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Our future depends on finding the right balance between economic and environmental concerns.

Reaching the world’s sustainability goals will involve more than just scientific understanding. Governments, economies and landscapes require policies and management that allow for adaptation to environmental challenges and create balance for people and ecosystems. Stanford researchers are engaged in both improving knowledge on what makes systems sustainable and how to create cost-effective solutions that enable people and the planet to thrive and survive. Their work fosters ideas that protect the environment while addressing related social and economic issues including education, health, social equity and infrastructure. Whether it is coastal resilience, effective climate policies or reinventing agricultural practices, balancing economic growth and prosperity with the health of the planet and people is fundamental to a sustainable future.