Stanford achieves top ranking for sustainability

AASHE logoStanford has achieved the top ranking – platinum – bestowed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, which assessed campus sustainability data from more than 800 universities in the United States and Canada.

Like the precious metal, the platinum rating is rare. It is an honor Stanford shares with just one other American university on the association’s 2017 Sustainable Campus Index.

The platinum ranking is based on Stanford’s sustainability achievements in operations, academics, engagement, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership – compiled from more than 1,000 data points across those categories.

In a letter that Stanford submitted with its data, Provost PERSIS DRELL and ROBERT REIDY, vice president for land, buildings and real estate, wrote:

“Stanford is steadfast in its commitment to sustainability in academics and academic experience, as evidenced by an increasing number of sustainability courses, assessment efforts and sustainable campus living opportunities. After two years of operation of Stanford’s new Central Energy Facility through the Stanford Energy System Innovations initiative, Stanford is excited to report sustained reductions in both greenhouse gas emissions and water use. The university continues to strive toward improved sustainability performance through efforts such as integration of renewables into Stanford’s electricity portfolio and fleet electrification – to name a few.”

This year, Stanford can also boast the highest score – 85.74 out of a possible 90 – of any institution that has taken part in the annual ranking to date.

Stanford’s full 2017 submission can be found online here.