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lstarrow$30 Million Funds Energy-Efficiency Institute lstarrowEvents
lstarrowCronon to be Keynote Speaker Nov. 8 lstarrowResearch
lstarrowEnvironment & Energy Building Update lstarrowInitiative News

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$30 Million Gift Funds Energy-Efficiency Institute

$30 Million Gift Funds Energy-Efficiency InstituteStanford alumnus Jay A. Precourt has committed
$30 million to establish the Precourt Institute for Energy-Efficiency at Stanford. The gift will provide program funds, endow new energy-related faculty positions and help support the new Environment and Energy Building. James L. Sweeney, Woods Institute senior fellow and professor of management science and engineering, is the institute's first director.

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'Imaging Environment: Maps, Models, Metaphors'
Nov. 8-10

Cronon to be Keynote Speaker Nov. 8

Environmental and Humanities ConferenceWhat does "the environment" look like? Do scientists and engineers view the natural world differently from writers, artists, journalists and economists? What are the differences, and where are the overlaps? And what implications do these have for how we address complex environmental problems? A groundbreaking conference co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment will address these and other compelling issues.

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E&E Building Constructions Begins

E&E Building Constructions BeginsConstruction has begun on the new Environment and Energy Building, a "coming together" place that will be home to the Woods Institute and other interdisciplinary programs, from Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Environment and Resources (IPER) to the Bill Lane Center for the Study of the American West. The building is the first of four that will make up the new Science & Engineering Quadrangle (SEQ II), located just northwest of the Main Quad.

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Environmental Web Portal Launches

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Global Climate Change & Plant Growth

The website provides information about research, education, leadership and problem-solving related to Stanford's interdisciplinary work in the environment and sustainability.

A study by ecologists working at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve reports evidence that climate change may alter the delicate balance between growth and plant competition.

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Upcoming Events

Patagonia Founder to Speak

Oct. 23, 6 p.m., Bishop Auditorium,
Graduate School of Business

A Favorable Climate for Climate Action

Oct. 25, Santa Clara University

Patagonia Founder
Yvon Chouinard, 2006-2007

Free and open to the Stanford community, but seating is limited. Co-sponsors: GSB's Public Management Program and Woods Institute for the Environment.

Stanford is among the table hosts for this event, which features keynote speaker Jon Krosnick, Woods senior fellow and Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences.

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