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Woods Institute for the Environment

Directors: Jeffrey R. Koseff, Barton H. Thompson, Jr.

Institute Office: Yang and Yamazaki (Y2E2), 473 Via Ortega

Mail Code: 94305-4205

Phone: (650) 736-8668

Web Site:

The Woods Institute for the Environment harnesses the expertise of academics and decision makers to create practical solutions for people and the planet by sponsoring research that leads to solutions to global environmental sustainability issues; infusing science into policies and practices of the business, government, and NGO communities; developing environmental leaders for today and the future; and serving as catalyst and hub for the University's interdisciplinary work in environmental research, education, and action.

The Woods Institute focuses on thesecore areas: fresh water; climate and energy; land use and conservation; oceans and estuaries; and the sustainable built environment.

The Woods Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) program provides seed funding to interdisciplinary teams of Stanford faculty for innovative work in the core research areas. The institute also offers training in leadership and communications skills through the Leopold Leadership Program and other faculty training efforts.

Through its Strategic Collaborations and Uncommon Dialogues, the institute brings together faculty with leaders from the private and public sectors to develop pragmatic solutions to major environmental challenges. Three strategic collaborations have been established in partnership with other organizations: the Natural Capital Project (partners: The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund); the Center for Ocean Solutions (partners: Monterey Bay Aquarium and MBARI); and the Program on Food Security and the Environment (partner: Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies). Special workshops are held regularly on key environmental issues such as biofuels, climate change policy, the U.S. Farm Bill, Pacific salmon, and carbon offsets. During the academic year, the Woods Institute also sponsors public events, including the Energy Seminar and the Environmental Forum, which are open to the Stanford community.

Through this and other work, the Woods Institute is helping to ensure that we can meet the needs of not only the current generation but of generations to come.

Undergraduate Programs—The Woods Institute provides support for student group projects focusing on the environment and sustainability. For details, see

The institute sponsors the University-wide Goldman Interschool Honors Program in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy.

The Woods Institute also sponsors a weekly series of talks on a broad range of energy topics under the rubric of CEE/ENERGY 301, Energy Seminar. For more information, see

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