Tech entrepreneur John Doerr and his wife, Ann, have donated $1.1 billion to help fund the new program, according to the university.
It is the largest donation in the history of the university.
Combined with donations from other philanthropists, the school received $1.69 billion. “Stanford is making a bold, achievable and enduring commitment to tackle humanity’s greatest challenge, and we have strong belief in its ambition and capability,” said John and Ann Doerr. “We believe that the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will be a model of interdisciplinary collaboration necessary to solve this existential challenge – and will set a new standard for scholarship in the 21st century.”
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Stanford first announced plans to open the School of Sustainability in 2021, saying it would focus on tackling climate and sustainability challenges around the world.
“These donations will help Stanford work hard to solve the toughest climate and sustainability problems, and train the next generation of students who are eager and determined to meet those challenges,” said Stanford President, Marc Tessier-Lavigne. A declaration.
2/ This new school will accelerate scholarship and solutions to pressing challenges facing the earth, climate and society. It is the result of a visionary reflection on the role of the university and our common ambition to have a measurable impact on the climate crisis.
— John Doerr (@johndoerr) May 4, 2022
The new school will focus on eight areas: climate change, earth and planetary sciences, energy technologies, sustainable cities, natural environment, food and water security, human society and behavior, and human health and the environment, according to the university. It will launch with 90 existing faculty and add 60 more over the next 10 years. It will be led by Dean Arun Majumdar, who is currently a Stanford professor and co-chair of the George Shultz Task Force on Energy and Climate.
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The School of Sustainability is the first new school to launch at Stanford in 70 years. It plans to start operating in the fall of 2022.
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