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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.63
Liaison Moira Hafer
Submission Date July 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Stanford University
OP-3: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.53 / 4.00 Moira Hafer
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for existing buildings?:
Yes or No
LEED for Existing Buildings or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star Performance, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM-In Use, CASBEE for Existing Building, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list or sample of certified buildings and ratings:

Yang & Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building, certified LEED-EBOM Platinum
http://www.usgbc.org/projects/stanfords-yang-yamazaki-environment-energy


Total floor area of eligible building space (operations and maintenance):
14,562,639 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 171,000 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for existing buildings used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
4th Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for existing buildings:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is maintained in accordance with formally adopted sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies, but NOT certified:
14,391,639 Square Feet

A copy of the sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies:
The date the guidelines or policies were formally adopted:
April 17, 2002

A brief description of the sustainable building operations and maintenance program and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

Please see the subsequent questions for complete details. All buildings on campus are operated to LEED-EBOM certified-level equivalent standards. For a complete list of campus buildings, please visit: http://campus-map.stanford.edu/.


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and policies:

At Stanford there are three major groups within the Land, Buildings, and Real Estate organization that work together to ensure sustainable building operation and maintenance: Sustainability and Energy Management (http://lbre.stanford.edu/sem/sem_who_we_are), Zone Management (http://bgm.stanford.edu/groups/zones/index), and Buildings & Grounds Maintenance (http://bgm.stanford.edu/).

The following examples showcase the number of relevant programs that contribute to sustainable building operations and align with LEED-EBOM criteria:

SUSTAINABLE SITES:
http://bgm.stanford.edu/groups/grounds/index
http://transportation.stanford.edu/
http://hcp.stanford.edu/

WATER EFFICIENCY:
http://lbre.stanford.edu/sem/water_efficiency
http://sustainable.stanford.edu/water_initiatives

ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE:
http://sustainable.stanford.edu/energy_initiatives
http://lbre.stanford.edu/sem/energy_services_group
http://bgm.stanford.edu/groups/zones/index

MATERIALS & RESOURCES:
http://bgm.stanford.edu/home_pssi_main
http://www.stanford.edu/group/fms/fingate/staff/buypaying/policy_notes/sustainable_purchase.html
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/rde/cgi-bin/drupal/dining/node/213

INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY:
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/EHS/prod/mainrencon/Guide_Proj_Manag.pdf
http://lbre.stanford.edu/sem/energy_mgmt_systems

While Stanford has not formally pursued LEED-EBOM certification for any buildings where it doesn't align with the department's academic mission, a comprehensive LEED-EBOM (2009) equivalency analysis was completed in 2011/2012. The results of that study confirm universal certified-level equivalency with many buildings operating equivalent to a LEED-EBOM silver, gold, or even platinum performance. Stanford has not gone through the certification process for these buildings because this process has not been deemed compatible with the university's academic mission. In addition, in 2012–13, the Office of Sustainability developed a campus-wide Existing Building Rating System. The vision for this project merges best practices from the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) rating system with Stanford-specific metrics to tell a more complete story of building performance on campus. The rating system incorporates LEED-EBOM criteria
for energy and water consumption based upon building-level metering data, the
university’s waste management data, and Building Level Sustainability Program
components (behavior-based conservation and engagement). The point-based
rating relies on quantitative and qualitative performance metrics. The rating system has been piloted on campus in office/classroom buildings and will formally debut in the 2014-2015 academic year.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines or policies is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.