Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Dialogues and Workshops

Through its Uncommon Dialogues and workshops the Stanford Woods Institute brings together leaders from government, NGOs and business with experts from Stanford and other academic institutions to develop practical solutions to pressing environmental challenges. These dialogues equip leaders to make informed decisions for a sustainable future while creating a two-way flow of information that brings new perspectives and context to Stanford's environmental research. Learn more about our past workshops and dialogues and download summaries and other resources below. For more information about organizing a dialogue or workshop with the Stanford Woods Institute, contact:

Brian Sharbono
Program Manager

Dialogues and Workshops

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Climate Change Implementation Project Conference Series »

May 6, 2016 8:45 am

In Fall 2015 Stanford scholars launched a Climate Change Implementation Project to gather policy and governance ideas for how the next President of the United States might address climate change at the outset of his or her Presidency.

Conference: Setting the Climate Agenda for the Next U.S. President »

May 6, 2016 8:45 am

Regardless of who wins the election in November, our next President will need to confront the reality of climate change. This conference at Stanford University will highlight strategies the next President might employ to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the United States' pivot to a clean energy economy. The conference also will address difficult "governance" issues, including how the new President might structure the White House and Cabinet to implement climate change programs that cut across jurisdictional lines, and how to effectively partner with private sector innovators and investors. The conference is sponsored by Stanford Law School, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, with the support of the Hewlett Foundation. Watch a recording of the event via the viewer below and catch up on the Twitter conversation at the hashtag #ClimatePOTUS45.

Webinar: Container-Based Sanitation Solutions  »

March 17, 2016 8:00 am

The Woods Water, Health & Development Program hosted a webinar on container-based sanitation solutions moderated by Jenna Davis, Water, Health and Development Program Co-Founder and Faculty Lead; the Higgins-Magid Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and featuring panelists: Sasha Kramer, Co-founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), Andy Narracott, Deputy Director for Global Safe Water, Evidence Action, and David Auerbach and Ani Vallabhaneni, Co-Founders, Sanergy. Registration is required.

Uncommon Dialogue: Marine & Coastal Impacts of Ocean Desalination in CA »

January 14, 2016 9:00 am

In light of California’s ongoing drought and growing water needs, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, through the Center for Ocean Solutions and program on Water in the West, collaborated with The Nature Conservancy and the Monterey Bay Aquarium to facilitate an Uncommon Dialogue among cross-sector experts on the potential impacts of ocean desalination on coastal and marine ecosystems. Over the course of two days, leading experts from academia, non-governmental organizations, private industry and government agencies gathered in Monterey Jan 14-15, 2016, to exchange information and promote open discussion about the best available science, technology and policy related to desalination. Meeting participants also identified key issues and knowledge gaps in science and policy that should be explored in future work. The dialogue was split into sessions that focused on the regulatory framework of desalination in California, siting and community impacts, seawater intakes and brine disposal.