December 2008             


Groundwater Sustainability Workshop

On Dec. 5, scholars, policymakers, and other stakeholders attended a Woods Institute workshop on groundwater, “Challenges to, Solutions for, and Research Directions in Aquifer Depletion and Salinization." The daylong discussion focused on developing a research agenda that leads to practical solutions for sustainable groundwater use. Click here to view the agenda and list of speakers…


Ecosystem Services Workshop

On Dec. 3, the Woods Institute and The Nature Conservancy held the Ecosystems Services Workshop, which explored opportunities for integrating ecosystem services values into California’s regulatory and administrative policies. Click here to view the agenda and list of speakers...



Natural Capital Project to Develop Marine Conservation Software

The Natural Capital Project—a collaboration of the Woods Institute, The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund—has been awarded a two-year, $1.97 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop a software program for mapping and evaluating the economic benefits provided by temperate marine ecosystems.

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Entrepreneur Says Green Tech Must First Make Economic Sense

Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla says that the world must create technology alternatives that are affordable and widely accepted by consumers. Khosla spoke at the annual Conradin von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture on the Environment co-sponsored by the Woods Institute and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

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California Bulks Up Defenses Against Tide of Global Warming

Senior Fellow Terry Root comments on new priorities for mitigating the impact of climate change in California.

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Op-Ed: The New Greens Like It Big

Green tech will rely more heavily on regulation and subsidies and will embrace the wisdom that bigger is better for weathering economic storms, writes Senior Fellow, by courtesy, David Victor in Newsweek.

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2009 Environmental Venture Projects Grants (Deadline: Jan. 9, 2009)

Stanford faculty are invited to submit letters of intent for the 2009 Environmental Venture Projects program grants. This year marks the sixth round of EVP grants, which provide seed funding for interdisciplinary research leading to practical solutions for an environmentally sustainable world. Deadline for application is Jan. 9, 2009. Proposals from all schools, departments, and disciplines are welcomed and encouraged. Letters of intent can be submitted at:

Woods Environmental Undergraduate Research Program (Deadline: Dec. 12, 2008)

Stanford faculty are invited to submit applications for the winter term Environmental Undergraduate Research Program (Woods-EURP), which offers internship opportunities for Stanford undergraduates to work on research projects with environmental faculty and research staff. Deadline for application is December 15, 2008.

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Woods Institute Holiday Schedule

The Woods Institute will be closed during the winter break from Dec. 22, 2008, through Jan. 2, 2009. Offices will re-open on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Have a great (and sustainable) holiday!


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