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Summer reading: Illuminating our planet and paths toward sustainability

Faculty at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences recommend these 24 books for your summer reading.

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Stanford Earth dean urges graduates: Turn challenges into opportunities

Graduates of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences have the knowledge and skills to create an environmentally just and sustainable world for everyone, according to Dean Stephan Graham.

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Dustin Schroeder, Thomas Hayden receive Excellence in Teaching Awards

Recipients of the school’s annual Excellence in Teaching Awards are selected based on nominations from students, faculty, and alumni.

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Wilderness writer Craig Childs visits Stanford's Wild Writing class

Earth Systems MS student Samantha Faul reflected on a recent visit of writer Craig Childs to an environmental writing class taught by Richard Nevle and Emily Polk that explores and interrogates nature and wilderness through readings, discussion, and creative nonfiction writing.

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Photos to inspire a more sustainable world

Stanford Earth's 2019 photo contest drew 226 photographs from around the world from faculty, students, and staff.

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Stanford Earth at AGU 2019

Stanford faculty, students and scholars will join researchers from the Earth and planetary sciences and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations and discussions about the world’s most pressing challenges Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco.

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From Stanford farm to U.S. Congress

Riya Mehta, Earth Systems ’18, is using her degree to help inform agricultural policy in Washington, D.C.

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Jake Levine receives scholarship for research in water systems

Jake Levine, an undergraduate in the Earth Systems Program, has been honored by the New York Water Environment Association, a statewide nonprofit organization of water quality management professionals.

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Summer reading: Sparking curiosity and conversations about our planet

Faculty at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences recommend these 22 books for your summer reading.

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Stanford Earth graduates: Meet the planet’s challenges

Stanford Earth graduates are uniquely prepared to deliver solutions for humanity’s critical challenges, according to Dean Stephan Graham.

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When food waste becomes a pollutant

Forty percent of food produced for consumption never gets eaten. Instead, it fills landfills and releases greenhouse gases. California now aims to drastically reduce the amount of food that ends up in the ground.

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San Francisco should look to nature to respond to sea-level rise

"Ecosystem-based adaptation needs to be prioritized as the cheapest, most effective and most resilient strategy to protect the city from the quickly worsening impacts of climate change," Stanford Earth undergraduate student Jacqueline Vogel writes in an op-ed.

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Grain and the green economy

In this Q&A, lecturer Liz Carlisle discusses unlikely allies in a polarized economy, agricultural sustainability and the importance of connecting students with rural land stewards.

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Class brings marginalized voices to the forefront of environmental science

Created in response to student interest and advocacy, the new Stanford Earth course highlights issues at the intersection of environmental science and social justice.

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Stanford Earth photos inspire science and wonder

Stanford Earth's 2018 photo contest drew nearly 200 photographs from around the world from faculty, students, and staff. Photos captured the natural world, students at work in the field, and research in the lab.

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Sharing science in South Africa

During the summer of 2018, eight students traveled to South Africa with the Stanford Alpine Project (SAP), an organization that gives Stanford students a chance to design and implement a student-led field excursion that is accessible to all Earth scientists. 

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