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School focused on climate and sustainability will amplify Stanford’s impact

close-up of solar panels on a roof, with Hoover Tower and the hills in the background
Image credit: M. Scott Gould
May 21 2020
Announcement, Education, Stanford

Stanford is designing a school focused on climate and sustainability that will draw on the considerable expertise that exists across academic units, aligning those efforts around research, education and impact, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced in a presentation to the Academic Council.

“Among the most urgent issues of our time are climate change and the challenge of creating a sustainable future for people and our planet,” said Tessier-Lavigne. “At Stanford we have tremendous strengths in climate and sustainability studies working across the schools and institutes, but there is an opportunity to amplify our contributions in education, research and impact further by aligning people and resources more effectively in a school. I want to thank everybody whose hard work has resulted in this exciting conclusion.”

The idea for the school arose out of a faculty-led process, first as part of a Long-Range Vision design team focused on climate and sustainability and later through a committee tasked with proposing organizational structures to support the design team’s sweeping vision.