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Forum for Undergraduate Environmental Leadership (FUEL)

**Note: The Woods Institute’s FUEL program is moving from spring to this fall.**

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment’s Forum for Undergraduate Environmental Leadership (FUEL) seeks to advance environmental leadership among Stanford undergraduates from across the campus. FUEL provides a venue for a select group of students to meet with seasoned environmental professionals and policy leaders and gain critical perspectives from stakeholders to complex environmental challenges facing the state today. FUEL offers students insight into the lay of the land of the environmental field and to advances being made at the local, state and national levels.
Past on-campus salons have featured professionals working at the World Wildlife Fund, Council on Foreign Relations, Natural Resources Defense Council, Rhodium Group, Method, Google, Inc., Packard Foundation, Water Foundation and the City of San Francisco. Field trips to Sacramento and regionally have included meetings with senior policy-makers from the Governor's Office and various departments at the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency, as well as with representatives from The Nature Conservancy, the California Environmental Justice Alliance and the California Farm Bureau.
Chemicals in California – Policies, Communities and Environmental Health
The fall 2018 FUEL program will focus on chemical substances in our environment, their health consequences, their regulation and local and state responses.
The program will consist of a set of Friday afternoon salons (moved from Wednesdays of past years). The first will provide an overview of chemical substances in the environment and health and the existing regulatory frameworks.  In subsequent salons, we will meet with professionals engaged in aspects of the problem. 
We anticipate one Friday day trip and a one Thursday-Friday (1 night overnight) for visits to meet local and state policymakers and stakeholders. These visits are intended to synthesize concepts by taking an in-depth look at the places and people who are impacted by, and positively impacting, issues of environmental health.  Tentative schedule:
Friday salons, October 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 12:30-2:00pm (October 19 or 26th may be a day trip off campus)
Community and policy responses in-action field trip November 1-2 (overnight)


Applications are now closed. The program is open to Stanford undergraduates who are sophomores, juniors and seniors, and to co-terms who are still in undergraduate status (bachelor's degree not conferred). 

Contact Information

Brian Sharbono
Associate Director, Programs