Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

ENVIRONMENTAL VENTURE PROJECTS: Sustainable Development: Sustainable Development

Menu Messaging to Reduce Meat Consumption »

North America - 2017

High levels of meat consumption pose severe environmental and health risks. Globally, livestock produce 14.5 to 18 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, an amount larger than the entire transportation sector. Moreover, residents of many developed countries consume far more meat than is considered healthy.

Water and Energy Connections »

North America - 2017

Water and energy are integrally linked. Energy is used throughout the entire water supply system for extraction, purifying, distribution and delivery, heating and later for wastewater collection and treatment. On the other hand, water is used in energy extraction, production, transportation and storage; electricity generation; refining and processing fuel; and...

Rethinking the Balance Between Future Obesity and Malnutrition with Climate Change »

Asia - 2010

The goal is to develop a computer model capable of evaluating nutrition-related health policies in India, taking into account the impact of climate change on agricultural production and food availability.

High-rate microbial production of nitrous oxide for energy generation »

North America - 2009

This project joins the fields of space propulsion and environmental biotechnology to develop a bioreactor that converts waste nitrogen into nitrous oxide that is subsequently decomposed into nitrogen and oxygen for thermal power generation. The goal is to develop a low-cost technique that removes nitrogen from water and produces oxygen...

An alternative development model? Assessing solar electrification for income generation in rural Benin »

Africa - 2007

Beginning in summer 2007, the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF, a US-based NGO) in collaboration with local organizations began a project to electrify the entire Kalale district of northern Benin with photovoltaic (PV) solar systems. Thanks to the randomized, single-treatment project design, the Kalale project provides an ideal laboratory and...

Indoor air pollution and health in developing countries: An intervention study in Bangladesh »

Asia - 2006

This research represents a new interdisciplinary collaboration at Stanford to investigate the behavioral underpinnings of indoor air pollution in the developing world and to estimate its impact on human health. Researchers will work with a number of public agencies, private companies and NGOs.

An interdisciplinary assessment of an agricultural-urban water market in Southern India: physical impacts, welfare consequences, and policy implications »

Asia - 2005

This research project analyzes the rural-urban groundwater market in Chennai (formerly Madras, in South India), as a case study of water resources sustainability in a developing nation. The research develops a combined hydrogeological and economic framework to consider the biophysical and welfare impacts of future water demands in the region....

Biodegradable composites for the building industry »

North America - 2004

Our research will focus on evaluating bio-composites, a new class of construction material that has reduced energy costs and pollution from production as well as greater resource potential after demolition. With our combined expertise in structural engineering, environmental engineering and composite materials, we will investigate a variety of bio-composites in...