New Stanford Business Bldg Goes Green

It may not have made the Sierra Club’s list of the nation’s greenest schools, nor gone the grid-positive route, but the new home of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) recently gained some bonafide eco-cred by being named a Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s 2010 Green Project of the Year.

The school’s Knight Management Center, scheduled for completion in spring 2011, is comprised of eight buildings around three quads, all of which encompass innovative heating and cooling systems, use of reclaimed building materials, extensive natural lighting and ventilation, and an on-site solar array.

GSB Green

image via Stanford University

Kathleen Kavanaugh, program director of the Knight Management Center, lead the school’s 15-member Environmental Sustainability Task Force–comprised of students, faculty and local experts–in identifying goals, strategies, tactics, and solutions for achieving LEED Platinum certification, the highest level of green available through the U.S. Green Building Council.

“This recognition validates the commitment made by the GSB from the very beginning of this project,” said Kavanaugh, in a statement. “We knew we were going to reach for the highest-possible sustainability rating, and as a result, our conversations from the beginning of the design process took this path.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.