Creating a Sustainable Built Environment
Architecture, Engineering and Construction professionals create the fixed, physical wealth of nations — the "Built Environment" — including residential, commercial and industrial buildings, along with the infrastructure for transportation, water supply, waste treatment, power, health care and communications. The built environment provides the basis for most of the world's economic and leisure activities. It affects the lives of all humans and impacts upon the economic performance of corporations and nations.
Our built environment will be sustainable only when its social and environmental context is given rigorous attention at all stages of a project’s life from planning, design and construction to operation, demolition and reuse. We can no longer allow short-term economic savings to override the potential social unrest of introducing new infrastructure with higher long-term fees. We can no longer believe that considering the environment means being mindful of the natural habitat being displaced by a project and yet ignore resource use, emissions and landfill volume resulting from every project decision. We must improve our fragmented understanding of the interactions between the built environment and its natural, social, and economic contexts.
Stanford - Positioned to Lead
Stanford University is poised to lead the way in demonstrating how to make and use our built environment in a sustainable and holistic manner. Our innovative research and education practices will produce the technologies, methods and leaders needed to create a truly sustainable, global built environment.