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Green Review: Stanford University

Standford University. Green? Yup. Keen? You betcha.

Stanford is located in Palo Alto, California, at the heart of Silicon Valley.  The Univerisity was founded in 1891 and since the doors opened has played a critical role in the innovation of new technologies, scientific advances, and social change. Today Stanford is a leader in the field of Environmental Sciences and offers several Keen and Green academic programs.

At the undergraduated level, Stanford offers BS degrees in Energy Resources Engineering, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics, and an interdisciplinary program called Earth Systems Program.  This program examines the impact of human behavior on Earth systems, and is a combination of study in science, technology, and policy.  (Super interesting, right?!?)

At the graduate level, Stanford offers MS and PhD's in Energy Resources Engineering, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics, Environmental Earth Systems Science, and an Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources.  This interdisciplinary program (also super interesting!) "combine(s)... natural and earth sciences, engineering, economics, humanities, social sciences, law, health, policy, and business, to yield new insights and novel solutions to urgent global problems, such as energy use, climate change, food security, freshwater availability, depletion of ocean resources, land degradation, and biodiversity loss."  Stanford U also offers an MBA in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability, another multidisciplinary program which works in conjuncture with many of the other programs mentioned in preparing students to bring responsibility, sustainability, and solid management into the field of environmental technology and beyond.

... And the icing on the cake?  The Stanford Campus houses many "Green" buildings, including the Business School's new "Knight Management Center" which boasts clean energy generation (window transoms, passive cooling), responsible water use (rainwater recycling),  and an eco-friendly environment.