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The Stanford Natural Gas Initiative is a collaboration of more than 40 research groups at Stanford University drawn from engineering, science, policy, geopolitical, and business disciplines that works with a consortium of industry partners and other external stakeholders to generate the knowledge needed to use natural gas to its greatest social, economic, and environmental benefit. 


We welcome new participants in our research and new members to our consortium any time. Please explore our website for more information.

“Why Stanford has a Natural Gas Initiative”, Mark Zoback, NGI Director.

Upcoming Events

October 15, 2018 (All day)
Tresidder Memorial Union
459 Lagunita Drive, Ste. 6
Stanford, CA 94305-2072
October 16, 2018 (All day)

Tresidder Memorial Union
459 Lagunita Drive, Ste. 6
Stanford, CA 94305-2072

October 18, 2018 (All day)

Tresidder Memorial Union
459 Lagunita Drive, Ste. 6
Stanford, CA 94305-2072


Recent doctoral research by Lauren Culver examines decision making at the intersection of energy and foreign policy and evaluates natural gas as a way to balance global development and climate goals. Dr. Culver is currently an energy specialist at the World Bank working to help countries meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals by alleviating energy poverty while limiting climate changing emissions. 

Stanford economics Professor and NGI researcher, Larry Goulder, discusses the tradeoffs of federal climate policy options and finds ways to enhance both societal health and economic benefits.

The Stanford Natural Gas Initiative is planning a busy and informative 2018. In February we had our annual Governing Board meeting to better define our focus and direction for the year. We will maintain our current research while launching several new research directions around the role of natural gas in future energy systems, renewable natural gas, and unconventional reservoirs. We will issue a new call for research proposals in 2018 and are announcing a week of events in October 2018. Please be sure to keep checking our website and future newsletters to stay updated on what is coming up. 


Sustaining Members

Corporate Members
American Petroleum Institute
Aramco Services
Azimuth Capital Management
Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Gas Technology Institute
Pacific Gas & Electric
Seven Generations Energy
Southern California Gas Co.
Zorlu Energy Group

Basic Members
Gulfport Energy
Leede Operating
NW Innovation Works

Anadarko Petroleum
Gulf Publishing Company
IHS Markit
Pritzker Innovation Fund
The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

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The Stanford Natural Gas Initiative (NGI)
397 Panama Mall, Mitchell Building
Stanford, CA 94305-2215
Claudia Baroni
Program Manager
650 723 5002