For a decade now, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment has served as an interdisciplinary hub for environmental research, dialogue, leadership, and education at Stanford. Founded in 2004 in response to Stanford President John Hennessy’s challenge to find solutions to the major global issues of our time, the institute brings together experts from across the academic, public, private, government, and nonprofit sectors to accomplish this. In its first 10 years, the Stanford Woods Institute has developed an impressive resume of research, innovation, and advances.

To commemorate this anniversary, the institute hosted a symposium to reflect on significant breakthrough accomplishments and encourage continued dedication to developing solutions that will help to sustain our environment. Titled “Breaking Through to Sustainability,” the symposium featured Stanford faculty and students as well as national and international leaders, including Costa Rica’s first minister of energy and the environment and the director of the California Water Foundation.