Junipero, affectionately known as JRo, is located on the east side of campus, in the community of dormitories known together as Wilbur Hall. Many in-dorm activities and “off-the-farm” events are planned throughout the year for both intellectual and recreational purposes.
How Did Junipero Get Its Name?
Junipero is the Spanish word for the Juniper tree. Wilbur Hall, where Junipero is located, is named for Ray Lyman Wilbur, a Stanford alumnus, who served as Dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University President (1916-1943), and US Secretary of the Interior. Junipero is one of several dormitory names referencing natural features, in honor of Dr. Wilbur’s love of nature.
Dr. Holmes Hummel is the first Managing Director for Energy Equity and Just Transition at Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. Holmes is also the co-founder of multiple courses at Stanford, including Quest for an Inclusive Clean Energy Economy and Racial Equity in Energy. In addition, Holmes is a regular guest in the special orientation for incoming graduate students in the Energy@Stanford & SLAC program and students at all levels in Stanford's foundational course, Understand Energy.
Over the past two decades, Holmes has worked at the intersection of energy policy, technology, and finance through positions in academia, private sector, public policy, and civil society organizations. These adventures in energy first began in the mid-90s when Holmes co-led a college team to develop a solar powered battery-electric car, designed as a super-efficient experimental vehicle to race across the country with cars built by other college teams. Many of the related innovations demonstrated in that race are now commercial in mass production, real-life energy revolutions!
Later, as a Congressional Science Fellow, Holmes worked on developing federal energy policy in the office of a national leader on clean energy, Jay Islee, and was subsequently appointed to serve as the Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy & International Affairs for the first term of the Obama Administration. Most recently, Holmes founded Clean Energy Works, an award-winning public interest organization with expertise in inclusive financial solutions that can accelerate investment in the clean energy economy for all.
Holmes is a three-time graduate from Stanford, starting with an individually designed major in energy engineering as an undergraduate - back when the University offered no such degree. Holmes was also the first graduate in the initial cohort of PhD candidates admitted to the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, focusing on global energy transition scenarios for 100% clean energy. Now there are multiple paths for majors, minors, certificates and more!
As the founding Resident Fellow in the Explore Energy House, Holmes is eager to create more space for emergent leaders with interests in an inclusive clean energy economy and to ensure Explore Energy House is a place where all residents can thrive. Joining Holmes in the adventure as founding Resident Fellow at the Explore Energy House in Junipero is Ren Essene, a leader in a federal agency focused on consumer protection, and our beloved dog, Jameson.
Explore Energy (Theme)
A vibrant residential community and living laboratory that expands energy and sustainability education through interdisciplinary dialog, exploration, and action. A home for people passionate about making a difference!