Lotus Water Project: Drinking Water Solution for Urban Slums
March 24, 2015
For many of the nearly one billion people living in urban slums around the world, finding a safe water supply is impossible. The Lotus Water Project is working to change that equation with a low-cost chlorination device. Unlike decades’ worth of proposed solutions before it, the affordable device would disinfect water at the point of collection, and require no behavior change from users. Read more.
Rosemary Knight: Mapping Saltwater Threat to Aquifers
December 8, 2014
A team led by Senior Fellow, by courtesy, Rosemary Knight (Geophysics) performed an ambitious experiment to determine the extent of ocean saltwater intrusion into underground freshwater in the Monterey Bay region. Read more: https://woods.stanford.edu/news-events/news/mapping-saltwater-threat-aquifers
Ten years ago, few researchers and experts crossed disciplines to collaborate in pursuit of environmental solutions. Today, thanks in part to the pioneering work of the Stanford Woods Institute, the landscape has changed dramatically. To mark that progress and lay the groundwork for future collaborative breakthroughs, Woods hosted a tenth anniversary symposium on Nov. 11, 2014. The event, moderated by School of Earth Sciences Dean Pamela Matson and San Jose Mercury News reporter Paul Rogers, brought together Stanford researchers, students and their colleagues in the water, conservation, sustainable development and public health fields.
Art Sterritt received the Stanford Bright Award and delivered a lecture on environmental sustainability at Stanford on Oct. 2, 2014 during an event co-sponsored by the Stanford Woods Institute. Sterritt was recognized for the critical role he played in establishing and protecting the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, the world's largest coastal temperate rainforest. Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson, Jr., Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute, chaired the award nomination committee.
The Bright Award at Stanford recognizes an individual who has made unheralded contributions to environmental sustainability. Issued by Stanford Law School, the award recognizes significant achievement in conservation across different regions of the world. The award was created by a gift to the Law School in 2007 from Raymond E. Bright Jr., JD '59, on behalf of his late wife, Marcelle, and himself. Mr. Bright died in 2011.
Thinking Matters: Meeting the Global Sustainability Challenge
September 23, 2014
Woods Co-Director and Senior Fellow Jeff Koseff and Woods Senior Fellow and Dean of the School of Earth Sciences Pam Matson discuss “Meeting the Global Sustainability Challenge,” a course they co-teach. The course is part of Thinking Matters, a program designed to help Stanford freshmen transition from high school to college by introducing them to a multidisciplinary approach to learning that emphasizes critical analysis, close reading and creative problem solving. Read more about Thinking Matters.
Kenneth Scheve: How Can Countries Make How Can Countries Make Progress in Global Climate Cooperation?
September 19, 2014
International climate negotiations have been much maligned for ineffectiveness, but there is a clear path to achieving breakthroughs, according to a study co-authored by Kenneth Scheve, a political science professor affiliated with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and a senior fellow with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs. This short animated video explains the study's main findings. Read more about the study
Climate Change Impacts: The Risks and How to Reduce Them
September 18, 2014
Scientists from the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment — including contributors to the recent United Nations IPCC report on climate extremes and adaptation — joined other practitioners in a panel discussion on the findings of their latest work related to climate change impacts and risks. The event was held Sept. 17, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
In the perennially popular Science of Soils class taught by Woods Senior Fellow, by courtesy, Scott Fendorf (Environmental Earth System Science), students get their hands dirty while learning about the essential properties of soil for life on Earth.
EEAP Spring Conference 2014: Big Data for Energy and Environment
May 15, 2014
Highlights of spring conference of the Energy & Environment Affiliates Program (EEAP), a partnership between member industrial firms and Stanford, learned from Stanford faculty and students about cutting-edge research, tools and techniques to solve industry challenges with big data. More information: http://eeap.stanford.edu/conference2014_spring
Since 2010, the Center for Ocean Solutions has supported pioneering student research on novel technologies to combat so-called pirate fishing. The Center is a collaboration among Stanford University (through the Stanford Woods Institute and the Hopkins Marine Station), the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Read more.
Business of Sustainability Summit 2014 | Highlights
May 5, 2014
The Business of Sustainability Summit 2014 engaged a diverse cohort of 54 CEOs, chief sustainability officers, and business unit heads from 47 companies including AT&T, Annie's Inc., Airbnb, Chevron, Disney, Gap, General Motors, Kaiser Permanente, LinkedIn, McKinsey, Method, Starbucks, Wells Fargo, Yahoo and a small group of Woods faculty from all seven Stanford schools.. Watch more videos from this event.
Lisa Jackson, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and current vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple, discusses what the private sector can do to unleash a wide range of environmental solutions. Jackson spoke at the second annual Stephen H. Schneider Memorial Lecture in honor of the Stanford professor, Stanford Woods Institute senior fellow and world-renowned climate scientist who died in 2010.
Law of the River: The Future of Interstate Compacts in the American West
April 21, 2014
Water in the West, a joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute and The Bill Lane Center for the American West presented a panel of experts to provide perspectives on the past, present, and future of interstate compacts in the management of rivers and water in the west. Panelists included Stanford Woods Institute Perry L. McCarty Director Buzz Thompson, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes and Assistant Attorney General for the state of Kansas Burke Griggs. Leon Szeptycki, executive director of Water in the West, moderated the panel. Read more.
Senior Fellow Chris Field discusses major United Nations climate change report at Connecting the Dots, an event, co-sponsored by the Stanford Woods Institute, that brought together experts from a range of disciplines to discuss the interconnections and interactions among humanity’s need for and use of climate, energy, food, water and environmental resources. Field is co-chair of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group that published in April 2014 a report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. Read more.