As described in Stanford's Project Delivery Process (PDP) manual, the university is committed to providing a sustainable and inspiring built environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. At Stanford, sustainability refers to ensuring that buildings not only use energy, water, and other natural resources efficiently, but also provide a safe, productive, and educational environment. Stanford recognizes that the building industry has a tremendous impact on the natural environment, both regionally and globally, and the university has the opportunity to take a leadership role in how buildings can be built to conserve resources and inspire users. This requires an integrated process with sustainability as a base criterion in all development stages.
Stanford’s PDP manual therefore incorporates sustainability through the Guidelines for Life Cycle Cost Analysis, the Guidelines for Sustainable Buildings, salvage and recycling programs, and a strong emphasis on commissioning. In 2008, Stanford updated the Guidelines for Sustainable Buildings to include aggressive energy and water reduction goals. New construction and major renovation projects on campus are expected to use 30% less energy than code allows and consume 25% less potable water than comparable campus buildings.
Stanford's guidelines, which adapt the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system and the U.S. government’s Labs21 guidelines to the university setting, address a wide spectrum of qualities across five categories. Click on each topic area below to see examples of Stanford's key sustainability strategies:
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