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When launching the Long-Range Vision, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced significant campus goals for reducing waste and emissions as part of the Sustainability Initiative, reflecting the many proposals that were submitted relating to campus sustainability. These are part of Stanford’s commitment to being a living lab for sustainability solutions, driven by the Office of Sustainability.

Emissions

Stanford has set a goal of generating 100 percent of campus electricity needs from renewable sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below peak levels by 2025 – both of which will be met in 2022 when a second solar energy plant goes online. 

The remaining emissions are mostly from fleet vehicles and shuttle buses in addition to natural gas-powered equipment such as heat pumps, and appliances in laundry facilities or labs. See the Office of Sustainability’s 2019-20 year in review for more information about emissions goals and next steps.

Emission reduction updates:

Waste

Stanford has also set a goal of being waste-free by 2030, which involves diverting 90 percent of waste from landfill. In 2018 Stanford diverted 64 percent of waste from landfill through recycling and composting, and by providing responsible purchasing guidelines to the campus community. Reaching the Long-Range Vision will require upgrades to the recycling program, expanded waste stations, and other efficiencies. 

See the Office of Sustainability’s 2019-20 year in review for more information about waste reduction goals and next steps.

Waste reduction updates