Last updated on: 4/23/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Biofuels have enormous potential to provide clean energy, reduce dependence on petroleum, and strengthen agricultural economies. The production of corn ethanol already has sparked a revitalization of rural communities in the U.S. and is poised to do the same in many other rural communities across the world. At the same time, a large-scale conversion to biofuels could adversely impact land and water resources, biodiversity, climate change, and social welfare.”

“The Environmental, Resource, and Trade Implications of Biofuels,” woods.stanford.edu (accessed Apr. 21, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University harnesses the expertise and imagination of leading academics and decision-makers to create practical solutions for people and the planet. In the same spirit that inspired Stanford’s role in Silicon Valley’s high-tech revolution, the Woods Institute is pioneering innovative approaches to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century – from climate change to sustainable food supplies to ocean conservation.”

“About,” woods.stanford.edu (accessed Apr. 17, 2009)

Mission:

“The Woods Institute carries out its mission by:

– Sponsoring research that leads to new solutions to global environmental sustainability issues.

– Infusing science into policies and practices of the business, government, and NGO communities.

– Developing strong environmental leaders for today and the future.

– Serving as a catalyst and a hub for the university’s interdisciplinary work in environmental research, education, and action.”

“About,” woods.stanford.edu (accessed Apr. 17, 2009)

Other:
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