December 2009
Sustainable Wood Substitute Among the 100 Best Innovations of 2009
Popular Science magazine named a biodegradable substitute for wood developed by Senior Fellow Craig Criddle and Stanford colleague Sarah Billington one of "100 Best Innovations of 2009." Criddle and Billington began work on the "faux timber" after receiving a Woods Institute Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) grant.
Stanford Faculty Invited to Submit Letters of Intent for EVP Grants: Deadline Jan. 22, 2010
White Sharks Coming Closer to Shore than Thought
Senior Fellow Barbara Block and colleagues have found that white sharks along the coast of northern and central California adhere to a rigid route of migration in the northeastern Pacific Ocean.
Senior Fellow Steve Monismith Tracks Water in the San Francisco Estuary
Center for Ocean Solutions to Host 'Ocean Day' at the Copenhagen Climate Conference
Senior Fellow Steve Palumbi Comments on the Endangered Species Status of Humpback Whales
Stanford Research Team Receives Grant to Study Energy Efficiency and Behavior
The Department of Energy awarded Senior Fellow James Sweeney and several Woods Institute affiliated faculty a grant to develop an interactive software system that encourages energy efficiency.
Global Warming Increases Risk of African Civil War, Says Study by Center Fellow David Lobell
Center Fellow Michael Wara Featured in 'Carbonomics' Report by Dan Rather
An 'Uncommon Dialogue' Begins in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (pdf)
Water, health and development were the three intersecting topics discussed in depth at the Uncommon Dialogue-Africa conference co-organized by Center Fellow Jenna Davis in Tanzania in July 2009.
Thought Leader: An Interview with Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily (pdf)
Gretchen Daily of the Natural Capital Project discusses the business approach to conservation with the editor-in-chief of "strategy+business."
Woods Institute Awards Five Mel Lane Student Program Grants
Five student group projects received Mel Lane Student Program Grants for fall 2009. Funded projects include a campus-wide sustainability competition and a bimonthly lecture series on the environment. Proposals for the next round of grants are due on Feb. 8, 2010.
Wednesday Energy Seminar Resumes Jan. 6, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Building 420, Room 40
Senior Fellow Paul Ehrlich Receives Major Environmental Award in Spain
Paul Ehrlich, professor of biology at Stanford, was given the 2009 Ramon Margalef Award for lifetime achievements in ecology from the government of Catalonia in Spain. He spoke to the Stanford Report prior to receiving the award.
Senior Fellow Rob Dunbar Honored with Alumni Association Lyman Award
Woods Institute Holiday Schedule
The Woods Institute will be closed during the winter break from Dec. 21, 2009, through Jan. 1, 2010. Offices will re-open on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Have a great (and sustainable) holiday!
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