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Commitment & Results

In keeping with its commitment and results, Stanford Redwood City incorporates a number of high-performance features and follows California’s stringent green building codes.

Stanford’s Redwood City campus, aims to meet and exceed the university’s sustainability goals, capitalizing on the advantage of a fresh start.

Sustainability is a core value at Stanford, which the university prioritizes at operational and programmatic levels.

Recycled Water

Water reuse (also known as water recycling) reclaims water from a variety of sources, treats it, then reuses it for purposes like irrigation, landscaping, toilet flushing, groundwater replenishment, industrial processes, and environmental restoration. All of the buildings, except Cardinal Hall, use reclaimed water.  None of our sinks or showers rely on the recycled water system.

Your Actions Matter

For a personalized list of actions you can take to support conservation programs in Redwood City, log in to My Cardinal Green and you can be rewarded for taking tangible actions to reduce your personal environmental footprint. 

Sustainable Stanford also provides a host of resources and tools for the Redwood City campus that highlight sustainability programs and can help guide you toward a more sustainable workplace.

Sustainable Together

If you are interested in taking a more active role in SRWC sustainability, consider joining the Sustainability Working Team. The group works to advance the culture of sustainability at Redwood City and helps to embed sustainability behaviors into daily practices.

Contact to get involved.

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Renewable Energy

“The campus features a Central Energy Hub that utilizes the same technology developed as part of the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project and will rely on 100 percent clean, renewable electricity by the end of 2022 to meet Stanford’s target of reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions to 80% below peak by 2025.


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Recycling & Composting

To support the university’s effort of achieving zero waste by 2030, Redwood City buildings feature centralized waste, recycle and compost collection bins and paper towel composting in bathrooms. Some break rooms have reusable dishes and utensils while all have certified compostable single use cups and utensils.



Mitigating the environmental impacts of transportation to and around campus remains a critical component in Redwood City. As such, Stanford Redwood City’s transportation program is focused on encouraging sustainable commutes and reducing single-occupancy vehicle travel.



The Cardinal Café and Stanford Catering and Conferences at Redwood City are managed by Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE), which prioritizes sustainability across all aspects of its operations, and will incorporate sustainable purchasing, reusable dishware, and food donation into its operations.



Sustainable Stanford provides the information, tools and resources to all event organizers to establish sustainable events as the norm. Learn how to reduce the environmental impact of events by maximizing resources, reducing waste and exemplifying environmental stewardship.



The landscape design incorporates native plants and natural bio-swales to maximize water conservation.

If you have questions about sustainability at SRWC, please email