Renewable energy as nothing more than efficiency

Environmental engineer Gil Masters highlights the importance of buildings in shaping our energy demands and explores the potential of energy efficiency while offering fresh and practical solutions to the energy and climate crisis.

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Gil Masters
Gilbert M Masters is a Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a focus on Renewable and Efficient Energy Systems at Stanford University.  He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from University of California Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He works with renewable and efficient energy systems, including green building design, as essential elements of both climate stabilization and energy security. Although officially retired in 2002, he continues to teach a number of classes in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments, as well as co-teaching in the Business School. He is the author or co-author of eight books and the recipient of numerous Stanford teaching awards. Over the years, over 12,000 students have enrolled in his courses.


Gabriela Leslie
Gabriela is an undergraduate at Stanford University majoring in Earth Systems.  She grew up in Los Angeles and is very involved with climate change activism, food justice, and urban agriculture projects, among other academic pursuits. Recently, she has been cultivating an interest in sustainable architecture and urban planning, and hopes to eventually work with the integration of natural spaces into the urban sphere. She is an avid musician and photographer in her free time, but has a passion for art in all its forms.

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