“Stanford is a living lab of sustainability,” said President Marc Tessier Lavigne in a statement within the 2018-19 annual Sustainability at Stanford report.

As the University continues to work towards its commitments to environmentalism, such as the project to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2021 and make Stanford a zero-waste campus by 2030, students remain at the forefront of the movement. The 2019 Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report ranked Stanford at number two internationally, exemplifying the continued commitment to sustainability on campus.

Organizations and individuals are engaging with sustainability through activism, engineering, agriculture and service initiatives. The Daily spoke with six student groups and individuals to gage their vision for a more sustainable Stanford, and how they are mobilizing students to go green.

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

Formed in 2003, ESW welcomes students from all majors to work on projects that aim to alleviate global poverty and promote sustainability through engineering. Through local and international partnerships, ESW works to raise awareness for and solve problems relating to conservation and environmentalism.

“The vision for ESW is to provide a space for students to expand their engineering skills by focusing on real-world sustainability issues and developing solutions,” said Adam Nayak ’22, president of ESW.

Nayak emphasized the organization’s aim of providing student engineers with hands-on experience in the field of sustainable engineering through partnerships with environmental organizations and service-learning opportunities. For example, the club’s annual international projects include opportunities for students to work on interdisciplinary endeavors within archaeology, international development and biodiversity.

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