Research Area block
More than one billion people lack safe drinking water, and freshwater is being depleted rapidly.
The Stanford Woods Institute is finding practical ways to meet growing demand for freshwater, both in developed and developing nations, including the use of recycled water and water resources. Stanford researchers are also looking at ways to protect groundwater, restore degraded waterways, improve water-use efficiency and reduce the impact of agriculture and other land uses on water systems.
Research Centers and Programs
Building on water supply research conducted in India and Mexico, Global Freshwater Initiative researchers are developing strategies to promote the long-term viability of freshwater supplies for people and ecosystems threatened by climate change, shifts in land use, increasing population and decaying infrastructure.
The western United States needs water systems that are sustainable from economic, ecological, political, institutional, equitable, scientific and legal points of view. The Water in the West program addresses multiple dimensions of realistic, integrated solutions to the region’s water challenges. The program’s current projects include sustainable groundwater, water and energy, watershed...
Working with partners in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, Stanford researchers with the Program on Water, Health & Development are identifying ways to improve and increase the sustainability of water supply and sanitation service delivery, while also enhancing capacity for sustainable water and wastewater management in developing countries.
Environmental Venture Projects
News & Press Releases
Innovative approach to meeting energy needs will make Stanford one of the world's most energy-efficient universities. Comprehensive new system incorporates solar power for electricity, combined with heat recovery. It will eliminate 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of removing 32,000 cars from the road.
The SF Chronicle goes behind the scenes with Senior Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh (Environmental Earth System Science) and his eclectic climate team at Stanford, including 25-year-old Stanford doctoral student Daniel Swain (Environmental Earth System Science), a 2013 Rising Environmental Leadership Program fellow, who runs one of the nation’s most popular weather blogs.
By Kevin Fagan,