There's something about sustainable building

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Cameron Diaz joined architect and designer William McDonough on Oct. 20 to guest teach Managing Sustainable Building Projects. At right, student Nic Chavez.

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Actress Cameron Diaz joined renowned architect and designer William McDonough on Thursday morning to guest teach Managing Sustainable Building Projects, a course offered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Diaz and McDonough's appearance was filmed for an episode of Stand In, an mtvU program in which celebrities surprise college students by teaching a class session. (mtvU is MTV's 24-hour college network.)

"If telling my stories can somehow highlight sustainable design and environmental protection issues in the minds of the people who will be planning and building our cities, then I hope that they can somehow redefine the way engineering impacts our environment," Diaz said in a statement.

McDonough, a consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, has won the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (1996), the National Design Award (2004) and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2003). Time magazine recognized him as a "Hero for the Planet" in 1999.

mtvU is scheduled to broadcast the episode at 9 a.m. PST Wednesday, Nov. 2. The episode also will be available for viewing on mtvU's broadband network (http://www.mtvu.com) beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Managing Sustainable Building Projects is regularly taught by Martin Fischer, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.