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Collaboration Meets Innovation: Environmental Venture Projects and Realizing Environmental Innovation Program

Since 2004, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment seed grants have played a vital role in realizing Stanfords vision of a vibrant interdisciplinary academy that can generate solutions to the most pressing environmental problems of our time. The Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) and the Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) have a strong track record of kick-starting high-risk, high-reward interdisciplinary research. The reach of these programs is broad: the Institute has granted more than $15 million to 103 research teams spanning all seven of Stanfords schools and 34 of its departments. These projects have touched more than 29 countries around the globe.

The Case for Managed Retreat

As sea levels rise, many communities will be forced to relocate or be swallowed by the sea. Yet, retreat—relocation of communities in response to natural hazards and climate impacts—remains immensely controversial, and getting people and governments to plan for it is an uphill battle on several fronts. Below, researchers A.R. Siders, Miyuki Hino and Katharine Mach discuss their related article, published in the journal Science, on why, where, when and how communities should plan for retreat.


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