Teaching and Research

Stanford is deeply engaged in cutting-edge research and innovative teaching on the environment and sustainability.

Central to this endeavor is the Initiative on the Environment and Sustainability, which concluded in 2011. It supported interdisciplinary research and teaching involving all seven of Stanford’s schools as well as centers, institutes and programs across campus, in recognition of the fact that solutions to complex challenges demand collaboration across multiple fields.

The effort was one of eight initiatives of The Stanford Challenge, a campus-wide effort aimed at seeking solutions to the world’s most pressing problems and educating students for leadership in the 21st century. Learn more about the results at The Stanford Challenge Final Report website.

Stanford schools and departments offer an array of courses and degree programs focused on sustainability. The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment provides extensive information about environmental research and education across the campus.

“Our goal is to have an environmentally sustainable world where human needs are met while protecting and restoring the life-support systems of the planet, not only for people today, but for generations to come.”
— Jeffrey Koseff
Perry L. McCarty Director of the Woods Institute for the Environment