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Environment and Energy

In the face of climate change and widespread drought conditions, the Center is committed to studying water and energy issues and supporting far-reaching sustainability solutions.  We support research efforts by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. 

Water in the West

In partnership with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, this initiative focuses on understanding and conserving the West's most precious resource.

California Coastal Commission Project

An interdisciplinary collaborative that explores the history, operation, policies, and impact of the Commission. It has two main components: to uncover the history of the Commission and how it changed over time; and empirical analysis of the Commission's record.

Environmental Governance

Policies enacted at the local and state level can have a measurable impact on environmental action. The Center strives to understand the regulatory framework and decision-making process of these governing bodies.

America’s Aging Water Infrastructure Project

Research reviewing the challenges in aging water infrastructure and highlight possible policy options at the federal, state and local levels for further research and/or decision-maker consideration.

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Project

Research comparing the implementation of two different types of wind turbines in the US, as well as in China. Vertical and horizontal wind turbines have different advantages and disadvantages.

US-Mexico Collaboration

The Center is committed to cross-border collaboration to address the energy and environmental problems of the 21st century. 

The Knight-Risser Prize & Symposium

An annual award recognizing excellence in reporting on environmental issues in the North American West — from Canada through the United States to Mexico.


EcoWest Data Visualizations

The collaborative project EcoWest visualizations seeks to take the best available data on environmental conditions and present them in a regularly updated, shareable, and interactive format.