Social Innovation in Energy & Environment

Experience Stanford GSB with a climate change, energy, and the environment focus.

The planetary scope and ubiquitous impact of the climate change challenge must be met with urgent innovation and bold leadership. GSB students develop the skills they need to sharpen and communicate their vision for a sustainable world, influence critical constituents, develop winning coalitions, navigate the regulatory landscape, and catalyze collective impact. Through coursework, experiential learning, fellowships, expert speakers, and more, we equip students to build, invest in, or catalyze transformative solutions to the climate change threat.

Join a Community of Passionate Environmental Leaders

Stanford GSB is the home to a dedicated community of aspiring environmental leaders. Past students have gone on to become influential movers and shakers and together make very needed progress toward a more sustainable economy. Their generous advice and example of perseverance, influence, and courage is sure to inspire you and to strengthen your confidence in your own ability to make a difference. To get started, student clubs are the perfect way to explore your environmental interests and build a relevant network.

Learn from the Experts

Numerous courses taught by experts in the field of climate change, energy, and the environment are available to GSB students, both within Stanford GSB and around the university. Business and management courses develop leaders to tackle the climate crisis, while courses throughout the university provide a scientific perspective. Think about pursuing the MS Environment and Resources (E-IPER)/MBA joint degree program with Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.

Make a Difference While Learning

There is no time to lose! Our experiential learning opportunities empower you to have an impact while you are at school. Join the GSB Impact Fund Environmental Deal Team or participate in a summer immersion program to explore your interest in climate change, energy, and the environment. We offer generous fellowships to make those experiences possible.

Student Spotlights

Impact Design Immersion Fellowship

Charles is an MS/MBA candidate who is passionate about clean energy and climate change mitigation. Charles explored technology, business models, and financing opportunities to accelerate global reforestation efforts, with an initial focus on Indonesia through his Impact Design Immersion Fellowship. Research suggests reforestation has the potential to sequester up to two-thirds of humanity’s cumulative carbon emissions.

MBA ’21
GSB Impact Fund Energy and Environment Investment Director

One of the reasons Barrie came to the GSB was to transition into the cleantech industry. She decided to participate in the GSB Impact Fund to network with cleantech startups, see a variety of solutions to climate change, and learn to evaluate the companies for viability. She says her experience on the Impact Fund was “one of the best learning experiences I had during my MBA 1 year, giving me the opportunity to apply what I learned in class to a “real-life” scenario.” In particular, she says that performing due diligence with her team and pitching companies to the Investment Committee gave her insight into what investors might look for in a promising company — “a critical perspective for my full-time job search or for starting a company one day.”

E-iper MS / MBA ’20
Climate, Business, and Innovation Summit

Julia co-founded the inaugural Climate, Business, and Innovation Summit because she wanted to “create a formal dialogue at the GSB to engage our classmates, alumni and the broader business community on how climate change will fundamentally re-shape (and is already changing) business and our economy in the future” She notes, “As we GSBers progress through our careers, we'll be the ones in leadership positions making decisions in a world increasingly shaped by climate change.”

MS / MBA ’21
Social Management Immersion Fellowship

Through the SMIF, Morrison worked with Blue Forest Conservation as they launched the first “Forest Resilience Bond,” an innovative financial vehicle that leverages a blend of private capital to achieve landscape scale forest restoration for wildfire mitigation and increased streamflow. He worked with Blue Forest’s CEO and potential investors to conduct due diligence on a forest management project to be undertaken on the Tahoe National Forest, and worked with the COO and Project Development Team on project development on National Forests in Oregon and Washington.

Grow Your Understanding

Special events, conferences, and distinguished guest speakers expose GSB students to innovative ideas and broad networks at the intersection of business and the environment.

Steven Chu Presents “Energy and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities”
Steven Chu Presents “Energy and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities”
Dr. Steven Chu discusses climate change, new pathways and opportunities to renewable energy, and the challenges the country faces.
Tom Steyer, MBA ’83, Founder and President of NextGen America
Tom Steyer, MBA ’83, Founder and President of NextGen America
Tom Steyer, Founder and President of NextGen America, discussed climate change, why you should follow your passion, and how you can make the change you want to see in the world.
Wide shot of GSB Campus

Students, alumni, and industry leaders come together annually to explore how climate change is already shaping and will continue to transform the future of every business.

Get Started with Your Environmental Career Right after Graduation

We will help you get in the game and take the first steps in your post-GSB environmental career. Through fellowships, awards, and loan forgiveness, students joining environmental NGOs, governmental agencies, or who are launching a high-impact venture are able to receive financial assistance and support.

Experience the Potential of an Interdisciplinary University Network

When you join Stanford GSB you gain access to Stanford’s extensive interdisciplinary resources dedicated to fighting climate change.

A collaborative research Center, the Woods Institute produces breakthrough environmental knowledge and solutions that sustain people and planet today and for generations to come. The Institute is led by Chris Field, also co-chair of Working Group 2 of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy concentrates the talents of the university on energy research and education, from basic science and technology to policy and business.