Stanford is paving the way for college campuses to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly, yet the university neglects to address a large portion of its carbon emissions that are released beyond its borders.
Julie Muir, manager of Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc. (PSSI) at Stanford — which manages compost, recycling, and waste on campus — said incorrect bags are a major issue when it comes to composting.
In November 2016, Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS) started the environmental blog Voices from the Tree to promote eco-consciousness on campus. The blog addresses both local issues such as campus food waste and energy use as well as global ones such as environmental housing justice and climate change.
Cardinal Conversations, a recently-launched speaker series co-hosted by the Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI), has spurred campus-wide debate as some students have expressed discontent regarding the recent invitation of political scientist Charles Murray.
Menstrual cups, which can be worn for up to 12 hours, are a safer, more environmentally sustainable alternative to tampons and pads. The cups are now available at SHPRC for $9, down from the market price of $39.
On Friday night, an estimated 2,000 people gathered in White Plaza for the Know Tomorrow rally, featuring former Vice President Al Gore. The event was part of a national Day of Action aimed to raise climate awareness in preparation for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this November and December.
Although it is perhaps more known to Stanford students for its countdown to Big Game each fall, the current countdown in White Plaza reads “Days until Paris: 60, demand climate action.” In addition to this countdown, Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS) and a coalition of other student groups on campus have been organizing to increase climate change awareness.
Stanford is partnering with SunPower to make the campus energy supply greener by installing new rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems, or solar panels, and building an off-campus solar energy plant. The project is a part of the Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI) project, an effort to reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions.