News & Insights: Water & Energy

Get insights and analysis from Water in the West researchers as well as the latest news about new Stanford water research and events focusing on western water issues.

October 23, 2014  | Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment  | News

California Gov. Jerry Brown joins water experts at Stanford for discussion of policy prescriptions and new research on improving water management

February 25, 2014  | Water in the West  | Insights

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment co-director Barton “Buzz” Thompson has been thinking a lot about the drought in California lately.  In a recent San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed, Professor Thompson argues that drought is a fact of California life.  While Californians may never enjoy complete water security, planning can ease impacts and reduce risks. “Less...

October 10, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

In September 2013 the Orange County Superior Court in California handed down an unpublished decision (Capistrano Taxpayers Association v. City of San Juan Capistrano (2013)) that could have public water agencies throwing up their hands in frustration. While it remains to be seen whether the ruling will stand and just how far it may ultimately reach, its potential to further complicate the ability...

September 27, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

Imagine that you are taking a long hot shower. While washing, you look out the window, where you see a woman, facing you, with a pile of coal. She is slowly and dejectedly eating from this coal pile, one black nugget at a time. Occasionally, she gags.  Your stomach churns.  Welcome to “immersive virtual reality.” This woman is your avatar in a virtual reality simulation...

September 04, 2013  | Water in the West  | News

July 09, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

Professor Jacqueline Peel, Visiting Scholar, Stanford Water in the West The 2013 Silicon Valley Energy Summit was hosted by the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center on June 28, 2013.  The Summit Agenda promised a high-powered line-up of federal and state agency officials, business people, investors and practitioners talking about developments in the energy policy field. The timing of the...

March 07, 2013  | Water in the West  | Insights

​Welcome to our new website for Water in the West at Stanford University!  The site is the result of a partnership between the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West.  Please look around this site to learn more about how we are engaging in research and dialogues to help achieve a future of sustainable water management for...

February 14, 2013  | Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment   | News

Researchers encourage bacteria to produce nitrous oxide and methane in sewage sludge. The gases can then be cleanly burned to produce energy to run the plant.

July 26, 2010  | Stanford News   | News

Within the sludge of wastewater treatment plants is an invisible world teeming with microbes. Here, diverse species of bacteria convert solid and liquid wastes into gases, some of which contribute to global warming.