As the United States is poised to elect a new president this November, Stanford University’s environmental and energy research institutes, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy, will convene a series of panel sessions in Washington, D.C. to highlight pressing environmental and energy challenges and risks that the next administration will need to confront. The first session in this series focused on national security.  

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Panel Session: Food, Energy & Water Security: Implications for U.S. National Security

Monday, October 3, 2016

12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lunch provided.
The National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Speaker Bios


Chris Field, Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies; Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy

Keynote Speaker:

Admiral Gary RougheadU.S. Navy (Retired), Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow, Hoover Institution

Panel Speakers:

Arun MajumdarPrecourt Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Co-Director of the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy

Rosamond NaylorWilliam Wrigley Professor of Earth Science and Director of the Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment

Barton “Buzz” ThompsonParadise Professor of Natural Resources Law and Former Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


David WelnaNational Security Correspondent, National Public Radio

This Policy Series is sponsored by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy.

Future discussions will address such issues as natural resources and conservation, climate adaptation, and energy research and development for a low-carbon future.

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The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment works to produce breakthrough environmental solutions that protect and nurture our planet so it can meet the vital needs of people today and of generations to come. Drawing on the ingenuity, passion and pioneering spirit of Stanford University, Woods pursues this mission through research by Stanford’s exceptional faculty and students, convening global experts, developing environmental leaders and linking knowledge to action. As the university’s hub of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability research, Woods is the go-to place for Stanford faculty, researchers and students representing all seven schools to collaborate in pursuit of innovative solutions.

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The Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy draws on experts and resources across the university to help accelerate the transition to an affordable, low-carbon energy system for the world. Since its founding in 2009, the institute has become the go-to place for scholars, business leaders, policymakers and others seeking solutions to the world’s most difficult energy challenges. The institute carries out its mission by funding early-stage energy research, developing new technologies and policies, educating leaders, and nurturing a vibrant energy ecosystem here and abroad.

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