Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Sustainable Development

Research Area block

Sustainable development requires integrated consideration of economic well-being, the environment and equity.

Stanford researchers are studying how communities can sustain growing populations and a healthy environment while ensuring education, health and social equity for diverse residents. The Stanford Woods Institute promotes sustainable construction and design through research of materials, technologies and processes. The Institute does this by sponsoring diverse research on sustainable urban practices through Environmental Venture Projects and examining how low- and middle-income regions can improve their economics while protecting the environment.

Research Centers and Programs

Osa & Golfito Initiative (INOGO) »

The Osa & Golfito Initiative (INOGO) is facilitating the development of a strategy for sustainable human development and environmental stewardship in Costa Rica’s Osa and Golfito region. INOGO works hand in hand with Costa Ricans in local communities, government, the private sector and NGOs. The goal is to generate a...

Water, Health & Development »

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

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...

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News & Press Releases

Tourists watch dolphins in Golfo Dulce or Sweet Gulf, a rare tropical fjord estuary inthe Osa-Golfito region of Costa Rica. The inlet opens to the Pacific Ocean.

Moving Closer to Sustainability Goals  »

March 14, 2018

Appointment of new co-director brings marine focus and expanded reach for initiative in Costa Rica.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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Media Coverage

Coverage: U.S.-Mexico border wall threatens biodiversity  »

July 24, 2018

Federal plans to complete a continuous wall along the U.S.-Mexico boundary would threaten the existence of numerous plant and animal species, Stanford researchers say. Paul Ehrlich and Rodolfo Dirzo look at the region’s unique natural ecosystems, and what they have to lose.

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Making a Living, Sustainably

October 19, 2015

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Published Work
Pursuing water Security »

July 27, 2017 -

The Power of Nature-Based Tourism »

February 15, 2016 -

Betting on Negative Emissions »

September 21, 2014 -

California Water Myths »

December 9, 2009 - Barton "Buzz" Thompson, Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, Ariel Dinar, Brian Gray, Richard Howitt, Jeffrey Mount, Peter Moyle

Research Brief
Solutions Summary
Workshop Report
Removal of carbon and nutrients from domestic wastewater using a low investment, integrated treatment concept »

May 21, 2010 - Sunny Aiyuka, Joyce Amoakoa, Lutgarde Raskinb, Adrianus van Haandelc

Annual Reports