by Spencer Robinson '20
Stanford is a world leader in both research in and active engagement with sustainability! Clean energy, ecosystem conservation, waste reduction, water conservation… you name it! I mean our mascot is the tree right?
Here are just a few of the many things you should check out on campus!
Majors to take a look at:
If you’re interested in bettering people’s livelihoods and improving our relationship with the natural environment, you’ve likely seen the list of majors below. BUT to be honest, no matter what department you're in, there will be either be classes dealing specifically with sustainability or some tool or concept that you can use in the sustainability field.
Cool Classes to Consider for Freshmen year
Whether you’re interested in ecology, green-technology, environmental policy, or social impact – there’s probably class that covers it! Here’s a list recommended by members of SSS:
Here’s a quick summary of some sustainability clubs to check out!
We at Students for a Sustainable Stanford are an inclusive and intersectional community that works to implement long-lasting sustainable practices on and off the Stanford campus through discussion, engagement, and direct action. What do we do? We run waste education programming for frosh, launch campaigns to eliminate plastic waste, volunteer and collaborate with local environmental justice organizations, host/present our ideas around sustainability at conferences and act as a resource to help other student groups to their part to minimize their environmental impact.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are thoroughly confusing by waste sorting at Stanford and want to help set up a date for us to do a waste sorting training/discussion with your dorm. Come along to our meetings on Mondays at 9pm Haas Center DK Room!
The Stanford Energy Club is Stanford's largest student-run energy organization, with a mission to create a diverse energy community, enable collaboration across different departments, and foster the energy and sustainability leaders of the future. We serve as a hub for students interested in energy to connect with other students, researchers, and professionals through our events, hangouts, annual conference, and journal.
We do a lot of things! We organize events every quarter for students to learn from leaders in the energy industry and academia like panel discussions, tours at companies like Tesla, and large networking events with 30+ companies; we run hands-on projects to reduce energy use on campus, teach high-school students about energy, install solar panels with a local nonprofit, and host energy case competitions and design thinking workshops; we host an annual conference (Stanford Energy Week), bringing together over 400 people from campus and the wider community; and we regularly publish articles in the Stanford Energy Journal.
How to get involved: If you’d like to learn more and stay updated on upcoming events, follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/StanfordEnergyClub) and sign up for our mailing list on our website (energyclub.stanford.edu). If you have questions, feel free to email our leadership at email@example.com. Our first open meeting is scheduled for the week of October 1st (i.e. week 2 of spring quarter).
The Stanford Chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) was founded in 2003, and has since then, hosted numerous events and projects including workshops, international internships, design projects, and conferences. ESW welcomes participants from all disciplines and skill-levels. We strive to improve the quality of life in underserved communities, through building partnerships with those who share our vision, and by developing the necessary perspectives and skill sets.
“Stanford Farmers is about connecting students in meaningful ways to the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm on the west edge of campus, in addition to cultivating discussions around food systems and many connected fields, like race and gender equality, art, and engineering. Stanford We hold meetings where we plan fun, interesting events, like the Fall Harvest Festival, and discuss the topics mentioned above. There are regular farm volunteer hours from 9am-4pm on Saturdays, and from 8:30am-12pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check us out on Facebook and check farm.stanford.edu. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know more and to join the email list. Our first event will be a fresh-baked PIZZA PARTY at the farm on the Saturday after Week 1, September 29th, 2-6pm!!”
Stanford Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035 (SCOPE 2035) is a group of students that advocates for equitable labor and transportation policies, greenhouse gas mitigation, and affordable housing in the Santa Clara County. General Use Permit For more info visit their website here.
Great Resources on Campus
The Office of Sustainability!
Yep! Stanford has a whole office dedicated to reducing resource use on campus! Sign Up for their program MyCardinalGreen once you get on campus and you can get PAID $75 for completing different tasks to reduce your energy, waste and water use.
The TomKat Center for Renewable Energy
If you get an amazing project idea or need funding for an activity for class consider applying for their energyCatalyst Grants which can be used to subsidize class trips; guest lecturers in a class; and materials for course projects or demonstrations.
Email me, Spencer Robinson (email@example.com) if you have any questions about sustainability on campus or want to get involved!
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