Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University

  • CA


473 Via Ortega
Y2E2 building
United States

About Us

The Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University harnesses the expertise and imagination of leading academics and decision-makers to create practical solutions for people and the planet. In the same spirit that inspired Stanford’s role in Silicon Valley’s high-tech revolution, the Woods Institute is pioneering innovative approaches to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century – from climate change to sustainable food supplies to ocean conservation.

The Woods Institute carries out its mission by:

  • Sponsoring research that leads to new solutions to global environmental sustainability issues.
  • Infusing science into policies and practices of the business, government, and NGO communities.
  • Developing strong environmental leaders for today and the future.
  • Serving as a catalyst and a hub for the university's interdisciplinary work in environmental research, education, and action.

Research at Woods focuses on five core areas:

  • climate and energy
  • land use and conservation
  • oceans and estuaries
  • freshwater
  • sustainable built environment