2011

Bay Area Tropical Forest Network
Year Funded: 2011
Stanford student representatives are Rachael Garrett and Robert Heilmayr

The Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) provides an exciting forum for students, researchers, faculty, activists, and professionals interested in issues related to tropical forests. The program allows participants to interact, share knowledge, spark new research efforts, and form collaborations. The expanded website is a portal for Bay Area tropical forest organizations to document the connections made at BATFN events, provide access to previous presentations, share recent policy or science advances, and make it possible for participants to contact and interact with one another. Mel Lane funding enables advance scheduling of events, advertising and the opportunity to expand momentum among the community of participants. BATFN aims to foster long-term interest in tropical forest issues by connecting undergraduate students with graduate students, researchers and faculty for school-year and summertime research experience both on and off campus.

Design for a Sustainable World Course and Projects: Progress Report 2010
Year Funded: 2011
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

This fall, project leaders prepared course material for the winter classes and communicated with partner NGOs to further refine this year’s project. Two seminar classes were held during the winter term, one for each project. The two projects are Safe Schools in Peru, which seeks to raise awareness about earthquake hazards in Peru and retrofit a public school, along with Bringing Electricity to Vista Alegre, also in Peru, whose goal is to build a micro-hydro power plant and grid to provide the school and main community centers with electricity. Students from the winter class continued work on the project in our spring class. ESW project leaders and interns will travel to Peru this summer to carry out the hands-on component of the projects alongside our partner NGOs.

Ecology in Our Own Backyard: Stanford's Second Annual BioBlitz
Year Funded: 2011
Stanford Ecology, Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS)

On April 16th, 2011, Stanford Ecology, Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) held the second annual BioBlitz at Lake Lagunita. This rapid survey of the plant and animal life gave students and community members an opportunity to get involved in ecology fieldwork and to demonstrate the impressive biodiversity that can be found even in a place as well known to us as Lake Lagunita. The event drew more than 80 participants, who searched for birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, trees, grasses and flowers, butterflies, other insects, and more.

Ocean Colloquium
Year Funded: 2011
Student Collaboration for Ocean Research and Education (SCORE)

Stanford chapter of The Coastal Society (TCS)
The Student Collaboration for Ocean Research and Education, The Coastal Society, Monterey Area Research Institutions Network for Education and Center for Ocean Solutions hosted the 2nd interdisciplinary Oceans Colloquium. On April 22nd 2011, students and post-doctoral fellows presented ongoing ocean-related research and shared ideas about future collaborations. Participants came from diverse disciplines including geology, biology, earth systems, engineering, law, medicine and environmental policy.

Stanford Energy Web Leadership Retreat
Year Funded: 2011
Stanford Energy Web; Energy Crossroads

To take advantage of synergies between the Stanford Energy Web and Energy Crossroads, the leaders of Stanford Energy Web and Energy Crossroads proposed a merger of equals into the Stanford Energy Web, the Stanford affiliate of the international Energy Crossroads organization. To help this combined effort best serve the Stanford energy, environment, and sustainability communities, the leadership of both groups held a single-day retreat at Jasper Ridge during which they got acquainted and worked through logistical issues to bring the groups together under a single mission.

Tape and Scissors
Year Funded: 2011
Stanford Solar Wind Energy Project (SWEP)

Tape and Scissors aims to introduce renewable energy to middle and high-school students in California by creating affordable and easy-to-use experiments for teachers. Their website. offers low-cost lab kits that educate students about renewable energy. Currently, the Stanford Solar Winder Energy Project plans to extend its market to high schools by partnering with a non-profit, Silicon Valley Energy Labs, to teach skills for the emerging green economy. The project’s solar tracker kits help high school students learn basic electronics skills needed to understand renewable energy. By partnering with an entrepreneur in Palo Alto and with the schools in the Soledad School District, the program teaches students about the importance of saving energy and how clean energy helps schools save money. Soledad is a low-income district that otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to include programs about renewable energy in its curriculum. hanks to Tape and Scissors’ efforts in Soledad, a local solar panel installation company has agreed to donate the installation of a 10kW photovoltaic array to the project.

Vision Earth Festival
Year Funded: 2011
A coalition between the SOCA (Student Organization Committee for the Arts), SSS (Students for a Sustainable Stanford), the Stanford Concert Network, and the ASSU

Previously known as "An Art Affair" & "Future Fest", Vision Earth is based on the concept that good solutions require creative thinking, beautiful aesthetics, unconventional combinations and a sense of passion and risk. The three-day "living" festival held April 21-23, 2011 exhibited the work of dozens of student artists, designers, engineers and performers and is capable of hosting over 1000 visitors.

The headline speaker was Vinod Khosla, Co-founder of Sun Microsystems and Khosla Ventures and a member of the Stanford class of 1980. Khosla is known for his focus on venture investments in various technology sectors, most notably clean technology.