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Environment and Energy

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

Climate Change Adaptation

Our work on developing resilience to a warming climate allows students to engage with Stanford researchers and Bay Area practitioners on the issues that decision-makers face when contemplating climate change adaptation projects.

Key Legal Issues Impacting the Clean Energy Transition


Our energy research addresses the impact of energy policies on growing climate concerns, with the goal of increasing regional resiliency.

Bixby Creek Bridge Central California Coast

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.

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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.


Scholars at the Bill Lane Center are engaged in ongoing research to inform policy decisions about wildfire prevention and response.