Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


Island Foxes

Tackling wildfire, health and environmental risks  »

July 12, 2018

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment announces winners of new grants supporting innovative research and technology solutions to pressing environmental issues.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

oil palm fruit

Limited Scope of Corporate Sustainability »

February 12, 2018

The first large-scale analysis of corporate practices for sourcing sustainable materials shows that many companies address sustainability at some level, but most deal with only one or a subset of materials within a small...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Deforestation in Australia's Toolangi State Forest.

Getting to Zero Deforestation »

January 29, 2018

Stanford-led synthesis paper reveals strengths and weaknesses of corporate environmental pledges; prescribes solutions to boost effectiveness.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Leafy green vegetables are produced in a growing facility in Western Cape Province, South Africa.

Food Retailer’s Sustainability Program Drives Farmers’ Environmental Practices »

January 9, 2018

In one of the first analyses of a company-led sustainability program in the food and agriculture space, Stanford researchers found a major grocery chain fostered increased adoption of environmental practices at the farm...

By Danielle Torrent Tucker, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences


New Ideas for a Changing Environment »

July 12, 2016

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Announces 2016 Environmental Venture Projects and Realizing Environmental Innovation Program Grants

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Recently cleared forest and fire in the background, Alto Paraguay, Paraguay

Inconsistent Regulations Let Deforestation Shift Across Regions »

March 28, 2016

Addressing deforestation requires greater harmonization of regulations across geographies and support for sustainable intensification in agriculture, according to research by Stanford environmental scientists.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Soybean field in Brazil's Cerradao forest.

Computer Model Helps Explain Impacts on Forests and People »

March 14, 2016

Stanford simulation shows that carefully designing government interactions with rural indigenous people is critical for protecting the sustainability of people, wildlife and land.

By Bethany Augliere, Stanford News Service

plantations and a natural temperate forest

Deforestation Solution »

February 29, 2016

Collaborative efforts between companies and environmentalists to reduce deforestation are more than twice as effective as "confrontational" programs developed by either industry or nongovernmental organizations, according...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Zachary Brown in kayak

A Trek on the Edge of Wilderness »

October 16, 2015

Zachary Brown defends his thesis, then travels 2,300 miles by foot and by kayak to establish an Alaskan field school, where he hopes to inspire the next generation's understanding of the environment.

By Ker Than and Bjorn Carey, Stanford School of Earthy, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Yellow cedars show dieback in a stand south of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Climate Change Requires New Conservation Models »

October 15, 2015

In a world transformed by climate change and human activity, Stanford scientists say that conserving biodiversity and protecting species will require an interdisciplinary combination of ecological and social research...

By Ker Than, Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

The western black-legged tick

Surprising Level of Tick-Borne Disease Risk »

August 19, 2015

Study reveals mysterious pathogen in higher concentrations than thought in trailside ticks in the San Francisco Bay Area

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

African rat (Mastomys natalensis), a carrier of plague and other diseases

Agriculture Expansion's Connection to Plague Risks »

March 3, 2015

Maize cultivation sparks surge in plague-carrying rodents; experts fear acceleration of agriculture production across Africa may carry same risks beyond Tanzania

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

A small farm in Chicago

Urban Agriculture on the Rise »

November 20, 2014

Study finds that the land in and around cities are increasingly becoming important centers of food production worldwide

International Water Management Institute

coffee plantation

Making Coffee Sustainable »

June 16, 2014

Stanford symposium examines the drink’s environmental impact, path to sustainability

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 affect the sustainability of...

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service


Ticks May Cause Double Trouble »

February 18, 2014

Stanford study finds ticks infected with Lyme disease and newly identified human pathogen are widespread in San Francisco Bay Area

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By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Hiding in Plain Sight: Factoring the Environment Into Human Health »

July 9, 2013

A special report in Stanford Medicine magazine looks at the connection between health and the environment through the work of Stanford Woods Institute senior fellows and others

Stanford Medicine

48 Stanford Scientists Sign Global Environmental Consensus Statement »

May 23, 2013

California Governor accepts document endorsed by 520 scientists from 44 countries.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

How to Feed the World Without Deforesting the Planet »

May 7, 2013

Globalization is driving widespread land conversion for agriculture, but it can also be a force for responsible land use

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Finding Common Threads in Global Water Crises »

October 24, 2012

What does drought in Kansas have to do with under-utilized groundwater in Sub-Saharan Africa?

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment