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Stanford Makes the Grade (A-) in Sustainability

Sustainabillity Report CardStanford University was one of four universities that earned an overall grade of "A-" in the first report card issued on campus greening practices and endowment policies in the United States and Canada. The report, released Jan. 24 by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Sustainable Endowments Institute, lists Stanford as sharing top honors with Dartmouth College, Williams College and Harvard University.

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Science & Sustainability Theme of AAAS
Feb. 15-19, SF

AAASStanford faculty are participating in more than 40 sessions at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, set for Feb. 15-19 in San Francisco. This year's theme is "Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-being."

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Student Groups Organize 'Energy Crossroads'
March 1-2; Friedman Keynote Speaker

Energy CrossroadsStanford students from the Roosevelt Institution, BASES, Green Dorm Project, Students for a Sustainable Stanford, Stanford Climate Crew, Engineers for a Sustainable World and GSB Energy Club, along with many other campus groups, are planning an interdisciplinary conference on energy, March 1 and 2. Energy Crossroads will examine the complementary strategies of diversifying our mix of low-emitting energy sources and improving energy efficiency through a "crossroads" of economic, environmental, and geopolitical goals. Thomas Friedman will be the keynote speaker.

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Fish Determine Social Rank
Through Observation

Fish RankMale fish can size up potential rivals, and even rank them from strongest to weakest, simply by watching how they perform in territorial fights with other males, says a new study by Stanford University scientists. The study was published in the Jan. 25 edition of the journal Nature.

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Photo: Stanford Report

Aerosol pollution slows winds,
reduces rainfall

Mark JacobsonAerosolized particles created from vehicle exhaust and other contaminants can accumulate in the atmosphere and reduce the speed of winds close to the Earth's surface, resulting in less wind power available for wind-turbine electricity and also in reduced precipitation, according to a study by Stanford and NASA researchers.

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Photo: Stanford Report

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Education & Leadership

Leopold Leadership Program
Accepting Applications

ALLPThe Leopold Leadership Program is accepting applications for its 2008 fellowships targeted to mid-career academic environmental scientists. Up to 20 fellows from North America will be selected to participate in intensive training designed to provide scientists with skills and connections needed to be effective leaders and communicators. Deadline is April 16.

Goldman Honors Program Seeks Undergrad Applicants

The Goldman Interschool Honors Program in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy brings undergraduates from the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering and Earth Sciences together into a small group seminar to analyze important environmental problems. The program combines a year-long research seminar, an honors thesis, an oral presentation of honors research and, where relevant, field study. Deadline is April 20.

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Upcoming Events

"Made in China: Urbanization and Land Use"

Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium

Made in ChinaThird in a series; features Professor Emeritus Gary Ernst and Assistant Professor Karen Seto of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and Christine Tam, director of the Natural Capital Project.

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Jointly presented by the School of Earth Sciences and the Woods Institute

"Profitable Business-led Solutions to Climate, Oil and Proliferation Problems"

Feb. 21, 4:15-5:30 p.m., History Corner, Building 200-002

Amory Lovins Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Rocky Mountain Institute Stanford MAP/Ming Professor, Spring Quarter '07

Jointly presented by the Woods Energy Seminar and Environmental Forum

"Climate Change Liability & Allocation of Risk"

Feb. 24, 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m., Stanford Law School


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Campus Environmental Calendar Seeks Listings

Got a Stanford-sponsored event you think will be of interest to environmental faculty and students? Be sure to post it to the Consolidated Environmental Calendar when posting to Stanford Events. Many entities already have access to the consolidated calendar.
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