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Wilbur East, ZAP, Terra, 585 Cowell, Robert Moore South (BOB), and apartments in Mirrielees and EVGR-A Duan Family Hall

About

Do you want to better understand the connections between the field of energy, sustainability, and climate change? Are you eager to find solutions that equitably address climate change and accelerate the clean energy transition? Are you curious how to address these existential questions of our time?

Explore Energy House is a four-class living laboratory in Junipero open to any undergraduate student, regardless of major, who has a strong commitment to actively exploring any aspect of the energy field, including but not limited to technology, finance, history, social science, equity and justice, and/or art. The mission of Explore Energy is to provide an integrated experiential learning and living environment promoting a culture of informed inquiry, intellectual curiosity, and spirited participation to promote innovation, personal and social responsibility, and build a legacy of energy literacy. It is not expected that students come in with domain knowledge, but rather that they have a desire to engage each other as we explore a wide range of energy ecosystems through interdisciplinary dialogue, exploration, and action.

We are passionate about building a home where our residents feel a sense of authenticity, belonging, and inspiration, where we center the values of joy, hope, curiosity, exploration, and inclusion. Together we will create a cohesive “energy circuit” that bridges all of Stanford’s schools. Explore Energy House hosts events, workshops, alumni seminars, student-initiated and led workshops, and more.

Explore Energy House is associated with the Explore Energy program under the Precourt Institute for Energy and draws on diverse resources to explore the vast world of energy topics as we connect our residents with existing energy related programs and new opportunities across Stanford’s eight schools - including the new Doerr School of Sustainability. 

Residents of Explore Energy will have the opportunity to build deep connections with their residential community as well as with others in the energy field all across Stanford! These opportunities include attending program activities in the house (such as the Alumni Speaker Forum, Resource Spotlights, student-led workshops, field trips, etc.); enrolling in relevant courses; connecting with Explore Energy and other initiatives at the Precourt Institute for Energy; joining energy-related student clubs; and participating in a half day Community Kickoff at the beginning of Fall Quarter (Tentatively October 1)!

Leadership Team 

  • Yi Cui, Director, Precourt Institute for Energy; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering; Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Bruce Cain, Director, Bill Lane Center for the American West; Professor, Political Science
  • Mark Jacobson, Director, Atmosphere/Energy Program; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Sally Benson, Precourt Family Professor, Professor of Energy Resources Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Jane Woodward, Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Founder and Managing Partner, MAP
  • Diana Gragg, Managing Director, Explore Energy program at the Precourt Institute for Energy; Core Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Bianca Patel, Assistant Director, Explore Energy program at the Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Wahila Wilkie, Program Manager, Explore Energy program at the Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Holmes Hummel, Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Founder of Clean Energy Works
  • Anthony Kinslow, Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Founder and CEO of Gemini Energy Solutions
  • Kirsten Stasio, Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; VP at MAP
  • Sarah Weaver, Program Manager, Experiential Learning at the Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Katie Taflan Cerneka, Program Manager, Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFI) and Shultz Energy Fellowships

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Theme Requirements

Pre-Assign Eligibility

Pre-assignment to Explore Energy House is open to any undergraduate student (including transfers), regardless of major, who demonstrates a strong commitment to actively exploring any aspect of the energy field, including but not limited to technology, finance, history, social science, equity and justice, and/or art. It is not expected that Pre Assigns come in with domain knowledge, but rather that they have a shared desire to engage each other as we explore a wide range of energy ecosystems together. We’re looking for students who are invested in relationship and community building and providing a place of encouragement and belonging for each other.

You may apply to Explore Energy House as an individual or as a group of up to 8 people. Each member of a group must complete their own application. All applications will be evaluated based on individual merits; however, application groups will be accepted or declined as a group, so please consider whether your priority is living in Explore Energy House with your full group, with a specific roommate, or simply living in Explore Energy House.

Acceptance into this housing option is contingent upon the completion of the pre-assignment application and will be considered for students who demonstrate an interest in reflecting on and deepening your engagement with energy topics and/or energy transitions, and a desire to engage with other residents and the world through interdisciplinary dialogue. Rooms in JRo are one-room doubles.

Pledged Commitments for Pre-Assignment

  1. Commit to participate in a half day Community Kickoff at the beginning of Fall Quarter (Tentatively 10/1)
  2. Commit to work with one or more other residents, the Resident Fellows and the Explore Energy House Staff to conceive, develop, execute, and evaluate at least one theme-related program/workshop/event/trip during the academic year.
  3. Commit to active participation in at least one student-run workshop in autumn quarter, and one additional workshop in either winter or spring quarter. This is in addition to the Community Kickoff and any theme-related program(s) that you personally are involved in developing.

Expectations of a Pre-Assign Scholar in Explore Energy House

  1. Exploring energy!  Examples include: attending program activities in the house (such as Alumni Speaker Forum, Resource Spotlights, student-led workshops, field trips, etc.); enrolling in relevant courses; connecting with Explore Energy and other initiatives at the Precourt Institute for Energy; and joining energy-related student clubs.
  2. Creating a vibrant, supportive, engaged and inclusive community at Explore Energy House by participating in the community, attending house meetings regularly, supporting house activities, and giving feedback to house staff and the RF.
  3. Assist fellow residents in learning about and accessing campus resources, and building cross-campus relationships.  
  4. Because approximately half the house will be frosh (who can also seek assignment in Explore Energy House), Pre-assignees can also look forward to becoming mentors to and friends with the frosh in the house.

For more information about Junipero and the other residences in Wilbur East visit the Residential & Dining Enterprises website

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