About Us

The Stanford Green Living Council (GLC) is a student organization that promotes sustainable practices across the Stanford community with a particular emphasis on resident life. We seek to educate our fellow students about green living practices and environmental issues. We promote sustainability through competitions, celebrations, expositions, discussions, prizes, screenings, interventions, and speaker events. Our goal is to inspire rather than to guilt, to engage rather than bore, to teach rather than lecture. We are the Green Living Council, and we seek to demonstrate the benefits, simplicity, and enjoyment of green living.


How can we build a campus culture where sustainability is integrated into every aspect of daily life, where recycling and energy efficiency are second-nature, and where living a green lifestyle is a central aspect of what it means to be a part of the Stanford community? The Green Living Council aims to do just that, by engaging students across campus and convincing them that switching to more sustainable habits doesn't have to involve huge sacrifices or drastic life changes. And we believe that the best way to truly reach the full spectrum of the student body is by building a network of Green Living Coordinators, all working to promote sustainable behaviors among their peers in their dorms and houses.

While education and awareness are undoubtedly very important, the GLC aims to go beyond information campaigns to start actually achieving large-scale behavior change. To do so, we employ strategies from emerging fields such as community-based social marketing, which focuses on developing shared norms and values that encourage sustainable practices among all community members. This approach involves actively listening to fellow residents, identifying barriers to sustainable behavior, and finding innovative ideas for overcoming those barriers. We believe that the combination of in-person, peer-to-peer advocacy and close engagement with student residential communities can provide an effective means for bringing about a culture of sustainability at Stanford and go a long way toward reducing the ecological footprint of the campus.


We could not do the work we do without support from many other groups and departments on campus. By collaborating on sustainability initiatives, we can have a truly meaningful impact on campus life.

If you'd be interested in partnering with us on campus sustainability initiatives, we'd be happy to work with you. Contact us through any of the channels shown in the left sidebar.

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