Visitors to three Stanford Woods Institute emerging research programs will encounter a host of new features including improved navigation, searchable research and multimedia libraries and enhanced social media tools, thanks to website redesigns launched this spring.

Water in the West (WitW), the Osa & Golfito Initiative (INOGO is the Spanish acronym) and Water, Health and Development (WHD) now have informative sites that mirror the Woods website’s clean design, large display images, intuitive navigation and content organized by research areas. By leveraging a mix of tools including social media such as Twitter and multimedia such as video and publications directories, these revamped platforms provide powerful vehicles for engaging and informing a wide audience ranging from interested public to policymakers.

WHD is an interdisciplinary program linking Stanford research spanning water supply, water quality, sanitation, hygiene, health, energy and food production with efforts in low-and middle-income countries, primarily in Asia and Africa. Its new website – water.stanford.edu  – showcases the program’s four research areas: expanding access, sustainable service models, human health and water-sanitation-development linkages.

INOGO works to generate a living process for sustainable development – one that improves social, economic and ecological factors – led by Costa Ricans, especially the people of Osa and Golfito. Its new site – inogo.stanford.edu – features a searchable library that will help others working in Costa Rica’s ecologically valuable Osa and Golfito region find valuable information. The bilingual site has seen a 55 percent increase in the number of Spanish-language visitors in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.

WitW is focused on defining a new paradigm of water management that includes advanced technologies and techniques, new market mechanisms and restructured institutions and business models. It’s site – waterinthewest.stanford.edu – now better integrates social media outlets such as Twitter, and includes a bi-weekly blog about the program’s work, important contemporary water issues and recently published research. Authors will include WitW-affiliated staff, faculty and students.

We invite you to visit the new websites and tell us what you think at environment@stanford.edu.