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The garden tribe: A growing community

The pressures of urban life, a love for cooking, and concerns about toxic pesticides have driven city dwellers to examine what's on their plate, and many are inspired to grow their own food.

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Summer programs teach hundreds about our planet

Stanford Earth hosted students, teachers, and international visitors through its diverse educational programs this summer.

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Stanford Earth team a finalist for $1 million sustainability prize

A group led by geophysicist Rosemary Knight is one of six teams to be selected from an initial pool of 44 teams from 10 countries to compete in the final round.

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National Geographic grant takes Earth Systems junior to the Amazon

While many international research projects are carried out by graduate students, undergraduate Madeline Lisaius has pursued exploration in Ecuador since she started studying at Stanford as a freshman. Three years later, her ambitions are coming to fruition.

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Making a difference on Capitol Hill

Kai Anderson thought he would be a professor until a USGS fellowship landed him in a congressional office – and in the middle of environmental decision making. The job launched a long career working as a political influencer.

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Noah Diffenbaugh joins state's climate change working group

Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh has been appointed to the newly established California Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group to help address the effects of climate change on the state.

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Mastering the art of environmental and policy engagement

Op-eds written by Stanford students have begun to be published — one outcome of a new Stanford Earth class that teaches students how to advocate for environmental policy issues.

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Collaboration meets innovation in transformative Stanford environmental projects

Stanford Earth's Eric Lambin, a professor of Earth system science, received a 2017 Environmental Venture Projects grant from the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment to assess adults' perceptions of pro-environment labeling on tobacco products.

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Stanford’s Three Books program prompts students to think about sustainability and equity

Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh, a professor of Earth system science, chose this year's reading assignments for incoming first-year students, which explore the relationship between people and the environment.

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Students collaborate with community groups in Farmers, Scientists, Activists

Students explore the environmental aspects of farming at the O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm and work to reduce food waste by partnering with Stanford Earth's Matt Rothe, co-founder of the FEED Collaborative.

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WaterWise at Stanford

Earth Systems graduate Sophie Christel, BS '15, MS '17, produced a video about Stanford's efforts to reduce potable water use while she worked as an intern with the Office of Sustainability.

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Ethan Williams Receives the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

A recent ceremony honored 33 prize winners representing 26 departments from the three Stanford schools with undergraduate programs –  Humanities and Sciences;  Engineering; and  Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

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Stanford Earth’s Richard Nevle receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Nevle’s nomination letters from students and alumni noted that “he treats his students with the utmost respect, running his classes as a conversation designed to leave both sides richer, and not a one-way exchange."

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Dean Matson tells graduates to “get engaged and stay engaged”

Dean Pamela Matson commended graduating students for their accomplishments, emphasizing their ability to have a lasting impact in the years ahead.

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Mexican energy reform architect Edgar Rangel-German wins first Mid-Career Alumni Award

Stanford Earth’s Mid-Career Alumni Award is offered annually to alumni 45 years and younger who have made significant contributions to civil, government, business, or academic communities. 

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The Millennial Astronaut Who Wants to Go to Mars

Stanford Earth alumna Jessica Watkins, one of NASA’s newest recruits, says she’s ready — but only if there’s a ride back.

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