Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Dialogues and Workshops

Through its Uncommon Dialogues and workshops the Stanford Woods Institute brings together leaders from government, NGOs and business with experts from Stanford and other academic institutions to develop practical solutions to pressing environmental challenges. These dialogues equip leaders to make informed decisions for a sustainable future while creating a two-way flow of information that brings new perspectives and context to Stanford's environmental research. Learn more about our past workshops and dialogues and download summaries and other resources below. For more information about organizing a dialogue or workshop with the Stanford Woods Institute, contact:

Brian Sharbono
Program Manager

Dialogues and Workshops

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10th Anniversary Symposium »

November 11, 2014 2:30 pm

To mark progress toward interdisciplinary environmental solutions, and lay the groundwork for future collaborative breakthroughs, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted a tenth anniversary symposium on Nov. 11, 2014.The event, moderated by School of Earth Sciences Dean Pamela Matson and San Jose Mercury News reporter Paul Rogers, brought together Stanford researchers, students and their colleagues in the water, conservation, sustainable development and public health fields. Watch Event Video Read highlights in our News Story Browse Images Download the Program (pdf)

New Directions for U.S. Water Policy »

October 20, 2014 9:00 am

California Gov. Jerry Brown joined water experts at Stanford for discussion of policy prescriptions and new research on improving water management. The Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosted the forum, and released new papers highlighting opportunities for improving water management in the United States in the face of scarce water supplies. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave welcoming remarks, followed by an introduction and roadmap of the event by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin. California Gov. Brown gave featured remarks on the landscape of water in the West. Three panels of experts discussed the potential for market mechanisms to improve our country’s water management systems; opportunities to promote water innovation; and the impact of climate change on America’s water resources.  Event videos:Sheryl Sandberg - WelcomeRobert E. Rubin - Introduction and RoadmapCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown - Featured RemarksRoundtable - The Impact of Climate Change on America's Water ResourcesRoundtable - The Path to Water Innovation Steven Denning - Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Water Governance and Climate Change Workshop »

September 25, 2014 8:00 am

This workshop focused on water governance and the challenges posed by climate change. Presenters at the workshop included policymakers drawn from local, State and federal agencies, and academic experts from a range of disciplinary areas. The workshop also featured a teleconference session sharing experiences with Australian government and academic colleagues about future water management in a world of climate change. A central theme of the workshop, and  discussion of the comparative Australian water management experience, was sharing lessons about what works, future opportunities and best practices.

2014 Business of Sustainability Summit »

May 5, 2014 9:00 am

The Stanford Woods Institute hosted its inaugural Business of Sustainability Summit on May 5, 2014, engaging a diverse cohort of 54 top CEOs, chief sustainability officers and business unit heads from 47 companies, along with a small group of our faculty representing all seven Stanford schools. This convening stimulated dialogue, built valuable connections and allowed business leaders and Woods faculty who are trailbrazers and pioneers in sustainability to share innovative ideas and strategy. Our corporate partners brought a breadth of expertise; participants included heads of R&D, engineering, innovation, strategy, technology, finance, manufacturing, product development, public policy and government relations.