Roble Hall, which turned 100 years old in 2018, is Stanford’s oldest continuously operating dorm. If you’re passionate about sustainability — about wrestling with the messy realities of implementing it on a daily basis — then we’d love you to apply to become a Roble Sustainability Leader. This is a chance to make a real impact on the world — and to have a lot of fun doing it.
Jeff Ball and Becky Bull are Roble's resident fellows. Jeff, a writer focusing on energy and the environment, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, a joint initiative of the law and business schools, and a lecturer at the law school. His research focuses on how to deploy cleaner energy globally -- and particularly in China.. Jeff is a longtime journalist; his writing has appeared in Fortune, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and other publications. He came to Stanford in 2011 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was environment editor and spent more than a decade writing about energy and the environment. He grew up outside Washington, D.C., and he majored in history at Yale University. He runs, makes a mean pasta puttanesca, and speaks passable French.
Becky, a Pilates trainer, works at a Pilates studio in Los Altos, predominantly one-on-one. She specializes in working with clients who have injuries or other medical issues. Professionally and personally, she’s committed to developing health and wellness — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She has practiced meditation for 10 years, and she tries to exercise every day. She grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and she majored in journalism at Southern Methodist University. For many years after college, Becky worked as a newspaper reporter; later she was the fundraising director for the ACLU of Michigan. More than 12 years ago, Becky decided to follow her passion and become certified to teach Pilates. Becky loves walking the family dog, Kuro, in the Stanford Arboretum. When she has free time (and there is never enough free time), she loves reading, particularly fiction and about current events.
Jeff and Becky met while working as newspaper reporters in Corpus Christi, Texas. They have two daughters: Ella, 17, and Eden, 15. Ella, a junior at Palo Alto High School, loves running track and writing. She spent a semester of her sophomore year studying in France. Eden, a first-year student at Palo Alto High School, swims competitively and is passionate about global health. She plans to spent a semester of her sophomore year studying in Argentina.