Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Forums, Briefings & Dialogues

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:

Lea Rosenbohm
External Affairs Advisor, Stanford Woods Institute, Washington, D.C.

Dialogues and Workshops

Ocean Acidification: Setting Water Quality Goals »

October 17, 2016 8:45 am

Oceans absorb approximately one-third of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. While the oceans role in absorbing CO2 has helped mitigate the effects of emissions on earth’s climate, it has caused fundamental changes in ocean chemistry through a phenomenon known as ocean acidification (OA). Emerging research indicates this global challenge will have some of the earliest and most severe effects on the coastal communities and ecosystems of North America’s west coast. Fortunately, political momentum is developing in California’s executive and legislative branches to support the development of the best science to address this issue. Specifically, there is state-level traction to identify how best to incorporate OA effects in updated water quality standards under the Clean Water Act and California’s Ocean Plan.

Stanford Environment & Energy Panel Series »

October 3, 2016 4:15 pm

Stanford University's environmental and energy research institutes, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, convened a series of panel sessions to highlight pressing environmental and energy challenges and risks that the Trump Administration will need to confront. Stanford scholars and other expert speakers identified and discussed how innovation in technology, data collection and analysis, and policy formulation can help address these challenges.

Food, Energy and Water Security: Implications for U.S. National Security »

October 3, 2016 12:00 pm

Stanford scholars and other experts discussed pressing environmental and energy challenges and risks that the next Administration will need to confront.

Policy Forum: New U.S. Leadership, Next Steps on Climate Change »

September 15, 2016 1:30 pm

Experts discussed substantive recommendations, including a potential organizational/ governance agenda, for the next president. Speakers presented papers with observations gleaned from a May 2016 conference "Setting the Climate Agenda for the Next U.S. President."   */ Watch: Sept. 15 Policy Forum - Full Video  Download: Program & Abstracts [PDF] View & Download: Discussion Papers or full Series Recommendations