Addressing the Accumulating Threats to the West’s Water Supply
May 21, 2016
Woods Co-Director Buzz Thompson and Woods affiliate David Kennedy explain the historical forces that have brought the entire region to this critical juncture, and explore some promising solutions going forward.
Professor Buzz Thompson on Need for Policy Changes to Combat Drought
April 9, 2015
Barton "Buzz" Tompson, Perry L. McCarty director of the Stanford Woods Institute, discusses California's historic drought and the urgent need for policy changes that encourage real conservation, better management of the state's water system, and incentives to foster new water technology research. He sites research done at Stanford as an example, where new technology has been developed to recycled water while also creating energy.
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.
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.
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.
At a panel organized by Water in the West, a joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, experts discussed causes, policy implications and possible responses to California's historic drought.
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Woods Co-Director and Senior Fellow Buzz Thompson moderates panel discussion how to reduce regulatory duplication, expedite permitting and provide incentives to manage multiple sources of ecosystem stress in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The panel, based on a report by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), included Chuck Bonham of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Greg Gartrell of the Contra Costa Water District, Felicia Marcus of the State Water Resources Control Board and Tim Quinn of the Association of California Water Agencies. Related story here.