:
        4. Research Centers – Stanford has several research centers that include a focus on water and drought. These centers sponsor events and other learning opportunities that are open to the Stanford community.
          1. Woods Institute for the Environment – Stanford’s hub of interdisciplinary environment and sustainability research with the goal of producing breakthrough environmental research in seven focal areas, including freshwater. URL:
          2. Water in the West – An interdisciplinary research center with the goal of developing effective water management solutions for the arid US west. URL:
          3. Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) – An interdisciplinary, multi-institution research center with the purpose of changing urban water management through the development of safe, sustainable water infrastructure. URL:
      2. Beyond Stanford
  1. Drought Watch 2014 in Santa Clara County – Information about water supplies, drought, and conservation measures in Santa Clara County, in which Stanford is located. Hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Water District. URL: Conservation tips can be found here:
  2. California Drought – Website with news and links to other resources about the drought. Hosted by the State of California. URL:
  3. Save our Water  - Compilation of resources (including a water use calculator) related to water use and conservation in California. Hosted by the State of California and the Association of California Water Agencies. URL:
  4. The California Drought – Compilation of tools, research, and information on the California drought to facilitate understanding, planning for, and finding sustainable water management solutions in the western US. Hosted by the Pacific Institute. URL:
  5. California Drought Monitor – Contains up-to-date maps showing the extent of drought in California. Hosted by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln URL:
  6. Major Reservoir Readings – Contains information about the levels of surface water reservoirs in California.
  7. Snowpack Report – Contains information about snowpack levels in California. Snowpack is a critical source of water for the state.
  8. City of Palo Alto Drought Update – Learn about Palo Alto’s water restrictions and response to the drought.,310


  • Engage in water and drought issues at Stanford
    1. Join a student group with a focus on water. See “Student Groups” tab of our website.
      1. Green Living Council (GLC) – GLC promotes mindful water use among students as part of its mission of cultivating sustainable lifestyles on campus. Behavior intervention projects, implemented by GLC members in their dorms target shower and laundry habits, while the acclaimed Water Wars competition pits dorms against one another in a fight for water conservation supremacy. For more information, visit
      2. Students for Sustainable Stanford (SSS) – SSS works to ensure that environmental sustainability is a core principle behind social, structural, and educational development in our community. Recent initiatives included installing a water bottle filling station in Old Union, participating in a “green cleaning” trial run in Columbae, and installing a rainwater catchment system at Synergy. SSS meets every Monday at at 9:00pm in the Haas Center. For more information, visit
    2. Attend and participate in Stanford events related to water and drought.
      1. Stanford Events: Environment – A calendar of the various environmentally-related events happening at Stanford

Have a suggestion for something to add to this list? E-mail us at Please provide a short (2-4 sentence) description of the resource and its connection to water and drought. Also, please provide contact information or a website URL to learn more about the resource.    

About Us

About Us

The ASSU Energy & Environment Committee was established in the Spring of 2014 to support energy and environmental student groups and to raise awareness of energy and environmental issues in the greater community. The Committee has three primary goals:

  1. Act as a liaison between student groups and university administration and leadership
  2. With the help of GAIA and other groups, facilitate communication and collaboration between energy and sustainability student groups on campus
  3. Produce websites, documents and other informational material to clearly and concisely explain energy and environmental issues on campus

We want to tackle these goals by building a network of important administrators on campus and helping student groups reach out to these administrators, setting up monthly meetings with the leadership of all the student groups to promote collaboration and greater awareness of community events, and focusing on important issues on campus and creating white papers and other information material to clearly convey complex issues (like divestment or SESI) to students. Our work will hopefully make energy and environmental issues more accessible to general campus and should empower student groups to have more of an impact and a greater awareness of other areas of the energy and environmental community. Have a question?  Need help with a project?  Contact us at assuenvironment [at] gmail [dot] com.

The Team

amanda2   Amanda Zerbe Earth Systems/International Relations, Class of 2015

Amanda is passionate about ocean policy and energy issues, and is currently writing an honors thesis on potential fisheries performance indicators that could be used by California fisheries managers. Amanda is also an Academic Theme Associate in the Crothers Global Citizenship team and co-editor-in-chief of Intersect: the Stanford Journal of Science, Technology, and Society. In her spare time, Amanda loves to read and make playlists.


Charlie Jiang Engineering Physics, Class of 2016 Charlie is a junior majoring in Engineering Physics, with a focus on Renewable Energy. Passionate about environmental issues, Charlie is also a member of Students for a Sustainable Stanford and Fossil Free Stanford. He also applies his major to this area as a member of the Stanford Solar Car Project, working to build the fastest solar-powered vehicle in the world. In his spare time, he can be found playing tennis or cheering on the Cardinal at football games.





emma (1) Emma Hutchinson Earth Systems, Class of 2017 Emma is passionate about science communication, environmental issues, and integrative solutions. She is very excited to be a part of this committee and to help environmental groups on campus gain better access to resources, communicate, and collaborate with other groups in order to make a bigger impact on and off campus. At Stanford, she also plays clarinet in the Wind Ensemble, is a Co-Leader of the Climate and Energy Subgroup of Students for a Sustainable Stanford, tutors middle schoolers through East Palo Alto Stanford Academy, blogs for a moringa-based food company called Kuli Kuli, and works as an Oral Communication Tutor at the Hume Center.



Jon Bradshaw Environmental Engineering, MS/Ph.D 2018 (expected)



Keyur_1 (1)   Keyur Mehta  Mechanical Engineering, Sophomore Keyur Mehta is a Sophomore from Austin, Texas who is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and hoping to work at the intersection of biotechnology and business. Outside of school, he is involved in Stanford Consulting and a few startups including Tea with Strangers and Copernican Solutions. Perhaps most importantly, he is a passionate supporter of Arsenal and the greatest show on television, Parks and Recreation.





maria   Maria Doerr (Prospective) Earth Systems, Class of 2017 Maria is interested in environmental regulation, economics and urban planning.  In the future, she hopes to promote viable environmental and humanitarian solutions through work at the intersection of science and policy. Along with ASSU, she is an Environmental Justice Subgroup leader in Students for a Sustainable Stanford. In her free time, she enjoys biking, playing ukulele and baking pies.







  Akshai Baskaran Chemical Engineering, Class of 2015 Outside of the classroom, Akshai has been a member of Stanford Mock Trial, a member of the Sophomore and Junior Class Cabinets, and a consultant and project director for the Stanford Consulting Student Group. Akshai was also an RCC in Otero and software developer for SUNCAT at SLAC. He is currently in the CISAC Honors Program, writing a thesis on Chinese water and energy security challenges.

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