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February 27, 2008

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Stanford will mark the grand opening of the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building , its most dramatic statement to date on sustainable building, with a symposium, "Sustainable Places: Leadership in the Public and Private Sectors," followed by a dedication ceremony and open house.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 1-4 p.m., March 4, in Memorial Auditorium, located at 551 Serra Mall.

The Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford will present the symposium, along with Energy Crossroads, a student-initiated global movement for a clean, prosperous and secure energy future. It will feature sustainability professionals, policy leaders and Stanford faculty discussing practical ways to manage carbon emissions, energy efficiency and water usage.

The dedication ceremony, which is open to the media but not to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. at the new building, known as Y2E2, located at 473 Via Ortega. An open house will follow.

Sustainable Places: Leadership in the Public and Private Sectors

1 p.m.: Jeffrey Koseff, co-director, Woods Institute for the Environment, and professor of civil and environmental engineering, will discuss Stanford's commitment to help develop practical solutions to environmental challenges, and the university's approach to sustainable business practices, including the impact of the new Y2E2 building.

1:15-2:30 p.m.: "The Business of Sustainability: Private Sector Leadership."

Panelists: Christina Page, director of climate and energy strategy, Yahoo!; Joseph Stagner, executive director, sustainability and energy management, Stanford; Peter Williams, chief technology officer, Big Green Innovations, IBM. Moderator: James Sweeney, director, Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency at Stanford, and professor of management science and engineering.

2:45-4 p.m.: "Regional Sustainability: State and Municipal Leadership."

Panelists: Larry Goulder, professor of environmental and resource economics, Stanford; Dian Grueneich, commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission; Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco; Mary Nichols, chair, California Air Resources Board. Moderator: Felicity Barringer, national environmental correspondent, the New York Times.

Editor Note:

Preview tours of the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building are available for journalists. Contact Jonathan Rabinovitz for more information.



Jonathan Rabinovitz, Media Relations: (650) 724-2459,


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