Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Sustainable Development

Tourists watch dolphins in Golfo Dulce or Sweet Gulf, a rare tropical fjord estuary inthe Osa-Golfito region of Costa Rica. The inlet opens to the Pacific Ocean.

Moving Closer to Sustainability Goals  »

March 14, 2018

Appointment of new co-director brings marine focus and expanded reach for initiative in Costa Rica.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

How can universities pursue sustainability? Q&A with Stanford Earth’s Pam Matson »

December 1, 2017

Stanford Earth professor Pam Matson, who served as dean of that school for 15 years, spoke with Stanford Woods Institute Director Chris Field about Stanford’s work to link knowledge...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

An artist's rendering shows a moon base created by 3D printing.

Space Experiment Could Lead to More Energy-Efficient Concrete on Earth »

May 3, 2017

New technique for building Mars and moon habitats could help turn rocks there into concrete and provide lessons for making more efficient concrete back on Earth.

By Edmund L. Andrews, School of Engineering

Bright Award recipient smiling and talking

Stanford Announces 2016 Bright Award Winner, Tom Lalampaa »

September 26, 2016

The annual prize recognizes unheralded individuals who have made significant contributions to global sustainability. Tom Lalampaa has won the 2016 award for his influential leadership...

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Making a Living, Sustainably »

October 19, 2015

Stanford initiative reconciles perceived conflicts between human prosperity and protection of natural resources.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Social Capital as Key to Conservation »

September 24, 2015

New research explores the importance of reciprocity and trust among local-level institutions, organizations and social networks to preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable...

By Austin Cruz, Osa & Golfito Initiative

New Conservation Strategy Benefits People and Nature »

August 17, 2015

Stanford biologists working in Costa Rica outline an approach to habitat conservation that achieves diverse objectives

By Paige Miller

A high-altitude wetland that provides freshwater to Quito, Ecuador, is protected from grazing

Software Solution Balances Impacts of Development Projects  »

December 4, 2014

A powerful new software program provides more effective accounting of the impacts of development projects and offers possible remedies to the ecological damage they cause

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Marking a Decade of Cross-Cutting Collaboration »

November 13, 2014

Woods anniversary symposium reflects on progress made and challenges ahead for Stanford researchers seeking environmental solutions 

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Celebrating 10 Years of Environmental Solutions at Stanford »

November 5, 2014

Symposium marks decade with panels on innovation, collaboration and future of environmental solutions

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Environmental Risk and Resilience: A Learning Experience »

September 15, 2014

Innovative online and on-campus course for decision-makers promises unique and valuable learning experience

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Costa Rica’s president Luis Guillermo Solís talks with program participants

Costa Rica President Visits Future Environmental Leaders »

June 24, 2014

Solis meets with participants in new leadership program co-developed by INOGO

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

soy field in brazil

Computer Model Examines Fate of Indigenous Peoples »

June 13, 2014

Modern cultures and technologies have crept into the most isolated communities in the world. Stanford scientists have developed software to better understand how outside forces can...

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Tropical landscape of Costa Rica's Osa and Golfito region

Moving Closer to a Sustainable Future »

March 7, 2014

Initiative to empower residents of ecologically valuable region moves closer to sustainability goals

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Paul Ehrlich

Humanity's Gamble  »

February 16, 2014

Stanford scientist warns of mass starvation; offers solutions

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellows Barbara Block, Mark Jacobson, Chris Field and Paul Ehrlich

AAAS: Woods Researchers to Speak at World's Largest Scientific Meeting »

February 6, 2014

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

EEAP conference attendees

Materials by Design for a Sustainable Future »

November 4, 2013

Conference highlights Stanford research on promising technologies for clean energy, renewable materials 

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Janine Benyus of Biomimicry 3.8

Imitating Nature to Solve Human Challenges »

October 29, 2013

Biologist, innovation consultant and author Janine Benyus discusses biomimicry - solving human problems through imitation of natural systems  

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Galapagos sea lions, tourists and residents share the beach at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Woods Fellow Bill Durham on Danger to Darwin's Paradise »

October 22, 2013

Bill Durham, a Stanford Woods Institute senior fellow led a Stanford group exploring tensions between conservation and development in the Galapagos Islands. The group witnessed how...

Stanford News Service

Stanford’s Environment and Energy Building Achieves ‘Platinum’ Grade »

August 6, 2013

U.S. Green Building Council awards highest certification for sustainability in operations and maintenance to Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building

By Christine Harrison, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment