Center for Environmental Science and Policy disbands

The Center for Environmental Science and Policy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies was dissolved Sept. 1, nearly 10 years after it was established as a center for interdisciplinary research on the environment at Stanford.

Most of the center's core faculty will continue as senior fellows at the Woods Institute for the Environment, now the primary hub for campus-wide interdisciplinary environmental research and teaching. Several faculty members will retain dual positions as senior fellows at both the Woods and Freeman Spogli institutes.

The center's recent projects included the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, which studies the global impact of energy production and consumption, and the Program on Food Security and the Environment, which focuses on solving world hunger and reducing environmental damage from agriculture.

Under the reorganization, the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development has been spun off as a freestanding program, led by law Professor David Victor, at the Freeman Spogli Institute. The Program on Food Security and the Environment will continue as a joint program of the Freeman Spogli and Woods institutes under the direction of Rosamond "Roz" Naylor. Victor and Naylor are senior fellows at both institutes.

As part of its academic mission, the center was home to the interdisciplinary Goldman Honors Program, a yearlong undergraduate seminar on environmental science, technology and policy. That program will now be administered by the Woods Institute under Naylor's direction.

An outgrowth of the Stanford's Global Environmental Forum, the center was established in 1998 by Walter Falcon, the Farnsworth Professor of International Agricultural Policy, Emeritus, and former university President Donald Kennedy, the Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Emeritus. Pamela Matson, dean of the School of Earth Sciences, and Stephen Schneider, the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Studies, later served as co-directors of the center.