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

Business of Sustainability Summit »

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted its inaugural Business of Sustainability Summit on May 5, 2014, engaging a diverse cohort of 54 top CEOs, chief sustainability officers and business unit heads from 47 companies, along with a small group of our faculty representing all seven Stanford schools. This...

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.

News & Press Releases

Social Capital as Key to Conservation »

September 24, 2015

New research explores the importance of reciprocity and trust among local-level institutions, organizations and social networks to preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable rural development.

By Austin Cruz, Osa & Golfito Initiative

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Media Coverage

A Wet Winter Won’t Save California »

September 21, 2015

Op-ed by Senior Fellows Chris Field (Biology, Earth System Science) and Noah Diffenbaugh (Earth System Science) calling for the incorporation of climate-related risks in planning for California’s future.

By Noah Diffenbaugh and Christopher Field, New York Times

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Making a Living, Sustainably

October 19, 2015

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Published Work
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