2009

Design for a Sustainable World Course and Projects
Q&A with project team
Year Funded: 2009
Engineers for a Sustainable World (Stanford Chapter)

This multi-year project includes a student-run course, Design for a Sustainable World. In spring 2009, 32 students focused on two projects, Ecological Sanitation in Mexico and Tsunami Preparedness in Indonesia. During the summer, student fellows visited the field sites and worked with local partners to implement the projects. In November 2009, the Indonesia project received the Silver Mondialogo Engineering Award. Sponsored by UNESCO and Daimler, the award invites engineering students to form local groups and international teams to work together and develop project proposals that address the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. The 10,000 euro award will support further collaboration between students at Stanford and the University Andalas in Padang. A third project on Remote Refrigeration in Tanzania began in winter 2009.

Energy Crossroads Lunch Series
Year Funded: 2009
Energy Crossroads

The bimonthly Energy Crossroads Lunch Series was held for 20 students per session, providing an intimate setting for discussions related to clean energy sources, climate change and environmental conservation. Speakers included Ralph Cavanagh of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Marianne Wu of Mohr Davidow Ventures.

Engineers for a Sustainable World
Q&A with project team
Year Funded: 2009
Engineers for a Sustainable World

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a student organization that seeks to address international challenges of poverty and sustainability. The first phase of the ESW experience is to participate in a course in which students develop projects to be conducted on a global scale. The projects for the current year are Remote Refrigeration in Tanzania; Tsunami Preparedness in Padang, Indonesia; and Ecological Sanitation in Mexico. Each project seeks to harness skills and experiences from a wide range of disciplines, including engineering, business, social sciences, public policy and the natural sciences. In the summer, students have an opportunity to continue work on their project-of-interest through an onsite internship program.

Marine Science and Conservation Symposium: Latest Findings and Challenges
Year Funded: 2009
Stanford Social Movement Challenge (SSMC) in partnership with the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES), Future Social Innovators Network (FUSION), and Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS)

The fourth Oceans Colloquium was held on April 23 at Hopkins Marine Station, aimed at fostering interdisciplinary marine science collaborations between Stanford and colleagues at regional institutions. Topics included Guiding Ecological Principals for Marine Spacial Planning; Metabolic Physiology and Nutritional Status of California Harbor Seals to the Base of the Food Web; Using Drifters to Measure Dispersion; and What Controls Harmful Algae and Phytotoxins in the SF Bay. Student presenters came from Stanford, University of California-Davis, University of California-Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, California Academy of Sciences and Moss Landing Marine Labs.

Pilot Projects for Behavior Change in Student Residences and Green Screens: Environmental Documentary Series
Year Funded: 2009
Green Living Council

Project members implemented behavior change interventions among Stanford students in winter and spring terms. The results were disseminated to the Stanford student community at the Green Living Council Symposium in the spring. To broaden student engagement, funding was also used to present the Green Screens Environmental Documentary Series on Nov. 5 in dorms across campus.

Social-M Competition
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Year Funded: 2009
Stanford Social Movement Challenge (SSMC) in partnership with the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES), Future Social Innovators Network (FUSION), and Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS)

Social-M is a social movement competition analogous to business plan competitions. Teams of students compete to create social movements that instill lasting behavioral shifts on campus and beyond. The competition began with a full-day conference Converge on Sustainability on Saturday, January 9, 2010 in Y2E2. One-hundred and fifty students learned about mass engagement, campaign management, persuasive technology, and philanthropy from Stanford faculty and invited experts. Fifteen teams competed and four were selected as finalists. The winning movement received $10,000 in seed funding and consulting support to strengthen and grow their movement.

Sustainable Fashion Show
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Year Funded: 2009
Stanford Sustainable Fashion Collective

The Sustainable Fashion Collective is a resource for students with an interest in the sustainability aspects of fashion and apparel choices. Through a series of open student workshops and educational campaigns, the group hopes to raise awareness of the link between the fashion industry, land use, energy and climate change. Aside from the educational aspect, Sustainable Fashion also hosts events that give students a chance at hands-on engagement with sustainable fashion, including the annual Sustainable Fashion Show. It also helps provide a workspace for aspiring Stanford designers to experiment with materials, zero-waste clothing construction methods and other innovative eco-fashion techniques. Through these efforts, the group hopes to redefine traditional notions of fashion to reflect a more environmentally aware consciousness.