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Our Mission: to produce breakthrough environmental knowledge and solutions that sustain people and planet today and for generations to come.

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is working toward a future in which societies meet people’s needs for water, food, health and other vital services while sustaining the planet. Part of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Woods is the university's hub for interdisciplinary research about the environment. We bring together Stanford faculty, researchers and students from all seven schools, fostering research collaborations that can tackle challenges too complex for any one discipline to solve alone. Our convening and external engagement efforts cross sectors as well, connecting Stanford's experts to their counterparts in government, business, NGOs, foundations and other academic institutions. These partnerships inform research priorities and link knowledge to action, advancing solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.

Affiliated Faculty and Researchers

Pam Matson and Chris Field

Comprising about 12 percent of Stanford University’s faculty and research professionals, our 268 fellows and affiliated faculty are leaders in their academic fields. They bring expertise from across Stanford’s seven schools – business, earth sciences, education, engineering, humanities and sciences, law and medicine – to our pioneering work on environment and sustainability issues.

Our Staff

Woods Staff

Our staff of dedicated professionals is the driving force behind the Institute's varied programs and initiatives. By providing administrative, communications, conference/events, external affairs, finance, human resources, program, IT/Web and other services, they support scholars across Stanford while advancing Woods’ external engagement, leadership and research funding programs.

Working in DC and Sacramento

Decision-makers need relevant, credible science that is understandable and actionable to make critical choices about the future of our planet. Woods representation in Washington, D.C., allows our faculty and scholars to play a greater role in providing this vital scientific research to policy- and decision-makers in government, non-profits, think tanks and other organizations. The office is a primary vehicle for connecting our latest environmental findings to the policy community, enabling Woods to serve as an important resource.

Capitol Building

Our Advisors

The Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Institute for the Environment is guided by an 22-member advisory council. The council is composed of members from a variety of sectors who share our research community’s commitment to seeking practical solutions for people and the planet. Council members provide valuable external perspectives, offer a critical review of the Institute's current academic, research, and outreach programs and plans, and provide insight and support for the institute's strategic direction and overall objectives. 

Woods Advisory Council