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Joseph Stagner

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Joseph Stagner

Executive Director, Sustainability and Energy Management Executive Office

Joseph Stagner is a registered professional civil engineer with 35 years’ experience in energy, utilities, and facilities management. He has served as Executive Director of Sustainability and Energy Management at Stanford University since 2007, where he is responsible for advancing sustainability in campus operations through direct leadership of the university’s Office of Sustainability, Facilities Energy Management, Utilities, and Parking & Transportation departments. Prior to joining Stanford, Joe served on the senior facilities management team at the University of California, Davis for 14 years, after beginning his career with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Morrison-Knudsen Co., and Sacramento Municipal Utility District in various facilities and utilities engineering capacities. Joe lead development of the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project completed in March 2015 which transformed Stanford’s energy system from gas fired cogeneration with steam distribution to renewable electricity powered heat recovery with low temperature hot water distribution. This new system will save Stanford hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 35 years; provide an immediate 68% reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions that will continue to grow as the California electricity grid continues to be cleaned up; and also provides an immediate 15% reduction in potable water use. Joe holds patents for district energy system performance optimization software developed for SESI and an in-situ groundwater pollution cleanup deployed at UC Davis and a number of other sites around the country.