The state of California has experienced an increase in catastrophic wildfires in recent years, impacting our homes, environment, and economy. Wildfires, like the Tubbs Fire that burned in Northern California in 2017, are difficult to prevent, but as community members, we can ensure our homes are equipped to reduce wildfire risk and minimize destruction of our communities.
Read Gabrielle Torrance's honors thesis on upward mobility in rural America.
Before the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Bill Lane Center and the Precourt Institute for Energy sponsored a Sophomore College course exploring the practical, social, technical, and political issues surrounding energy production and use in Hawaii. Hawaii is at the forefront of technical changes in the electric grid and the uses of electricity, with an aspirational goal for 100% carbon-free electricity in 2045.
In association with the Center’s ArtsWest event, Self Landing: Daguerreotypes on the Western Landscape, the Art History and Political Science major Alexandra (Mac) Taylor ’20 created an artist provile and conducted an interview with artist Binh Dahn about his journey as an artist and reflections on photography.
In association with the Center’s ArtsWest event, “Burning Man: Art and Technology,” the Art History and Political Science major Alexandra (Mac) Taylor ’20 conducted a series of interviews with Stanford students, alumni, and faculty about their experiences attending the annual art and music gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock desert.
Photographs by Jenny Nova
Student presentations on sea level rise adaptation strategies around the United States, and how they might inform policy decisions on the Pacific Coast. These were produced for the Fall 2018 course, "Environmental Governance and Climate Resilience," taught by Professors Bruce E. Cain and Len Ortolano. They were presented to a public workshop on Dec. 10, 2018.
To gauge statewide public opinion before the midterm elections, The Bill Lane Center for the American West polled adult Californians in the days preceding the June 5 primary. Assessment of the data by Professor Bruce Cain and senior researcher Iris Hui asserted the importance of female and independent voters in the upcoming election season.
Seven of the top 10 taxpayers in Kern County are oil and gas companies. The industry supports thousands of jobs—the majority of them concentrated in the larger, wealthier, and more conservative Bakersfield. But with an asthma epidemic taking shape in nearby Arvin, city leaders chose to pass a new ordinance placing limits on oil and gas production.
Kern County is a region whose intense oil and gas development increasingly overlaps with renewable energy projects. This report seeks to answer the question: is the oil economy set to follow the downward trajectory of conventional resource economies, or is renewable energy ready to fill the void?