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Stanford as a Living Lab Accelerator: A Nexus for Urban Systems Research, Education & Impact

September 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 10:45am


Sustainability Seed Grant Speaker Series

Join us for a new speaker series featuring some of the Stanford faculty who were recipients of the 2020 Accelerating Sustainability Research, Education, and Impact at Stanford and Beyond Seed Grants.

These projects demonstrate the ambition of the Sustainability Initiative in education, research, and impact and are the vivid example of what Stanford seeks to achieve within the new school.  The talks are schedued on Wednesdays, August 25 - September 22, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. PDT on zoom and are open to the Stanford Community.

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 22 to hear about the project:

Stanford as a Living Lab Accelerator:  A Nexus for Urban Systems Research, Education and Impact

Craig Criddle, professor of civil and environmental engineering; Alexandria Boehm, professor of civil and environmental engineering; Sally Benson, professor of energy resources engineering; Meagan Mauter, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Julia Nussbaum, associate director of water planning and stewardship; and Patrick Archie, lecturer in the Earth Systems Program and director of the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm

Join us on Zoom: Access is limited to participants with a SUNET ID. 

Urban infrastructure, with its complex systems for delivering water, food, energy, transport, shelter, and waste management, is integral to any effort to create a sustainable society. But current systems drive climate change even as they stand to be disrupted by it. As a small city, with its own utilities operated by Stanford Land Buildings and Real Estate (LBRE), Stanford is uniquely poised among universities to conceive, develop, and test innovative and resilient urban systems. Many promising urban system innovations fail to gain rapid adoption for lack of testing and optimization at a scale that incorporates systems-level impacts. Stanford has already pioneered energy innovation at full scale at Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI), pilot-scale recovery of clean water from used water at the Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C), and food production at the O’Donohue Family Farm.  More recently, Stanford has supported testing for SARS-CoV-2 at the CR2C, adding another important function to the University’s sustainability portfolio. In addition, the Cooler Research Program has been leveraging the campus as a testbed to develop and demonstrate distributed energy management strategies in buildings. Building on these bottom-up successes, we seek to further transform the campus into a sustainability testbed with integrated education and research opportunities for translation to scale.  We will also discuss realizations from a December 2020 workshop and on-going discussions between faculty and staff. Finally, we will highlight recent accomplishments of bottom-up initiatives on water reuse, pathogen monitoring, and smart energy management.  We underscore the critical role of key University staff and leadership in each of these initiatives, without which development of Stanford as a Living Lab would not be feasible.

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