Stanford trustee Tom Steyer ’83, who gave the keynote speech for Stanford’s Energy Week this past Tuesday, talked with The Daily about the University’s sustainability initiatives.
According to a new study co-authored by Professor Adam Brandt, the greater part of methane emissions in the United States can be traced to a small number of “super emitting” natural gas wells.
Stanford’s varsity athletics program will be the first in the country to become carbon-neutral in air travel with the student-initiated program, Stanford Carbon Offsets to Reduce Emissions (SCORE). The program works with carbon offset company 3degrees to invest money into a landfill methane recycling project. Energy produced from the landfill methane will then save emissions equivalent to the annual emissions from the Athletics Department’s flights.
The project’s partners include clubs Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS) as well as Stanford Students Environmental Consulting (SSEC), with additional support from the Athletics Department, the Office of Sustainability and the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Science. A grant from the TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation will primarily fund the project, providing $3,062 to cover all 36 varsity sports teams over the next year.
Residents of Palo Alto’s College Terrace neighborhood continue to contest Stanford’s plan to manage toxic substances found in the University’s nearby construction site for University Terrace, a new faculty housing area on the edge of Stanford Research Park.
After a quarter-long collaboration between Stanford graduate students and city staff, East Palo Alto has become a founding member of Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE). This new non-profit seeks to provide San Mateo County residents with renewable energy at low cost.
The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) has awarded a total $7.6 million to six research teams from Stanford and three other universities for solutions that address global energy deficiency in a sustainable manner, according to the Stanford News Report.
In its latest initiative against Stanford’s investment in fossil fuels, Fossil Free Stanford (FFS) is calling on the Board of Trustees to take their money out of fossil fuels – or risk losing the Class of 2016’s Senior Gift.
The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is launching a new pilot program, the Forum for Undergraduate Environmental Leadership (FUEL), in order to engage with a broader portion of campus and expose environmentally-minded students to various career pathways.
The program, which is open to current juniors, seniors and coterms, will begin spring quarter. According to the Woods Institute website, the forum will allow selected students to “meet and network with emerging leaders and seasoned professionals in both the private and public sectors.”