Stanley Wu directs the Resilience Project and coordinates the OMEGA programs at Commonweal. He brings a background in solar, geothermal and green energy systems. He is a community member, ex-wildland firefighter, tango dancer, father, and doctor of traditional Chinese medicine.
Taking the road less traveled, he had the fortune of encountering permaculture practices while living on an off-the-grid Dutch farming community. Without electricity and running water, he and 12 other members built the infrastructure of a flourishing community equipped with composting toilets, a greenhouse, and solar battery system. Growing the vast majority of their food and using recycled materials, he explored the very real limits of consumption and natural resources.
Upon returning to the United States, Stanley dedicated himself to the Breitenbush intentional community where he managed the utilities of a small town living completely off the grid. He built, operated and maintained the geothermal, micro-hydroelectric, water treatment, septic, computer systems, and ensured all the systems were synchronized and functional (including a famous sauna and hot tubs).
Working with Sunlight and Power, one of the top solar companies in the Bay Area, Stanley was a subject matter expert and foreman installed commercial solar thermal systems throughout greater bay area including systems in Stanford, Oakland, Vallejo, Marin, and UC Berkeley.
In 2017, Stanley graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He has since trained at hospitals in China, provided acupuncture to veterans, high-risk populations, and worked at community clinics such as the Glide Memorial Church. Practicing medicine has deeply enriched his understanding of humanity’s relationship with nature.