Environment

When Stanford students entered the Solar Decathlon competition in 2013, their attractive, energy-efficient design focused on an American consumer. Former project manager Derek Ouyang shares the importance of redesigning the CORE for the developing world to get sustainability right from the get go.

What shapes the education of a Stanford undergraduate? In this talk, graduate student Derek Ouyang shares his experience as the project manager for the Stanford Solar Decathlon in 2013. Students across disciplines built something amazing, and he's now focused on creating similar experiences in a new project-based course.

Professor Steve Palumbi, a leading marine scientist, teamed up with his son, Anthony Palumbi, '06, a novelist, to tell stories about the fastest, deepest, hottest and oldest ocean creatures. He hopes to inspire people to care about the environment by introducing some of its most compelling characters.

Displaying photographs of the coastline along Stilwell Hall at Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Professor Meg Caldwell discusses the impacts of erosion along the coastline due to climate change. She shares some of research put into practice by the Center for Ocean Solutions in partnership with local communities.

"There’s a real sense of community that develops when you are all together in this small little place, on this island, in the midst of this abundant beauty."

Stanford+Connects Monterey student ambassador Zach Brown, PhD '14, has teamed up with three fellow doctoral candidates to establish an ecological field school in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. The Inian Islands Institute will be based at the Hobbit Hole—a remote five-acre property surrounded by glaciers, salmon streams and alpine tundra—and offer experiential sustainability education to undergraduates from Stanford and beyond. Learn more in The Stanford Daily.

For the first time, 150 Stanford undergraduate and graduate students competed in the Solar Decathlon project to promote solar technology. Lilly Shi shared their approach to building the home through looking at early cars and assembly line manufacturing. Focusing on a core within the home, students emphasize agency over automation during the design phase.

Stanford approaches the issue of energy as an interdisciplinary problem, bringing together students and faculty from all parts of campus. In this talk, Professor Lynn Orr shares innovations in photovoltaics, electrodes and batteries. 

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