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Jul 20 2017 | Out West student blog
"I can’t believe I’m saying this," says Santa Lucia Preserve intern Catie Mong, "but I think I’m starting to become a birder…"
Are wolves a phantom menace in parts of Oregon? Cattle ranchers vs. the oil industry, green energy hits an unprepared grid, restoring soils the old-fashioned way, and more: some of the best recent reads.
We are pleased to announce that the Center’s collaboration with the Stanford Civil and Environmental Engineering Program has been selected as one of this year’s Environmental Venture Projects by the Stanford Woods Institute.
Jul 14 2017 | Out West student blog
Juliana Chang is interning at Heyday, a non-profit publishing house based in Berkeley that specializes in books on California. This means books ranging from nonfiction recountings of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to a field guide to edible plants in the Bay Area to a collection of Native American folktales.
Jul 13 2017 | Out West student blog
The summer intern Yiyuan Zhang sets out to analyze the State Water Project’s future water delivery and power operations to optimize state-wide benefits and reduce costs.
Jul 11 2017 | Out West student blog
Julia Anderson, ‘17, has been tasked with writing a “historical structure report” on Alcatraz Island’s electric shop, which dates back to the 1860s. But first she has to navigate past a very territorial mother seagull.
Is a rush of green energy a good thing? The Central Valley’s drought hangover; the effect of oil on shorebirds; and fire season across the West.

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Jul 16 2018 | Out West student blog
California’s Department of Water Resources "cannot deliver water to your local water suppliers without energy, and quite a lot of it," writes Barrett Travis. His job at the state agency this summer is to help model the feasibility of proposed hydropower projects.
Jul 13 2018 | Out West student blog
When only 18% of Americans today say they can trust the government to do what is right, says the intern Hannah Zimmerman, the NCSL "can work to decrease the divide between elected officials and their districts."
Jul 13 2018 | ... & the West Blog
An arid region 180 miles south of Tijuana is the crossroads where strawberries, economics, and groundwater meet.