Faculty and staff are in a prime position to create a culture of sustainability—here are some ways to get involved.
Leave Your Car At Home
Stanford makes it easy for commuters to car share, vanpool or take public transit. Incentives and programs include cash payments for not commuting alone, free transit passes, a ride-matching service for carpoolers, emergency rides home, and more.
Getting around campus without a car is easy: Marguerite shuttles will take you almost anywhere you want to go, including off-campus shopping areas and local transit connections. Stanford employees also get discounts on the Zipcar car-sharing service, with over 20 campus locations.
save resources in offices & classrooms
There are plenty of simple (and painless) ways to cut waste and energy use in offices and classrooms:
- Set your computer monitor to “sleep” when it’s been idle for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Use Energy Star office machines, and choose the most efficient options. Ink-jet printers use less energy than laser printers, and laptops use less energy than desktops.
- Plug machines into “smart” power strips that automatically turn off equipment when you’re gone.
- Turn off lights, monitors, printers and copiers at night and on weekends.
- Unplug appliances, such as coffeemakers, shredders, fans and battery chargers, when not in use. These draw electricity even when they’re “off.”
- Use compact fluorescent bulbs for desk lighting—they last 10 times longer than regular bulbs and use one-quarter the energy.
- Replace your outdated office fridge with an Energy Star appliance; Stanford’s Energy Retrofit Program offers a $200 rebate.
- Purchase recycled paper and other recycled products.
- Print or copy on both sides—and think twice before making the printout or copy in the first place.
The Energy Conservation Incentive Program website provides energy-saving tips tailored to offices, classrooms, libraries, labs and computer facilities. It also rewards schools and administrative departments for reducing electricity use by letting them “cash in” unused kilowatt-hours at the end of the fiscal year.
For more ideas on how you can save energy in your office, go to the Energy Conservation website.
recycle & reduce waste
The university sells surplus equipment, furniture and other goods to the community, and the Interdepartmental Property Reuse website facilitates the exchange and reuse of office supplies.
Use the collection bins in all campus buildings for paper, plastics and cans, and the bins in several locations around campus for toner and ink cartridges, batteries, cell phones, CDs and other e-waste. Every little bit you keep out of the trash helps save energy and reduce landfill waste.
You can also take recyclable items to the Stanford Drop-off Center at 701 Serra St. Go to the center’s website for hours and a list of acceptable materials. Take televisions and monitors to 339 Bonair Siding.
If you live on campus, remember that Stanford picks up paper, cans, bottles and compostables (such as yard and food waste) from faculty and staff housing.
You can reduce waste further by buying less, using less, and purchasing recycled products whenever possible. Bringing your own bags to the store and mug to the café are two simple things you can do to reduce the amount of trash going to landfills and the resources needed for manufacturing.
Learn more about Stanford’s recycling, waste minimization and reuse programs.
green your event
Stanford Recycling can provide receptacles for recyclables and compost waste at any event. If your event requires catering, Stanford Dining can provide food from regional farms and compostable serviceware. And you can cut down on paper use by limiting paper handouts and mailings, and using electronic communications as much as possible. Download the Green Events Planning Guidelines flyer.
Living in stanford housing? save water!
Faculty and staff housing accounts for 23 percent of Stanford’s domestic water use, so your efforts to save water make a real difference. Here are a few things you can do:
- Take shorter showers — cutting one minute from your daily shower saves about 60 gallons of water a month.
- Run only full loads of laundry.
- Landscape with efficient irrigation systems and plants that need less water. Check out the Waterwise Demonstration Garden on Raimundo Way to get some ideas.
- Use high-efficiency Energy Star appliances and toilets. You can get rebates on purchases of new washing machines and toilets.
For more ideas about saving water in your home, go to the Water Conservation website.